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Journal of The Royal Logistic Corps R AUTUMN 2019

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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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Volume 27 No 3 R Autumn 2019

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Contents 7 Hons & Awards Queen’s Birthday Honours and the Elizabeth Cross

10 Field Gun Cyprus OSU takes on the Naval Field Gun challenge

11 Sisters in Arms RLC Corporal’s sister is commissioned into the Sierra Leone Armed Forces

26 D-Day 75 The RLC enables D-Day 75 remembrance event

28 Welfare The RMAS Support Sqn acquires three welfare minibuses

30 Op TRENTON An update from the RLC TEG in South Sudan

31 Sports reports Nine pages of RLC sport reports

40 Out & About Keeping The RLC in the public eye

42 Unit news Around and about with The RLC’s major and minor units

78 Eat, Sleep Sail, Repeat Atlantic crossing. Adventure training at its best

80 Sport Parachuting The RLC Silver Stars looks out for new talent

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A VIEW FROM THE BRIDGE An RHQ Perspective

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As I approach the end of my tenure (where has the time gone?) I have reflected on how much we have achieved in the last 26 years as a Corps; it has been truly remarkable

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This edition of The Sustainer will predominantly focus on the sporting contribution that the Corps makes. You will find articles from most of our sports, along with the detail of the secretaries and staff that organise and deliver them on our behalf; they are the true unsung heroes and routinely go the extra mile to facilitate opportunities for us all. Get in touch with them if you want to get involved. Since the last edition, the Corps has continued to work hard and play hard. 3 Regt’s imperious performance in support of another successful season on the Prairie in BATUS, Canada, 10 QOGLR’s precision and professionalism on the forecourts of our Nation’s palaces on Public Duties and 7 Regt’s contribution to the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo, being just three of the stand out contributions. The Corps has also been at the heart of commemoration again this year and specifically Normandy 75. In what were some extremely moving services, both here and in France, we were all reminded of the ‘Realities of War’ and the contribution and sacrifice our forebearers made. Contingents from both 17 and 29 Regiments worked tirelessly in support of these and once again doing The RLC proud. We have also marked the latest Conductor selections in some style with our Deputy Colonel-in-Chief, HRH The Duke of Gloucester presenting the Conductor Parchments. Continuing with the sporting theme, we held the second RLC Sports Awards Dinner, which was a resounding success and highlighted the talent we have and the fact that we are a dominating force across the Army and in several cases at National level. It was streamed live on Facebook, receiving thousands of viewers. Other than one individual, who took a dive at the podium (Toni), the evening went seamlessly and was extremely professionally delivered. Again, my thanks to the team that orchestrated it.The Corps Open Day was held at South Cerney and the day itself was a roaring success with record numbers in attendance, many from the local community. You’ll find some images from the day on the centre spread.

29 Regt’s orchestration and execution were, as ever, immaculate and given the ongoing works in Worthy Down and the success of this year’s event, 29 Regt may find themselves victims of their own success and be asked to host again in 2020. As I approach the end of my tenure (where has the time gone?) I have reflected on how much we have achieved in the last 26 years as a Corps; it has been truly remarkable. But like every organisation it must continue to evolve and we have a responsibility to ensure that, as the Army’s professional logisticians, we adapt accordingly.The next key change on that journey is the introduction of a Combat Logistician Course (Cbt Log Cse). The intention is to have every one of our trades move direct to Leconfield immediately after their basic training. Then, on completion of their Cbt Log Cse, they will be formally classed as trained soldiers and ready for employment within the Field Army, albeit they will not be trained to a specific trade Class 3 standard.Whilst some will undoubtedly move direct to their units, most will go straight on to their respective trade course.This will undoubtedly reduce the amount of time our soldiers will spend in ‘Holdover’ within the training organisations, which I opine can only be a good thing. I have asked the Commandant of DST to produce an article for the next iteration of the Sustainer to detail the course and to give his views on the first iterations of it to inform the debate on how we might continue to develop it. Whilst there will be a requirement for some refinement this exciting development in the training and education of our soldiers will give them an excellent foundation for the remainder of their careers. This will be the final ‘View from the Bridge’ from here in Deepcut. I will be receiving the keys to the Corps’ new home in Worthy Down before the end of the year.We intend to mark the occasion in a raft of ways, one of which will be by compiling an archive of pictures that will commemorate our time here in Deepcut. This clearly goes back to the days of our Forming Corps; so if you have anything you’d like to see in there please get in touch with the Editor.

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FROM THE RANKS Welcome back, I hope you all enjoyed the summer break! In this edition of “From the Ranks” I will be discussing the Day’s Pay Scheme, the benefits it offers you as individuals and the Corps as a whole and how it can help you in your hour of need, during your career and your retirement. But first I have to mention some of the incredible events that have taken place since the summer. Yet again we remain dominant in the sports arena, so much so that there are far too many to mention, but I will single out one event; the first Inter Unit Volleyball competition. What an event, with some serious talent on display. 10 QOGLR was eventually crowned the winner but they had stiff competition throughout. We held yet another successful RLC Sports Awards; this really is the event to be at! The sports awards are the ideal opportunity to recognise our sports stars for their individual, team and coaching success.Well done to all nominees and winners. I would also like to take this opportunity to thank each unit for their support during the Corps Open Day.The event was a huge success and whether you were running the event, manning a stand, part of a sport or arena event, everyone played their part to perfection. A special mention must go to 1 Regt, 9 Regt and 29 Regt for your absolute support and commitment throughout. The Day’s Pay Scheme is effectively your charity.You donate a day’s pay direct from your wages to the RLC Association. This is spread over the year in 12 monthly instalments, making it more affordable. So why would you want to give up a day’s pay? Well, put simply, the money not only benefits you, it benefits others, so potentially helps your family should they face an hour of need. We collect approximately £1,000,000 per year. Exactly 50% of the monies collected goes towards AT and sports, both Corps and individual. The other 50% goes on charitable grants to assist you and our veteran community.The Corps does not make any money from the scheme.

The scheme is open to all serving members of the RLC and those that transfer into the Corps.You can only be a member of one scheme, so those of you that are new to the Corps, check to see if you are still paying into your previous Regiment or Association Fund. More recently the scheme has been opened up to our Reserve community and support continues to grow. Sadly only 85% of Regulars are signed up to the scheme; we must do more to encourage support. If you are not in the scheme, you are missing out.You may not think you will need help whilst you are young and serving, however to put it bluntly, the single main users of the charity are not the old retired veterans, it’s serving officers and soldiers. Grants have been approved for many different reasons such as: converting a bathroom because a member of your family is disabled, in country expenses to attend a family funeral, mobility scooters, white goods, browns goods and rental arrears. Most grants are successful due to the fact that you or a family member are in need, therefore the scheme will assist. There is also an impressive £5,000 insurance policy, which will be given to your NOK should you die off duty whilst serving.The scheme is also a starting point for funding should you be planning an AT expedition or a sporting event. Once you are in the scheme, the RLC Association will look after you for life – from cradle to grave. How can we improve the scheme? I ask the CoC, to check who is in the scheme. Do this through your RAOs department. Encourage our youngsters to join the scheme by explaining the benefits, now and as veterans – we will all be veterans one day! Encourage your YOs and NCOs to apply for grants for AT and sporting events. And remember, it is your Association and your charity. The more money we raise, the more we can spend on you. Please support the scheme and most definitely use it!

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The Day’s Pay Scheme is effectively your charity. You donate a day’s pay direct from your wages to the RLC Association. This is spread over the year in 12 monthly instalments, making it more affordable

WO1 P S Broom Corps Sergeant Major RLC

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GLOBAL ADVANCE A snapshot of The RLC across the world

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3 Regt 3 Regt is gearing up for further experimentation on Ex operations next year.

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13 Regt 4 Regt is deploying on Exercises BARBURY SUN (Gibralter) and LION STAR (Cyprus) to conduct various BCS level exercises. 4

13 Regt’s forthcoming deployments and exercises include: Op TORAL, Op ELGIN, Op CARIBBEAN and Ex ASKARI STORM.

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BARBADOS

165 Regt Members of 165 Regt are deployed with 17 P&M, on the RFA Mounts Bay, as part of a combined Task Force in the Caribbean, ready to assist with hurricane relief and anti-smuggling activities.

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132 Sqn is deploying six personnel to San Diego in support of Ex CRIMSON EAGLE as well as a deployment on Ex TRACTABLE in Estonia.

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29 Regt has personnel deployed in support of the US Army’s Expeditionary Rail Centre, to conduct rail recces all over Germany and Poland to facilitate the task of moving a US division across Europe in support of Ex DEFENDER in early 2020.

With BREXIT fast approaching, 17 P&M Regt is poised to assist should there be any disruption to the shipping program. The Regt will also deploy on Ex TRACTABLE, a 3 Div deployment through Emden Port post BFG closedown.

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152 Regt 152 Regt will deploy on Ex VIKING STAR. The OTX will see personnel from across the unit move to Denmark and engage in a two-week BCCS and StA training package.

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EDITOR’S NOTE Firstly, I would like to thank everyone who has contributed to this edition of The Sustainer. We are well aware that operational commitments, exercises, courses, adventure training, sport, community engagement and fitting in some ‘me time’ are very much part of military life; and they are incredibly time consuming. Sometimes these activities are exceptional and a great example of this, is Maj Bruce Ekman’s enthralling account (p81-82) of sailing the ‘wrong way’ across the Atlantic. We rely upon you reporting on the great things you get involved with to produce the Corps magazine, but sometimes we read or hear about achievements and activities that don’t make the pages of this journal, or for that matter, any Corps media platform. Last year, I shared some thoughts at the Adjutant’s symposium about how we can raise our game in terms of promoting all the great things that the Corps family does. Content is king and ensuring we capture as many of your moments as possible requires everyone at every level to think like a PR agency. Understandably my words were met with some blank stares. In simple terms, a Public Relations agency will tell you: ‘If you think what you are doing, or are about to do, is fantastic, then there is a good change that others will and sharing the experience will raise your profile’. So, think about what you are about to do, get someone to

take some decent images or a video clip – smart phones are fine as long as you share the original image - write something about it and share it with us. The RLC now has a great new website, so we can post your news stories, without fear of turning the reader off! We have this magazine for longer articles and reports and you can tag @TheRoyalLogisticCorps (Facebook) or @RHQ_The_RLC (Twitter) on social media. Or just email us at: rlcsustainer@gmail.com We are often asked about deadlines for Sustainer submissions. If you look at the left-hand column below, you will see the copy deadlines for the next few editions. If you need an extension, please call me. And finally, I must mention images. The RLC is the home of the Army Photographer trade. While we don’t expect images of the quality our professionals produce, we should do our best to ensure any images we publish are good quality. If you have keen amateur photographers, ask them to help. If you are using your smart phone, there is a great video on the Army You Tube channel explaining how anyone can get great results. There is now an image gallery on the new RLC website. We will post and credit the best images we receive.

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Front Cover: Image credits: L to R, top to bottom. Cpl Ben Beale, 821 EOD&S Sqn, Cpl Ben Beckett, 83 EAG (COSU), Lt Col Chris Stuart.

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QUEEN’S BIRTHDAY HONOURS FOR 151 RESERVIST

Cpl Lisa Ingram of 151 Regiment has received the Queen’s Volunteer Reserves Medal (QVRM) as part of the Queen’s Birthday Honour’s List, only the third Army OR4 ever to have done so. She was one of only three Army recipients to be awarded the medal on this year’s board, with the other two recipients being Lt Cols. “Being a member of the Reserves has given me the opportunity to really challenge myself as part of a team. To be recognised in this way is a fantastic honour, I was delighted when informed and excited at the thought receiving the award,” she says. Lisa is a marksman and one of the Army’s top shots having developed a keen interest in shooting which began in 2002. Soon after becoming top shot at the Regimental Skill at Arms competition, Lisa joined the

Regimental shooting team.Within her first year shooting she was within the top 50 Army Reservists competing at Bisley. She has been in the top 20 every year since. Lisa has won The RLC Corps Operational Shooting Competition on several occasions and continues to be part of the winning team. Selected to represent the Army Reserve Operational Shooting Team, Lisa has also competed in numerous international competitions. She is also a Section Corporal with 124 Transport Squadron based in Maidstone Kent. When she is not shooting, Lisa commands a section of drivers operating LGV vehicles moving ammunition and commodities where ever the Army needs it. Her skills being operationally tested when deployed during Operation TELIC in Iraq.

ELIZABETH CROSS PRESENTATION In late June, Mrs June Thompson, the sister of the late LCpl Roy Newsome RASC, was presented with the Elizabeth Cross by Nigel Atkinson Esq,The Lord Lieutenant of Hampshire.The award was in recognition of the ultimate sacrifice her brother made while serving in Cyprus in 1956. LCpl Newsome was serving with 63 Independent Parachute Squadron RASC. Back then, 21-year-old Cpl Newsome was given four days’ notice to deploy to Cyprus on what was for many their first overseas tour. Security restrictions prevented them from mixing with the locals as the unit gradually became ingratiated into the mysteries of the Middle East. The Company was involved in the Internal Security duties with the Parachute Brigade, which included transporting the Parachute Battalions into position and operating in the infantry role. In Oct 1956, the Company was on Internal Security Operation ‘FOXHUNTER’ against the Eoka terrorists in the Troodos Mountains which was cut short. Then on 4 Nov, 63 Company sailed to Egypt. On 5 Nov 1956, parachute landings were made on Port Said, which included ten men from 63 Coy. But the circumstances surrounding the death of

Roy Newsome on 12 Sep1956 in Nicosia are a mystery. The MOD recently stated that LCpl Newsome died from friendly fire, gun shot wounds. The circumstances of his death were such that the incident was not mentioned in the RASC Corps Journal of the time, nor is Roy Newsome’s name listed in the RASC Book of Remembrance.

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RLC Museum closes for relocation

8 The RLC Museum at Deepcut

The Royal Logistic Corps Museum will close its doors for the final time in Deepcut on Thursday 31 Oct 19. The closure is to enable the museum staff to begin the task of carefully packing up the exhibits and other artefacts prior to the move to the new RLC Museum building in Worthy Down. Following the premature closure of The RLC RHQ Officers Mess in Deepcut due to fire risk, the RASC/RCT medal collection and numerous works of art will also require packing and moving to 29 Regt in South Cerney where they will be stored prior to the move to Worthy Down. The RASC/RCT medal collection will be displayed in its own room at the new RLC Museum in Worthy Down, which is due to re-open in the spring 2021.

COL RLC JOINS WAGGON CLUB

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Reserve soldiers awarded 2nd Clasp to VRSM Three RLC reserve soldiers from 124 Transport Squadron RLC have been awarded their 2nd Clasp to the Volunteer Reserve Service Medal (VRSM). SSgt Martin Southgate, SSgt Daniel Simpkins and Maj Paul Herlihy all received their awards in recognition of a further five year’s efficient service following the receipt of their 1st Clasp to the VRSM awards back in 2014. All were presented with their awards by Dennis Rensch MBE DL and James Bettley JP DL FSA, High Sherriff of Essex, at Warley Army Reserve Centre.

8 SSgt Daniel Simpkins 8 The Col RLC has joined the Waggon Club

On 18 May 19, the Col RLC was made an Honorary Member at the Waggon Club's 2019 AGM and was dined in at a dinner at Prince William of Gloucester Barracks in Grantham. During the afternoon, the Col RLC delivered a situation report covering the Corps today. This was followed by a free flowing and lively question and answer session.    The Waggon Club is an association of retired and serving, (mainly reserve) officers of The RLC and its forming corps.

RASC & RCT CORPS SUNDAY This year's RASC & RCT Corps Sunday saw 265 members and their wives attend a service at St Michael & St George Cathedral Church, Aldershot, on 14 Jul 19. The Bishop-in-Ordinary to Her Majesty’s Forces,The Right Reverend Paul Mason delivered the sermon. 8

APPOINTMENTS TO AND PROMOTIONS IN THE MILITARY DIVISION OF THE MOST EXCELLENT ORDER OF THE BRITISH EMPIRE As Officers (OBE) Lieutenant Colonel Simon Leslie BLAKE, The Royal Logistic Corps, Army Lieutenant Colonel (now Acting Colonel) Brian Keith HOWARD, The Royal Logistic Corps As Members (MBE) Warrant Officer Class 2 (now Warrant Officer Class 1) Matthew Stewart BRAGG, The Royal Logistic Corps Major David Charles GROCE,The Royal Logistic Corps Major Nicholas Alexander HEPPENSTALL, The Royal Logistic Corps Major Taitusi Kagi SAUKURU, QGM, The Royal Logistic Corps

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RLC Phase 2 training has moved from Deepcut

As part of the closure of Princess Royal Barracks in Deepcut, 25 Training Regiment RLC has completed the physical move to its new home at the Defence School of Transport, Normandy Barracks, Leconfield. 110 Sqn re-subordinated to the Regt as of 1 Jul 19. Work continues to ensure that the Regt adopts best practice from both Sqn’s going forward as it prepares to deliver the new Combat Logistician course to all Phase 2 RLC trainees. The move marks the end of an era. Prior to the formation of The RLC

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in 1993, Blackdown Barracks (as Deepcut was known) was the home of the RAOC and the location of the School of Ordnance. Its successor, the Defence School of Logistics is in the final stages of moving to The RLC’s future home of Worthy Down. In August The RLC headquarters’ officers’ mess was prematurely closed due to concerns over fire safety.The move of RHQ The RLC to Worthy Down will commence in early November.

THE RLC EXCELS AT ALL ARMS PACE STICK

The RLC Corps Pace Sticking team, was placed third out of 13 UK teams at the All Arms Pace Sticking competition held at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst on 13 Jun 19. This is an exceptional result considering they were taking on teams from the Guards Battallions, The HAC, and ATC Pirbright in a skill they are well practiced in.The winners were a team from the Infantry Training Centre Catterick, with an RMAS team, the runners up. The RLC team was selected from the best stickers at the RLC championships held at 27 Regt RLC in Aldershot in late June. LCpl Bradwell received a judges mention and was runner up 'best sticker'. An outstanding achievement.

152 REGT AROSC 152 (North Irish) Regiment RLC is crowned Champion Unit at the 2019 Army Reserve Operational Competition (AROSC). This is the first time in the history of the Regt that it has won the AROSC; its previous highest placing was third. In addition it is also the first time that any soldier from 152 Regt has won the Army Reserve Queens Medal – an outstanding achievement by Pte McClure. CO 152 Regt, Lt Col Chambers, said:“I am indebted to Sgt Penrose who I believe is the best shooting coach in the Army Reserve - and by some distance – his dedication and patience has paid huge dividends for the Regiment.” All eight of 152 Regt’s firers were

8 Army Reserve Operational Shooting Competition Champion Unit 2019

awarded Top 50 Badges. The team consisted of: Pte McClure, Sgt Moore, WO2 Hamilton, Cpl Brown, Pte Parker, LCpl Graham, Pte Mitchell and L/Cpl Lavery. The picture shows the amount of trophies that 152 won at AROSC. These, amalgamated with the trophies won at FTC OSC make a really impressive haul for the Regt.

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British Forces Cyprus Field Gun – The Brickwoods Trophy 2019 By WO2 Dwayne Charles Since the establishment of the British Forces Cyprus Field Gun team in 2018, members of The RLC have made up a large portion of the squad each year and 2019 was no different. The Field Gun competition originated in 1907 and since then, teams have gathered annually at the end of May, to compete with teamwork, leadership, and physical courage in this gruelling and mentally demanding military skill. The Brickwoods Trophy, hosted by HMS Collingwood in Fareham, spans over two days and is the ultimate demonstration of military Field Gun in its current form.Teams come from the Royal Navy, Royal Marines, Royal Air Force and the Army. Each gun crew is made up of 18 members. Against the clock and in competing lanes with six other teams, the crews must assemble gun and limber, drag them to two separate firing points, fire off three rounds at each firing point, conduct wheel changes and drag them ‘home’ in the fastest time possible and amassing the least amount of penalties.The total weight of the gun and limber is one-tonne and it must be moved with strength and momentum alone. Prior to the competition, the BFC Field Gun team underwent a fourweek intensive training camp where

8 Field Gun in action – Limber is reversed back to the gun for the ‘button on’

8 Speedy Bullet (Fg Off G Timms RAF) delivers shells from the dismantled limber to the gun for firing

crew members were turned from field gun novices to functioning members of a gun crew. Behind the scenes, the administration team were overcoming the logistical challenges, which come with moving an antique gun 2000 miles from HMS Collingwood to RAF Akrotiri and back again.

ARMY FUEL CARDS The Army purchases £7.4M of ‘fuel year’ on fuel cards.Within that total, it spends £100,000s a month on premium fuels and at UK motorway service forecourts. Following the implementation of DIN04-175 banning premium fuels in Oct 17 it was agreed that refuelling, at all UK motorway service stations, would stop (does not include Europe). To formalise this decision, ABN 043/19 was released on the 1 May 19, banning their use. 10

If the Army was to simply stop using UK motorway services, for “normal”, cheaper forecourts (on average 28p per litre cheaper) it could save £3.5M a year.These savings could be greatly increased if drivers of all military vehicles (White and Green) spent a few minutes thinking about where they could fill up. An MTFI booklet (to the ABN) gives locations of MTFIs across the country and instructions on how to use the Allstar App, for the fuel cards which are currently in service.

This year’s Field Gun squad, recruited from across BFC, contained a cross section of RAF and Army. A total of nine RLC soldiers and officers were involved both in the gun crew and the administration team.They included: Capt Miller (PC Tp),WO2 Charles (Queen’s Harbour Master), Sgt Lloyd (VSS), Cpl Bishop (VSS), Cpl Holmes (Ammo Tp), LCpl Dixon (VSS), LCpl Healey (Ammo Tp), LCpl Jajumba (VSS) and Pte Myers (PC Tp). The whole team is extremely grateful for the opportunity to compete in a competition so full of history and military tradition. A huge thank you must also be said to the soldiers of 4 Regt RLC for their kind assistance in moving the field gun on UK soil.

The Allstar App, is a user friendly download, which shows where petrol stations are across the UK, shows if they’re 24hrs, whether they support HGVs, gives directions and even highlights discount stations which will save the Army a further 10p a litre. Finally, there are thousands of fuel cards, sitting in unit lines gathering dust, lost or forgotten about. They still cost the Army money through monthly rental charges. If you would like to cancel unused fuel cards, or ask a question regarding these fuel policies, please contact Maj Jon Ottaway, SO2 Fuels Army HQ.

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Paras’ 10 On Sat 18 May, 15 members of Logistic Support Squadron (LSS) travelled to Colchester, the home of Airborne forces, for the Paras’ 10 TAB. Arguably one of the toughest military events and one of the final tests on P Company, the Sqn turned up with only one result they planned on coming home with; the Paras’ 10 TAB Team winners. The LSS A Team, consisting of: Capt Jim Walker RM, Lt Ben Howell, 2Lt Freddie Sochon and Cpl Gaz Maré, performed to their usual high standard and all finished in the top 30 out of a field of 580 competitors. Even more impressive was that Lt Ben

Howell won the event, bringing home a personal trophy as well as the team trophy, that can join the numerous others in the Sqn cabinet. Fortunately, this was enough to

clinch the title and is one of the greatest sporting achievements to go down in the Sqn history books. The Sqn is now hoping to win the double in Catterick next September.

day. Unfortunately, the rebels attacked their village that evening. The family fled with many others along a footpath running through cacao plantations from Baoma Village to river Moa (which served as boundary between Sierra Leone and Guinea). Lucy (aged two) dropped her doll and stepped off the foot path trying to find it. She lost contact with her family as they were pushed along by the many people fleeing the rebels. Eventually she was found, but the group had to spend the night on the bank of the Moa river as the Guinean soldiers refused to let them through thinking that there were rebels among them. They

threatened to shoot any civilian who dared to cross the river to the Guinean side. Next morning women and children were allowed to cross into Guinea. They stayed in several refugee camps in Guinea. Lucy and her sister quickly adjusted to life in the camps. After almost a year they returned to Sierra Leone. But during the AFRC interregnum, the girls, along with their entire family returned to Guinea as refugees for a second time. Their childhood experiences behind them, both these courageous women from the Commonwealth, are now embracing and succeeding in, their respective military careers.

SIERRA LEONE In early September RLC supply specialist, Cpl Lucy Moiwo, currently serving with a Youth Outreach Team in the UK, attended the commissioning of her younger sister, Lt Matilda Moiwo, into the Republic of Sierra Leone Armed Forces (RSLAF). As very small girls, the sisters survived an attack by the Revolutionary United Front during the 11-year war in Sierra Leone and with their families, were forced to flee as refugees on two occasions. Matilda Moiwo gained her RSLAF commission thanks to a programme funded by the UK through the Ministry of Defence’s International Security Advisory Team (ISAT). ISAT is currently sponsoring the largest ever female recruitment and training drive within the RSLAF – 328 recruits, including specialists and officer cadets. Over 4,000 women came forward for only a very limited number of places, making, medic, Matilda Moiwo’s achievement even more notable. The girls’ experiences of conflict in Sierra Leone would have put most people off any future involvement with the military. According to their brother, their father had crossed the border to Guinea after he got a tip off that he was on the rebel RUF’s most wanted list. The rest of the family was to join him across the border the next

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THE SUSTAINER | NEWS In March 2018,The RLC commissioned artist, David Rowlands, to produce an oil painting of the RLC25 Parade that took place on the parade ground at Pirbright on 18 Apr 18. David is one of today's finest and most accurate military artists and he receives regular commissions from the military. He has also painted Her Majesty The Queen and other members of the Royal Family. He was the first artist to visit Bosnia in early 1993 and recorded the work of British troops at the forefront of Operation GRAPPLE and coincidentally, he sketched 27 Regiment marking the formation of The RLC at Omis Camp in April 1993. All his paintings involve a huge amount of research. He attended the full rehearsal and the parade itself, in order to help him create the RLC's 25th anniversary painting. Based on the sketches and photographs he produced, David submitted a pencil sketch of the proposed painting to the Corps Colonel and completed the final work in July this year. We intend to invite our Commander in Chief, HRH The Princess Royal, to unveil the painting following our

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relocation to Worthy Down. It is designed as a sister piece, being the same size, to hang alongside the Joan Wanklyn (1924-1999) painting, the Corps commissioned to record the formation of The RLC in 1993.We can

only give you a taster of the new painting until its official reveal, but we look forward to seeing the final piece in its entirety in its new home in Worthy Down. High quality prints will be available to purchase. Each unframed print is £65. In addition a limited edition of 25 unframed prints, signed by the artist, are available for £100. To pre-order prints please email: rlcsustainer@gmail.com

RLC NETBALL SHOOTS TO WIN The Royal Logistic Corps Netball Association is aiming for victory in the 2019 Army Inter-Corps Netball Championships thanks to sponsorship support from Briggs Defence. Under the terms of the three-year agreement the defence division of Briggs Equipment will provide funding for playing and training kit and equipment. The sponsorship will also cover competition entry fees and support two tours, the most recent of which coincided with the Netball World Cup. Major Toni Gray, captain of The RLC Netball Association, said:“With two tours underpinned by the fantastic sponsorship provided by our new partner, Briggs Defence, I believe there will never be a better time for RLC netball to thrive.” “Our goal for this year is to win the Army Inter-Corps Netball Championships, which is absolutely achievable if everyone buys into the vision and goes the extra mile both on and off the court.” 12

Gary Clements of Briggs Defence added:“Having sponsored The RLC’s rugby union programme since 1998, our aim with this new deal is to help the RLC Netball Association to return to its championship-winning ways whilst also strengthening still further our mutually beneficial relationship with the Corps.” Founded in 1994, the RLC Netball Association attracts women of all abilities, from local league players to international competitors. One of the Association’s players competed in the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games whilst the membership also

8 The RLC Netball Association has sponsorship support from Briggs Defence

includes two combined services players and five each at Army and Army Masters level. Three RLC Netball Association teams participate in Inter-Corps league fixtures at military establishments and play matches and competitions against local teams from Wiltshire and Gloucestershire. In Sep, The RLC Netball Association will embark on a tour to Jamaica, playing fixtures against the Jamaican Defence Force and various local league sides.

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In June 19, the Colonel RLC, Colonel Colin Francis MBE ADC, attended the annual, La Commémoration de la Voie Sacrée, at the site of the WW1 battle of Verdun. The battle On 21 Feb 1916, the German 5th Army launched an offensive against the fortified region of Verdun and the French Second Army. The explicit German aim was to ‘bleed France white’ in the hope that the lack of France’s 96 Divisions would prevent the allies from continuing the fight elsewhere on the Western Front. Not only was Verdun a strategically important location, it was also a region of huge national pride. The Germans counted on the French committing their strategic reserve, which would be more easily destroyed assuming they were able to capture the dominating high ground. Verdun would become the longest and arguably bloodiest, battle of WW1. It lasted until mid-December 1916, fixing 20 French Divisions at its peak and would leave over 300,000 dead (German and French) from a total of around 714,000 casualties. The British-led offensive launched in the Somme in the summer of that year was for a large part designed to relieve some of the pressure on the French at Verdun; it did achieve that aim but at significant cost and itself would become one of Britain’s bloodiest battles. As characterised, most of the battles of the era, a war of attrition in trenches developed with a steady ebb and flow of the front line (over distances of a handful of kilometres) with numerous offensives and counter-attacks being launched. Such warfare is a voracious consumer of supplies and it rapidly became a gargantuan effort to support the battle. Up to that point in the war, much of the French resupply had been carried out by horse drawn carts. It soon became clear that this was insufficient to support operations of such magnitude and the French Transportation Corps was forced to mechanise and quickly. Having been denied the use of the parallel narrow-gauge railway by the German artillery, it had long been recognised that the 45-mile ‘Voie

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Sacrée’ (The Sacred Way) was the only viable vehicular route in existence to resupply French Forces at Verdun. From March 1916 until the end of the battle in December, incredibly a truck passed along the Voie Sacrée on average every 14 seconds, day and night, continuously. Sixteen labour battalions were employed to keep the route open and repair the significant degradation caused by the weight of traffic and German artillery fire. Some 3500 trucks and 800 ambulances serviced the effort and 30 breakdown trucks were permanently stationed along the route to keep it flowing; all this was coordinated by a new Traffic Control Unit consisting of 300 officers and 8500 soldiers. This period during which the Transportation Corps was forced to mechanise, re-think its doctrine and dramatically increase its capacity and tempo is widely regarded as being the re-birth of the Transportation Corps or ‘Arme de Train’ as it is now known. It was initially established by the Emperor Napoleon in 1807. The ceremony In June each year, representatives from all the surviving logistic regiments, veterans, senior military leadership and local dignitaries come together to remember all of the fallen and in particular the sacrifices of logisticians of the era. A

sobering and dignified commemoration was held in front of the imposing Ossuary at Douaument and amongst the thousands of graves stones, wreaths are laid, and memories perpetuated. Followed by a short ‘Ravivage de La Flame’ ceremony in the ossuary, where the haunting, echoing sound of the Marseillaise being sung by several hundred is incredibly moving. This poignant part of the ceremony takes place directly above the rooms containing mounds of thousands of bones and skulls, the temporary resting place of those still routinely being unearthed today in the surrounding battlefields. A second ceremony took place later at the memorial dedicated to the fallen of the ‘Arme de Train’ at The Moulin Brulée, 15km SW of Verdun on the Voie Sacrée. Commanding an elevated position that gives a view across part of the battlefield, it is difficult to truly appreciate the appalling conditions in which the troops would have to labour in the pursuit of victory. As has been the case for several years now, the commandant of the German Logistic School attended the ceremony, as did The RLC Regimental Colonel, Colonel Colin Francis. Both laid wreaths along with the commandant of the French Logistic School, General de Brigade Sabia, in an ongoing gesture of reconciliation and in memory of the fallen.

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THE SUSTAINER | THE RLC SPORTS AWARDS

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Photography by; SSgt Steve Blake RLC

The RLC Sports Awards 2019

The 22nd RLC Sports Awards 2019 were held at the end of June at the Officers’ Mess in Deepcut. The awards were compared by the Colonel RLC, Col Colin Francis MBE ADC. The Master General of Logistics, Lieutentant General Sir Mark Poffley KCB OBE and other distinguished guests were in attendance. We would like to extend our congratulations to all those shortlisted and to the worthy winners. We would also like to thank the sponsors, for making the evening possible. 2019 Sports Awards winners Sports Team - The RLC Women’s Football Team Numerous Regts 14

Sports Coach - Capt Andy Evans - 9 Regt RLC Young Sportswoman - Pte May Percival - 27 Regt RLC Young Sportsman - Cpl Adam Williams - 6 Regt RLC Sportswoman - Capt Gemma Pearson - ITC Catterick Sportsman - Capt Mark Matthews - 7 Regt RLC Outstanding Achievement Award - SSgt Dean Boys EOD&S Regt Lifetime Achievement Award - Lt Col Andrea Zanchi RHQ The RLC The Spirit of The Pioneer Award - 27 Regt RLC The Hemming Belt - LCpl Shamim Khan 27 Regt RLC Sports Personality of the Year - LCpl Chez Nihel 27 Regt RLC

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THE SUSTAINER | CAREER MANAGEMENT

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YOUR CAREER, YOUR CALL Career management team RLC soldiers - SO1: Lt Col Stewart SO2: Maj Brown WO1: WO1 Neilson

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A message from the SO1 Soldiers It is good to see the autumn edition of Sustainer is focussed on sport. Sport is integral to army life and The RLC has a rich seam of talent, across a huge variety of sports, highlighted at the extremely successful RLC Sports Awards in June. Detailed below is a host of useful information about Elite Sports and how APC assists in the career management of our sportsmen and women. Service athletes Any service person who is considered an elite athlete, is deservedly given the opportunity to take a break from normal duties to prepare, train and compete within their chosen sport. It’s acknowledged that it’s difficult to prepare for an Olympic trial when you’re driving an SV around Salisbury Plain! The policy for the career management of these personnel is detailed within AGAI 39 and for the purposes of the AGAI, elite sport is defined as the following: A sportsman/woman or coach who has been selected by a sporting National Governing Body (NGB) as part of a UK Sport approved Podium, World Class Development (WCD) or Home Country programme. Or simply

There is an RLC Female CSM at ITC Catterick, with a Female PTI to start in October. The RLC is the only Corps to contribute to Women in Ground Close Combat. Females, are you interested too? Get your RCMO to speak to SO2 RLC Sldrs think National or International level sport. We’ve had plenty of our soldiers represent their home country in a variety of sports be it in boxing, judo, athletics or netball. If you have any soldiers who compete at the elite athlete level, units can apply for these individuals to be held. Then you can apply for them to be put on the Resilience Margin (ReM) by using AGAI 39, Annex C and submitting it to the Army Elite Sport Performance Manager (AESPM) at the Army Sport Control Board. A successful applicant will normally spend a period of between 12 & 24 Months on the ReM, about the equivalent of an assignment. Only in exceptional circumstances will a full Olympic cycle of four years be considered for an individual with a proven medal winning profile endorsed by UK Sport. Assignment to the ReM will be based on merit as assessed

AUTUMN 2019 – Key Dates Soldiers Key Dates

Event

Action

30 Sep

SSgt SJAR due

SSgts, have you had your SJAR?

Sep

LE Commissioning Board sits

No action required.

29 – 31 Oct WO2 – WO1 board sits

No action required

4 Nov

Unit Visit DE&S

5 Nov

Unit Visit 47 AD & JHSU

6 Nov

Unit Visit 1 Regt/11 EOD Regt

7 Nov

Unit Visit Pirbright/Deepcut

Unit Visits are open to all. If you need an FCR, haven’t heard the APC brief or want to speak to your career manager, speak to the RCMO to get it booked then get your FMT 1000 in and get in touch with any of these units to attend.

30 Nov

Sgt SJAR due

Sgts, have you had your SJAR?

30 Nov

SSgt SJAR in to APC

SSgts, get on JPA and check your SJAR has been finalised. If not, book a chat with the boss!

7 Dec

WO2 – WO1 Board results

Find the results on MS Web, under Board Proceedings at 0900

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against positioning in a UK Sport endorsed Podium, World Class Development or Home Country programme linked to a major international games (eg Olympic, World Championship, European or Commonwealth Games). The policy for Professional Athletes is not covered by this AGAI. All details pertaining to professional sport are covered within AGAI 111. But what is the ReM? The ReM is a Workforce Requirement ((WR), the new term for liability), reserve designed to provide the structural capacity to accommodate personnel who are firstly, not able to fulfil their duties, or secondly, to resource short term requirements. By providing additional WR to which personnel may be assigned, gapping within the core structure of the Army is minimised. Reasons include training courses, assignment overlap, sickness, maternity / adoption and shortterm demand for manpower. A ReM allows both WR and the associated manning to be managed proactively and flexibly. Critically, the ReM aims to address gapping by ensuring that personnel unable to occupy their place in the structure can be replaced.

OFFICERS’ CAREERS Career Management Team: SO1: Lt Col Mick Collins SO1 LE: Lt Col Den Howard SO2a (Jnr Majs): Maj Simon Bratcher SO2b (Snr Majs): Maj Gillian Cooke SO2c (Capts): Maj Jo Marples SO2d (Lts/TACOS): Miss Leigh Motherwell SO2 Reserves: Maj Andy Bridgewood The APC RLC Officers Branch is the secretariat for a number of RLC Boards that are held annually at the APC. All the Boards listed below are chaired by the Colonel RLC.

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What are the different types of RLC E1 Regimental Duty Appointment Boards? Professional and Technical Courses Board The Professional and Technical Courses (PTC) Board convenes annually in August, to grade all eligible DE officers for the four courses commencing the following year: Ammunition Technical Officers’ (ATO) Course, Logistic Officers’ Contract Course (LOCC), Officers’ Petroleum Course (OPC) and the Port and Maritime Operations Officers’ Course (PMOCC). Those in Year of Service (YoS) 2 at the time of the board, with YoS 1 being the year of commissioning, will be considered for the ATO course only. Those in YoS 3 and above at the time of the board, will be considered for all four PTC courses. The board will grade individuals based on their AR profile, PTC application and academic qualifications. The PTC quality line is set at 25 points (5 points per board member) and selections will be made from those placing above this line. Following completion of PTC courses, officers will be assigned to PTC-tied appointments at RD. Senior Captains Regimental Duty Board The Senior Captains Regimental Duty Board (SCRD) grades eligible personnel for suitability for appointments as Adjutants, Operations Officers, Regimental Signal Officers and Officer Instructors either at RMAS or the Defence School of Logistics. The board grades individuals for selection into roles in the following year, i.e. the board in 2019 is for jobs that will become available in 2020. To be eligible to be run to the board, DE Captains need to be either due to enter their third year of seniority the following year or be recommended for Active Talent Management and entering their second year of seniority. In addition, they need to have a Future Availability Date in the following year. Individuals will run to the board until they are selected for an appointment or promote to Major. All eligible personnel will run to the board.

Once the board has sat, individuals who score above the quality line, set at 30 points, will be selected for appointments. This will be based on placings, recommendations from the board member and individual PPPs submitted prior to the board. Results will be released in the December after any changes occurring due to promotions on the Beige List has taken place. All positions will be filled. The board offers an opportunity for runners to understand where they currently sit amongst their peers. This information will assist in determining the best routes for individuals to take as their career progresses. Gradings will also influence subsequent ATO appointment selection processes where necessary. Further information about the board is available in The RLC Corps Instructions, Chapter H21 or from the Capt’s CM. Initial Command Board The Initial Command Board grades all eligible Regular and Reserve DE and LE OF3s (Majors) for Sub Unit Command appointments for RLC units. The Board is held annually in September for appointment the following year, routinely to commence the appointments from April through to September. Like the SCRD, the Board is a grading board in which all eligible personnel are scored and then placed in an order of merit. This order of merit is used with the selections on the

DIDyouKNOW You are more likely to get a directed post if your Job choices don’t match the jobs list you’re given for your PPP. The jobs lists are the priority fills for your CM. PPPs and the highest placed individual takes first choice for their preferred selection (Would Love 1 (WL1)) and then the second placed individual takes their WL1. In the event that the first placed officer has taken this post then the second placed officer will be allocated their WL2 and so on. Where specialist qualifications are required for the appointment, the meritocracy holds true for those officers with the required qualifications. Subsequent Command Board The Subsequent Command Board grades all eligible Regular and Reserve DE and LE OF3s for Subsequent Command appointments. These posts include the Regular Regimental Second in Commands, the Reserve Regiments Executive Officer appointments, Company Commander RMAS and the DLS Senior Instructor appointments. The Board is held immediately after the ICB and the results for both the ICB and SCB are published a month after the Board in October. As per the ICB this is a grading board and appointing is done on merit along with PPP choices.

Key Dates

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Action

3 Sep

ICB/SCB

Ensure that all MS is at the APC well ahead of the board date. Noting that finalisation of reports are required after submission of the reports.

4 Sep

Arms Selection Board (LE Commissioning) Reserve ICB/SCB

17-18 Sep

No 2 Appt Board

18-20 Sep

Arms Selection Board (Change of Commission)

Follow instructions in 2018 DIN 01-151, for Reg C policy change.

24-26 Sep

No 5 Gr3 Winter Appt Board

Complete updated job specs and PPPs as stated from CM and keep your eye on the updated jobs list.

7-10 Oct

No 5 Gr2 Winter Appt Board

Follow the direction from your career manager.

13-14 Nov

RLC Pink List PSB

Ensure that all annual reports are complete and finalised.

18-22 Nov

Beige List Board

Ensure that all annual reports are complete and finalised.

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THE SUSTAINER | TRAINING MATTERS

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The Defence School of Logistics Commandant: Col John Atkins Once again, our article contains information about our courses and the activities that our staff get involved in. The ‘breaking news’ is that the earlier than expected, closure of Officers’ and Sergeants’ mess accommodation in Deepcut has had a direct impact on the School. As a result, Command Wing (CW) has moved most of its courses from Deepcut to Worthy Down (WD) at very short notice. By the beginning of Sept 19, all CW courses will be delivered in WD. That leaves only Supply Trg Wing (STW) in Deepcut. Our plan currently is to move STW to WD in March and April 2020 (by which time Log IS will be established in WD and all accommodation will be ready) but we will keep everyone informed if there are to be any earlier moves. Supply Training Wing (STW - Deepcut) Chief Instructor – Lt Col Dutch Holland RLC The focus of this STW article is Supply Operations Division (SOD). As well as news of the AIM and SEESUPS 2 courses, it provides examples of the additional tasks and extramural activity in which our instructors can get involved. Supply Operations Division (SOD) Senior Instructor – Capt Scott Anderson RLC Advanced Inventory Management course The Advanced Inventory Management course is designed to train those LS(S) personnel who are employed as a provisioner, responsible for forecasting demand and inventory management at 2nd or 3rd line. An intense threeweek course, it focusses on forecasting demand principles, data analysis, procurement, inventory and supply chain management, with examples from the military and from industry. There are three courses per year, with the next course scheduled to commence on 3 Feb 20. Further information can be found at Defence Connect – Supply Operations Division.

8 L-R Sgt Gavin Gordon & SSgt Francis Atkins

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8 L-R Sgt Yawaraj Tamang, Sgt Kawasi Amponsah and Sgt Ramu Rai after completing the Para 10

SEESUPS 2 – course run-out and SOD visit to British Forces Brunei (BFB) SSgt Francis Atkins and Sgt Gavin Gordon deployed to BFB to deliver bespoke SEESUPS 2 training to the 2nd Line ammunition accountants.This enabled the team to stretch their legs and ensure that the new SEESUPS 2 course is fit for purpose.The course is being run out this year and is aimed at LS(S) personnel (minimum of LCpl Class 1) who are assigned to be accountants in 2nd or 3rd Line ammo troops to be trained at the Point of Need. Course capacity is 16 and the next course is 2-6 Dec 19. More information regarding our courses can be found at Defence Connect – Supply Operations Division. Supporting our community – All Night Café and PARA 10 A SOD team (WO1 Dave McNeill,WO2 Stu Mundee, Sgt Kawasia Amponsah, Sgt Andrew Haverty, Sgt Ramu Rai and Sgt Yawarai Tamang) visited ‘The All-Night Café’ in Camberley recently and spent the day making sure its garden was in good order. The All-Night Café is run by a team of dedicated volunteers, with no statutory funding or formal support, with a vision to reach veterans and the homeless.The garden clean-up will continue throughout 2019 and is one of the many efforts by the SOD team to support the Café. Sgt Rai, Sgt Tamang and Sgt Amponsah also took part in the 2019 PARA 10 race held in Colchester. The PARA 10 is a ten-mile endurance race based on The Parachute Regiment's ten-mile load carry and is regarded as ‘The Ultimate 10 Mile Endurance Race’; all finished strongly. Sport – Army Badminton Championships The 10 QOGLR Badminton team, under the captaincy of Sgt Ramu Rai (detached to SOD from 10 QOGLR), took part in the Army Badminton Championship which was held in Grantham, 20-24 May 19. Sgt Rai and his team defeated Queen’s Gurkha Engineers in a very hard-fought competition in the final, to be crowned as the 2019 Army Badminton Champions. Congratulations to Sgt Ramu Rai and his team for this outstanding achievement.

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Logistic Specialist Training Wing (LSTW) – HQ Worthy Down CO – Wg Cdr Paul Buxton RAF Defence Petroleum and Specialist Training Squadron (DPSTS) – WD & West Moors (WM) OC – Maj Arianne Kidd RLC Sqn WO – WO2 Carl Lamb RLC DPSTS has been busy moving in to WD, while still maintaining output and training.The Postal and Courier training troop, the equipment repair and tailoring department and the RAF fuels section, are all in place, along with elements of the SHQ.The move of the remaining elements of the Sqn from WM is ongoing and will be completed later in the year. As part of the move, the Class 3 Petroleum Operator course is trialling a new training programme to identify resources and timings required to run the course in multiple locations. This includes the addition of a ‘Dry Phase’ (without fuel) that could be taught at WD, once training resources have been constructed. This ‘Dry Phase’ will allow the building of various Joint Operational Fuel System (JOFS) modules in a sterile environment before deploying on a ‘wet build’ (with fuel) practical confirmation live exercise.

8 Pte Mitchell Williamson can be seen connecting an elbow to the Filter Water Separator and Pte Kiel Hammill connecting pipework

Distributed training packages for the Unit Support Tanker (UST), Combat Support Tanker (CST) and Tactical Air Refueller (TAR) operator courses, are now live on the Defence Learning Environment (DLE). This allows Vehicle Bulk Fuel (VBF) instructors across Defence to apply for and run a VBF operator course at unit level. Significantly more VBF operators can be trained across Defence now, rather than the DPSTS-allotted 84 VBF operators per year. Blended Learning technology (e-learning tool) has also been pushed out, giving trainees a pre-learning knowledge base, prior to attending certain courses. This process levels the start-state for all trainees, reducing the need for having to repeat information for some students and is included in many of the courses taught by DPSTS. Life isn’t all work and no play though. In the early summer, the Sqn deployed on its annual adventurous training camp to the Low Gillerthwaite Field Training Centre in the Lake District. It included hill walking led by

8 The DPSTS Team 'Ghyll Scrambling' in Cumbria

Maj Neil Swift and Capt Stu Ebbrell; mountain biking (MTB) led by LCpl Glover (AAC), kayaking led by Capt Robertson (RAMC) and ghyll scrambling with ‘Keswick Extreme’ pushing individuals outside their comfort zone. The hill walking phase covered a series of peaks including Great Gable and Scafell Pike and was both demanding and navigationally challenging, although the biggest navigational challenge was that of the minibus taking the team to the drop off. Even after the views from the peak at the top and a low fly-past by USAF fighters, the Wasdale Inn at the end was a welcome sight for everyone. The mountain biking was a real challenge, especially to some of the beginners, as they were getting used to riding bikes on narrow paths and steep hills. The routes in the Whinlatter Forest were varied and tested the abilities of all riders.With a crash course for some (no pun intended) and lots of encouragement from the MTB instructor, the team were headed to the down-hill segment of the trail. By the end of the day everyone had enjoyed the experience, there were no accidents (can’t say the same for near misses) and all the bikes were returned intact (!). The ghyll scrambling was an activity no one wanted to get involved in. However, once everyone was kitted out in wetsuits, helmets etc, suddenly everyone succumbed to the inevitable. Every single one of us was glad we did, a great experience that tested a few and others relished. Command Wing (Deepcut) Chief Instructor – Lt Col Andy Moss OBE RLC In the last quarter we have welcomed a new Fd Log 2 team member in Capt Danny Rumney.The Wing has also expanded to bring 85 Sqn (formerly part of 25 Regt) and AGC CLM Sqn under command: as well as bringing another cap-badge in to the Wing, career education for all RLC ranks is now under one command. Additionally, there was the excitement of an accelerated move to the new facility at WD due to the short-notice closure of the RHQ Officers’ Mess. Field Log 2 were first in, moving a Captains’ course with 36 hours’ notice. Courses have been progressing well with the launch of the pilot, Logistic Officers Contracting Course (LOCC). This is a 12-week Professional Technical Course for RLC junior officers to become part of a professional contracting career stream. It comes with several civilian qualifications including a L7 PG-Cert in logistic management, L3 food safety and L4 in procurement. A Captains’ course was delivered successfully as the first Comd Wing course in WD and a lot of lessons were learned – this is a “one size fits all” course (LE and DE) and people are encouraged to

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THE SUSTAINER | DSL

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8 RLC CAPTAINS’ COURSE, 3rd – 20th June 2019. Top row - Capt P Archer, Capt W Griffith, Capt D Smith, Capt SM Jessop, Capt G Prior, Lt T Loyn, Capt DM Whiting, Capt B Parker. Bottom row - Capt NP Frampton, Capt J Wills, Capt J Harrop, Capt N Khepar (Instr), Maj B Palmer (Sen Instr), Capt D Rumney (Instr), Capt DRL Tookey, Capt BA Wardell, Lt GFR Wolstenholme

attend as early as possible when promoted. Those Captains who attend the course, further into their time in rank, will still benefit from the course and be able to pass on vital knowledge to the less experienced. In defence engagement news, the International Logistic Officers Course (I-LOC) was delivered in July. This is an annual course where officers from all over the world come to the UK to learn about army and joint logistic operations, extending the UK Defence sphere of influence and relationship-building globally; an unusual challenge that we have met with great enthusiasm. Overall it is an interesting time for Command Wing: we are embracing the new facilities in WD and working with our joint colleagues in what will be a change for the good for logistic training across Defence. Food Services Training Wing (FSTW - Worthy Down) Chief Instructor – Lt Col Fletch Fletcher RLC FSTW continues to deliver Phase 2 and 3 courses to both Army and RAF personnel; preparing people for initial

8 Sgt Luke Smith alongside one of the French Chefs based in the British Embassy Residence in Paris

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employment, developing JNCOs and SNCOs, and supporting continuous professional development. Preparation for the arrival of the Royal Navy’s chefs continues to push ahead at full steam: delivery of the first RN Chef course in WD is scheduled for February 2020. During the last quarter, two of our army instructors were fortunate enough to deploy overseas. Firstly, Sgt Luke Smith worked alongside French Chefs based in the British Embassy Residence in Paris at the request of the Defence Attaché. This has been a truly worthwhile experience for Sgt Smith, not only to work in the capital of classic cookery, but alongside some of the best chefs in the world. He learnt many skills in his time there, as well as brushing up on his best French lingo. Sgt Smith worked on several high-profile events at the Embassy. His skills and knowledge were put to the ultimate test to work amongst a team of chefs where different languages were being spoken. The language of food soon prevailed, and the events were catered for to the usual high standards that are expected from an Army Chef. Secondly, Sgt Mark Hollingworth took part in Exercise SAGAMATHA, the summer expedition for DCLPA Worthy Down staff. A team of 13 tackled the Everest Base Camp trek (5364m) in the Himalayan mountain range. The trek covered the three high passes - Kongmala 5535m, Chola 5360m and Renjola 5385m - and the highest peak Kalapatha - at 5545m. As well as battling the ever-changing elements and the unforgiving mountain terrain, the team coped with the added pressure of altitude sickness, which affected everyone at some point during the trek. The 22-day expedition consisted of 16 days trekking on the mountains. This meant flying into one of the world's most dangerous airports at Lukla. With the seating capacity of the plane being less than a mini bus and full of trekkers and hiking kit, it is an experience we will not forget in a hurry. The final few days were taken soaking up the local Nepalese culture, visiting monasteries and various historic sights. Most memorable was visiting a local orphanage to gift nearly £2,000 that members of DCLPA Worthy Down had raised prior to our departure. There were highs and lows during this once in a lifetime opportunity. Every corner you turned or peak you reached, you would be greeted by the most beautiful

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8 Sgt Mark Hollingworth on Kalapatha (3545m) in the Himalayas

views and scenery as well as other trekkers from all over the globe. Locals would welcome you into their guest houses and host the team with great food (most of the time) and stories of living on the mountains. On route to the Everest Base Camp we passed numerous porters, quite often carrying more than 100kg of supplies to the local villages to keep them sustained.The Exped was one of the most challenging and rewarding times spent in the Army. Many of our core values and leadership were put to the test during the 22 days. These included encouraging other members of the group and individuals showing selfless commitment by descending with another member of the team who was injured.

on the build-up of the 50th Division in the UK leading to Op OVERLORD. Day one started with a visit to the Bovington Tank Museum and delved into how platforms evolve for specialist tasks, including the tanks which led the assault on GOLD Beach.This was followed by a visit to Lepe Beach on the Solent (led by WO2 David Carter - 73 Sqn - and Sgt Newal Lama - DPSTS); one of the locations where various parts of the Mulberry harbours were fabricated and launched and where some of the remains of ‘PLUTO’ (the pipeline supplying petrol to Normandy) can still be seen.The day finished with a DSL combined ranks dinner night held in the Officers’ Mess of 17 Regt RLC (special thanks to CO 17 Regt) which gave the staff from each of our geographically dispersed wings a chance to socialise. Day two started with a visit to Southwick House (including the D-Day map room) where the plans for D-Day were finalised and the progress of the invasion plotted.This phase concluded with a tour of the D-Day Museum in Portsmouth, which tells the story of D-Day through many personal accounts. Phase two (delivered by Capt Scott Anderson), arrived on the coast of Normandy early on the morning of day three. It was only by walking the ground that the team could begin to understand the enormity of the task our predecessors faced. A visit to the Merville Battery, where British paratroopers attacked with only 150 men (instead of 600) provided a lesson in bravery and mission command. The attack on Pegasus Bridge showed not only bravery and skill but the necessity of advanced, innovative training and careful reconnaissance to land the gliders so close to the objective. The task facing the logisticians was immense: the need to land vast quantities of C Sups and materiel quickly and then to move it inland and disperse it where possible in the relatively small beachhead; and as the weather worsened. The RASC and other logistic troops, did an amazing job in supporting and enabling 50th Division, from GOLD through to Crepon and beyond.

Ex GOLD NORMANDY – DSL staff battlefield study Capt Mark Watson and Capt Scott Anderson Ex GOLD NORMANDY was a two-phase professional development event for the staff of DSL.The exercise aimed to deepen our understanding of combined and joint operations logistics and planning at the operational and tactical levels and the sustainment of littoral operations. Phase one (delivered by Capt Mark Watson -73 Sqn) focused

8 WO2 David Carter giving a very enthusiastic brief on the role of Lepe beach in the build-up to D Day

8 The German gun battery at Longues

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By WO1 (Cdr) Karl Arnott The Marine Engineers (ME) of The RLC are busier than ever providing maritime support worldwide. Whether working from the home of the ME at 17 Port and Maritime Regiment in Marchwood or at one of the outside units we support, one thing remains constant, the pace of life is hectic. Alongside routine vessel maintenance and taskings, there have been some more interesting jobs to take on. These have provided great opportunities for relatively new and experienced MEs alike. Our commitment to Atlantic Patrol Task (North) (APT (N)) continues with a full complement of vessels and crews aboard the Royal Fleet Auxiliary vessel, Mounts Bay. Currently in the Caribbean, they are poised to deliver humanitarian aid and disaster relief throughout the upcoming hurricane season. MEs have been equally busy on Exercise Coastal Fuel 2019 at Ardersier Port in Scotland. Working alongside the Mariner trade and in conjunction with the Royal Engineers Bulk Petroleum specialists, the team played their part in training to deliver fuel over the littoral space in order to provide fuel ashore in support of operations, a critical function which requires a specially configured Mexeflote raft. Sgt Gary (Jock) Stuart and Cpl Harry Pickering recently deployed on a Short-Term Training Team (STTT) task to Nigeria. Following some minor admin issues revolving around visas and last minute vaccinations (six for Cpl Pickering)

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the pair found themselves in Lagos, Nigeria. Over the course of two weeks they delivered lessons on basic two and four stroke petrol theory, outboard motor servicing schedules, equipment care, engine documentation, fault finding and everybody’s favourite, to round it up, Health and Safety awareness. The course was concluded with a practical assessment in the training centre which provided a good example of what the students could expect to find within the Nigerian fleet. It also presented the opportunity to select a top student, LMEA Odeh. With their newly honed skills, it is hoped that the Nigerian students will put into place maintenance procedures that will extend the life of their fleet. In short, a very worthwhile and rewarding trip.

8 Cpl Pickering, LMEA Odeh (top student), Sgt Stuart

Congratulations go to LCpl Al Fuller who successfully registered with the Institute of Mechanical Engineers as an Engineering Technician (Eng Tech). LCpl Fuller will be the first ME to benefit from the Engineering Professionalisation Recognition Award (EPRA) and can look forward to £3000 for his efforts. We also congratulate LCpl Andy Bingham who was presented with a Conductors Coin by HRH the Duke of Gloucester in recognition of his outstanding work over the past six months. Finally, to all MEs that have been selected for promotion recently, in a trade as small as ours, promotion is fiercely contested, you should be proud! SAIL ARMY.

8 Exercise Coastal Fuel 2019

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8 WO2 Sinclair found himself at the forefront of a near 2000km European Road Move (ERM) on Ex TRJE 18

Driver The Driver trade has been involved in plenty of action over the last quarter, here’s a snapshot.

By Pte Clemson Driver/Vehicle Marshaller I arrived in 9 Regt RLC at the beginning of 2017 straight from phase 2 training. I was given the opportunity to deploy on a NATO exercise, Ex TRIDENT JUNCTURE 18 (Ex TRJE18) in Norway. We started pre-deployment training and winterisation of the vehicles prior to summer leave which consisted of deploying on EX PHONIEX WHEEL, a three-day driver training package where we conducted day and night convoy moves, cross-country driver training and vehicle husbandry. On return from exercise, our focus switched to winterisation of the vehicle fleet which was deploying to Norway. All vehicles had an oil change, coolant change and new snow tyres fitted for the weather condition we were expecting. We also had to bio clean all vehicles which was inspected by the Norwegian customs authority. Whilst in Norway I was lucky enough to be put on skid pan training. We went to a civilian truck company and spent several hours driving different civilian trucks around a specifically designed track with various conditions and exercises to carry out, this was to simulate driving on ice and snow. My role in Norway was mainly supporting the different nations at the rail head marshalling all types of foreign vehicles ranging from JCB’s to Leopard tanks.

This was my first deployment and I thoroughly enjoyed it. I believe I gained some invaluable experience from being part of the NATO led exercise.

By WO2 Sinclair HQ 104 Logistic Support Brigade Master Driver (MD) Having assumed the Position of Master Driver HQ 104 Logistic Support Brigade in late May 2018, I found myself at the forefront of a near 2000 km European Road Move (ERM) multiple vehicle platforms and personnel entering Europe via two Sea Points Of Entry (SPOD). Whilst a route and Convoy Support Centre (CSC) locations had been identified prior to my appointment, there was the need to carry out a physical route recce from SPOD to Norway in order to produce a route card for the ERM. This was conducted over four days with the team consisting of Royal Military Police (RMP), Senior Movement Controller (SMC), RLC Transport Specialist and myself as the Brigade MD. During the exercise I was primarily focused on the safe passage and transit of the ERM whilst on the move or static within the CSC locations. This involved visiting and carrying out Assurance on all CSC locations (Four in total) which in the end saw myself and Pro Coy SSM covering a distance over 4000 km!! In whole, Ex TRJE 18 provided me with valuable on the job experience. As this is my first post as an MD, the ERM has set me in good stead as far as my development and progression is concerned.

By LCpl Baldwin 66 Sqn CES Storeman I was given the opportunity to deploy on Ex SAIF SAREEA 3, a challenge that would test both me and the Regiment in the delivery of bespoke logistics 3712 miles away from unit lines. I was part of the deployment from 9 Regt RLC 66 Sqn employed as the CES Storeman for more than 40 vehicles and supporting plant equipment. The local environment and climate tested personnel and equipment due to the wide varying temperatures between day and night. Sand particles became the common enemy and equipment care was held in highest regard to ensure our effectiveness was maintained. In the sweltering heat personal administration remained key to keeping myself and my team effective and on top of the work load. Being able to carry out my job in a high intensity environment has given me the opportunity to fine tune my own leadership qualities and learn so much from my team. It was a great honour to serve alongside the 5500 regular and reserve British military personnel and 60,000 Omani soldiers from the Sultans Armed Forces.

8 LCpl Baldwin was employed as the CES Storeman for more than 40 vehicles on Ex SAIF SAREEA 3

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By WO1 (SSM) Mark Gill The Land Environment (LE) Tactical Communication Information Systems (TacCIS) programme is upon us with many units already going through the initial phase of uplift in BCiP version to 5.6. This programme along with other initiatives has altered the way that we train to prepare us for the new era of battlefield communications. Some initiatives have been with us for some time; with the introduction of the amended formal training pathway to deliver training at the point of need and the Special to Arm training objectives in support of the Soldier First Syllabus. Sep 2019 see’s the Communications Information Systems (CIS), Training Squadron within the DST will commence the delivery of the new BCiP 5.6 system. Superficially most of the equipment retains the same look however there are considerable changes to the way it works. The uplift delivers greater flexibility in respect of situational awareness and a more user-friendly software interface loaded onto the data devices. The software package incorporates a new mapping system allowing 3D satellite imagery bringing with it not only a greater understanding of the ground but also a more modern feel complimented by an upgraded email and chat system facilitate greater communication. The hardware has seen some welcome additions to the computer systems with the introduction of the Headquarter User Data Terminal (HQUDT) and the Man Carried User Data Terminal (MCUDT). Both are civilian off the shelf equipment’s, the HQ UDT being a GETAC Laptop providing additional flexibility to be networked, providing up to additional eight data terminals from one vehicle platform. The MCUDT takes the form of a Panasonic tablet providing a practical solution to enhance situational awareness for the foot soldier on the ground. The training delivery team within DST are working hard to develop the training in time for the roll out in 24

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• Class 1 Driver Communication Specialist (Five weeks): 4 Nov – 6 Dec 2019. • Regimental Signals Instructor (RSI) (Four weeks): 2 Sep – 27 Sep 2019. 24 Feb – 20 Mar 2020. • Regimental Signals Warrant Officer (RSWO) (Two weeks): 28 Oct – 8 Nov 2019.

Sep. This is inclusive of refreshing the current training packages and incorporating the new objectives that BCiP 5.6 covers. The course schedule for the remainder of the 19/20 training year is below: Regular Courses: • Class 3 Driver Communication Specialist (Four weeks): 18 Nov – 13 Dec 2019. 02 Mar – 27 Mar 2020. • Class 2 Driver Communication Specialist (Two weeks): 7 Oct – 18 Oct 2019. 20 Jan – 21 Jan 2020.

Reserve Courses: • Class 3 Driver Communications Operator (14 days): 19 Oct – 31 Oct 2019. • Class 2 Driver Communications Operator (14 days): 11 Jan – 24 Jan 2020. • Class 1 Driver Communications Operator (14 days): 8 Feb – 21 Feb 2020. Remember book early to avoid disappointment! Applications for any of these courses should be directed to the following email address: DSTpt-TrgDel-CIS-GpMailbox@mod.gov.uk

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8 The AWB on Ex COASTAL FUEL

By WO1 (SSM) Vincent Styles

Mariner The Mariner trade has been busy navigating the waves around the globe in what has been a very choppy period since the start of the year. As a trade we have been and still are, heavily committed with two overseas operations, the 3 Cdo Bde amphibious exercise programme, UK SF training, UK exercises and vital support of VaME with qualified trade personnel to DCLPA for the delivery of their training programme. With all this great activity going on, I would like to take this opportunity to personally thank the Mariner trade and our partners in crime, the Marine Engineers, for their continual ingenuity and determination to succeed, even under extreme constrains. As Mariners we are always

looking for opportunities to develop and enhance our knowledge, skills and experience out on the coastal waves. One such opportunity was Ex COASTAL FUEL 19, a five-week long exercise from May to Jul in north west Scotland. As the exercise was located near Inverness at the Port of Ardersier, we needed to self-deploy one of the Army Workboats (AWB) from Southampton on a long voyage to the exercise location in Scotland and back again. This also included a land move of a Mexeflote via 15 heavy lift platforms. Once deployed an AWB and crew can work independently to achieve their mission and thus, prior rigorous planning for a long voyage is a must. Extensive research of berthing opportunities, refuelling plan, route plans and costings are just some of the details that must be pulled together by the crew before the AWB can even leave the side. Conducting navigational passages along the coast of the UK gives excellent training

opportunities for the vessel skippers to mentor the development of our younger Mariners. This is ideal preparation for those Mariners seeking to gain and pass their upgrade to either class 2 or 1. The exercise lead by the Royal Engineers, saw all the Army maritime capability at the disposal of the Mariners in operation. Without these skilled operators and their vessels to assist with the deployment of the Ship to Shore fuel pipeline system and the Towed flexible Barge, the exercise would not be possible. Everyone that deployed should be immensely proud of their achievements in making this a success and a special thanks to, WO2 Si Hillam as the coordaining Mariner on the ground. With some new fresh Mediterranean wind, the Mariner trade has a new position established for a WO1 in Cyprus as the Queens Harbour Master, a position and title we once held, before the closure of 417 Maritime Troop in 2010. It is at this high point I would like to send out my congratulations to all those that selected on the Cpls – Sgts board and thank them for all their sterling efforts over the years, you should all be proud of your varying achievements. SAIL ARMY. 8 2019 is a very busy year for the Mariner Trade

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Having lost 12 men, by 06:00 6 June 1944, 63 Coy RASC arrived back in Gloucestershire having delivered the first 16 tonnes of air dropped panniers and containers to Drop Zone “N” near Ranville. Meanwhile, 716 Coy RASC was gathering the air dropped panniers and containers along with a four-man Postal & Courier detachment parachuted in with the 6th Airborne Division to assist the Divisional HQ to form a DSA near the quarry to the North of the Drop Zone. At D+1hr Commander RASC came ashore on a landing craft with his HQ to recce and mark out the first beach dumps before finding sites further inland; one of which was north of Crepon. No tac signs required, just a tin of paint! On the first tide, 108 DUKWs came ashore with materiel and in total 11 Companies from the RASC operated the DUKWs in Normandy. To assist them were eight RASC Motor Launch Companies, who controlled ship movement ready for offloading onto DUKWs and Landing Craft prior to the construction of the Mulberry Harbour. Amazingly the DUKWs transferred more tonnage ashore every day than came over the Mulberry Harbour, despite its marvellous ingenuity and engineering. Several DUKW crews were awarded tots of Royal Navy rum for “accidental” mine clearance ops, as was the custom and remarkably due to the shape of the hull all crews survived. Once the first infantry wave was on the beaches the second wave 26

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brought in elements of 104 Sub Beach Group (to become 104 Log Bde) comprising of Royal Engineers and Pioneers to enable units to move off the beaches with the assistance of the RMP, RASC, RAMC and REME. It could be argued that our Founding Corps’ main effort was in the preparation for the invasion, whilst supporting the rehearsal exercises. It was no mean feat to inload 60 DOS of stores to the South Coast and manifest the first 3500 ship loads and ensure the units arrived at the right port at the right time. A truly monumental task. However 75 years on, the movements team supporting Normandy 75 faced the same issues; units arriving with the wrong vehicles, too much dangerous goods cargo – I kid you not, all made worse by changes to French Government paperwork requirements. The movements team from 104 Log Bde and Regional Command did a brilliant job and everyone got to France on time even if it cost the tax-payer a bit of a premium. 29 Regt being part of the Army’s Theatre Enabling Group was tasked

with opening theatre and running the logistic contracts for a population of 1400 personnel across six sites in Normandy. Fortunately, they were reinforced by 167 Regt and their everirrepressible chefs who had two VIP functions to cater for, which they did with real panache and flair. 29 Regt took over one site a secondary school earmarked for demolition and turned it almost into a 3-Star hotel for over 400 pax, despite the Pioneers showing off their artisan skills and flooding the dining room! Soldiers from 9 Regt RLC, on being told they were going to be drivers for Normandy 75, no doubt feared the worst and expected white combi vans, but were united with their brand new £80,000 Range Rovers and Jaguars for government ministers, CDS, Service Chiefs and several other VIPS. Rehearsals were fun to watch as they mastered manoeuvring and operating the central locking whilst official door openers tugged at the locked doors! Come the 6 June, the VIP drivers also received Gendarmerie motorcycle escorts, who through explicit hand signals articulated they wanted the

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drivers to go faster along a closed dual carriageway, which was only open for VIPs and Veterans under police escort. As for the speed they got to, hmm, one young female soldier topped the Gendarmerie speed radar at !!!mph and was still being encouraged by the rear seat! Not your average day for an RLC driver and not to be repeated back home but no doubt, absolutely memorable. 17 Port and Maritime Regt, was back in Normandy after its brilliant effort for Normandy 70 and rightly returned to Arromanches Les Bain, the home of the Mulberry Harbour. As a real curve ball, it also got the first national event of the day attended by Prime Minister May and President Macron, which went out live on TV with the team doing everything from car door opening, ushering, operating a park and ride system plus supporting the veterans. Two of The RLC team (totally unqualified!!) were sent off to acquire the wreathes for the PM and President, however with a 13AASP LCpl, who grew up in Normandy, nothing was a challenge. Once the inauguration of the

Normandy Memorial Trust site was completed in Ver Sur Mer, the 17 Regt team moved five miles along the coast to the home of the Mulberry Harbour. Once on site they helped with anything from car parking, traffic control, VIP hosting from government ministers through to CGS and CFA, whilst setting up the parade square for the British event which ran from 1330-1800. The SSM had the role of briefing the Veterans on the format of the Veteran’s Parade into the town square, which as only a British

Army SSM can, delivered with a very healthy dollop of humour, mickey taking and top tips. Meanwhile the D-Day Veterans forming up resembled a stock car race as they jostled in mobility scooters for the optimum grid position. The commemorative service concluded with a stunning Battle of Britain Memorial Flight flying display with a Dakota and Spitfire. The third pass did not require any zoom on the camera – well done that Dakota pilot! The event then moved into a musical concert led by the Band of the RAF Regiment and was concluded with the Red Arrows fly past. The true stars of the day though were the Veterans from Royal Navy, Merchant Navy, Royal Marines, Infantry and even a RASC dispatch rider. Their stories were unreal and truly humbling. We mark this one day, but these gentleman repeated the almost impossible day after day until the whole Allied Force was able to break out of the established beachheads.

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THE SUSTAINER | ARTICLE The Royal Military Academy Sandhurst’s (RMAS) support squadron, 44 Support Squadron RLC has been instrumental in acquiring three new ‘welfare’ minibuses for the Academy. RMAS’s PRI/Welfare minibuses are used in support of all nonentitled activity. This includes support to sports, social, welfare and cultural needs which are not covered within JSP 800 Road Transport Regulations as an entitled activity and therefore do not attract military transport support. The use of these vehicles, ensures all activity, for the good and benefit of the RMAS community and local units, can be supported. The current vehicles, being over ten year’s old, have been so successful over the years they were starting to incur heavy costs to keep them on the road and therefore new vehicles were required.

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Understanding an announcement at a previous Army HQ transport conference, 44 Sqn looked into obtaining welfare funding in support of purchasing replacement minibuses. It was relatively straight forward and RMAS has asked its welfare minibus project manager and OC 44 Sqn, Maj Kev Carpenter RLC, to share the experience, to help units to take the time to do something great to support of its community. It’s Not Difficult Using the Army Command Standing Order 3206 at the following address: https://www.armysportcontrolboar d.org/DINS/ACSO_3206.pdf units can submit applications through Regional Forces chain-ofcommand to the SO2 Welfare 28

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Funds at Army HQ using Annex A. The process is not that difficult and Army HQ Welfare Fund staff are extremely helpful. The unit must be prepared to give a clear breakdown of the overall project cost, the contributions from other sources and the total grant sought. Units should aim to provide a reasonable contribution in order to demonstrate commitment to the project, although much will depend on the cost of the project and the circumstances of the unit. The total contributions from the unit and other sources should normally be at least 25%, leaving a grant of 75% of the project cost. Where a unit is unable to provide a contribution, or cannot meet the 25% target, all is not lost. An explanation should be given in the justification paragraph, which must be endorsed by the Formation HQ. Units should seek financial support from formation, regimental, corps or other appropriate funds and if no support is forthcoming, or not sought, explain why. Welfare funds are disbursed by the Army Welfare Grants Committee (AWGC) ,which receives annual allocations from the Army Central Fund (ACF) and the Nuffield Trust for the Forces of the Crown (NT). In the case of RMAS, once funding was approved, RMAS identified suitable vehicles held in

8 Toyota Sandhurst hand over the welfare minibuses to Brigadier Wright and the Sandhurst welfare team

stock by Toyota Sandhurst, part of the Inchcape Group and started negotiations. Using funding secured by the AWGC, The Commandant’s Fund and Sandhurst Trust, RMAS was able to stretch the funds slightly in order to secure replacements for all three minibuses. This was all due to the flexibility and helpfulness of the AWGC, but also Toyota Sandhurst and the Inchcape Group’s willingness to be squeezed regarding profit margins, at the expense of supporting its local military unit. Official handover of the vehicles took place at RMAS during the annual Heritage Day held in June 2019 and the keys were handed over by Mr Anthony Porter and Jason Harrison of Toyota Sandhurst to Commander Sandhurst Group Brigadier Bill Wright OBE. Maj Carpenter, the RMAS project manager said: “I would like to sincerely thank the AWGC, ACF, NT, ST, Sandhurst Gp Comdts Fund and in particular Inchcape Gp’s Toyota Sandhurst for the support. If any units wish to submit an application and would like any further advice, all contact details are held on the ACSO 3206.”

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All direct entry Royal Logistic Corps officers, will have felt the relief, when at the end of a tiring and strenuous exercise, they first sight the fleet of 44 Support Squadron RLC trucks, waiting to take them back to camp. 44 Sqn is the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst’s dedicated logistic unit and the bulk of its work is to provide transport support to the Academy’s officer training programme. Unlike Field Army units, the Army Personnel Centre is unable to assign soldiers to 44 Sqn unless they express a desire to serve there on a PPP. As a result it has faced challenges with manpower and establishment issues for a while. One fix has been other RLC units, supported by RHQ The RLC, attaching soldiers to the Sqn for one term. This has given 44 Sp Sqn the additional support, whilst affording RLC drivers the opportunity to conduct currency and competency on the platforms it holds. At the same time it affords RLC soldiers an insight into British Army Officer Training. We asked a Private from 4 Regt RLC, who was attached with the Sqn to outline what the job entails. Pte Brookes - 4 Regt RLC “Prior to departing on Christmas leave at the end of 2018, I was informed by my admin Sgt that I would be spending 14 weeks with 44 Sqn in Sandhurst. I was slightly apprehensive as I had never been to Sandhurst before and anticipated a busy time ahead; I was not wrong! 44 Sqn supports all Officer Cadet training carried out at Sandhurst and deploys on up to 20 exercises each term. The Academy works on a system of three 14 week terms per year and I was tasked to

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support the Spring 2019 term. Its an incredibly busy squadron with a huge number of vehicles, my time there tested and developed my skills as a driver and I am much more confident in my ability as a tradesman due to my time there. “During the 14 weeks, I deployed on ten separate occasions and spent 54 days on exercise. This was all in support of Officer Cadet exercises on training areas throughout the UK. I was also fortunate enough to deploy to Germany on Exercise DYNAMIC VICTORY (the Officer Cadet’s final exercise), where the cadets are tested on all the skills they have learnt throughout their year at Sandhurst. This required me to drive through four European countries on the way to Grafenwoehr, staging for a night in Sennelager. Whilst in Germany, I was tasked to transport cadets around the training area on live and blank fire exercises, whilst also assisting the RQMS with water

8 Officer cadets deploy from their vehicles on the final exercise

replenishments. I really enjoyed my time in Germany and found it interesting to see the training which officers go through before they commission. The drive to and from Germany was really challenging as we had to navigate through four different countries whilst maintaining convoy discipline during and exceptionally long drive. It was great to be able to actually do my job on an overseas exercise, plus I got to earn some extra LSA as well. “In summary, I really enjoyed my time at Sandhurst. I was made to feel really welcome throughout my time there and made some great friends that I will definitely keep in contact with in the future. 44 Sqn is a great place to be as you are constantly out on exercise doing your job. The sports facilities at Sandhurst are amazing and you can pretty much do any sport you can think of. The guys get the opportunity to go on Adventurous Training every term and have ten weeks leave a year. I will definitely be putting it on my PPP when my posting at 4 Regt comes to an end.” 8 If this sounds like the opportunity for you, either on detachment or on assignment, please contact your RCMO. Or for more information, 44 Sqn can be contacted on 94261 2238. 8 End-ex and the transport home awaits

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THE SUSTAINER | ARTICLE Op TRENTON is the UK’s contribution in support of the United Nations Mission in South Sudan. The deployed Task Force’s mission is to provide engineering support to two of the largest Protection of Civilians (POC) camps in a country, where through years of civil war, 1.9 million of the 12.5 million population became reliant on UN protection and support. In 2018, the latest peace treaty was signed and a transitional government was formed, with a view to completing the peace process by November 2019. There remains a lot of negotiation to be achieved, criminality and land disputes are common, but progress is being made, albeit slowly and carefully. The Op TRENTON Theatre Enabling Group comprises a small team of 12, located in the capital of South Sudan, Juba. Despite its small size, its responsibilities are large: It directly supports a task force of 300 who are geographically dispersed between two sites in Bentiu and Malakal – getting to either location is about 1.5 hours by fixed wing flight (or three hours by helicopter) from Juba. Responsible for the deployment and recovery of all personnel, resupply of materiel and mail distribution, the TEG provides the linkage between the UK strategic line of communication and the United Nations internal supply chain. The TEG, therefore, is responsible for planning the arrival of all passengers and freight and coercing them through the Government of South Sudan’s immigration and customs processes; a highly bureaucratic and time-consuming evolution. Resupply in South Sudan is multimodal; freight arrives via UK GLOC through Kenya and Uganda on contracted lift, or by air using the East Africa C-17 cold chain service. Passengers use a mixture of commercial airline and RAF flights, whilst mail is contracted for movement by BFPO from Heathrow. The TEG’s location adjacent to the country’s only international airport is therefore essential. The RLC is not exclusively in Juba. An LSD is present in both Bentiu and Malakal, 30

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Operation TRENTON By Maj Terry Wilcox RLC

ensuring logistic governance and accounting is conducted properly. In-country, the UN operates a small terminal that supports the movement of the deployed force of 12,500 troops and 1350 police officers (not including a large civilian staff). Passengers and UK freight are processed via the UN system for onwards movement up country; all of which is managed from a UK perspective by the TEG. Personnel tracking, RSOI and J1 OPLOC processes are all managed within Juba. Despite the large portfolio, life in a Juba is good. Living amongst 22 other contributing nations presents many opportunities, both sporting and social and the TEG is involved in representing the UK in all. This also extends to the UK Embassy, with whom we enjoy a close working relationship. By way of example, Mr Nick Butter, a UK national from Bristol visited South Sudan as part of his challenge to run a marathon in every country of the world (196). The TEG made the arrangements

8 The team having completed Nick Butter’s 151st Marathon – eight laps of the UN Camp (Camp Tomping) in Juba in aid of Prostate Cancer UK

with his support team and ran the marathon with him (his 151st) – all in aid of Prostate Cancer UK. You can check his progress at https://www.nickbutter.com/running theworld196 Having provided the support, the TEG will feature in his upcoming book and the team will each receive a signed copy. The Thai contingent organised a 10km ‘Run for Peace’ event which the team also participated in and further enhanced our working relationships with them. With the upcoming RIP between TRENTON 6 and 7 the TEG was invited to receive its medals from the UK Ambassador in person, which was a proud moment, under the Royal seal in the Embassy grounds. With the RIP underway at the time of writing, the baton is now being passed to the next team, after a great tour with the UN.

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A huge premium is placed on sport in the Army. It plays a vital role in welfare, morale, operational effectiveness and recovery. Sport generates and maintains cohesion and it nurtures pride. It encourages leaders to think clearly, confidently and positively when under pressure. And fundamentally it feeds a winning culture and ethos that inspire hunger for success on the battlefield. In the following pages we hear from a selection of RLC sports clubs with regards to their latest achievements.

RLC Enduro Over the past 12 months the RLC Enduro team has had an extremely busy, but successful year. In and around Ex SAIF SAREEA 3, Ex TRIDENT JUNCTURE 18 and Op TRENTON, riders have been representing the Corps at every level, including the world stage. SSgt Hicks won a gold medal representing Great Britain at the World six-day Enduro Championships in Chile, finishing 16th overall as an individual and fifth as a member of the GB team. He also finished seventh in the British Enduro Championship, having missed rounds due to deployments and injury. LCpl Childs won the 2018 Army

championship (Female) and finished seventh in the British Enduro Championship (Female), whilst LCpl Robb won the Best RLC rider at the 2018 Army Champs and won the Expert Enduro category in N. Ireland. Pte Mack won the 2018 Army Championships (Reserves) and finished third in the British Enduro Championship, with a number of the other RLC Enduro riders competing well in various championships across the country. Away from riding, the Enduro Team has been supporting the Army’s new recruitment campaign, with riders demonstrating how the Army supports this brilliant sport and the serving personnel

competing within it. The team also hosted HRH, the Princess Anne, Colonel-in-Chief of The RLC, when she visited Buckley Barracks. In May, the RLC Enduro team held a highly successful, Inter Corps Championship event at 9 RLC, which saw 67 riders compete over three gruelling hours. A great event which tested all and was enjoyed by most! Finally, the team now looks forward to its sports tour to France which will see nine riders improve their skills in a truly challenging but picturesque setting and the 2019 Army Enduro Championships later in the year. 8 Riders have been representing the Corps

close final which earned them the bragging rights for a third consecutive year. But the most impressive performance was that of the Division 2 team, of whom many were playing at Corps level for the first time; fending off tough competition from a very experienced AGC team in the final. Superb coaching, a relentless determination by the whole team and a MVP winning performance by Pte C Henderson (6 RLC) proved to be a successful combination. This achievement should not be

8 RLC Basketball Squad – Treble Winners

at every level, including the world stage

RLC Basketball This 2018/19 season has been exceptional for RLC Basketball. The absence of some key players on overseas commitments provided opportunities for ‘rookies’ to pull on a Corps shirt. As with any sport, preparation is key; SSgt D Jones (3 RLC) put the Division 1 men through their paces and Sgt D Benjamin (42 (Geo) RE) spearheaded the training for both the women and Division 2 men prior to the Inter Corps Championships in Grantham. The RLC’s performance at the Inter Corps was peerless. From the very first whistle, it was clear that the squad was performing at a standard well above the rest and all three teams remained unbeaten during the week-long tournament. Impressively, the women’s team reached the final against the AMS confident that they were on track for a fourth successive title. An outstanding and dominant team performance secured that title. The Division 1 men put on a focused display of physical stamina and skill to beat the RE 62-51 in a

underestimated, this is the first time that a Corps has ever won all three categories. The Corps continues to dominate Army Basketball; this is reflected by 21 RLC players representing the Army, with four women and two men being selected into the 2019 UK Armed Forces squad. The team looks forward to visiting the USA later in the year to play against the best ‘ballers’ in the world; what better preparation to retaining all three titles at the Inter Corps 2020.

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RLC Athletics The 2019 season began with The RLC Inter-Unit Championships, hosted by 3 Regiment on 1 May 18. The event was well-attended and saw some stiff competition and friendly rivalry between all of the competing RLC Units. 27 Regt took the honours as the Major Unit Champions, continuing its winning streak from last season, with close rivals 1 Regt in second. The Minor Unit Champions were the 25 Regt, who brought a strong team made up of both DS and Phase 2 soldiers. 1 Regt won the female team honours, with 27 Regt close behind in second place. Following the Inter-Unit Champs, The RLC Team was selected for the Army Inter-Corps Championships, held in Aldershot on 19 June. The RLC’s stand-out performances on the track came in the distance events - Pte Dave Westbury (27 Regt) won the 1500m convincingly and Pte Elly Taurus (6 Regt) continued the winning streak with victory in the 3000m Steeplechase by ten seconds. Pte Taurus then went on to take third in the 5000m. In the field events, decathlete LCpl

Osman Muskwe (3 Regt) showed his usual fine form with a clear win in the discus and second in the javelin. Pte Modeste (4 Regt) also took the top spot in the triple jump. In the Women’s team, The RLC successes came in the field events with a win in the discus by Pte Tash Cooper-Williams (1 Regt), who also took third in the javelin. LCpl Taylor (1 Regt) was second in the shot and third in the hammer. On the track, Lt Kat Smith (6 Regt) took second in the 400m and Capt Ffion Harris (25 Regt) was also second in the 800m. The relay teams rounded off a day of impressive performances for the RLC, with second place in both the women’s 4x400m and in the

8 Pte Elly Taurus (6 Regt) in the 3000m Steeplechase

men’s 4x100m (by a narrow margin) and third in the 4x400m. The RLC women’s team was the overall runner-up of the event, an improvement on last year and a great result against some stiff competition from the winning AMS team who have athletes competing at international level. The RLC men’s team placed third overall, just missing out on second by a very narrow margin. The Corps are pleased to have seven athletes selected to represent the Army at the upcoming Inter-Services Athletics Championships.

RLC Fishing The RLC Carp Team was formed nine years ago and has gone from strength to strength, now regularly attracting over 40 participants from the respective regular and reserve communities! Each year it runs four matches, commonly known as qualifying events (QE’s) over a variety of challenging venues. These events are used to identify the top six performing anglers who will move forward to represent the Corps at the annual Inter Corps Carp Championships (ICCC), which forms part of the larger Army Carp Festival (ACF). Each QE is fished as a pair’s competition (over 48hrs) and can accommodate a minimum of 20 anglers - these events are held at a variety of prestigious venues in the UK such as Baden Hall, Todber 32

8 The Corps Carp Fishing Team QE 192 Willow Park

Manor and Linear fisheries, to name a few. In recent years, the Corps has won the ICCC twice and by continuing to identify new talent and develop its current group it hopes to continue this success. By the time this hits the press, the season will be coming to an end, but this hasn’t stopped the planning for 2020, with four QEs pencilled in starting at Linear Fisheries in January 2020. The current committee is rapidly

growing with several opportunities for all members of the Corps to be involved. For the first time since the team was formed, it had a stand at the Corps Open Day and will host a dinner night to recognise individual achievements and sign off (hopefully) on another successful year! RLC Fishing is always searching for new anglers so if you are interested, think you fit the bill and want to get involved with a great group of individuals, then please search for “Royal Logistic Corps Carp Team” on Facebook.

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RLC Aquatics RLC Swimming The Inter Corps Champs in December 2018 saw a return to form for RLC Swimming with the best performance in years – the women’s team came second and the men’s team came fifth. So far this year, three RLC swimmers (Maj Lisa Brown MBE, Capt Lucy Powell and LCpl Kelly Baildon) have been selected to represent the Army at the European Masters Games in Turin, Italy. The reserve brethren is about to lead on the very first Army Reserve Swimming Championships; a huge step forward for the sport. WO2 Shawn Bailey MBE remains the driving force behind RLC Reserves swimming. RLC Waterpolo The Corps has a strong presence within the Army team, which currently competes in the British Water Polo League. In its first year of competing, the team gained promotion from Div 4 to Div 3; The RLC’s own Capt Covington was top goal scorer for the season. Further to this, three RLC players (Maj Duncan Lowe, Capt Nick Covington and WO2 Mick Parkin) helped the Army

8 RLC Swimmers on the Army Swim Camp in Cyprus

team win the Inter Services this year. At the Inter Corp Champs last year, The RLC male team came second and the female team also came second; this year the teams hope to win both. This year also sees LCpl Kelly Baildon take on the role of Army Ladies Water Polo Captain. RLC open water swimming In addition to the Open Water Swimming league where Lt Henry Eaton was top RLC swimmer at the Inter Corps, WO1 Mick Straughan has represented the Corps in the gruelling 10km Jubilee River Swim, fighting through 16 degrees water,

RLC Martial Arts RLC Martial Arts is the home of Karate, WTF Taekwondo (TKD), ITF TKD, Brazilian Jiu-jitsu (BJJ) and Kendo. The teams range from complete novices to masters of their craft. Across the disciplines The RLC has competitors at Army, Combined Services and international level. Taekwondo continues to perform well with competitors medalling in the Army’s and Combined Services. LCpl Amy McCabe continues to impress medalling in various military and civilian competitions. In Karate, Cpl Billy Brogan has had an impressive year winning various medals. This success ensured selection for the A squad KKO GB team at the WUKF world championships in Bratislava, Slovakia. Cpl Brogan entered three categories reaching the quarter

8 Cpl Brogan at the WUKF World in Slovakia finals in two. Cpl Brogan did secure a place on the podium as the KKO GB Ippon Kumite reached the semifinals losing in a very close match to the eventual winners Romania. Brazilian Jiu-jitsu’s popularity within the Army has continued to

fatigue, cramp and sickness to finish in under 3.5 hours. Future events The next RLC Inter Units competition will take place on 5 November in Aldershot (swimming only). All units are encouraged to send a team. Swimmers are very welcome to enter as individuals if they aren’t part of an RLC unit. The success in swimming this year sets the stage for a very promising Inter Corps Champs on 4 and 5 December in Aldershot. The club is running a training camp from 25 November until 3 December (likely Aldershot) to allow it to select the best possible team for the Inter Corps Champs. Details will be disseminated closer to the time.

grow. This is no doubt due to its appeal as a competitive combat sport which encourages discipline and camaraderie. New clubs have popped up in Hermitage and London. This will allow more people to get involved whether they want to compete or just learn something new. Following a successful trip to Lisbon for the European Championships in Jan, Cpl Hinds and Capt Godwin continued their training in earnest ahead of this year’s Inter-Services in Jul. This event represents a demanding warm-up(!) for Cpl Hinds who is set to represent the Army at the World Masters in Las Vegas later in the summer. If you currently train or wish to get involved in Martial Arts please contact WO2 Davie McCartney david.mccartney432@mod.gov.uk or 01980 615984.

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RLC Hockey In April, The RLC Hockey Club travelled to Barbados in preparation for the Inter-Corps Hockey Tournament and the Army 2019/20 hockey league. The male and female squads spent the first day acclimatising to the tropical weather ahead of their first matches against the University of West Indies. Playing in uncomfortably humid conditions, the Women’s team faced a strong opposition but came out victorious. Pte Percival scored first from a short corner, remaining calm under pressure, followed by an impressive goal from Maj Valentine with the final score 2-0. The men fought hard against a fast and technically skilled team and, despite a strong performance from the whole squad, including goals from Cpl Clark and Cpl Jackson, they were defeated 6-2. Their next matches were against the Barbados National Development Squad. The women’s squad of 15 players were up against a squad of 26 who were used to playing in the heat. The women played against a physical opposition and were unable to keep up with the constant

substitutions. Lt Col Anderson scored The RLC’s only goal, with the final score being 3-1. Similarly, the Men’s team faced a large squad of players who out matched their pace, with a steady flow of substitutions. Despite a strong performance from LCpl Charlesworth-Cheshire-Newton in goal, the final score was 4-0 to the Development Squad. After a successful training session, the teams had a final match against the Barbados Combined Clubs. Once more the ladies had a tough battle but finished the tour on a high; another goal from Lt Col Anderson and a smooth finish from Sgt Mathers resulted in a 2-0 victory. Again, the Men’s op-position was athletic and energetic, however The RLC team proved it was becoming familiar with the Bajan style of play and reduced its goal difference with a

8 The RLC Hockey Club has travelled to Barbados

result of 4-2 to the home team. Cpl Clark and Cpl Jackson were the goal scorers again. When they weren't training or playing matches, the teams had the opportunity to experience some Caribbean culture. These excursions included a catamaran trip along the stunning West Coast of Barbados where the team had the opportunity to swim with turtles. They also enjoyed a Mount Gay Rum tasting experience where they learned about the history of the island’s rum, its production and heritage. The tour was extremely successful due to the hard work and organisational skills of WO2 Lynn Hines (162RLC). Hopefully this will inspire some new talent to sign up to The RLC Hockey Club.

RLC Ice Hockey Over the past 12 months, RLC Ice Hockey has continued to grow and the team is establishing itself as an elite contender within the Army and Tri-Service set up. Having narrowly lost to the REME in the annual John Edwards Cup in 2018, the team has trained hard, achieving excellent results on the ice. At the time of writing, the team has just returned from the weeklong Tri-Service Championships (TSC) in Sheffield, emerging as the plate winners for the second year in a row, beating the Army Allstars 2-1 to lift the silverware. This result ensured that it has remained one of the top five teams across the three services. The tournament was hugely significant as the team was able to 34

field two full teams (A and B), with 25 skaters in total dressing. Of note was LCpl Kieran Lenachan (29 RLC), competing in his first ever TSC, who was awarded the A Team MVP for the tournament. The team was also the top contributor to the Army Blades team, with six of the 17 Army skaters coming from The RLC. With the influx of keen and dedicated individuals to the sport, the team is looking stronger than

8 RLC Ice Hockey A Team 2019 ever before. It will be competing in the Army Cup in Oct 19, looking to bring home the top prize for the first time ever and then heading to Canada in February 2020 to complete an intensive two-week training camp. All this activity is in preparation for the TSC 20, where it will build upon the success of 2019 and look to win the top prize for the first time in the team’s history.

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RLC Sailing The early part of the year was very busy for RLC windsurfing. The team had two intermediate sailors attend the Army intermediate windsurfing camp in Safaga, Egypt. The Egypt trip was followed by an RLC Reserve trip to Cyprus which was organised by WO2 Tonni Belli who managed to get lots of RLC Reserve soldiers on the water, with some enjoying it so much that they would like to continue the sport. Along with these two trips abroad, RLC windsurfers have had the opportunity to get involved in the 'new' sport of windsurf foiling. Foiling has been made the focus of Army windsurfing for 2019 and so far, two RLC sailors have attended training camps this year and competed in the newly formed foil fleet at this year’s Army championships in July. Foiling is gaining traction in windsurfing and kitesurfing disciplines, with it being introduced in future Olympics. Windsurfing is a very accessible sport with the Army Inshore Sailing Centre (AISTC) being open throughout the year. Courses can be booked easily via the online booking system; (Google Army Sailing). Army windsurfing is competitive, with sailors from other Corps competing in national level races. If you are competitive and would like to enter national level events, or if you would just like to meet like minded people who enjoy racing at Army level, please get in contact with The RLC windsurfing team. For further info on upcoming events, or to see what the team is up to follow Army windsurfing on both Instagram (@army_windsurfing) and Facebook (@British Army Windsurfing). RLC Offshore Sailing The RLC is the Army Offshore Sailing Champions 2019! This prestigious title is equivalent to the RLC skiers winning the Princess Marina Cup. This year two yachts were entered into the annual Army Offshore Regatta in May to compete against the rest of the

Army in both long offshore races and shorter inshore 'round the cans' races. This event is run by the Army Sailing Association and takes place out of Cowes on the Isle of Wight. The yachts were skippered by WO2 Southwick of 17 Regt RLC Col Eddie Corrigan (late RLC) with their crews taken from across the Corps. An exciting week’s racing which saw the crews quite comfortably winning with the closest rivals being the Royal Engineers. Ex WEST EXPRESS saw 25 members of the Corps take to the Solent for a week to enhance their respective skills or to learn for the first time. Feedback from this event was enthusiastic and positive. Ex ALGARVE WATCH is an offshore sailing exercise which enabled RLC units and personnel to charter and sail the Corps' new yacht, Spirit of St George from its is 2019 base in Albuferia in the Algarve from Apr to the end of Sept. This exercise will allow both experienced and novice sailors to either 'expand' their current logbook experience or learn how to sail in some beautiful yet challenging sea areas. Looking forward to 2020, the yacht will potentially be available to charter in the Balearic Islands. RLC offshore sailing is a sport and activity for all. If you think you would like to have a go and get involved, contact: Lt Col Paul Eaton (Rear Commodore Offshore Sailing) Paul.Eaton923@mod.gov.uk LCpl Tracey (1 Regt RLC) Ronald.Tracey659@mod.gov.uk

8 Cpl Casterleiro Army Champs 2018 Maj Mark Jones (Secretary RLC Sailing Assoc) Mark.jones530@mod.gov.uk RLC Dinghy Sailing 1 Regiment RLC has spearheaded the reintroduction of the Dinghy Sailing discipline in the RLCSA. Helped by a grant from Headquarters 11th Infantry Brigade and Headquarters South East and the generous loan of two dinghy vessels from the Army Inshore Sail Training Centre (South), 1 Regt has been able to start a Dinghy Sailing Club at a local lake. The RLC Seaview Regatta was a huge success this year. It was superbly run by SSgt Ed Morrell QPSI at 234 Sqn RLC, 156 Regt RLC and kindly sponsored by FASTRAX. The event saw both serving and RLC veterans competing against each other in champagne racing conditions with 17 P&M Regiment RLC winning the overall Regular Unit trophy. In terms of training, the last 12 months have seen, Maj Bruce Ekman qualifying as a Dinghy Sailing Instructor and five soldiers from 1 Regt have receiving their Dinghy Level 1 & 2 qualifications. The focus for next year will be to enter RLC teams into Army and Inter Services Dinghy Racing Events. For more information or you want to get involved, contact: Maj Bruce Ekman (Rear Commodore Dinghy Sailing) Bruce.Ekman978@mod.gov.uk LCpl Tracey (1 Regt RLC) Ronald.Tracey659@mod.gov.uk

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RLC Squash Towards the end of last season, RLC Squash experienced a mini exodus of Corps players due to end of service and career changes. Of note, the club’s Chairman Maj Chris O’Brien transferred to the Royal Signals to pursue his chosen career path. He will be sadly missed by both RLC and Army Squash Associations as a key stakeholder in administration and contribution alike. The club wishes him all the best! The club’s new Chairman, Maj Steve McNeill has launched himself into his role and is leaning into new ideas and initiatives to enhance squash participation and development across the Corps. Activities are planned around the Corps for pre-season (September/ October 2019) which are aimed at encouraging new players and the identification of new talent for future development. Achievements Despite fielding an understrength team in both Division 1 & 2 of Inter Corps Championships last year, both teams consolidated their

positions, with the A Team claiming a highly credible runner’s up position in Division 1. In recognition of his contribution to Corps and Army Squash, SSgt Dean Boys was nominated for and subsequently presented with an outstanding achievement award at the Corps Sports Awards dinner on 27 Jun 19. Future plans A competitive match was played against Leamington Spa Squash Club (April 19) and further fixtures are planned against Pontefract, Sedgefield and David Lloyd Hull Squash Clubs this season. Planning is also in full swing for

RLC Tennis This past year RLC Tennis has been on the upwards trajectory both in participants and in the Army League Competition. After a difficult summer last year, RLC Tennis was relegated to the lower division however with some great performances from future stars of RLC Tennis, Lt Si Barnes and Pte Jamie Farrell, throughout the winter league saw The RLC promote to the A League in March. The Army summer league has seen The RLC go from strength to strength as the team finished second, its highest place in seven years. Although a true team effort with many different players representing the Corps, the outstanding performance of the summer came against the Royal Signals by Sgt Myles Smythers and LCpl Jamie Sanderson, where two 36

8 Cpl Tetteh-Ahinakwah was the star of The RLC Tennis Championships

crucial sets were won against a strong opposition. The RLC Tennis Championships took place in June and were a rip-roaring success. Forty soldiers and officers from the Corps took part and the quality of the matches was excellent throughout. This championship showed that it is not all about the Corps team and some true talent was identified from novices which will add to the burgeoning talent filling the ranks of RLC Tennis. 9 Regiment RLC

8 RLC Squash B Team – Army Inter Corps Squash Championships 2018 (L to R:Capt Joe Hegarty, Cpl Lee Wakefield, LCpl Shaun O’Donoghue, Sgt Ammy Whitehead, Maj Steve McNeill, WO2 Andre Hill)

the next RLC Squash overseas sports visit to Hong Kong which is scheduled 23 April – 7 May 2020, organised by WO2 Steve Brown. Nine players are due to undertake training sessions and friendly matches against tough opposition in a testing climate during the tour. OSVs are excellent for player’s tactical and physical development and provide an important part of attracting new players to Corps sport.

must get a mention for supporting the championships with large numbers of novices, great to introduce more people to the sport. The stand-out performance however belonged to Cpl TettehAhinakwah as he walked away as the men’s singles winner, veteran’s singles winner and one half of the men’s doubles winner, a superb effort from the stalwart of the Corps team. Special mention must go to Maj Jez Walter who organised a superb week and to Lt Si Barnes for co-ordinating the Champs throughout the week. Moving forward the future is bright for RLC Tennis. With a tour in the pipeline in 2020 and a strong team heading in to the winter league, RLC Tennis is on the way up. If you are interested in playing more tennis or getting started in tennis please contact The RLC Tennis Secretary, Capt Guy Wealthall at: Guy.Wealthall100@mod.gov.uk.

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RLC Rugby Union The RLC RUFC has delivered yet another successful, challenging and action-packed season during 2018/19. The Men’s XV dominated the season and retained both the Palestine Cup and the Ferneyhough Trophy with thrilling mid-season wins over the REME and Gunners respectively. Ultimately, the club dropped slightly short in the men’s final of the Inter-Corps League with a loss to a rejuvenated Gunners squad but not without making them work for every yard of the field. The Women’s XV continue to move from strength to strength winning the season-opening Inter-Corps Festival of Rugby, they went on to storm the Merit League with a comprehensive finals win over the REME. This was swiftly followed up with a semi-final spot at the Newquay 7s competition in what was the Women’s 7s inaugural tournament. The 2018/19 season also saw the first competitive master’s competition – with previous matches historically having been ‘friendlies’ as and when

possible. Not to be outdone by the men's and women's XV’s outstanding form, The RLC RUFC’s recent history of collecting silverware continued and the team became the first ever winner of the ARU InterCorps Masters Cup, defeating the REME in a tense final at Aldershot. Meanwhile, The RLC 7s team has already enjoyed a successful start to the season with seven players also having represented the Army 7s squad to date. Going forward With heads held high and opportunities a plenty, the club is looking forward to opening The RLC’s 19/20 Army Rugby Union

RLC Rugby League The Corps Rugby League side has had a fantastic start to the 2019 season on and off the pitch, with pre-season training camps at DST Leconfield seeing the players pushed though their paces by not only its own coaches but a team of coaches from Hull University. The Corps finished its preparation for this season at an invitational game contesting the John Whitley Cup. This was played at Super League’s Hull KR’s KOM Craven Park, against a strong semi-professional Hull Dockers side. Unfortunately, the Corps was beaten in the latter stages of the game 42-24. The Lawson Cup campaign has seen the Corps achieve a mixed bag of results, with notable wins against the Royal Signals and the Spartans (RAPTC + AMS) and a loss to the Royal Engineers. Some

8 The Corps Rugby League side has had a fantastic start to the 2019 season

performances have been magnificent – most notably at Royal Wotton Basset when the team put 50 points on the Spartans. The comeback against the Royal Signals was also sublime and all of these games were compelling because they were so competitive. Even with the loss in the group stages to the RE, the Corps finished top of Group A and set up a thrilling semi-final against the Royal Artillery in July. The women’s team is still at the forefront of Defense grass roots rugby, but unit commitments have made it hard to play throughout the

8 The Men’s squad photo prior to the Akrotiri 10s final

season with its fantastic sponsor Briggs Defence at the Williamson Trophy to be played in September. This will be followed by the club pre-season training camp in South Wales where the Men’s and Women’s XVs will play fixtures against local sides. The training camp is swiftly followed by the ARU Corps Festival of Rugby at Aldershot before the customary Merit League competitions resume. Spectators are welcome to attend the Corps men's, women's and master's fixtures taking place on 25 Sep, 23 Oct, 13 Nov, 4 Dec and 15 Jan 20.

full season. With a limited pool of ladies that play rugby The RLC Women’s team season has also been curtailed by the ARMY RL (W) successful campaigns in the Challenge Cup and Shield, in which the team’s soldiers have played a full part. As testament to the high standard of rugby league being coached and played by the Corps, the team has had several players called up to Army in preparation for the Inter-Services campaign in September with Pte Micky Hoyle (6RLC) now a regular in the UKAF set up. Four ladies from the Corps have been called up to the Army first team for the Challenge Cup and again for Inter-Services, which is great news for them and the game! If there are any interested players that would like to play rugby league, the next pre-season will be in Feb 2020. For further info, please contact the team manager SSgt Richard Stebbing on 96798 3867.

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RLC Cricket The RLC Cricket team has been crowned double Corps champions winning both the The Inter Corps T20 competition and the 50 over Power Cup this season. The T20 final was especially impressive as it started badly with skipper Capt Edwards breaking his thumb just before the game – that it barely had an impact is a reflection of the ethos, attitude and depth of the squad. A tight bowling performance from The RLC saw REME finish on 172 for 5. In reply, the top three started well, reaching 97 for 1 off 11 overs – with a half century for LCpl Tottle.

The RLC surpassed the REME score for an eight wicket win – led by Pte Carmichael with a powerful half century.

8 Power Cup Winners The team has now won the Inter Corps T20 for three years running, an outstanding achievement. Less than 12 hours later, it was back to the Army cricket ground for the Power Cup Final v Royal Engineers. The RLC batted first and reached 259 all out and then bowled The Sappers all out for 80 achieving a 179 run win. Winning both Inter Corps cricket competitions has not been achieved by any corps for over a decade. 8 T20 Winners

RLC Winter Sports The aim of the RLC Winter Sports Association (RLCWSA) is to promote increased winter sports participation with a particular focus on junior, female and Reserve soldiers, to develop talent and to win individual, unit and corps titles at army level. The RLCWSA supports RLC officers and soldiers to participate, train and compete in four discrete winter sports disciplines; Ice sports, snowboarding, Nordic and Alpine skiing. It places a strong emphasis on the development of the junior cohort and encourages greater female participation; this needs to be reinvigorated and focussed upon for the coming season. Notably, winter sports is one of the most integrated collection of sports with Regular and Reserve 38

8 The RLCWSA supports RLC officers and soldiers to participate, train and compete in four discrete winter sports disciplines; Ice Sports, Snowboarding, Nordic and Alpine Skiing

participation, female and junior, from around the Corps. RLC units are the current Inter-Service Nordic

and Army Nordic Champions (1 RLC), Army Alpine Champions and holders of the coveted title Champion Skiing Unit of the British Army, The Princess Marina Trophy (6 RLC). Winter sports within The RLC continues to go from strength to strength. Following a highly successful winter sports season in 2019, members of the Corps are now in full swing planning and preparing for the coming season. There are various RLC led training camps and competitions being organised around Europe in late 2019, which are designed to introduce novices to the sports or further develop those more experienced athletes. This will allow personnel to move forward confidently to Regional Championships with a vision of qualifying for the Army Championships and be competitive at the Corps Championships.

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RLC Equestrian Tent-pegging sweeps up The RLC’s Mounted Skill at Arms Team swept up at the prestigious Royal Windsor Horse Show on 10 May. The A Team, consisting of Maj Puckey, Lt Col Briggs and Maj Ware won the Lance Tent-pegging Class and Maj Prescott won the Individual Tent-pegging Class. Tent-pegging is a traditional army competition in which the riders attack ‘tent pegs, place in the ground and have to carry them away on the point of their lance whilst riding a galloping horse. It is also the only time that No1 Dress becomes sporting attire. Maj Puckey won the Sword, Lance and Revolver Class (SLR). This class involves jumping four fences, running through two dummies with the sword, shooting three balloons with a pistol, two of them whilst jumping a fence and then picking up the lance and carrying off two rings from gallows and a tent peg from the ground, all within 45 seconds! The team then went on to have great success at the Royal Tournament held at Melton Mowbray in June, with individual riders winning SLR (Maj Puckey) and Tentpegging (Maj Prescott), achieving an overall team win. Successes at Tidworth Polo Club On 6 May, The RLC Polo Club joined forces with the Royal Artillery entering a team into the Women in Polo Military Ladies Tournament. For a third year in a row the team, consisting of Lt Col Lucy Anderson MBE and Maj Hannah Hewins, won the tournament. The team played two matches beating the Army

Medical Services 3 – 2.5 and the Adjutant General’s Corps 5-1. Both Lt Col Anderson and Maj Hewins scored in both matches. The RLC team played again on 27 May winning both matches to take home winning team for their division. The first match was against the Royal Artillery in which Lt Col Anderson, Maj Prescott and Capt Wilson scored. The second match Col Anderson scored to beat the RAF. Show jumping and dressage Keen RLC riders have also been attending the military competitions coming home with great results. Top rider LCpl Hall wiped the floor at the UK Armed Forces Show held in April at Addington Manor in Buckinghamshire, winning both the two 1.10m SJ classes and then the 1.15m SJ class. Maj Lambert and Capt Mawbey came home with rosettes in both SJ and dressage also. Maj Lambert was also selected to compete for the Corps team at Royal Windsor Horse Show, always a great day out for the team and their many supporters. LCpl Hall went on to pick up yet another win in the 1.20m class at the Royal

8 RLC polo team victory at Tidworth polo club

Tournament held at Melton Mowbray in June and was rewarded for her great results over the past year with the First Runner Up RLC Sportswomen of the Year award. The Army Grassroots League The league is aimed at individuals who are new to riding and competitions. It is designed as a pathway to prepare individuals to compete for their corps teams and runs in the off season (winter months) so they can hit the ground running in the main competition season. This is only the second year it has run and it has been a huge success. The organiser, which is the team’s very own Capt Mawbey, is developing further to incorporate all levels of interests for the three disciplines – Dressage, SJ and XC. So, if you don’t like to leave the ground or gallop around solid fences do not worry, you can focus on just the parts that you are interested in! This year WO2 Wakefield and Pte Piper are involved in the league. Pte Piper has had an excellent league, riding many different horses very well and gaining valuable points and confidence has the series has continued. He narrowly missed out on the final but is fully ready for the season ahead. The team is excited to have another rider graduate from the league and join the corps team at competitions on the tri-service circuit. 8 Maj Lambert representing the Corps at Royal Windsor Horse Show

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Images by: Pte Jaycean Thomas (Royal Edinborough Military Tatoo) Cpl Andy Reid, Lt Col Sheryl Stonehouse (Corps Open Day), Cpl Ben Beckett (AFD Salisbury)

The summer months are always busy ones for The Royal Logistic Corps. In late June, several RLC units participated in Armed Forces Day events across the UK: including 19 Tank Transporter Squadron. It took a Challenger 2 MBT on one of its Heavy Equipment Transporters to the Salisbury AFD event, with the Driver Tank Transporter Operators, demonstrating the unloading and loading procedure. At the beginning of July, The RLC held its first Corps Open Day away from Deepcut. Brilliantly hosted by 29 Regt in South Cerney, over the course of the day and evening, around 8,000 visitors came to see The RLC in action; enjoying the thrilling arena displays, taking in the trade demonstrations and sharing some down time at the Party in the Park. We witnessed Maj Bonnie Nicol getting her head shaved for charity and even managed to get the Colonel RLC to take to the skies in a microlight.

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In early August, after weeks of practice, a troop from 7 Regiment RLC stole the show as Guard of Honour at this year’s Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo (REMT). Capt Henry Hulme RLC, 7 Regt, said: “It’s a huge privilege for 7 Regiment RLC to participate in this year’s Tattoo. This tasking is usually undertaken by a combat unit. The daily rigours of drill in the Castle esplanade in front of an international audience for almost a month is a challenge and the soldiers have risen to and achieved very high standards. The Regt is very proud of their efforts.” The Regt was joined on parade by dancers from the Tattoo Dance Company, the massed pipes and drums formed from multiple Scottish Regimental Bands, the Canadian Military Band, the Heeresmusikkorps Kassel German Marching Band, the Trinidad & Tobago Defence Force’s Steel Orchestra, the Beijing Marching Band and Cultural Display and the Lochiel Marching Drill Team from New Zealand.

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1 Regiment The Royal Logistic Corps BICESTER CO: Lt Col N Crew OBE • Adjt: Capt E Thompson • RSM: WO1 A Parker The second quarter of 2019 has been fast-paced and rewarding for 1 Regiment RLC. The Regt has continued to achieve sporting success across multiple fields whilst deploying on Ex RHINO STRIKE for BCS2. Ex RHINO STRIKE In June, 1 Regt deployed on Ex RHINO STRIKE for BCS2 on Salisbury Plain. The exercise was challenging, as it was designed to allow sub-units to test some of the principles of STRIKE. Empowerment and sharpening of the soldiering skills, which will be crucial in future, were tested to great effect. The subunits experienced a host of training serials that allowed everyone to hone their skills and take advantage of the training area. The opportunity to exercise as a regiment mounted and dismounted was embraced by the JNCOs and Section Commanders and showed exactly the kind of professionalism and initiative required of them in the dispersed battlespace. Ex RHINO STRIKE culminated in a march and shoot competition won by 2 CS Sqn. Sporting achievements Between exercises and adventurous training, 1 Regt personnel have managed to represent and excel across multiple fields. The golf team retained the annual Magnolia Golf Corporate Tournament, with some good golf played in difficult conditions. The cricket team has also had great success winning the RLC 6s and T20 competition and after a flawless team performance, winning by nine wickets in the final. The athletics team has been working hard this quarter and has had great success; being crowned Army Athletics champions after an excellent team performance by our soldiers. A special mention must go to the regimental pace-sticking team who won the Corps Championships, with a spirited team performance that saw Pte Bradwell receive a special 42

mention from the judges and Cpl Greenhalgh winning best sticker. The triathlon and cycling team have continued their success into the summer quarter, competing in the Army Inter Unit Sprint Triathlon Championship at Eton Dorney and placing third major unit. An excellent success for the team. A special mention to LCpl Baildon who has been away with the Army Swimming team in Cyprus as well as captaining the Army Women’s Water Polo team and being crowned Inter Services champions. Lt Clayton-Hatfield also flew the 1 Regt flag in Rwanda, where he took part in the Kigali Peace Marathon, raising over £7,000 for Help for Heroes and Rwanda Aid. Training In May ,1 Regt executed a regimental AT package, which ran over two weeks and was an enormous success. The soldiers enjoyed and were challenged, by a multi-activity package including hillwalking on Snowdon, kayaking, mountain biking, gorge walking, coasteering and rock climbing. Elements of sub unit personnel deployed to the USA on EX WAR

8 Regiment Football team with Accrington Stanley F.C. personnel

FIGHTER, where they worked with 1 Brigade testing operational capability. In preparation for BCS2 and LFTT, SSgt Holdaway held a very successful GPMG cadre, in which soldiers were familiarised on the weapon system and taken through Live Fire 1 to 8, culminating in an ACMT. This summer the Regt is looking forward to a two-week LFTT package in which soldiers will be taking part in mounted and dismounted shoots, before departing on well-deserved summer leave. Accrington Stanley F.C. The Regimental Football Team had the pleasure of hosting Accrington Stanley F.C. for a three day visit in July. The visit was an incredible experience, with the team learning about military life and taking part in military training. It was also invaluable for our team to get coached by the training staff from Accrington Stanley. A big thanks to RSM Andy Parker and ASFC’s manager, John Coleman, for making the visit possible.

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3 Regiment The Royal Logistic Corps ABINGDON CO: Lt Col S Cooke • Adjt: Capt A Thompson • RSM: WO1 G Millar Supported by sub-units from 1 Armoured Medical Regiment, 3 Armoured Close Support Battalion REME, 158 Provost Coy, 6 HQ and Support Sqn RE and the 484th United States Military Police; 3 Regiment RLC formed up as the Combat Close Support Group (CSS Gp) in support of the Queens Royal Hussars (QRH) Battlegroup to tackle Exercise PRAIRIE STORM 1. Conditions were testing as temperatures ranged from -15 to +30 degrees, the wind and dust were persistent in their annoyance and the looming threat of the Donovians - a live enemy played by the Royal Dragoon Guards - kept everyone’s wits sharp. In the 38 days spent on the Prairie, 3 Regt went from forming a fledgling CSS Gp, through CT2, 3 and 4 training and ended the exercise having successfully been validated for readiness. Throughout the exercise, the CSS Gp was tasked to depart from its normal doctrine and to experiment with our SOPs. Some ideas were minor adjustments, some were more creative and others surely had the JNCOs scratching their heads wondering ‘why are we doing it like this?!’ But all were trialled with enthusiasm and given a fair assessment. Some of these ideas will be taken forward for further development, others will remain on the scrap heap of ideas coming from the RHQ… aka the puzzle palace.

8 What a difference a day makes! Temperatures fluctuated from -15C to +30C making conditions living in the field even more difficult!

8 SSgt Anderson-White The highlight of the exercise for many, was the substantial live firing package. This ranged from section level dismounted shoots, right up to rough track, mounted, Combat Logistic Patrols, bringing RLC, REME, Medical and Provost assets

together within a live firing template. This package proved really effective at honing our soldiers’ tactical skills and confidence ahead of the Tactical Engagement Simulation (TES) phase. Having been validated early though mission 0, the reigns were released and the Special Purpose Forces came hunting for the CSS Gp – a perceived soft target in the rear. Initially, the CSS Gp went undetected for days – coordinating frequent movement, greater dispersion and bold area selection together to confuse and deter enemy action. When the attack, inevitably came, a robust deception plan, canalised axis of approach covered by dismounted GPMG and NLAW positions and a ‘will to win’ saw the CSS Gp pick apart the Donovian force. An upset for the books! With 32 Close Support Squadron currently on the prairie supporting the 1st Royal Regiment of Fusiliers on Ex PRAIRIE STORM 2, the remainder of the Regt gears up for further experimentation on Exercise IRON VIPER ahead of readiness for operations next year. 8 Ridgebacks secure the area

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4 Regiment The Royal Logistic Corps ABINGDON CO: Lt Col C Yates • Adjt: Capt S Kennedy • RSM: WO1 D Phillips The spring has brought some changes to 4 Regiment RLC with a new commanding officer and a relief-in-place of troops deployed on Op CABRIT in Estonia. The Regt has found time within the busy battle rhythm, to allow the soldiers to conduct a battlefield study to Normandy and regimental AT packages to Capel Curig and Bavaria. The new CO arrives In April, the Regt welcomed the new Commanding Officer, Lt Col Chris Yates. The fast pace of life in 4 Regt, meant the new CO had to hit the ground running and is looking forward with great anticipation to his time in command. 60 CS Squadron On 20 May 19, 60 Sqn deployed to the Brecon Beacons on Ex MUSHROOM PATROL, a Cambrian Patrol type exercise. Aimed at maintaining currency in MATTs and readiness, the exercise challenged the JNCOs and their CLM abilities. The deployment allowed the Sqn to operate in austere conditions, under stress, testing their soldiering skills. Completing the exercise was a fantastic achievement for all involved, with good experiences throughout; as well as being great preparation for those arduous military skills competitions coming later in the year. 4 CS Squadron 4 CS Sqn deployed overseas on Ex PISCES ADVANCE, its second OTX in nine months. Managing to find

time within readiness commitments, the Sqn deployed to Sennelager in Germany with over 100 personnel. The exercise allowed the Sqn to re-establish itself following the end of its commitments in Estonia and formally validated soldiers to the Combat Service Support Battle Craft Syllabus. The Sqn planned and executed various military field craft lessons prior to deployment, to enable the success of the exercise. The two-week long exercise comprised of a week in the field culminating in a platoon level attack. The exercising troops also managed to experience an AT package in Möhnesee, where the Dam Busters raid occurred and a day out in Bielefeld to unwind. It was a brilliant experience for all involved. 33 GS Squadron Ensuring the maintenance of readiness is at the forefront of all the Sqn’s activities. 33 Sqn deployed to 157 Sqn to conduct a week-long MATTs camp in Cardiff. The Sqn thoroughly enjoyed the time allowing it to focus purely on team-building and Sqn cohesion,

8 The Normandy battlefield study whilst ensuring it is ready to fully support regimental commitments in the future. Alongside its busy readiness commitments, 33 Sqn deployed a full troop to Germany on Ex PISCES ADVANCE with 4 Sqn. The troop performed excellently on the demanding exercise, receiving praise from OC 4 Sqn throughout. Operations At the end of March, 4 Sqn began its hand over to 60 Sqn on Op CABRIT in Estonia. The Sqn will remain committed to supporting the King’s Royal Hussars as part of the enhanced Forward Presence Battlegroup in Estonia for eight months. The Sqn worked with determination and commitment to hand over the vehicle fleet effectively, whilst maintaining its readiness roles. Looking forward The Regt is now focused on the approaching, busy autumn period. Exercises: IRON VIPER, BARBURY SUN and LION STAR will see the Regt deploy en-masse to Salisbury, Gibraltar and Cyprus to conduct various BCS level exercises. The ongoing readiness commitments have pushed the Regt to stay current in all mandatory skills to ensure the smooth deployment to 8 4 Sqn on Ex PISCES ADVANCE

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6 Regiment The Royal Logistic Corps DISHFORTH CO: Lt Col L A Green • Adjt: Capt T M Furlong • RSM: WO1 G Sumner During the last quarter, 6 Regiment RLC has been recognising the contribution of soldiers and officers, participated in a battlefield study to the Balkans and has seen its investment in the regimental shooting team pay dividends. GOC 1 Div visit and medal parade Maj General Weir DSO MBE visited the Regt on 22 May 19, to conduct a medal parade and attend the annual Regimental Awards evening. During his visit he presented twenty Operational Service and General Service medals to 6 Regt officers and soldiers for their contribution to deployments across the globe. This included operations in Afghanistan, Iraq and Africa on both UK and UN mandates. Maj Gen Weir also addressed the Regt on current divisional matters ,including the readiness of the JEF Light Brigade and the importance of the Regt’s contribution to the Brigade and Division. Bosnia Battlefield Study 23 members of 6 Regt, mainly Lance Corporals and Lieutenants, travelled with Maj McCullough, Maj Ashley MBE (9 Regt) and Col Blenkinsop (DComd (Log) 101 Bde) to Croatia and Bosnia & Herzegovina on a battlefield tour. The specific aim was to review RLC operations during the Balkan Wars in the 1990s as part of RLC 25. The group visited the North Port and Dalma warehouse in Split to review supply operations. It travelled the MSRs, including the unpaved parts of Diamond, Circle and Square up to Vitez, to review driver trade SOPs and TTPs. It also visited Sarejevo, to consider the implications on supply of a siege that lasted 1425 days and visited the ‘Tunnel of Hope’ that kept vital supplies running into the city during the war. Other locations visited included Mostar, where it was briefed by a JNCO who served in the conflict and

met a US State Dept humanitarian and one of the British Army translators. The group conducted services of remembrance in Gornji Vakuf to remember the 11 members of The RLC who died during these operations, as well as the 140,000 killed and 4 million displaced locals. During the trip the group also had briefings from the International Commission on missing people. (18,000 found but 9,000 still missing), the OSCE and the EU as well as briefly discussing Sarajevo’s part in the start of WW1. The trip concluded in Dubrovnik where the focus was on the importance of junior level leadership and the Army’s Values and Standards led by SSM 64 Sqn. Regimental Shooting Team The Regimental Shooting Team competed at the Army Operational Shooting Competition 2019. After spending the three months training and competing at brigade and divisional level, the team had the chance to compete with the best 42 teams in the Army. The team finished 23rd, an improvement of 17 places on last year’s position. It will be looking to build on this next year and hopefully get some firers in the

8 The CO and RSM with the new Sergeants Regular Army 100 (the 100 best shots across the Army). Promotions The following Corporals were selected for promotion to Sergeant. It was a toughly fought board with some great results for 6 Regt and testament to the huge amount of hard work the individuals have put in over the past year. Cpl Clark RLC Cpl Eccles RLC Cpl Hill RLC Cpl Williams RLC Cpl Shawcross AGC (SPS) Cpl Bell REME Cpl Hudson REME

8 Maj Gen Weir presents the medals

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7 Regiment The Royal Logistic Corps COTTESMORE CO: Lt Col J Edwards • Adjt: Capt E Duplessis • RSM: WO1 A Newham On 18 Jun 19 the CO, 2IC and RCMO of 7 Regiment RLC, visited the 1st Pomeranian Logistics Brigade in Bydgoszcz, Poland to celebrate its 15th anniversary. A parade was held, at which all previous Brigade Commanders were present. This was also an opportunity for them to present honours and awards to personnel in the Bde, before finishing the day with a family gathering to watch a military capability display. The Polish Bde Comd, Col Skulimowski and CO 7 Regt, are very keen to foster strong relationships between the units to build on the Regt’s unique Polish heritage. In June, the Regimental shooting team took part in the Army Operational Shooting Competition at the National Rifle Association’s 150th meeting. The competitions consisted of a series of physically arduous shoots, which aimed to test team’s physical robustness, agility and marksmanship skills. These shoots had obstacle courses, CASEVAC’s and CQB elements; the extra challenges making teamwork essential. Teams from around the world competed at the event and the 7 Regt team bonded particularly well with the team from America. 7 Regt has been presented with an amazing opportunity to be the Guard of Honour for the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo. It is the first time any unit outside of the combat arms has been asked to undertake the prestigious task and

8 The CO, 2IC and RCMO in Poland 42 volunteers stepped forward to try and earn a place in the final 30 that headed to Edinburgh. The aptly named ‘Edinburgh Troop’ at 7 Regt worked hard in a number of areas such as kit preparation and a combination of static and moving drill, as well as a personal PT program in order to best prepare the troops for being on parade at Edinburgh Castle. At the end of the first four weeks of training, the troop was reduced to a final 30 that will travel to Edinburgh. They paraded every night of the Tattoo from the 2 August to the 24 August. On the sporting front, the Regt has continued to engage in activities from cricket to rugby. Following the cricket team’s success last season, it was the defending champion in the RLCT20 tournament. The team has also seen success in The RLC 6’s tournament. This tournament was

league format and after a nailbiting match against 27 Regt RLC, 7 Regt has qualified for the finals. The team is now through to the second round of the Army Cup where it will face 5 Rifles at Tidworth. The Regimental rugby team has had a successful season by making the final of RLC Briggs Cup for the first time. Pte Harris of 617 Sqn was named “Man of the Match” in the Cup Final. A great achievement, considering he had only played two games of rugby. He has already been eyed up for the Corp team next season. For a team which started only two years ago, this season has been a massive success. Following this great season, many members of the team were selected to represent the Army and Corps at both Rugby Union and Rugby League. Pte Bulisere, Pte Burenivalu, Pte Maivalensiau, Pte Raikanakoda, Pte Vakatalai and Pte Raderua have managed to reach the RLC Rugby League team. Pte Bulicokocoko, Pte Vakalala, Pte Vuli play for The RLC Rugby Union team. Pte Turaga and Pte Krososaya play for the Army Rugby League team. Pte Drauvaki has been successful in playing for the Army 7’s, Army U23 and UK combined services U23. The Regt is full of talented rugby players and given the right development, support and opportunity the team could push further next season. 8 The Regt'l OSC team

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9 Regiment The Royal Logistic Corps HULLAVINGTON CO: Lt Col A J C Geary • Adjt: Capt C Hardwick • RSM: WO1 R Vincent There has been no let up in the pace of life at 9 Regiment RLC with the Regt undertaking a plethora of commitments, exercises and sporting endeavours. In May, 150 personnel deployed on Ex WYVERN TOR in support of The Ten Tors challenge, an annual event which involves 3000 young people completing a 50-mile orienteering exercise across Dartmoor. The Regt formed a core part of the Moor Support Group, deploying to locations across Dartmoor to provide a safety and administration for the event. With vehicle crews operating at reach and in some difficult driving scenarios, our junior soldiers were thoroughly tested in their initiative, navigation, communication and teamwork, whilst the two C2 nodes had a welcome opportunity to test their planning ability over a fastpaced weekend. With much credit also due to the SQMS SSgt Tirtha Limbu and his band of miracle workers, the weekend proved to be a novel and rewarding experience for all involved. This was swiftly followed by preparations for Buckley Day, which this year included a Winterfell-scale replica of the Great Magazine at Delhi courtesy of 95 Sqn Ammo Tp. Organised by OC 95 and SSM 66 Sqn, the dinner night featured a culinary tour of the Regt’s main events over the previous year, ranging from Op TRENTON to Ex SAIF SAREEA 3 and Ex TRIDENT JUNCTURE. Entertained by a Kukhri dance and the by-now-famous Fijian Choir, the evening was a fitting way to celebrate the regimental achievements over the last 12 months with 25 Ptes and JNCOs welcomed into the mess to celebrate with the combined mess, regimental guests and previous COs and RSMs. Buckley Day also signalled the completion of the annual CO’s Cup, with 95 Sqn crowed victorious after a challenging Ninja 9 obstacle course

race. The Regt also enjoyed the annual Dragon Boat race day in July – an opportunity for the Regt to come together, get away from MODNET and enjoy a well-earned day by Lake 32, complete with a seemingly endless BBQ. Elsewhere in the Regt, 84 Medical Supply Sqn continues to support OP TRENTON at both second and third line, supplying the deployed field hospitals in South Sudan. The Sqn recently welcomed home the highly successful TRENTON 6 deployment and is in the process of deploying the TRENTON 7 team under the command of Sgt Gurung. The Sqn is also developing a new medical supply course designed by the Sqn’s RAMC Pharmacy Technician, which is currently being validated by DCLPA and will result in an accredited JPA competency that will be required before deploying in a medical supply role. Sport continues to play an incredibly important part of regimental life and this was

8 Pte Karki awarded Army Colours

8 Planning during Ex WYVERN TOR demonstrated by the success at The RLC Sports Awards, including Coach of the Year for Capt Andy Evans and an Outstanding Achievement Award for all racket sports for Sgt Owusu. Outside these achievements there has been success across a broad spectrum of pitches, tracks and courts with Pte Karki being presented Army colours for table tennis, Pte Weekes winning the Corps under 23 title in The RLC Clay Target Competition, Pte Osei winning the BDFPA national full power championships and Cpl Webb retaining the Army Cycling Road Race title in Brecon in July. Additionally, Cpl Ronan and LCpls Arnold and Barton have all represented the Regt at the annual Corps Boxing Night which saw 9 Regt become The RLC Female Champions 2019 and finally, Capt Powell gained a gold and a silver at the European Masters Games’ Swimming Championships. Finally, there has been a substantial change in the command structure of the Sqns with three new OCs posted in; Maj Glass into 84 MS Sqn, Maj Khatri into 90 (HQ) Sqn and Maj Cornwell into 66 F&GT Sqn. The Regiment will also bid farewell to the CO, Lt Col Andy Geary, who will hand over to Lt Col Joe Brown in September. The Regt wishes him, Jess and their children, Will and Isla, well in their new posting to PJHQ.

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10 The Queen’s Own Gurkha Logistic Regiment ALDERSHOT CO: Lt Col A F West • Adjt: Capt S Patterson • RSM: WO1 P Gurung

For 10 QOGLR, the second quarter of 2019 has been characterised by two key commitments: The provision of real-time logistic support to Ex PRAIRIE STORM 1 and 2 and ceremonial Public Duties in London from May to July. In addition to these two key commitments, 10 QOGLR has succeeded on several other fronts. In May, led by Sgt Ramu Rai, the Regt’s badminton team beat all other teams in the Army’s annual competition and in July the volleyball team won The RLC Volleyball Championship; with Pte Jiban Shahi being recognised as the most valuable player of the tournament. The Regt’s shooting team was not only the ‘champion team’ in the Force Troops Command, Royal Logistic Corps and 3 (UK) Division operational shooting competitions, it also finished fourth of 43 teams at the Army Operational Shooting Competition; with all eight team members achieving the ‘Army 100’ accolade. Pte Abhinavan Rai and LCpl Arshu Gurung were ‘champion shots’ at the FTC/RLC and 3(UK) Div competitions respectively and LCpl Arshu went on to become the fifth best shot in the Army overall. 2Lt Ellitsgaard-McNaughtan also deserves praise for being named ‘best young officer’ at the FTC competition. Those committed on Public Duties in London no doubt found 48

the opportunity an honour and privilege, albeit with some hard graft attached. For 18 new intake soldiers, fresh out of Phase 2 training, their career trajectory literally went from ‘Nepal to the Palace’. This was in-keeping with the Regt’s media tag-line throughout Public Duties. Indeed, Lt Adam Stephenson’s welldeveloped media plan led to extensive press coverage and as a result, Lt Simon Smith had the honour of representing the Regt at a private dinner at Windsor Castle, hosted by Her Majesty The Queen. Lt Sophie Copson also did a sterling job, organising countless lunches and dinner nights at St James’s Palace. The officers were acutely aware that they were only afforded the privilege of hosting friends, family and regimental stakeholders within the senior Royal Palace, due to the hard work and exceptionally high standards of those soldiers on

8 10 QOGLR Gurkha Major Handover

8 10 QOGLR Adventurous Training, Mount Vesuvius, Italy

guard throughout the summer period, which included the state visit of the President of the United States of America. The growth of QOGLR continues, with additional tranches of manpower destined for 4 Regiment RLC and 9 Regiment RLC before the year’s close. The Regt is immensely proud of both Major Nick Heppenstall and WO1 Prakash Gurung who were awarded a MBE and MSM respectively in The Queen’s honours lists this year and whilst the Regt has welcomed a series of new personalities in recent months, it has inevitably said farewell to many others, including Major Chakra Khatri, the outgoing Gurkha Major, who will take up his new role as an OC within 9 Regt. With Ex IRON VIPER fast approaching and the Commander keen to emphasise the importance of both the moral and conceptual components of fighting power, officers and senior soldiers conducted a battlefield study at Monte Cassino, Italy, in July, whilst numerous junior soldiers deployed to Cyprus to conduct AT. With a well-deserved break in August, 10 QOGLR is now focused on Ex IRON VIPER and looks forward to Dashain and Tihar celebrations in its wake.

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11 Explosive Ordnance Disposal Regiment RLC DIDCOT CO: Lt Col N G Joynes QGM • Adjt: Capt L Selman • RSM: WO1 A Turner 11 EOD & Search Regiment RLC continues to deliver EOD capability and Ammunition Technical support worldwide. This quarter has also included sporting success, adventurous training and recruitment activity. Sport In April, representatives from 721 EOD Sqn took part in the annual Army Judo Championships in Aldershot. One male and one female team entered and returned victorious having won both team prizes. Following the team events, all competitors took part in the individual competition and all also achieved medal positions. Outreach and recruiting Tidworth Troop was recently tasked with assisting The RLC officer recruiting team at a presentation to Bristol UOTC. Following on from the broader RLC presentation, the UOTC was given an introduction to the roles which 11EOD&S Regt carry out, ranging from Improvised Explosive Device disposal to investigation of munitions incidents and ammunition inspectorate. The OCdts were then given the chance to get hands on with some training aids and enthusiastically worked through several IED scenarios. To finish off, the OCdts were given the opportunity to try on a bomb suit and operate the FORMAL RemoteControlled Vehicle (RCV). Continuing the theme, Capt Mayes of 721 Sqn also invited students from his old school for a look at life, taking them on a round-robin which consisted of ammunition design principles, a CUTLASS RCV show and tell, RVC obstacle course and EOD PPE (Bomb suit and CBRN suits). By all accounts it was a thoroughly engaging day, and hopefully the Corps will see a few of the young attendees, join in the future. 421 Sqn AT 421 Sqn de-camped to Cardiff for a week of mountain biking and climbing. Under the supervision of

8 11 EOD & Search winning Judo teams instructors from within and outside the Regt, there was clear progression made by all, even those less enamoured with the sheer cliffs and death-defying speed. In between training and trade courses, 421 also found time for members of the Sqn to support the InterServices cricket competition taking place at Lords Cricket Ground. Ex KHANDJAR OMAN and Ex JEBEL STORM During February and March 2019, a Close Support Ammunition Detachment (CSAD) from 521 EOD Sqn was deployed to Oman in support of two Brigade level exercises: Ex JEBEL STORM and Ex KHANDJAR OMAN. During Ex JEBEL STORM the CSAD was tasked with conducting Guided Munitions Ammunition Technician duties for NLAW firings at SAFRAT training area where; three missiles were fired two of which were unsuccessful. They then conducted a STM inspection post exercise to ensure all ammunition was safe for transport. Ex KHANDJAR OMAN took place at Ras Madrakrah training area, where the CSAD assisted with the siting of

the field storage site. This consisted of six ISO containers holding tank and artillery ammunition, small arms ammunition and all demolition explosives. RSM Handover On 30 May 19, 11 EOD & Search Regiment said a fond farewell to WO1 RSM Phil Gonzalez, as he prepares to leave the Army after 16 years of distinguished service. The Regt welcomes WO1 Andy Turner (former SSM 621 EOD Sqn) as the new RSM.

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13 Air Assault Support Regiment RLC COLCHESTER CO: Lt Col M Genko • Adjt: Capt O Stilgoe • RSM: WO1 R Falls

This has once again been a productive period for 13 Air Assault Support Regiment RLC. While many members of the Regt maintained readiness as part of the AATF, the remainder have deployed on various overseas training exercises; in particular, Ex SWIFT RESPONSE. The Regiment has also seen personnel take part in the commemoration of the 75th anniversary of the Normandy landings, as well as a sizeable contingent who have been training hard for a forthcoming operational deployment with Second Battalion, The Parachute Regiment. The invaluable experiences that these soldiers will have gained will no doubt greatly enhance operational capability in the future. Ex SWIFT RESPONSE 19 Prior to summer leave, the Regt deployed on the Allied Combined Joint Expeditionary Force exercise in Croatia. This proved to be an extremely complex logistical exercise, the greatest challenge encountered was the road movement and sustainment of 314 vehicles and 558 personnel from Colchester to Udbina Airfield in Croatia. The route saw elements transit through nine countries, travelling over 1,800 Km and it was all hands to the pump to ensure vehicles made it to the final destination. A rehabilitation period 50

in Grafenwohr gave units the time needed to gain adequate rest and to repair platforms. The experience gained for all involved, from those planning in RHQ, to the soldiers conducting the move cannot be under estimated; especially as it was planned and execute entirely by elements from within 16 Bde. This was a rare and great achievement. The period in country saw the Regt exercise its main capabilities, including: Supply, transport, heli-handling, DZ clearance, air despatch and of course the rehabilitation of vehicles. All of these functions were well tested in an unfamiliar environment. It was not all work however, over the six-week deployment, soldiers did manage a little R&R and sightseeing in the local area. NORMANDY 75 Like many other members of 16 Bde, the Regt played a vital role in the commemoration of the 75th Anniversary of the Normandy landings. Numerous officers and soldiers took part in the commemoration jump on to DropZone Kilo, a DZ used in the Second World War by British Forces in an area just outside of Sannerville. The Regt had soldiers line the streets and take part in the main ceremony at Ranville Military Cemetery and others provided support to the various other remembrance

8 13AASR Boxing Team after the Major Units Final with The 3rd Battalion The Parachute Regiment

ceremonies throughout the five-day commemoration. This was a truly special event and it was great to see such a fantastic turnout, as so many people came to pay their respects on this solemn occasion. Regimental daily business The Regt has also enjoyed great sporting success. The boxing team were crowned the Corps Champions and became the Army Major-Units Runners Up. The soldiers demonstrated a fierce determination and embodied the red and black ethos to the fullest. However, now is not the time to rest on the laurels. Training will soon be underway to ensure we retain this success. Beyond boxing, further sporting success can be found in the Regimental football team, athletics team and shooting team; all of which have managed to bring back some form of silverware. Further to this, we have had numerous soldiers pass P Company and the subsequent BPC. Opportunities for further jumps are looking likely. Looking forward, the Regt will work hard, as it continues to prepare for various deployments and exercises including: Op TORAL, Op ELGIN, Op CARIBBEAN and Ex ASKARI STORM.

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17 Port & Marine Regiment The Royal Logistic Corps SOUTHAMPTON CO: Lt Col P Eaton MBE • Adjt: Capt M McGarvey-Miles • RSM: WO1 M Calverley 17 Port & Maritime Regiment’s rapid tempo continues this quarter. With the operational output remaining high, but well-balanced against adventurous training and sport, morale within the Regt continues on an upwards trajectory. Deployments Regimental personnel on Ex BALTIC PROTECTOR, the Joint Expeditionary Force Marine (JEF(M)) deployment, saw the opportunity to showboat during the Distinguished Visitors (DV) day in Kolga Bay, Estonia. Beautifully synchronised, the Royal Marines, Royal Navy, Army Air Corps and 17 Regt personnel orchestrated a remarkable amphibious landing with Baltic States across the littoral. The crowning glory being the MEXEFLOTE. The sole platform amongst all deployed amphibious capability, which can deliver a "dry feet landing", resulted in the DVs clambering onto the MEXEFLOTE to speak to the soldiers and gain an indepth understanding of its capabilities. The performance on the day sent an extremely positive message with excellent timing, coordination, profile and engagement. The event was attended by several Baltic State dignitaries as well as CJO (UK). The Regt’s Vehicle Support Specialist Troop has been deployed on Ex SEAHORSE PRAXI, an exercise designed to challenge, revise and showcase FP vehicles; in particular the MASTIFF. The Tp focused on developing its understanding of logistical procedures when tactically establishing a vehicle replenishment section, as well as exploiting the opportunity to conduct complex antiambush drills in vehicle convoys. Sport and adventurous training On the sporting front, May saw SSgt Du Preez compete in the ITU Long Distance Championships held in Ponteverda, Spain. The race consisted of a 3km open water swim, 120km cycle and 30km run.

Vehicle Support Specialist Troop competed at the Army fishing competition and was scouted as talent for Team England fishing. In addition to sport, June also saw 11 personnel from the Regt depart for Sognefjord, the largest and deepest fjord in Norway (nicknamed ‘King of the Fjords’). The expedition spent seven days sea-kayaking, discovering and exploring Sognefjord, circumventing huge cruise ships, and climbing waterfalls. As well as exploring the Sognefjord, all those who partook in the AT achieved a 2-star or higher qualification in sea-kayaking. The expedition was a fantastic opportunity for all involved to develop new skills, as well as build on their confidence and team-work.

8 SSgt Du Preez at the ITU Long Distance Championships in Ponteverda, Spain

After finishing a competitive 17th in the swim, he managed to claw his way back on the cycle to 3rd place. Despite the searing heat, SSgt Du Preez finished in third place in the Male 35 category, finishing the race in six hours. June saw the Regt narrowly miss out on the RLC Champions title at the RLC Cycling Championships, hosted by 3 Regt RLC. Despite not winning, the Regt can be proud of its efforts as the Major Unit runner up. SSgt Du Preez placed second in the individual time trial; Cpl Milham placed second in the novice road race; the Regt’s A-team placed second in the team road race and the Regt’s mixed team relay, finished second. In addition, Cpl Morton from the

Happy Birthday The defining event in the calendar this year is the Regiment's 70th birthday. Official birthday celebrations were kicked off with a spectacular event in the Byam's House Officers' Mess garden organised by Maj Guy Thewlis. The combination of regimental friends, serving and ex-serving members made it a night to remember. And just when you thought it couldn't get any better, Maj Wayne Morris regaled the audience with tales of his times within the Regt (ranging from the Falklands War to Op TELIC), setting the atmosphere ablaze. The celebrations continued for the entire Regt at the 17@70 event in late July. The Future The future sees the Regt continuing to provide worldwide shipping support on behalf of Defence, and with BREXIT fast approaching, the Regt is poised to assist should there be any disruption to the shipping program. Late September will see the Regt deploying on Ex IRON VIPER 19 in support of 101 Logistic Brigade and later still, the Regt will deploy on Ex TRACTABLE, a 3 Div deployment through Emden Port post BFG closedown.

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25 Training Regiment The Royal Logistic Corps DEEPCUT CO: Lt Col M A Scannell • Adjt: Capt F Harris • RSM: WO1 J Girvan 25 Training Regiment RLC has completed the physical move to Normandy Barracks, Leconfield and 110 Sqn re-subordinated to the Regt as of 1 Jul 19. Work continues to ensure that the Regt adopts best practice from both Sqn’s going forward as we prepare to deliver Combat Logistician to all RLC trainees. 109 Sqn Maj Matt Lee assumed command of 109 Sqn and has overseen the final stages of the move with elements established in DST and a duty of care commitment to those completing their training in Deepcut. 109 Tp Forward has been busy integrating into DST and participating in all activities. A key event was the visit of Director Land Warfare (DLW), Maj Gen T D Hyams OBE who viewed a display of Initial Trade Training (ITT) trainees and instructors from 109 Sqn and 110 Sqn demonstrated a section attack. The section attack was a culmination of a week’s lessons designed to refresh ITTs on their Basic Close Combat Skills (BCCS) prior to a four day exercise that all ITTs complete before they join the Field Army. The week’s lessons, known as Pre-BCCS, has recently been introduced in DST and has seen a marked improvement on the re-familiarisation of the core skills for ITTs, when in some cases haven’t practised these skills and drills since they left basic

training. The display was a success and DLW sat with the trainees and spoke to them about their experiences during their training so far. 110 Sqn Whilst resubordinating and welcoming the Regt to DST, there has still been opportunity to undertake and enjoy the challenges of adventurous training. Fourteen ITTT and six members of permanent staff from 110 Sqn deployed on Ex NORTHERN ESCAPE, a five day multi-activity AT package based around Capel Curing Training Centre. With support from instructors from across DST, as well as the Army Reserve; participants took part in mountain biking, summer mountaineering, rock climbing and

8 Commandant DST welcomes 25 Trg Regt to Normandy Barracks

kayaking, during a week of unusually glorious weather in the Welsh mountains. The trainees enjoyed a well-earned break from their driver training, with several of them preparing to post into the Field Army in the following weeks. Pte Georgia Walley, one of the ITTT from 110 Sqn, said “It was such a good experience. The activities which we took part in were so much fun and, even if some were scary, we all worked as a team to get each other through it.” Charity Capt Magar and Sgt Thakuri of 110 Sqn organised a Gurkha Curry lunch in the Junior Ranks Diner. The lunch consisted of traditional curries cooked by Gurkha chefs and displays of traditional Nepalese dance, the famed Kukri dance and a Tai-Kwando display. The Curry lunch was held to collect money for the ABF and the Gurkha Trust Fund. In total £600 was raised and the Commandant DST, Col A Kennedy, congratulated the team who organised the lunch and worked hard to feed and entertain those who attended. 8 The impressive Tai-Kwando display at the Gurkha Curry Lunch

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27 Regiment The Royal Logistic Corps ALDERSHOT CO: Lt Col D J Fisher MBE • Adjt: Capt O Mcgarvey-Miles • RSM: WO1 R Copeland 27 Regiment RLC has had a busy but enjoyable quarter, with the majority of the Regt being held at readiness until recently, before switching its focus to predeployment training (PDT) for Op TOSCA 31. 19 Tank Transporter Sqn has remained busy remaining the sole integral provider of the Army's heavy lift capability. It has had a Troop deployed to Duqm Port in Oman, enabling the outload of a vast number of vehicles and stores following the completion of both Ex SAIF SAREEA 3 and Ex KHANJAR OMAN. This concluded a successful end to 19 Sqn's commitment to the Army's largest overseas deployment since Op TELIC I in 2003. 19 Sqn has also continued to fulfil the standing commitment to Op CABRIT and the NATO Enhanced Forward Presence in Estonia and has recently been relieved by a new and keen section, predominantly made up of Reservists, led by SSgt Steven McCall. Following this period of readiness and extensive heavy lift tasks, the Regt organised Ex MERCURY WOLF, a battlefield study (BFS) to Crete. This trip provided an academically stimulating environment, learning about the specifics of the operation especially in relation to the logistical constraints the soldiers would have faced during the 1941 campaign. The BFS concluded with a service

8 Lt Col Fisher takes over from Lt Col West of remembrance at Souda Bay, led by the Regtl Padre, Padre Chadwick, which poignantly saw Lt Col West and Maj Harris lay wreaths to remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice. Members of 91 Sqn have also managed to squeeze in some adventurous training (AT) on Ex PANTHERS PURSUIT. This saw personnel travel to Haus Magnus in Wertach, Bavaria for 11 days, during the particularly hot June weather. They partook in trekking and mountain biking. The AT package also included a cultural day, taking the opportunity to visit Dachau concentration camp, which proved both a sombre and eyeopening experience. The Regt has now switched its focus to PDT for Op TOSCA. It has conducted numerous MATTs camps, Armed Police Integration

Training and deployed to Longmoor in order to complete the muchanticipated public order training. As it conducts all the necessary training and preparation for the impending deployment, the Regt has also undergone a number of RHQ personality changes, none more significant that the Commanding Officer, Lt Col J West RLC. The CO has been correctly bid farewell by the Regt, by being driven from the RHQ to the parade square on the ‘Gate Guard’, a recently restored Scammell Commander heavy equipment transporter. The Regt lined the route saluting and clapping. We have also said goodbye to the Regimental 2IC, Major E Sedgwick and the RSM, WO1 W Eagle. The Regt wishes them all the best in their new jobs. In quick succession the Regt has welcomed the new CO, Lt Col D J Fisher, new Regimental 2IC, Maj A Duggan MBE and new RSM, WO1 R Copeland.

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29 Regiment The Royal Logistic Corps SOUTH CERNEY CO: Lt Col C G Munce MBE • Adjt: Capt J Broad • RSM: WO1 L E Russell This quarter has seen 29 Regiment RLC maintain its continued commitments to supporting tasks in the broader Middle East, as well keeping up with our responsibilities on Op CABRIT, Op TRENTON and several short-term exercises. 50 Sqn, which is responsible for running the Joint Air Mounting Centre (JAMC) has been supporting the deployment of freight and personnel throughout an extremely busy period. It has also had the opportunity to practice its adaptability by dealing with a variety of deployment tests, such as the 104 Brigade’s Ex AESOPS WOLF. This tested the readiness of the Bde and its ability to rapidly deploy, providing a realistic indication of how prepared the Bde was. CIADIA Exercise Lt Clark and 2Lts Pattison-Hudd and Dalton, visited the French Army’s Troop Commanders Course, to view the final exercise. This was the culmination of 12 months training combining all elements of their Land Forces. As well as providing insights on the British equivalent course, the exercise provided invaluable defence engagement between the two countries. The Regt has also organised and delivered a very successful PNCO Cadre, to soldiers throughout The RLC. With members of the Regimental Training Wing led by

and recommendations in relation to trade business. At the event WO1 Sam Lindsey was welcomed into her new position as Head of Trade. The day also provided the opportunity to discuss the Joint Service Job Evaluation Team (JSJET) and Bench Mark Visit (BMV). Cpl Jelley (50 Sqn) also received her Conductor's Coin for her hard work over the past few months. 8 Cpl Jelley receiving Conductors Coin from WO1 Ladell

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Capt Andy Limbrick and WO2 Penny, deploying to the Brecon Beacons to ensure the next generation of leaders are put through their paces in a variety of testing conditions. On 28 July, the Regt hosted the Movement Control Trade Working Group. The day facilitated discussion groups with the JNCO and SNCO community, to identify specific issues

Armed Forces Day/D-Day Lt Treglohan led a team to provide support to the Armed Forces Day event in Salisbury. The stand demonstrated the capabilities of the Regt, supported recruiting and show cased the Regt’s achievements. 80 Squadron took the lead for Normandy 75, working hard to support the celebrations and activities as, Force Troops Command’s lead unit at the 75th anniversary of the D-Day landings. The Sqn successfully delivered an essential task for a fantastic and sentimental cause. The Regt has also deployed personnel in support of the US Army's Expeditionary Rail Centre, being tasked to conduct rail recces all over Germany and Poland to facilitate the enormous task of moving a US division across Europe in support of Ex DEFENDER in early 2020. Lastly the Regt has maintained its sporting prowess with the Regimental 2IC, implanting monthly challenges for the CO’s shield to keep the Regt in fighting order. In addition, multiple Sqns have deployed on their annual adventurous training packages to ensure our soldiers are increasing their teamwork and operational capacity. Pte Galeford (50 Sqn) has recently successfully organised the longest day golf challenge where members of the Regt played golf for 24 hours, covering 26 miles raising £500 for the Royal British Legion in support of Normandy 75. 8 Lt Holland and WO2 Russell with the US Expeditionary Rail Centre

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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 The last three months have been full of local engagement opportunities for DEMS Training Regt. In addition to support to both Bicester and Banbury Armed Forces Day and the Annual Beating Retreat, which saw several local dignitaries and business owners in attendance, the Regt has had the pleasure of hosting the Lord Lieutenant of Oxfordshire, Tim Stevenson OBE, CStJ, and the Lord Lieutenant of Buckinghamshire, Sir Henry Aubrey-Fletcher KCVO. The visits, hosted by Lt Col Lyndon Robinson RLC and Capt Rory Butwell RE, gave the lord lieutenants and their entourage, the opportunity to understand what DEMS Trg Regt does in the wider scope of Defence and the dangerous jobs that the Regt trains for. The danger faced could not be better represented than by another event that took place this quarter. On 19 June, Lt Col Andy Lewis MBE opened the garden of Remembrance in St George’s Barracks, Bicester. The Garden is the first of its kind in that it is the only memorial which recognises all those personnel of the various EOD and Search trades who have lost their lives and includes personnel from the RN, Infantry, RE, RSigs, RAF and The RLC. It is the culmination of six years of hard work by Maj (Retd) Carl Tomlinson BEM, finally realised with the kind assistance from Bicester Town Council, Arncott Parish Council,

Ambrosden Parish Council, Royal Engineers, The Royal Logistic Corps, Royal Signals, Royal Air Force, Royal Navy, Felix Fund and MAS Zagrange. The garden is open to all serving personnel to visit, and retired personnel may arrange to visit through the Adjt. The crowning moment of this quarter for the Regt, was on 7 July when the Regt was granted the Freedom of Bicester Town. The day of the parade dawned bright and hot, much to the dismay of the parading soldiers and following a service at St Edburg’s Church, the Regt paraded in the Market Square of Bicester led by the Commanding Officer, Lt Col Richard Hallett OBE RLC. Inspected by Brig Ian Inshaw, Deputy Lord Lieutenant of Oxfordshire and Brig Matthew Bazeley, Comdt RSME group, the parade was a mix of various Army,

8 Awarding of Freedom RAF and RN uniforms and cap badges clearly displaying the diverse nature of the unit. The different services together on parade made for a striking image, though the preparation for this moment had given WO2 Damian Holland COLDM GDS and Flt Sgt Steve Palmer, cause for headache in trying to teach the Navy ‘proper drill’ and the event was an unqualified success. Having completed the parade element of the day, the Regt celebrated at Bicester Town Council, Garth Park with 167 Catering Support Regiment RLC providing an outstanding spread for the evening and 7 RIFLES’ band, who had supported throughout the parade, playing into the evening. The Commanding Officer stated: ‘The instructors and supporting staff of DEMS Training Regiment work tirelessly all year round to deliver personnel trained to the highest of standards in Explosive Ordnance Disposal and Search. The honour of the Freedom of Bicester is very much recognition for the hard work that they do and what they bring to the community of Bicester. I am supremely proud to be their Commanding Officer and to see this honour bestowed on the Regiment.’ 8 The Garden of Remembrance

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150 Regiment The Royal Logistic Corps HULL CO: Lt Col M Casey • Adjt: Capt K Gresham • RSM: WO1 P Doherty 150 Regiment RLC Operational Shooting Team has enjoyed recent success at the Army Reserve Operational Shooting Competition (AROSC) held at Bisley. Of note was Lt Ollie Bird who won the award for Best Shooting Junior Officer on the day. The team performance was the culmination of numerous training weekends and previous competitions held at both Brigade and Divisional level. Operational shooting gives members of the Regt the opportunity to develop their marksmanship skills and drills. Individual and team skills are tested using a variety of weapon systems within different combat scenarios. These can vary from close-quarter battle through to long-range skirmishes. Further complexity is added through the use of moving targetry and a mixture of cover designed to test the individual in different firing positions. Teambased shoots are also a key element testing the command abilities of individuals and their ability to deliver fire control orders under pressure. For many members of the team, with a couple only having recently passed Phase 1 training, this year was their first time experiencing operational shooting. The team is now eager to build on this excellent result from Bisley and develop their skills to drills to become increasingly competitive as they look to future competitions. 150 Regt’s Clay Shooting Team has also had a busy last three months. At the recent RLC Championships, the team walked

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away with Lt Ollie Bird as Reserve High Gun and LCpl Townend as Cat C High Gun – with all competitors improving their score from last year. The team also claimed Team High Gun, defeating all the regular and reserve competition. The aforementioned continue to drive forward the Corps Clay Shooting media element as a means to increase awareness of the sport and the opportunities to get involved. An example of this was their recent publication of an advert that reached over 8,500 people through the Facebook page. The team continues to conduct taster sessions for novices including beginner shots, sowing the seeds for future competitors. At the recent Army League event, four additional members who had never shot

8 Winning ways for clay shots before joined in. After a very short instructional session the day before, all four were able to achieve 35% on the next day’s competition – a remarkable performance on their first competition. Building on this success, the team is looking forward to the Army Championships on 9 Oct 19, where it will grow in size and hopefully bring home more silver for the Regt. Outside of the world of shooting, the Regt continues to prepare for its deployment on Ex HALBERD DAWN. This will give the Regt a great opportunity for its drivers to conduct their core skills and drills; getting valuable time behind the wheel, as they link in with their partner regiment 6 Regt RLC.

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

8 Cpl Ingram after recent shooting success

8 Pte Martin abseiling in the Peak District

A varied and eventful quarter for 151 Regiment RLC has seen personnel: recognised in the Queen's Birthday Honours; featuring in the Army Reserve Top 50 shots; conduct adventure training and celebrate Armed Forces Day. On top of this, the Regt welcomed a new RSM, WO1 Chris Sutherland and wishes all the best to the outgoing RSM, WO1 Vince Chappell and WO1 Mark Field (RCMO) in their future endeavours.

Matthews (27th), WO2 Chris Howard (33rd), LCpl Nicola Di Vita (36th) and Sgt John Halliday (43rd) on their brilliant achievements.

Queen's Birthday Honours 2019 Cpl Lisa Ingram was recently notified by the Commanding Officer that she is to receive the Queen's Volunteer Reserve Medal (QVRM) as part of the Queen's Birthday Honours. The QVRM was created by Royal Warrant of Queen Elizabeth II in 1999 and only 13 medals may be awarded in a year. Congratulations to Cpl Ingram for receiving this in recognition of exemplary meritorious service in the conduct of her duties. Army Reserve Operational Shooting Competition (AROSC) The Regimental Operational Shooting Team achieved third place in a highly competitive field of 27 in the AROSC held at Bisley, with six individuals placing in the Army Reserve 50. Congratulations to LCpl Harry Guiver (17th), Maj Neil Whitewick (21st), Cpl Simon

Adventurous training In June, the Regt participated in a broad range of outdoor activities designed to test courage, leadership and teamwork, as part of a weeklong AT package in the Peak District. Almost everyone involved was taken out of their comfort zone at least once; whether that be through conquering claustrophobia exploring the world-famous Blue John Cavern; having a head for heights abseiling off an 80-foot bridge above a river or scaling the renowned Stanage Edge. It was an enjoyable experience for all, with new skills and values promoted throughout. Armed Forces Day and Army Reserve Day All of the Sqns within the Regt celebrated Armed Forces Day in their own way: 124 Squadron took part in multiple events throughout Essex and Kent, including a dinner night with local employers and dignitaries; 210 Squadron marched through Morden and enjoyed a welldeserved BBQ on the hottest day of the year; 240 Squadron visited RAF Hendon before parading in Barnet and 562 Squadron received great support from their local dignitaries as part of a parade through Ealing.

8 LCpl Jakusz with his employer on Army Reserve Day

Ex TRIDENT TRADE AND LEADER As part of the weekend training Exercise TRIDENT TRADE, members of the Regt completed a long drive to Braunton Burrows, on the Devon coast, where it took on a challenging cross-country driving course. Along with this excellent training, they completed crucial vehicle maintenance and servicing. The Regt also provided a conceptual study day for the Army Reserve element of 101 Logistic Brigade in preparation for Ex IRON VIPER 19 later in the year. Those involved discovered more about the Brigade's Divisional Combat Service Support (CSS) doctrine and their role within it. Additionally, the weekend gave Brigade units the chance to engender cohesiveness and develop espirit de corps. Phys and feed The phys and feed concept has now been rolled out across the Regt after a successful pilot scheme. Once a month, personnel arrive two hours early to their weekday training and complete various physical training activities under Sqn Physical Training Instructors, before bonding over dinner before the usual drill night training. It has provided an excellent opportunity for Sqns to build camaraderie in a more relaxed setting, whilst also improving fitness levels.

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152 (North Irish) Regiment The Royal Logistic Corps BELFAST CO: Lt Col A Chambers • Adjt: Capt R Mitchell • RSM: WO1 Llewellyn-Jones

152 (North Irish) Regiment has had a steady quarter with a host of activity accompanied by ongoing preparation for imminent departures to the USA and Denmark. Army Reserve OSC The Regt snapped up an unprecedented total of 16 trophies at the annual Army Reserve Operational Shooting Competition, including the Champion Unit for the first time in the Regiment’s history. It also received the most prestigious individual prize, the Queen’s Medal, won by Private McClure, again a first for the Regt. Lt Col Chambers, Commanding Officer said: "This is a huge day for the Regt being crowned as the Champion Unit at the Army Reserve OSC, but it is an even bigger day for Private McClure winning the Queen’s Medal – I could not be prouder of the achievements of the entire 152 RLC Shooting Team, they have been absolutely outstanding." Only the top 50 competitors earn the right to wear the coveted Army Reserve 50 badge on the left forearm, for the duration of their entire army career. Remarkably all eight members of the 152 team made the Top 50 with the lowest placed shooter being 39th – again another first for the Regt. This is only the second time in the history of the competition, that all 58

the team members from one unit have made the Top 50 – again another remarkable achievement. The Regimental Shooting team is now looking forward to the Army Reserve Pistol Competition which will be held in September. Ex FINN GLACIER 2 After the resounding success of last year’s level 3 AT expedition, Ex FINN GLACIER 2 saw 25 personnel from the Regt travel to France to undertake a multi-activity training package that would test fitness, leadership and mental robustness. Situated in the Chamonix valley, the group undertook mountain familiarisation through alpine trekking, topping heights of 3000m, as well as rock-climbing and whitewater rafting. The main effort of Ex FINN GLACIER, which was solely planned and executed by reservists, was to climb the Glacier du Tour and summit the Petit Fourche, some

8 The main effort of Ex FINN GLACIER was to climb the Glacier du Tour and summit the Petit Fourche

8 152 Regt swept the board at the annual Army Reserve Operational Shooting Competition 3500m up. This is considered to be one of the best climbs in the Alps. This exercise epitomises the benefits of AT, particularly for reservists who can now utilise the personnel development they gained from this once in a lifetime experience. Look forward 152 Regt, accompanied by personnel from 9 Regt, is due to deploy on its annual exchange visit, this time to New Jersey (USA), to take part in the largest fuel exercise in North America. The Quartermaster Liquid Logistic Exercise, hosted by the 327th QM Bn, 316th Expeditionary Support Command (ESC), will see the unit’s Petroleum Operators enhance their trade skills, as well as interoperability with their US counterparts. Ex VIKING STAR is the Regt’s main effort for the year. The OTX will see over 120 personnel from across the unit move to Denmark and engage in a two-week BCCS and StA training package including a cross exercise activity with 4 YORKS. This will also see the handover of command between outgoing CO, Lt Col Chambers and Lt Col Sykes. The Regt wishes Lt Col Chambers all the very best in his next venture at 104 Bde as SO1 Reserves.

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154 (Scottish) Regiment The Royal Logistic Corps DUNFERMLINE CO: Lt Col A Wilkinson • Adjt: Capt F Hunter • RSM: WO1 K Poole In May, the Regiment deployed to Cyprus on Ex LION STAR 3 for its Annual Commitment Training. The exercise was centred around three phases; Ranges, Battlefield Craft Syllabus (BCS) and Adventurous Training. A core focus of the training throughout the exercise was the continued development of Mission Command to ensure that JNCOs were afforded the opportunity to perform their command functions at the appropriate level, a challenge which all rose to. The range package, delivered by WO2 A Adamson, enabled all of the soldiers on the exercise to achieve ACMT for both rifle and pistol. The BCS phase comprised of a series of TEWTs, delivered by the troop commanders, along with Back to Basics Infantry skills lessons and a confirmatory Test Ex, all of which was expertly planned and overseen by WO2 (SSM) F White. Meanwhile, the Adventurous Training package comprised of mountain biking, rock climbing, hill walking and water sports, activities which were thoroughly enjoyed by all of the troops, especially the latter given the unseasonable heat for the time of year. Overall it was a challenging and highly rewarding training experience for all who took part. Sports A team of four from the Regt, led by WO2 N Jordan, entered The RLC Spring Golf Meeting and Corps Championships on 1 to 2 May. After

8 The 154 Regt RLC Cateran Yomp team

8 Ex LS3 36 holes of fierce competition, the Regt narrowly beat 10 QOGLR to retain The RLC Team Scratch Trophy. Maj K Wilson finished equal first with Maj S Stevenson in the Individual RLC Corps Championship Scratch event. After a closely fought play-off, Maj Kenny Wilson was eventually beaten and finished a respectable second place.

On 22 May, Capt TJ Oliver represented the Army (AiS) in Scotland RFC in the inaugural TriService Veolea tournament held at the Oriam, Edinburgh. The AiS was drawn against the Navy in the opening fixture where, despite taking an early lead, it was unable to stem a spirited Naval fightback, especially when going down to 13 men, losing a nailbiting encounter 12-5. A close fought game against the RAF followed which the AiS won 12-0 before the senior service swept aside the RAF in the final game to deservedly claim the honours. Cateran Yomp Over the 8 to 9 June, a team of Officers and SNCOs from the Regt, led by SSgt J Gardiner, took part in the 2019 Cateran Yomp, a 54-mile march across the Cairngorm Mountains to be completed in under 24 hours in support of the Army Benevolent Fund. With the adverse weather making the terrain even more arduous than usual, the team successfully completed the march in just over 22 hours and despite numerous proclamations and protests during the latter stages of the route, there is already discussion regarding the tenth anniversary event next year! 8 154 Regt golf team

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156 Regiment The Royal Logistic Corps LIVERPOOL CO: Lt Col T Gould QGM • Adjt: Capt J Blake • RSM: WO1 R Armour As it hits the second half of the year, the Regt can reflect on a variety of notable milestones, such as the mobilisation of five reservists, now attached to its paired unit 27 Regt RLC which is scheduled to deploy on Op TOSCA in the autumn. The unit has also bid a fond farewell to two of its Permanent Staff Administrative Officers, the beating heart of the Sqns, on retirement: Capt Stu McGann and Capt Ian Young of 234 (Wirral) and 236 (Salford) Sqns, respectively. International Military Pilgrimage 2019 For the first time the Regt took part in the IMP in Lourdes this year. Unsure of what to expect, ten members of the Regt commenced the journey to the South of France with crucifixes at-the-ready and dress uniforms pressed. The opening ceremony was simply awe-inspiring; twentythousand military and civilian personnel gathered together as one in the underground basilica, quite a way to commence what would be a most memorable week. The whole experience instilled a sense of peace, pride, comradeship and community. The unit is already planning next year’s pilgrimage. 101 Log Bde Comd visit In line with the new ‘Shoot, Move and Communicate’ training programme, the Regt deployed on Ex WIRRAL MOVE, an exercise planned and directed by 234 (Wirral) Sqn. This event presented the perfect opportunity to showcase the Regt in the field to 101 Log Bde Comd. Brig Ewart-Brookes witnessed the delivery of urban camouflage and concealment lessons before taking the opportunity to present a LSGC and a couple of Volunteer Reserve Service Medals. The balance of the weekend was spent recceing rural and urban harbour locations and the subsequent deployment 60

and occupation of locations within Nesscliffe training area and MOD Sealand. SEAVIEW Regatta Having successfully organised The RLC Seaview Regatta for the past two years, SSgt Morrell, a member of the permanent staff team in 234 (Wirral) Sqn managed to corral a

8 The 156 Regt pilgrims in Lourdes

8 Comd 101 Bde visits Ex WIRRAL MOVE record-breaking number of teams for this year's event; filling eleven 26-foot Mermaid Class keel boats. Encouragingly, this year had five novice skippers and crew that will form the bedrock for future RLC and army sailing. The weather was changeable over the three days, nonetheless the crews experienced some closely fought racing all conducted with the unique back drop of the D-Day 75 ceremony in Portsmouth. Once again, the Regt was crowned Reserve Unit champion with 17 Port & Maritime Regt emerging overall winner. A special thanks must go to the event sponsor FTX Logistics and specifically their Managing Director, Mr Ian Bryant. Looking forward As it approaches the summer stand down in August, the Regt has one eye on the busy autumn period to come with all activity focused on the unit main training event of the year; participation on Ex IRON VIPER with 10 QOGLR which is the unit Annual Collective Training.

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157 (Welsh) Regiment The Royal Logistic Corps CARDIFF CO: Lt Col A M Madams • Adjt: Capt A J Gutzu • RSM: WO1 K Williams Over 5 and 6 Jun 19, 157 Regiment took part in The RLC Cycling Championships, Abingdon. Despite only having a team of three road cyclists, the unit managed to beat its closest rivals, 167 RLC, in the final combined Road and MTB race, crowning it as The RLC Reserve Corps Cycling Champion! Congratulations go to Pte Thompson for placing second and third in the Female Road and Time Trial Race respectively, in her first cycling competition. Ex LOMBARDIA Lead by WO2 Jenkins, the Regt entered two mixed teams into the military skills competition held in the Lombardia region of Italy, an annual multinational event with 35 teams competing from all over the world. Collecting some serious kudos and accolades, the teams completed the 30km route, including military skill stands, finishing in ninth place. They placed second British team and first British Reserve team overall! Special mention should go to Pte Price of Team B who recorded the highest score for the communications stand across the entire competition. Cpl Graham was also awarded the Italian Shooting Merit Medal for the 300m range when using a foreign weapon system.

8 157 Regt has had a busy first half of the year

Ex DRAGONS WHEEL WO2 Griffiths took a team of avid cyclists on a staggering 450-mile route over five days to visit all our sub unit locations to unite 157 Regt. From RHQ in Cardiff, the team cycled to Swansea, Carmarthen and Haverfordwest before heading north for the longest stretch of the entire trip, to Queensferry. It was a challenge that pushed the group in terms of leadership, physical fitness, teamwork and of course, saddle sores. RLC Enduro Championships The Regt has established itself on the Army Enduro scene after competing at Round 1 of the Inter-Corps Championships, in Hullavington. Praise should be given to Pte Breeds, who after competing for the first time in the sport, finished sixth in the Clubman Class from some 21 riders – a fantastic effort. 60 riders competed in the challenging course during the soaring June heat. Ex KHANJAR OMAN In line with the unit mission, Pte Bull and Pte Beech downed tools and within the week managed to fulfil a last-minute trawl in support of 6 REME on Ex KHANJAR OMAN –

8 The Regt’s Ex LOMBARDIA teams finished in ninth place placing second British team and first British Reserve team overall! reserve readiness tested to the max. The soldiers deemed the deployment invaluable in cementing their confidence in working alongside their regular counterparts, they look forward to the next opportunity with or without the 40-degree heat. Ex DRAGONS CONTOUR As part of the CO’s Sword, Inter Squadron Competition, 88 personnel divided into 19 sub unit teams to complete the demanding navigation challenge in the Brecon Beacons National Park. Eighteen teams completed the 20km challenge which took in Pen Y Fan, the highest peak in South Wales at 886m, before descending back into Brecon via Crybyn 795m – a real mean feat. Only one foolhardy bunch from 224 Sqn lead by OCdt Chamberlain headed off on the 40km route over the delights of Corn Du, The Ridge Line and Fan Y Big before meandering back to Brecon via The Monmouthshire and Brecon Canal path. Well done to all competitors and the champions, 224 Sqn!

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158 Regiment The Royal Logistic Corps PETERBOROUGH CO: Lt Col A Gifford TD • Adjt: Capt P Goodfellow • RSM: WO1 P Anderson

The start of the warmer weather has allowed for a lot of opportunities for 158 Regiment RLC to conduct valuable special to arm training as well as taking advantage of the more enjoyable side of service life. The Regt has bid farewell to Maj Indra Tamang, who leaves the Regt to return to 10 QOGLR as the Gurkha Major and welcomed Major Bobby Sands as the QM. BCS Following on from the BCS training at the beginning of the year, the Regt has been focused on building up its special to arm skills. At the beginning of June the Regt deployed on Exercise STEELBACK 3 which gave the soldiers and JNCOs a good opportunity to develop their low-level skills. Throughout the course of the exercise they practiced lashing and loading as well as section level route drives. This will be built upon during Exercise STEELBACK 4, which will develop these skills to Troop level

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operations. During this time the Officers, Warrant Officers and SNCOs attended Exercise HALBERD LEADER run by 102 Log Bde, where they conducted command post training, which practiced them in Sqn level operations. This was a very valuable weekend of training for the Regt with all ranks gaining valuable knowledge. Adventurous training Early in May, the Regt swapped the flat lands of the South East in favour of some more exciting terrain in the Lake District. The Regt took over the Corps lodge in Ennerdale for a multi activity week of adventurous training. Consisting of two phases to allow all members of the Regt to participate; activities included: caving, climbing, mountain biking, canoeing and mountaineering. The week allowed everyone to gain experience in a range of activities with several people being able to reach the pre-requisites for their next AT qualification. A good time was had by all and the Regt now looks forward to taking advantage of the good weather with weekends planned in the Peak District and North Wales. The Steelback Dinner Night Paying homage to the Regt's colourful history the Officers hosted the Warrant Officers for a regimental dinner night. The Regiment can draw its heritage from the Norfolk Regiment. During the Peninsular War the officers

8 The Steelback dinner night gave the men severe beatings administered by sergeants. Reportedly there "was not a murmur under the lash" which earnt the Regt the nickname "The Steelbacks". During the dinner the CO awarded the Steelback Sash to SSgt Brenin for the SNCO that has make the most notable contribution to the Regt. The Steelback Sash draws its heritage from the Minden Sash awarded for the same reason owing to the Regt’s action in the battle of Minden. Shooting team The shooting team continued its success finishing a respectable 6th in the Army Reserve Operational Shooting competition. Of significant note is that five members of the team finished in the top 50. Pte MacLeod (18th), Pte Hammond (23rd), Pte Horn (28th), LCpl Grant-Jones (41st) and Cpl Perry (45th) where awarded their Army Reserve 50 badges. Look forward The Regt is looking forward to continuing its special to arm training over the next few months ready for when it deploys on its annual continuous training commitment in September when it will conduct two weeks of training around the UK to prepare its Non-Regular Deployable Component for our paired unit. The Regt also has its shooting camp and its annual regimental shooting competition coming up.

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159 Regiment The Royal Logistic Corps COVENTRY CO: Lt Col S Dines • Adjt: Capt S Floyd • RSM: WO1 N Cabo It has been an action packed few months for the 159 Regiment RLC. Three of our soldiers have received awards and have been recognised for all their hard work. Public congratulations must go to LCpl L Wallis, who has received a Brigade Commander’s commendation for services to the community, Sgt Bell who has been awarded his VRSM and W01 B Withers for receiving the Lord Lieutenant’s certificate recognising his services to the Reserve Forces Cadet Association. Well done! In May, the Regt bid a fond farewell to the Commanding Officer, Lt Col Pat Allen. The Regiment came out in force and gave him a night to remember! The unit wishes Lt Col Allen all the best and look forward to the new arrival of our new Commanding Officer Lt Col S Dines, who takes command later in the summer. It would also like to welcome Maj A Rendall, who has become the new OC for 237 Sqn (West Bromwich). With four annual Continual Training Camps to choose from this year, soldiers have a choice between attending an overseas ACT in Cyprus, or at various locations within the UK. The soldiers have more flexibility than ever to work with their civilian employment and ensure they get

their annual commitment bonus. The start of June saw the first of four ACTS get underway, which included driver training, annual fitness tests, trade training and adventure training. It certainly wouldn’t be summer without a BBQ! A recent assured event saw the Regt come together for the Regimental Wellbeing Weekend, which highlighted the importance of Mental Health. After completing the Annual Fitness Test in the morning and well-being lectures in the afternoon, the day was topped off with a spectacular BBQ laid on by the very talented chefs from 159!

8 Sgt Bell and LCpl Wallis with their commendations

Community engagement continues to be part of The Regt's ethos. The Regt has been involved in a plethora of events, including Armed Forces Day. This saw the community come together for a fantastic parade and 237 Sqn hosted various business leaders. The aim was to give them a better understanding of how the Army Reserve works. As an aside the day proved to be a fantastic networking opportunity. In addition, Sgt Bianca Coughlan attended Radford Primary School to talk to pupils from year 1 – 5 in the run up to Armed Forces Day. The long awaited Access to Logistics course has finally hit the ground and is up and running for this year’s iteration. 159 Regt is the only Army Reserve Unit to offer a consolidated training package from civilian to trade trained soldier over the summer holiday. The package includes full soldier and logistics training, adventure training and even driver training. The Regt still has lots to look forward to: a female festival of sports, regimental BBQs, trade training and cultural weekend visits! 8 Tug of War on ACT

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162 Regiment The Royal Logistic Corps NOTTINGHAM CO: Lt Col T Hope MBE • Adjt: Capt B Spilsbury • RSM: WO1 J Thompson The last 3 months have been incredibly busy for 162 Regt RLC with a number of soldiers deploying and returning from operations and exercises including support to 29 Regt RLC in their efforts to complete the drawdown of British Forces Germany (BFG). In order to maintain its capabilities, soldiers have completed trade courses and conducted BCS weekends in preparation for future taskings. Though busy, soldiers have exploited opportunities to partake in adventurous training and sport, including at both corps and army level. Recognising the positive impact sport has and the opportunities open to serving personnel, the Commanding Officer is keen for soldiers from 162 Regt to test themselves against other members of the armed forces and further afield. RLC hockey tour WO2 Lynn Hines, 162 Ops WO, was the organiser of the RLC Hockey Club Tour to Barbados this Easter. Alongside her from 162 Regt were Sgt Lou Mathie and LCpl Tom Charlesworth-CheshireNewton. This was Sgt Mathies’ first foray out with the Corps side and she excelled herself throughout each game resulting in a great goal in the last match. LCpl CCN, the regular component from 162, is already an established Corps player and the results from the three men’s games do not do him justice. The ladies won 2 out of 3 games but unfortunately the men’s team were less successful. In between games the squad were able to experience all that Barbados has to offer with organised excursions and welldeserved rest time after playing in 30+ degree heat. Excelling in equestrian activity LCpl Kirsty Hobson (280 MC Sqn) has been horse-riding since an early age. Three years ago, she joined the RLC Equestrian Team 64

and began competing in show jumping, cross country and dressage events. More recently, her love of competition and expertise on horseback has seen her take part in equestrian Skill at Arms competitions. She has taken part in competitions at Larkhill, Addington Manor and Windsor. She hopes to be involved in the Royal Tournament at Melton Mowbray later in the year. Aiming high For the last 12 years, Cpl Jones (280 MC Sqn) has been competing as a member of the British Army shooting team. His discipline is clay target shooting - which typically involves shooting at a round of 100 clay targets in up to 13 different stands with a shotgun.

8 LCpl Hobson show jumping Cpl Jones has been shooting for many years, having competed at county-level prior to joining the Army Reserve. His abilities have been recognised of late, having been selected for a coaching sponsorship program by multiworld champion clay target shooter, Ben Husthwaite. He recently returned from the shooting team’s annual training camp. This year it travelled out to Texas and used ranges in Houston, Galveston and the National Shooting Centre in San Antonio. The Army is currently ranked first after the first two events at InterService shoots against the RAF, Navy, Police, Prison and Fire services. Cpl Jones’ highlights for the remainder of the season will see him take part in the English Open and his first International event in Turin, Italy - where he will be representing the Army. From there, he hopes his talent and results will get him a try out at the Olympic Skeet selection for a place on the Army Development Squad that will be coached alongside Team GB. 8 Cpl Jones clay-target shooting in the stand

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165 Port & Maritime Regiment RLC PLYMOUTH CO: Lt Col C Hampton-Stone • Adjt: Capt P Cussins • RSM: WO1 M Dowland 165 Port and Maritime (P&M) Regiment has seen no let-up in the pace of life, with a huge number of activities keeping the soldiers and officers of the Regt on their toes. Firstly, congratulations must go to Capt Dave Wynn, WO2 Pat Audas, LCpl Natalie Mitchem, LCpl Edwin Dyer and Pte Leslie Freeman-Moore, who have all been awarded the GoC’s Commendation; a true reflection of their hard work and commitment to the Regt and Army Reserve. Additionally, a massive congratulations to Capt Tim Squire who was awarded a life time achievement at the Corps Sports Award; this is in recognition of his dedication to skiing for over 40 years! Community engagement The Regt has been heavily involved in Armed Forces’ Day 2019, spanning across the five counties where 165 P&M has a footprint. In Plymouth the HQ and 265 Sqn coordinated and controlled the entire army village, managing around 50,000 visitors; Buckinghamshire saw 710 (OH) Sqn present at Booker Airfield; 266 and 142 Sqns paraded at Southampton and Banbury respectively. In Cornwall 232 Sqn met the public at Flambard’s theme park. Additionally, the county show season gave the soldiers and officers plenty of opportunity to get out there and meet the public at the Devon County Show, Royal Bath and West County Show; Surrey County Show and Cornwall County Show. Sticking with the engagement theme, in July, 165 P&M hosted its annual community engagement event at the Derriford Army Reserve Centre. Over 120 guests attended, including: the Lord Lieutenant, local businesses, employers and dignitaries. The Regt continues to attest a steady flow of new recruits as the hard work in recruiting is starting to

bear fruit. The regimental recruiting team headed up by Capt ‘H’ Hendy, has completed a massive 87 recruiting events this year. 710 (OH) Sqn also completed a focused recruiting surge which saw them covering 2,300 miles and recruiting in 132 different locations over a two-week period. Sporting success Leading from the front, WO2 Jim Mayor came away with a second place at the Army Angling Boat Championships in Lymington. He scored 198%, just behind the winner’s score of 200%. Meanwhile, Cpl Graham Martin (142) Sqn competed at The RLC Cycling Championships at Abingdon. In a competitive field of 31 riders he finished an excellent 13th which included quickest novice in both the time trail and road race.

8 The Regt continues to support operations on Atlantic Patrol Task (North)

8 The Regt has been doing its bit for community engagement

Golf is also a popular sport at 165 P&M and the golf team enjoyed success at the RBL’s annual golf competition. Six players took to the fairway with HQ Sqn eventually securing an impressive second place in the team competition. The RQMS, WO2 Shaun Ripley, demonstrated his golfing prowess by winning nearest the bullseye competition. The Regt also sent a strong contingent to Bramley to compete in The RLC Clay Pigeon shooting championships with the team finishing third and SSgt Noel Earl winning the B class shot. Pte Mark Orchard also continues to do the Regt proud in the Army Lawn Tennis Winter League. Operations The Regt continues to support operations with two soldiers, Ptes Idles and Eastlake deployed on Atlantic Patrol Task (North). This operation sees them deploying with 17 P&M, 165’s paired Regt on the RFA Mounts Bay as part of a combined Task Force around Barbados; ready to assist with a plethora of tasks including hurricane relief and anti-smuggling.

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167 Catering Support Regiment RLC GRANTHAM CO: Lt Col J Young • Adjt: Capt J Gajdus • RSM: WO1 A Ward

167 Catering Support Regiment has been busy preparing for The RLC Cycling Championships (RLC CA). The unit took part in Ex LOGISTIC RIDE 19 (RLC Trg Camp) in Capel Curig and Army Cycling Mountain Bike Cross Country Series (ACMTBXC) in Earlstoke, Tidworth and Sherwood Pines. This enabled the Mountain Bike (MTB) team to increase their technical abilities, build experience and prepare for a higher level of performance. Sgt David Hayball, SSgt Lee Whiteley, Sgt Brian Hunt and Pte James Donnelly attended The RLC Cycling Championships at Abingdon. The first event was the individual time trial where SSgt Hunt achieved 3rd female. The main race was in the afternoon was

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a 90-minute race. The whole team finished with respectable times. The second day saw the team relay and combined relay involving both the road and the MTB teams. Unfortunately, the team lost SSgt Whiteley for this event as he had to leave for work (Reservists work twice as hard!). Pte Donnelly had to perform on his own in the B team competing twice as many laps as anyone else. For this achievement he was awarded the endeavour award. It was a great two days of cycling and all team members really enjoyed it. The unit’s MTB team retained The RLC Minor Unit MTB Winners Shield and its riders came second in the MTB relay race. WO2 Brian Firbank and Pte Stephen Withers came second and third respectively in the MTB 90-minute endurance race.

Now it is a well-oiled machine, with invaluable support from 9 Regt RLC, the large white Marquee is put up two weeks before along with all the other tents for all the regimental teams, so all the building is done in good time to allow the internal infrastructure to be completed. Cpl Liczbinski is the manager of the VIP area, drawing on his experience in Royal settings to provide a slick and appropriate event regardless of the guest list. It has been because of the dedication and ambition of those who have driven the event over the years it has grown to the point where the event is attracting military teams from all over the world, with Norwegian, American, Omani, German and Dutch interest in next year’s event.

Ex ARMY SUSTAINER Cpl Paul Liczbinski first volunteered for Ex ARMY SUSTAINER 13 years ago, when it was a local competition for the Catering Support Regiment. In those days, it involved putting up lots of green tents for a week, then assembling the catering equipment, then a large white marquee would arrive and then the green tents would go around the marquee. It often involved moving the tents several times as they were not in a line, great fun.

Ex HILLTOP CAULDRON Led by Capt Doug Thomson, the RCMO, 167 conducted AT in the Lake district with a Reserve element deploying over the weekend and Regulars for the following week. The group tackled increasing levels of complexity each day and culminated in the ascent of Scafell Pike. There was all the wind and rain the group could hope for in the Lake District, making the routes and tasks significantly more challenging and providing far better training.

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2 Operational Support Group RLC (2OSG) GRANTHAM CO: Lt Col A Hoey • RSM: WO1 A Clayton In the first quarter of Training Year 2019/20 the Group has been pleasantly busy with the annual training programme, as well as reinforcing HQ 104 Log Bde on exercise; this has provided some interesting and challenging opportunities for staff development in-role. The Group training team under the guidance of the SPSI, WO2 Al Booton, along with the training Warrant Officers of the sub units assisted by the three PSIs, SSgt Alex McAnally, Sgt James McNee and Sgt Adam Nodwell, have been focusing on the delivery of the new 2019 MATTs directive. This ensured that the first training weekend of the new training year dedicated to BCS was very busy but fulfilling. The MATTS package took place over the weekends 11/12 May and 18/19 May and yet again BCS was incorporated into the two weekends which made the routine task of MATTS more engaging. The Commanding Officer and Major Nial Browne were able to take part in Ex GRIFFIN WANDER. Maj James Brassington, SSgt Matthew Shand and Sgt Delroy Willie were able to support Ex APHRODITE WOLF and Ex JVAC 19, while Maj Martin Collinson and Maj Lorraine Everson-Goddard are currently assisting 104 Log Bde. The Group is also pleased to have WO1 Mark Hobson and WO2 Debs Penny serving on Op YELLOWHAMMER.

The G1 team had a busy few weeks in July, with the combines assurance week. The PSAO Capt Tirtha Gurung was assured all was up to speed by the RAWO WO2 Allison Plummer ably assisted by Mrs Dawn Harrison and Mrs Geri Beasor. Maj Nial Browne has organised a series of hill walking expeditions over the summer and autumn months in preparation for an overseas expedition next year (Budget permitting) and Sgt James McNee in his capacity as an Army FA football referee has been to Spain (working) for the Army FA. Maj Nigel Kill while working with the ARRC was able to take part in the new Soldier Conditioning Review (SCR) assessment and was able to give the Group a very

8 The first training weekend of the new training year dedicated to BCS was very busy but fulfilling positive insight to the conduct of the new assessment. The Group was able to enjoy a team bonding event over a June weekend in the form of an evening BBQ and giant bar games. Thanks must go to WO1 Mick Headlam and SSgt Paul Mooney for arranging the event. Congratulations go to Capt Joe Hart and Capt Nigel Kill on appointment to Majors with special congratulations to WO2 Justin Bancroft on being awarded a GOC FTC Commendation. The Group welcomes Lt Col Mark Hughes as the senior officer for 499 CMU fresh from an Operational Tour and said a farewell to Lt Col Carol Bratcher on her departure to HQ 4 Inf Bde. She spent a great deal of effort during her tenure putting 499 on the logistic map. Capt Joe Hart is off to work with PJHQ for the summer before leaving the Group on promotion to Major to work on Reserves Remuneration Policy at the MOD. Two personnel have left on retirement, WO2 Stuart Brandwood and Maj Richard Bilton, the Group wishes them all the very best for the future. 8 Sgt James McNee has been to Spain (working) for the Army FA

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821 Explosive Ordnance Disposal and Search Squadron WIMBISH CO: Maj S Shortis • Adjt: Capt M West • RSM: WO1 P Stewart Over the last few months, 821 EOD&S Squadron has been involved in a multitude of activities including Commando and Airborne collective training exercises, a recce for Ex NORTHERN CHALLENGE in Iceland and support to the D-Day 75 commemorations. Whilst maintaining an extremely high operational tempo, there has also been time to send personnel away on corps sports events, the RE games and fill trawls with volunteers to Op SHADER and Op HALLEX. Interestingly, the Sqn was tasked with providing SME support to the Civil Nuclear Constabulary for the annual security exercise at Dounreay Power Station on the North coast of Scotland. Lead Commando Group (LCG) The main effort for the Sqn’s support to the LCG has been the Joint Expeditionary Force (Maritime) deployment to Northern Europe and the Baltic sea, named BALTIC PROTECTOR. This saw a reduced team of four deploy by sea to the Baltic states alongside Dutch, Norwegian and Danish counterparts; providing EOD&S support to a series of shore landings and raids. Air Assault Task Force (AATF) The AATF aligned task lines were able to send Sqn personnel on Ex SWIFT RESPONSE despite its increased operational output. This saw hundreds of soldiers from across 16 Air Assault Brigade training alongside French and American allies in Croatia. SSgt Griffiths of 821 EOD&S Squadron jumped into theatre alongside Airborne Forces and supported the headquarters element, providing advice and guidance to commanders on Explosive Ordnance and CBRN threats. Ex NORTHERN CHALLENGE For the past three years, the Sqn has had the fortunate task of participating in Ex NORTHERN 68

CHALLENGE, an EOD exercise working alongside countries from NATO and the Partnership for Peace (PfP), led by the Icelandic Coastguard. The exercise provides an excellent training opportunity for EOD and Search teams to practice their skills in a challenging environment alongside its NATO partners. But it’s not all work and no play. The exercise provides the opportunity for the soldiers to experience all that Iceland has to offer. From the Strokkur Geyser erupting every few minutes with 1000’s of gallons of boiling water - to the Gulfoss Waterfall, Europe’s largest. Feedback from the recce was

8 Ex SWIFT RESPONSE saw hundreds of soldiers from across 16 Air Assault Brigade training alongside French and American allies in Croatia

unanimous in its endorsement that no other environment offers such excellent training value than Ex NORTHERN CHALLENGE does. D-Day 75 Commemoration 2019 commemorates 75 years since the D-Day landings into Normandy. In remembrance of the thousands of Paratroopers that jumped into France the night before D-Day, 16 Air Assault Brigade and a contingent of French and US soldiers jumped onto a DZ in Sannerville, Normandy. Capt Jim Powell of 821 EOD&S Squadron was lucky enough to be one of the 200+ Paratroopers taking part. The day was topped off by watching Harry Read (95) and Jock Hutton (94), two D-Day veterans, jump in with the Red Devils. The following day, Capt Powell joined the thousands lining the streets of Ranville as the veterans, their families, VIP’s and dignitaries made their way to the church for a service to remember the fallen. 8 16 Air Assault Brigade and a contingent of French and US soldiers jumped onto a DZ in Sannerville, Normandy to mark 75 years since D-Day

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132 Aviation Supply Squadron Royal Logistics Corps IPSWICH OC: Maj K Mann • SSM: WO2 Madine The last four months has been an incredibly busy period for 132 Sqn. March saw the Sqn’s CT2 Ex PILGRIMS PRACTICE 2 which followed on from its CT1 Ex PILGRIMS PRACTICE 1 last year during which the Sqn conducted some driver training and low-level infantry training, as well some revision on the camouflage and concealment of vehicles in the field. The first major aviation deployment soon followed with 6 SP deploying on Ex JOINT WARRIOR led by Sgt Chimwemwe Musicha. This was quickly followed by a further deployment with six more SP flying out to Estonia on Ex TIGERS CLAW in support of five AH from 4 Regt AAC for a threemonth period, with SSgt Saimone Wacokecoke leading the team. This has proved to be a busy deployment with all the challenges of an extended supply line with additional challenges to those left behind manning the Sqn Logistic Focal Point. Moving into May, LCpl Kris Kirby was faced with the challenge of the closedown of the AinU held in Cyprus ensuring that all elements were checked for accuracy against the holdings, packaging of the complete spares pack and return through customs to Wattisham

Flying Station. Completing the task, he successfully backloaded serviceable A1 spares back to Wattisham Flying Station ready to be integrated back to stock. Next the Sqn was challenged with another DSP deployment on Ex SWIFT RESPONSE in Croatia in support of 3 Regt AAC. SSgt Valentine Denis and Sgt Oheneba Sarkodie-Danso led both the mammoth six-day drive with five of the Sqn’s vehicles in the convoy across Europe to its destination in Croatia. The few personnel left behind were rewarded for their hard work and continued effort with a one week AT package at Lower Gillerthwaite in the Lake District.

8 7 Avn Sp Bn REME Officers and SNCO’s at the Commonwealth Cemetery, Souda Bay

Organised by Sgt Vikas Talwar and Cpl Christopher Clelland, the package included hill walking, mountain biking and kayaking, as well as enjoying some muchneeded relaxation in the evenings. Great fun was had by all and everyone is looking forward to next year’s adventure training package, wherever that may be. Shortly after the AT, Officers, WO's and SNCO's from across the Bn deployed onto a five-day battlefield study to Crete. Organised by the top corridor of 132 Sqn, the study of the Battle of Crete followed the action from its start around Maleme Airfield across the island and down through Imbros Gorge to the final evacuation from Sfakia. All enjoyed the opportunity took away many of the lessons learnt from one of the less famous battles of WW2. Looking forward, the Sqn will deploy six personnel to San Diego in support of Ex CRIMSON EAGLE after the summer stand down period. Beyond this there is the continued support to exercises from the home base, as well as a deployment onto Ex TRACTABLE, once again in Estonia. 8 Cpl Andrews with his team of mountain bikers at the end of some arduous downhill activity

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Allied Rapid Reaction Corps Support Battalion (ARRC) GLOUCESTERSHIRE CO: Lt Col N Thomas QDG • Adjt: Capt R Gibbs • RSM: WO1 M Cox The ARRC Support Battalion enjoyed a busy few months, participating in numerous events and exercises, ranging from live firing exercises to charity fundraising and sporting events, with members of the Bn representing levels varying from Bn up to Inter-Services across a variety of sports. In preparation for Ex ARRCADE FUSION (HQ ARRC’s biggest exercise of the year, due to take place in September), the ARRC Support Battalion participated in a smaller-scale exercise to test the deployable capability. The exercise was a success and served as a good run out prior to the autumn series exercise. The Bn also ran and participated in the Brigade LFTT – an excellent opportunity for the soldiers to carry out some live firing in Sennybridge. Soldier first is a mantra that the Bn adheres to and no events show this more than the Annual Military Skills competitions held by the various corps around the country. Most recently, the Bn's AGC detachment competed at the AGC Annual Military Skills and March and Shoot competition; their hard work paid off and they completed it in a good time. This led the GSPS team on to the FTC OSC 19 where it won a number of trophies, notably AGC Overall Section Champions. The Battalion Shooting Team also enjoyed a successful outing to the FTC shooting competition, finishing seventh overall and qualifying for

Bisley, where they went on to put in a strong showing with Rifleman Sujan Limbu once again achieving Army 100 in shooting. Kicking off a streak of success in sport this year, members of the Bn took part in The RLC Athletics Championship in Abingdon, coming minor unit runners up with Pte Jordan Hutchinson and Pte Umesh Pun coming second in the 3000m steeplechase and the 5000m race, respectively. In another impressive display, Capt Rachel Gibbs, the Battalion Adjutant, was selected for the Army team for the European Military Bouldering Championships, where she achieved a second-place finish. She subsequently came first in the Army Sport Climbing Championships female category. Sporting achievements continued with the Battalion 2IC, Maj Glyn Williams, taking second place at the Army MTBXC Series 2nd round on Bulford Ridge, with other members of the Bn team taking

8 The Battalion shooting team has enjoyed a successful quarter

part and enjoying the competitive, if muddy, ride. Maj Williams later built on this success, winning the Army Cross Country Cycling Championship in his class. Preparing for their first competitions this coming autumn, twelve members of the ARRC surfing team deployed on an intense week of surfing foundation skills in Portugal under the training programme of Sgt Scotty Townson and Sgt Ant Bourne. The Battalion cricket season was kicked off with a bang when the team made it through to the final round of The RLC Sixes and continued with a series of friendly match wins. The newest officer in the Battalion, 2Lt Joe Jenkins, represented the Army in the International Tae Kwon-do Federation (ITF) Open International Championships bringing home a Silver and Bronze. 2Lt Jenkins will Captain the Army ITF Kup team and compete for the World Tae Kwondo team at this year’s Inter-Services in July, along with Pte Hutchinson. The Bn will build upon its successes into the second half of the year, with further sporting and adventurous training opportunities, plus a transition into Ex ARRCADE FUSION in the autumn. 8 The Battalion cricket team made it through to the final round of The RLC Sixes

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Commando Logistic Support Squadron (LSS) BARNSTAPLE OC: Maj C Allford • SSM: WO2 N Walmsley What was supposed to be a ‘quiet’ term for the Commando Logistic Support Squadron (LSS), resulted in being just as busy and demanding as always. With soldiers deploying to the Baltics in support of the Joint Expeditionary Force Maritime (JEF(M)), an overnight shake out on the airfield, Sqn MATTs week and a CT 1 exercise, it is a challenging time to be a Commando Logistician with a two-week CT 3 exercise and Sqn Adventure Training still to come. JEF(M) The overseas deployment this term, saw ten ranks from LSS deploy to a multitude of countries in the Baltic region. The team has diversified from its primary role of providing two assault ships parties of two men each, as well as three logistic support detachments. They have enabled and taken part in a number of live firing packages, allowing the most junior privates to become familiar on pistols and GPMGs. Concurrently, the team is responsible for demanding stores from the UK, ensuring the relevant kit is flown out to meet the task force at the correct location. Ex DOCTRINE DRAGON Although an SOI focused exercise for the NCOs and officers, this was a great opportunity for a Sqn shake out. Commencing with a review of the current procedures involved in deploying the Logistic Task Group and establishing a beach support area (BSA), the exercise then moved onto the actual

establishment on the airfield. LSS was able to demonstrate its capability to the remainder of the Regt, as well as practice digging its shell scrapes in preparation for the upcoming CT 3 exercise. Sqn MATTs week and CT 1 An opportunity to escape the hectic daily regimental life, this was an enjoyable week for all involved. After a heavy two days of class room-based learning and testing, the ranges were a welcome relief. This set the unit up for success on the Braunton Burrows two weeks later, as a small contingent of the Sqn deployed on Ex FOUNDATION DAGGER, a CT 1 level exercise aimed at rebuilding low-level skills and drills, soldiering mentality and Sqn SOPs. Ex COASTAL FUELS Pet Tp deployed to Ardersier Port in Scotland to exercise the ship to shore refuelling capability alongside 516 Specialist Team

8 Ex COASTAL FUELS saw Pet Tp deployed to Ardersier Port in Scotland to exercise ship to shore refuelling capability

Royal Engineers (Petroleum), AWB and RoRo from 17 P&M RLC and specialist RE divers. All have a critical role in the establishment of this niche capability, essential for the ability to bring large quantities of fuel ashore and ultimately the sustainment of 3 Cdo Bde. PARAS’ 10 The Sqn entered a team into the Paras’ 10 event held at Colchester on 18 May 19. The team performed outstandingly and took the trophy. Of particular note Lt Ben Howell placed as first individual by a clear margin of over two minutes taking just 1 hr 22 minutes to cover the distance with his bergan. Look forward The Sqn is busy preparing for the upcoming CT 3 level Ex ASSURANCE DRAGON that will involve more shell scrape digging, defence of the BSA, integrating drone operations and the occasional bit of logistic support. The term will conclude with a week of parachuting at Netheravon for the adrenaline junkies or some beach games and a BBQ for the more cautious. 8 Ex FOUNDATION DAGGER was a CT 1 level exercise aimed at rebuilding low-level skills and drills

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Defence Munitions (DM) Kineton Station TEMPLE HERDEWYKE CO: Lt Col J N Williams • SSM: WO1 S Brennan In this edition of The Sustainer we take a closer look at the suppliers within DM and the key role they play in the delivery of the unit’s mission. Supplier and Demand – Sgt Turnbull Within Defence Munitions there is a team of suppliers behind the scenes who play an integral role in supplying ammunition to support Defence around the world. This team comprises of one WO1, two SNCOs and 12 JNCOs. Employed within the SQMS is Sgt Okyere and LCpl Turay who are responsible for routine G4; supplying the processing laboratories with specialist equipment and any expendables they need. The remainder of the troops make up the feed and bleed team working in pairs across the depot. This aptly named team feeds ammunition from the explosive storehouses into the processing labs and bleeds it back out once the technicians have finished with it. Similar to a Logistics Support Regiment (LSR), they endeavour to maintain a consistent battle rhythm of conducting regular PT, military parades, duties, professional development, attending courses when they arise and any other

military tasks. In addition, the unit also finds the time for key retention activities such as adventure training and sport. A significant difference is that the Unit is part of Defence Equipment and Support, rather than the Army. Operational taskings always come first in what can be a substantial workload for all the suppliers in a tight time frame. This involves working with a large civilian workforce, ensuring robust communications and a plethora of different meetings, all to ensure the smooth running of the business, while also upholding

8 Kineton found success at The RLC Cycling Championships 2019

the safe systems of Work. Unlike in an LSR, DM Kineton has a fleet of Hysters and Charlattes, akin to what you would see in an industrial logistics company, to carry out these daily objectives. RLC Cycling Championships – Cpl Littlejohn Kineton had a very successful RLC Cycling Championships over the 5 – 6 June. This two-day event consisted of individual time trial and road races on the first day, then a road relay and combined MTB and road relay on the Thursday. Cpl Jennings placed first in the Individual Time Trial and second place in the Road Race. The DM Kineton Team consisting of Lt Col Williams, Maj Bowsley, Cpl Littlejohn and Cpl Jennings, placed second overall team in the Road Relay and first in the Minor Units. Then third place overall in the combined event and first placed Minor Unit. It was a very successful event for such a small unit against some of the much larger RLC Regiments. 8 DM Kineton has a fleet of Hysters and Charlattes, akin to what you would see in an industrial logistics company

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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 globally. This is in support of exercises and support helicopters in several different environments. The Sqn currently has Helicopter Handling Teams (HHTs) and members of the RAF Mobile Air Operations Team (MAOT) deployed in the United States of America (California and Idaho), the Falkland Islands, Mali on Op NEWCOMBE, Afghanistan on Op TORAL and have recently returned from supporting HMS Queen Elizabeth and building flood defences in Lincolnshire. Operationally, the Sqn has been exceptionally busy, supporting multiple heads of state and HM the Queen for the D-Day 75 celebrations. Liaising with agencies such as the US Secret Service, Met Police and Downing Street, Sqn personnel recced and ran multiple landing sites throughout the celebrations. JHSS was also called out on a National Standby call in support of the flood relief efforts in Lincolnshire. Ten personnel were deployed at R0 to deliver much needed ballast to the breaching river. Working with the Environment Agency, Home Office and local emergency authorities,

8 JHSS was also called out on a National Standby call in support of the flood relief efforts in Lincolnshire

the JHSS Team was able to build and hook hundreds of tonnes of ballast within a matter of hours. Its efforts prevented the situation deterring further and helped prevent even more homes succumbing to the floodwater. Despite such a busy deployment schedule, the Sqn still has time for sport and AT for all of its personnel. In April 19, 40 personnel from JHSS deployed to Serre Chevalier, France for Exercise ALPINE HOOKER. With a mixture of beginner, novice and advanced skiers everyone was pushed beyond their comfort zones and soon found themselves refining or

learning new skills. The beginner group benefitted from a combination of French ESF instructors to instil the basics of skiing and military instructors to push these new skills to their limits. After being confronted with a red run on day two of skiing with the reassurance of ‘well, there’s only one way down’ the beginners quickly became competent skiers! The advanced group were also pushed to its limits with some averaging 50km of skiing a day, mixed in with more advanced techniques and survival skills. Personnel of all ranks gained something from Exercise ALPLINE HOOKER and the value of adventurous training was demonstrated in abundance. Despite being a heavily deployed Sqn with a minimum of 40% of its personnel deployed at any one time, many at JHSS have successfully made it onto Service, Regiment and National Teams. Sgt Cook, (RAF), has been selected to represent GB at wakeboarding and is heavily involved in the RAF Wakeboarding and Water-skiing Association, organising the recent overseas trainer in Thailand. SACs Vickers and Cunningham represent the RAF in hockey and cricket respectively whilst Pte Leah Andrews, (RLC), has recently been selected for The RLC Ladies football team. Meanwhile the OC, Maj Emmit Andrews, continues to push the fitness of the Sqn as a whole, resulting in a notable increase in Sqn personnel joining him in Iron Man, triathlons and longdistance cycling. Putting the Sqn moto ‘together we deliver’ to good use, JHSS ensures its personnel have access to all the sporting and AT opportunities in both the Army and the RAF, whilst also deploying operationally across the globe. 8 In April 2019, 40 personnel from JHSS deployed to Serre Chevalier, France for Exercise ALPINE HOOKER

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20 Transport Squadron The Royal Logistic Corps LONDON OC: Maj R Habbershaw • SSM: WO2 B Griffiths It has been a very busy spring for 20 Transport Squadron, with a lot of commitments throughout the first half of the year and the usual pressure of delivering transport capabilities for the Queen’s Birthday Parade. The Sqn manged to deliver on all its tasks earning some high praise from the top for a job well done. The SQMS department has been busy preparing for the LS&I and assisting the troops on tasks as required. At the same time straight after the busy period, the Sqn managed to shake itself up and deployed to Thetford for CT1 on EX COCKNEY III for a week of field craft led by the OC. It was a week of fun, back to basic training. A well planned and executed exercise by Sgt Williams. Sports The Sqn continues to raise its profile in the sporting arena, with WO2 Urie Hill participating in the Tri Service cricket competition, helping the Army to win the tournament. With a 60-run partnership and some great bowling, he has established himself as one of the best. LCpl Harvey took part in Ex LOGISTIC RIDE in Capel Curig, Wales, where on completion he left as a qualified mountain biking instructor, which will be very helpful on the upcoming Sqn AT. The Sqn took part in the LONDIST GOC Cup 2019. With minimum manning in the Sqn, LCpl Arthur managed to pull together a team and did very well against some big established regiments. The team finished fourth overall drawing one, losing one and winning two. The Sqn had an opportunity to to take part in the 2019 London Marathon with three places being granted. This was a perfect opportunity for these members of the the Sqn to raise money for Tickets for Troops and represent the Sqn at such a world class event. LCpl Singh posted the best time of 4 hrs 32 mins, the others were just pleased to finish! The Sqn has been able to contribute 74

to the outstanding success of The RLC Basketball team at the last Inter Corps Basketball Competition, with LCpl Banjoko appointed the assistant coach of The RLC Women and Men’s B team. The RLC Basketball team went on to receive the best team medal during The RLC Sports Awards having won all the three gold medals of Inter Corps Championships. 20 Sqn also competed in the 72nd Bari Cup hockey festival. Being the holders of the Bari Cup, the stakes were high, so the team captain, Sgt Halliday, had to get anybody that was available during the Sqn’s busy period to attempt to bring the cup home again. The competition is a three-day event where all teams play each other in the tournament and the top two teams then compete in the final. The first day went to plan with the team winning all but one of the four

8 Pte Woodall Marathon man

8 Bari Cup Team matches played, drawing three-all in a grudge match against last year’s beaten finalists, 27 Regt. The second day of matches took a turn for the worst as the Sqn lost its first two matches out of the five games played, which left it relying on the final game. In the end, after controversially scraping through to the final on goal difference, it was a repeat of last year’s final. It was a tough game the team gave their best, including a fantastic save from goalkeeper Pte Coles, which will be talked about for years. However, in the end 27 Regt proved to be the better team this year and won 3-2. Promotion and awards The Sqn would like to congratulate Sgt Williams for his selection for promotion to SSgt. Farewell and welcome The Sqn bid a fond farewell to Capt Anderson who is leaving the Sqn on completion of his assignment and WO2 SSM Salihu, Sgt Williams and LCpl Blair who are all leaving the Sqn on promotion. Whilst the Sqn says goodbye, it also gives give a warm 20 Sqn welcome to WO2 Griffiths who is taking over as the new SSM.

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The RLC Foundation has had a more diverse and packed programme of events in 2019, than ever before. On 21 Jun 19, Ernst & Young hosted a Mental Health Awareness Symposium at its London Bridge office. This symposium centred on a whole range of mental health awareness issues. The morning session focussed on presentations from Wilson James, 17 Port & Maritime Regiment RLC and Ernst & Young. They all explored the different challenges they face within the commercial and military environments. This ranged from identifying early mental health symptoms to the integrated support networks that are now in place to educate and care for the civilian and military workforce. In the afternoon 60 delegates took part in Interactive group sessions to further explore the mental health impact on individuals, their families, the business and what more we can all do to make sure the right treatment, support and rehabilitation is available. Exercise LOG SAFARI took place on the Pirbright training area on 15 Jul 19. This exercise is designed to give officer cadets nearing the end of the Junior Term at RMAS, potential officers pre RMAS and industry personnel, an overview of logistic capability within a tactical field environment. There were seven trade skill stands on display, which showcased The RLC’s expertise in supply and distribution, ammunition technical services, food services, movement control operations, postal & courier operations, fuel services and air despatch. The skill stands offered our industry partners the opportunity to talk to RLC soldiers

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and to get a better understanding of what challenges they face during operational deployments. This was by far the biggest attendance by our industry partners at an Ex LOG SAFARI event yet, with 73 delegates in attendance. On 17 and 18 Sep 19, TVS Supply Solutions ran a ‘transition’ event at Dalton Barracks, Abingdon for RLC service leavers. This event was aimed at providing generic support to RLC service leavers, with a sector specific dimension. On 24 Sep 19, 13 Air Assault Support Regiment will host a military capability event in Colchester for our industry partners showcasing how the

military orders process works within an operational environment. Leidos and Kuehne & Nagel will host a demand forecasting and risk management round table event at Donnington on 16 Oct 19, which will focus in on the contractor/military interface within the supply chain. The final event of the year is The RLC Foundation Awards Dinner on 6 Nov 19 at Dalton Barracks’ Officers’ Mess, Abingdon. More on these events to follow in the next edition of The Sustainer. The RLC Foundation has recently moved offices. It is now co-located in Wellington House, St Omer Barracks, Aldershot with 101 Log Bde. RLC Foundation Contacts: Alan Woods – Alan.Woods195@mod.gov.uk Chrissie Ross – Chrissie.Ross100@mod.gov.uk Telephone 01252 347709 Follow us on LinkedIn or Facebook Website: www.rlcfoundation.com

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Museum Musings By Maj (Retd) Simon Walmsley Director, The Royal Logistic Corps Museum THE RLC MUSEUM MEDAL COLLECTION The RLC Museum owns a unique and fascinating medal collection. It includes a number of Victoria Crosses, George Crosses and many other gallantry and campaign medals, covering the period from the Battle of Waterloo to the present day. These medals will be displayed in a new specially designed medal corridor, as part of the new RLC Museum at Worthy Down. Some highlights of our collection include the Victoria Cross awarded to the oldest ever recipient, 61 year old Lt William Raynor VC, for his defence of the magazine at Delhi during the Indian Mutiny of 1857. The museum also holds the Victoria Cross of Major John Buckley VC, recognised for the same action, who lends his name to Buckley Barracks. 9 Regiment RLC, based in Buckley Barracks sometimes borrow his Victoria Cross for special commemorative events. Some of the medals in The RLC Museum are over 200 years old and go back to Wellington’s (Sir Arthur Wellesley) campaign against the French during the Peninsular War.

These particular medals belonged to Assistant Commissary Butcher, Field Train Department. An Assistant Commissary was equivalent to a Captain and Butcher saw an awful lot of service, not only at the Battle of Waterloo, but also at Toulouse, Vittoria, St Sebastian, Orthes, Badajoz and Ciudad Rodrigo, some of the bloodiest battles and sieges of the war. Some medals we own are also directly linked to the battle honours of The RLC. The Second China War Medal was awarded to Charles Elgar, 1st Battalion The Military Train, in 1860. It has the clasps Pekin and Taku Forts, which are both battle honours of The RLC. A recent acquisition for the museum, this medal was bought at auction in Australia and will go on display in the main gallery of the museum to help explain two of the Corps five battle honours. The final medal group to be highlighted is far more modern. This group was awarded to

8 Thompson Medal Group

Warrant Officer JV Thompson, Special Air Service and formerly of the Royal Army Ordnance Corps. Thompson not only took part in the Iranian Embassy siege but also the Falklands War. Medals for a soldier who truly was “on the balcony”. Medals are important and revered objects, found on display in every military museum. It is perhaps unusual to have so many different medals within one collection, but unlike an infantry or cavalry regiment, corps, such as The RLC, are inevitably included in every campaign, thus they have a far wider collection than a single battalion might acquire. Where possible The RLC Museum prefers to keep medals as they are found, retaining old or faded ribbons and not splitting up medal groups or correcting mistakes. Replacing a medal ribbon is like discarding 50% of the medal's original form and sometimes makes them look too new and unauthentic, thus lacking in age and character. Finally, The RLC Museum at Worthy Down will not only display its own medal collection, but is extremely fortunate to also be able to exhibit the RCT Medal Collection, which is owned by The RLC Association. Housed within in a separate room of the museum, this world class medal collection is one of the finest in the country and is expected to draw a wide range of visitors and much increase museum visitor numbers. 8 (Left to right) Second China War, Buckley VC and AC Butcher

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Royal Ascot week is the highlight of the racing calendar, so The RLC Coaching Board & Horse-Drawn Heritage was delighted to be out in force on the last day of the event. This hot and sunny Saturday, saw it take MGL, Colonel RLC and their distinguished guests on the Sir Reginald Kerr Coach and the Regimental Coach to the racecourse. Both coaches had been cleaned and polished by the Coaching Board team and dispatched to the Household Cavalry at Combermere Barracks, in Windsor, the night before. The next morning, they formed an impressive sight as they were each harnessed to a team of four greys, with accompanying coachmen and grooms, resplendent in their coaching uniforms. The party set off at 10.00hrs and proceeded to the racecourse, via Windsor Great Park. A short drive from the barracks took the coaches onto The Long Walk, where the guests first enjoyed stunning views of Windsor Castle, before heading away into the park. The Great Park in full summer, is a magnificent sight and a true escape to an English countryside of long ago. Next to be navigated was Ascot High Street. Traffic was halted and the town turned out in force to watch and admire as the coaches went by. The coaches are correctly known

RLC Horse-Drawn Heritage wows the crowds

as Park Drags; both having been built in about 1875. The Kerr Coach was constructed by the renowned carriage company of Holland & Holland Ltd in London. This carriage had been obtained for the Corps in the summer of 1938 by Colonel Reginald Kerr, late RASC and it was successfully driven by him both before and after WW2. Construction of the second Park Drag is believed to have been started by a firm of master coachbuilders in Europe, before it was brought over to the UK for completion by a City of Londonbased coachbuilder. This Park Drag came into the Corps’ ownership shortly after WW2. The following day saw the team don their WW1 uniforms, as they demonstrated the horse ambulance at The Horse Trust’s, Horses, Hounds and Heroes open day in Speen. The team has long been partners with this charity, which

provides a home for retired working horses and ponies. The team set up a display area within the stable area and spent most of the day answering questions from visitors. Tamise, the Comtoise horse, was harnessed and then reversed into the horse ambulance, before walking it round to the arena. Sgt Anthony Bysouth from RHQ The RLC, introduced the team to the large crowd. He explained the situation at the outbreak of war in 1914 and how much everything depended on horse power. Maj David Puckey demonstrated how remounts were trained for action on the front line. He changed the tackle and saddle from civilian to military and demonstrated how Audrey (the horse) would have been trained to military standards. He took Audrey through her paces of an attack with drawn sword and a jump, while firing his pistol. For the benefit of the display, Audrey was “injured in action” and the horse ambulance was called forward to transport her to safety. The crowd were impressed as Audrey entered the ambulance and after being secured was transported round the ring to safety. The day ended with an emotional parade of heroes. The pride of the stables is shown to the public and each one’s story of recovery from abuse or long public service is recounted. Not a dry eye in the house!

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By Maj Bruce Ekman What is sailing a yacht across the Atlantic Ocean like you might ask? The best way to describe the experience is imagine you are on a Battle PT lesson for four hours in the rain. As soon as you finish the lesson you eat some food, crawl into bed and go to sleep. Four hours later, you get up, go back on deck and do another four-hour Battle PT session. Do this for three weeks and that’s what Trans-Atlantic sailing is like – Eat Sleep Sail Repeat. Defence conducts an annual sailing expedition called Exercise CARIBBEAN EXPRESS. The exercise sees a 72ft Challenger Yacht sail out to the Caribbean. Once there, servicemen and women fly out from the UK and partake in fair weather sailing in one of the warmest and most idyllic parts of the world. At the end of the exercise period, the yacht, called Adventure, sails to Halifax in Canada. Once there it receives a new crew who sail the vessel the 2800 miles across the Atlantic Ocean bank to England. Looking for a challenge, Cpl Dean Haycocks, a colleague from 1 Regt RLC and I, decided that this final leg of Ex CARRIBEAN EXPRESS sounded like an adventure. Between us we had a total of six days sailing experience, but we both hoped to pick up the required skills en-route. Little did we know that even for experienced sailor’s, sailing West to East across the Atlantic, is one of the hardest sailing voyages in the world. With lots of bravado and a smidgen of trepidation, we flew out to Canada in early May. The crew provisioned the vessel in Halifax, before sailing

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out of port. The next land that we would see would be England. Here is what I learned during the voyage: Manpower. ADVENTURE is crewed by 14, from across the three Services. They are broken up into three groups (called ‘Watches’) of four people. The remaining two people being the Skipper and the First Mate. Equipment. The yacht is 72 feet long and has three sails. 72 feet sounds big but once you put in toilets termed ‘Heads’, a sail store at the front called a ‘Fore Peek’, a small kitchen ‘Galley’ and some storage space called a ‘Lazarette’, the only space you are left with for living and sleeping, is a space about the size of a family caravan. At all times, one watch will be on deck, the other

will be cooking, cleaning and maintaining equipment, with the third, sleeping. For two days you spend every four hours moving between sailing and sleeping. Every third day your watch is in charge of cooking, cleaning and maintenance duties - the ‘Mother Watch’. Then you go back to two days of sailing and sleeping. Training. Each watch is led by an experienced Watch Leader who is a Royal Yachting Association qualified Yacht Master (the sailing version of a Karate black belt). The remainder of the watch is made up of Day Skippers (Blue Belts) Competent Crew like me, (White Belts) and complete novices (the kids in the back of the class in their shorts and t-shirts). Four of the 14man crew had never sailed before. Sustain. Kitting out or ‘victualling’ a yacht for a three-week voyage is a huge undertaking. Planning the food allocation for each meal, was

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conducted by one of the Yacht Masters, who acted as our quartermaster (or Purser). It took two days to purchase and store the $4000 worth of frozen and tinned food. Water is usually not so much of a problem. The yacht holds enough water for 14 people to each have 2 litres of fresh water a day. At sea the yacht is (usually) able to filter salt water to make fresh water. Unfortunately, two days into our journey we discovered that ADVENTURE’s filtration system was very temperamental. Lessons Learned 1. Yachts are slow. Although it feels fast when you are tearing through the waves, the average speed of a yacht is in the region of seven nautical miles an hour (called knots). Our maximum speed (usually during the storms) reached 10 knots. The average distance we would cover in a 24hr period was about 200 miles. 2. The Ocean is very big. From point to point our journey was 2800 miles. If the distance and the slow pace was not daunting enough, we also had to contend with the ever-changing wind direction. The wind direction would change daily and would often be blowing in the wrong direction, meaning it was coming from England! You cannot sail into the wind, so we had to continuously choose between sailing ADVENTURE West, North

towards Greenland (icebergs) or due South. We normally chose North or South and would cheer when, hours later, the wind would shift to come around from the West and we could adjust our course back to East. 3. Things break at sea. Something breaks on the yacht every day. Not a widget that you can do without, I mean like the main sail which took us four days to fix, often with crew having to go up the 70 ft mast to enact repairs. Or the toilets will block, or sea water will come into the compartments under the floor, known as the ‘Bilges’ requiring pumping out by hand. 4. It’s cold and wet. The sea temperature at Halifax was four degrees Celsius. The yacht is made of metal which means that the temperature in the yacht is also 4 degrees C. The same as the temperature inside your fridge. To make matters worse, when you are on deck watch, you are continuously hit by spray, drenched by waves and it continually rained. By day three, all of our clothes were soaked and stayed that way. 5. You change sails almost continuously. We called the sail changes ‘Sail PT’. When the winds are strong you need to reduce sails (reefing). You collapse elements of the main sail and swap out the front two sails for smaller sails. The sails

each weigh upwards of 200 kgs and you drag them forward and backwards from the sail store like a four man ‘log race’. When the winds are light, you need to put back up the bigger sails to catch more wind. The wind changes by the hour which means that the watch on deck is changing sails their whole shift. To make matters worse the yacht is pitching up and down in the sea and waves are breaking over the bow, where you must stand to change the sails. Summary Sailing the Atlantic was by far the hardest thing I have ever done in my army career, harder than my basic training and harder than Cambrian Patrol. Was I challenged - yes. Was I exposed to risk - yes. Did I develop leadership, teamwork, physical fitness, moral and physical courage - unquestionably. Despite how hard it was, the feeling of accomplishment that I and everyone aboard felt when we berthed in Gosport after crossing the Atlantic Ocean, made the arduous journey worthwhile. Would I recommend it, undoubtably. Would I do it again, most definitely. Information about Joint Services Sailing Expeditions can be obtained from the Joint Services Adventurous Sailing Training Centre in Gosport. Tel: 02392765971 or email navynpspeoplesptjsastcgroup@mod.gov.uk

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By Maj R M McSpadden OC

RLC Silver Stars Army Parachute Display Team The Silver Stars is approaching the end of its second display season as an official British Army Parachute Display Team. Following another successful pre-season training exercise in Cyprus displays have been taking place throughout the UK at military and civilian events. This year also saw several members of the ground staff qualify as display jumpers, to include a Gurkha JNCO from 10 QOGLR and another Army Reserve display jumper from 167 Regt RLC. We are hoping to continue to train and develop several new sport parachutists into the team for the upcoming season to deliver the next generation of Silver Stars display jumpers. Armed Forces Parachute Championships 2019 Building upon the success from last year The RLC Sport Parachute Association (SPA) entered teams into several disciplines at the 2019 Armed Forces Parachute Championship including: the Rookie

4-Way formation and Freefly and Canopy formation. In the Canopy formation category, both teams performed outstandingly, narrowly missing out on first place to the Red Devils and in doing so securing both second (Cpl S Cozens and LCpl E Moss) and third place (Cpl D Icely and LCpl W Ross) whilst narrowly missing out on the podium with fourth place in both the Freefly and Rookie 4-Way formation categories. LCpl Will Ross (29 Regt RLC) once again represented the Army Formation team in the AA Formation Skydiving category, where he gained second place. A special mention and thanks go to Cpl Jamie Hart for his incredible camera work throughout the competition for all of the teams. Another fantastic year for The RLC SPA, which we will once again look to build upon in the 2020 competition.

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RLC Sport Parachute Association To maintain and build upon the successes of The RLC Silver Stars, not only as an Army Parachute Display Team but as competitors at tri-service level competitions, the RLC Sport Parachute Association (SPA) is always seeking to identify the next generation of officers and soldiers who are interested in taking up the sport. At present The RLC SPA has an abundance of experienced instructors and jumpers, but with one eye on the future, it needs the support of all units across the Corps in encouraging their officers and soldiers to attend parachuting courses. These courses are available throughout the year in both the UK and Cyprus via the Adventurous Training Group with no prior experience required and at no cost to the individual. There is also a fantastic opportunity for junior soldiers to work at Netheravon and Dhekelia (Cyprus) on a 12-month posting which will allow individuals to develop their instructional and leadership abilities, whilst receiving expert tuition in a number of parachuting disciplines from the high-level instructors. 8 Follow RLC Silver Stars on Facebook and @RLCSilver_Stars on Twitter.

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