The Team

Meet the Walk of Oman team

David Adams - Walk Of Oman

David Adams

Aircraft Technician

David spent 13 years as an aircraft technician in the REME, serving in the UK, Afghanistan, Cyprus and Oman. Whilst he was serving in Afghanistan, David experienced traumatic events which led to a diagnosis of PTSD and eventual medical discharge. Since leaving the Armed Forces, David has received mental health support and therapy and has now secured full-time employment in the Insurance industry.

“My main reasoning for joining the Walk of Oman is the good that WWTW do for the Armed Forces community in both mental and physical health. I myself have benefitted directly and anything I can do to further aid the cause of WWTW, I will. It will also provide an opportunity to broaden the awareness of the ongoing problem with PTSD in the veteran and serving community – hopefully to drive change in the level of support available to the military community following, or prior to, discharge from the Armed Forces.”

Andy Phillips - Walk Of Oman

Andrew (Andy) Phillips

Armourer

Andrew served in the Royal Air Force from 1983- 1993 as a junior technician. He was injured in the build up to the Gulf War and eventually received a medical discharge due to spinal cord injury. Andrew struggled with the transition from military to civilian life. He became involved in the Invictus Games which helped give him focus and a positive outlook.

“I found the transition to civilian life incredibly difficult, especially without any support. Since getting involved with the Invictus Games, I now have that family back that I lost when I was medically discharged. I need a focus on achieving something and that at the moment is missing in my life, and I really think the WWTW Oman Expedition would give me that drive back.”

Ashley Winter - Walk Of Oman

Ashley Winter

Challenger 2 Tank Crewman

Ashley served as a Challenger 2 Tank Crewman serving in Kosovo and Iraq. He was diagnosed with Keratoconus 10 years ago. He found the transition from military to civilian life difficult because of his eye condition, however, he has undertaken various physical challenges to inspire others.

“Since being diagnosed with Keratoconus I have taken it upon myself to try and inspire others, testing my eyesight to the max. I have faced the cold whilst on an arctic expedition and have been looking to do something similar in the desert, I feel that if I can prove that I can manage in these extreme circumstances then an individual who has been diagnosed can see that life is not over and things can be achieved.”

Ben McComb 0- Walk Of Oman

Ben McComb

Royal Artillery

Ben joined the Army Reserves in October 2005 whilst at University and served as a Private soldier until 2011, during which time he was selected for officer training. In 2011, he commenced regular officer training at RMAS and commissioned into the Royal Artillery.

More recently, Ben has been employed in Catterick as the Operations Officer for Community Engagement and Community Outreach within the NE of England.

Ben has neural impingement and nerve damage in his lower limbs which is incurable. However, his condition is stable due to continuous self-rehabilitation management.

“I’m still serving in the Army. Being injured doesn’t mean I am physically incapable of anything else. Taking on the Walk of Oman is fantastic way to prove this, to both myself and the world! I will be representing every other serving injured soldier and demonstrating what they can still achieve if they put their minds to it. 

I know many people who have been supported by WWTW, the charity has helped friends get their lives back on track. It is an incredibly important cause and one close to my heart.”

Sean Gane - Walk Of Oman

Sean Gane

Infantryman

Sean joined the Armed Forces in 1986 as an Infantryman. He served for 12 years between 1986 and 2014, leaving and later rejoining. He served on operational tours including Afghanistan and served his last tour in 2009. It was during this last tour Sean witnessed many traumatic events and was later diagnosed with PTSD and hearing and nerve damage. He was medically discharged in 2014.

Sean struggled with the transition to civvy street because he could not find a place where he ‘fit in’ and he decided to start volunteering. He also received support from a military charity where he later secured paid employment. Sean enjoyed his work supporting the ex-military community because he had shared experiences and could understand the transition process from a life in the military.

“When I was medically discharged from the Armed Forces I was pretty angry and as things went on I became more disenchanted. I was bounced between Ministry of Defence and NHS for a couple of years. I eventually received support from a military charity and even secured employment with them.

I’m incredibly excited about heading off to Oman. I LOVE being outdoors and I’m looking forward to taking on the desert with a group of like-minded people, all whilst raising awareness of the incredible work WWTW does.

I know many people who have been supported by WWTW, the charity has helped friends get their lives back on track. It is an incredibly important cause and one close to my heart.”

Brian Oneil - Walk Of Oman

Brian O’Neill

Staff Sergeant

Brian joined the Armed Forces in October 1990 aged 17 and served in the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders, Royal Military Police and Military Provost Staff Regiment. Brian served in 7 operational tours including Northern Ireland, Bosnia, Iraq and Afghanistan and achieved the rank of Staff Sergeant. Upon leaving the military, Brian was treated for complex PTSD due to exposure to multiple traumas.

Brian served for 26 years and found the transition from military to civilian life exceptionally difficult; he missed the camaraderie and the familiar faces of the military ‘family’. Recently, Brian received support from WWTW’s Employment Programme and has successfully gained employment as a Technical Sales Manager.

“I never underestimated the transition from military to civvy life, in fact I thought I prepared quite well, I gained a degree in order to enhance my employment prospects,  I secured accommodation for my family and I was offered my first civvy job before I even left the military.

It was really quite strange starting work, I was made to feel welcome and I tried to fit in, however I felt like a banana at an apple party. It’s hard to explain, no familiar uniform, no feeling of real camaraderie and familiar faces that you knew you could depend upon, no matter what were no longer there.

I’m taking part the Walk of Oman because I want to get that buzz of a challenge feeling again. I want to demonstrate courage, resilience and determination with fellow veterans who speak the same language and be part of a team again.

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