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New Champion Encourages Support for Armed Forces Week

Date Published: 10 June 2019
Cllr Ian Razzell, Armed Forces Champion

Rutland’s newest Armed Forces Champion is encouraging people to show support for local and British Armed Forces by attending Armed Forces Week events.

Elected in May, Councillor Ian Razzell is also calling on businesses in the area to back Reserves Day by publicly showing support or holding a workplace talk or event.

Armed Forces Week begins with a flag raising ceremony at Oakham Castle on Monday 24th June, before Reserves Day takes place on Wednesday 26th June. The special week of events and activities culminates with Armed Forces Day on Saturday 29th June.

Locally, the Armed Forces community makes up more than 15% of the population in Rutland with Reserve Forces accounting for approximately one sixth of this. Reservists give up their spare time to serve in the Reserve Forces, balancing their civilian life with a military career to ensure that, should their country require them, they would be ready to serve as part of the military. 

As an official advocate for members of the armed services, Cllr Razzell will support Rutland’s serving personnel, veterans, families and cadets. He will also help the Council to deliver on its commitments to the Armed Forces community.

Cllr Razzell, who served as a soldier and Commissioned Officer during a 32-year military career, says: 

“With my military background, I am really committed to continue the excellent work the Council already does to ensure the link between our Armed Forces personnel and wider Rutland community stays as strong as ever. Armed Forces Week is a chance for us to show our appreciation to the men and women who have given and continue to give so much to the county and country. This support can provide a huge morale boost for both our current and retired service personnel, as well as their families, so I’d encourage as many people as possible to attend the upcoming events. We’re also asking local businesses to thank our Reservists for their dedication, professionalism and commitment to serving nationally and locally. Whether you're a large organisation, small business, charity or self-employed, celebrate Reserves Day on 26th June by publicly showing your support or holding a workplace talk or event.”
Cllr Ian Razzell, Armed Forces Champion for Rutland County Council

The Council is committed to supporting the Armed Forces and re-signed the national Armed Forces Covenant in December 2017, reaffirming its promise to do everything possible to help and support members of the Armed Forces community.

The Council also launched the Armed Forces Discount scheme in 2017, which provides discounts on goods and services to all Armed Forces personnel living in the area.

Rutland Armed Forces Flag Raising Event

Businesses that would like to support Reserves Day can find out more on the official national Reserves Day website.

Major (Retired) Ian Razzell

Cllr Ian Razzell - Royal Army Medical Corps
Cllr Ian Razzell - Royal Army Medical Corps

Major (Retired) Ian Razzell is a veteran of the Royal Army Medical Corps (RAMC) with 32 years of military service. 

Completing his school education in 1983 and joining the RAMC straight from 6th form, he completed basic training at Keogh Barracks in Ash Vale and was posted to West Germany.  

Deployed globally thereafter, he completed a full soldier career and was the first AMS Warrant Officer to serve with the Northern Ireland Training Advisory Team.  In 2002, he was selected for the appointment of Warrant Officer Class 1 Regimental Sergeant Major (RSM) for 5 General Support Medical Regiment.  

Commissioned as a Late Entry Officer from the ranks in 2004, Ian then completed a variety of Combat Support and Combat Service Support appointments in America, Europe, the Middle East and across the UK, in Logistics, HR, Media & Communications, Career Management, Operational Delivery.  

Converting to Direct Entry (DE) terms of service in 2010, Major (Retd) Razzell also attended the Intermediate Command and Staff College (ICSC) course in Shrivenham. His final military appointment was that of the Chief of Staff for the Army Medical Services career management branch in Glasgow.  The pinnacle of his military career however, is shared between the prestigious appointment of Regimental Sergeant Major (RSM) and deploying on Combat Operations to the Middle East in 2013 as the Officer Commanding of 104 Military Working Dog Squadron (based in North Luffenham).  

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