Jean-Baptise Tsanga, deputy chief accountant in Basildon’s finance department, has joined hundreds of army reservists in Norfolk to start their training for a UN peace-keeping mission in Cyprus.
The British Army's largest ever deployment of the Army Reserve in a single, formed unit under its own command comprises 500 part-time soldiers from a wide variety of backgrounds . They take up their duties on April 1st 2020 for 6 months.
They will be based at Thetford, in Norfolk, for around two months of pre-deployment training (PDT), which will see them learn and practice the skills they need to keep the peace on Cyprus’ Green Line.
Jean-Baptiste said: “It’s an honour to serve both as a British Army reservist and a UN peacekeeper. Both organisations have a long tradition of helping communities restore normality and build peaceful and productive futures. I’m looking forward to being part of that.”
Jean’s line manager Zoe Thompson-Arnold, financial controller said: “We are so proud of Jean-Baptiste. UN Peacekeeping is a selfless and caring task, undertaken by people who are committed to a better, safer world. We are delighted to see him out there, but will be even happier to get him back, safe and sound, next year!”