Civilian Enjoys Barbeque at Downing Street


Michael Goldsack, 49 year old ex REME soldier and father of two from Brightlingsea and his wife Anne were amongst the 160 British and American Service personnel and their partners hosted at Downing Street on Wednesday 25 May as part of US President Barack Obama's state visit to the UK.

 The event hosted by the UK Prime Minister's wife, Samantha Cameron, and the US's First Lady, Michelle Obama, while their husbands held meetings inside 10 Downing Street. Although Mr Cameron and Mr Obama did help to serve lunch - meeting and paying tribute to the men and women in uniform from both sides of the Atlantic.

Michael, now a civilian employee working for the Defence Support Group was also recently awarded a campaign medal for deploying and providing front line support in Camp Bastion in Afghanistan for 12 months as part of the Interim Regeneration Capability (IRC) team who successfully delivered the IRC programme as part of the Permanent Joint Headquarters' equipment sustainability system programme. The programme removes the need to send back and repair equipment in the UK. From a purpose built facility, DSG repairs the equipment at the frontline, which maximises equipment availability, minimises the time that vital equipment is away from critical operations and provides better value for Defence and the taxpayer.

Proud to be involved at the event Michael said "I served in the Army for 22 years so for me going to work overseas was not completely unknown territory. I volunteered to deploy to Afghanistan because I knew the work DSG carry out in repairing the patrol protection equipment in Colchester is pivotal to our Armed Forces, but to repair them at the front line is even more important so that they are readily available for the service men and women. As inspiring it was to meet the Prime Minister and the President of the United States it was as much an honour to meet the service personnel from both sides of the Atlantic with whom I have a common understanding of combat operations."

Archie Hughes, said, "DSG is never short of volunteers committing to and deploying to Camp Bastion for long periods away from their homes and loved ones. They are all excellent ambassadors for our business and the roles they are performing on a daily basis are certainly appreciated by their Armed Forces colleagues. They are all a credit to DSG and they have our grateful thanks for everything they have done and continue to do in supporting the UK's Armed Forces."


Notes to Editors:

1. DSG launched on 1 April 2008 as a new MOD Trading Fund with the primary focus of providing expert in-house maintenance, repair, overhaul and upgrade services for the through life support of the key land and air based platforms and equipment of the UK Armed Forces.

2. It draws together many unique capabilities that have been developed over several decades for the direct benefit of troops and their equipment at both home and abroad. DSG turnover is in excess of £200m, with a workforce of around 3000 strategically located throughout the UK.

3. DSG's Head Office is located in Andover and provides strategic direction to the main sites in Bovington, Catterick, Colchester, Donnington, Sealand, St Athan, Stafford, Stirling and Warminster. Smaller support sites located in Aldershot, Bicester, Kinnegar and Sennybridge further enhances DSG's geographic coverage. Small support teams are also permanently embedded in other UK military sites as well as established in support of operations in Afghanistan at Camp Bastion.

4. For further information about DSG or to arrange an interview, please contact Venus Tingzon, in the DSG press office:
Office hours: 01264 383217

Out of hours: 07879 481018


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