South Shropshire MP and former Defence Minister Philip Dunne paid tribute to the work of service personnel in tackling Coronavirus for Armed Forces Week.
Armed Forces personnel have been trained to deliver safely the COVID tests in mobile units including here in Shropshire, as well as assisting with other tasks, from driving ambulances to free up more paramedics for treatment, to taking on the vast logistical challenge of establishing a completely new delivery network to get Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to almost 60,000 health and care settings all over the country.
Armed Forces Week ran from 22nd June to Armed Forces Day on 27th June, with Reserves Day on 24th June.
Speaking on Armed Forces Day, Mr Dunne said: “Our Armed Forces have played a crucial role in providing support to civilian organisations like the NHS during this pandemic, and while we cannot mark Armed Forces Day in the usual way, I am pleased to highlight this impressive contribution.
Like the rest of us, service personnel have had to adapt to coronavirus, but from building Nightingale Hospitals, to delivering COVID19 tests, the Armed Forces have been at the forefront of our efforts to beat Coronavirus. It is right we mark Armed Forces Day and pay tribute to those who proudly serve our country in uniform.
It was a great demonstration of the vital role of Shropshire to the Royal Air Force that Chief of the Air Staff, Air Chief Marshall Mike Wigston, visited RAF Cosford to meet engineering trainees and promote Armed Forces Week.”