creates sparks with RAF Reserves
Photographs by Corporal Mark Dixon - UK
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AN RAF Reservist from Liverpool spent
the May bank holiday weekend participating in an international military skills
competition, where he competed against military reservist teams from across the
UK and Europe.
Alistair Gough (46), who works at Jaguar Land Rover in civilian life, brings his
skills to the RAF Reserves as a General Technician (Electrical) with Number 611
(West Lancashire) Squadron, based at RAF Woodvale.
Alistair said that:- "I've always been interested in
the military, and often thought about getting involved, but life, work and
family kept me too busy to take the next step. A colleague told me about
opportunities with the RAF Reserves, and since joining last year, I've never
During the Altcar Challenge based at Hightown near Formby, Merseyside, Alistair
and other UK reservists from the RAF, Army and Navy, as well as NATO allies,
competed as teams against each other in a range of challenges that tested their
mental and physical fitness and military skills.
Alistair joined the growing RAF Reserves in 2014 to embrace the exciting
challenges and opportunities that come as a reservist on the front line, as well
as to learn new skills and experiences. Just before tackling the Altcar rifle
range shooting competition, he added:- "The range of experiences and
opportunities offered by the RAF Reserves is truly impressive. It doesn't matter
who you are, where you're from, or how old you are, there's a role waiting for
you with the RAF."