Meet Our Armed Forces Reservists | Compass Group UK&I

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  • Deborah Crampton

    ESS General Manager, Prince William of Gloucester Barracks

    I have been in the Army Reserve for 14 years and I'm a Lance Corporal in 160 Transport Squadron Royal Logistics Corps which I joined in Oct 2021. Previously, I served in 167 Catering Support Regiment Royal Logistics Corps. My husband serves in the Army, meaning I've always had an interest in the military and thought it would be a great way to travel and learn new skills and, after attending a familiarisation weekend at the 167 Regiment Headquarters in Grantham, I became hooked.
    During my time in the 167 Catering Support Regiment Royal Logistic Corps, I travelled with the British Army to several different locations across the world, including USA, Gibraltar, and Germany, providing catering to Army personnel in many environments  
    In April 2020, the Army called up Reservists in support of the nation’s response to COVID-19, as part of Operation Rescript. I was mobilised for 12 months, stationed out of Normandy Barracks, which is based in the Garrison town of Aldershot, as part of the support team for the staff from HQ, Standing Joint Command (SJC) which is the taskforce responsible for the military’s operational response to Covid-19 and JMC(SE).
  • Chris Van Maren

    Steward - ESS Offshore

    How long have you been a Reservist: 20 years

    What rank are you: Trooper

    Which Regiment/Unit are you in: Household Cavalry (The Life Guards)

    Best part of being a Reservist: Knowing you are ready if required

    Favourite quote: Not a quote but a word…Phenomenal

    Special Ability: Marksman

    Weakness: Chocolate

  • Stephen Phillips

    Chef - ESS

    How long have you been a Reservist: 6 years

    What rank are you: Lance Corporal

    Which Regiment/Unit are you in: 280 Sqn, 162 Regt RLC

    Best part of being a Reservist: The opportunities it gives and after 14 years as a regular still being able to be part of the military family.

    Favourite quote: Hurry up & wait

    Special Ability: Being able to feed soldiers in any given circumstances or situations.

    Weakness: Being too nice!