A bit more about me.
Ive been receiving more questions about my back ground and what it is about my background that makes me ‘the normal man on the street’. I thought i would give everyone a a bit more biographical info so i have something to refer people to so they can get more time asking me the questions they really want!
I joined the army and signed my papers just after i turned 18. I did 10 weeks basic training and 8 months of trade training. I started my first tour with a posting to Cyprus where the UK holds authority over two regions of the island. I was posted to Airfield Troop, which was part of 259 Signal Sqn. and i spent the next 2 and a half years honing all the skills i was trained in. While posted here the war in Kosovo erupted and i was sent to Kosovo for a 3 month secondment along with several compatriots to provided extra manpower for a major project. The 3 months of applying my trade doing 12 on 12 off shifts was very valuable. This was at the end of my tour of Cyprus and i found out i would be promoted and posted to N. Ireland.
I spent 18 months in N. Ireland. From there i was posted to 21 Signal Regiment(AS) Colerne here in the UK. This was where i spent the final years of my army career and is also the location i was sent from into theatre the most. From here i did a 3 month tour of Bosnia.
In 2003 we went to war with Iraq. I was sent along with most of my unit to provide air support to the RAF. This was not the end for me though as a few months after my return i was sent out again for 6 months missing Xmas and the new year in the UK. It sucks being on tour over Xmas and new year. I actually met my wife in the gap between my two tours but that’s another story. I handed in my NTT (notice to terminate) while in Iraq for personal reasons, and left 12 months later.
From end of 2004 onwards has been my career as a civilian. I applied myself and started work as a project manager in early 2005 and i have been practicing that profession ever since.
I have had other jobs. Before the Army I worked in a box factory making boxes for Harrods. Before that i worked in a meat factory putting courgettes on kabab sticks and before that i was a trainee administrator at an employment agency. I even worked at NSD in Scunthorpe before my project manager career began.
This is my back ground and it why i believe i can call myself a normal guy.