Doug joined the Army Air Corps in 1992 and spent the first seven years as a Signals Detachment Commander stationed all around the world.
After being awarded his Army flying wings in August 2000 he converted to the Lynx helicopter. He was posted to Northern Ireland (NI) where he led multi-aircraft/multi-type formations down to ground level at night.
Doug left the Army in 2007 after 15 years of service with more than 2000 flying hours and a commercial licence. He then flew with Bond Air Services in South Wales for six years, flying approximately 1200 hours and being awarded with two Superintendent's Commendations.