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Corps Motto: We Sustain Regimental March: On Parade by Albert Elms Regimental Slow March: Lion, Sword and Crown by Craig Bywater

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Contents 2 MGLs Christmas message MGL reflects on 2018 and looks forward to 2019

7 SACEUR award Lt Col James Brown RLC receives top award

10 RLC Conference Exciting times ahead for The RLC

18 Training matters The Defence School of Logistics is on the move

22 FTX reports The RLC enables TRIDENT JUNCTURE and SAIF SAREEA 3

27 Inspire to Achieve Volunteering with the Army Cadet Force

29 “I want to buy a train” Rail capability, past, present and future

27 38 Rugby for Heroes Mike Tindall MBE joins rugby players from The RLC in a tribute to those who fell in WW1

44 Lest We Forget Remembering our forebears 100 years on

47 Unit reports Major and minor unit news and updates

83 No bridge too far The 2018 Nijmegen Marches • Facebook: The Royal Logistic Corps • Twitter: @RHQ_The_RLC


MGL’S CHRISTMAS MESSAGE As 2018 draws to a close, I cast my mind back to 1985, the year I was commissioned into the Army. Little did I know then that by 5 Apr 93, I would be an officer in the RLC and 25 years later, as MGL, I would be standing on the saluting dais with our Colonel in Chief, HRH The Princess Royal, as she addressed the Corps on its 25th Anniversary. Every RLC unit was represented on parade and she reminded us that since the Corps’ formation, there

hasn’t been a day when an RLC soldier hasn’t been committed in support of operations. She joined 450 of the serving members of the Corps that evening for a superb dinner, cooked by RLC chefs, to toast the Corps and to look forward to the next 25 years. We have also witnessed every RLC unit celebrate the anniversary in its own way. It has been fantastic to see and feel the esprit de corps and this makes me extremely proud and honoured to

have been part of the Corps since its formation. There is no doubt that the tempo of commitments and responsibilities continues unabated.Your contribution, individually and collectively, this year, has once again been imperious; your professionalism evident throughout and it has ensured that we remain highly regarded and respected across Defence. 2019 will undoubtedly bring much of the same and your involvement will again, I am sure,

A VIEW FROM THE BRIDGE Welcome to the Winter edition of The Sustainer. With Christmas fast approaching and the fervour of the festive season upon us, it is good to take a few moments to look back on 2018 and reflect on what we have collectively achieved.We know that our tradition is “Centuries Old” and we have marked, along with the whole country, the 100th anniversary of the guns being silenced at the end of WW1, pausing to remember those of our forming corps who made the ultimate sacrifice. In addition to our service of remembrance, over the last few months the Corps has participated in numerous events to mark the Armistice. Reported on in this edition, they include: The Rugby for


Heroes ride, the 90-day Pilgrimage and the Liberation of Ghent event. Our ‘Lest We Forget’ centre spread depicts our forming corps in action during WW1. The year has also seen the 100th Anniversary since formation of the RAOC, the 60th anniversary of the QOGLR and the RLC’s 25th anniversary, all of which have been well supported and appropriately celebrated. As a Corps, we are “Decades New.” 2018 has been a landmark in terms of the Corps’ future both operationally and structurally. Within this issue, you will see reports on Ex SAIF SAREEA 3 and Ex TRIDENT JUNCTURE 18; two of the biggest overseas FTXs Defence has seen since 2003. Our soldiers are at the heart of these exercises delivering capability in a professional and dedicated manner. Ex TRIDENT JUNCTURE saw rail used to deploy large amounts of equipment for the first time in many years and given the expeditionary nature of future deployments, its use will become a viable component of the Army’s inter- and intra-theatre movement and materiel distribution capability. Currently our rail capability sits with 29 Regt. At the Corps Conference, we heard about exciting developments resulting from the Defence Network Transformation Programme; the renewed emphasis on force enablement and sustainment.We also learnt more about our new home at Worthy Down and the resulting restructure of our training proposition that will be a more appealing offer for recruits and will get soldiers into the Field Army more quickly. You can find

An RHQ Perspective more detail on this exciting initiative later in this edition. As I look forward, 2019 promises to be another exciting year for the Corps. One full of opportunity. It already includes another Public Duties commitment and a unit deployment to Cyprus for Op TOSCA. The Corps HQ’s main effort will continue to be the inflow of new soldiers, regular and reserve. Whilst regular manning figures have remained stable, predominantly due to the excellent retention of our people and the significant numbers of re-joiners and transfers-in, we do need to address the numbers joining the Army. This is whole Corps business and I need you all to play a part in ensuring success; the vitality of our Corps depends on it. The Corps is nothing without its people and I include not just our serving soldiers and officers, but our cadets and veterans, civilian staff and all our families; it is good to belong. #WeAreTheRLC. As we go to print we are proud to announce that the Army’s Male sports personality of the year award was won by LCpl Chez Nihell (Boxing) of 27 Regt and the runner up award in the female category went to LCpl Fern Davies (Netball) of 9 Regt. A hugely impressive achievement; well done to you both. Finally, wherever you are around the world, I would like to wish you and your loved ones the very best for the festive season and a happy and prosperous 2019. We Sustain C J Francis Colonel RLC • Facebook: The Royal Logistic Corps • Twitter: @RHQ_The_RLC

further enhance our standing. There will, as ever, be the additional challenges and opportunities, which make our business such a rewarding one. These include: the development of the STRIKE concept and our contribution to it; another Public Duties commitment and a unit level operational deployment to Cyprus on Op TOSCA to name but a few. I look forward to hearing of your continued success in the year to come. Finally, I would like to take this opportunity to thank you all, whether

you are regular or reserve soldiers or officers, formerly of the Corps or its forebears, civil servants in support of the Corps or families and friends without whom none of this contribution would be possible. My best wishes for the festive season and a healthy and prosperous 2019. #WeAreTheRLC The Master General of Logistics Lieutenant General Sir Mark Poffley KCB OBE

FROM THE RANKS As the end of the year approaches and before we break for Christmas leave, I would like to offer my thoughts and first impressions since taking up post as the Corps SM. My rounds of the Corps continue and I can honestly say that the officers and soldiers, both regular and reserve, that I have met have been truly refreshing and inspirational. Wherever I go, I witness empowerment and leadership at all levels, I see interesting and innovative ideas and I see our people adding value whatever they may be doing; there seems to be a new air of confidence and pride, within our Corps and it is a pleasure to be part of it. 2018 has been the year of celebrations, starting with our 25th anniversary, which of course continue into spring 2019. We have also celebrated 100 years since the formation of the RAOC, 60 years of 10 QOGLR, 55 Years of the Silver Stars (the oldest sky diving display team in Army) and five years since the formation of 162 Regiment RLC. This year has also been a time of reflection, respect and remembrance; as all members of the Corps, no matter their location, joined the nation to commemorate 100 years since the Armistice was signed bringing an end to WW1.The war to end all wars. Together we remembered those that paid the ultimate sacrifice for our future, as well as all those who have fallen since. Yet again we have had troops deployed around the globe, be that

operationally, on exercise or on assignment. Ex SAIF SAREEA 3 and Ex TRIDENT JUNCTURE have filled the headlines and support to the EFP continues. In Oct 2018, circa 22,000 troops were deployed and The RLC was at the heart of all of them. Wherever we may be deployed our young officers and soldiers are continually demonstrating their ability to lead, enable and sustain and we should be extremely proud of them as they: protect, honour and build on our very respected reputation. The Corps continues to excel in the sporting arena with individual success at the Invictus Games and in boxing, football, rugby, equestrian, orienteering and taekwondo, to name but a few. The football, rugby and cross country seasons are well under way and The RLC is proving it is a force to be reckoned with, in both male and female categories. The Corps has held its Cross-Country Championships, the Inter Corps Basketball, the Inter Corps Swimming Championships and The RLC Military Skills Competition and the standard remains excellent. This year the Corps entered nine teams into the Cambrian Patrol. All teams completed the patrol and as a collective the Corps was awarded: One Merit, three Bronze and four Silver medals and one Gold; what a fantastic achievement. Congratulations to you all, you should be very proud. You will learn more about regimental exploits during the patrol as you read through The Sustainer, but I must single out the Gold medal from 10 Regt QOGLR; well done!

As a Corps, we go from strength to strength as we continue to learn and develop our KSEs and capabilities. We are the Corps of choice for many and our retention rate is the highest in the Army; be proud of that statistic as it is your efforts that continue to give the Corps its excellent reputation! Many of you may still be deployed in support of operations or exercises around the world and I would like to personally congratulate you and thank you all for your continued efforts throughout 2018. I will sign off by wishing you all the very best of luck. Stay safe, look after each other and have a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! WO1 P S Broom Corps Sergeant Major RLC â&#x20AC;˘ Facebook: The Royal Logistic Corps â&#x20AC;˘ Twitter: @RHQ_The_RLC



GLOBAL ADVANCE A snapshot of The RLC across the world




ARRC Support Battalion Ex RATTLESNAKE 1

The ARRC Sp Bn is honing its infantry, jungle warfare and CBRN skills, in preparation for its deployment on Exercise RATLLESNAKE in March 2019. This involves 2 x troops plus a Squadron headquarters deploying on the US 101st Airbourne Brigade Combat team exercise in Louisiana, USA.


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154 Regt will deploy to Cyprus on Ex LION STAR 3 to Cyprus (May-Jun 19) and then send a contingent on Op TOSCA in Sept 19.

In 2019, the RLC will fulfil another Public Duties commitment. In 2018 21 GS Sqn from 3 Regt RLC took over Public Duties from Jul to Sept. • Facebook: The Royal Logistic Corps • Twitter: @RHQ_The_RLC



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RLC commandos from the Commando Logistic Regiment were based on RFA Lyme Bay up to 10 Dec 2018, operating in the Mediterranean, the Red Sea, the Gulf of Aden and the Arabian Sea. Training included operating a 50 Cal MG, the Minigun and ship clearance drills.



Op TOSCA In 2019 the will be a unit level RLC deployment to Cyprus for Op TOSCA in support of the UN Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus (UNFICYP).



Ex KHANJAR EDGE The RLC will have a continued presence in Oman in 2019 for Ex KHANJAR EDGE.




162 Regt has two personnel deployed on Op KIPION over the Christmas period and into 2019.


3 Regt is preparing for a deployment to BATUS in 2019. Sub-units are busy conducting comprehensive training programmes to ensure they are ready for the challenge of the Prairie. • Facebook: The Royal Logistic Corps • Twitter: @RHQ_The_RLC


EDITOR’S NOTE Such has been the pace of the last three months, it only seems like yesterday, since we sent the autumn edition of The Sustainer to press. For our serving readers, this period has been even more frenetic and that is extensively reported on in this magazine. The small team at RHQ The RLC, responsible for media & communications, has settled into a rhythm following the personnel changes in the summer. Under the direction of the Col RLC and led by Lt Col Sheryl Stonehouse, we have begun to evolve this magazine to make it more appealing to readers. We welcome your feedback. At the end of August, we published a revised Corps Instruction (CI) covering media and communications. It outlines the Corp’s brand; who we are and how we sound. It provides guidance on the importance of using our media to best effect to achieve our objectives and the wider strategic aims of the Army; crucially recruiting and retention. And it outlines best practice on the use of social media and clarifies process and procedure that ensures we are kept informed about what you are doing, so we can help to communicate this across the Corps family. CI 13 (of 12 & 13) is on the RHQ SharePoint site or we can email you a copy. Please read it, share it with your CoC and follow the guidance. Social media has been highlighted by DCGS as being the vital component of Army’s digital marketing

Charter: The Sustainer records the activities and achievements of the Corps family, its units and personalities, as well as the organisations of the Forming Corps and their Associations. It keeps soldiers of today in touch with each other and soldiers of yesteryear in touch with the Corps of today. The Journal is not only a means of cohesion and communication within the Corps but also a source of research material for posterity. Editorial Staff Editor: Peter Shakespeare Assistant Editor: Miss Anne-Marie Causer BA (Hons) Email: Graphic Design: David Blake Closing Dates for THE SUSTAINER: 13 Jan 2019, 10 Apr 2019, 5 Jul 2019, 1 Oct 2019 Change of Address: Serving members of the Corps who are due to move into or out of non-RLC appointments (eg E2) and other subscribers are requested to notify the Editor of their change of address. No information, no magazine!

and communications strategy. But its correct and compliant use is under scrutiny. All social media accounts, linked to military units, sports and hobby associations and to individuals in an official capacity, must be approved by and registered with the Army Digital team at Army HQ. If yours isn’t, we can advise how you can correct this. RHQ The RLC has recently registered an Instagram account, to add to our Facebook and Twitter. The platform is one preferred by the target recruitment demographic and our young soldiers. We have linked it to RHQ The RLC Facebook and Twitter and will start using it in earnest in the New Year. Please follow us on Instagram. In addition to producing the RLC’s journals and managing its digital media, we are also here to help. If anything outlined above resonate with you, please get in touch. And finally, I would like to thank everyone who has contributed to The Sustainer, the 2018 RLC Foundation Review and to our social media channels and the website over that last 12 months. I know how busy you all are and it is very much appreciated. I would like to wish all our viewers and readers a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. 8 Peter Shakespeare Email: Contact: +44 (0) 7901 676309.

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Front Cover: Courtesy of the RLC Museum collection. An ASC LCpl circa 1917. • Facebook: The Royal Logistic Corps • Twitter: @RHQ_The_RLC

Honours and Awards Lt Col Brown SACEUR award On 21 Sept 2018 Lt Col James Brown RLC received the Supreme Allied Commander Europe’s Recognition Award at a ceremony in SHAPE Headquarters in Mons, Belgium. Lt Col Brown is currently employed as Section Head Logistic Operations in HQ Joint Force Command Brunssum. During his tour he also deployed to HQ Resolute Support in Afghanistan from Dec 2017 to May 2018. Lt Col Brown’s citation referred to his work on NATO’s advanced planning since 2015, development of the logistic concepts for NATO’s Very High Readiness Joint Task Force (VJTF) and Enhanced Forward Presence (eFP) deployments and as Commander JFC Brunssum’s liaison officer to Commander Resolute Support. The award is second in NATO’s award scheme to the NATO Meritorious Service Medal and is awarded to less than 1% of the NATO command structure per year. Also receiving the same award on the day was Brig Duncan Bedding (late REME) for his work on the establishment of NATO’s Standing Joint Logistic Support Group (SJLSG), of LCpl Sisilia Rabele RLC has been awarded a CO 3 Regt Army Air Corps’ Coin and rewarded with a flight in an Apache helicopter in recognition of her outstanding junior leadership. LCpl Rabele joined the QM Dept, from 1 Regt RLC, in Feb 2018. She is assigned as the 1LO LCpl responsible for the accommodation account and is assisting the QM, Capt Jonathan Lean, with the infrastructure management of the 3 Regt buildings. He says:“Since arriving at 3 Regt, I have been immensely impressed with LCpl Rabele’s professionalism and dedication. Her knowledge of logistics and her

8 Lt Col Brown receiving his award from the SACEUR, Gen Curtis M. Scaperrotti, US Army

which he is now the inaugural commander. Lt Col Brown said that he was delighted to receive the award and recommended service in NATO to any officer or NCO looking to broaden their horizons.

REWARD FOR AWARD proactive nature has greatly increased the capacity of the Dept. and subsequently the Regt. She can manage multiple complex tasks and has streamlined some of the systems within the department. Not satisfied with managing her own account she always offers assistance to the others and is happy to work extra hours to ensure this. Her ability to work within the spirit of the logistic JSP’s (DLF) and not get bogged down with bureaucracy demonstrates how professionally astute she is. LCpl Rabele goes about her work in a professional manner and simply gets things done. She is a credit to The RLC.”

RLC25 PARADE TO BE CAPTURED ON CANVAS The RLC has commissioned the artist David Rowlands to produce an oil painting of the RLC25 parade that took place at Pirbright on the 18 Apr 2018. David is one of today's finest and most accurate military artists and he receives regular military commissions. He has also painted Her Majesty The Queen. David has had a passion from childhood, for sketching soldiers and their equipment. After completing his studies at Manchester University, he joined the staff of the Reading Room at the National Army Museum. He began working full-time as a professional artist in 1977. He was the first artist to visit Bosnia in early 1993 and sketched 27 Regiment on parade to mark the formation of The RLC at Omis Camp.

All his paintings involve a huge amount of research. He attended both the rehearsal, the day before and the parade itself to help him create the painting. • Facebook: The Royal Logistic Corps • Twitter: @RHQ_The_RLC


THE SUSTAINER | NEWS 30 officers and soldiers from 3 Regiment travelled to Northern France on 5 Nov to study the Hundred Day Campaign; the last 100 Days of WW1. There was a specific focus on the less understood area of logistics. In the preceding week visiting lectures, Andy Robertshaw and Dr Nick Lloyd led professional discussions to prepare the group. The five-day battlefield study started in Mons with an overview of the Great War from a local Belgian historian. Specific focus then switched to 1918 for the remaining four days. The Battle of Amiens, which represents the beginning of the Hundred Day Campaign, has a good claim to be the turning point on the Western Front and the troops conducted a TEWT from the Australian Forces vantage point at Le Hamel. It was here the group studied the BEF weapon systems and the associated logistical system during this battle and the preceding battle at Le Hamel.The battles for the Hindenburg Line were latterly covered in outline, with particular focus on the 2nd Battle of the Sambre, near Ors, where Lt Wilfred Owen MC lost his life.These actions showed the

3 Regt RLC learns lessons from the Great War

BEF at its most potent, thanks to synchronised simultaneous set-piece attacks.The conclusion of the study was spent analysing and discussing the evolution of motor and horse transport and the group visited the War Horse Memorial at Chipilly. Despite the passage of time, interest in and relevance of the

development of modern armies remains; with many lessons from previous campaigns to be understood by the present-day professional soldier logistician.This timely Battlefield Study enabled its participants and wider regiment to reflect on the sacrifices made during the Great War.

Lt Eve Newton finished in second place behind the Army Medical Services team. The team needs more, junior RLC ladies to become involved to build an even stronger team going forward.The 2018 season highlights include: Army Champion – Pte Charmain Porter; winner, Women’s Vet Army Cycling Road

Race Series – Capt Michelle Debono-Evans winners, The Williams Trophy 2nd place – Army Cycling Road Race Series; 2nd Place – Inter Corps Championships. 8 If you are interested in joining the Ladies RLC Road Cycling Team contact Capt Debono-Evans at: michelle.debono-evans467@ or phone 94638 3842.

LADIES RLC ROAD CYCLING The Ladies RLC Road Cycling team ends 2018 on a high. On Wed 26 Sept the Ladies RLC Road Cycling Team met at Bovington Camp for the Williams Cup: a new two-stage inter-corps team time trial and road race. The RLC team of: Capt Sue Chittock, Capt Michelle Debono-Evans, Lt Hannah Kirkham, Lt Eve Newton and LCpl Steph Chou swept the board. A disappointing turnout by the other corps, at this event, meant that The RLC was the only corps to field a complete team, however, this afforded an opportunity for the novice riders to get some valuable training in ready for the Inter Corps Championships the following week. The Inter Corps team: Maj Claire Sapwell, Capt Sue Chittock, Capt Michelle Debono-Evans and 8 • Facebook: The Royal Logistic Corps • Twitter: @RHQ_The_RLC




Ex LOGISTIC TRIATHLETE Seven officers and soldiers from the RLC, travelled to San Diego, California, in Sept to compete in Ironman 70.3 Superfrog. This Triathlon consists of a 1.9km sea swim, 90km bike ride and 21.1km run. The longest running Ironman 70.3 in the world, it is also one of the toughest. Originally conceived by the US Navy Seals as a means of preparing them for operations, it continues to serve as a premier test of endurance for both civilians and military endurance athletes. Prior to the race,The RLC athletes

conducted an acclimatisation and training phase, which allowed them to better understand the course, adapt to the warmer climate. The swim, in cold Pacific Ocean waters, required athletes to battle out and back through strong currents and 10-foot waves. Lt Eaton (17 Regt) took the lead of the race within the first 10km of the bike ride. Having led the race for three hours, he suffered cramps on the run and was overtaken eventually finishing in forth position. A fantastic effort against international athletes.


runners into respective ability groups for the development week. The training programme consisted of two training sessions per day. Subjects included: speed work, steady state, running drills, endurance and heart rate training.Theory lessons included: mindset, nutrition, kit and equipment, types of training, foam rollering and constructing an individual training programme. PTIs:

A new initiative, to identify new running talent, within the RLC got off the ground in Keswick in early October. Organised by The RLC cross country team manager, SSgt Si Gowing, 22 runners made it to the start line for Ex RLC RUNNER 1. The event was the first novice to advanced runners’ development camp for all ranks, regular and reserves, of its kind and proved to be five days of inspirational, motivational and educational running development that will enhance participants’ performance. An opening flat five km race, enabled the directing staff to place

RHQ The RLC is currently preparing for the move from Deepcut to Worthy Down. Space to display a variety of regimental and unit presentation property in the new RHQ, will be reduced. In response to this predicament, there is a requirement to dispose of a variety of property accumulated over 25 years, which includes pictures, trophies and glassware (some gifted). If you would like some of the property be issued to your regiment or unit and would like to discuss what is available or indeed visit RHQ The RLC to see the property in question, please contact either Maj (Retd) Colin Stephens on 94214 5376 or 01252 8335376 or the Assistant Regimental Secretary on: 94214 5394 or 01252 833394. Deepcut - Headquarters & Central Sergeants Mess (HQ & CSM) closure.The HQ & CSM will close in line with the relocation of Princess Royal Barracks, to Worthy Down. Anyone wishing to re-claim presentations that you have presented in the past should contact: brian.hinton373@ Please note the opportunity to re-claim will cease as of 1 Mar 2018. Cpls Chris Denny (25 RLC), Dave Smith (ATC-P), Anthony Corbett (DST) and Pte Dave Westbury (27 RLC) provided invaluable knowledge, running input and training experience, while looking after health and safety aspects. The PTIs and chefs, LCpl Laura Henderson and Pte Vivek Gurung produced a first-class menu and service on a tight budget. The five-mile “LA Trigg” race, confirmed lessons learnt during the week. RLC Runner 2 is already being planned for early Sep 2019. The team would love to see more runners take part next year. 8 L-R PTIs: Cpls Dave Smith, Chris Denny, Pte Dave Westbury, Cpl Anthony Corbett and team manager, SSgt Si Gowing • Facebook: The Royal Logistic Corps • Twitter: @RHQ_The_RLC



Looking back, looking forward On 5 Oct, the RLC’s senior leadership, gathered at the Corps’ future home, DLCPA Worthy Down, for The RLC Conference. Organised by RHQ The RLC, the Master General of Logistics’ (MGL) RLC Conference replaces three separate events – MGLs’ Red Tab Cabal, MGLs’ COs Cabal and his senior officer’s briefing day. 2018 is the second year of the conference in its current format. With his audience of around 160 commanders,WO1s and staff officers seated in the new DLCPA lecture theatre, MGL opened the conference by saying the Army is about to enter a period of transformation not seen since the drawdown of the British Army of the Rhine. Future defence strategy will place an even greater emphasis on logistics and The RLC should be excited about new developments, currently being planned. The Col RLC, presented his Corps Colonel’s address. Looking forward to the move to Worthy Down, he said RHQ was now due to move in Nov 2018, with the RLC Museum following 12-18 months later. Col Francis explained, while there are manning shortfalls at junior officer and private to corporal level, overall the regular RLC is 96% recruited. Compared with the rest of the Army The RLC is in a fortunate position. But it still needs to play its part, with several schemes, including an enhancement to the Corps Engagement Team currently being rolled out. This is aimed at nurturing applicants through the recruiting process. He added that 2018 has been a landmark year for the Corps and it has never been in a better place, professionally or in terms of its sporting prowess. Eight of this year’s 48 Army Talented Athlete scholarships went to RLC personnel. He closed by saying our RLC25 year had been one to remember and 10

would formally end in Mar 2019. Providing the supporting framework for future British Forces operations, is the responsibility of Joint Forces Command. Its Defence Support Network (Transformation) Programme is designed to provide more effective co-ordination and management of the change activity required across the Defence Support Network (DSN); ultimately delivering the output required to meet the operational sustainment needs of the future. Led by former RLC officer, Maj Gen Fay CB, the programme will transform the Defence Equipment Support organisation into a bespoke trading entity, with widespread outsourcing of support solutions for current and future capabilities. Sustaining the Joint Force 2025,

8 DCGS addresses the conference requires the defence logistic enterprise to be strategically prepared, globally responsive and operationally precise. The communication and engagement head for the programme, Mr Nigel Proctor, outlined how automation of the military supply chain, better use of data via cloud-based IT systems and the use of robotics and heavy lift drones sourced from readily available commercial technologies, would increasingly become features of the military logistics landscape. The future operating model will encompass defence support, logistics support, equipment support and engineering support. There will be significant investment to deliver the new capability, which will see a return on investment thanks to improved capability and greater efficiencies. MGL added that currently, support accounts for one third of the defence budget and the programme is recognised by the Secretary of State for Defence as a key target. One that is fundamental to The RLC’s future. The requirement for the MoD to keep tight control on spending, underpinned the presentation by Head of Log at Army HQ, Brig Luebicke. She said while commanders need freedom of action, enhanced agility and sustainable endurance, enabled by their support chains; current thinking is focussed • Facebook: The Royal Logistic Corps • Twitter: @RHQ_The_RLC

RLC CORPS CONFERENCE | THE SUSTAINER on reducing the logistic need. She said behavioural change was needed and she is heading the Army Support Chain Initiative to achieve this. The areas her team are looking at are inventory holding, fuel efficiency, the supply of water and changing the vehicle maintenance model to deliver increased reliability. Another area is better control and tasking of logistics-based assets. Brig Moore, the Head of Capability, Combat Service Support (CSS), delivered an update on equipment. He said while 80% of equipment spend over the next ten years is earmarked for nine priority projects, there will be significant investment in logistics. Projects to replace HET, CST and to procure a new palletised vehicle are underway. There will be investment in new, more user friendly, IT systems that will be fundamental to the future of CSS. He said other armies take a modular approach to logistics. He gave examples, including containerised water treatment plants for use in the field, which avoid transporting large volumes of fresh water by road. Another change will be to operate ‘off the shelf’ white fleet commercial vehicles out to division, with green fleet reserved for division to brigade and beyond. The commandant of the Defence School of Logistics, Col Atkins, gave an overview of how the training landscape would change once Deepcut closes. Phase two training (less chefs) will take place at Leconfield. A foundation trade known as combat logistician will be gained. This will equip soldiers with an appropriate driving licence, but will major on the Battlecraft syllabus,

delivered in the tactical logistics environment. The bulk of The RLC’s phase three (specialist trade) training being delivered at Worthy Down. Streamlining the training process will mean recruits spend less time in the training pipeline. The time delay before recruits enter phase one training will be less. The holdover period between the end of phase two and joining regiments will be reduced. Overall the new training proposition will be a more attractive offer for recruits, will save money and will get manpower into the Field Army more quickly. MGL said that changes would begin to be seen over the next four to ten years and there are huge opportunities for The RLC. But the Corps must continue to demonstrate its value and remain engaged. It must take ownership of solutions and grow its ability to dominate, adapting to the changes in culture that will be needed to capitalise on the changes.“We need to be more flexible in our approach to logistics and learn from other armies”, he said. In his view, the British approach to CSS is too conservative. The chain of command must grow people from the lowest level and

escalate bright ideas and it should never underestimate opportunities when they arise. He said while respect must be paid where it is due, no-one should be intimidated by rank and our people should have the confidence to say what they think. He said the Corps’ reputation is higher than at any time in the last 25 years.The Corps’ strength is its diversity and variety. Our leadership must have the self-confidence to embolden its people and instil pride in them, relating to who they are and the Corps they serve. The RLC Conference was closed by a keynote speech by the DCGS, Lt Gen Pope CBE. He said while the British Army has fantastic people doing great things in all fields and sports, around the world, it faces some major challenges. Manpower is the number one concern. Driving efficiency levels is key in an increasingly lean financial environment, but the Army must continue to modernise and with that comes the challenges of cultural change. He echoed the need to review how we train soldiers and reduce the time it takes recruits to enter training. Too many are dropping out at this stage. Attracting young people, requires an effective marketing strategy, reaching out to our target audience across social media. He added the Army also needs to take a more pragmatic approach to entry standards and medical requirements. DCGS said the age of equipment is increasing faster than it’s being replaced. Savings must be made to reinvest in the Army modernisation programme. He understands the negative impact at grass roots level, but the longer-term benefits must be communicated. The RLC leads the Army in terms of retaining soldiers. He congratulated it for a job well done. • Facebook: The Royal Logistic Corps • Twitter: @RHQ_The_RLC



Sgt Dek Traylor

British Army Photographic Competition 2018 From the dusty plains of Kenya to the frozen forests of Eastern Europe, the British Army has rarely been busier overseas or at home. Each moment, each exercise and theatre of operation is captured by professional army photographers. Photography is a recognised trade in the Royal Logistic Corps and there are 38 professional RLC photographers in the British Army, assigned to brigades around the UK and Germany and working at Army HQ in Andover. The annual photographic awards showcase the wealth of skill, talent and creativity our Army Photographers possess. Organised by Command Master Photographer, WO1 (Conductor) Will Craig, this year there were over 1,500 entries (the largest ever). The competition was judged by, BBC picture editor, Philip Coomes and Martin Keene, the Press Association’s picture editor. In addition to the categories for professionals, there were an equal 12

number of categories open to amateur photographers. Winners came from the Royal Gurkha Rifles, the Household Division, the Royal Air Force, the Army Cadets and the Fire Service. Cpl Tom Evans RLC took the Photographer of the Year Award with his professional portfolio of images portraying military life during the past 12 months. Tom, aged 33 from Newbury, also scooped the Best Overall Image for his photo entitled ‘Guardian Angel’. Cpl Becky Brown RLC from Beverley, won both the Pro Story and Pro Portrait categories and came a close second in the ProSoldiering category. Images shown here are a small selection from the winning entries. RLC WINNERS Professional Category Portfolio: Cpl Tom Evans RLC Overall Professional Army Image: Cpl Tom Evans RLC

Professional Category Portrait: Cpl Becky Brown RLC Professional Category Story: Cpl Becky Brown RLC Professional Category Soldiering: Sgt Dek Traylor, RLC Professional Category Sport/ Adventure Training: Sgt Paul Randall, RLC Video: Cpl Tim Jones, formerly RLC, now Fire Service Social Media Video: Sgt Jonathan van Zyl RLC RLC RUNNERS UP Professional Category Portfolio: Sgt Paul Randall RLC Professional Category Story: Sgt Donald Todd RLC Professional Category Soldiering: Cpl Becky Brown RLC Professional Category Sport/Adventure Training: Sgt Jamie Peters RLC Video: Sgt Russ Nolan RLC Social Media Video: Sgt Jonathan van Zyl RLC • Facebook: The Royal Logistic Corps • Twitter: @RHQ_The_RLC


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Army Personnel Centre | CSS | RLC Soldiers’ and Officers’ Wings welcome addition to units due to the high quality instructional skills and qualifications that they will bring with them.

SO1 Soldiers’ Wing: Lt Col L Stewart SO1 Officers’ Wing: Lt Col M Collins

MS Mission: “Manage the careers of officers and soldiers in accordance with the needs of the Army in Defence in order to sustain the delivery of the required number of capable and well-motivated individuals.”

Soldiers’ matters

Recruiting Group (RG) The RLC has 56 posts within Recruiting Group ranging from Pte SSgt in various locations throughout the UK. Any personnel wishing to serve a tour of duty with RG should inform their CoC, who will in turn contact APC to arrange suitability interviews for serving in this environment. Transfers/Re-trades Transfers are an integral part of bolstering manning within The RLC. The figures below reveal a sharp rise in transfers into the Corps and a reduction in transfers out. The Official Army Vacancies List (OAVL) is the means of identifying which CEGs and ranks have gaps and at which particular rank.

The RLC Soldiers Branch within the APC is responsible for the career management of all RLC soldiers (both UK and QOGLR) and would like to take this opportunity to provide some end of year facts and statistics as to work conducted in 2018. Army Recruiting Instructor Training Centre (ARITC) The RLC has 180 ARITC posts ranging from SSgt - Cpl, both for Instr and PTI. In 2018, 19 SNCOs and 65 Cpls have been selected and assigned to serve within the ARITC environment; the same number have returned to RD and will be a

Current top five transfers from regiments and corps 1. Infantry 2. MPGS 3. AGC 4. H Cav/RLC Volunteer Reserves 5. RAC/REME/RGR RSM board 2018 At the recent WO2 to WO1 promotion board, which ran in the APC during Oct 2018, there were 38 WO2s eligible and recommended for an RSM appointment in their most recent AR. Fifteen were successfully selected to serve as RSMs across the Corps. On the board, only six points separated No.1 and No.16, which demonstrates the high quality of our WO2 cohort. QOGLR growth QOGLR is undergoing growth in manpower from 500 to 800 soldiers. This will include a re-structure of 10 QOGLR and a squadron in both 4 Regt and 9 Regt convert from a

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Current (2018) top five trade winners (transfers in) 1. RLC Driver 2. RLC Postal & Courier Op 3. RLC Photographer 4. RLC Mov Con 5. RLC Pet Op

UKTAP to an almost entirely GURTAM establishment. The growth is being delivered over five tranches, with tranche one already having occurred and will be complete by 2023. This expansion will be achieved by a combination of an

Soldiers Manning figures for Oct 2018



nk Ra Rank Pt e Pte LC pl LCpl Cp Cpll Sg Sgtt SSg SSgtt WO 2 WO2 WO 1 WO1 To ta l Total

Strength Strength 2886 2006 1805 881 731 543 252 9104

Liability Liability 2928 2053 1976 1106 749 539 224 9575

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% 98.57% 98.57% 97.71% 97.71% 91.35% 91.35% 79.66% 79.66% 97. 60% 97.60% 100. 74% 100.74% 112. 50% 112.50% 95. 08% 95.08%

MILITARY SECRETARY | THE SUSTAINER VEng (Short) to VEng (Full) Automatic Selection Process

VEng (Short) to VEng (Full) Conditional Selection Process

VEng (Full) to VEng (Long)

Open / Notice to VEng (Full)

Substantive Cpl MLD or MFD

Substantive Pte - LCpl EED 2020 or 2021 MFD Last SJAR B Dev or higher

Offers will be made only if specific manning requirements exist as stipulated by the RLC Manning Brick:

Substantive Pte – WO1 MLD or MFD

General criteria: EED within the next three years MLD or MFD

increase in recruits that enter the QOGLR, transferees from within the Bde of Gurkhas and re-joiners. VEng conversion criteria The criteria for VEng conversion is 2017DIN01-109 released Jun 2017 and updated in Sep 2018 but is explained above: And finally… RLC Soldier Wing is changing the format and information provided in the next Sustainer so you can look forward to reading about employment opportunities open to RLC soldiers, either within the Corps or in the wider Field Army.

Key Dates Aug 18 Jan 20 Jan 21 Jan 22 Jan 23 Total

Event Tranche 1 complete Tranche 2 complete Tranche 3 complete Tranche 4 complete Tranche 5 complete

9 Regt RLC 44 soldiers 44 soldiers 34 soldiers 25 soldiers 23 soldiers 170 soldiers

Board Results publication dates for 2018 - 2019 Key Dates 6 Dec 18 6 Dec 18 7 Feb 19 4 Apr 19 12 Apr 19 6 Jun 19 6 Jun 19 25 Jul 19 19 Sep 19 3 Oct 19 10 Oct 19 5 Dec 19 5 Dec 19

Event WO2 – WO1 Promotion Board No. 7 Board (WO1) SSgt – WO2 Promotion Board No. 7 Board (Sgt – WO2) Sgt – SSgt Promotion Board Senior Soldier Continuity Post Results (SSCP) Cpl – Sgt Promotion Board LCpl – Cpl Promotion Board No. 7 Board (Sgt – WO2) Pte – LCpl Promotion Board Late Entry Commissioning Results WO2 – WO1 Promotion Board No. 7 Board (Sgt – WO2)

“YOUR ARMY NEEDS YOU” While the RLC is in a comparatively good position in terms of being fully manned – currently Pte to WO1 the RLC 95.08% manned – other parts of the Army are not. Currently manning is the Army’s number one priority. The Chief of the General Staff has made the Commander Home Command, Lt Gen Tyrone Urch CBE, responsible for manpower inflow into the Army. Recruiting new soldiers and officers, is an army wide responsibility, with the focus on encouraging everyone to communicate positive messages about a career in the Army. General Urch is asking for your help to achieve this. He says: “The British Army’s current recruiting campaign started

4 Regt RLC 44 soldiers 28 soldiers 29 soldiers 25 soldiers 14 soldiers 140 soldiers

last year with ‘Belonging’ and will continue in 2019 with ‘Your Army’. Some of you may have been uncomfortable with ‘Belonging 18’ and the associated adverts, but they have proved a huge success and are credited with new recruit applications hitting a five-year high. We plan to build on this with the ‘Your Army Needs You’ campaign. This will only deliver to its full potential if we mobilise our strategic recruiting tool - our people; which includes serving and former members of the Army. The campaign will start on the 3 Jan 19 with billboards and posters; TV, radio and social media products will be released the following day. I am asking you to help spread the message: ‘The Army is open for

business, is a genuinely brilliant career proposition, and is recruiting now’. We are asking for your help to tackle this together because we are clear that ‘people are the Army, not in the Army’. Thank you for your time and for your support. I wish you, your families and friends a very Merry Christmas and a happy New Year.” Lt Gen Tyrone R Urch CBE Commander Home Command • Facebook: The Royal Logistic Corps • Twitter: @RHQ_The_RLC



A VIEW FROM BEHIND THE ARMBAND Head of Trade – Movement Controller and Movement Operator WO1 (Cdr) Rob Ladell I hope you all had an opportunity to enjoy a well-earned break over the summer period. As I write this, the latest Army Movement Controller head of trade article, many of you will either be deployed or just about to deploy in support of the myriad of operations, exercises or defence activity that the trade is involved in. It will come as no surprise that this quarter of 2018 has been declared as one of the busiest for Defence in the last two to three decades.

The Army and wider Defence appetite to commit our Armed forces is fast outstripping the trades ability to facilitate the level of global activity. Despite this, you have not failed, in fact you continue to deliver the same exceptional level of support that is the signature of the Army Movement Controller; you should all be proud of your individual and collective achievements. Rest assured that all is being done to improve life within the trade and we continue to be at the forefront of many change initiatives to make the necessary improvements to reduce the burden on you. The previously mentioned training changes in combination with tasking process improvements, rationalisation of our deployed posts and empowerment programme should start to take effect soon. The next step is to review the Mov Con organisational structure to allow us to better support the units we serve whilst spreading the workload across the trade to reduce the pressure where we can. Now is the time to familiarise yourselves with the new training regime and the Training Development Record requirements; ensure that you complete the required pre and post course training at the earliest opportunity. On a final note, please accept my thanks. Thank you for your continued professionalism, determination and refusal to break or let slip the high standards you set. 16

A VIEW FROM BEHIND THE LENS Head of Trade – RLC Photographers WO1 (Cdr) Will Craig RLC photographers serving across the world, I would like to say thank you for the dedication and hard work that’s highlighting the trade across Defence. Equipment and manning The photographic contract is up for tender this will be completed early 2019, there is major work going on behind the scenes to look at baselining all photographic equipment for Pro’s (Group 1) and amateurs (Group 2). This is something that has never been done before, this body of work is being controlled through DE&S through the single services Warrant Officers. The trade has been undermanned for the last 12 months, this has had a direct effect on other areas of the trade. Doing more with less has been a common theme throughout. I am pleased to say that the extra iteration of the 5300-professional course based at RAF Cosford will finally finish in Mar 2019, this will reduce the gapping and inject fresh blood into the veins of the trade.

Training and CPD We had a direct input into professional training with two instructors delivering a six-month career course that has had a positive effect on trade training. This will not be enduring however, but lessons have been learnt and demonstrated that only good can come from it, there is also a deep drive into looking at all professional training to improve output. NVQ level 4 qualification worth £2000 is still for most, ongoing, it needs a final push to finish the qualification by each serving soldier. I look forward to being able to keep you updated on key points within the trade again soon. • Facebook: The Royal Logistic Corps • Twitter: @RHQ_The_RLC


A VIEW FROM INSIDE THE CAB Head of Trade – Driver Tank Transporter Operator (DTTO) WO2 (SQMS) M A Carter

A VIEW FROM BEHIND THE HEADSET Head of Trade – Driver Communications Specialist WO2 (SQMS) Mark R Underdown

Transporting battle winning armoured vehicles and equipment across land in the UK and overseas and supporting the Field Army’s operational requirement is no mean feat. With the Heavy Equipment Transporter (HET) in service, this vehicle has given the trade a broader diversity and capability with what we can load and transport on exercise and operations, now and in the future.

Fellow Communications Specialists, firstly, I would like to take this opportunity to thank you all for your hard work and dedication you continue to show. I only have the helm for this fantastic trade for a four-month period until WO1 Mark Gill takes over in Jan 2019.

Manning, Training and CPD Recruitment is a challenging activity across the Career Employment Group (CEG). Currently the trade is seeing a steady flow of future DTTOs who have specifically wanted to join the trade following engagement with phase two soldiers which has raised the DTTO trade profile. It has been a great year for DTTO training and soldier investment. With a firm Corps commitment to the Battle Crafts Syllabus (BCS), we at the School of Tank Transporting have adjusted our DTTO Class 3 Course to encompass realistic tactical and kinetic training activities which are covered throughout BCS. This Apr saw funding secured and the first DTTO Class 1 JNCO was awarded the City and Guilds Abnormal Load Escort Driver Qualification at Level 2. Look forward New vehicle upgrades being introduced soon, along with A2020R, will see an uplift in Light Equipment Transporter platforms and a further DTTO troop established. Currently operating on Op CABRIT, Ex SAIF SAREEA 3, Ex TRIDENT JUNCTURE and based in Germany until the closure of BFG in 2019, DTTOs will continue to support battle groups and units in the UK, Europe and worldwide on HQ Field Army tasking, exercises and operations. I ask, that all DTTOs grasp every opportunity that arises to develop your trade and leadership skills and use them to mentor and steer our new DTTOs forward.

Manning and training As with many other trades across the Corps, we still have ongoing challenges with recruiting and retention. But at present, as a trade we have a constant stream of re-trades, this is down to Comms Specs advertising the trade well. We have an opportunity to represent the Trade on the Corps Engagement Team (CET) and speak to potential soldier and recruitment officers throughout the country. If you are interested please contact me via email: The new and improved Class 3 and Class 1 courses have now been delivered by DST Leconfield with the introduction of Battlecraft Syllabus (BCS). Early feedback from InVal has been very positive. HQ 2nd Medical Brigade has recently deployed on Ex INTEGRATED SERPENT in Sennelager, Germany. Looking forward Accreditation is a key component of our new trade structure, please embrace every opportunity to engage with the accreditation teams at unit lines. I would like to express my congratulations to those Pte Soldiers selected to LCpl on recent Promotion Board, welcome to the next step on the ladder. As a Trade, we have been successful on the recent LE Commissioning Board. WO2 Mac McAllister (RHQ RLC Trg Ops) & WO1 Gaz Richards (RSM 17 P&M Regt) will now become LE Captains, Good Luck for the future. Log TDT & Head of Trade will be hosting a RSWO / BSM / RSI Study Day at Deepcut on the 17 Jan 2019, I hope to see you all there. • Facebook: The Royal Logistic Corps • Twitter: @RHQ_The_RLC



Training changes across The Defence School of Logistics Commandant – Colonel John Atkins In this issue, we describe more of the changes that are being made to the delivery of training in DSL. Across the school, the staff have been examining ways to make training more relevant, shorter in length (where possible) and delivered at the ‘Point of Need’ (the point in a soldier’s career when you need new skills to prepare you for your next appointment). Major changes have taken place recently (or are planned) for The RLC Troop Commanders cse, as well as Supply, Mov Con and Fuel and Pet Op training. We are also developing more opportunities for soldiers to train ‘on the job’ rather than in the school and to reduce the time that people spend away from units. Supply Training Wing (STW - Deepcut) Chief Instructor – Lt Col Dutch Holland RLC STW delivers logistics and other specialised training on behalf of Defence. Based currently in Deepcut, the wing includes Engineering Logistics Division (training RE suppliers), Quartermaster Division and Supply Operations Division. Specialist Skills Division, which delivers (among other skills) Postal and Courier training, will soon complete its early move to Worthy Down and join Logistic Specialist Training Wing. The rest of the Wing will move to Worthy Down in 2019/20, although some courses (including the LRS cse) have been trialled in WD this year. Supply Operations Division (SOD) SOD trains up to 850 soldiers annually, focusing mainly on Logistic Specialist (Supply)(LS(S)) career courses. In May 2017, an External Evaluation (ExVal) of the LS(S) CEG was completed through a series of trade discussions, role analysis, focus groups and questionnaires to provide both good quality data on the current needs of the CEG and the suitability of DSL courses to provide this capability. This was vital as no review had been undertaken since the merger of the Sup Con and Sup Spec trades and the creation of the LS(S) CEG in 2006. Since then, the trade has experienced a series of programmes which have changed the way supply as a function is delivered in the Army, including: REME rebalancing, 1st Line Optimisation (1LO), Army Supply Chain Initiative (ASCI), Army Inventory Control Tower, along with the replacement of legacy Logistic Information Systems (LogIS) with MJDI and the withdrawal of Custodial Accounts from units. The results of the ExVal identified a requirement for all training to be realistic and relevant with a modular approach to deliver training at the point of need. With Custodial Accounts set to return and the deployment of PEPs to units (amongst other measures), STW is supporting suppliers across the Army by developing an 18

8 Cpl Peter Sinclair and Pte Emosi Ganilau Nadauble – LS(S) Class 3 Course

improved training delivery programme which will be rolled out by SOD over the next 12-18 months. The process of updating the current career courses and development of the new modular PoN courses began in early 2018. The pilot FOWO and LS(S) Class 1 courses have now been completed; the LS(S) Class 2 is being delivered within units through the Adult Apprenticeship and using on-line coursework (via the Defence Learning Environment (DLE), available through the Defence Gateway). There is still some way to go but on completion there will be 16 courses (eight of them new) delivered to 1,200+ Regular and Reserve LS(S), all at the PoN. • Facebook: The Royal Logistic Corps • Twitter: @RHQ_The_RLC

THE DEFENCE SCHOOL OF LOGISTICS | THE SUSTAINER Logistic Specialist Training Wing (LSTW – HQ in Worthy Down)) CO – Wg Cdr Paul Buxton RAF LSTW has moved its HQ from Halton to WD and will shortly take over responsibility for Specialist Skills Division from STW (including Postal and Courier, Tailoring and Eqpt Repair training). The Wing has three other sqns under command, delivering Fuel (DPTS), Movement Control (DMTS) and Port and Maritime and Vehicle Supply Specialist training (73 Trg Sqn). 73 Training Squadron (Marchwood) OC – Maj Ed Rosevink RLC 73 Trg Sqn delivers a variety of Port, Mariner, Vehicle Supply Specialist, specialist MHE, Crane and Lifting Operations courses for Defence. Vehicle Supply Specialists. After passing their VSS Class 3 course and Cat H licence acquisition, the VSS students from 13 AASR, 17 RLC and 165 RLC progressed onto their 813B VSS A Vehicle Light Course. The course was conducted at the ARMCEN in Bovington over a six-week period. Vehicle platforms that were taught ranged from AFV tracked - Warrior, Bulldog, CVR(T), through to AFV wheeled - MRW. Training on each platform was delivered during a fiveday period and consisted of both a theory and practical phase conducted by SSgt Taylor and Sgt Matthews. During the theory phase, each student learnt the basics on automotive components, fault identification, maintenance and emergency procedures, which enabled them to progress onto the practical phase. With little experience, each student used the skills they learnt during their Cat H licence acquisition and applied these to each platform. Once the students were confident on the correct mounting/dismounting, starting up/switching off and moving off/stopping procedures they moved onto the more advanced driving techniques. This included a basic introduction to cross country driving, where their skills were put to the test when negotiating obstacles, judging the vehicles width and challenging ascents and descents. The students then demonstrated their ability by manoeuvring the vehicle in a confined space, as well as on and off a simulated AFV transporter.

8 73 Sqn saves the day (and delivers great training . . .)

Maritime. On 8 August 2018, the Mariner Class 1 cse conducted afloat navigational training on board Army Work Boat (AWB) 41, en-route home to the SMC in Marchwood from the Thames area, when she re-routed to Littlehampton, West Sussex to wait for inclement weather to pass through. On her approach to Littlehampton, a distress call was received from a stricken motor cruiser only miles from AWB 41. The Littlehampton Lifeboat was called to assist and AWB 41 was directed to remain in location and assist until they arrived on scene. When on scene, the lifeboat crew quickly realised their vessel wasn’t best suited to tow the stricken vessel into port. AWB 41 and crew reacted to this in their usual professional manner and safely towed the vessel to a secure berth in Littlehampton marina. During this evolution, AWB 41 was reduced to one engine due to a fuel pressure problem, therefore greatly reducing manoeuvrability. Another day of live training serials. Defence Movements Training Sqn (Brize Norton) OC - Sqn Leader Jack Holt RAF – article written by WO1 Hodgson Movement Control (Mov Con) training on the Defence Movements Training Squadron (DMTS) has undergone 8 HQ DSL is currently based at Deepcut but most trade training will have moved to Worthy Down by the end of 2019 • Facebook: The Royal Logistic Corps • Twitter: @RHQ_The_RLC



a wholesale review. This has resulted in the pipeline time to become a Movement Controller reducing the decoupling of rank from core qualifications and thereby leading to a more employable distribution of SQEP through the creation of new courses to ensure throughcareer professional development of personnel and more realistic training to ensure the immediate employability of personnel when they complete their training. There are two new courses: Mov Con WO Course. Planning, management and through task development activity will see WOs prepared correctly to undertake roles such as Brigade Movements Warrant Officer. Aimed at: SSgts selected to WO2 to complete the course to become substantive. Mov Con SNCO course will deliver planning elements and train Sgt Mov Cons as Government Authorised Explosive Representatives, thereby alleviating the specialist burden across Defence. Aimed at: Cpls selected to Sgt to become substantive. And four courses have been transformed: Mov Con Class 1 Course designed around junior soldiers managing multi-modal transport tasks at an executive level. To include safe delivery and the selection and interrogation of publications. The final exercise is now running alongside the Class 3 exercise, allowing the Class 1s to be assessed while leading subordinates. Mov Con Class 2 Course reduced by a week with students receiving more qualifications. Rail Load Supervisor, All Arms Dangerous Goods Consignor and Authorised Rep (Road) are delivered on course, as well 20

8 SSgt Arran Pepper and DPTS students in Cyprus alongside a commercial tanker on the new Ocean Terminal Course

as technical lessons. Students will complete pre- and post-course learning before being certified as Class 2. Mov Con Class 3 Course reduced in length, includes Cargo Transport Unit Supervisor Course and a oneweek Basic Combat Skills exercise in field conditions. Trainees will leave the DMTS more employable and better prepared. Unit Deployment Officer (UDO) Course has increased from three to ten days. To help increase the knowledge of UDOs, the course has been improved to include an understanding of the planning process and broader instruction in the mounting and movement process. Students will also leave the course with greater awareness of ‘Dangerous Goods’. Defence Petroleum Training Squadron (DPTS – West Moors) OC – Maj Neil Swift RLC Sqn WO – WO2 Carl Lamb RLC Moving trg to Worthy Down (WD). To improve the welfare and accommodation facilities available to staff and students, DPTS will move all classroom-based training to WD by Apr 2019. Practical training will still be delivered at West Moors in the short to medium term, although other suitable locations closer to WD are being considered. RAF and theory-based courses will be the first to move, starting in Dec 2018. More detail on the ‘how’ will follow in Jan 2019. • Facebook: The Royal Logistic Corps • Twitter: @RHQ_The_RLC


BFCV Distributed Training. DPTS staff have refreshed and fielded the new Bulk Fuel Vehicle (BFCV) Distributed Training (DT) Packs to the Front-Line Commands. There are now bespoke Unit Support Tanker (UST), Close Support Tanker (CST) and Tactical Aircraft Refueller (TAR) DT courses available for qualified instructors to bid for and deliver in their unit lines. Cyprus. DPTS have successfully revamped and hosted the Ocean Terminal Course in Cyprus, with the kind assistance of HQ British Forces Cyprus and the Gn staff in Akrotiri. Students are now able to fully experience the complexities of live fuel discharges from a commercial Ocean Fuel Tanker. The students completed dipping and sampling, quality assurance practical and theory lessons on this course. Thanks to Flight Sergeant Iain Reid for his work in this area which has earnt him the RAFâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Fueller of the Yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; award. Command Wing (Deepcut) Chief Instructor â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Lt Col Rob Wagstaff A new-look RLC Troop Commandersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Course (RLC TCC) has been designed, piloted and implemented and now includes â&#x20AC;&#x201C; for the first time â&#x20AC;&#x201C; a week-long module covering Supply. We are also now able to train up to two Kuwaiti Officers per course. The 14-week course is split into four phases with the aim of providing the Corpsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; newly commissioned 2Lts with a broad knowledge of the role, work and responsibilities associated with an RLC Tp Comd and to

impart the knowledge, skills and attitudes to enable them to be effective. Phase 1. The role and organisation of The RLC (including the Army Reserve) and the theatre logistic laydown. Phase 2. Preceded by a three-day unit attachment, Phase 2 is conducted at DST Leconfield. Students complete a week-long BCIP 5.5 Staff User Course, followed by a two-week transport and fleet management package, culminating in a three-day exercise during which Defence General Service Driver Modules 1 & 2 qualifications are attained. Phase 3. This phase covers operational planning and execution. An estimate and orders teaching phase is followed by a TEWT week, culminating in Ex TIMBER TRUSS, a field exercise designed around the Decisive Action Training Environment (DATE) concept. Phase 4. Students enjoy a Battlefield Study, looking specifically at logistic lessons-learned during a given campaign; recent Studies include Ypres 1917, Sicily 1943 and the 1944 Ardennes offensive. There follows the in-barracks specific roles and requirements of an RLC Tp Comd, including MS, welfare management, assurance and general duties. Phase 4 relies heavily on SME guest speakers from across the Corps: collectively they add a huge amount of value to the course. Any units or individuals keen to get involved with the delivery of The RLC TCC or who would like to provide input, should not hesitate to get in touch with the CI.





Ex TRIDENT JUNCTURE 18 Exercise TRIDENT JUNCTURE (TRJE) saw 45,000 troops from 30 countries deploy to Norway. It was the largest collective defence exercise conducted by NATO in over a decade. The deployment of UK forces to Norway, consisted of a multi-modal and multi-nodal movement plan using road, rail, sea and air. Once in-theatre, UK Force Elements (FE) trained alongside their Danish and Polish counterparts integrating their equipment, drills and personnel to become a multinational, combat ready brigade. The exercise provided an opportunity to trial the deployment of a PEP configured in standard stock modules and to continue to develop a contingent continental European rail capability. The exercise also aimed to develop the CONEMP for the JEF Light Brigade Support Group (LBSG). The Enabling Road Move (ERM) to Norway was facilitated by 102 Log Bde on the ‘near bank’ and the Theatre Enabling Group (TEG), based around HQ 104 Log Sp Bde, on the ‘far bank’. 102 Log Bde established two Convoy Support Centres (CSC), located at Defence School of Transport, Leconfield and Colchester Garrison. The CSCs supported multiple sailings (from Hull and Harwich respectively). CSC Leconfield was planned and executed exclusively by 150 Regt RLC, while CSC Colchester was delivered by 7 Regt RLC. The home bank move was commanded and controlled by an HQ 102 Log Bde operations cell based in Grantham. As a direct route would not have been challenging enough, the far bank ERM consisted of a 1,700km drive from the Sea Ports of Disembarkation (SPOD) at Rotterdam and Hoek of Holland through the 22

Netherlands, Germany, Denmark, Sweden and into Norway! The TEG deployed over 140 personnel in combined arms groups at five border crossing points, four CSCs, two refuelling points, two SPODs, an Air POD and a Rail POD. Each CSC had a mix of RLC, REME, RMP and RAMC personnel from both regular and reserve units in the TEG, delivering C2 and essential blue light services. Working closely with troops from each transit nation, the ERM reinforced multi-national cooperation and interoperability at all levels from 1-star HQ down to sections on the ground. A total of 388 combat and logistic vehicles and 823 personnel deployed in six columns along the route. Replicating rapid deployment conditions at each CSC, the road move saw soldiers from 4 Inf Bde and 102 Log Bde sleep next to their vehicles and survive on 24-hour • Facebook: The Royal Logistic Corps • Twitter: @RHQ_The_RLC

EXERCISE | THE SUSTAINER rations throughout the six-day drive. With zero road traffic incidents on route and fewer vehicle failures than anticipated, the projection of the force by GLoC across Europe was a success and 4 Inf Bde arrived at its BSG in Haselmoen in Norway in good order ready for reception, staging and onward movement. The strategic RoRo vessel MV EDDYSTONE, arrived in the Sea Mounting Centre (SMC), Marchwood on 4 Oct 2018. The load consisted of some 50 vehicles, which would ensure that C2 on the far bank was enabled. As soon as it lowered its rear ramp, the Port Op gang got to work as a fast turn-around of the vessel was required. EDDYSTONE was loaded in 3.5 hours. Several Royal Signals personnel then embarked on the vessel to act as boat party and to aid the discharge on the far bank. The vessel departed the SMC and arrived in Fredrickstadt, Norway, two days later. Practically at the same time EDDYSTONE left the SMC for Norway, eight port operators flew to Oslo and onward moved to Fredrickstadt, to prepare for the unload of EDDYSTONE on the far bank. Due to heavy commercial shipping in the Port of Fredrickstadt, the unload window was limited to just two hours. With the assistance of the boat party, some Royal Engineer, Royal Horse Artillery and Royal Signals unit reps, the vessel was discharged in one and a half hours. The air element of Ex TRJE was mounted and processed through the Joint Air Mounting Centre (JAMC) at South Cerney run by 29 Regt. Over a 12-day period the JAMC carried out routine business processing a total of five flights for Ex TRJE totalling 478 passengers, 20 tonnes of luggage and two tonnes of weapons and freight. The final method of deployment was rail. 66 Fuel and General Transport Squadron, 9 RLC provided the Rail Point Operating Unit (RPOU), not only for the train transporting UK vehicles, but for all nations using the Elverum Rail POD. The RPOU was responsible for the safe offload of vehicles and coordination of onward movement to Haslemoen. A Company 1st Battalion Royal Irish transported 32 vehicles, comprising of Foxhounds, RWMIKs, Land Rovers, a battlefield ambulance and a Husky by rail from the UK. With every vehicle starting first time, despite having been dormant for a long journey across Europe, the rail wagons were soon empty. The UK rail in-load was executed on schedule and concluded a successful wider rail capability assessment borne out of Commander Field Army’s intent to deploy a company size vehicle group by rail. DSCOM cohered the Defence Partner, Team Leidos, to deliver a contracted solution involving: GB Railfreight, EuroTunnel and Network Rail in the UK and Lineans & Hector Rail on the continent. The JEF LBSG is made up of a Med Sqn, ES Coy, Log Sqn, RHQ and Echelon. 62 Sqn, 6 Regt RLC formed the Logistic Sqn. Having successfully completed the ERM, 62 Sqn immediately received the Brigade PEP. It established the Field Storage Area and Ammunition Supply Point. This meant even before the start of LIVEX the sqn had tested many of the aspects of the LBSG CONEMP, by working in conjunction with multinational partners from the NATO alliance, sustaining through home nation support and receiving broader contractor support. At the same time, the sqn

8 Bulk Liquids Tp conducting RTI training in conjunction with the Med Sqn

conducted integration training with the 1 Royal Irish Battlegroup and other 4X elements on the local training area. This training comprised of improving basic convoy protection skills, including GPMG and HMG training; integrated DP rehearsals with the 1RI, 4X main and LBSG Echelons; skid pan training and snow chain lessons to help with the adverse driving conditions and a survival skills lesson delivered by the Danish Army in the local, very cold, river. During the LIVEX phase, 62 Sqn was offered a truly excellent opportunity to practice multiple modes of distribution with live dependencies. To fulfil its mission, the sqn temporarily re-TASKORGd into four new task troops: CASEVAC Group to assist the medical chain in the event of mass casualty; an Immediate Replenishment Group, which deployed forward and was held at readiness in the event of rapid resupply being required; a Rolling Replenishment Group, which was tasked with resupplying the Light Dragoons’ Sqn fighting echelon and a Distribution Point Group which conducted routine sustainment to the Bde through nightly DPs. This was an innovative set-up for the sqn, which allowed man power and assets to be apportioned appropriately among the new task groups and then be launched forward to assist with the battle when required. The exercise provided an excellent opportunity to refresh skills that have not been used recently and to develop new ones. It tested the supply chain from procurement to tactical delivery. 8 Conducting survival skills training with the Norwegian Army • Facebook: The Royal Logistic Corps • Twitter: @RHQ_The_RLC


THE SUSTAINER | EXERCISE Defence’s main effort and largest exercise in over a decade, SAIF SAREEA 3, consisted of three key logistic elements: The Joint Force Logistic Component Headquarters (JFLogC HQ), the Combat Service Support Group (CSS Gp) and the Theatre Enabling Group (TEG) JFLogC The core JFLogC HQ (17 pax), augmented by 50 additional officers and soldiers, formed the in-theatre logistic C2 component HQ. The initial challenge of gelling as a team was soon overcome, with the significant challenges that were to present themselves over the course of the next four months. Incompatible HN and military equipment; medical supply chain issues and the deployment of CONDO in theatre, to name a few. The challenges faced by the HQ were all met with a ‘can do’ attitude, with tri-service SQEP and HN support above and beyond what had been previously agreed. Contracts The Deployed Contract Capability Co-ordinator (DCCC) was led by a Naval officer, with a junior RAF officer and a civil servant. Capt Lucy Powell and SSgt Kemar Hudson from the TEG were attached to make a joint team. SSgt Hudson conducted LRS across the north of Oman, sourcing various commodities from Rustaq to Muscat. The contracts team was responsible for the oversight and assurance of ten specific SS3 contracts. These were managed


Ex SAIF SAREEA 3 from the HQ, as well as assurance of additional existing PJHQ-owned enabling contracts. This exercise tested dependency on contractors to a new level, with the assurance role undertaken by a deployed cell as opposed to the standing CCC in PJHQ. The SFC from 9 Regt, played a crucial role in this, with two individuals deployed in the DCCC and managing the Port of Duqm service agreement for the TEG. Fuels The SJFLogC HQ Fuels desk, staffed by Flt Lt Greg Curtis RAF of HQ 102 Logistic Brigade and Sgt Ilaitia Sela AP Pet, of 66 Fuel & GT Sqn RLC, was responsible for delivering bulk and packed fuel, gas and all associated infrastructure. Managing eight sites, three main contracts, six different operating agreements, four static tanks and over thirty BFCVs, the team had its work cut out from arrival in Oman on 20 Aug. To enable the opening of the GLOC, from Shafa in the north, down to Duqm in the south, overseeing the commissioning of the various fuel sites was a top priority. The road route went through the main SS3 camps. Shafa was on the edge of a Royal Army of Oman (RAO) camp. UK forces were initially supported by the RAO and on The RLC’s arrival the team oversaw the delivery of three 20,000 litre static fuel tanks to support the five BFCVs deployed by 1 Armoured Brigade. Here, the

team encountered its first problem. The UK fuel couplings did not match the Omani ones, so fuel could not be received into the camp’s infra. After some calling around and a quick trip to the capital, Muscat, the team found a company that was a literal Pet Ops playground. It held couplings and adaptors of all kinds from across the world. A new coupling did the trick and the fuel in Shafa was flowing. Next, the team moved onto the Convoy Support Centre (CSC) in Mahout, where it dropped a coupling for another ground fuel static tank and BFCV that couldn’t ‘talk’ to HN tankers. Technical issues were encountered with the Tactical Supply Wing of JHC, based at the CSC, which again had a coupling issue. However, the problem was exacerbated by aircraft needing fuel straight away and another coupling was required. There was no time to make the 12hr round trip back to the capital to pick up yet another part, the team had to improvise. It was neither pretty or straight forward, • Facebook: The Royal Logistic Corps • Twitter: @RHQ_The_RLC


8 The Theatre Enabling Group

8 During SS3 a 27 Regt HET Troop covered 4,600 miles and moved 85 armoured vehicles

but it worked until something more appropriate could be fabricated. Eighteen separate couplings, strung together, were required to get fuel from the Omani tanker into the UK CST. The final call was to the TEG in Duqm. It was experiencing similar connectivity issues, but the GLOC was primed for fuel and officially ready to open for business on 6 Sep. Throughout the rest of the time in Oman, the team managed a variety of other commitments, through a combined team of Royal Air Force Oman personnel and UK military personnel. An RAF Voyager Air-toAir Refuelling platform, which refuelled a variety of UK and Omani aircraft during the Ex, supported: Chinook, Puma and Apache helicopters providing the CASEVAC capability and delivering the fire power demonstration. In total, the exercise was a resounding success for the UK military fuels infrastructure, delivering 1,200,000 litres of diesel and 5,500,000 litres of aviation fuel, powering a wide cross section of the Joint Force’s assets. Ammo Ex SS3 has seen all three services deploy ammunition to Oman for a variety of training and capability demonstrations across the length and breadth of Oman. This was facilitated through storage teams in

two Omani Depots – Shafa (Ammo Sect, 1 Regt RLC) and Thumrait (5131 Bd Sqn, RAF) and two Field Storage Areas – Shittal (3 Cdo) and Muhut (Ammo Sect, 1 Regt RLC). This enabled a wide scope of live and blank fire training including NLAW, Javelin, 155mm and 105mm, 120mm, 30mm RARDEN and Apache, 70mm CRV7 rockets, GMG, HMG, UGL and over 500k rounds of SAA. All focussed on delivering a successful fire power demo, which at times saw more than a tonne of HE expended per minute and subsequent safe closure of range activity through bilateral clearance. CSS Gp The 1 Regt RLC lead the CSS Group. It consisted of personnel from 74 HQ, 2 CS and 23 GS Sqns, as well as attachments from 5 Armoured Med Regt, 6 Bn REME, 3 RMP and 27 Regt RLC. Its mission was to provide all elements of close support CSS to the 1 MERCIAN BG throughout the four-month deployment on SS3. The CSS Gp was based at Shafa Camp, along with primary and emergency medical care facilities provided by 22 Fd Hosp, REME workshops, and a Bde Log RV. 2 Close Support Sqn, brought most of the 244 ISO containers from the SPOD at Duqm, to Shafa. Civilian haulage contractors moved

the rest. They contained £1.6 million worth of general stores, £1.1 million of ammunition and £35 million of equipment support materiel. The early road moves brought home the heavy toll on the vehicles and the high levels of level one maintenance required to keep the fleet moving. As well as getting their bodies and work routines accustomed to the unforgiving climate, the drivers also improved their convoy and vehicle handling skills. Additional lift capability was provided by a HET Troop from 27 Regt RLC. Travelling a total of over 4,600 miles, it moved: 18 x Challenger 2s, 63 Warrior IFVs, four CRRAVs, two Titan armoured bridge layers and two Trojan combat engineering vehicles. As with the CS Sqn, the HET Tp spent the second phase of the exercise based out of Shafa Camp, recovering damaged vehicles from the exercise area and assisting with other road moves. EPLS convoys also made daily runs into the exercise area with some vehicles forming Immediate Replenishment Groups (IRG) in support of the various BG subunits. In this environment, junior leaders thrived and impressed with their ingenuity and initiative. As the exercise phase ended, 2 CS Sqn established an Equipment Collection Point (ECP) to provide a • Facebook: The Royal Logistic Corps • Twitter: @RHQ_The_RLC


THE SUSTAINER | EXERCISE single point from which vehicles could be concentrated and prepared for onward movement to the SPOE. All 185 armoured and many of the 670 wheeled vehicles deployed and their crews, passed through the ECP. This activity was concurrent to the outload of all remaining materiel from Shafa. This was handed over to the TEG for recovery to the UK or to the 2 RTR BG for Ex KHANJAR EDGE 19. SAIF SAREEA 3 has been an enormous success for the CSS Group. Every sub-unit, junior commander and soldier learned invaluable lessons about operating in the desert environment. The fog of war, friction, and confusion endemic to any large deployment was confronted with initiative and ingenuity at all levels. These lessons will now be taken forward and developed as the Regt begins its transition to amalgamation with 1 Bn REME to form 1 CSS Regt in support of 1 Strike Brigade in 2019. Well done to all involved! The TEG In Jun, the TEG left a sunny and hot UK, to arrive to a similar temperature in Duqm. The Reception, Staging and Onward Integration (RSOI) and acclimatisation package, saw the TEG adapting to extreme heat and the strong winds brought to the coast of Oman by the Khareef Monsoon. The first few weeks had personnel working from their rooms in Jaz Block of the Renaissance Village. This initial period allowed troops to bond as a cohesive TEG unit and prepare for the arrival of the first ‘Roll On Roll Off’ ship (RoRo). The TEG moved in to the Joint Logistic Support Base (JLSB) in Jul and started setting up the ground in anticipation of the arrival of the land component, Amphibious Task Group and other Tri-Service


8 The TEG rugby team talk tactics before playing Muscat RFU

kit for SAIF SAREEA 3. The 6 Jul 2018 saw the first of six RoRos arrive, providing the opportunity for the troops to execute what they had spent so many months planning for. The TEG has been featured in multiple Omani newspapers, the national press, radio and social media feeds. Many news teams and members from the Department of Moral Guidance have visited to capture key events. Great interest was generated with the arrival of the armoured vehicles, in particular the Challenger 2 tanks, and the Apache attack helicopters. The offload of the Apaches was a delicate operation with no room for error with the tide and the ramp having to be at perfect heights and angles for the delicate operation. The end of Aug 2018 saw the arrival in Duqm of the main exercising troops. During Sep, the JLSB was out loaded and the majority of exercising troops left Duqm and headed north for the exercise. The TEG was responsible for conducting the RSOM for a large number of these troops, to ensure they were prepared for the forthcoming exercise. Concurrently, the TEG was also ensuring all

equipment and freight was triaged and in good working order for the exercise. The arrival of the Royal Marines, in early Oct, coincided with the Duqm opening event. The Minister of State for the Armed Forces, the Rt Hon Mark Lancaster MP, was joined by the British Ambassador to Oman, as well as CJFC, DSAME, SJFC and other distinguished guests. A highlight of the day was the Pte to LCpl promotions. The newly promoted LCpls were presented with their rank slides by the Minister. A promotion the young soldiers will never forget. The latter part of Oct saw the beginning of the re-deployment, where exercise kit returned to the JLSB. Elements from both the TEG ES Pl and 6 Bn REME have begun a rigorous maintenance schedule to ensure the kit is in good order for returning to the UK or to remain in theatre for Ex KHANJAR EDGE in early 2019. Nov is shaping up to be another busy period with the TEG’s responsibility for the wash down of equipment, the proof of good order and MCCP of freight leaving from Duqm on RoRos and a series of RAF flights. The TEG rugby team took the opportunity to travel to Muscat to play Muscat RFU in a friendly game. Training sessions took place in the afternoon sun on the grass field in the RSV and gained popularity outside of the players. The trip north proved a success with the TEG team coming away with a hard-fought victory. Downtime in Duqm has taken many shapes including the TEG football association and volleyball tournaments run on the local beach proving very popular! • Facebook: The Royal Logistic Corps • Twitter: @RHQ_The_RLC


We probably all know about the Army Cadet Force (ACF) and the Army Section of the Combined Cadet Force (CCF), but the perception is that it has always been on the periphery of the Army family. There is no doubt that as its website - says: “For action and adventure, fun and friendship it is hard to beat.” With nearly 39,000 cadets aged 12-18 and 9,000 adults, in over 1,600 locations, organised into 55 groupings, based on a county structure, known variously as Counties, Battalions and Sectors which are not too dissimilar in structure to a standard Army unit – the ACF extends the Army footprint to all corners of the UK. It is one of the UK’s largest voluntary youth organisations and can trace its history from 1859. Although sponsored by the Army, neither cadets nor adult volunteers are subject to the Defence Acts or mobilisation; the ACF having its own regulations, administrative procedures and disciplinary process. The Army's key responsibilities in relation to the Army Cadet Force are to: • Develop, implement and manage policy relating to the ACF, its training and discipline • Provide equipment for training and support activities • Provide the Cadet Training Centre, Frimley Park • Provide the Cadet training teams, which comprise members of the Regular Army whose primary role is to train the

Inspire to Achieve Cadet Force Adult Volunteers are the rock upon which the Cadet Movement is built. To hear an Army Cadet, say: “That was brilliant, Sir!” or “The best day ever, Ma’am” could make your day. What can the Corps do to help its RLC badged cadet units? By Lt Col Sheryl Stonehouse trainers in the ACF. Their secondary role is to train senior cadets as circumstances allow, and provide specialist trainers in areas such as adventurous training at annual camps. As a parent of a cadet, it is easy to recognise the benefit of any activity that takes a young person away from their phone, computer or tablet and gives them responsibility and a structure for progression. Many look back on their time in cadets as the ‘best time’, life shaping and affirming. Their core training is based on a star system, which takes them from basic individual infantry skills, right up to company level training. Cadets are encouraged to develop life skills using the military ethos leading to the ACF Proficiency Certificate (APC) and recognised vocational qualifications such as the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme and BTEC (Business and Technology Education Council) Diplomas, a great addition to any UCAS (Universities and Colleges Admissions Service) form, job application or CV. All this regardless of creed, colour, ability, background

or gender. ACF units include children under the care of social services where they can be themselves and belong, part of a cohort who are bound by camaraderie and the corporate development of the Army’s values and standards: Courage, discipline, respect for others, integrity, loyalty and self-respect. All this whilst maturing in confidence, responsibility, self-reliance, resourcefulness, endurance and a spirit of service to the Queen, country and their local community while displaying the qualities of a good citizen. Key to the delivery of this constructive cadet experience is the army of dedicated uniformed, Commissioned and NonCommissioned Cadet Force Adult Volunteers (CFAV) and the Civilian Assistants, without which, the organisation would flounder. They are the rock upon which the cadet movement is built and have been looked down upon by some of their regular and reservist counterparts for their turnout and physical appearance. • Facebook: The Royal Logistic Corps • Twitter: @RHQ_The_RLC


THE SUSTAINER | ARTICLE Support from the Regular Army and Army Reserve, is co-ordinated through SO2 Cadets in the Regional Brigade Headquarters. Support provided to the ACF by regular and reserve units brings enormous benefits to the cadets and in a different way, to the Army. It creates training resilience, innovative ideas, dynamic realism, fresh faces, youthful enthusiasm, gratitude and potentially future members of the Corps. In this respect, a little goes a long way, although a key component of constructive and effective delivery is integrating the ACF requirements for cadet safeguarding, safety and well-being. It is important to recognise that while sponsored and supported by the Ministry of Defence, the cadet organisation is not part of the recruiting process for the Armed Forces. They do promote an understanding of what the Armed Forces' roles and responsibilities are and will provide assistance to any cadet who expresses an interest in joining one of the Services later in life and we all know the value of hearts and minds and its reach into wider society. Many do enlist and interestingly many of those from the RAF Cadets who choose a military career, enlist into the Army! It is estimated that around 30% of army recruits are ex cadets of some description. There are 35 affiliated RLC cadet units in the UK. So, what can the Royal Logistic Corps do to engage and support our Army cadets? The Corps Colonel is keen to develop the relationship RLC units have with RLC badged cadets, 8 Cadet Force Adult Volunteers are the backbone of the ACF


8 Cadet units are twinned with local regular or reserve units

8 Col Maginniss ACF is a serving officer in The RLC

specifically and the wider cadet family in general, and is always open to ideas on how in practical terms this can be supported. RHQ The RLC needs to ensure that relevant communications are getting out to The RLC Cadet units, with invites to Corps Days, Ex LOG SAFARI and any other appropriate exercises or demonstrations. Units can offer facilities, subject to the necessary regulations and approvals, such as ranges. In return, many county senior cadet platoons are more than able to deliver opposition forces capability for exercises, though inevitably this may be more useful for reserve units

as weekends are the preferred cadet option. Suitable unit personnel, with their commanding officers’ approval, are encouraged to assist a local ACF by parading as a service helper. There is also the provision instructors and mini-bus drivers to support cadet sub-unit weekends, annual camps and expeditions and Corps officers can make themselves available to conduct inspections of ACF Detachments. At an individual level, those serving in the Army Reserve with the Corps may join the ACF as a CFAV subject to meeting the cadet movement requirements, which includes a positive result at the Familiarisation and Assessment (FANDA) weekend and a Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) Certificate. The cadet movement and the ACF is always seeking those who have left regular or reserve service. So, if you have left the service and now fancy pulling on the green again and passing your knowledge onto the next generation, then consider approaching your local cadet unit; they would be delighted to see you. With thanks to: Colonel C H Maginniss, Commandant, Norfolk ACF and Lt Col David Reeve, CEO, HQ Staffordshire and West Midlands (North Sector) ACF. • Facebook: The Royal Logistic Corps • Twitter: @RHQ_The_RLC


Chattanooga Choo Choo The American Civil War battle of Chattanooga, was described at the time as the ‘death knell of the Confederacy.’ But why was this such a key victory for the Union forces? The song made famous by Glenn Miller in 1941 provides the answer. The Tennessee city of Chattanooga was and still is, a strategic rail hub. In 1863, once the Union Army had control of it, it became the gateway for later campaigns further south. The American Civil War was a war waged on rails and lessons learned from it, have informed the military use of rail ever since. Rail was the key component in World War One (WW1) deployment plans. Prior to the war, in Germany, railways were built with the strategic movement of mass armies in mind. The Schlieffen Plan relied on a massive time-tabled mobilisation by rail and it included capturing the railways in Belgium quickly and intact. The British Army’s use of rail in WW1 was more focused on its logistic chain. In Mesopotamia (Iraq) the British brought men and materials from India to build a railway network to supply the expeditionary force fighting the Turkish Army. The men and millions of tons of ammunition, equipment, rations and fuel required to wage war on the Western Front all travelled from the Channel ports, to the divisional rear areas by train. By this time, the Army had dedicated rail units. The Royal Engineers (RE) built and maintained track and operated trains; the Army Service Corps manned the rail heads. Over the last 100 years there has been a continued use of the Army’s rail capability. Today the RE retains a Sqn capable of maintaining a significant mileage of permanent way (track). Its train operating capability was passed to the RCT and on the formation of The RLC one regular and one reserve ‘Railway’ squadron were retained. The Army’s rail capability enjoyed an Indian Summer in the 1990s. In 1994, the British Army of the Rhine (BAOR) became UK Support Command (Germany).

8 Rail was used during Op TELIC

We set out to find the last serving RLC Railwaymen. We found one and discovered that the British Military rail capability could be making a return to Platform One. By Peter Shakespeare, Lt Col Clem Maginniss, Lt Col Tom Hall, Maj (Retd) Marco Ciotti and WO2 Adie Robertson. Out of area operations during the decade and into the early 2000s, utilised the Army’s rail capability for out loading and on operations. But it was not the Germany drawdown that led to the deletion of the Railway trade. In 2011 and 2012, resulting from the Army 2020 staffing review, HQ DRLC was given a top-level figure for corps manning. As part of this it had to decide which capabilities to retain and which to delete. Both rail and pioneers were proposed for deletion and the Army accepted this. BAOR It’s worth looking back at the final decade in Germany. In 1990, 79 (Railway) Sqn RCT played a key role in the outload of 1st Armoured Division prior to Op GRANBY. It had detachments at numerous depots and operated the Berlin and

ambulance trains. In 1996, the SO1 Ammo in Head Log (Army), Lt Col Tom Hall, was a troop commander in 79 (Railway) Sqn RLC. He takes up the story. “Arriving at 79 Sqn at Mönchengladbach in 1996, you would find a very well settled unit, having been based in Ayrshire South Barracks since 1970. The sqn consisted 32 military personnel, of whom three were Officers’ Railway Course (ORC) qualified. There were 20 Railwaymen and a Workshop of nine REME personnel, headed up by an ASM. In addition to this, were around 25 civilians, mostly Germans, but with a few ex-British military and some ex-pats. It was a tight, cohesive and very capable unit. The sqn operated several depots around northern Germany, with Wulfen and Dulmen, being the main ones for travelling shunting crews by this stage. The sqn operated and • Facebook: The Royal Logistic Corps • Twitter: @RHQ_The_RLC



maintained a considerable fleet of rolling stock, including the four Divisional Cold War ambulance trains, 136 WWII vintage war flats and 20 heavy duty (six axle SALMMS 90) flats for moving Challenger 2 and other heavy armour. “While depots and rolling stock were assets of the sqn, the soldiers were the real asset. Railwaymen were an ‘A’ trade and with the tonnages worked, trained to a very high standard. Class 3, 2 and 1 trade courses all being ten weeks in duration, but skills were refined on the job with junior Railwaymen working three to four days per week in a two-man shunting crew in Mönchengladbach or another depot. Acquiring a workable standard of conversational railway German was a requirement, but many achieved a better level than that. Fitness was very high, with three out of the 20 Railwaymen being in-date, active PTIs. The real proof of the pudding was the demonstrated railway operating skills. Notable occasions

were the train of 20 Leopard 1 MBTs collected from Rheindahlen in Mar 1997 by Cpl Steve Skinner. Around 1,350 tonnes in total with rolling stock. This would have required 20 HETs and over 40 personnel of a Tank Transporter Sqn, but was moved by two Railwaymen. As we sadly departed Germany, Cpl Mick Harper drove a MAK shunting locomotive from Möchengladbach to Wulfen, over busy German civilian railways through the Ruhr, including Duisburg marshalling yard.While a Deutsche Bahn traction inspector accompanied the move, Cpl Harper had all the skills, training and experience required to operate safely to a full German safety and commercial standard. This was the capability.” The Balkans While the rail capability was used on operations in WW1,WW2 and in Palestine in the late 1940s, it wasn’t used again by the British until 1998. 79 Sqn was deployed to Kosovo on Op UPMINSTER. Railwaymen were dual traded as drivers and their role in theatre was road transport, not rail.The OC at that time was Maj Marco Ciotti. He was tasked with moving the AngloFrench Extraction Force’s vehicles equipment and engineer plant from the Greek port of Thessaloniki to the Kosovan border. Having reconnoitred the 270km route, he realised many of the loaded vehicles wouldn’t fit under some of the bridges that spanned the road. Now retired, Maj Ciotti explains what happened next:“I want to BUY a TRAIN!’ I mouthed, like a despairing speech therapist, with not a word of Greek. 8 'I want to buy a train' Maj Ciotti, Capt Stephens and members of 79 Sqn Kosovo


“The girl stared back through the glass. I felt every eye in Thessaloniki railway station on me. An old lady in the next queue looked my uniform up and down like one who has seen invaders come and go. I changed tack, tapping fuzzy pictures in my folder. ‘Many TANKS. BIG DOLLAR!’. Bingo: a middle-aged man with a comb-over looked up from his paperwork.‘Please to come’, he simpered.We retired to a small, beige room where a team squinted at my blurry images of Warriors in Marchwood drizzle. ‘When start?’’The day after tomorrow,’ I replied. Eyebrows arched, cigarettes puffed and a dog-eared timetable appeared. I stoked expectations of luxurious budgets. An hour later we had a plan.‘Tomorrow I send LADY Officer,’ I said.‘You be NICE.’ Sheepish grins.‘She brings, BIG MONEY. She buy,TRAIN!’ “Capt Anna Stephens, Ops Officer 79 Railway Sqn, duly paraded with smiles in lieu of drachmas. And so, operational rail featured for the first time in a British Operation (UPMINSTER) since Palestine. The full reasons for this homespun approach are for another day. Suffice to say, an Anglo-French Extraction Force assembled within deadline on the Kosovan border, thanks to rail movement of 35 armoured vehicles, 62 containers and assorted Engineer plant; all of which had been destined to drive 270km up the road. “The sqn returned to Thessaloniki just weeks later for Op AGRICOLA, officially in a port clearance role within 17 Port & Maritime Regiment. But the rail genie was out of the bottle. After a frustrating few months of rioting Greeks, sceptical staff officers, intransigent Macedonians and an improbable stint as NATO’s most forward (and unarmed) unit, Mr Milosevic finally blinked and 79 Sqn started operating three trains each way per day over the 75km single-track line between Skopje and Kosovo Polje. Steelman shunting engines arrived from UK and a ramp wagon from Germany to support a requisitioned Serbian mainline locomotive. “But running the network was not without challenges. Most essential civilian staff had either fled, were dead or refused to work together and all remained on Belgrade’s payroll. • Facebook: The Royal Logistic Corps • Twitter: @RHQ_The_RLC


The sqn’s chain of command was, at best, ambiguous: UN and NATO HQ’s were minutes away, while RHQ lay two countries south. The sqn had no Rail ES, no fuel and no way to communicate with US Forces, whose sector the trains mostly ran through. This led to a passenger train derailing spectacularly in Urosevac on a level crossing,‘resurfaced’ by over-zealous US Army Engineers. Ironically, NATO bombing of the connecting line thwarted a Serb offer of a rail recovery crane. “The sqn still managed to haul 1,000+ tonne trains of military, construction and humanitarian loads up the Vardar valley into Pristina. 79 developed a pick ‘n’ mix approach to tasking. One shrewd UN agency proffered four-litres of bourbon to jump the queue and shift 1,200 tonnes of dried peas and roofing tiles. Nothing was impossible. A Sqn train even survived Serb sabotage, when rail was removed near Mitrovica. “Evicted from its beloved Germany and narrowly dodging disbandment, the Army’s smallest sqn finally found its 15 minutes of fame before handing over to an Italian Railway Regiment. Rail had been a fundamental part of a NATO operation, helping to reinstate a shattered country. For a fleeting moment, everyone wanted to be a Railwayman, riding the endless steel ribbon of freedom.”

8 79 Sqn disbandment parade 2012

final, albeit brief, operational fling. In early 2003, Op TELIC saw 79 Sqn deploy in its primary, port enabling, role to the Umm Qasr in the Gulf. Initially working with US rail troops the Rail Troop helped to clear and repair a 4km railway line running between the old and new ports. Cargo was unloaded at the old and moved to the new for storage on four rail flats hauled by a shunting locomotive. Once Basra was taken, the US Army worked to re-open the mainline from Umm Qasr to get supplies and humanitarian aid into northern Iraq. The line had been badly damaged and it took until late Apr to repair. On 7 May, the Rail Troop operated one mainline train to Gharma carrying 12 containers of ammunition.The rail operation was then handed back to the Americans. Rail Troop continued to provide support to the US rail operation into 2004. The twilight years Lt Col Clem Maginniss has been involved with the Army’s rail capability for much of his career. Now a reservist he is working within Head of Capability CSS at Army HQ. He continues the story:“The RLC railway

trade made a very significant contribution in skill set, although not numbers, to the operation of the MOD’s Defence Rail Executive (DRE) and then the Defence Rail and Container Service (DRCS). The organisation was 90% Civil Service, but relied on the military trade for command, control and training. Initially in the Defence Supply Chain, DRCS was re-assigned to the Defence Storage & Distribution Agency when policy was split from the organisation to enable a focus upon UK rail depot operations. “In 2008, DRCS operated 81.60 track miles of standard gauge railway with the most active sites being the Bicester International Freight Terminal, Defence Munitions at Kineton, Longtown and Marchwood Military Port supported by English, Welsh & Scottish Railways delivering the MOD’s rail contract on the national rail network. “Four RLC officers who held the ORC qualification were appointed in the period 2000-2012 as Head of DRE/DRCS, commencing with Lt Col Colin Flack, being followed by Colin Draper and Clem Maginniss, with Rowland Judge being the last. Majors Tom Hall and Harvey Mutch served as Ops Officers.WO2 Wayne Harrop played a pivotal role in the Warrant Officer Ops post, whilst SSgt Craig Taylor focused on training delivery.” In 2012, the Army accepted the green-rail capability could be dispensed with. 79 Sqn was disbanded and two years later the reserve capability, 275 Railway Troop, was also lost. But thanks to the expeditionary nature of future operations, especially in support of NATO on the European mainland, the Army has looked at rail with a fresh pair of eyes. 8 KFOR train derailment Kosovo

Op TELIC In 1999, 79 Sqn left Germany for Marchwood to become 79 Port Enabling Sqn, part of 17 P&M Regt. It retained a rail troop, which was mainly based in Bicester running the network of railway lines and sidings that ran through the depot and connected it to the mainline. But The RLC’s rail capability was to have one • Facebook: The Royal Logistic Corps • Twitter: @RHQ_The_RLC


THE SUSTAINER | ARTICLE The future Lt Col Maginniss continues:“The disbandment of the hard-green railway operating capability is however, not the end of the story because the Army is seeking to develop a contingent continental European rail capability coherent with a strategic base outload and the coupling bridge, which combined with Defence’s multi-modal inter and intratheatre movement capabilities, will by 2023, establish rail as a fully viable component of the Army’s movement and materiel distribution capability. “To deliver a proposed rail capability, the Army must, to use a term from our predecessors a century ago, become culturally and doctrinally ‘rail-minded’ to fundamentally underpin the delivery of the practical components that will be required to create the output. Corps officers in Head of Capability (HOC) CSS are fully engaged in the project and an RLC Reserve Officer Rail SME has been established in Army HQ to support this work. “A key focus is to develop future rail capability using the Whole Force Approach: Blending the diverse expertise within industry and the military, in particular from within the Army Reserve. Immediate effect is being delivered, as the internal UK rail move on Ex WESSEX STORM and a deployment train from UK to Norway via the Channel Tunnel as a component of Ex TRIDENT JUNCTURE 18 lucidly demonstrate. Both these moves exploit the best that the military and industry have to offer and deliver not only an increasingly assured capability but also value for defence.” The last serving railwaymen While there are still a handful of ORC qualified officers still serving in The RLC, what became of the trade trained Railwaymen? Some were made redundant and some chose to

leave the service. As they were dual traded a handful remained, including former RLC Railwayman, WO2 Adie Robertson. As an FSPI in 157 Regt, he left the regulars in Jun 18. He was offered a job in the regt and re-joined as a reservist. WO2 Robertson joined the Army in 1992 as a junior soldier and on completion of his railway trade training, joined 79 Sqn in Germany. “I have very happy memories of a very capable unit,” he says.“As the railway trade was an A-Trade, we had some bright people in the sqn and as an A2 Railwayman, you commanded a detachment and acted as a yardmaster controlling movement and ops. I drove mainline in BAOR, albeit conducted. I worked the Berlin train and the Ambulance train. I spent some time in the four-man detachment at Wulfen and remember moving a 1,000-tonne train loaded with MLRS rounds. By road, that 8 Warwell wagons loaded with Warriors

8 OC 79 Sqn, Lt Col Maginniss, Maj Chotti and former 79 Sqn OCs Marchwood 2012

would have required around 55 DROPS vehicles and 110 men.We did it all with two men.” What are his views on the future rail capability? “I think the saddest loss is the expertise on the ground. While we still have the capability to load and unload a train, as was shown on Ex TRIDENT JUNCTURE, once on the mainline it is in the hands of civilians. Fine when there is no threat, but as was shown in Kosovo, could we rely on them in an operational theatre? The planners can plan and the movers and general transport squadrons can look after things at the railheads, but if we are to use rail again as part of CSS, I believe we will need more emphasis on people on the ground who have the in-depth rail operating knowledge to ensure the capability is delivered as required. In my opinion, this will be the missing link.”

8 Former Railwayman WO2 Adie Robertson

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ARTICLE | THE SUSTAINER Ammunition Technicians based at Defence Munitions Kineton have been embracing the governmentled initiative STEM Learning, for the past nine months. This has resulted in them contributing to over 60% of Defence STEM engagements across the UK. STEM Learning looks to promote Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) to school children across the UK. It has been a world-leading initiative for the past five years and was created by the business and industry sector to plug a skills gap that is currently costing UK businesses £2 billion a year. From a military perspective, STEM Learning offers a different approach to community engagement and recruitment as it provides more benefits to local businesses and schools. The traditional format of a recruitment stand displaying what the Army does is replaced by interactive activities organised by engineers in the Armed Forces. This year, Ammunition Technicians have integrated STEM into the unit’s community engagement strategy and joined the rank of STEM ambassador. Drawing on the STEM experience of its RAF engineers, the unit has grown the capability and skills necessary to effectively engage with different age groups in a wide range of STEM activities. Kineton, home of the Ammunition Technical trade, is in an ideal position to promote STEM Learning due to being recognised as the Army’s Explosive Engineers; a career path of which most school children are unaware. But anecdotal experience from STEM ambassadors has shown that when you combine the term ‘explosives’ and ‘engineer’ to secondary school children, they become very interested. Since its inception in 2017, the Kineton STEM team has engaged with over 3000 youths across the West Midlands. This has been through a multitude of activities; coding clubs where primary school children are taught how to code robots, engineering workshops where the children are tasked with building rockets, airplanes or cars that can be fired by compressed air and problem solving and critical

Ammunition Technicians embrace STEM learning

8 The Kineton STEM team has engaged with over 3000 youths across the West Mislands

8 Primary school children are being taught how to tackle engineering problems

thinking tasks that involve them working as teams to resolve engineering problems. These activities can be scaled appropriately to benefit different age groups which has meant that STEM Ambassadors have engaged with primary school children, (the age at which they are most susceptible to engage in a STEM career) through to secondary school and college students (the Army’s key recruitment demographic). There are also regular engagements with Army cadets. This has allowed the team to work with multiple agencies across the West Midlands, establishing relationships with different schools and building relationships with local business and covenant partners. With a vast amount of connections made this year, the Kineton STEM team will deliver a more structured programme in 2019. Establishing relations with

secondary schools has allowed development of a STEM Learning Festival involving 12 schools plus their feeder primary schools. All parties will be able to develop their STEM awareness with the Ammunition Technician badge at the centre of it all. Added to this, continued work with Armed Forces covenant partners like Compton Verney and the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust has raised the profile of the activity to the stage where businesses are now approaching the station to deliver STEM Learning activities. The importance of this initiative cannot be understated. As the Armed Forces become more technologically advanced, there will be an increased reliance on technicians and engineers to deliver battle winning capabilities, whether those engineers are in the Armed Forces or in the defence industry. Soldiers delivering this community engagement capability will ensure that a large number of students will understand the exciting opportunities for STEM careers in the Army and Defence going forward. • Facebook: The Royal Logistic Corps • Twitter: @RHQ_The_RLC


THE SUSTAINER | ARTICLE When RLC Heritage was invited to take part in the seven-day De Bevrijding/The Liberation reenactment event in Flanders, it jumped at the chance. De Bevrijding/The Liberation was the brainchild of Belgian ex-cavalry officer and keen historian, David Moortgat and his team of enthusiasts. It was four years in the planning and covered an area of Flanders between Ypres, Brugges and Ghent with the aim of highlighting the last days of WW1. At the end of Sept 1918, the Belgian army, together with the British and the French, launched the final offensive to liberate the country. A large part of West Flanders was involved in the offensive, thousands of soldiers and civilians lost their lives up until when the truce was called on 11 Nov. The De Bevrijding/The Liberation project aims to educate and bring to a national attention the liberation offensive by a historical recreation of a column of Belgian, British and French soldiers equipped as they would have been in 1918. This included a horse drawn column of 50 horses and various wagons, which were to travel across Flanders along various battlefields from the liberation offensive, from Lo-Reninge via

Once in a lifetime exper

Torhout to Deinze between 13 and 19 Aug 2018. The RLC Heritage team of 15 with its nine horses formed up with the column at the start point of the town of Lo-Reninge. It was headed up by Lt Col Edward Waite-Roberts, Maj John Butler and Sgt Anthony Bysouth from RHQ The RLC Deepcut. Nothing prepared it for the emotional journey it was about to undertake through the Flemish

8 Gun Team 1

countryside for the next seven days. The column consisted of two motor vehicles, eight cyclists, four mounted officers and 20 foot soldiers. Horse drawn vehicles included a 77mm Krupp gun field cannon, a travelling kitchen, an ambulance, four Belgian Army transport wagons, a mobile office, several forage wagons and the camp

HRH THE PRINCES ROYAL UNVEILS NEW HORSE TRUST On 19 Sept 2018, HRH, The Princess Royal, unveiled a beautiful bronze statue, “Soldier and Horse” by renowned artist George Bingham that will now serve as the war memorial for the world’s oldest equine charity, The Horse Trust. The event was timed in the lead up to the centenary of Armistice along with a demonstration of the first mobilised horse ambulance the Horse Trust supplied to the MOD in WW1, in front of its patron The Princess Royal. Jeanette Allen, CEO of The Horse Trust, said: “We are truly honoured to have our patron with us on such an important day, a day of both commemoration and celebration for the oldest horse charity in the


world. We are thrilled with the statue and with all the reenactments of scenes from the time around the site, it was an extremely special event for all of us and for our guests, sponsors and donors.” Historical roots The charity was set up in London back in 1886 to help the hard working horses of the capital and their impoverished owners. On the outbreak of the Great War, two of the charity’s 12 “loan” horses were purchased by the Army to serve on the western front. Just under half a million horses were purchased by the Army from within the UK, leaving the older, less able horses to do all of the

work for a country still very reliant on horse power. The Horse Trust’s most significant contribution to the war effort was its provision of the first ever, motorised horse ambulance to the western front, which revolutionised the care of sick and injured horses. The ambulance operated out of No.2 Veterinary Hospital, Le Havre and was such a huge success in getting thousands of animals back from the front to the 18 veterinary field hospitals, that the War Office requested 13 more such vehicles from various charities. These ambulances saved the lives of tens of thousands of horses thanks to the Army Veterinary Corps’, (now the Royal Army Veterinary Corps’) 80% success • Facebook: The Royal Logistic Corps • Twitter: @RHQ_The_RLC


ience for both soldier and horse! follower’s wagon (carrying four ladies). There was also a nurse on her bicycle and two chaplains. In all, there was a total of 130 volunteers in uniform and 50 horses, along with a backup crew and horse boxes. Added to this, there was RLC Heritage and horse owner Andy Spatcher of Banbury and a Mark X General Service wagon with a two horse team of Jack and Ike. There was also a Mark II Horse Ambulance with Tamise. Finally, an 18 Pr gun with a team of six, Willy, Wiggie, Alice, Charlie, Rosie and Victor. After a night of sleeping in horse boxes, this ¼ mile living museum formed up every morning and set off to cover nearly 20 miles a day along country roads and Belgian countryside at a steady walking pace. Villagers came out at every opportunity to witness the column and wave them on and the local mayor welcomed the column with a toast and wreaths laid at the town memorial. Kasteel Van Loppem, which had been lent to the Belgian Royal family during the war and had hosted many Allied conferences, now hosted the column mid-week and the grounds

rate in treating sick and injured horses, if the horses could be brought to them quickly enough. After the war, The Horse Trust took in a number of retiring military horses to their Home of Rest, back then based at a farm in Cricklewood, London and has been retiring equine public servants ever since. The artist, George Bingham, who created the beautiful memorial now in the centre of The Horse Trust’s main yard in Buckinghamshire, felt The Horse Trust’s story of WW1 was one of survival. HRH commented in her address that something that remains as true today as it was then, is how close the bond is

8 Horse ambulance

were turned into a makeshift WW1 campsite for an open day. The final ride into the town of Deinze was charged with emotion for the team, as even more people turned out to witness the event. The team had spent the week experiencing first hand a mere fraction of the difficulties those soldiers 100 years ago had gone through, including the logistics of

caring, feeding and re-shoeing horses, to living in hot, itchy uniforms and sleeping in the open. This moving and powerful experience was an opportunity to relive rider and animal working together under harsh, demanding conditions that changed the lives of many and the shape of history.

between soldier and horse and in The Horse Trust’s modern context, also between police officer and horse or disabled rider or driver and pony. Horses are no longer required to serve on the battlefield yet our Military Working Horses still proudly represent our country around the world on state

ceremonial duties, along with the horses of The Royal Mews. To this day The Horse Trust provides for the retirement of any military working horse that needs a home at the end of their service. It also cares for retired police horses and ponies that are utilised by charities to help disabled or disadvantaged children and adults, as well as taking care of local welfare cases. Three equine civil servants were ceremonially retired at the event, El-Alemain of the Defence Animal Training Regiment, Cloud of the Royal Mews and Boris, an amazingly brave police horse who has served the people of London, and latterly Gloucestershire, for an impressive 20 years. • Facebook: The Royal Logistic Corps • Twitter: @RHQ_The_RLC


THE SUSTAINER | ARTICLE 150 Regt, RLC has conducted an exchange with the United States National Guard, conducting convoys and logistic support operations across the United States as part of a three-week National Guard exercise. In tastefully ironic fashion, two members of 150 Regiment RLC landed in Washington DC on 4 Jul 2018. As part of the same programme that provided the opportunity for a US National Guard officer to join the regt on the annual training exercise in Cyprus, Second Lieutenant Oliver Bird and SSgt Kelvin Petherbridge flew to Madison, to take command of Distribution Platoon, D Coy, 132 Brigade Support Battalion of the Wisconsin National Guard. After a frenetic start, assisting the unit with preparation for the exercise, whilst also endeavouring to acquaint themselves with the personalities of the unit and familiarise themselves with various kit and equipment, a long convoy awaited. The first stage of the exercise consisted an eight-hour, 500-mile convoy from the company’s home location to Camp Grayling in

United States MREP visit

Michigan, which spanned two days from start to completion. This gave the pair an opportunity to familiarise themselves with Humvee and the platoon’s Load Handling System (LHS) vehicles, a very similar variant to the British Army’s Demountable Rack Offload and Pickup System (DROPS). 8 United States National Guard operating the Load Handling System whilst conducting logistic operations

8 United States National Guard operating Humvees during a convoy from Madison to Michigan, United States

D Coy is unique in being the only unit in the battalion that supports a reconnaissance unit. This added a complex layer to the nature of the logistics support provided by this Forward Support Company (FSC). This additional complexity tested all elements of the company, from command and control at the senior level, to the driver’s skill in bringing logistics assets up to the forward positions. The three-week exercise tested the National Guard in various areas and provided an ideal opportunity for our delegates to highlight, and understand, the differences in operating procedures when conducting logistics operations. A focus on insurgent activity was still very much supported by the assessing units testing the battalion throughout the exercise, despite this, the new Back to Basics syllabus, as well as the recent shift in focus to operating against conventional enemies were used to great effect to educate and instruct the National Guard units on modern logistics operations. 150 Regt would like to thank its US counterparts for their hospitality and for the unique opportunity to work together in unusual operating environments, enhancing the regt’s ability to work collaboratively during future exercises and operations. 8 US National Guard vehicles formed up awaiting the start of a road move

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By Capt Vicky Sorrell - OC RLC Corps Engagement Team On the 17-21 Sept, RHQ The RLC organised a Battlefield Study on behalf of The Head of Arms and Services at Home Command, Brigadier Gamble. The aim was to give busy headquarters across Home Command, a chance to get out of their offices and meet their counterparts from other corps and regiments. 40 personnel from across all the Corps and Regimental Headquarters, were in attendance with ranks ranging from Pte to Lt Col. This study focused on various battles of the Peninsular war and the group visited several locations in Spain and Portugal. We were based in the beautiful city of Salamanca throughout. Itinerary 8 Day 1: On arrival, our guide, Malcolm gave an initial brief to the group to set the scene and give the us some background information on the Peninsular war. After a long day travelling the group was pleased to sample some Spanish cuisine at the hotel and get an early night. 8 Day 2: On day two we got into the main study and started with a visit to the town of Ciudad Rodrigo to look at the battle and assault from inside the bastion walls. Lunch was ‘Menu del Dia’ in the city centre, a three-course set meal to trial the local cuisine. We then went on to look at the battlefield of Fuentes Onoro, which was half in Spain and half in Portugal. The day was finished with a visit to Wellington’s HQ. 8 Day 3: The day started with a

Battlefield study

visit to the old bridge on the River Coa. Malcolm set the scene and small discussion groups were formed; each group looked at the battle from a different point of view and presented to the group how they would have approached it. We then heard from Malcolm how the battle played out. With a picnic from a local supermarket, the afternoon was spent in the picturesque fortress town of Almeida discussing the ‘Great Explosion’ and the French escape. 8 Day 4: The final day was spent in and around Salamanca visiting the sites of the former forts. Again, the group was split down to discuss various elements of the battles. The final afternoon left a few hours of free time for sight-seeing, many members of the group visited the 8 Assembled headquarters staff

8 Brigadier Gamble visited the study and presented our historian/guide Malcolm with a Home Command coin and RLC plaque

old and new parts of the Cathedral whilst others used their time to sample another Menu del Dia. The battlefield study was a fascinating insight into modern military thinking, compared with how military strategy and tactics played out for real, over 200 years ago. It was also an opportunity to exchange ideas and experiences with the teams from other headquarters and sample some great food and wine from the region. • Facebook: The Royal Logistic Corps • Twitter: @RHQ_The_RLC



Rugby for Heroes Cycle ride Rugby for Heroes is a small charity that assists soldiers in their transition from military to civilian life by offering free rugby coaching courses and training. The charity has only been running for a few years but is growing and providing more opportunity for our soldiers. It was a great honour to be asked to plan and lead the route in Sept 2017 with WO1 Davies and some of the rugby team, which is made up mostly of serving soldiers, veterans and celebrity International rugby players, including Mike Tindall MBE (Charity Patron) and Kev Yates & Thinus Delport (Charity ambassadors). The challenge This year’s three-day event challenge was to cycle from Twickenham to Compiegne, (The site at which the Armistice was signed 100 years ago) covering 300 miles stopping off at key memorial sites such as Ypres,Vimy Ridge and Thiepval to lay wreaths. The event coincides with the 100-year anniversary of the end of the Great War, hence the reason for 38

By WO1 (SSM) Shaun Broom LOG TDT doing roughly 100 miles a day. This year the Royal British Legion (RBL) was involved and helped with backing the team. The ride started in Twickenham on 29 Aug 2018, with the team consisting of myself WO1 (SSM) Shaun Broom (Lead cyclist),WO1 (SSM) Erling Davies (2IC cyclist), WO1 (RSM) Andrew Barthram,WO2 (SQMS) Mark Underdown, Colin Osbourne (Vet) & Mike Tindall MBE and our support crew Tony Stanton, David Hamilton (Physios) and Pete McCarthy (Medic). The ride set off to Dover, going via the RBL factory, Aylesford, where we were to collect the wreaths that were to be laid on route at the various memorial sites. The first leg consisted of 115 miles and 6000ft of climbing, the route included a few main roads, but the majority was along the back roads of the English countryside, with a few cheeky climbs to get the legs warmed up.

The sight of the white cliffs of Dover after six hours of cycling was a great relief, then to top it off, a spitfire flew over the top of us, low level and dipping its wings; what an amazing sight at the end of a hard day’s ride. The warm up The second day of riding was from Calais to Arras via Vimy Ridge (Canadian War Memorial). The team was in good spirits and ready for the 82 miles and 5000ft of climbing. The French roads are amazing to cycle on and the public are a lot more aware of cyclists, so no beeping of horns and shouting. The first ten miles was flat and fast, enabling the lads’ legs to warm up. Then we were up and over the hills (that never ended) all the way to Vimy Ridge with a final cheeky climb to the top of the memorial.We paid our respects to the fallen and completed a battlefield tour of the area. It was then a downhill cycle into Arras for some well-deserved rest after five hours of cycling. Day three was from Arras to Compiegne taking in Thiepval • Facebook: The Royal Logistic Corps • Twitter: @RHQ_The_RLC

ARTICLE | THE SUSTAINER memorial and the Guards’ Cemetery, Lesboeufs. The route was 103 miles and 4500ft of climbing. The team was in great spirits with a few aches and pains that our physios Tony and Dave had to work on before we set off. The route crossed over many parts of the battlefront of the Somme; to this day you can still see reminders of the Great War, with unexploded ordnance placed at the side of the roads by farmers waiting to be collected by the French EOD. The French countryside is a beautiful sight and with the best weather of the three days and clear blue skies; it was hard to think what bloodshed and sacrifice happened 100 years ago. We arrived at Thiepval with a steep hill climb to finish. Here we received a battlefield tour on the sacrifice that Commonwealth and British soldiers paid on this part of the battlefield. We laid wreaths in remembrance of the soldiers that lost their lives, also we remembered the rugby players that paid the ultimate sacrifice. We then cycled over to the Guards’ Cemetery where Mike Tindall MBE was shown where his great grandad’s cousin had paid the ultimate sacrifice, we all found this very humbling as this was very personal to him. Finish line We finally arrived in Compiegne to a welcoming crowd made up of the Mayor of Compiegne, our rugby team, Compiegne rugby team and many locals. After interviews and photos, we still had three miles to cycle to the hotel, which I think was the hardest part of the ride as everyone’s muscles had tightened up.

The next two days were dedicated to rugby and the remembrance of the sacrifice that the world and its rugby players incurred during the Great War, fighting for the freedom we have today. We visited the Armistice of Compiegne where the Armistice Treaty was signed and came into force as of 11am on the 11 Nov 1918. Members of the rugby team laid wreaths then we had a tour around the museum. A very humbling place that makes you think of the 9.7 million military and ten million civilians that lost their lives. The event, which saw the charity raise £12000, was finished off with a rugby match between the Rugby for

Heroes team and the Compiegne rugby club which ended with a welldeserved draw. There are still more events to happen over the next couple of months.The events will culminate on Armistice Day; 11 Nov 2018 with a rugby match between the Rugby for Heroes International XV and the French legends XV at Richmond Athletic Ground, the home of Richmond FC and London Scottish FC, two of the world’s oldest rugby clubs. I would like to say a thank you to our support team Tony, Dave and Pete for their help and support for the duration of the ride, also the rugby players that supported us throughout. Thank you to WO1 Andrew Barthram and Erling Davies for your support during the ride and helping the other riders. I would also like to say a massive well done and great achievement to WO2 Mark Underdown for his outstanding effort on completing the ride having never achieved anything near that distance before, well done. Another shout out must go to Mike Tindall MBE and Colin Osbourne (who had only been on a bike for a month) for not only completing the 300-mile ride, but also completing a full game of rugby at the end, well done. • Facebook: The Royal Logistic Corps • Twitter: @RHQ_The_RLC



By Mr Chevy Feakes, Bicester and District Branch of RBL In 1928, ten years after the 100 days offensive that would end the First World War, the British Legion organised for over 11,000 veterans and war widows to visit the battlefields of the Somme and Ypres. This pilgrimage culminated with a march to the Menin Gate in Ypres on 8 Aug 1928. Ninety years later, the Great Pilgrimage 90 saw over 2,200 members of the Royal British Legion retrace their steps to remember the generation who served, sacrificed and endured that most terrible of conflicts. My day job is the assistant manager in C32 Loan pool which is part of the K&N MG contract at Bicester. But in my spare time, I am the standard bearer for the Royal British Legion Bicester & District branch. We were chosen by the Branch Committee and the Commanding Officer of 1 Royal Logistic Corps to participate in the Great Pilgrimage 90. I was joined for the trip by Pte Alex Howard, who is a serving soldier with 1 Regt tasked with carrying the wreath. Together we were to represent the branch, the regt and the local community.

Our pilgrimage began with a very early start on 5 Aug 2018, where we departed Banbury by coach and travelled to the Port of Dover to catch the ferry to Calais. We then travelled on to Lille on the Belgium border which would be our base for the next four days. On 6 Aug, the first call of our tour was to the beautiful city of Ypres in Belgium. The city was almost completely obliterated during the 40

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war but was remarkably reconstructed as a near exact replica in its historic pre-war image. We visited the magnificent Cathedral and Cloth Hall, now home to the Flanders Field Museum. After this, we strolled through the town to the Menin Gate Memorial dedicated to the missing where the British and Commonwealth soldiers whose graves are unknown are memorialised. The names of seven Bicester Men are among the more than 40,000 UK troops commemorated. The next stop on our tour was Hill 60. This area of high ground to the south of Ypres was contested heavily during the war and was the site of extraordinary ‘deep mining’ operations. On 7 Jun 1917 a series of mines filled with 990,000 pounds of explosives were detonated under

German lines. The mining blasts created one of the largest explosions in history, reportedly heard in London. Pictured is one of the many memorials on the site, now administered by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission. Continuing on the pilgrimage, we next visited the village of Messines, scene of a successful British offensive to clear the Germans from the high ground of the Messines–Wytschaete Ridge between 7 and 14 Jun 1917. There was a visitor centre and several memorials including one to mark the 1914 "football match" truce. Alex and I chose to elaborate on the original 1928 tour and visited a very nice little bar, where we enjoyed a pint of the local beer. On the way out, we passed the Irish Peace Tower memorial to all the casualties of Ireland's involvement in the First World War. Our next stop was Tyne Cot Cemetery, the largest Commonwealth War Graves cemetery in the world. It is now the resting place of more than 11,900 servicemen of the British Empire from the First World War; over 8,300 of whom are unidentified. There are also 33,783 names on a memorial to the fallen with no known graves. Our last call of the day was at the Passchendaele Museum in Zonnebeke where we toured replica dugouts and a restored trench system. On a bright summer’s day in these immaculately kept trenches it was hard to picture the unimaginable conditions faced by those occupying such positions during the War. On 7 Aug, we were to begin our tour with a visit to the battlefields of the Somme. Our first stop was Delville Wood and the adjacent war cemetery. Here there are over 5,500 graves with over 3,500 being unidentified. It is also the site of the South African National Memorial, honouring the heroic efforts of its Infantry Brigade in holding the position against German counter attack. • Facebook: The Royal Logistic Corps • Twitter: @RHQ_The_RLC

ARTICLE | THE SUSTAINER Our next destination was the Theipval Memorial on what was becoming a very hot day, with temperatures reaching 35C. The memorial commemorates more than 72,000 men from British and South African forces who died in the Somme sector before 20 Mar 1918 and have no known grave, the majority of whom died during the Somme offensive of 1916. Behind this is the Anglo-French War Cemetery containing 300 British and 300 French graves, the French crosses being distinctively more plain and simple than the Commonwealth headstones. Our next stop was the incredibly beautiful Vimy Memorial on the highest point on Vimy Ridge, commemorating more than 11,000 men of the Canadian Expeditionary Force with no known grave; many of whom died at the Battle of Vimy Ridge when four divisions of the CEF fought together. We then moved on to the Canadian Visitor Centre and museum just down the road, where we visited restored trench systems and tunnels on the ridge. The last port of call for the day was the Arras Memorial which stands at the entrance to the Faubourg d'Amiens Cemetery. The memorial commemorates nearly 35,000 soldiers from the British, South African and New Zealand forces with no known grave. Most of those commemorated were killed

in the Battle of Arras, fought between 9 Apr and 16 May 1917. The cemetery contains the graves of 2,678 men from both world wars and contains the Arras Flying Services Memorial which bears the names of 986 men from the Royal Flying Corps and Royal Naval Air Service. Weds 8 Aug dawned considerably cooler than the last three, which was all for the best considering what lay ahead and the age of some of the veterans participating. We arrived on the outskirts of Ypres at half past nine joining the 69 other coaches deployed and were marshalled by the city police. The numbers involved in the parade became apparent as we were directed into a field. At eleven oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;clock we began to move off, all 2,200 of us. The Band of the Royal Marines led, followed by the standards then the wreath bearers. Huge crowds were gathered and we were applauded all the way along the route. The kindness and enthusiasm of the local people

was amazing, especially so considering they witness a lot of these sort of events. Marching past the famous Cloth Hall, destroyed by shelling but rebuilt after the war, the salute was taken by General The Lord Richards. The standard bearers marched through the Menin Gate, whilst the wreath bearers peeled off each side to await their turn to lay their wreaths on the memorial. The parade reformed and made a final march back through the town. Afterwards entertainment had been organised and there was time to enjoy the local hospitality. I am incredibly proud to have been a part of this remarkable pilgrimage and I encourage those who have not yet been to visit the battlefields. As the great conflicts of the 20th century slip from living memory and into history, it is incredibly important to pass on to the next generation the sense of respect and gratitude we all owe to those who have paid the ultimate sacrifice for their country. â&#x20AC;˘ Facebook: The Royal Logistic Corps â&#x20AC;˘ Twitter: @RHQ_The_RLC



Logistics thought leadership By Alan Woods, director RLC Foundation The Royal Logistic Corps Foundation is the focus for engagement between the Corps, Industry and Academia; sharing best practice, knowledge and a mutual understanding among logistics professionals. We are now well into our third year of existence and I am pleased to report that our National Events programme with industry and academia has increased significantly. Our regular and reserve regiments now conduct significant regional engagement with local commercial logistics organisations, schools and colleges of further education. RLC industry placements are gaining momentum and the benefits gained by our officers and soldiers will enhance their own professional development and that of the Corps. Professional development On 31 Jul, in partnership with Lincoln University and Ernst & Young, we hosted a Logistics Thought Leadership and Professional Development event in London. The theme for the event was ‘Harnessing Technology in Supply Chain Management – An examination from four

distinct operational perspectives: Military, commercial, humanitarian and academic.’ Following on from the morning presentations, the afternoon session concentrated on syndicate discussion groups evaluating ‘what are the challenges (and solutions) in adopting modern supply chain technology to improve military and humanitarian supply chain performance’ and ‘how can data best be exploited in contingent logistics operations to best effect’. This was one of our best attended events to date. On 5 Sept, 13 Air Assault Support Regiment (AASR) hosted a Combat Service Support Study Day at the Cpl Budd VC gymnasium in Colchester for corporate members of the Foundation. The morning session focused in on how 13 AASR supports 16 Air Assault Brigade with logistic support within an operational theatre. This was demonstrated by using a method called the ‘cone show’. The cone show lays out a visual display of the different echelons within the logistics supply chain whose sole purpose is to support front line fighting troops. The echelons hold stocks of combat supplies, can provide limited equipment repair facilities, provide medical and provost support. Each of the echelon’s capabilities were described in detail. The afternoon session comprised of a live demonstration of 13 AASR key capabilities showcasing repair, 8 13 Air Assault Support Regiment (AASR) in action during the Combat Service Support Study Day


8 The Foundation hosted a Logistics Thought Leadership and Professional Development event in partnership with Lincoln University and Ernst & Young

recovery and maintenance of vehicles, simulated air despatch operations, prisoner of war contingent planning and a stores and equipment forward resupply distribution point. Autumn lecture Our RLC Foundation Autumn Lecture took place at RHQ The RLC Officers Mess on 17 Oct. The Chairman Maj Gen (Retd) David Shouesmith opened the event and gave an overview of RLC Foundation objectives and future aspirations. The guest speaker was Mr Kempton Cannons, CEO Techmodal who gave a fascinating insight into ‘Data Analytics – A new era in Logistics’. Kempton highlighted how reliable data can improve profitability, enhance performance levels and reduce operating costs within the military and commercial environment. He also explored modular simulation, data mining and artificial intelligence as some of the prime contributors when driving forward inventory management and future operational business strategy. Following the lecture there followed a lively Q&A session and afterwards everyone enjoyed a curry supper and the chance to network with industry partners. There were 88 attendees from the military and commercial sector; our biggest audience at an autumn lecture for many years. • Facebook: The Royal Logistic Corps • Twitter: @RHQ_The_RLC

VETERANS | THE SUSTAINER 2018 is the centenary of the end of World War One. It is also marks the birth of the Royal Logistic Corps we know today. In Apr 2018, the Royal Logistic Corps began its 25th Anniversary celebrations and in Nov we reflected on the moment, 100 years previously, when the guns fell silent across the Western Front. But how many officers and soldiers serving in The RLC today remembered another significant event in the RLC’s long history? On 28 Nov 1918, the Royal Army Ordnance Corps (RAOC) was formed and the Royal Corps of Transport’s forming corps gained a ‘Royal’ prefix and became the Royal Army Service Corps (RASC). The Royal prefixes were awarded in recognition of their service during WW1. The RAOC was formed from the Army Ordnance Department (officers) and Army Ordnance Corps (other ranks). The Corps was responsible for the Army’s weapons, ammunition and other military equipment. It was also tasked with maintaining weapons and certain other equipment and had artificers to do this. It was also responsible for: clothing, laundry, mobile baths and photography. The RASC was responsible for supply and transport. Supply included: Rations, water, forage, fuel, oils and lubricants. Transport was defined as conveying these supplies together with ammunition, all other military equipment and men, from port or railhead to the units in the field. The advent of mass mechanisation, added the additional responsibility of maintaining its own vehicles. At the end of the Great War, the strength of the RASC world-wide was 10,547 officers and 315,334

men. It operated in total 56,659 lorries, 23,133 cars and vans, 7,045 ambulances, 5,400 tractors, 1,285 steam tractors and 34,865 motorcycles. This equipment was operated by 715 horse transport units, 648 mechanical transport units and 346 supply units. In the last full month of the war, sustaining the 3.5 million men and 500,000 horses deployed on the Western Front alone, required 30,100 tons of meat and 40,100 tons of bread. During that month, the horses consumed 14,400 tons of fodder and the tens of thousands of vehicles burnt 13 million gallons of petrol. On the Western Front alone, between 1914 and 1918 the Royal Artillery fired over 170 million shells. This equated to 5 million tons of ammunition, which had to be manufactured, stored, issued and moved to the front. A mammoth logistics undertaking even in today’s terms. The overall logistics

8 The ASC was responsible for transporting men as well as supplies

effort to supply and sustain a vast army fighting on many fronts was one of the great strengths of the British Army. The strength, which ultimately led to victory and one that often goes unsung. WW1 RASC casualties were 280 officers and 8,187 men killed, with almost the same number wounded. The Commonwealth War Graves Commission recorded 1,087 AOC and RAOC officers and men killed. But that wasn’t the end of it. Following the Armistice, in France and Flanders, RAOC and RASC units remained in theatre to play their significant part in the thankless task of clearing up the battlefields. Over many months, they cleared and removed hundreds of thousands of tons of ammunition. They assisted previous inhabitants of towns and villages devastated by the war to return. They recovered vehicles and vast amounts of equipment to the UK and inevitably became involved in the reburial of thousands of dead they found during the clear up operation. For many officers and soldiers serving in the corps that would eventually become The RLC, World War One ended for them in Jun 1920. Lest We Forget. 8 Supplying the fronts with millions of tons of ammunition was a mammoth feat of logistics • Facebook: The Royal Logistic Corps • Twitter: @RHQ_The_RLC



LEST WE FORGET During World War One, the British artillery fired around 170 million shells. The infantry used billions of rounds of small arms ammunition and at its peak the Army could field 70 divisions. Keeping the British Army’s formations, deployed across Europe and beyond, supplied with everything they needed to wage war, required a mammoth logistical effort. This was delivered by the officers and soldiers of the corps that would eventually evolve into The RLC. The Army Ordnance Corps and Army Service Corps, moved the ammunition, men, water, fuel and rations to the fronts. The divisional Pioneer Battalions and the Labour Corps, supporting the Royal Engineers, dug trenches, built artillery emplacements, ports, roads and railways. Across the Western Front, by 1918, the British Army numbered over 3 million men and 500,000 horses. While casualty rates among the service corps were far lower than those suffered by the infantry may thousand made the ultimate sacrifice. We will remember them.

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THE SUSTAINER | MUSEUM The RLC and its predecessor corps have often used the many trades and skills that we have on offer to attract new recruits. In the Victorian era, life for the working man and woman was hard, meat was normally only eaten once a week and the workhouse was the final refuge for many. Illiteracy was common place and compulsory schooling up until your 10th birthday didn’t start until 1880.

So imagine the effect that this recruiting poster had in the 1870’s, offering employment in the Army Service Corps, with excellent rates of pay and the chance of promotion through the ranks. Applicants had to be between 18-25 years old and normally between 5 foot 3 and 5 foot 5. Trades included Clerks, Bakers, Butchers, Farriers, Smiths and many jobs for those accustomed to working with horses.


Museum Musings By Maj (Retd) Simon Walmsley Manager, The Royal Logistic Corps Museum There was the guarantee of bread and meat every day and the chance to earn extra pay for good conduct or extended service. Between the wars, the RAOC also exploited the many trades it had on offer to recruit soldiers into its ranks. Their post WW1 “Experience Counts” campaign told recruits that after a few years with the RAOC they would be widely employable. The trades on offer included Mechanics, Clerks, Storeman, Carpenters, Wheelers and Tent Menders. It is unclear if the general strike of 1926 or the depression of the 1930s which caused unemployment reached 25%, meant that recruiting became easier. A more humorous approach to recruiting is seen in the picture 1980s Army Catering Corps recruiting poster, which caused much controversy at the time which is not surprising when you consider the number of National and International Catering Competitions Military Chefs were winning during this period. However, anecdotally, I have been told that this campaign was a great success, if not a little unusual. All of these posters and many more are going to be put on display in a stairwell of the new RLC Museum at Worthy Down. The new RLC Museum itself is reaching the final design stage, in that the overall look and feel of the gallery’s has more or less been agreed. The museum team is now selecting more than 1000 objects

and stories which will fill these new display cases. One recent acquisition for the new museum is a restored 1942 OY Bedford. A workhorse during the WW2, this truck is fully operational and will go into the museum gallery alongside other objects from this period. The OY Bedford was introduced in 1939 just for the war. It had a sloping bonnet, flat front with crash bar and its payload was reduced to three tonnes for military use. It was later replaced in the 1950s with the Bedford RL, which the Museum will also have on display, as it has a fine example on loan from the National Army Museum. 8 One recent acquisition for the new museum is a restored 1942 OY Bedford • Facebook: The Royal Logistic Corps • Twitter: @RHQ_The_RLC


1 Regiment The Royal Logistic Corps BICESTER CO: Lt Col N Crew OBE • Adjt: Capt C Campbell • RSM: WO1 Z Sharif 1 Regiment has been deployed on Exercise SAIF SAREEA 3 as a Combat Service Support Group (CSS Gp) since Aug 2018. Initially deploying to the Joint Logistic Support Base personnel are now spread throughout Oman to support the exercising HQ 1 Armoured Infantry Brigade and the 1 MERCIAN Battle Group. 12 Close Support Squadron Earlier this year 12 CS Sqn deployed on Ex WARRIORS CRAFT 1 and 2 in BATUS providing both logistic and OPFOR support. On return from BATUS the sqn has commenced a busy period providing teams for The RLC Military Skills Competition and Ex CAMBRIAN PATROL. The RLC Military Skills team contested well in the event and were led competently by Lt Clayton-Hatfield. The CAMBRIAN PATROL Sect under Lt Bevan was also looking for a good result in the testing patrol competition. The sqn has also deployed individuals in support of Ex MAYAN STORM as well as conducting various tasks within the UK. Looking forward, it will deploy assets to support Ex LOG SAFARI, Ex DYNAMIC VICTORY and Ex IRON PYTHON in Nov. 23 General Support Squadron The sqn has continued to support the efforts of multiple personnel deployed around the world in support of the UK’s operational commitments and exercises. The Bde Log RV Tp on Ex SAIF SAREEA 3 demonstrate the sqn’s utility to deployed Logistic effort. The receipt of over 290 ISO Containers totalling £36 million of equipment and ammunition, support to the 1 MERCIAN Battle Group and the Convoy Support Centre demonstrates the capacity of the 32 personnel in Oman. The sqn’s drivers, attached to 2 CS Sqn in Oman have been able to gain great experience of convoys and been suitably tested by the

Omani road network which has empowered the junior soldiers to be responsible for vehicle maintenance, convoy drills and recovery procedure. Away from support to Ex SAIF SAREEA and the deployments on Op TORAL, Op SHADER, Op, CATAN, BFSAI, Ex MAYAN STORM, the soldiers within St David’s Barracks maintain an active CA account supporting 14 dependencies from 1 Armoured Infantry Brigade. On the sports front, soldiers at every rank continue to represent The RLC and Army in a myriad of sports from cycling to football and

8 RLC Military Skills Competition Sect training on the ranges

athletics to boxing. Adventure Training opportunities are being grasped and the sqn has conducted several hill-walking days in preparation for a planned expedition in the Atlas Mountains, Morocco in early 2019. 74 (HQ) Squadron 74 HQ Sqn has had yet another busy quarter. First and foremost, it has ably facilitated the deployment of 1 Regiment RLC into theatre for Ex SAIF SAREEA 3. This saw over half of the regt deploy to Oman to provide the bulk of the CSS component. In theatre, the sqn is enabling and facilitating much of the work that is going into this year’s landmark annual exercise for the British Army. Back in the UK however the work has not stopped with members of the sqn deploying to Somalia, Canada and even Belize to support various units. It’s not all work though, the sqn took the regimental lead in the annual Abingdon Dragon Boat race where it came a close second (0.5 of a second) in the final. 8 An RLC CST on Ex SS3 • Facebook: The Royal Logistic Corps • Twitter: @RHQ_The_RLC



3 Regiment The Royal Logistic Corps ABINGDON CO: Lt Col S Cooke • Adjt: Capt A Thompson • RSM: WO1 M Robertson As 3 Regiment prepares for BATUS in 2019, the sub-units are busy conducting comprehensive training programmes to ensure they are ready for the challenge of the Prairie. 31 Sqn took the opportunity to refresh its trade and soldering skills on Ex CHAMELEON EMPIRE. The Ex was planned with the tag line ‘Survive first, Sustain later’, encouraging basic skills to develop in order to allow soldiers to survive and administrate effectively in the field. The Ex began with trade training as the sqn tested troops to complete DPs both in the day and at night, while also experimenting with TTPs and looking to re-define the DP/XP process and execution. Complexity of the operating conditions was then ramped up with a humanitarian aid serial on Kendrew Barracks Airfield. The aim was to replicate a congested, cluttered and contested environment that logisticians may find themselves operating in. The troops were confronted by a large crowd intent on getting food and water for their own starving families; coupled with a large media presence and medical serials and provided a very different type of stress for the soldiers and officers. Participants quickly learned that team work was key to preventing the crowd isolating vehicles and soldiers and stealing commodities and equipment. The second phase of the Ex saw the sqn develop dismounted close combat skills. The emphasis here


was to test itself against the new BCS standards. There was a morning of lessons on section and platoon attacks and then the soldiers commenced a platoon attack after moving to a staging area and conducting a textbook obstacle crossing over a river and defeating three heavily defended enemy positions. Once complete, the sqn refocused itself on its trade skills and began the recovery to camp and the upcoming rehab week. A successful exercise saw the average vehicle crew complete 27hrs of driving over the four trade days covering approximately 762 miles. The Ex and the feedback has allowed the sqn to build a detailed training plan to address the areas of development and preparation for the BATUS ‘season’ next year.

8 The Ex was planned with the tag line ‘Survive first, Sustain later’ encouraging basic skills to develop

Op CARIBBEAN On the 11 Sep 2018 as Hurricane ISSAC approached the Caribbean, Maj Gary Fox, OC 32 Sqn, deployed to Barbados as part of the UK’s contribution to the Multi-National Coordination Cell Caribbean (MNCCC) to prepare for a potential natural disaster. The MNCCC consisted of representatives from Canada, France, Netherlands, USA and the UK. With an operational aim to provide Civ/Mil coordination of all partner nation logistics, into and throughout theatre during a Caribbean Disaster response in consultation with the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA). The UK contribution consisted of four military logistics personnel along with cross government civilian representatives from FCO and DFID. This was the first activation of the MNCCC since Op RUMAN in 2017 and it gave the team the opportunity to engage with other nations (Canada, USA and the Netherlands) and cross government agencies (FCO, DFID, US Aid) in order to establish and refine MNCCC SOPs, as well as the Joint Contingency Plan. • Facebook: The Royal Logistic Corps • Twitter: @RHQ_The_RLC


4 Regiment The Royal Logistic Corps ABINGDON CO: Lt Col C I Hanson • Adjt: Capt M J Ruocco • RSM: WO1 D Phillips The service of the Gurkhas to the British crown goes back as far as 1815. Since then it has been a historical expansion of the Brigade of Gurkhas. As part of 10 Queen’s Own Gurkha Logistic Regiment growth, members of 10 QOGLR have now formally arrived in 4 Close Support Regiment RLC, 60 CS Sqn. Soldiers who have spent an average of eight to ten years in Aldershot, will now make an extremely hard decision to move from 28 F&GT Sqn Aldershot to 60 CS Sqn, Abingdon to support the expansion. The regt sent a formed troop led by Capt Vivek Shah as a forefront of the 10 QOGLR growth to 60 CS Sqn, 4 Regt RLC. As per the growth direction, one officer and 41 soldiers including, Communication Specialists and Chefs, joined the Regt on 1 Aug 2018. The arrival of the next troop is expected to be by the beginning of 2019 as a second leg. Jai QOGLR! Jai 60 CS Sqn! Overseas exercises 60 CS Sqn is preparing to deploy to La Courtine (France) to conduct an interoperability exercise with 503 Regiment du train. This exercise is an annual Logistic Concentration with over 3000 personnel participating. The exercise will formally validate exercising soldiers to the Combat Service Support Battle Craft Syllabus (BCS). Prior to the deployment, 60 CS Sqn has planned and executed various military field craft skills and prime TTPs to enable this exercise.

4 Sqn has recently returned from Croatia on Ex SAVA STAR. The exercise focused on BCS while operating alongside the Croatian Infantry. The two-week long Ex comprised of a week in the field culminating in a platoon level attack. The exercising troops managed to experience the culture of Croatia during the final week, including a football match between 4 Sqn and the Croatian Infantry. 33 GS Sqn Following the return of the sqn from Ex PRAIRIE STORM 1/18 and Op CABRIT, 33 GS Sqn focused on preparing for the remainder of the year under new OC, Maj Lowe. The winter period includes a deployment of the 12X Custodial Account on Ex IRON PYTHON and to prepare for that the sqn conducted a BCS Pt 1 in late Sept.

8 Members of 10 QOGLR have now formally arrived in 4 Close Support Regiment RLC, 60 CS Sqn

The Ex allowed recently selected Cpls to practice and develop their skills as Section Commanders conducting infantry activities over a five-day period. Operations At the end of Jun, individuals from 4 Sqn (supported by 19 Tank Transporters) deployed on Op CABRIT 3 to support 1 YORKS as part of the enhanced Forward Presence (eFP) Battlegroup in Estonia. The troop hit the ground running on arrival and worked hard to hand over the fleet effectively whilst maintaining their readiness roles. With no time to relax, the troop soon found itself on the central training area to conduct distribution and exchange points with exercising Tps from 1 YORKS and the KRH. Ex IRON PYTHON In Nov, the regt deployed en-mass on Ex IRON PYTHON. Staged in the north of England, it was a CT2 level exercise, with 4 Regt providing CSS to 12 Armd Inf Bde. 8 4 Regt JNCOs commanded the distribution point ops on Ex IRON PYTHON • Facebook: The Royal Logistic Corps • Twitter: @RHQ_The_RLC



6 Regiment The Royal Logistic Corps DISHFORTH CO: Lt Col L Green • Adjt: Capt J R Harris • RSM: WO1 J Sumner 6 Regiment entered two teams, male and mixed, into the 2018 Gore Trophy following several weeks of PT and a final full week of training at Brunswick Training Camp. To prepare, the teams trained physically once a day for six weeks. During the week training camp they conducted practical and theoretical MATT training in addition to practicing loaded marching, log running and the assault course. On the day of the competition, the two teams fought hard with the male team managing to place third in both the log run and the military knowledge stand. These performances were rewarded with a first place finish in the Major Unit Category – a first for 6 Regt and a second place finish in the Gore Trophy narrowly being beaten by the Commando Logistics Regiment. Skiing Training Camp 6 Regt and 1 Regt RLC ladies Nordic teams took part in Ex ROLLERSKI FOX. A Nordic/Biathlon trg camp held in Dishforth. The camp has seen the girls put through their paces on a whole number of training sessions including roller skiing, circuit, spinning and shooting. The camp was put together by Sgt Amanda Lightfoot of the AGC, who is currently Britain’s Number 1 Female Biathlete. For part of the training, the teams were joined by the Commanding Officer Lt Col LA Green RLC.

8 Gore Trophy Front Row Cpl Williams, Cpl Ainsley, LCpl Pun, Pte Sunwar, Pte Nelson, Rear Row LCpl Mars, LCpl Aprecu Ababio, Lt Leathard, Pte Pun Magar, SSgt McQuillan

Private to Lance Corporal The regt is pleased to announce that a total of 33 privates from across its squadrons have been selected for promotion to Lance Corporal. Although the majority of those promoted were congratulated at Dishforth, a number of personnel were serving across the country and the world. Ptes Peplow, Roberts and Rana Magar were promoted at RAF Akrotiri whilst on their OP SHADER decompression. Pte Pun Magar of 64 Squadron was promoted whilst on the Gore Trophy training camp at Brunswick Camp. Last but by no means least, a number of soldiers were promoted

to Lance Corporal whilst deployed on Ex TRIDENT JUNCTURE. Ex TRIDENT JUNCTURE 62 Squadron deployed alongside around 50,000 troops, 150 aircraft, 65 vessels and up to 10,000 vehicles from other NATO contributing nations, on Ex TRIDENT JUNCTURE 18 in Norway. This exercise is expected to exceed the size of the last TRIDENT JUNCTURE which was held in 2015 in Spain. This is a real test for 62 Sqn following the reorganisation of the task sqns within 6 Regiment into two Composite Logistic Squadrons. This is the first overseas exercise to be undertaken by 62 Sqn in its current form and will present a real challenge for both the soldiers and the chain of command. The sqn has the task of moving across vast swathes of Western Europe before arriving at the exercise area simulating a real deployment to the continent. The convoy must be largely self-sufficient before arriving in good order to support its battle group and then returning to the UK in good order. 8 Ex ROLLERSKI FOX

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7 Regiment The Royal Logistic Corps COTTESMORE CO: Lt Col S A Cornell • Adjt: Capt E Duplessis • RSM: WO1 (RSM) A Newham Throughout the last period, 7 Regiment has been working tirelessly towards all the commitments faced during this period. Personnel have deployed far and wide once again across the world. Whether it be on operational tours, on aid detachments to far reaching British territories, or on exercises both abroad and in the UK. The regt had the opportunity during this quarter to look back and celebrate its proud history. The Maxi Kolbe day, originating from Saint Maximillian Kolbe, a Polish Conventual Fransiscan friar who volunteered to die in place of a stranger in the German death camp of Auschwitz, saw members of the regt celebrate together during a regimental families day. This day was marked by celebrating the various cultures within the regt and experiencing small culinary delights of those particular cultures. Furthermore, the Fijian community celebrated its 48th Independence Day which saw the Commanding Officer sport a rather questionable Hawaiian shirt in support of the event. Like their Polish forbears, they combine their love of country with pride in their service. The regt also had the opportunity to host the 102 Logistic Brigade Sports Day which saw units from across 102 Brigade stream to Cottesmore to compete for the coveted Brigade Sports Trophy and the accolade as the Brigade Sports Team of the year. Overall, eleven sports were going to decide the overall victor; in the end it was 7 Regiment which walked away as the overall winner of the event. The regt built on its already comprehensive sporting achievements with further accolades. The football team once again proved its quality with an emphatic win in The RLC Six-aSide football competition. Moreover, the regt was represented at The RLC Badminton Championships where LCpl Gurung

displayed substantial talent as he won the Men’s Singles Plate.

8 Ex TRIDENT JUNCTURE CSC Colcester was delivered by 7 Regt

Ex ASKARI STORM The time finally arrived for 68 Sqn to deploy on Ex ASKARI STORM as the enabling component for the Irish Guards Battle Group. Ex ASKARI STORM saw most of the sqn deploy. Highly motivated and eager to finally put to the test all the skills and drills they have developed throughout the year. Although still deployed at the time of writing, the initial reports are fantastic as the sqn continues to ensure that the strong regimental ethos is displayed wherever the troops may be. Not to be outdone, 9 Squadron also deployed on Ex TRIDENT

JUNCTURE as part of the divisional show of force exercise. This exercise is the culmination of a colossal planning and organisational undertaking to which the sqn has effortlessly risen. As the regt is looking towards the end of the year, 617 Headquarter Squadron will look to finally deploy on the Chief of General Staff’s Army Staff Ride which commences in Nov. The sqn will provide the vital real-life support for the event. 8 The time finally arrived for 68 Sqn to deploy on Ex ASKARI STORM as the enabling component for the Irish Guards Battle Group • Facebook: The Royal Logistic Corps • Twitter: @RHQ_The_RLC



9 Regiment The Royal Logistic Corps HULLAVINGTON CO: Lt Col A J C Geary • Adjt: Capt C Hardwick • RSM: WO1 R Vincent The last three months have seen no let-up in the pace of life for 9 Regiment with large contingents deployed on Ex TRIDENT JUNCTURE and Ex SAIF SAREEA 3, as well as a multitude of other commitments, exercises, competitions and courses. 66 Fuel and General Transport Sqn has been busy operating a railhead for the inload of approximately 300 vehicles and 300 ISO containers into Norway to support various NATO Forces deployed on Ex TRIDENT JUNCTURE 18. Prior to deployment it was clear this would be a combined 104 Logistic Support Brigade effort, therefore the Sqn spent three days at 17 P&M Regt in Marchwood working with port operators and movement controllers from 29 Regt to familiarise the drivers with the intricacies of working on a railhead. Deploying at the beginning of Sep, all troops and vehicles were established in the corner of Terningmoen Camp, affectionately known as ‘Little Britain’ and easily recognisable by the proudly flown sqn flag bearing a flaming phoenix. Trains from France, Germany, Denmark, UK and the Netherlands have tested the sqn’s capabilities as they in-load a plethora of multinational materiel. Elsewhere in the world, the regt continues to have personnel deployed on Op TRENTON, in BFSAI and aligned against readiness tasking’s for Ops CARIBBEAN, TEMPERER and FORTIFY. In Oman, the Theatre Enabling Group continued to be put through its paces with over 1500 troops, 1100 vehicles and 450 ISOs deploying through the port and airport in Duqm ahead of the FTX and firepower demonstration. Back home, 90 Sqn has deployed on its CT2 exercise, Ex PANTHERS CRAWL. The SHQ conducted a ‘centre of gravity’ analysis of its role and sub departments honed their trade skills and further developed their SOPs/SOIs. The Ex culminated with a visit from Brig Thorpe, 52

Commander 104 Bde, taking time to speak to sqn personnel and sample the catering departments finest field cooking skills. Meanwhile 95 Sqn was conducting its own CT2 training on Ex PANTHER’S VENOM. This saw JNCOs taking the lead in training and then commanding junior soldiers over a two-week package to develop their LSS trade skills, individual fieldcraft and team cohesion. With a comprehensive MEL developed by the STWO, WO2 Pullen and supported by STF(S), the tactical scenarios put both the DS and training audience through their paces as we turn to focus on specialist qualifications and support to enduring operations. The regt has been delighted to welcome the first tranche of QOGLR personnel back into Buckley Barracks, under the Gurkha Growth Programme, with many more personnel to come over the years ahead. Also it welcomed, 2Lts George Barnes, Shani Everson, Sam Long and Harry Ziegler, all fresh from the Tp Comd’s course.

8 Pte Luisa Yalayala and SSgt Reg Hallsworth using VITAL on Ex SS3

A huge congratulation goes to Lt Bevan on his successful completion of the All Arms Commando Course and then leading the Cambrian Patrol team to an incredible Silver Medal. This is a phenomenal achievement for a team who only came together a few short weeks ago. Special thanks go to LCpl Trivan Gurung for his role as the patrol 2IC and SSgt Brunker as team manager. Finally, 9 Regt continues to promote sport at all levels, whether that be rugby in Oman where the team beat the Muscat Rugby Club with an admirable score of 36-8, to 90 Sqn’s mixed ability day at the Newport velodrome. Finally, a big thank you must go to Sgt Dave Dorrell and LCpl Dikendra Gurung for the organisation of a highly enjoyable AT package in North 8 Lt Bevan and the 9 Regt Cambrian Patrol team • Facebook: The Royal Logistic Corps • Twitter: @RHQ_The_RLC


10 The Queen’s Own Gurkha Logistic Regiment ALDERSHOT CO: Lt Col A West • Adjt: Capt S Patterson • RSM: WO1 P Gurung Since the last edition the 10 The Queen’s Own Gurkha Logistic Regiment (10 QOGLR) has welcomed a new Officer Commanding 1 Squadron, Maj N Heppenstall into its regimental family. In addition to this, 57 new recruits at ITC Catterick were confirmed as 10 QOGLR soldiers, at the recent cap badging ceremony, with a welcome planned for Nov 2018. Ex FINAL FLOW and Ex KHUKURI ENDURANCE As always, training has continued through the summer leave window and beyond, most notably with C Troop, 28 Squadron, deploying on Ex FINAL FLOW. This Ex was a trade training opportunity for the regt’s Petroleum Operators, to establish and operate fuels equipment. For over three weeks, under the watchful eyes of Sgt Mutyaba, the troops refreshed and developed skill sets. In addition to this, 1 Supply Squadron has also conducted trade training, honing its LSS skill sets, on live systems, in preparation for its role on the brigade level exercise in Nov. Outside of trade specific training, it is also important to continue to develop basic soldiering skills and this is exactly what was achieved on Ex KHUKURI ENDURANCE. The Ex, led by Lt Simon Smith, was a section level patrolling

8 Ex FINAL FLOW - LCpl Bimal explaining the workings of PET equipment to Commander 10 QOGLR

competition across the unforgiving Dartmoor training area. Participants from across 10 QOGLR and 151 Regiment RLC were required to cover 55km over two days, through 16 checkpoints, completing eight command tasks, carrying over 25kg worth of equipment. It was an excellent test for junior commanders and a true demonstration of warrior spirit. Community engagement The regt has also continued its drive with community engagement tasks. The LAD, under the direction of Cpl Naqarase, facilitated a

leadership event, working with diverse and under privileged young adults alongside the National Citizens Service. There has also been further activity from the Regimental Inclusion Committee, which under the direction of WO2 Chatterjee, recently held a cultural day, to promote the diversity within the unit. On the sporting front, there has been a regimental family sports day, a regimental basketball trip to Nepal, the first ever 10 QOGLR chess competition and the Commanders Sword swimming competition. Overseas, the regt has maintained a presence in many theatres, with personnel deployed on Op CATAN, Op TOSCA and Op SHADER. In addition to this there has been a continued presence in BATUS, BFSAI and Brunei. Of note is the recent participation of four regimental personnel (BATUS) in the Canadian Army’s annual endurance competition, Ex MOUNTAIN MAN. Under the lead of 2Lt Hoccom, the four-man team completed a 29km run, 3.2km canoe portage, 11.2 km canoe paddle and a 4.8 km run, carrying 15kg each and finished in second place. 8 Ex MOUNTAIN MAN - 2Lt Hoccom and his team at the finish line • Facebook: The Royal Logistic Corps • Twitter: @RHQ_The_RLC



11 Explosive Ordnance Disposal Regiment RLC DIDCOT CO: Lt Col N G Joynes QGM • Adjt: Capt L Selman • RSM: WO1 P Gonzalez 11 Explosive Ordnance Disposal & Search Regiment (11EOD&S) continues to deliver EOD capability and ammunition technical support worldwide. This quarter has also included major search tasks, filming for a Channel 4 documentary and an AT expedition. MACA Search Troop High Assurance Search is a key component of the 11EOD&S capability and Charlie Troop of 421 EOD&S Sqn provides the UK’s Military Aid to the Civil Authority (MACA) Search Troop. This quarter saw its deployment in support of the Conservative Party Conference in Birmingham. Several search teams were deployed using specialist equipment to conduct a defensive building search of both the hotel and conference centre chosen for the event. The lead defence search advisor assisted the police in the planning of the task. The search teams from 421 Sqn were further enhanced by five high-assurance search dogs from 1 Military Working Dogs Regiment, as well as EOD teams held on standby to react, should anything untoward be discovered. This was a decidedly successful operation, during which the highest level of assurance was provided to the police, enabling the conference to commence safely. Channel 4 EOD Documentary Filming continued at Chester Troop, 521 Sqn for the upcoming Channel 4 Documentary “Inside the Bomb Squad”. The highly experienced and compact film crew has embedded into the troop and has become something of an extended family. All Tp members have been taken aback by the interest shown by the film crew, in all aspects and challenges faced by today’s EOD operators. Whilst a few soldiers have demonstrated a flair for show business, SSgt Cockburn has proven especially adept and could 54

be up for a BAFTA after his star performances. Sgt Hughes summed up the experience: “We’ve tried to display to the TV crew the essence of what it really means to be an EOD operator on the streets of the UK.” Ex FELIX ENDURO In Sept 2018, a few brave souls from 321 Sqn deployed on a mountain biking expedition to the Sierra Nevada mountain range in Andalucía, Spain. The aim of Ex FELIX ENDURO was to embrace new challenges, promote team cohesion and develop new skills.

8 “Inside the Bomb Squad” filming A week of chorizo-fuelled death defiance began on top of one of the highest mountains in Sierra Nevada, facing one of the most demanding routes in the mountain range. This set the tone for the rest of the exercise and fortunately everyone managed to make it down in one piece! Military Skills Team Amid the constant drum-beat of EOD&S tasks, the regt mustered a team of 15 to compete in The RLC Military skills competition in Aldershot. It was very clear from the outset that this year’s competition placed all teams on a level playing field. Despite the dank conditions, morale was high and all team members thoroughly enjoyed the event. After drawing teams from the four corners of the UK and with only five days to prepare, the results (Mixed Team – 28th and Male Team – 21st out of 62) were creditable. It was a great effort all round by both teams and there are already volunteers for next year’s competition! 8 Summer in the Sierra Nevada – Ex FELIX ENDURO • Facebook: The Royal Logistic Corps • Twitter: @RHQ_The_RLC


13 Air Assault Support Regiment RLC COLCHESTER CO: Lt Col M Genko • Adjt: Capt O Stilgoe • RSM: WO1 R Falls During the week 16 - 20 Jul 2018, as part of an interoperability parachuting exercise, members of 13 AA Sp Regiment took part In Ex PEGASUS ROTARY. The exercise took place divided between the towns of Aviano and Vicenza in northern Italy, working with the regt’s newly affiliated US Army Airborne counterpart, the 173rd Airborne Infantry Brigade. The 173rd is the United States European Command conventional airborne strategic response force for Europe based in Vicenza, Italy. The intentions of the trip were to build on the regt’s relationship with its sister regiment, culminating in a parachute jump out of an American Chinook helicopter under a US canopy. Beginning with a 2230 hrs departure from Colchester the regt had an epic, almost 24-hour door to door journey ahead of it with little sleep. Flying from RAF Brize Norton via the JMC in South Cerney the 80 paratroopers from 16 AA Bde arrived at the Aviano NATO Airbase at 0730hrs the following morning. From the airbase, in temperatures of nigh on 40 degrees celsius, the troops were transported to the US camp (Del Din) in Vicenza where it would be accommodated for the duration of its stay. The journey there was in a local bus (with no air con) driven by a US soldier who had a taste for very loud house music. On arrival at Del Din Camp and after a mad scramble to

exit the bus for air the troops were handed their accommodation which consisted of a classroom with 80 camp cots in it; not ideal but somewhere for 80 tired and sweaty paratroopers to rest up. The next timing was 0900hrs the following morning. This put everyone in an awkward conundrum as whether to rest or fight through. All members of the regt decided against the latter and headed into Vicenza guided by the lead scout and Adjt, Capt Scott Thomas. The following morning, under the instruction of some very enthusiastic US parachute jump instructors, the troop conducted ground training converting the British Paratroopers to the US T11 parachute and drills.

8 13 AA Sp Regiment took part in Ex PEGASUS ROTARY

This training lasted until lunchtime when all troops were stood down for the remainder of the day. On a whim, most soldiers headed straight to the train station where they boarded a train for an afternoon off in the sun. The early start the following morning began with another hideous two-hour bus journey back to Aviano to Drop Zone Juliet at the foot of the Alps. The parachute decent itself was a 1000ft clean fatigue (Hollywood) jump from a CH47 helicopter. With over 300 descents planned, the three Chinooks had an extremely busy day ahead with personnel from the USA, France, Spain, Italy and UK jumping. All members of the regt finally exited off the back ramp of the CH47 at around 1600hrs. The descent was rapid, hitting the ground within 60 seconds of departing the aircraft. On completion of the jump, all paratroopers took part in a traditional parade where each faced off with an American counterpart to receive a set of the coveted US Parachute wings. 8 An afternoon in the sun • Facebook: The Royal Logistic Corps • Twitter: @RHQ_The_RLC



17 Port & Marine Regiment The Royal Logistic Corps SOUTHAMPTON CO: Lt Col P Eaton MBE • Adjt: Capt H Travis • RSM: WO1 G Richards The past few months have been a varied and challenging period for 17 Port & Maritime Regiment, with recent heavy involvement in Ex SAIF SAREEA 3 (SS3) in Oman, as well as supporting ongoing global operations, such as Atlantic Patrol Task (North) (APT(N)) and Amphibious Task Group 2018 (ATG18). The regt has managed to balance these commitments with delivering trade training, as well as championing Sport and AT. There has also been a change–over of Commanding Officer, with Lt Col PA Eaton MBE returning to command the regiment. Exercises and Operations The regt has been committed to supporting Ex SS3 in Oman. This has involved the loading of vehicles and stores at the SMC in Marchwood by Vehicle Support Specialists and Port Operators. Additionally, Port Task Groups have deployed to the Port of Duqm, to support 9 Regt’s Theatre Enabling Group. A detachment is also deployed on RFA Mounts Bay for APT(N), in place in the Caribbean. Since being on board, it has conducted numerous humanitarian assistance and disaster relief exercises, ensuring readiness in the event of a hurricane. 8 Pte McIlkenny pulling chains, unloading a ship on Ex SAIF SAREEA 3 in Oman


ATG 18 The regt has a detachment in support of the Royal Marines (RM) with ATG 18. This is a four-month deployment, with the team split between RFA Lyme Bay and MV Anvil Point. The first part of ATG 18 was carried out in Albania as part of Ex ALBANIAN LION; a NATO exercise where British forces worked alongside their counterparts from Albania, Croatia and Slovakia. The team from 17 P&M has been focused on enabling the British RM and the Albanian Commandos to carry out raids. This has seen the Mexeflote crew utilised in discharging vehicles to shore, as well as the Port Op crew using their experience to crane the RM LCAC hovercraft in and out of the water. Whilst being on the exercise, the Port Op crew helped

8 An Army Work Boat from 17 P&M Regt works with the local Coastguard responding to a distress call in West Sussex

test the RM’s new ORC trailers to ensure that they can be unloaded across the beach. The next stage for ATG 18 will be carried out in Oman as part of Ex SS3. Two Mexeflotes will move kit and equipment from HMS Albion to RFA Lyme Bay, including setting up a causeway to demonstrate the full capability of Mexeflote. Sport & AT The regt has run a multitude of successful AT expeditions. Soldiers from 51 Sqn deployed to Bavaria on Ex TIGER MULBERRY and conducted a mixture of mountain biking, kayaking and cultural enrichment. Members of the sqn also faced their fears in deploying on Ex MULBERRY DESCENT, a parachuting AT expedition at the JSPW in Netheravon. 52 Sqn deployed on Ex MERLION SHAKEOUT, an AT expedition based in Dorset consisting of a mixture of rock climbing and hill walking along the Jurassic Coast. The regimental rugby team, the Marchwood Dolphins, had a strong start to the new season. They competed at the Williamson Cup and after making their way through the pool stages, beat 9 Regt in a closely fought match in the final to emerge as Corps champions. • Facebook: The Royal Logistic Corps • Twitter: @RHQ_The_RLC


25 Training Regiment The Royal Logistic Corps DEEPCUT CO: Lt Col M A Scannell • Adjt: Capt F Harris • RSM: WO1 D Burditt 25 Training Regiment entered two teams into The RLC Military Skills event with participants from both the permanent staff and phase 2 trainees. The conditions were extremely challenging and without exception all competitors demonstrated superb team spirit, physical fitness, resilience and humour. 109 Sqn Capt Adam Rough lead with the sqn’s efforts to host the ABF Big BBQ Lunch in Camberley. The event was a huge success raising over £2000 for a worthwhile cause and providing a different experience of AT in the form of hill walking, organised by Cpl Danny Burford. Cpl Adrian Pemberton and Pte Blythe Heakin took part in Ex RLC RUNNER 1 in the Lake District, undertaking running training twice a day and covering 60 miles in the week. Pte Heakin finished second female in the notorious ‘La Trigg’ race, while Cpl Pemberton played a huge role in organising the event. 85 Sqn The sqn is as busy as ever with the continued delivery of CLM to the Corps NCOs. However, the permanent staff had the opportunity to develop themselves and the privilege of staying in Church House Lubbecke, which was the sight of a Hitler Youth School/ Hostel from the early 1930 through to the end of the Second World War and then became the HQ for the British Army in Germany. The SHQ lead by the OC (Maj John Frame) and the sqn’s SIs delivered the first day’s briefings including the Hitler youth by SSgt Brian Hinton, the SS rise and fall by SSgt Steve Weatherall and the story of Ann Frank by SSgt Sonya Jaffe. Each brief was insightful and thought provoking with the first day setting the scene for the rest of the week. The sqn then visited a number of historical sights, the first was one of the Dam Buster’s objectives (Edersse Dam), Rev

Richard Downes, resident Padre of Church House, gave a detailed account of the events leading up to the successful missions and then explained why they were a success, even if the impact was little in terms of the industrial war output being stopped. The second trip was to see the Bergen-Belsen Memorial, a POW/ Concentration Camp. This was led by SSgt Peter Poole who gave a guided tour of the site where thousands of POWs and Jewish civilians were exterminated. The gravestone of Ann Frank was erected there alongside a Jewish Memorial. This was without doubt the most sobering part of the trip because there was an unsettling feeling about the place. Knowing what atrocities took place there gave a real sense of perspective.

8 Members of 85 Sqn outside Church House, Lubbecke

The last trip saw the sqn visit the spiritual hart land of the SS (Hitler’s elite); Wewelsburg Castle. Rev Richard Downes showed the sqn around the castle and its museum with the focus on the ideology of the SS. Deepcut Support Unit (DSU) The Welfare Department organised a very successful Families Day in Sept. The event was open to both military families and members of the local community to build relations. There were inflatables, laser quest and paintballing for the younger attendees to enjoy whilst the 90s tribute band provided entertainment for the older audiences. WO1 Russell Clarke participated in Ex LOGISTIC TRIATHLETE in San Francisco which involved two weeks on build up training followed by competing in the Ironman 70.3 Superfrog. A small training incident prior to the event, involving an unseen and unexplainably large drain, meant that WO1 Clarke’s road bike was not as structurally sound as he would have hoped. Despite challenging conditions in the swim and then a wobbly cycle, WO1 Clarke persevered and finished 102nd out of a field of over 1500 athletes. 8 WO1 Clarke at Ironman 70.3 Superfrog • Facebook: The Royal Logistic Corps • Twitter: @RHQ_The_RLC



27 Regiment The Royal Logistic Corps ALDERSHOT CO: Lt Col J C West • Adjt: Capt O Mcgarvey-Miles • RSM: WO1 W Eagle

This quarter 27 Regiment has deployed on exercises overseas, conducted various regimental training packages and participated in numerous sports competitions. The regt has most recently deployed on a regimental live firing package, deployed on Ex LION SUN, supported Ex SAIF SAREEA 3 and has been held at readiness for Op CARRIBEAN. Ex LION SUN 8 Fuel and General Transport Squadron deployed to Cyprus on Ex LION SUN. The exercise comprised of three, one-week phases encompassing Ranges, Battle Craft Syllabus (BCS) focused activities and AT. Scheme of Manoeuvre issued to 2 Platoon meant a deployment to the Troodos Station was the first task, they would then move to the RAF Akrotiri Range complex for the second week, before finally establishing a Platoon Harbour at Camp Radio Sonde for the BCS phase. The AT package consisted of three activities ideally suited to the demanding environment of the Troodos Mountains. During the hill walking day, the platoon was challenged to navigate to the top of Mount Olympus using the various unmarked paths within the national park area. Then the following week, the 58

platoon headed to RAF Akrotiri for a range package which started with an AMCT but quickly moved on to other, more challenging shoots including a moving target range. The package culminated in a close quarter battle shoot down towards the sea – the highlight of the week, with everyone keenly monitoring the scores in anticipation of achieving an HPS. Finally, after much anticipation, the challenging BCS week had arrived. The first two days consisted of focused lessons, night navigation exercises and battle lanes to refine the platoon drills. During the three-day test phase, the platoon operated around the complex and challenging FIBUA village; undertaking various missions in sequenced scenarios that would eventually build up to the mission to destroy and clear enemy forces.

8 8 Fuel and General Transport Squadron deployed to Cyprus on Ex LION SUN

A detachment from 1 Military Working Dog Regiment also supported the platoon on every mission and despite thinking the German shepherd was a softy, a demonstration by the handlers soon changed their minds! The final attack onto the objectives within Paramali village was high pressure with the CO, RSM, OC, SSM and a video camera team all observing the platoons’ every move. The platoon wanted to demonstrate its refined skills and swiftly took the three known enemy positions. Proud of what it has achieved, the platoon spent the final few days on some much-deserved rest and recuperation before heading back to the UK. Sports The regt has been busy within the sporting arena, both the Mens’ and Womens’ Basketball teams won the Army Major Units competition and the Men’s football team also won the 6’s competition. In addition to the routine sports, a team of 11 from across the regt completed the 910-mile journey from John O Groats to Land’s End over a ten-day period. 8 The exercise comprised of three, one-week phases encompassing Ranges, Battle Craft Syllabus (BCS) focused activities and AT • Facebook: The Royal Logistic Corps • Twitter: @RHQ_The_RLC


29 Regiment The Royal Logistic Corps SOUTH CERNEY CO: Lt Col C G Munce MBE • Adjt: Capt R D Irvine • RSM: WO1 L E Russell The summer period has been full of opportunities and achievements for individuals and 29 Regiment as a whole. Alongside an exceptional Royal visit, there has been sporting success and charity events, all on top of routine business. HRH opens new gym On 13 Jul 2018, HRH The Princess Royal, Colonel-in-Chief The Royal Logistic Corps, visited 29 Regt to formally open the brand new Peninsular Gymnasium, a £4.4 million project that has taken 61 weeks and utilised around 500 tradesmen to build. The gymnasium has provided a much-needed upgrade to the physical training facilities at 29 Regiment and is enjoyed by both soldiers and families alike. HRH's visit began with a light lunch in RHQ and was followed by a short regimental update by the CO. The final act in the gymnasium was the formal unveiling of the welsh slate plaque before heading to the Officers’ Mess where HRH met officers, soldiers and their families in a relaxed setting. Exercises The regt’s core task of supporting exercises and operations has continued at pace. Beyond its enduring commitments to the Broader Middle East; South Sudan and each of the Permanent Joint Operating Bases; it has also been heavily involved in support the Defence Exercise Programme. 59 Sqn has deployed to Ex SAIF SAREEA 3 providing key Movement Controller support as well as crucial BFPO functions. 99 Sqn was heavily involved in preparations for Ex TRIDENT JUNCTURE, where it delivered a Force Movement Control Centre for the 104 Brigade Theatre Enabling Group. 50 Sqn’s operation of the Joint Air Mounting Centre reached a peak in Oct with almost eight weeks of passenger and freight flights without a break. It also stood up

the JAMC to 24hr manning in support of Op CARRIBEAN in early Sept; fortunately, the threatened storms in British Overseas Territories reduced. Sports The regt has also maintained its impressive drumbeat of sporting success. The rugby team had an excellent tour to the “Flanders 10s” which set it up for success in the plate competition of the Williamson Trophy. Sgt Porch (69 Sqn) continued his success at the Tri-Service Fishing Competition with a 40lb catch. The regt also entered a team into

8 WO1 (RSM) Lucy Russell and MGL, Lt Gen Sir Mark Poffley bid farewell to HRH

The RLC Tennis Championships, although unsuccessful, two members will go onto RLC training. SSgt Hughes’ (RAPTC) influence on the regimental team led to success at The RLC Clay Target Championship. The regt supported Maj Al Tindale of 157 Regt as he organised a 24 hour ‘Relay for Life’ on the South Cerney Airfield. A magnificent event, 59 Sqn was responsible for building the infrastructure and regiment entered several teams for this gruelling but fun day in support of a great cause. Numerous smaller charity events have taken place across the regiment including an excellent 12-hour continuous treadmill run in the Falkland Islands by SSgt Brookman, on detachment to FPO 655. The regiment is now fully implementing Project THOR, the Army’s progressive physical training programme with more work to do on focused speedendurance work such as the CO’s Shield ‘Tabathon’. 8 Sgt Porch with his catch at the Inter-Services Competition • Facebook: The Royal Logistic Corps • Twitter: @RHQ_The_RLC



The Defence EOD, Munitions and Search Training Regt BICESTER CO: Lt Col R G Hallett OBE • Adjt: Capt S V C Fox • RSM: WO1 D Piner In Jul, three members of IEDD Trg Sqn, WO1(SSM) G Reid, SSgt Bicknell and SSgt Bowes, had the opportunity to attend 11 EOD Regiment’s second annual mountain biking adventurous training expedition: Ex FELIX TOUR DE ALPS 2. Taking place in the French Alpine resorts of Val d’Isere and Alpe d’Huez, the aim of the exercise was to build the skill levels of those attending so that by the end of the camp most could attempt the long and arduous Megavalanche route in Alpe d’Huez. The group of 21 was split into three; those that could ride, those that thought they could ride and those that aspired to ride. Within three days, all groups progressed from fast flowing greens to technical reds where vast drops and altitude had to be overcome. Although crashes were common, everyone managed to leave Val d’Iseres alpine meadows pretty much injury free, prior to relocating to Alpe d’Huez for phase two. Alpe d’Huez bike park was very different to Val d’Isere’s long manicured flowing trails. The trails were shorter, rougher with technical features, the main attraction of which was the legendary Megavalanche race route.

8 SSgt Luke Mittens with the catch of the day Megavalanche, a mountain bike downhill marathon style event, starts on the glaciated summit of the Pic Blanc and descends to the lush meadows of the valley bottom at Allemont; a 2580m descent and 25km in length. Everyone lined up at the top of the snow-covered descent and set off wide eyed down the slope. This quickly turned into chaos with bodies and bikes sliding everywhere. The snow lasted almost 2km and took 45 minutes for the group to clear (top racers manage this in three minutes). Next were the rock gardens covered in jagged rocks, drops and scree pretty much everywhere just to kept riders on their toes. Towards the valley floor in Allemont the terrain changed again. The rock gave way to grass and the descent flowed into the wooded valley with hugely varied surfaces. At the end of the Megavalanche route everyone was in desperate need for some liquid refreshment and a hard-earned rest. Nine days away, 6.5 days riding, 200km, three days travelling, five BBQs, one broken bone and too many bad tan lines later, all returned safe, very tired but eager for more. 8 SSgt Ellis Budgell with a good catch of eel


8 SSgt Tom Moore with the ‘bizarre’ catch of the day

Ex FELIX FISH - by SSgt Moore In Aug members of IEDD Trg Sqn, descended on Big Bouy Charters in Portland Harbour, to conduct a day of sea fishing as part of adventure training and team bonding. Once adequate amounts of sea sickness tablets were taken, we were ready to go. 30 minutes in we arrived at our ‘ideal fishing stop’. The boat captain gave us an indepth brief of how to use our rods, how to fix it to the hook and the basics of what bait to use. An hour went by with no catch. But fishing is about patience. However, SSgt Luke Mittens, the most proficient of fishers among us, finally caught a decent sized sea bream. Then, like buses, they all came at once. Many of the group were making catch after catch, mainly sea bream and eels but one or two caught some more ‘exotic’ fish such as a red gurnard, a dog fish and a scallop! By the end of the afternoon no one was left without a catch. The ‘bragging rights’ and ‘catch of the day’ was a substantial cod caught by SSgt Luke Mittens in the mid-afternoon. At around about 1700, we called time and made our way back to Portland Harbour. A great day was had by all. • Facebook: The Royal Logistic Corps • Twitter: @RHQ_The_RLC


150 Regiment The Royal Logistic Corps HULL CO: Lt Col M Casey • Adjt: Capt J E Milton • RSM: WO1 P Doherty

In Jul 2018, 150 Regiment RLC was afforded a very exciting opportunity to send two members of the regt on an exchange to conduct an MREP exercise with the United States National Guard. 2Lt Oliver Bird and SSgt Kelvin Petherbridge were fully immersed in the exercise, alongside their US counterparts, by commanding Distribution Platoon of the Forward Support Company. 2Lt Bird and SSgt Petherbridge were exposed to numerous items of US equipment during the three-week long exercise, conducted at Camp Grayling in Michigan, including the Load Handling System (LHS). Ex NORTHERN APPROACH Following on from its Annual Continuous Training in Cyprus, 150 RLC deployed on Ex NORTHERN APPROACH held on the training area surrounding Catterick Garrison. Preparations began the week prior when all elements of the Regt tested its specialist equipment, including Communications Troop conducting a PACEX. The exercise was designed to test all elements, including the Regt’s Communication Specialists, Drivers and Chefs, during a vehicle mounted exercise. It also included an air drop from a C-130 which resupplied the unit with vital food, water and fuel

and gave some of the soldiers their first exposure to resupply by air drop. Family fun In order to help the local community understand what their family and friends do as Army reservists and as a thank you for all their support, 217 Sqn (Leeds) hosted a family fun day. There was an excellent turn out of family and friends at the Army Reserve Centre where families could participate in vehicle displays, potted sports, night vision recognition and an inflatable assault course.


The exercise was designed to test all elements, including the Regt’s Communication Specialists, Drivers and Chefs, during a vehicle mounted exercise

Sports success The Regt also enjoyed great success at the 102 Logistic Brigade Sports Day, which was hosted by 7 Regiment RLC in Cottesmore, securing the win as Best Reserve Unit overall. 150 Regt sent over 40 participants to the event where they competed in several disciplines including squash, badminton, Army warrior fitness, football and orienteering.

8 Soldiers from 150 RLC receive an air drop resupply of water, rations and fuel on Ex NORTHERN APPROACH

The stand out performances for the regt came during the squash competition where WO2 Glen Scarah led his team to overall victory beating the host, 7 Regt RLC, in the final. The badminton team also managed to secure second place overall in its competition. WO2 Scarah is looking to capitalise on this victory by leading the Regimental squash team in The RLC Squash Championships. 150 Regt has been working on its preparation for deploying on Ex TRIDENT JUNCTURE early in October where the it will play a pivotal role with Maj Zaman (219 Sqn – Doncaster) and Capt Jimmy Kerr (217 Sqn – Leeds) assuming the role of OIC CSC at Dishforth. In total, the Regt will deploy 28 personnel in support of Ex TRIDENT JUNTURE, including those providing J4 support from the QM’s Department and several Communications Specialists. The Regt will also make a huge contribution to the Remembrance Day parade and service, held at the Hull Cenotaph as it remembers those who paid the ultimate sacrifice. • Facebook: The Royal Logistic Corps • Twitter: @RHQ_The_RLC



151 Regiment The Royal Logistic Corps CROYDON CO: Lt Col D T Miller • Adjt: Capt B Heinrich • RSM: WO1 V Chappell

151 Regiment has had a summer full of deployments, exercises, adventurous training and community engagement. The CO was deployed with a JFHQ OLRT on OP LINEMAN as part of the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA). Based in Barbados, the team was there to support the UK’s response should either hurricane Florence or Isaac make landfall in the Caribbean. Fortunately, the storms never materialised and the CO was able to return to the regt in time for the annual deployment exercise. The second member of 151 to deploy to the tropics this year was LCpl Ren Day who flew to Florida for a military exchange with the Florida National Guard. Attached to Charlie Company, 53rd Brigade Support Battalion, she was based out of Camp Blanding. LCpl Day was actively involved in what we would term 'military aid to the civil authorities' with the distribution of medical supplies via Chinook. 151 Regt continued its trend of deployments to the Americas with 2Lt Sarah George going to Canada as one of 20 UK delegates to the Young Reserve Officer Workshop. Held in Québec, its aim was to encourage understanding between reserve officers from different NATO and Partnership for Peace nations. 62

2Lt George and Ptes Gourlay and Knowles are currently deployed to Oman on Ex SAIF SAREEA 3 working alongside 1 Regt RLC and 1 Armoured Infantry Brigade. Exercises The highlight of the Regt's annual training programme was the Annual Deployment Exercise (ADE) where the core function as a transport regiment was tested across Salisbury Plain and down to Chivenor. Officers and soldiers from 10 QOGLR and 3 Regiment RLC also deployed and were fully integrated within the task-sqn as observermentors and further strengthening pairing relationships with 151. The second week was spent largely within the BCS syllabus training foundation soldiering skills which culminated in a JNCO leadership and initiative event. The regt also found time (and sufficient volunteers!) to enter seven teams into the Gore Trophy where

8 The regt entered seven teams into the Gore Trophy where the 151 Veterans Team prevailed

the 151 Veterans Team prevailed and claimed the Lamb Trophy for best reserve unit in The RLC. Further pairing opportunities over the summer were with Ex TRIDENT DRIVER 3 in Aldershot and Barton Stacey. Furthermore, Pte Scott Mitchell took part in the 10 QOGLR patrol competition Ex KHUKURI ENDURANCE. Community engagement and AT On 15 Sep, 562 Squadron organised a day to commemorate the Battle of Saragarhi, which was fought in 1897 between the British Indian Army and Pashtun tribesman. The annual event allowed the officers and soldiers of 562 to engage with the local Sikh community and celebrate a shared history, which is an important part of what binds military personnel serving today. In Aug, 12 officers and soldiers took part in Ex TRIDENT COCKNEY ADVENTURE 2 in North Wales. This was a five-day adventurous training package which included trekking and mountain biking and enabled all involved to experience something new. 8 2Lt George with Brig Zac Stenning, Commander 1 Armd Inf Bde • Facebook: The Royal Logistic Corps • Twitter: @RHQ_The_RLC


152 (North Irish) Regiment The Royal Logistic Corps BELFAST CO: Lt Col A Chambers • Adjt: Capt R Mitchell • RSM: WO1 (SSM) WO1 Llewellyn-Jones This quarter has seen a raft of opportunities for 152 Regiment to take part in challenging and interesting activity at home and abroad. Preparation for the Regt’s OTX (Ex LEOPARD STAR) has been constant with GREEN SHADOW exercises ensuring the troops are suitably trained for the multi-faceted exercise. Ex TRIDENT JUNCTURE helped build up real time experience delivering fuel support to the multi-national NATO exercise. Ex FINN GLACIER meanwhile, conducted in the mountains of Chamonix and led by OC 220 Sqn, provided a character building AT experience for over 20 regimental personnel. Delivering all this capability is a credit to the regimental staff in a significant period of change over including the Training Major and Adjutant; good signs for the future. Army Super Cup The annual Army FA Super Cup played between the Army Reserve Champions and their regular counterparts could not be halted by operations in the Baltics. 1 YORKS was deployed in Estonia on Op CABRIT and the decision was made that 152 Regt RLC would travel to the region to fulfil this highprofile fixture. A short planning timeline was supported by a host of internal and external personnel, ensuring the Commanding Officer and his team deployed in good order (sporting


A short planning timeline was supported by a host of internal and external personnel, ensuring the Commanding Officer and his team deployed in good order (sporting swanky new regimental tracksuits for the occasion)

swanky new regimental tracksuits for the occasion). In an evenly balanced match, the Yorkshire men ran out 2-1 winners thanks to a late (86th minute) goal. Nonetheless, this was an excellent display by the “Norn Iron” team, who showed exceptional commitment and fitness pushing the game to the final whistle. The trip was rounded off with a night of VIP treatment courtesy of the Estonian FA with all access tickets to the Estonia Vs Greece UEFA Cup of Nations qualifying match; a fantastic experience for the

soldiers, some of which are still in their first year in the Army. Quartermaster Liquid Logistics In Jul, 400 (Belfast) Petroleum Sqn, deployed 20 personnel from the Regt to Florida and Georgia (USA,) as part of the US Army’s Quartermaster Liquid Logistics Exercise (QMLLEx) 18. This exercise saw the Reserve Petroleum and BFCV Operators conduct fuel training in support of Jacksonville Naval Station. Designed to improve interoperability, this exercise saw UK personnel assisting its US counterparts in providing up to 250,000 Litres of JP4 fuel daily by road and operating tactical Fuel System Supply Points (FSSPs). Highlights of the QMLLEx were personnel qualifying on the M4 A4 carbine, operating the Crew Mounted Weapons Trainer and six personnel receiving the US Army Achievement Medals. The exercise was rounded off with a well-deserved 36 hours spent sampling the tourist traps of Orlando. 8 400 (Belfast) Petroleum Sqn, deployed to the US as part of the Quartermaster Liquid Logistics Exercise (QMLLEx) 18 • Facebook: The Royal Logistic Corps • Twitter: @RHQ_The_RLC



154 (Scottish) Regiment The Royal Logistic Corps DUNFERMLINE CO: Lt Col A Wilkinson • Adjt: Capt T J Oliver • RSM: WO1 (RSM) K Poole From 30 Jun to 28 Jul 18, a section of reserve soldiers from 154 (Scottish) Regiment were attached to 8 Squadron, 27 Regiment, for four weeks on Exercise LION SUN in Cyprus. Based at Radio Sonde Camp, Episkopi, the exercise was a challenging three-week rotation comprising of a dismounted FTX, adventure training and a range package, as well as some muchwelcomed R&R. The exercise provided the opportunity to practice a wide range of basic soldiering skills and further enhanced the integration with one of the regt’s twinned units which provided it with an incredibly useful insight into the regular Army. Ex NORTHERN HARZ In Aug, nine members of 154 (Scottish) Regiment deployed on Ex NORTHER HARZ, a mountain biking expedition in Lower Saxony, Germany. They were accommodated in the Torfhaus Lodge in the shadow of the Brocken summit at 1,141m with numerous challenging forest tracks and trails throughout. The park itself was split between the former German Democratic Republic and the Federal Republic of Germany from 1949 till 1990 and holds many hidden gems from the Cold War era. The riders consisted of a wide range of expertise from novice to instructor and they found the terrain to be

challenging even for the more experienced riders, as they pushed themselves over the more technical challenges the six rides had to offer. Ex TARTAN HYBRID 154 Regt RLC’s Annual Commitment Training (ACT) exercise comprised of a combination of B2B training and trade courses required for soldier development. Ex TARTAN HYBRID was split into two groups: A B3 Dvr trade course to develop junior soldiers and a basic soldier training for the rest of the regt. The first week centred around a range package from Grouping and Zeroing through to an ACMT before culminating in a night shoot. Concurrent activity included shoots for both GPMG and Glock along with map reading and a trip to the CBRN chamber

8 Ex LION SUN – Members of 154 Regt RLC with their counterparts from 8 Sqn, 27 Regt RLC

which enhanced the variation of training and ensured the continued development of soldier’s skill sets. A cultural visit to the Imperial War Museum provided a welldeserved and much needed break in the programme and enabled everyone to recharge their batteries ahead of our deployment on exercise for week two. This phase was designed to be lesson orientated rather than testing subject areas which allowed us to bring all exercising personnel to the same standard of training. Some excellent lessons were produced by the training team headed by WO2 (SSM) White and the development of deployed capability was noticeably enhanced using this method of training. Throughout this ACT, the regt was superbly supported by 27 Regt RLC with communications, catering and physical development. Overall, Ex TARTAN HYBRID 18 enhanced the development of all participants using several different exercise scenarios. This was a positive experience which will boost both attendance and retention within 154 (Scottish) Regiment RLC. 8 Ex NORTHERN HARZ

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156 Regiment The Royal Logistic Corps LIVERPOOL CO: Lt Col T Gould QGM • Adjt: Capt C Monk • RSM: WO1 B Gallagher It was 156 Regt RLC’s turn this quarter to continue the years’ worth of RLC 25 celebrations and commemorations by hosting a North West of England dinner. In order to ensure that the event loomed long in memory, it was important to select an iconic venue commensurate with this significant milestone. With Maj ‘Foz’ Foster taking the lead, The Imperial War Museum (North) in Salford, Greater Manchester was selected as the setting for a regimental dinner night with a difference. Taking full advantage of the amenities within this most impressive venue, members of the Officers and Warrant Officers & Sergeant Messes, along with distinguished guests, socialised among the numerous military displays and artefacts. The dinner itself was held in the cavernous main auditorium with 360˚ First World War audio visual displays adorning the surrounding walls. It would have been remiss as part of these celebrations not to have recognised the milestone of this year being the 100th anniversary of Private George Masters, Army Service Corps, having been awarded the Victoria Cross. Whilst not having served within the regt, Private Masters was born and raised in Southport and had a long and close relationship with 236 (Greater Manchester) and 238 (Sefton) Squadrons during his lifetime; suffice to say 156

8 The regt deployed to Catterick for its second two-week Annual Collective Training event

Regiment considers him to be one of its own. His noteworthy exploits were brought to life during the course of the dinner with a series of poignant and thought-provoking vignettes delivered by local actor, John Meredith. The regt was also exceptionally fortunate that the ‘Weeping Window’, a cascade of several thousand handmade ceramic poppies seen pouring from the museum to the ground below, was finished the week before the dinner and hence presented itself as the perfect backdrop for a photograph opportunity. Annual Collective Training With the regt having deployed over one hundred of its personnel on an OTX to Cyprus earlier in the year, it once more deployed a contingent

of 91 Officers and Soldiers to Wathgill training area, Catterick for its second two-week Annual Collective Training event. In order to offer a variety of training options, there were four key serials; a GPMG Cadre, Material Handling Equipment training, Land Rover GS training and a Reserve PNCO cadre. The latter serial was a fully subscribed course catering for RLC soldiers from nine different reserve units qualifying nineteen soldiers in total. With SME instruction coming from 2 YORKS, the participants honed both their infantry and leaderships skillsets significantly. Regimental shooting Maj Tang, OC 236 Sqn, has been the driving force behind the success of the regimental shooting team’s first year of competition. Competing against all cap badges and regiments within the reserve forces, the team finished a respectable 16th place out of 33. This success can now be built upon with the team looking forward to the forthcoming year and the Brigade Operational Shooting Championships 2019. 8 The Imperial War Museum North was selected as the setting for a regimental dinner night with a difference • Facebook: The Royal Logistic Corps • Twitter: @RHQ_The_RLC



157 (Welsh) Regiment The Royal Logistic Corps CARDIFF CO: Lt Col A M Madams • Adjt: Capt R Rudge • RSM: WO1 A Lodwig 157 (Welsh) Regiment has delivered across a wide spectrum over the last few months with activities ranging from civil engagement duties, through AT and the Annual Deployment Exercise. The Royal Gun Salute The regt was fortunate to host one of the Royal Gun Salutes at Cardiff Castle celebrating HRH the Duke of Edinburgh’s birthday. It had the pleasure of hosting Brigadier Harrington, DComd 3 (UK) Div and Col Hearty, DComd Res 101 Log Bde, who presented a VRSM to the RCMO Capt Hall, LS&GCs to WO2 Robinson and the now SSgt Blackmore, a CFA Commendation to the ROSO, Capt Crawshaw and a MSM to WO2 Finch. Exercises The regt has been fortunate to exploit existing opportunities which has seen 15 of its personnel deploy overseas on exercises ranging from SAIF SARREA 3 (with 1 RLC) to SAVA STAR (with 4 RLC); TRIDENT JUNCTURE (Denmark) and JEBEL SAHARA. 2Lt Owen led the British Joint contingent of reserve officers to the Inter Allied Confederation in Quebec and three of the Regt’s Corps of Drums led by WO2 Lock had the once in a lifetime opportunity to march with The RLC Band and 3 RLC during Public Duties at Buckingham Palace.

Ex DRAGONS TORNADO 2/18 During the first week of Aug 2018, 24 personnel canoed the 125 mile journey from “Devizes to Westminster”. In a strange twist of fate, Comd 101 Log Bde, Brigadier Ewart-Brookes was keenly paired with WO2 Cal Wellstead, his kayak instructor from the former’s days as a 2Lt! The week went extremely well, challenging people consistently, especially having to ‘portage’ the canoes through 77 locks. Those who took part did themselves proud as it was no easy feat, they also finished with ‘arms like Chuck Norris’.

8 Grid to mag, add - Mag to grid, get rid! Ex DRAGONS RESOURCE 18 The regt deployed to Dartmoor for its Annual Continuous Training (ACT) camp to get ‘back to basics’ with map reading and weapon systems. The Tors Challenge was a two day, 40km ‘tab’ across the tors of Dartmoor, navigating from checkpoint to checkpoint under the duress of notorious weather patterns and terrain. At the end of the first week, the regt hosted GOC 3(UK) Div, Maj Gen Borton, its Honorary Colonel, Col Lawton, ADC, Capt Roberts and the Bde SM, WO1 Burnett, beginning with an address to the regiment by the GOC outside HMP Dartmoor. The first week closed with an All Ranks Regimental Dinner Night and a performance by the RLC Corps of Drums, to hail farewell to Maj Mark Jolly, who leaves on promotion for 160 Bde and Capt Rob Rudge, who leaves the service to pursue new horizons. 8 GOC 3 (UK) Div addressing the regt

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158 Regiment The Royal Logistic Corps PETERBOROUGH CO: Lt Col A Gifford TD • Adjt: Capt C Boyden • RSM: WO1 J Goodridge 158 Regiment RLC has seen a busy period of late; BCS and leadership focused regimental training weekends, the regimental ACT to Altcar Training Camp, an STTT deployment to Ethiopia and most recently the Lamb Trophy. As 2019 approaches, the focus on training will change to further enhancing BCS skills, in preparation for the regt’s annual exercise in Slovenia in 2019. ACT 2018 – Altcar Training Camp Sep 18 saw the regt deploy over 90 personnel on annual camp to Altcar training camp near Liverpool. The aim of the ACT was to deliver an individual courses camp, concentrating on qualifying drivers at all levels. Contract Driver Training was conducted from Fulwood Bks, Preston and successfully provided the Regt with a further nine professional driving qualifications. Additional to licence acquisition, further professional development was also delivered. SSgt’s Copeland and Haughton provided both a Dvr RLC Class 3 (R) course and the Dvr RLC Class 2 upgrading package, both of which culminated with the field exercise phase on Catterick Trg Area. The student’s nerves were tested by a visit from DComd Log Sp Col Tonkins, who along with the CO, accompanied them for the cross-country phase. Leadership also took centre stage on the ACT with a consolidated leadership package primarily aimed at SNCO’s and officers. The package was developed by the Regimental Second in Command, Maj Anna Swales and was augmented by various guest speakers including assistance from 3 AEC. Military Skills (BCCS) was the final element to the ACT delivered by Sgt Forrest and SSgt Northam. The package was designed to prepare soldiers for The RLC Mil Skills competition and to raise the standard of basic soldiering within

the unit. Battlecraft, Ranges, Navigation, Obstacle Course, Fitness and Adv Trg were all included. 102 Log Bde Comd, Brig Blair-Tidewell visited the training, witnessing break from contact drills as part of the BCCS package. The highlight of the deployment for many was the All Ranks Regt Dinner held in the Septon Mess, this was the regt’s opportunity to celebrate the 25th Anniversary of The RLC, in the form of a formal function. AMISOM STTT - Ethiopia A two-man team deployed to deliver an Africa Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) Logistic Course in the Peace Support Training Centre, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia from 17 to 26 Sep 18. Following on from the success of last year’s course, Maj Boyden worked in conjunction with BPST(A) to refine and develop an eight-day package, focusing on logistic planning. Students from Ethiopia, Somalia, Burundi and Djibouti attended the course, which culminated in four days of six stage estimate logistic planning.

8 Sep 18 saw the regt deploy over 90 personnel on annual camp to Altcar training camp

Aldershot. Training started for the team during the Regiments ACT in Sept, where personnel were put through a progressive 11-day Mil Skills package, followed by further weekends training in Colchester prior to the competition. Overall 158 Regiment, captained by Cpl Skittlethorpe finished 33rd out of 62 teams; performing exceptionally well in the military knowledge and the obstacle course.

Lamb Trophy On 6 Oct 18, the regt took part in The RLC Military Skills annual competition ran by 10 QOGLR in 8 A two-man team deployed to Ethiopia to deliver an Africa Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) Logistic Course • Facebook: The Royal Logistic Corps • Twitter: @RHQ_The_RLC



159 Regiment The Royal Logistic Corps COVENTRY CO: Lt Col P Allen • Adjt: Capt A Hanna • RSM: WO1 N Cabo The last few months have been busy with 159 Regiment sporting an Annual Continuous Training (ACT) camp, a driver training camp, completion of the bespoke Access to Logistics course, Ex TRIDENT JUNCTURE and some adventure training thrown in for good measure. This year the soldiers deployed to Wathgill camp near Catterick to work on their trade skills, completed MATTS and conducted some AT. It was an opportunity to mix some real-time trade training with training on weapon systems including the GPMG. The regt was also treated to a fantastic BBQ on the middle weekend courtesy of the RCWO, WO2 Mick Guest and his team. Overall it was a productive and enjoyable two-week package with 237 Squadron sweeping up the trophies on the sports day…again! Driver Training Camp As an alternative ACT, the regt also gave soldiers the opportunity to complete a Driver Training camp. Throughout the week, soldiers completed basic soldiering skills in addition to gaining invaluable on and off-road driving experiences. The QM even visited and looked at one of the MAN SV trucks. The Access to Logistics bespoke consolidated training package continued this year and was hugely successful. A group of civilians

turned into logisticians in a matter of weeks. Pte Mboya had never even ridden a bike prior to A2L and now has his category B car licence and has been given the opportunity to drive military vehicles. The A2L package will be discussed at the next regimental symposium to improve future iterations and make it a bigger and better package for summer 2019. There are currently two 159 Regt soldiers, SSgt John Cardwell and Pte Arran Harvey, attached to 6 Regt RLC on Ex TRIDENT JUNCTURE in logistic roles providing real-life support. They had a very long but enjoyable and scenic route to Norway through a host of different countries. SSgt Cardwell was

8 237 reigns supreme at the sports day on ACT

honoured to be a part of one of the largest road moves in 20 years. To foster a close-knit ethos, the CO is keen for soldiers to complete AT where possible, he himself being a qualified rock climber. Luckily, the regt now has expertise in skiing, scuba diving, hill walking and yachting and will offer expeditions in those disciplines throughout 2019, the first of which being skiing. The regt now has a total 4 Ski Leader Level 1 instructors, which is proving hugely beneficial. Check out the Facebook page to see the full extent of the sports and AT on offer. Recently Capt Aaron Hanna assumed the appointment of Adjutant and the regt extends a warm welcome to him as he settles in. He also joins the new XO, Maj Keith Taylor and QM, Maj Mark Jones, who have also had joined the team. Welcome to the Midlands Logisticians. The look forward is firmly to Christmas for a well-earned break for everyone but not before the annual Christmas Cake competition. There have been some strong entries in recent years so time will tell who reigns supreme this year. 8 Soldiers caving on ACT

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162 Regiment The Royal Logistic Corps NOTTINGHAM CO: Lt Col T Hope MBE • Adjt: B Spilsbury • RSM: WO1 J Thompson 162 Regiment’s focus for this period has been to provide support to exercises and operations alongside the continued push to achieve Op FORTIFY recruiting targets and conduct essential Civilian Engagement (CE) duties. Exercises and operations So far in 2018, 162 Regt has used in excess of 1000 Reserve Service Days (RSD) providing support and assistance to the JAMC and 29 Regiment. The opportunity has allowed Movement Operators to both use and enhance their skills and expand their utility across the wider Army. Enhancing the working relationship between the reserve and its regular counterpart, 29 Regiment, has been a real focus of 162 Regiment’s Training Major (Maj Darren Stevens) and Ops Warrant Officer (WO2 Hines). It has allowed the regt to illustrate the skills, determination and professionalism held within the regt. The much-improved professional relationship has seen a Liaison Officer (SSgt Pearson) embedded within 29 Regiment Operations Department and greater support provided in the build up to Ex TRIDENT JUNCTURE. Soldiers from 162 Regiment will be deployed to Marchwood to assist with the Port Task Group, with a further five assisting Regional Command with the onward movement of personnel and equipment across mainland Europe.


Enhancing the working relationship between the reserve and its regular counterpart, 29 Regiment, has been a real focus of 162 Regiment’s Training Major (Maj Darren Stevens) and Ops Warrant Officer (WO2 Hines)

AT group attachment Pte Holland (280 Sqn) is currently attached to the Adventurous Training Foundation Wing in Inverness to assist with G4 support. Though busy with driving duties and assisting in the day to day running of the site, Pte Holland has found time to conduct a variety of adventurous pursuits, including open boating/canoeing and kayaking expeditions on the River Tay and a five-day paragliding course in Wales. Sport The 162 Regt badminton team deployed ten individuals to the RLC Badminton Championships from 26 to 28 Sep 2018 held in Grantham. The team was banking on their age and experience to see them through, however, for the men’s team it was not to be. Though they gave credible performances, the youth on offer and selected for many of the regular teams were too strong. In the women’s tournament, the regt fielded its finest players and it would appear the hours spent

8 The OC visiting Pte Holland at AFTW


The impressive performances from the Ladies Team have resulted in 2Lt Charlesworth, WO2 Greaken, Sgt Mathie, LCpl Wong and Pte Butler all being selected for The RLC Corps Team

honing their flicks, drop shots and smashes paid off. LCpl Wong (281 Sqn) was crowned RLC Ladies Singles Champion, 2Lt Charlesworth (871 Sqn) was RLC Ladies Singles Runner Up, Sgt Mathie (281 Sqn) and LCpl Wong (281 Sqn) were RLC Ladies Doubles Champions and 2Lt Charlesworth (871 Sqn) and Pte Buttler (281 Sqn) were the RLC Ladies Doubles Runners Up. The impressive performances from the Ladies Team have resulted in 2Lt Charlesworth, WO2 Greaken, Sgt Mathie, LCpl Wong and Pte Butler all being selected for The RLC Corps Team. • Facebook: The Royal Logistic Corps • Twitter: @RHQ_The_RLC



165 Port & Maritime Regiment RLC PLYMOUTH CO: Lt Col C Hampton-Stone • Adjt: Capt P Cussins • RSM: WO1 (RSM) M Dowland The onset of autumn did little to slow the pace of life down at 165 Port and Maritime RLC with the regt busy welcoming new personalities including the RSM, WO1 Mark Dowland and the Adjt, Capt Phil Cussins, whilst saying goodbye to old ones including Capt Michael Framingham after 35 years´ service, which included the Falklands´ War. On the operational front, the regt deployed two soldiers to the Atlantic Patrol Task (North) and prepared six reservists to attend Ex TRIDENT JUNCTURE. Additionally, the regt has been busy running the second of its two Annual Deployment Exercises (ADE) this year. ADE Over 100 reserve soldiers deployed on the regt´s ADE which consisted of a week´s Special to Arm (StA) training followed by a week of BCS training separated by a cultural weekend for the soldiers, whilst the officers exercised their brains on a CO’s Conceptual Study Day. The StA week was held at Browndown Beach and saw numerous different trades show off their skills. The Operational Hygiene set up was in full swing, the Vehicle Specialists (VS) operating a Vehicle Control Centre (VCC) and the Port Operators with wet trades operating a Logistic Beach Unit (LBU). In addition, the chef’s excellent food kept everyone fed and watered including some key personalities who were spotted one morning with Eggs Benedict. Perhaps the highlight of the week was when WO1 Steve Cooper managed to facilitate interoperability between a Mexe Float and a Strat Ro-Ro whilst anchored in the Solent. In his 31 years of experience he noted that he had only practised this once before. The sea state presented a real challenge for the wet trades whilst attaching the Mexe out at sea and then the VS’s had their nerves and concentration tested 70

loading and unloading the ship. The pace was slightly relaxed for the middle weekend as the soldiers enjoyed a choice of activities including visiting the D-Day museum or HMS Victory to deepen their historical and cultural knowledge, or for those still with energy to burn, Go Ape offered a more energetic activity. Meanwhile, the officers completed a conceptual study day with groups exploring the topic of reserve cohesion in the modern era versus times gone past. An exceptional presentation by trained barrister Maj John Nevitt (OC 142

8 WO1 Steve Cooper managed to facilitate interoperability between a Mexe Float and a Strat RoRO whilst anchored in The Solent

Sqn) covering risk management and the law wrapped up the study day before the chefs treated all present to an excellent BBQ. BCS The BCS week saw instructors, led by former pioneer, SSgt Smith, putting everyone through their paces including two nights under poncho, during which the windy conditions saw the uprooting of some Longmoor trees and completion of the BCC ACMT including CQM practice and shoots. Despite the testing conditions, all the soldiers present acquitted themselves well, demonstrated good basic skills and a real enthusiasm for learning and improving the basic ´green´ skills. The final day gave soldiers a chance to host the 104 Logistic Support Brigade Commander, Brig Thorpe OBE, as he visited the exercise and chatted to the soldiers. 8 The BCS week saw instructors, led by SSgt Smith, putting everyone through their paces including two nights under ponchos • Facebook: The Royal Logistic Corps • Twitter: @RHQ_The_RLC


167 Catering Support Regiment RLC GRANTHAM CO: Lt Col J A Cattermull • Adjt: Capt J Caine • RSM: WO1 A Ward The quarter has seen the 167 Catering Regiment switch focus from trade development to soldiering skills. Two range weekends, robust MATTs weekends sleeping under ponchos, as well as entry into the Reserves Pistol competition in preparation for Ex CAULDRON SUSTAINER 18. Looking forward, the regt’s Masterclass team has been developing menus ahead of competing in Ex JOINT CATERER in Oct. Ex CAULDRON SUSTAINER 18 This Sept, 167 Regiment undertook its annual continuous training exercise Ex CAULDRON SUSTAINER. The exercise consisted of two main areas of training underpinned by the mantra of “Back to Basics”. The first part of the exercise was a live firing range package, which included use of the L131 General service pistol (aka ‘the Glock’) and the L7A2 General-Purpose Machine-Gun or GPMG. The second part consisted of a road move to Swynnerton training area followed by the fieldcraft and battle exercise phase of the training. The Skills Houses of Fingringhoe ranges, Colchester, provided an idyllic, if not a little basic, country home.

Soldiers did however have to share the accommodation with “Aragog” and his thousands of children, truly the largest spiders ever seen; sleeping bags were fully zipped up. For the second phase of the training in Swynnerton, the troops arrived to occupy the harbour area which should have been home for the remainder of the exercise. The Regt received a visit from the 104 Logistic Brigade Deputy Commander, Col Paul Mitchell. It was around about this time that the weather showed the Regt who was in charge. The tail end of Storm Ali hit in full force with one month’s rain falling in less than half a day at the location. This turned

8 167 Regiment undertook its annual continuous training exercise Ex CAULDRON SUSTAINER

the neatly planned harbour area with a well-placed “section in defence” into a sodden forest with three neat lines of paddling pools where the shell scrapes used to be. Thankfully, the weather improved for the obligatory final attack in which of course the mighty 167 was victorious. In summary, from the scorching ranges of Fingringhoe and Middlewick, to the sodden wood lines of Swynnerton, the ACT enabled the regt to deliver BCS whilst producing a challenging yet enjoyable and training package. UESO Cabal Around a very busy training period, 167 Regt hosted a UESO Cabal in Sep. The aim was to enhance the role of the Unit Employer Support Officer (UESO) through shared knowledge and experience with other CSS UESOs. This proved very successful and a series of informative presentations by the Civil Service Employer Engagement team, 18 Army Education Centre Group and Defence Relationship Management (DRM) added to the event. 8 The first part of the exercise was a live firing range package • Facebook: The Royal Logistic Corps • Twitter: @RHQ_The_RLC



20 Transport Squadron The Royal Logistic Corps LONDON OC: Maj R Habbershaw • SSM: WO2 A Salihu 20 Transport Squadron has been tremendously busy this summer supporting all the ceremonial events, state visits and some complex logistical tasks within London District. In addition, the sqn continues to make time for other activities including sports, career and personal development courses, community engagement and some quality adventure training. Support and engagement As well as its regular commitments to London District units the sqn has spent the summer supporting the Royal Family in Balmoral. LCpl K Singh and LCpl J McGuire have each spent a month in the north enjoying one of the unique experiences available to 20 Sqn personnel. In addition, the SSM, WO2 A Salihu, recently returned from UKAF Defence Engagement in Saudi Arabia, where he performed the Hajj Pilgrimage. Safe Skills Driving Day Well done to Cpl J Ratabua for organising the Safe Skills Driving day in the August heat. The event is run in association with the Worshipful Company of Hackney Carriage Drivers and was well attended by both military and civilian members of the sqn and the Worshipful Company. It is an important day in the sqn calendar and it is excellent to see so many familiar faces return each year to continue to develop the relationship

between the company and the sqn. The mixed team members, taken from both organisations, competed against each other in different events to take the coveted trophy. In the end, Capt M Field and his team won the overall trophy, despite his poor contribution to the teams overall score with his trailer reversing. After a long challenging day, everyone retired to the Sqn welfare centre for the winning presentation and BBQ. Sports and AT Over the last few months the Sqn continued to do well in sports within the Corps, Army and UKAF. In Jul, A/WO2 U Hill played for the Army at Lord’s Cricket Ground in the T20 competition against the

8 Running the River for charity

RAF and NAVY and at the and in Sept, Capt M Field represented the Corps in hockey. Also in Sept, the OC Maj R Habbershaw, QM Maj J Oxley, 2IC Capt P Anderson and Sgt I Gorthy completed the Run The River 10k charity event in London. Most of the sqn deployed to Newquay for an excellent week of challenging AT, organised by Sgt K Williams and LCpl A Harvey. All personnel participated in various activities including mountain biking, hill walking and coasteering. Pte E Fullick and Pte J Woodall discovered they are rather susceptible to sea sickness and the SSM was horrified to find himself swimming next to a ‘killer’ seal. Finally The sqn sadly bids farewell to WO2 P Casey who is leaving after 22 years’ service. Thank you and good luck! It also bids farewell to Pte E Fullick, Pte R White and Pte D Tottle who left on assignment. In Nov the sqn fulfilled numerous commitments in support of remembrance events. 8 Testing teamwork on Newquay beach

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Defence Munitions (DM) Kineton Station TEMPLE HERDEWYKE CO: Lt Col J N Williams • SSM: WO1 S Brennan In Sept, DM Kineton, welcomed Lt Col Williams. Arriving from APC Glasgow, he took up the demanding role of head of establishment (HoE) of the largest ammunition depot in Europe. The HoE is responsible for the storage, transport and maintenance of £2 billion of ammunition. They are CO of the Ammunition Technical Support Group and station commander for a highly active community. While this task provides a multitude of managerial challenges, Lt Col Williams is looking forward to embracing his command position. Ammunition Process Buildings (APB) In the last Sustainer, we detailed the return of eight of our 11 APBs after work had to be done to repair the alarm systems. Legacy Returned Ammunition Group (RAG) remains the unit's biggest focus, as it needs to process all ammunition returned from field units across all three services and get it back into a fit state to be redistributed to where it is needed; without affecting the operational output of issued ammunition. Over the last three months, the soldiers at Kineton have processed approximately £10 million of ammunition a month. This is no small feat, requiring the soldiers and officers to display increasing amounts of discipline and selfless commitment to meet operational needs, while managing and reducing the risk of RAG. Joint Service Chess Championships Kineton Station hosted a very successful 2018 Combined Services Chess Championship: 28 – 31 August. Organised by Sgt J Blair of DEMS Trg Regt, 40 military personnel and MOD civil servants from all over the country competed for several trophies. The reigning Army champion, SSgt Dave Onley R Sigs, retained his title but there was a strong showing from The RLC entries. These included Capt Fox,

Adjt at DEMS Trg Regt, Capt Gibbs currently on his ATO Course and Cpl Heywood who works for DM.

8 This year saw Kineton team up with 9 Regt RLC for a second year running to compete at the Joint Service Regatta

Sport Kineton Station has a highly successful cycling club, Kineton Velo. This club has nurtured and produced champions competing at army and tri-service level. This quarter has seen the reintroduction of Cyclocross, an arduous sport where cycling isn’t simply enough. They must carry their bikes through muddy fields and over obstacles. This year, Sgt Charlesworth will be representing

the Army Cyclocross team again, competing in the Notts and Derby League every weekend for three months, before the culmination of his training at the World Masters Cyclocross Championships in Belgium. Follow @KinetonStation, on Facebook, for a continuous steam of pictures of cyclists looking miserable, muddy and wet. This year saw Kineton team up with 9 Regt RLC for a second year running to compete at the Joint Service Regatta. It saw the two units train together for seven days at the Army Rowing Club in Abingdon, before the competition on the 19 Sept. Despite all their preparation, they were thwarted by gale force winds which called the competition to a close; but not before The RLC Chairwoman and secretary, stole victory from the Royal Navy as part of the Army team. Despite the early close of the regatta, the importance of mixed unit collaboration, physical robustness and team work was not lost on the competing soldiers. 8 Kineton Station has a highly successful cycling club, Kineton • Facebook: The Royal Logistic Corps • Twitter: @RHQ_The_RLC



2 Operational Support Group RLC (2OSG) GRANTHAM CO: Lt Col A Hoey • RSM: WO1 A Clayton Headquarters 2 Operational Support Group (2 OSG) has been busy with the Unit Annual Continuous Training (ACT). The main aim was to ensure that attendees were “Fit for Role” maintaining both specialist qualifications and core military skills. The ACT was well-received and thanks must go to Lt Col Ibs Kabia and Major Nial Brown for delivering it. The UHQ has also facilitated the deployment of several reservists on Ex TRIDENT JUNCTURE 2018 (Ex TRJE) under the direction of 104 Log Bde. The unit said goodbye to Lt Col Kabia and saw Lt Col Richard Jacobs take command as senior officer of 497 OSU. Ex TRJE 18 2 OSG deployed personnel from across 498 LSU and 499 CMU. Deployed primarily to support Convoy Support Centres (CSC), individuals fulfilled appointments as Contract Liaison Officers (CLO) in three out of the four CSCs and at the Theatre Enabling Group (TEG) headquarters; along a line of communication stretching from ports in the Netherlands, through Denmark, Sweden to Norway. The bulk of 2 OSG’s deployed component was in Denmark and Sweden. Hosted by 5 Bn REME it had to deal with real time life support, feeding and fuel contracts and ‘out of scope’ contracting solutions. Throughout the exercise the CLOs oversaw and approved the expenditures of bulk and packed fuel, in- camp meals, washing and hygiene facilities, plus a range of additional payments, in support of the exercising troops on the road move. An example of one of the more interesting out of scope contract, was a replacement windscreen required for an Oshkosh MLET. No windscreens were available in Denmark or Sweden, so a bespoke replacement was manufactured locally, using blueprints supplied by Oshkosh in the USA. 74

Ex TRJE18 provided an excellent starting point for refining the capabilities of 2 OSG. The ability to see through a contracting process from the formulation of the Statement of Requirement through to the final theatre Billing Conferences has certainly confirmed and consolidated our collective contracting training and experience. Annual Continuous Training (ACT) Ex BEAVER WARRIOR The conclusion of the ACT was marked by a day considering both leadership development and ‘Ethics on Operations’. The group is especially grateful to Lt Col Justin Baker and WO1 Sarah Cox of the Centre for Army Leadership and Padre Gavin Smith of Headquarters 102 Logistic Brigade for valuable lessons they delivered. At post exercise joint mess dinner, 2 OSG said farewell to Maj Ian Keenan who retires after 40 years combined regular and reserve service. RRMT The RRMT under the guidance of WO1(SSM) Lee Mahoney has attended over 40 national & local recruiting events (CTP & BFRS) over the summer months. The team also ran a Level 2 event

8 2 OSG RLC Recruit Retention and Mentoring Team at a recent recruiting event in Peterborough

at the Rutland Country Show ground in Jun. This involved other units and with a footfall of over 15000 it was all hands-on deck. The unit said a fond farewell to SSgt Girvan and Sgt Gurung as they leave the team to fulfil full time roles within the Army Reserve and MPGS respectively. 500 Communications Troop The focus this quarter for the Troop has been the Unit ACT, Ex TRJE 18 and preparing for trade courses. On the ACT several members of the Troop deployed to provide comms support to the UHQ and sub-units so they could practice deploying a headquarters in the field. Sgt Davies and LCpl Battley deployed on EX TRJE 18 based in Denmark providing HF, VHF and TacSat communications across Europe in support of 104 Log Bde. The unit congratulates Sgt Casey Riverol on his promotion to SSgt and posting to 16 Med Regt, Also, congratulations to Cpl Hanbury (AR) on his promotion to Sgt. The unit is looking forward to the arrival of Sgt (Sel) McNee who joins as the Tp PSI. • Facebook: The Royal Logistic Corps • Twitter: @RHQ_The_RLC


Logistics Wing, Cyprus Operations Support Unit (COSU) CYPRUS OC: Wg Cmd C Brown • OC JLS: Maj C Ralling • Adjt: Capt J Hill The summer has been extremely busy for Movement Operations (MovOps) due to increased commitments. MovOps has two new members assigned on promotion, LCpl Leah Jennings and LCpl Jordan Mewes. The MovOps JNCO role in Cyprus is very strongly air based, with intermittent surface movements. Movement Controllers (MOV CON) complete a two-year assignment and will be involved in various roles. Daily tasks include the processing of freight and passengers through Movement Controller Check Points (MCCPs) for movement via both air and surface. The most demanding time is during OP HALIFAX - the rebasing of the Resident Infantry Battalion (RIB) from Cyprus to the UK and vice versa. The task involves, loading more than 35 ISO containers, over a two-week period. This requires meticulous planning; ensuring personnel are sufficiently qualified for the task and that correct paperwork and equipment is in place. The process involves ensuring every piece of equipment is manifested and shipped in accordance with the International Maritime Dangerous Goods (IMDG) regulations. Stuffing an ISO container isn’t easy: Ensuring an evenly distribute the load, making sure it is sufficiently secured, all on a compressed timeline, due to the heat experienced during the afternoon. The most recent rebasing was done effectively and efficiently with assistance from four personnel from 29 Regt RLC. Those deployed from 29 Regt were Class 3 MOVCON and gained invaluable experience. In addition to the surface movement, six RAF Voyager aircraft were used to move over 1400 service personnel, their spouses and families. 2 Royal Anglian deployed a company to Hungary on Ex BRAVE WARRIOR to take part in the NATO-led large-scale multinational deployment. Moving it involved months of planning;

booking civilian flights from Cyprus to Hungary, planning the movement of equipment via air from RAF Akrotiri to RAF Brize Norton and then onward surface movement to Hungary. The unit had a lot Dangerous Goods (DG), mainly lithium batteries, which restricts the way that cargo can be loaded for movement by air and surface. An All Arms Dangerous Goods Consignor (AADGC) for surface movement and a Civilian Aviation Authority shipper, for air movement, ensured the DG was packed in accordance with the manual. The freight was processed through a pre-MCCP at unit lines to ensure the freight was correctly packed, marked and manifested, before movement to the airhead in Akrotiri. A final MCCP acceptance

8 Freight was moved from the UK to Hungary in hauliers' trucks

check was then conducted at RAF Akrotiri, before freight was loaded to five aircraft pallets. It was then flown to RAF Brize Norton. On arrival, it was met by LCpl Mewes and transferred to a civilian haulier’s trucks, with all correct paperwork for the surface move to Hungary. The personnel then flew from Larnaca to Budapest. LCpl Dylan Ashfield has recently been accepted on his Movement Controller class one course. He successfully completed the board of officer’s phase, via VTC with Head of Trade WO1 (Conductor) Ladell. Once LCpl Ashfield has passed this intensive five-week course, at the Defence Movement Training School, the knowledge he will have gained will enable him to conduct movements planning, execute trade tasking and head up small teams of MOV CON on tasks around the world. One of the Port Operators within JMS has recently gained promotion to Cpl. Cpl Ogololodom is currently undertaking the role of assistant Quay Foreman. The role involves coordinating high-profile VIP visits, presenting the frame work proposed for the regeneration of the Akrotiri Mole post Brexit. 8 Ensuring the DG is packed in accordance with the manual • Facebook: The Royal Logistic Corps • Twitter: @RHQ_The_RLC



Joint Helicopter Support Squadron (JHSS) BENSON, OXFORDSHIRE OC: Maj E Andrews • SSM: WO2 G Johnson The Joint Helicopter Support Squadron (JHSS) continues to operate across the UK and the world supporting both exercises and operations for a variety of units. Heli handling teams are currently deployed in the United States of America, the Falkland Islands and in Mali on Op NEWCOMBE. A team is also deployed to France supporting 27 Squadron and 3 Commando Brigade on a Combined Joint Expeditionary Force (CJEF) exercise with the French military. The highlight of the last few months was the RAF Scottish cadet muster, where JHSS facilitated over 1400 people flying in RAF aircraft and supported the crews in a manner of taskings. The MAOT leaders have also been busy revalidating UK and European landing sites, to maintain JHC operational capability. Perhaps most importantly, there has been a change in command of the Sqn. Ex CATAMARAN 18 Ex CATAMARAN 18 was a French led CJEF amphibious exercise between 1-15 Jun 2018 near La Rochelle and Quiberon Bay in Western France. It was the first opportunity since the inception of the CJEF, to incorporate a British and French 1-star amphibious staff, with the aim of validating the Land Force and Amphibious Task Group. A MAOT-L and HHT from JHSS deployed to Brittany, supporting the Chinooks from 27 Sqn in Odiham on the CJEF Ex; which involved 3 Commando Brigade working alongside French forces. It was a great opportunity for the sqn to work alongside both different arms of the UK Armed Forces and foreign militaries. Exercise KIWI CLEAN Years ago, the government of New Zealand sponsored a giant chalk kiwi on the side of a hill near Bulford on Salisbury Plain. The site has degraded over the years and required some new chalk so it 76

stands out over the local environment. Enter the Chinook force and JHSS. Under relentless sun, JHSS conducted underslung loading operations of 50 tonnes of chalk, which was flown onto the kiwi site in just 1.5 short hours. RAF Scottish cadet muster A small team travelled to Scotland to provide flying briefs and passenger handling duties to over 1,400 cadets and cadet staff. This was to facilitate smooth operations and reduce pressure on the aircrew. This outreach is a standard

8 Support team in Mali

programme for all branches of the military and is aimed at fostering good relations between civilians and the military. JHSS was delighted to be able to support this effort. European reconnaissance MAOT Leaders have a duty to revalidate all AIDU landing sites in the UK and abroad. They deployed with soldiers from the HHTs to Germany, Austria and Norway. One team covered the Scandinavian sites, while the other covered Germany and Austria. After a week of driving across multiple countries, aircrew can rest easy knowing that Europe is safe to land in. Change in command Major Tom Shaw left the sqn after two years serving as the OC. His work in command of the sqn has seen it grow in both reach and ability and he will be missed by all. Replacing him is Major Emmit Andrews RLC who arrives from DE&S and is looking forward to his tenure as Officer Commanding JHSS. 8 Mail support team • Facebook: The Royal Logistic Corps • Twitter: @RHQ_The_RLC


132 Aviation Supply Squadron Royal Logistics Corps IPSWICH OC: Maj K Mann • SSM: WO2 Madine The Changing Squadron 132 Aviation Supply Squadron has had a busy 2018. It is perhaps fitting that it looks back on the change that the sqn has seen. Besides the new look that has taken place by adopting a comms troop, there have been many personnel changes, including the handover of OCs. The sqn said farewell to Major Emily Stokes and welcomed Major Kerry Mann. The new OC spent a brief spell with the sqn, adventure training on Ex DRAGON MOUNTAIN, in the beautiful scenery of Low Gillerthwaite in the Lake District. This provided an opportunity for him to meet the troops in a relaxed environment. Ex CRIMSON EAGLE 18 In May, the sqn deployed seven personnel to Naval Air Facility, El Centro, California for three months to conduct an aviation supply role. This involved supporting six AH64 Apache aircraft as Conversion to Role course 18 progressed to qualify and graduate 15 new Apache pilots. SSgt ‘Oz’ Tuvuki was the detachment commander for the duration. Working 24hr shifts supporting the AH64 with a Deployed Spares Pack valued at approx. £67million, the supply chain was intensively tested during the exercise.

8 Pte John Puttick putting the finishing touches to his new office

training area. It involved progressing from an RSOI package, which introduced individuals back into basic fieldcraft, building up in tempo along with confidence culminating in a successful platoon attack.

The guys did get the chance for adventure training in San Diego, which offered a great opportunity to visit the Coronado Naval Base where the US Navy Seals conduct their basic training. Morale stayed high within the team, even towards the end, when the workload stepped up for the recovery back to the UK. Although arduous it was a success nonetheless, 132 Sqn looks forward to more success in America and future deployments there. Ex PILGRIMS PRACTICE – CT1 Sept saw the sqn deploy on CT1 training in the Thetford

Ex KUBOK MIRA Not all was work and pure graft in the summer. Cpl McLeod headed a team to host a charity day, comprising of football activities and a spot of Barbeque; aptly named Ex KUBOK MIRA (Russian translation for World Cup Party). Raising around £200 for UNICEF, the day was an all-round success capitalising on reflection, fun and laughter for the whole battalion. A look ahead Quarter four of 2018 sees the sqn switch focus to the upcoming exercises, LIGHTNING FORCE and IRON PYTHON, before breaking for the Christmas festivities. Another successful year for the sqn and one that has seen a great deal of change and a continued delivery of service to its dependencies. 8 Ex KUBOK MIRA 132 Avn Sup Sqn RLC football team • Facebook: The Royal Logistic Corps • Twitter: @RHQ_The_RLC



821 Explosive Ordnance Disposal and Search Squadron WIMBISH CO: Lt Col S Stuthridge • Adjt: Capt J Burbidge • RSM: WO1 P Stewart Soldiers and officers from 821 Explosive Ordnance Disposal and Search Squadron have enjoyed another busy, but rewarding period. over the past few months. Personnel deployed to locations around the world, including: Kenya, Iceland, Oman, Albania, USA, Arnhem, France, New Zealand, the Falkland Islands and Australia. In the main, 821 EOD&S Sqn deploys to support the Air Assault Task Force and Lead Commando Group. Ex LONGLOOK By LCpl Fletcher Earlier this year myself and Cpl Gaz Batten RLC, began the painfully long journey to Australia for Ex LONGLOOK 18. After 31 hours of flying, six black coffees, six inflight and airport meals and zero sleep, they finally arrived in Townsville, Queensland. This was the start of a 14-week exchange programme where eight individuals from across the British Army travel to Australia to see how its military operates and to experience the country. Once the “jetlag” from the welcome party subsided, it was time for work. Within my first week, as part of a section bolted onto the back of 1st Royal Australian Regiment (1RAR), we were thrown into a full-scale brigade attack. The aim of this attack was to show local media the capability of the Australian Defence Force. This attack however didn’t quite go as smoothly as planned. As the infantry began clearing the transit accommodation within the camp, the US Marines that were using it got slightly annoyed having sections of men conducting clearance drills in their rooms and encountering enemy parties inside their building. While 1RAR managed to annoy the marines, 2nd Cavalry Regiment had managed to annoy the fire service by deploying smoke screens from their tanks and setting off four fire alarms within the camp. While not on exercise, we were 78

given the opportunity to travel to Canberra and Sydney for a week to visit the War Memorial Museum. The School of Engineering is situated in Halsworthy, just outside of Sydney. While there, we were given the chance to shadow the native instructors teaching a number of different subjects including the first exposure to the CBRN gas chamber and also a Watermanship, PT session. Halsworthy houses 2nd Commando Regiment, Australia's special forces. During the visit, we were given an escorted tour around the workshops, armoury, vehicle compound and live fire training facility. Not all the time however was spent doing military stuff. We were loaded onto a leadership course that was run out of a training facility known as the Vasey Resiliency Centre. This centre is aimed at improving the resilience of future leaders and newly posted in juniors. They run numerous courses all with different aims. These range from improving life skills, such as cooking, cleaning, finance and personal fitness; to combat

8 Members of 821 EOD&S Squadron RLC with members of the Australian Army on Adventure Training

shooting classes and sky diving. This leadership course that had the backdrop of White Water Kayaking up in a town called Tully. The aim of this one-week course was to develop the ability to lead and communicate with subordinates by developing feedback skills and understanding people’s feelings through the medium of kayaking. Towards the end of our time there, we were asked asked to participate in a training package the regt was delivering to the Filipino Army, aimed at: search techniques, demolitions and some advanced infantry skills. We helped with the search package, developing procedures to tackle basic search tasks, including routes and buildings. Ex LONGLOOK was truly a brilliant experience. This is an annual exercise, so I would recommend anyone to put their name forward, if they want the chance to experience Australia for a significant period.


Soldiers and officers from 821 have enjoyed another busy, but rewarding period. Over the past few months. Personnel deployed to locations around the world, including: Kenya, Iceland, Oman, Albania, USA, Arnhem, France, New Zealand, the Falkland Islands and Australia • Facebook: The Royal Logistic Corps • Twitter: @RHQ_The_RLC

ARTICLE | THE SUSTAINER The United Kingdom Support Node (East Africa) is a small logistical, human resources and financial support hub, based in Nairobi, Kenya. The team comprises of six military personnel and one civil servant, supporting Op’s in East Africa; notably Op TRENTON and Op TANGHAM, on behalf of PJHQ. Since Mar 2018, unusually five of the six military personnel have been RLC. The Node has hosted a range of visitors, most recently the Prime Minister; the Rt Hon Theresa May MP. The Commander, Lt Col G Fletcher RLC, Chief of Staff (COS), Maj S Hodgson MBE RLC and the J4 Mov Con SNCO, Sgt Tony Fraser RLC, had the opportunity to meet with the Prime Minister and brief her on the hub's role and output in support to operational theatres. To celebrate the RLC25 anniversary, the UKSpN (EA) organised an activity weekend at Lake Naivasha, which sits 50km north of Nairobi; with Mount Logonot and Hells Gate National Park located within its vicinity. The team spent the afternoon cycling 35km around Hells Gate National Park, where it passed wild zebras, warthogs, buffalo, gazelles and baboons. Interrupted only by the COS’s bike breaking - the Comd had to push her up hills and luckily for him the route to recovery was mostly downhill - the team navigated to a way point, to meet and exchange the bike. A walk through the Hells Gate Gorge in the

United Kingdom Support Node (East Africa) Commander – Lt Col G Fletcher RLC Chief of Staff – Maj S Hodgson MBE RLC

soaring heat also included. The talents of Sgt ‘Flexi’ Fraser were on display as he negotiated the path around the Gorge and the Comd and COS led the way. With their combined years equating to 104, it was proof that the old school LE mentality and cod liver oil really do work! A fantastic day ended with an evening meal in Camp Carnelleys and a small toast to celebrate the RLC’s 25th Anniversary. The next day the team took a boat ride to Crescent Island, where it was lucky enough to get close to the hippos and on the island, we were within touching distance of a family of wild giraffes – breathtaking! Arguably one of the highlights of the entire tour was the support and care given to a local orphanage, the Mogra Children’s Home. It provides support to 330 children, aged between 0 to 17 years old. The team wanted to do something to enrich their lives, something that would take the children outside the home into an area that they would not normally have access to.

Unbelievably the children of Mogra had never been to the forest and had never played football on a grass pitch. The team rallied around family and friends to send trainers, astro trainers and football boots, which they did in abundance (the children generally walked around bare footed). The COS, a qualified coach, utilised her Army FA contacts. Major (Retd) Billy Thompson, agreed to provide a substantial amount of footballs and training equipment, all of which were gratefully received. 190 of the children got involved. Something that seems so simple to most of us, generated such excitement in the children. Playing on a grass pitch, with goals and new footballs were what dreams were made of or some. To walk freely in the forest and see a waterfall for the first time would be amazing for others. The day arrived and the smiles on the children’s faces were priceless. Memories were made that will last a lifetime, not only for the children but for everyone involved. • Facebook: The Royal Logistic Corps • Twitter: @RHQ_The_RLC


THE SUSTAINER | ARTICLE On 26th Sept, Sodexo Defence & Government Services held a Sodexo Live event at Ascot race course. It consisted of the Salon Culinaire, Supplier Village, Street Food and Service Excellence awards. The evening before, Sodexo’s annual culinary challenge took place where teams of chefs and front-ofhouse colleagues prepared and served a five-course dinner for 120 colleagues, clients and partners in the Ascot Parade Ring restaurant. Out of the 400 entries across Sodexo, 235 were from Defence & Government Services; the hugely talented team brought home over 170 medals including 21 Gold, 36 Silver, 54 Bronze and 60 Merits. The catering team which works in the Junior Ranks Dining Centre (JRDC) 1 YORKS, Battlesbury Barracks, Warminster, currently has a team of seven chefs and two CCM chefs and a trainee chef who work under the watchful eye of Head Chef Martin McDonough and Catering Manager Suzanne Moore with the support of Army Chef, Sgt Mansingh Gurung RLC. Overall, the team at the JRDC achieved seven gold medals including: Two Best in Class and one Best in Show. Pte Shabin Rai RLC, who has been working in Battlesbury Barracks for five years, achieved a gold medal, along with Best in Class for his Canapé skills. Not only did they look good enough to eat they were exquisitely delicious and an award most deserved. Pte Shabin Rai RLC then went on to win a bronze medal with his live pasta dish entry, which was


1st Battalion The Yorkshire Regiment’s catering team scoop seven golds at Sodexo Live By 1 Yorks QM(M) Maj M Scott Head Army Chef: Sgt Mansingh Gurung RLC

straight after the live Canapé event. His success was down to his quick thinking and smart manoeuvring, which was needed to ensure a swift transition to another completely new area of the arena. Pte Rai has previously been presented with the Iron Duke medal for his service in the unit, this is official recognition from the unit for what is outstanding contribution to the battalion, something which he is extremely proud to be the recipient of. He also has another feather in his cap, after winning the 3 Division Christmas cake competition, using sugared paste. He is an all-round caterer with a wealth of knowledge and is a most likeable man. Congratulations also went to Chef Elaine Morris who was crowned overall winner of the Salon Culinaire. Elaine, a chef who has been working at Battlesbury Barracks for over 20 years, beat off some extremely tough competition with her amazing ‘Two Vases’ entry in the sugar floral display category, a

display so breath taking that it was hard to believe they weren’t real flowers. Warminster has won Best in Show for the second year in a row. All our RLC soldiers are held in the highest regard, be it in the 1LO steam or our chefs. Working in conjunction with the Sodexho staff, The RLC members of the battalion continue to go from strength to strength and are a credit to the Corps and a beacon for catering excellence. • Facebook: The Royal Logistic Corps • Twitter: @RHQ_The_RLC


By Sgt Beverley Stone 105 Logistic Support Squadron provides logistic support to BATUS, BATUS affiliated units and exercising battle groups. Training year 2018 has proved to be extremely busy for 105 Sqn. During this time, the sqn has said a fond farewell to many personalities and warmly welcomed their replacements; including a complete change over in the command element.

105 Logistic Support Squadron RLC

Ammunition Troop Prior to Ex PRAIRIE STORM 1 and up to the conclusion of Ex WARRIOR’S CRAFT, the range ammunition technicians and Canadian ammunition section have dealt with over 404 items of reported unexploded ordnance. It has conducted a large-scale demolition of 775 Kg (net explosive quantity) of unserviceable ammunition and responded to multiple munitions incidents during both the live and blank phases of the training. During Ex PRAIRIE PHOENIX (winter rehabilitation period), Ammunition Troop will receive the latest shipment of ammunition for the next training year. This consists of over 36,000 Kg of explosives. Provision control and accounting (PC&A) PC&A is split into two cells: Engines and major assemblies and the provision cell. Between the two cells they are responsible for ensuring items are in their respective repair loops, managing close to 20,000 NSNs and many other daily tasks. During the 2018 training year, 11 permanent staff and three temporary staff have processed over 6000 demands and 52,000 issues. Fuel and lubricants (F&L) F&L consists of a small team of suppliers and petroleum operators. They are responsible for maintaining all stocks of fuel and lubricants, in addition to the issuing, provision and receipting of all fuel based items. They conduct regular testing of the fuel to ensure that it is safe to use in MOD vehicles. • Facebook: The Royal Logistic Corps • Twitter: @RHQ_The_RLC


THE SUSTAINER | ARTICLE The Military Driver Training Squadron (MDTS) is a multi-cap badged sqn, with a large civilian workforce delivering military wheeled driver training to ITT and STT trainees across defence. It is comprised of 94 civilian instructors, four C2 managers and 36 military permanent staff, whose purpose is the delivery of military driver training. Training delivery 2018 has seen MDTS military instructors completing 34 trade specific courses thus far: Defence Transport Operator, ADR, DGSDCI, DTTT, Team Medic, Trim Practitioner, BTAC, Literacy and Numeracy Lv2, Op Escalin Stage 2/3 & Surge, CLM Pt 2/3, MAN SV CALM and Cat D. There are 94 civilian instructors within MDTS who are instructors in: DGSDCI, DLAI, DROPS, EPLS, FLRT, MHE and Hyster. This, coupled with the military instructors, will see over 3,000 ITT and STT trainees being trained annually within MDTS, with 826 trained since 1 Apr 2018. Planning is underway for the movement of 25 Regt and 109 Sqn to DST in 2019. This will see significant changes in the structure of MDTS and its courses with BCCS and GS Mod courses evolving to meet this new training demand. Sports MDTS has seen many of its permanent staff competing for either the Army, Corps or DST. Cpl Marland competed in the 2018 Warrior Games - the US version of Invictus games - representing the British Army. She competed in cycling, swimming and sit down volleyball, gaining a silver and gold medal in swimming and cycling respectively. Sgt Bishop captained a team for The RLC Bari Cup as defending minor Unit Champions. However, it was not able to hold off the competition but walked away with the Veterans Stick that represents team spirit throughout the games played. She also represented The RLC at the Inter-Corps Netball Championship in York where the team came fourth overall. DST became Northern League Orienteering Minor League champions with Capt MacLaverty, 82

DEFENCE SCHOOL OF TRANSPORT Six months with the Military Driver Training Squadron

Cpl Keys and Sgt Bishop from MDTS contributing towards the team effort. Cpl Manglak coached a male and female volleyball team and competed in the UK North InterUnit Volleyball Competition. The female team managed to win the championship and successfully entered in the Army Volleyball Championship. The male team managed a fifth place in the championship; narrowly missing qualifying for the Army Volleyball Championship. AT, charity and others MDTS permanent staff have completed a variety of events; raising £5,500 for a myriad of charities. Cpl Manglak participated in the Mighty Hike Challenge in support of the Macmillan Cancer Charity.

8 The DST team after competing in the RLC Hockey Bari Cup. Mrs Donna Start, Pte Sinead Purcell, Pte Leon Dines, Pte Molly Hull, Pte Lee Bishop, Cpl Kirsty Bishop

Hiking 26-miles in the Lake District, over rough terrain in 11 hours and raising £2,412.67 for charity. He also assisted with the Ghurka curry, which was a huge success. Fabulous food, displays of the Nepalese Kkukuri dance and the QOGLR pipes and drums completed the day. They raised £1,277 for ABF and the Ghurka Welfare Trust. Cpl’s Smith and Richardson organised a fishing event raising over £300 for Help for Heroes. Sgt Bishop entered a four-man team in the Midlands 3030 challenge. A 30-mile tab, carrying 30lbs in under 13 hours; raising £900 for SSAFA. Cpl Gomez raised £700 for Dove Hospice running the Hull Half Marathon with his son. Members from MDTS assisted in the running of the Humberside Night challenge, a Humberside Police led exercise helping young and vulnerable youths in the Humberside area. It consists of a 12-mile route with various stands along the way identifying certain issues faced by youths today. 8 Cpl Isabel Marland preparing for the Warrior Games • Facebook: The Royal Logistic Corps • Twitter: @RHQ_The_RLC


By Capt T J Oliver, 154 (Scottish) Regiment RLC The Nijmegen Marches or “Vierdaagse” (Dutch for “Four Days”) is the world’s largest walking event where military individuals cover 160km over four days whilst carrying 10kg. In 2018, eight members of 154 (Scottish) Regiment took part in the 102nd Nijmegen Marches alongside 41,000 other marchers. In early May, the team entered the Scottish Garelochhead two-day march as its qualifying event. Although the weather was onside throughout and the renowned Scottish miggies kept their distance, the terrain was certainly not as hospitable with the team having to complete countless ascents and descents over 50 miles, something that we were relieved would not be replicated in Nijmegen! With blisters healed and muscles regenerated, we set sail for Rotterdam in Jul and soon found ourselves at Heumensoord Camp along with over eight thousand other soldiers from thirty-seven nations. Prior to commencing the march, we were fortunate enough to attend a battlefield study kindly laid on by our Dutch hosts which incorporated the British aspects of Operation MARKET GARDEN. As well as providing us with an overview of the campaign, a visit to Arnhem Oosterbeek Military Cemetery allowed us to pay our respects to those from our forming Corps who had laid down their lives as part of the operation. With bergens weighed, camelbaks filled and copious amounts of zinc oxide applied, we lined up on the first day for the 6am start and within a few metres of

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leaving camp were met with countless supporters lining the route offering all types of food and drink and encouragement. This type of hospitality was constant throughout the four days and certainly helped to keep morale high as well as provide a welcome distraction from the increasing aches, pains and blisters! With the first three days completed, the team set off on the fourth and final day knowing that the end was almost in sight – 45km away to be precise. Despite the miles and heat inevitably taking its toll, morale remained high and the team reached the 40km point in good 8 Capt T J Oliver and Sgt J McCallum flying the flag for the Regiment and RLC 25

8 The 154 Regiment RLC team on day two making its way through Wijchen

order and were each awarded the Cross for the Four Days Marches (Vierdaagskruis) along with the Group Medal (Groepsmedaille van der Vierdaagse). After a brief rest, we then formed up alongside the rest of the British Military Contingent and completed the 5km parade through the town where we were treated to a welcome befitting a major sporting triumph. I, along with the rest of the team, thoroughly enjoyed the Nijmegen Marches and we’re already looking forward to attending the event next year, although we are likely to be avoiding Garelochhead as the qualifier! • Facebook: The Royal Logistic Corps • Twitter: @RHQ_The_RLC



By Maj Mark Livingstone RLC Exercise FINN GLACIER was 152 (North Irish) Regiment’s Type-3 mountaineering expedition to Chamonix, France (21 – 28 Aug 2018). Activities included a twoday alpine mountaineering expedition up into the Mer de Glace glacier, alpine trekking on both sides of the Chamonix Valley, rock climbing at Les Gaillands crags, mountain biking and white water rafting on the L’Arve River. The adventure up into the Mont Blanc area started early on day two, with our local mountain guides leading the way from the valley bottom. The initial trek to the glacier was physically challenging due to the altitude and the terrain of the French Alps. When on the Mer de Glace glacier (meaning ‘Sea of Ice’) we changed into our ice climbing boots and commenced our alpine ascent to the Refuge de Requin (Hut) at 2516 metres above sea level; stopping on the way to conduct crampon drills and ice climbing. The crampons and ice axe experience provided quite a buzz as the team seemed to defy gravity, ascending the ice walls. After leaving our ice playground and several kilometres later, all that stood between the group and the refuge was a maze of open crevasses and a 300m vertical ascent by very precarious looking iron ladders. It was the ladders that proved to be the most challenging part of the trip, with many in the team having to dig deep and overcome any fears they may have had. The next day we roped up and pushed onto the top of the glacier, which was to be the highest point of our journey at 2800 metres

Ex FINN GLACIER - 152 (North Irish) Regiment RLC

above sea level. On a flat glacial plateau, we were tutored on basic crevasse rescue techniques. We also visited the location of the highest battle fought during World War II, The Battle of Mont Blanc, which took place in the Valley Blanché, between the German Gebergsjäger and French Resistance fighters on 17 Feb 1945. Rock climbing – Les Gaillands, Chamonix The weather was incredible, the view of the Mont Blanc Massif was awesome and the challenge of ascending the crag was as intimidating as adventurous training can get. After lessons on basic climbing and belaying techniques, we took each climb head on, rotating in our pairs between climbing and providing the belay safety. It was impressive to see the team overcoming their personal fears, finding that deeper courage and scaling to the top of every climb. Mountain biking Chamonix is renowned for some of the most demanding downhill MTB runs in Europe and it lived up to its reputation. Passing the start gates


at the top of the run, it was a hair raising ride to the bottom with few participants avoiding an early crash or two with bumps and scrapes to remember their misjudgements. Arms pumped and adrenalin flowing; gravity and steep ground provided the perfect combination to accelerate our bikes in an instant to break neck speed. With the Mont Blanc Massif filling the skyline, the whole MTB experience in Chamonix was awesome. White water rafting Decked out in wet suits and safety gear, the fear and trepidation could be seen in the faces of everyone in the team; had the CO made the right decision to visit on the final days of the package? The very thought of tackling white water rapids with our experience level was certain to result in capsizes into the turbulent, grey ice melt L’Arve River. All our fears were soon realised as the merciless roar of our first rapids were heard as we crashed into the abyss of churning, freezing ice water. Eight kilometres down a rapid filled river in the French Alps was the perfect end to the perfect day of a perfect week of adventure in Chamonix. • Facebook: The Royal Logistic Corps • Twitter: @RHQ_The_RLC

SPORT | THE SUSTAINER RLC Golf has had another successful season, capped off with members journeying north of the border to Redford Barracks (Edinburgh), to take on the challenges of links golf. This is the second year RLC golfers have travelled to Scotland. The aim of the tour was to support RLC Golf’s recruitment strategy, while strengthening ties with Scottish partners. In doing this, it provided RLC Golf with an opportunity to build on team cohesion and individual skills through playing competitive matches in a tour environment. The first match against AGA Scotland took place on the Torrance Course at St Andrews Fairmount. Although a very wet start to the week, it didn’t stop The RLC from taking a 4 ½ to 3 ½ lead into the second match, which was held on the final day of the tour. Day two took the team to to Leven Links Golf Club for the first day of the individual competition. Typical Scottish weather saw the rain disappear and the sun come out with a strong breeze coming off the coast. Despite the tough conditions, some fantastic scores were made, with Lt Col Ian Bruce coming in with, a great, 40 Stableford points to take the lead on the first of three rounds. From Leven, the team headed 20 miles north to have a look at the home of golf, St Andrews Old Course, which allowed tour members to have a look around, as well as taking a picture of the famous Swilken Bridge. Trump Turnberry was the venue for day three. It is an absolute

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amazing course with excellent facilities, which everyone took full advantage of prior to going out on the golf course. Yet again the scores were brilliant, with SSgt Brian Innes scoring 40 Stableford points. He was pipped at the post by Pte Zak Omlo, who shot a gross 71 (42 Stableford points) to win the second round. On day four, the team travelled across Edinburgh to Gullane Golf Club. This year, Gullane held both the Scottish Open Championship as well as the Female Open Championship and it set another tough test for the members of the tour. Yet again Pte Zak Omlo carded a fantastic score, narrowly missing out on his second victory of the week thanks to Pte Sheldon Skeggs, who carding a score of 43 Stableford points, off a playing handicap of 18 (Bandit!). After the three rounds, Pte Zak Omlo went on the win the individual Stableford competition with a score of 116. With the individual Stableford

competition put to bed it was time to move on to the final day of the tour and the second match against AGA Scotland. The conditions were totally different to those experienced on the Monday. Although cold and windy it was dry, which was a bonus. Yet again another hardfought match, which ended up being halved 4-4 with RLC Golf taking overall victory 8½ - 7½. 8 RLC Golf is always looking for both new male and female golfers to join. For further information visit • Facebook: The Royal Logistic Corps • Twitter: @RHQ_The_RLC



By Capt Nicky Hemsworth The RLC entered two teams into the AGC cup on the August bank holiday. This was the final tournament of the season, which started with victories in the Military Ladies and Royal Artillery tournaments. The RLC Gold team was up first, against the AMS in division four. The AMS had an army player on its team, who was key to their success, great marking saw the first chukka end 0-0. Unfortunately, despite some great defending, the AMS eventually scored a goal, coming off an RLC’s ponies’ foot! The next game was against the RA. We were quickly a goal up, with me scoring. This was followed up with a great goal from Cpl Bennion and Capt Pittaway ensured we went into the second chukka three goals up. The RA put the pressure on at the start of the second chukka and was awarded a 60-yard penalty. Despite me initially stopping the ball in mid-air, they managed to score. A few silly fouls saw them score another goal, but we managed to hold on for a 3-2 victory, finishing second in division four. Next up was The RLC blue team in the top division. Its first game was against the Royal Yeomanry, which has a higher handicap, meaning The RLC started half a goal up. The Royal Yeomanry started strongly and quickly scored two goals. Lt Col Anderson scored an excellent 40-yard penalty at the start of the second chukka, but unfortunately our opponents scored a further two goals, seeing the final score at 4-1½.



The second game for the blue team was against the AGC, which was a more evenly matched side. Capt Wilson set Maj Prescott up for a great goal at the end of the first chukka. The RLC kept the pressure on in the second chukka and Capt Wilson had a fantastic run down the field, scoring a great goal. The game ended 2-0 to The RLC blue team. The AGC cup saw The RLC coming second in two of the five divisions. Not quite the victory in both divisions we had aimed for, however both teams need to be proud of their achievements this season. Four years ago, The RLC would struggle to get four players together to play in the lowest

division, so the progression is remarkable, with more new players coming through each season. Three of our players were also selected to play in the Army development team this year. The pre-season training at Jurassic Park was invaluable. It gave us the chance to all play together for a week, (something quite hard to do throughout the season, with players based around the country) to spend many hours in the saddle, to become riding fit and to glean tips and tactics from Selby Williamson, the ex-South Africa team captain. Unfortunately, three other cap badges also went to Jurassic Park for training this year. At the end of the season, handicaps of all players are reviewed by the HPA and three of our players (Capt Hemsworth, Capt Pittaway and Lt Smail-Woodford) have had their handicap raised from -2 to -1, meaning seven of our players are now -1. Finally, Lt Col Anderson deserves a special mention; she has just handed over the reins as team captain, to Capt Wilson. She has worked tirelessly over 10 years, developing a fledgling squad into two teams who can hold their own in their respective divisions. Lt Col Anderson will, of course, continue to play in future seasons - thank you for all your hard work and drive Colonel. • Facebook: The Royal Logistic Corps • Twitter: @RHQ_The_RLC

OBITUARIES | THE SUSTAINER Maj Gen Freddie Plaskett was born in Cheshire in 1926. He joined the Army in 1945, after a short period in the Fleet Air Arm. He was commissioned at Bangalore, India into the 2nd Battalion,The Green Howards, in 1946 and served with his regiment engaged on internal security duties in Calcutta. He was later to write a book,‘Shoot Like an Officer’, the title for which was inspired by an incident when he was taking part in the battalion shooting competition in Mhow (now Dr Ambedkar Nagar). He held the pistol in one hand aiming with one eye, which drew the comment from his commanding officer: ‘Who does that young officer think he is,Tom Mix? (A famous Hollywood Cowboy actor).Tell him to shoot like an officer’. (Pistol in one hand supported by the other hand with both eyes open). This cameo clearly rankled until his book was released in 2004. He was demobilised in 1948 and later joined the RASC in 1950. He served in Korea with both 78 Company and 57 Company RASC, in support of the Commonwealth Division from 1951 to 1953 and was seconded to the Royal West African Frontier Force in Nigeria for two years. He was a student at the Army Staff College, Camberley in 1958 and immediately afterwards served in Malaya for three years – most of his time as GSO2 SD 17 Gurkha Division. After a tour of regimental duty as OC 6 Company RASC, then a guided weapons transport company supporting 1st Artillery Brigade in Germany, he attended the Joint Services Staff College in 1964. This was followed by two years as DAQMG (Operations) 2nd Division. He became a GSO1 DS at the Staff College, Camberley in 1966 and in 1968, he attended the General Management Course at the civilian Administrative Staff College, Henley. He commanded 4 Div Regt RCT from 1969 to 1971 and shortly afterwards, became Colonel Movements Plans at the MOD for one year. He then commanded the Log Sp Force for the UK Mobile Force found by the 3rd Division. He attended RCDS in 1975 before being promoted to Maj Gen and appointed D Mov(A) in December that year. General Plaskett was a

8 Maj Gen Freddie Plaskett keen sailor and was a member of the Corps Yacht Club for many years and held an offshore skipper’s ticket. He was a fly-fisherman, keen gardener and an enthusiastic shot. He was appointed DGTM in 1978, retiring in 1981. He and his first wife Heather had four daughters, but sadly she died after a long illness in 1982. He later married Pat. On retirement, to the surprise of many in the road haulage industry, he became the DG and CEO of the Road Haulage Association until 1988. It was a job and an industry which appealed to him when he retired from the Army. "At 54, I felt I still had a bit fizz left in me and didn't want spend it all in my home in Hampshire," he said. He knew the RHA and some of its personalities and was attracted by the entrepreneurial spirit, which characterises hire and reward haulage. Such was his success that he handed over to Maj Gen Bryan Colley, when he retired from the Army in 1988. • Facebook: The Royal Logistic Corps • Twitter: @RHQ_The_RLC



LAST POST Ahearne – On 12 August 2018, Major C J Ahearne MBE RAOC Allen – On 14 September 2018, Col B Allen RAOC Bailey – On 15 August 2018, Mr Bailey RAOC Basley – On 9 September 2018, Lt Col EP Basley RCT Baxter – On 29 August 2018, Mr J J Baxter RAOC Bennett – On 29 September 2018, Mr (ex-WO1(Cdr)) A E Bennett RAOC Bright – On 12 August 2018, Mr E Bright RCT Bunting – On 28 September 2018, Mr K S Bunting RAOC Callan – On 21 August 2018, Maj Gen M Callan CB RAOC Cant – On 27 August 2018, Mr (ex-WO1 (Cdr)) L W Cant RAOC Catchpole – On 11 October 2018, Mr C Catchpole RAOC Croft – On 3 August 2018, Lt Col H G H Croft OBE RAOC Curry – On 22 September 2018, Mr (ex-WO1 (Cdr)) U V Curry RAOC Davies – On 16 August 2018, Capt JH Davies TD Legion d’Hon RCT Dawson – On 11 November 2018, Mr (ex-WO1) J S Dawson RAOC Dodkins – On 1 March 2018, Mr R A Dodkins RAOC Donnison – On 1 November 2018, Lt Col DG Donnison RCT Dopson – On 9 October 2017, Mr A R Dopson RAOC Edge – On 21 October 2018, Mr R Edge RCT English – On 23 October 2018, Maj D J English RAOC Feltham – On 2 October 2018, Lt Col R H J Feltham RAOC Field – On 23 May 2018, Mr F Field RCT Foster – On 27 October 2018, Maj J T Foster RAOC Fox – On 23 October 2018, Maj J E Fox RAOC Francombe – On 28 April 2018, Mrs R Francombe RCT Galbraith – On 6 April 2018, Mr J Galbraith RCT Gallagher – On 28 September 2018, Mr T A Gallagher RAOC


Garrick – On 1 March 2018, Captain G Garrick RAOC Gilzean – On 8 July 2018, Mr A Gilzean RCT Griffiths – On 21 September 2018, Col D J P Griffiths RAOC Habgood – On 11 October 2018, Mr (ex-Sgt) W E C Habgood RAOC Hale – On 31 October 2018, Col G H Bright RAOC Harland – On 30 January 2018, Mr J M Harland RAOC Haynes – On 26 February 2018, Mr R M Haynes RAOC Hughes – On 8 October 2018, Mr J Hughes MBE RCT Jarrett – On 7 October 2018, Mr M Jarrett RCT Johnston – On 18 September 2018, Maj R M Johnston RAOC Kirk – On 24 July 2018, Maj A J Kirk RAOC McCarthy – On 9 August 2018, Mr M F McCarthy RAOC Mitchelhill – On 3 July 2018, Mr W Mitchelhill RCT Morris – In 2017, Mr C Morris RCT O’Bee – On 30 October 2018, Mr D O’Bee RCT Oldland – On 1 Octoer 2018, Mr D Oldland RCT Parton – In May 2018, Mr MW Parton RCT Patrick – On 27 June 2018, Mr A Patrick RCT Plaskett – On 1 September 2018, Maj Gen F Plaskett CB MBE (RCT) Platt – On 20 August 2018, Mr C Platt RCT Pryor – On 28 August 2018, Mr W Pryor RCT Richards – On 9 October 2018, Maj V Richards RAOC Richards – On 9 October 2018, Maj V Richards RCT Ritchie – On 21 August 2018, Lt Col J D M Ritchie RAOC Sargeant – On 18 December 2016, Mr J W Sargeant RAOC Scargill – On 3 October 2018 2018, Mr (ex-SSgt) C P Scargill RAOC Seggie – On 16 July 2018, Capt T Seggie RCT/RLC Sinclair-Lee – On 3 September 2018, Maj R Sinclair-Lee TD RAOC Spence – On 7 March 2018, Mr D Spence RCT Upton – On 24 March 2018, Lt Col E D Upton RAOC Wallace – On 1 May 2018, Mr J Wallace RCT Washbrook – On 13 July 2018, Mr K L J Washbrook RAOC West – On 21 August 2018, Mr (ex-WO2) J A West RAOC Willis – On 20 August 2018, Brigadier M G D Willis RAOC Wrake – On 17 September 2018, Capt J Wrake RCT • Facebook: The Royal Logistic Corps • Twitter: @RHQ_The_RLC




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