Flight Sergeant Chris Ward joined the RAF Police Reserves 16 years ago because he felt it would offer him an opportunity to specialise and travel the world. As you will see from his story the RAF Reserves has certainly lived up to his expectations.
To date he has travelled throughout Europe, the Middle East, Iceland, Canada, USA and Belize. His chosen trade has proven flexible by fitting around his lifestyle and is always delivering on those amazing experiences.
In March Chris mobilised as part of OP RESCRIPT to work alongside his regular RAF Police colleagues at RAF Wittering, where, for 4 months he was in charge of law enforcement and investigations. The section was really busy, and he found myself involved in changing security processes to align with government guidance such as social distancing and training personnel for a range of tasks in support of Covid-resilience.
In July he took command of a Mobile Testing Unit, managing a team of 12 military personnel travelling around East Anglia to Covid testing hotspots. He also trained up teams of civilian contractors to took over the role at the end of the summer.
Chris has returned to his civilian role now as an Actuary but feels incredibly proud to have done his ‘bit’ in the fight against the pandemic. He feels blessed to have the support of his family especially as his partner is a Teacher and he is very grateful to his employer for allowing him to mobilise at such short notice.