Physiotherapist Jude Dunn (42) spent a weekend last month away from her day job, playing a vital role on Salisbury Plain.
Jude, otherwise known as Flying Officer Dunn, is a Medical Support Officer in the Royal Auxiliary Air Force (RAuxAF) and was participating in Exercise Chiltern Kite, the largest RAuxAF exercise in living memory.
Approximately 226 personnel from 13 different Squadrons have been training in key functions in support of operations such as intelligence, a variety of medical roles, logistics, media operations and force protection.
In her role as Medical Support, Jude is part of a team which provides field hospital based medical and surgical support to the Armed Forces in times of conflict or war, or in this case, an exercise in humanitarian aid.
Jude has been a Reservist for eleven years. She initially trained with the Army Reserves, deploying to Iraq in 2003 as a Signaller, when she received a GOC (General Officer Commanding) commendation for her work.
Upon returning to the UK, Jude retrained and read Physiotherapy at Coventry University, qualifying in 2008.
She transferred from the Territorial Army to the RAF Reserves in 2011, and now serves with 612 Squadron, based at RAF Leuchers.
Jude commissioned as a RAF Auxiliary Officer in December 2011; a “proud moment” for her friends and family.
She cites “the challenge and adrenaline of the job” as being her main motivation to serve within the RAF Reserve, and is looking forward to future training and deployments.
The RAF Reserves is made up of Royal Auxiliary Air Force squadrons across the UK, who employ part-time volunteer Reservists. A role in the Reserves offers you the best of both worlds. Not only will you get the chance to train and work alongside regular RAF personnel, at home and overseas, but you’ll also take the new skills you develop back to your day job.
As an RAF Reservist, you’ll need to bring your passion, dedication and team spirit to everything you do.