Outwell mum and son part of military effort to tackle coronavirus
Mother and son RAF reservists from Outwell are primed and ready to support a military operation to help tackle the coronavirus pandemic.
Aircraftman Terry Davis (18) and Senior Aircraftman Gemma Davis (42) are mobilised and could be required at any time to help out with Op Rescript.
Both are attached to RAF Wittering as Royal Air Force Reservists with the 504 (County of Nottingham) Squadron.
Terry joined last July and aspires to become an RAF driver and may join up as a regular. His driver training will take place at RAF Wittering and, like many other reservists, he is keen to help with the relief effort.
He said: “I just want to get involved really and help out. Being in 504 Squadron is a nice taster and it’s a good way to get your foot in the door.”
Gemma is a fully-qualified military driver with 504 Squadron, who joined up in 2014 and, most recently, has been deployed to RAF Marham in Norfolk. Balancing her Reservist career and being a full-time mum is no mean feat.
She said: “It’s like another family. Everyone supports each other in the Reserves and the Regulars as well. I enjoy my job the most when I’m in the truck and feel like I’m doing something useful.”
504 Squadron is part of Reserve Logistic Support Wing (RLSW) which also includes 501 Squadron at RAF Brize Norton and 605 Squadron at RAF Cosford. Collectively, RLSW has mobilised nearly 60 reservists who are ready to support Operation Rescript.
504 (County of Nottingham) Squadron was first formed in 1928 and has an impressive military history. Today 504 Squadron is a Reserve Logistics Support Unit which recruits, trains and employs RAF chefs, drivers, suppliers and technicians.
Squadron Leader Andy Ham is Officer Commanding 504 Squadron. He said: “Being mobilised means that you are ready to move. Your kit is organised and you are waiting for the call that tells you where the job is and when to be there.”
Group Captain Jo Lincoln is the Station Commander at RAF Wittering and Commanding Officer of the A4 Force Elements. She said: “Readiness is everything in times like these, and our airmen and airwomen must be fit and ready to serve at any time. A serious part of being a reservist is being available, contactable and prepared to go at a moment’s notice.”
The Station Commander continued: “I know full well that our reserve units are ready and resilient, and they can respond quickly to the challenges coronavirus may bring and make real contributions to the defence of this country.”