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Weekly Edition - Published  02 May 2016


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Merseyside electrician creates sparks with RAF Reserves
Photographs by Corporal Mark Dixon - UK MOD Crown Copyright

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 looked back."

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."


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