From the Military to Munitions: Meet our veterans

This week we are celebrating Armed Forces Week. 
We are proud to have a number of Reservist and veteran colleagues working in our Munitions business and we recognise the valuable contribution they make to the Armed Forces and the experience and skills they bring to our workplace. 
 
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    Marcus

    Joint MASS Partnering Team (JMPT) Leader 

    BAE Systems Land UK
  • I joined BAE Systems in 2011. Prior to that, I had served for over 30 years in the British Army. My career took me to Berlin (before the Wall came down), Zimbabwe as part of a British Military Training Team, Iraq, Macedonia, Bosnia and Afghanistan. As a logistician, in the Royal Corps of Transport and then the Royal Logistic Corps, I am fully aware of the need for a responsive supply chain that delivers a safe and high quality product. I believe that I am still very much contributing to that supply chain, albeit now, out of uniform.
     
    The JMPT is responsible and accountable for the management and delivery of the Munitions Acquisition Supply Solution (MASS) Programme, which is the contract to supply munitions to the UK Ministry of Defence. 
     
    As part of my role, I act as the liaison between the Munitions business and the Front Line Commands of the army. My experience as a veteran gives me the perfect opportunity to work closely with the military ensuring that we have a good understanding of our customer’s requirements. I also arrange site visits to give our customers the opportunity to see the quality of our products and speak to our employees first hand. 
     
    I see it very much as my role to help the understanding of soldiers, from Private to General, of what lies behind the complex manufacturing processes for our ammunition and to ensure they understand how munitions get from factory to fox hole. The hosting of visits to our sites is very much part of spreading this understanding at all levels across the ‘Green Army’.  
     
    Outside of work, I continue to raise money for the Army Benevolent fund and the Royal British Legion. I have a brother serving with the Royal Logistic Corps, the same Corps in which I served, and a nephew, commissioned into the Parachute Regiment, who has just returned from an Operational Tour in Afghanistan.
     
    I was extremely proud to serve in the Armed Forces, which left me with irreplaceable memories and lifelong friends. 
  • Image of Huw, a Land UK employee and former RAF

    Huw

    Senior Portfolio Manager

    BAE Systems Land UK
  • This is me when I was the Senior Instructor (SI) at the Rapier Training Unit – here with our Air Officer Commanding (AOC) demonstrating the Rapier Short Range Air Defence system to him.
     
    I served in the Royal Air Force for 18 years, starting as an apprentice at RAF Halton and then as a Commissioned Officer in the RAF Regiment. It taught me so much about myself.
     
    I joined BAE Systems in 2003 and enjoy my role because of my first-hand experience of our end-users and I understand how important it is to develop products of such a high quality.