Chinook Crew 'Chick': Highs and Lows of Forces Life from the Longest Serving Female RAF Chinook Force Crewmember

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Chinook Crew 'Chick': Highs and Lows of Forces Life from the Longest Serving Female RAF Chinook Force Crewmember

Chinook Crew 'Chick': Highs and Lows of Forces Life from the Longest Serving Female RAF Chinook Force Crewmember

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If you or someone you know is suffering, Models for Heroes is a charitable organisation that support the UK Armed Forces and Emergency Services personnel by providing model making as a meaningful activity that promotes wellbeing, skill development and social interaction. Other casualties would also be seeing their friends dying on the floor beside them, but you couldn’t say anything to make them better, you just had to get on with your job and get them back to base and to the HLS Nightingale hospital at Camp Bastion,” she explained.

This involved recovering wounded soldiers from the battlefield, often under fire, and witnessing them both die and indeed come back to life right before her very eyes in the cabin of her Chinook. Of the awards themselves, Tom Dalby, former CEO and co-founder of Defence Discount Service, said: "It's a great way of recognising inspirational women in defence and it's something that we're exceptionally proud to run each year and, actually.

Turning adversity into positivity, Liz’s talks focus on finding hope and overcoming adversity, sharing anecdotes from the darkest times in her life and how she has emerged from the darkest of places. My proudest day in the RAF, despite all the things I’ve done; [is when] I took the Chinook into my old high school, and it was a grammar school back in Northern Ireland. I joined the Air forces to do a job and certainly on Chinooks, you don’t arrive on a Chinook and think ‘ohh I don’t want to go to Iraq or Afghanistan’ because that’s exactly what you want to do. There’s so many people [that] have reached out to me since they’ve read it or heard my story here, either suffering from PTSD, who know of someone who’s got PTSD or might be on the brink of it, who they’re helping now because they’ve read my story, and also a lot of people have been affected by suicide because obviously I got to the point where I took a huge overdose and tried to end my life.

Her candid account of overcoming adversity and pushing through boundaries is an inspiration not only to aspiring aviators but to anyone facing obstacles in their chosen path. She said: "I used to be there for the guys who used to come back from some of the MERT flights and be really

I am so very grateful to Lady Louise Vaughan who entrusted me with the responsibility to be a table host.

When I left hospital [after the suicide attempt] I had that total euphoric feeling you don’t often get. Liz was the longest serving female crewman on the Royal Air Force Chinook Fleet, spanning a seventeen-year career flying on the aircraft. In conclusion, "Chinook Crew 'Chick': Highs and Lows of Forces Life" is a must-read for aviation enthusiasts, military history buffs, and anyone seeking a story of courage, resilience, and triumph over adversity. But I internalised that pressure; I didn’t wanna be that Liz, crying in the back of the tent or the last one at the fitness test. Having passed the course, she was sent to Afghanistan in March 2006, the first of 10 deployments to the country over the next eight years.Liz also takes audiences on her emotional journey of overcoming adversity and speaks about finding hope in the darkest of times, revealing the valuable tools she used to build a path to a new life. I’ve never been a cadet or anything because I played hockey and you had to do one or the other at school, you know, you can’t do everything. More than half of this time was spent in warzones – including 10 deployments in Afghanistan and two in Iraq – making her the longest-serving female crew member in the RAF’s entire Chinook Fleet. As an RAF Veteran, I bring unique insights into team empowerment, overcoming adversity, decision-making, and talent retention. We do not accept requests for autographs, signed merchandise, fan mail, birthday messages or any other non-commercial contact with the speakers or acts.



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