Armed Forces Week

Meet Ross-on-Wye and Monmouth Sea Cadets

The Sea Cadet Corps is a youth organisation that gives young people the opportunity to have nautical themed adventures, learn an array of skills and take part in a vast range of activities. These activities can include sailing, canoeing, rowing, windsurfing, rock climbing, engineering, music and cookery.  The Sea Cadets aims to encourage good citizenship, provide worthwhile qualifications (including the Duke of Edinburgh…

Meet AJ Case Management’s former Armed Forces employees

AJ Case Management provide services to clients and their families who have suffered life changing accidents, which have left them with physical, cognitive, emotional and behavioural changes. The organisation recognises and values the skills that veterans and Reservists can bring to the workforce, and in their growing team they have employed several staff members who are former service personnel.  Two of their employees,…

Royal Naval Reservist encourages others to follow in his footsteps

A Royal Naval Reservist is encouraging other service leavers to consider a career with the Reserve Forces. Simon Richards works for Atheniem, an independent Tactical Data Link and C4I consultancy and training organisation who specialise in providing operational and technical support.  After leaving the Royal Navy and starting his new civilian career with Atheniem, he took the plunge and applied to join the…

Halfords Reservist celebrates Reserves Day from the Gulf

A Halfords employee and military Reservist is celebrating this year’s Reserves Day from the Gulf. Charlotte Kertrestel (29) is a member of the Royal Naval Reserve and will be spending Reserves Day deployed with the UK Maritime Component Command (UKMCC) headquarters in Bahrain as part of a six month mobilisation. Charlotte, who joined Halfords as a Digital Product Owner in 2018, said: “I…

Army Reservist helps the COVID support force

An Armed Forces Liaison Manager is one of many Reservists across the UK who swapped their civilian role to work with the military during the Covid-19 pandemic. Darren Knight works full-time for recruitment firm Pertemps at their Birmingham office in his usual business capacity, assisting people from the military community to help find jobs in civilian roles.  He has also been an Army…

Reserves Day Business Breakfast success

During Armed Forces week our Association held a Business Breakfast event in partnership with the Black Country Chamber of Commerce to celebrate Reserves Day on the 26th June. The event was held at the West Bromwich Army Reserve Centre, home to 237 Supply Squadron who are part of 159 Regiment Royal Logistic Corps.  It provided an opportunity for regional businesses to network with…

Black Country Army Reserve unit to receive Freedom of Dudley Borough

A Stourbridge based military intelligence unit will be officially granted freedom of the Borough of Dudley at Himley Hall and Park during the council run Armed Forces Day on Sunday 30th June. The unit, based at an Army Reserve Centre in Swinford Road, Stourbridge, will be presented with a freedom scroll by the Mayor of Dudley.  Troops will parade on the lawn in…

Police Inspector leads the way with role in Army Reserve

A serving Police Inspector from Warwickshire is championing the benefits of a different uniformed service as part of the upcoming Reserves Day and Armed Forces Day celebrations. Lucy Sewell is a full-time Inspector at Warwickshire Police Force and also the Officer Commanding of 48 (City of Birmingham) Signal Squadron, an Army Reserve unit based in Birmingham, in her spare time. She explained:  “I…

Halfords sail ahead for supporting Reserve Forces

A Birmingham-based Royal Naval Reservist will be one of many to celebrate Reserves Day with her employers this week. Charlotte Kertrestel, 28, works full-time as a Digital Product Owner for the cycling and motoring retailer Halfords.  In her spare time she is a Sub-Lieutenant with HMS Forward which is the only Royal Naval Reserve (RNR) unit in the land-locked West Midlands region. At…