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Reserve Forces & Cadets Association
Northern Ireland



17 March 2016

The ‘big guns’ were rolled out at Hillsborough Castle this weekend to mark the 64th anniversary of the Queen’s accession to the throne.  The 21 Gun Royal Salute in honour of the longest reigning monarch in British history was fired by Army Reserve officers and soldiers from 206 (Ulster) Battery, Royal Artillery based at Coleraine and Newtownards, timed precisely to coincide with  similar ceremonies in London, Edinburgh and Cardiff.

The prestigious traditional event also provided an opportunity to showcase to employers from the health and social care sectors the work done by Reserve Forces’ medics.

Welcoming guests, Colonel Johnny Rollins MBE, Chief Executive of the Reserve Forces & Cadets Association Northern Ireland, praised the dedication and expertise shown by hundreds of local men and women who balance part-time medical roles in the Reserve Forces with demanding civilian careers and spoke of the benefits which they bring back to their civilian workplaces.

He said, “We are hugely grateful not only to the healthcare professionals who choose to ‘go the extra mile’ by devoting personal time, expertise and enthusiasm to Reserve service, but also to the employers who give them their backing. The valuable support which the sector gives to Reserve medics is genuinely appreciated and we are continuously working to ensure that the benefits of military service flow back into the civilian workplace.  Professional development and accredited, nationally recognised training and qualifications bring clear benefits, but our tri-service medics also bring to their ‘day job’ important skills such as positive work ethos, confidence, leadership and communication skills and the ability to work under extreme pressure.”

Pictured above after the formalities of the day are (from left): The Lord Lieutenant’s Cadet Amy Attwell; Athene Gordon,Northern Ireland Employment Engagement Director with the Ministry of Defence; David Lindsay, Her Majesty’s Lord Lieutenant for the County of Down; Dr Richard Wright, Medical Director of the Southern Health & Social Care Trust, and his wife Jackie, from Ballylesson.