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Located in the vibrant Cardiff Bay, the Welsh Big Curry Lunch is not just Located in the vibrant Cardiff Bay, the Welsh Big Curry Lunch is not just a lunch, but a gathering of friends and an opportunity for business a lunch, but a gathering of friends and an opportunity for business professionals to invite colleagues and clients for a spot of networking. professionals to invite colleagues and clients for a spot of networking. Location Location Vindico Arena, Olympian Drive, Cardiff, CF11 0JS Vindico Arena, Olympian Drive, Cardiff, CF11 0JS

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WELCOME Welcome to issue 003 of Eyes Front. Keeping your eye on the ball for military events Hello and welcome to the February/March issue of Eyes Front! Eyes Front! as some of you may know is produced by the team at the National Armed Forces & Emergency Services Events and it has been a very busy 2024 already. January saw the launch of the National Armed Forces & Emergency Services Event Directory 2024 at the Civil Service Club, Whitehall, London, which saw speeches from NAFESE’s Mal Robinson and Military vs Cancer’s David Bathgate, followed by a superb curry supper. The subject of curry brings me onto one of the main topics within this issue as we are delighted to be media partner for the Welsh Big Curry produced by the Army Benevolent Fund. Eyes Front! will be on show at the event being held at Vindico

THE VETERANS GROWTH EVENT THURSDAY 16TH MARCH, BRISTOL BS3 2EJ, UK Could this be the Veterans event of the year? With the community we have, how could it not! Our Mission for the day is to create a welcome environment to enable every attendee to maximise the benefit and value from the opportunities available. We want to help those that need it, highlight the amazing opportunies out there and this year we want to shine a light on the Veteran Professionals out there doing unbelievable things. How we aim to achieve this, below are the Expected Benefits to each audience group. Service Leavers • Access to Recruitment teams, Training providers, and Business Insight. • Networking with Veterans who can give the actual GEN on industry.


Arena in Cardiff Bay on February 22. Inside this edition, we feature our own forces’ curry recipe and a look at some of the best Indian restaurants to visit for 2024. Elsewhere in this issue, we look forward to The Gen Dit Network Event (which Eyes Front! will be made available at) and the Defence Procurement Research Technology Explorability (DPRTE) 2024 event. As ever, we hope you enjoy reading this issue as much as we do putting it all together. Kind regards, J. Britton, Editor, Eyes Front!

• Coaching and CV workshops. • Attend Veteran seminars to learn best practise. • Free limited gizzets, Free Lunch, Free raffle, Free Professional Headshot. Veterans • An opportunity to help those leaving the service. • An opportunity to talk with fellow oppos. • To explore alternative industry opportunities. • Grow veteran business. • Free limited gizzets, Free Lunch, Free raffle, Free Professional Headshot. Businesses • Company marketing in the military community. • Direct access to a Service Leavers candidate group with possible SC/DV .clearance, ELCAS to use and ready to move into a new role. • Direct access to a Veteran professional group that have a wealth of experience that could be looking for their next role. • Access to understand and engage with the Veteran community • Create evidence to any AFC commitments and ESG policies. • Free limited gizzets, Free Lunch, Free raffle, Free Professional Headshot. Together, we can do something special.

NEWS Red Arrows unveil Canada tour as part of diamond season plans Sixty seasons of dynamic displays inspiring millions of people will be celebrated by the Red Arrows in 2024. The Royal Air Force Aerobatic Team officially launched their diamond anniversary campaign recently – including unveiling special artwork that will be carried on each of the team’s distinctive Hawk jets. A new nine-aircraft show is part of plans for the milestone season, featuring manoeuvres not seen for a generation in the Red Arrows’ display routine, which changes each year. Also announced today is a five-week overseas tour by the team, staged later this summer, to help mark the centennial of the Royal Canadian Air Force. Squadron Leader Jon Bond, who will be the Team Leader – flying as Red 1 – for the first time in 2024, said: “The whole of the Royal Air Force Aerobatic Team is focussed on celebrating 60 display seasons in the best way possible – performing the Red Arrows’ trademark Diamond Nine formation in our diamond year, for families to enjoy across the United Kingdom and further afield. “Having been to many airshows as a child, I hope our new team and exciting show will have the same impact on those watching in 2024 as it did on me as a young person – to be inspired through what teamwork can achieve and spur a lifelong passion for aviation.

The Red Arrows formed in 1964, as an amalgamation of previous RAF teams, with a first public performance at Little Rissington in May 1965 – heralding the inaugural display season. Since then, almost 5,000 shows have been completed in 57 countries in front of hundreds of millions of people and at everything from country fairs and major airshows to international events and state occasions. The anniversary artwork, applied on the side and tailfin of the team’s aircraft, acknowledges the Diamond Season and includes outlines of two Red Arrows Hawk jets, trailing patriotic colours. Squadron Leader Bond said: “The logos are a subtle, yet stylish, nod towards the team’s heritage but are also a reminder that our aim is very much to inspire for the future. “For example, many of the events we’ll be part of this year will bring people together to encourage individuals to look at the importance of the STEM subjects of science, technology, engineering and maths and the role they play in powering the work of the RAF.” Preparations for the new season are underway at the team’s home base of RAF Waddington in Lincolnshire, with the first nine-aircraft formation of the year flown earlier this week during a training sortie – bringing back an iconic shape not seen since 2021. It is expected the first public show of the 2024 campaign will be in late-May. UK and mainland European displays are expected to be staged in May, June, July, the first half of August and early-October. Dates for these shows – coordinated by the RAF’s Events Team – will be released shortly. The tour to Canada, named Maple Hawk, will not take place until the second-half of August and follows an invitation made by the Royal Canadian Air Force. There will be a combination of flypasts, ground engagements and displays, with appearances at established airshows including: • Air Show Atlantic – Greenwood, Nova Scotia • Canadian International Air Show – Toronto, Ontario • Airshow London – London, Ontario • Aero Gatineau-Ottawa – Quebec 55

NAFESE - WHAT’S COMING UP? National Armed Forces & Emergency Services Events Series What’s On For 2024 It has already been a busy year for the NAFESE team. In January the National Armed Forces & Emergency Services Community Directory was launched for 2024 at The Civil Service Club in London. February saw the second installment of Troops into Transportation, Logistics and Engineering (North), held at Catterick Leisure Centre. An array of exhibitors were present to discuss recruitment and training opportunities within these sectors. The first of March sees the second chapter of Everything ELCAS at Andover Leisure Centre from 1300 to 1600. Everything ELCAS 2 is a specialist event for the Armed Forces community in which a variety of training providers will be on hand to offer advice on how to use forces educational allowances as well as promote their courses - more of this later in the magazine. April sees the inaugural Services Sports Awards take place at the Stadium of Light in Sunderland and is a celebration for the ethos of service through sports. The awards are a follow on from the 2023 Services Awards, which celebrated the best in service from armed to emergency to volunteer. There was a flurry of nominations from the sporting world, so much so, it was deemed enough to produce the first ever Services Sports Awards. The criteria for the awards is as follows: A person, group, unit or programme that has gone above and beyond in the field of sports or a competitive environment within the time period of February 1, 2023 to February 1, 2024, either through or outside of the working environment. Open to both serving and former personnel towards a sporting goal be it professional ,personal or charitable cause in the form of any recognised sport, either in person and/or virtual. The awards are divided into 8 categories • Most Outstanding Royal Navy Services Sports Award • Most Outstanding Fire Services Sports Award • Most Outstanding British Army Services Sports Award • Most Outstanding Police Services Sports Award • Most Outstanding Royal Air Force Services Sports Award • Most Outstanding NHS/Healthcare Services Sports Award • Most Outstanding Volunteer Services Sports Award • Most Outstanding Overall Services Sports Award Nominations can be made by both the forces/services communities and the general public and please send your reasons why to hospitality@nafese2023.com with a deadline of February 29. 6

Thursday May 16 is the date for the second National Armed Forces & Emergency Services Event again taking place at the Stadium of Light, Sunderland. The event is a daytime exhibition and celebration of the ethos of service for the forces and blue light communities under one roof. The event features an Armed Forces Veterans Breakfast Club (open to blue light services and the attendees in general), a STEM Village for local schools and colleges, a Recruitment & Resettlement Zone and Regional Showcase Hub. More information on our main National flagship event can be found at www.nafese2023.com June sees no respite in the NAFESE schedule as the first Forces into Franchising & Business Event takes place at the Lamex Stadium in Stevenage. Following feedback from attendees at previous NAFESE events, there was a large amount of requests to stage another specialist forces event, this time looking at the world of franchising and business for would be service leavers, with 1 in 7 people in military resettlement entering these sectors. Forces into Franchising & Business takes place on Thursday June 27. The second Services Awards takes place on Thursday July 4 at the Stadium of Light, Sunderland, following on from last year’s huge success. The awards celebrate the best in service - keep an eye out for the nominations opening later this year. Rounding off the year to date is Services into Space - an event held at the Army Flying Museum in Middle Wallop, Hampshire. With the tagline of “sending your career into orbit” - Services into Space is the latest addition to the NAFESE event roster and will focus upon leavers from the forces and blue light services, wishing to look at the ever growing space industry as the next step in their career. Services into Space takes place on Thursday November 28. For more information on all of the events mentioned above please contact hospitality@nafese2023.com , visit www. nafese2023.com and keep an eye on our social media platforms - predominantly Facebook (National Armed Forces & Emergency Services Event) or our Facebook Group Forces and Blue Light Events, LinkedIn (National Armed Forces & Emergency Services Event) and Instagram with the user name - @nafese_events We hope to see you at some point in 2024!

Everything ELCAS Returns…This Time In Andover Everything ELCAS 2 is the second event of its kind aimed solely at getting better advice on forces educational credits. Everything ELCAS 2 is the second event to cover training providers for the forces community. Following on from the success of the first Everything ELCAS in Catterick in July, the second installment arrives on Friday March 1 at Andover Leisure Centre from 1300 to 1600 hours. A wide range of exhibitors will be on show offering advice on Enhanced Learning Credits and Standard Learning Credits for those in the military who want to better themselves as well as those looking to resettle out of the military and of course ex-military personnel who have not used their credits yet.

Come along on the day and say hello - it could be a life changer. You can even win a training course in fire risk assessment, courtesy of Kaden Fire Safety. This is a course in fire risk assessment and can land roles which command salaries between £45-£60,000. All you need to do to be in with a chance of winning this fantastic opportunity is to attend on the day, in which a free raffle ticket will be given out and then drawn out of the hat later at the event. For more information on the event email hospitality@ nafese2023.com or search “Everything ELCAS 2” on www. eventbrite.co.uk or scan the QR code below. Free tea, coffee and biscuits as standard!

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FORCES IN FOCUS Image shows the Royal Air Force Typhoons operating in and around Nellis Air Force Base. Exercise Red Flag is an advanced aerial combat training exercise held annually by United States Air Force in Nevada. It provides an important opportunity to reaffirm the RAF’s close ties with the United States Air Force and the Royal Australian Air Force. It also provides the RAF with unparalleled training, preparing its Aviators for operations 8

against any adversary that may choose to confront the UK. Integrating with the United States Air Force and Royal Australian Air Force allows future air operations to be conducted together more effectively. RAF presence includes, 8 Typhoon aircraft, 1 A330 Voyager aircraft, Rivet Joint aircrew and Air C2 elements from 19 and 20 Squadron.

Image: Crown Copyright 2024. AS1 Jake Hobbs RAF. 9

TTLE NORTH INC SUNDERLAND LGV Troops Into Transportation Logistics & Engineering North - A Review Event Director, Mal Robinson oversaw proceedings, Robinson said: “it was another superb event from the NAFESE team and another great chance to network for both attendees and exhibitor to exhibitor. I can never stress enough the importance of networking, even if you have a strong circle of professional contacts, you can never network enough in my opinion. We received some fantastic feedback from attendees and exhibitors alike, with some stressing it was the best forces networking event they had attended to date, which makes it all worthwhile, doing what we do.” Keep your eyes on the NAFESE social media platforms for news of further TTLE events in your area. One of the exhibitors from the event, Sunderland LGV Driver Training is looking to grow their footprint into the forces community, after years of top class training providing to the public in general. The second Troops into Transportation, Logistics & Engineering (North) took place on Thursday February 8 at Catterick Leisure Centre and was once again a great networking success for both serving personnel, veterans and families of both. Exhibitors including Yorkshire Water, 1st Line Defence, BES Group, The Institute of Supply Chain Management, CTTS Group, Recruitrite, Darlington College, Sunderland LGV Driver Training and many more were on hand to provide recruitment and training opportunities for these sectors in particular.


Check out Sunderland LGV Driver Training online at https:// sunderlandlgvdrivertraining.co.uk/ They can also be contacted via telephone at 0191 565 6785 / 0191 584 5774 Here’s what previous pupils have said about Sunderland LGV Driver Training… Huge thank you to the team at Sunderland lgv, they managed to get me through my class 1 with flying colours with great training from LEE and David, these two really do make you feel at ease.

Would highly recommend, great bunch of lads and lasses. Thanks again. Paul Fenwick I did the week course. Having not drove a LGV for nearly two years I got in and felt at ease. Managing to pass 1st time. 100% recommend. Karl Harvey Jnr. Absolutely amazing team. Such fabulous support and encouragement from start to finish helping me pass my C1 first time with no minors. Can’t recommend enough!

NOMINATE NOW FOR THE SERVICES SPORTS AWARDS Celebrating the ethos of service through sports. The team behind the National Armed Forces & Emergency Services Event and the 2023 Services Awards is delighted to announce the launch of another first for the services sector - The 2024 Services Sports Awards. Following feedback from attendees and persons nominating for the 2023 Services Awards, which celebrated the best in Service from armed to emergency to volunteer, there was deemed enough demand to stage a separate event to honour the greatest sporting achievements within the services community for 2023/24. The 2023 Services Awards saw the likes of a British Army Superbike contestant nominated, whilst two firefighters from Hampshire took home the Most Outstanding Fire Service Award for their efforts in rowing the Atlantic Ocean. Now, serving personnel and veterans from the three emergency services, the three branches of the forces and the volunteer arena have their own stage in which to focus sporting successes. Taking place on Thursday April 11, 2024 at the Montgomery Suite, Stadium of Light, Sunderland, the evening will begin with a drinks reception in the Business Lounge before dinner is served in what will be a black tie event. The awards ceremony will round off a memorable evening. Criteria A person, group, unit or programme that has gone above and beyond in the field of sports or a competitive environment within the time period of February 1, 2023 to February 1, 2024, either through or outside of the working environment. Open to both serving and former personnel towards a sporting goal be it professional ,personal or

charitable cause in the form of any recognised sport, either in person and/or virtual. The most outstanding overall winner will be selected from the group of category winners by the judging panel. There are 8 categories in total and the criteria is set out below. 1. Most Outstanding Royal Navy Services Sports Award 2. Most Outstanding Fire Services Sports Award 3. Most Outstanding British Army Services Sports Award 4. Most Outstanding Police Services Sports Award 5. Most Outstanding Royal Air Force Services Sports Award 6. Most Outstanding NHS/Healthcare Services Sports Award 7. Most Outstanding Volunteer Services Sports Award 8. Most Outstanding Overall Services Sports Award Email the NAFESE team with your nomination and reasons why stating which category this is for at hospitality@nafese2023.com Nominations close Monday March 4. Shortlisted nominees will be announced in due course following this date. Tickets for the awards are available at £65 per person and includes a 3-course meal. Tables of ten are available at £590 each. Please enquire via the email address above. Sponsorship opportunities are also available. 11

MARK BILLINGHAM The Main Interview - Billingham on the BBC

Eyes Front! writer Mal Robinson caught up with former SAS member and now one of the stars of SAS TV series - SAS Who Dares Wins - Mark Billingham MBE to chat about his talk in tour, his new BBC TV series and SAS TV. We began our latest chat by asking Mark or “Billy” as he is better known about how his latest tour worked out… “Yes all good, it has been going really well. The crowds have been bigger, we sold out more venues and we changed the material up a bit as well. You learn a lot as you go along as to what works and what doesn’t and so we put together what was working - and it did work, it worked really well” Billy begins. “It is exhausting, if I am honest, hitting the road every night, but it is well worth it as the crowds were brilliant” the former SAS man continues. With Eyes Front! predominantly being a forces events magazine, I ask Billy what makes a great event in his opinion? “What makes a great event is the people. Just their reactions, it is always a surprise because when you are talking you try and judge how people are feeling, where I feel there is a bit of humour and people should laugh, sometimes they do and sometimes they don’t. What was good for me on this tour, I went to Harrogate and did a talk in there and I had never been there before and a coachload of young squaddies turned up with their instructors and they were all waiting for me outside and I just thought that for me was brilliant. I felt the fact that they are listening to things I am putting out there and getting inspiration from it just makes you feel really good. It was good to meet them and they had a great night and the instructors with them loved it just as much as the young recruits and then there have been a couple of venues like Liverpool, where a bunch of cadets turned up and then 25 cadets turned up in Devon so that’s been brilliant. I have also caught up with some great old friends from the early eighties at Para Reg that I never realised they even liked me, people from the Battalion you didn’t even know. I have had ex-Sergeant Majors, an RSM from the Depot who is a legend, coming up to me about the show and it makes you feel good.” The conversation moves on to Billy’s new BBC One TV Series - “SAS - Catching the Criminals”. In the series, Billy shadows police forces across the UK, using covert intelligence, surveillance and disruption to target anti-social crime. 12


“It’s me using my knowledge and tactics to share with the cops that are going out on raids and stuff like that to add towards their planning. There are three phases to it - showing the police for what they are and who they are in the right light, talking to victims and what they go through and the whole thing we try to encompass is trying to bring the community back together because the country is not in the best of places for many reasons at the moment. The best way to solve the problems we are having is to bring the communities back together. The final phase is local heroes, the people who are going that little bit further to self police the likes of the rural areas, to

stop people creating these crimes. So these are the elements to show and they are all wrapped together with the big lesson that we do need our communities back in the UK.” There are 15 episodes in total in the series in the daytime. On top of a busy schedule, is there anything else going on for Billy? “I have a busy year ahead with lots of filming and other interesting projects in the UK and USA. A new series of ‘Celebrity SAS: Who Dares Wins’ will return to our screens later this year.” You heard it here first!


SPICING IT UP FOR THE WELSH BIG CURRY Eyes Front! is delighted to be the media partner for the Welsh Big Curry supporting the Army Benevolent Fund. Why attend? • Get the opportunity to mingle with soldiers from the British Army, hearing their incredible stories firsthand • Indulge in delicious curries, perfectly paired with unlimited beer and wine • Hear a story from an inspirational speaker • Take part in a Chuck a Puck • Bid on exclusive money-can’t-buy prizes in our auction

THE WELSH BIG CURRY LUNCH Thursday February 22 at the Vindico Arena in Cardiff Bay, 12:00 am - 3:00 pm Join us at the iconic Vindico Arena, home to The Cardiff Devils, for a day filled with great food, good company, and most importantly, supporting our Armed Forces and veterans. BOOK TODAY! Join us for an unforgettable experience at the Welsh Big Curry Lunch 2024! Taking place at the prestigious Vindico Arena, home to the renowned Ice Hockey Team, The Cardiff Devils, this event showcases the unwavering support of Cardiff’s capital city for our brave Armed Forces and veterans, all in aid of The Army Benevolent Fund. Located in the vibrant Bay area of Cardiff, the Welsh Big Curry Lunch is not just a lunch, but a gathering of friends and an opportunity for business professionals to invite colleagues and clients for a spot of networking.

CHICKEN CURRY Ingredients • 4 Chicken Breast (diced) • 2 medium Tomatoes • 1 large Onion (diced) • 85g Ghee (or butter) • 4 Garlic cloves • 30g Ginger • ½ bunch Coriander • 2 tbs Garam Masala – see recipe if you fancy making your own • Salt (pinch) Method

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• Welcome drinks in the Hospitality lounge, providing a chance to network with fellow attendees • A mouthwatering lunch by an award winning curry house (Vegetarian, Vegan, Gluten Free catered for) • Unlimited beer and wine Lunch Sitting Times All guests will enjoy their lunch in the main lounge served buffet style. Seating is unreserved, allowing you to mingle and connect with others. Make sure to stay for the duration of the lunch (12pm-3pm) to take part in the various activities available. 14

To get in the spirit of things, we have a Chicken Curry recipe produced by the Gurkha Welfare Trust below for you to try out…

4. Heat the ghee, add onion paste and fry for 5 minutes 5. Add the chicken and brown for 5 minutes. 6. Add the masala, tomato and pinch of salt. Reduce heat and simmer for 20 minutes. 7. Checking the chicken is cooked, serve with rice, chutney and dal. (NB this curry is a dry consistency) (BG recipe book, converted into metric measures and taken from the Fried Mutton Curry)



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