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  Hospital nurse raises the flag for Armed Forces Day 

Annette in Afghanistan with the 256 City of London Field Hospital
Annette in Afghanistan with the 256 City of London Field Hospital

Armed Forces Day on Saturday 30 June will be a proud moment for local theatre nurse Annette Bodden-Whisker who has served as a reservist in the Territorial Army (TA).

Annette, who works at Central Middlesex Hospital, is attached to the 256 City of London Field Hospital and served in Afghanistan during the height of the conflict.

“I’ve no regrets about joining the TA. You travel, meet new friends and develop your own professional skills. The Army has a real ‘can do’ attitude where everyone mucks in to get the job done. Everyone just gets on with it.

“Afghanistan was the peak of my nursing career to date and I was helping treat a variety of wounds including gun shot and shrapnel wounds and blast injuries from grenades and improvised explosive devices. It was fascinating work and good to be part of such a close-knit team.”

Annette, who holds the rank of corporal and is the recipient of four medals, won’t hesitate to recommend the TA to anyone.

“It’s a fantastic experience. I’ve learned so much more about myself as well as additional nursing skills and training trips to places like mainland Europe, America Canada.”

Armed Forces Day is a chance to show your support for the men and women who make up the Armed Forces community: from currently serving troops to Service families, veterans and cadets.

More than 5,000 of these reservists come from medical services in the TA including nurses, doctors and physiotherapists.

The Reserve Forces make up approximately one sixth of our Armed Forces personnel and are integral to protecting the nation’s security at home and overseas, particularly providing capability in specialist areas such as medical and cyber security.

Reservists are currently supporting operations worldwide including in Afghanistan, Iraq, Bahrain, Estonia, South Sudan, Cyprus and Somalia.

Annette recently received her long-service medal for ten years as a reservist.