This last year has been incomparable for so many, including our reservists. Reserves day provides us the perfect opportunity to celebrate our reservist, like RAF Police Reservist Corporal Gowland.
In March 2020 the UK government requested the support of Reserve personnel who were able to mobilise and join the effort to manage the impending pandemic here in the UK.
Like many of our amazing reservists, Cpl Gowland immediately volunteered to mobilise and since then he has been on active duty at RAF Brize Norton working within the Air Transport Security Flight (ATSy).
Being based at RAF Brize Norton on ATSy has provided Cpl Gowland with an invaluable experience, enabling him to take on the responsibility for the security of the aircraft on base; personnel going on and off the aircraft; passenger, luggage and freight processing; the general security of the airfield and VIP transportation.
RAF Brize Norton is not only used by personnel for deployment but is also used by civilians and VIPs on various national and international tasks.
Cpl Gowland said:
By the time my full-time service comes to an end this summer I will have served as a regular for 16 consecutive months. Needless to say, the 26th June 2021 will be an important day for me as the UK Armed Forces celebrates their reserve forces.
For a great many of us the Covid-19 Pandemic has been a huge struggle. It has been a year of not being able to do very much, and a year of loneliness. I feel like I have been incredibly lucky to have taken the decision to join the reserves back in 2012. I’m going to look back on this time and have so many stories. I will be able to say that the year was a time of progression, learning and challenge. I’ve met so many amazing people and I’ve learnt so much about the RAF and the role I have to play. I have also had the opportunity to progress in my RAF career as I’m now in charge of my shift and overseeing two regulars.