Celebrating Reserves Day
Stuart Gray, Head of Business Development for Training Support group, is a Lieutenant Colonel in the Army Reserve and this year marks the 40th year Stuart has served in both the regular Army and as a reserve. Eager to become part of the armed forces Stuart joined the Territorial Army in September 1979 progressed to the Royal Artillery in 1980.
In 1989 he was selected to serve on a 2-year exchange in New Zealand and as a result of this tour was awarded the Chief of the General Staff commendation. Stuart was promoted to Lieutenant Colonel in 2005 and his last regular appointment before retiring in 2011 involved working with the RAF at the Joint Air Land Organisation responsible for Air Land and JTAC training.
Shortly after retiring in 2011 Stuart joined the commercial world advising and delivering innovative training solutions to meet the challenges of Joint Effects integration across military and civilian security environments. Stuart continues to serve in the Army Reserves and joined MASS in 2018.
This year, Stuart was invited by Allied Rapid Reaction Corp (ARRC) HQ to help skipper one of two Royal Artillery Yacht Club yachts taking part in the 75th anniversary of the Normandy landing celebrations on 6th June 1944. Stuart felt extremely honoured to be asked to take part in this expedition not only because of his dedicated 40 years of service but because of his personal family connection to the landings. Stuart’s Great Uncle, Gordon Gray, was an 18-year-old Royal Marine signaller on a landing craft assault in the first wave of soldiers to disembark onto Sword beach. In 2004, Stuart was privileged to accompany Gordon to the 60th Anniversary and stood on Sword beach with him, this was the first time Gordon had returned since 1944.
Stuart commented “It was a great privilege to be able to stand with my Uncle Gordon on the 60th anniversary in 2004 and when asked to go back for the 75th events this year was very special to me and my family. To stand on the beach on the 6th of June and remember the exceptional things that were done by those normal young men and women on that momentous day was particularly moving”
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