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Journal of The Royal Logistic Corps R AUTUMN 2021

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16 Army officer internship 2Lt Irwin has a whirlwind year

2 Op PITTING The RLC is front and centre during the Kabul evacuation

7 13AASR in Jordan All female training team trains Jordanian QRF

10 Ex DEFENDER 21 104 Bde TEG supports US Army in Greece

23 Sustaining a Brigade The RLC team in HQ 20 Bde on life at the sharp end

28 LONG LOOK Lt Davies experiences life with a Canadian Service Bn

35 Public duties Despite COVID, 27 Regt makes its mark

38 6XX Chefs Chef’s working together to instil pride and passion

44 LCpl TIMMINS QGM Afghan veteran bequeaths gallantry medal to RLC Museum

46 Unit news A round-up of reports from across The RLC

85 Supporting veterans Reservist sets new WR helping mental health charities


EDITOR’S NOTE Welcome to the autumn 21 edition of The Sustainer. The new Corps Sergeant Major’s ‘From the Ranks’ column highlights his intent to, ‘improve communications throughout The RLC, but in particular with the 40% of RLC personnel, who serve in units and formation HQs outside the Corps.’ This edition of your magazine is very much focussed that very audience and my thanks go to the RLC personnel at MAB, 20 Bde, 821 Sqn, PJHQ, 6 Div, BATUK and British Gurkhas Nepal; plus all the ‘other units’ that regularly contribute to the magazine, for making this issue so diverse and insightful. On the centre spread you can read about the Queen’s Gallantry Medal, won in Afghanistan by the late LCpl David Timmins and gifted to the RLC Museum at his request. Given the recent events in Kabul, this was a very poignant event and reminds us of the personal sacrifices made by the serving and veteran community of this Corps and British Forces to bring a better life to the people of that country and to ensure our security at home. The RLC has been front and centre in the final chapter of that conflict and it helped to enable, 15,000 people to escape an uncertain future under the Taliban. We hope to tell the full story of what the RLC units and personnel deployed on the operation did, in the winter 21 edition. On a lighter note this edition has seen reports about sporting events return to our pages, which is a breath of

fresh air. There is no fixed theme for the winter edition allowing us to catch up on everything that has happened recently and will be happening over the next two months. I look forward to receiving your articles operations, exercises, sports teams, adventurous training, or something else – for publication in the winter edition. This publishes mid-December; so providing I am made aware by email by the 11 October copy deadline, that an article will be forthcoming, I can be flexible concerning the submission date. Finally, I must highlight the approaching deadline for the RLC Photographic Competition. Last year we had nearly 100 entries. Since then the Army Photographers in the RLC Video Production Team have delivered basic photography training to over 45 Service Personnel from across the Corps. We hope these budding photographers have been out capturing some great images and encourage them, and anyone else with a flair for photography, to enter. The competition is also open to RLC affiliated Army and CCF cadets. The best two images (shot in landscape) from each category will also be selected for publication in the 2022 RLC Calendar and will be published in a future edition of The Sustainer. There will also be cash prizes for each category winner and runner up. The closing date is 8 October. 8 Peter Shakespeare Email: Peter.Shakespeare100@mod.gov.uk Contact: +44 (0) 7901 676309.

Charter: The Sustainer records the activities and achievements of the Corps family, its units and personalities, as well as the organisations of the Forming Corps and their Associations. It keeps soldiers of today in touch with each other and soldiers of yesteryear in touch with the Corps of today. The Journal is not only a means of cohesion and communication within the Corps but also a source of research material for posterity.

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THE SUSTAINER | NEWS HEADLINES

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Op PITTING The British operation to repatriate British and entitled Afghan nationals from Kabul, Operation PITTING, saw a significant contribution by The RLC. 13 Air Assault Support Regiment RLC provided support to 16 Air Assault Brigade who were focused on ensuring as many entitled people got the safe passage they needed to the UK, despite an incredibly challenging security situation. RLC Movement Controllers from 29 Regiment RLC deployed at a rapid rate to logistic support nodes across the Middle East and at Kabul International Airport.They enabled the technical process to move 15,000 people on 70 flights across international borders and at pace. They contributed significantly working expertly with specialists from the RAF, 16 Air Assault Brigade and partnering Government agencies. Also deployed were personnel from 11 EOD&S Regt, 9 Regt and 821 Sqn. Lt Col Jim Beere, CO 13 AASR said in a message to his regiment:“Our people in Afghanistan worked around the clock to make sure that both our military and civilian personnel had what they needed, whilst also providing what they could to those seeking refuge. 63 Air Assault Support Squadron in particular, but all of our people displayed exactly the kind of ingenuity, compassion and professionalism that we all expect.

“In addition to those in Kabul, 13 AASR deployed a logistic and equipment support network, through the air mounting centre, RAF Brize Norton and the Middle East, commanded by OC 47 Air Despatch Squadron, in support of this operation. This contribution was equally valuable and has ensured that those deployed forward have never wanted for what they needed.

That 24/7 support and ingenious ability to get what we needed, also made sure that the thousands of evacuees we processed also had access to the basics whilst they waited to board their planes. I could not be prouder of what the Regiment achieved. “Of arguably greater importance, are those who stayed behind and supported from Colchester, RAF Brize Norton and elsewhere. The regimental rear party, the families of those deployed and the friends of the unit, contributed in an immeasurable way and without them, we would have floundered. “I know you will join me in being completely humbled by the endless hard work, good humour and empathy that our troops have displayed. They are a credit to the regiment and to all of you who support them back home. Thank you.”

The 2021 RLC Photographic Competition - entries close 8 October Open to regular and reserve RLC soldiers and officers and RLC affiliated army cadets, the competition offers the opportunity for personnel to capture the wide variety of job roles and environments that The RLC currently operates and trains in. With some changes to last year, entries for 2021 close on 8 October and can be submitted into the following six categories: The New Normal, RLC Equipment and Trades in action, Soldiering, Interoperability, Sport/AT and Person or People (portraiture and selfies). 2

The judges will select two amateur-taken ‘best' images in each subject category. The RLC’s Professional Army Photographers are invited to submit portrait images for any category, with the winning entry

being selected for the front cover of the 2022 RLC calendar. The best two images (shot in landscape) from each category will also be selected for publication in the 2022 RLC Calendar and will be published in a future edition of The Sustainer. There will also be cash prizes for each category winner and runner up. Closing date for entries is 8 October 2021. For more information and details of how to enter, visit The RLC Defence Connect page: https://jive.defencegateway.mod.uk/ docs/DOC-574123

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The RLC MUSEUM MAKES ITS MARK The RLC Museum has been busy hosting several noteworthy events over the last two months. On 29 July, the museum held a celebration for Royal Army Service Corps World War Two veteran, Mr Fred Miller, in advance of his 100th Birthday on 21 August 2021. Fred served as a driver with 432 Company RASC, which formed part of the 7th Armoured Division (the famous Desert Rats) in North Africa. He also took part in the Normandy landings arriving on the beaches five days after D-Day. In the days that followed, he moved supplies and troops off the beaches and deeper into France, in support of the allied advance. He then served throughout the campaign in Northwest Europe finishing in Germany and eventually returning home in 1946. During the campaign, Fred even very briefly drove Field Marshal Montgomery. Fred visited the museum accompanied by his wife of six years, Joan, both of whom were given a guided tour by Museum Director Maj (Retd) Simon Walmsley. Fred was presented with a centenary birthday cake decorated with a George the Fifth RASC cap badge, followed by a surprise drive in Monty’s Rolls Royce Wraith around Worthy Down Camp. The Field Marshal was driven onto the Normandy beaches on D-Day plus four in this staff car and he used the vehicle throughout the campaign in Northern Europe. The RLC Corps Sergeant Major, WO1 Chris Sutherland, also presented Fred with a new beret, complete with an RASC cap badge; a touching gesture that

brought a tear to Fred’s eye. The proceedings finished with Colonel Nigel Gilbert, Chairman of the RASC & RCT Association, presenting Fred with a framed birthday certificate to celebrate the momentous occasion. Between 12 – 14 August, the museum also successfully held a First World War living history event. The free event drew in over 1,000 visitors from across the country who were able to see a selection of magnificent First World War horse-drawn vehicles, including GS (general service) Wagons and Mark I and Mark II Horse Ambulances.

Highlights of the three-day event included interactions with Willy and Wiggie, the trusted RLC HorseDrawn Heritage horses, as well as soldiers dressed in First World War uniforms. Other attractions on display comprised wheelwright equipment, WW1 weapons and bell tents. Younger visitors also enjoyed medal making amongst other activities, allowing the event to provide a fun and educational day for many families during the school holidays. The event was the first of its kind to be held at the recently-opened museum and its popularity will hopefully lead the way for similar events in the future. The RLC Museum at Worthy Down is home to a vast array of exhibits and the world-class RCT medal collection. It tells the story of British military logistics from Agincourt to present day. For more information, visit: https://www.royallogisticcorps.co.uk/ museum/

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A VIEW FROM THE BRIDGE The Colonel RLC

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Welcome to the autumn edition of The Sustainer. As I reflect, looking back over the last few weeks, the Corps has once again been at the forefront of Army and Defence activity. I could not be prouder of the soldiers and officers of the Corps for the outstanding contribution to Op PITTING, the evacuation of 15,000 people from Kabul during August. Our people were involved at every stage in the process, from the forward elements in Kabul, to those at the processing nodes in UAE, Cyprus, Brize and the JAMC; the J4 teams at PJHQ, Fd Army, 16 Bde, DSCOM and UKStratCom staff and those in the Rear Ops Gps. It has been a real team effort across the Corps. Special mention must go the teams from 13 Regiment, 29 Regiment, 11 Regiment, 9 Regiment and HQ 104 Brigade as well as many RLC soldiers at 1st Line across 16 Brigade. Under significant time constraints, these units and formations deployed personnel and support at pace and displayed professionalism, adaptability, courage and sensitivity in the toughest of situations, in many ways unique in tempo, scale and complexity. These extraordinary achievements over the past weeks, however, must be seen in the context of the Corps’ contribution to operations over the past 20 years in Afghanistan and the very real sacrifice that so many of our people and their loved ones have given. The way the campaign has concluded will understandably cause feelings of anger, bitterness and despair.The Corps is fully committed to supporting our people, both serving and retired, through the Corps Benevolence Team and will continue to provide advice to access mental health support. In wider operations the Corps has continued commitments to a range of tasks supporting the UK Ambulance Service Regions, with 7 Regiment soldiers deploying to the North East and East over summer leave.They have been conducting patient transfer services and support to paramedic crews which has proved, once again, to be a rewarding and empowering task for our junior soldiers. Over the next month, 6 Regiment is redeploying from Op TOSCA after a very successful tour, as part of the United Nation Force in Cyprus. 27 Regiment recently completed a

10-week period as the Public Duties Reinforcement Company supporting London District carrying out Ceremonial Duties in London and Windsor. Most notably, this tour included support to a number of State Ceremonial Events including the visit of the German Chancellor Angela Merkel at Windsor Castle in July. The Regiment represented the Corps superbly and received congratulations for high standards throughout the task from GOC London District. In August, the Master General of Logistics and I welcomed 22 newly commissioned 2Lts into the Corps at the Sovereign’s Parade, held at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst. It was a real privilege to be able to host their families at a picnic lunch in front of New College for the first time in over a year.We wish them all the best as they start their officer career on the Troop Commanders’ Course at Worthy Down. Looking to the future, we are looking forward to resuming a full programme of Corps events and visits this autumn. The RLC Military Skills competition hosted by the Defence School of Transport and 25 Regiment on 2 October at Leconfield, promises to be a fantastic event and I look forward to seeing as many units participating both Regular and Reserve. The RLC Sports Awards for 2021 is taking place at Bicester Garrison Officers’ Mess on 14 October and we are looking forward to recognising the sporting achievements of our people from the 2019-20 season, which is long overdue. I am very pleased to announce that for the first time there will be a full veterans marching contingent from the RLC Association at the Cenotaph Parade in Whitehall on Remembrance Sunday, which will march in addition to the contingents from the Forming Corps. This will be followed by a reception at 20 Sqn in Regent’s Park. It is hoped that this prestigious annual event will be a catalyst for the RLC Association to grow year on year and reach its full potential. I look forward to seeing as many of you as possible as I visit around the Corps this autumn. Thank you to all of you, and to your families and loved ones, for your continued hard work and support. Colonel J C West ADC

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#BritishArmyLogistics The Commandant RMAS, Major General Duncan Capps CBE, has given his personal opinion on a range of contemporary leadership challenges in an interview with The RLC Foundation. The full interview has been published on the Foundation’s website: http://rlcfoundation.com/ The small extract included below, offers a sample of the longer, in-depth interview, which will also be published in the next edition of the RLC Foundation Review in April 2022. Maj Gen Capps joined the RCT as a Private in 1985 and was commissioned a year later having completed the Standard Military Couse at RMAS.Today he is effectively the British Army’s Director of Leadership.Whilst Sandhurst is often regarded as a vital element in the fabric of the heritage of Britain’s military structure, readers may find his unorthodox background and attitude to the Army refreshing. Over the last decade, a concerted effort has been made to codify values and standards across the Army in an attempt to establish a common baseline. How confident are you that the RMAS leadership tenets are permeating into the wider army? Maj Gen Capps says:“This is a huge area for reflection and debate. Let’s consider some historiography. British ineptitude in the 1793-94 Flanders campaign acted as the catalyst for establishing formal professional officer training for the Army.Two primary objectives were pursued as a consequence of failures: the first, was the recruitment and development of ‘value centered servant leaders’, who understood that they had the responsibility and privilege of leading soldiers. Secondly, was instilling and confirming a degree of military competence across the officer corps. If we don’t get that same degree of commitment to value based leadership, clearly demonstrated by personal examples, then we’re going to fail in attaining the tenets of leadership that we desire and we’re unlikely to see the right people enter the Army. The challenge that I and my predecessors have had, is how much we are prepared to condition the development of leaders whilst also allowing individuals to develop their personal styles.With Generation Z we have to be very careful. In a lot of cases they have fixed views and they

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The RLC Foundation Interview

are prepared to offer challenges to what we offer. It’s much more about mentoring and coaching rather than directing and I’m now focused on how we affect leadership development, acknowledging that this generation is different and a different approach is needed. How do we combine emotional intelligence and social awareness with the self-awareness that they’ll need, if they’re to sustain themselves emotionally and physically when leading teams of soldiers? This is what my team and I are grappling with today because the challenges they will face are different to the ones I experienced. Now to answer the broader question of how we are permeating this leadership ethos down into the Army. There were two leadership studies conducted in 2015 and 2018 and broadly speaking they identified that we were not investing to the same degree in our ‘soldier leader’ development. So, my takeaway

from that, is that our soldier leaders, including our Late Entry officers, are successful despite the system, not because of it. I oversaw a study last year which looked at identifying the best leadership intervention points for junior soldiers and I’m hoping that this is part of a new initiative that addresses some of the shortfalls. Another inroad is being made through the examination of specific case studies by the Centre for Army Leadership, which comes directly under me, but is not focused solely on officers. Perversely, what is also encouraging is that a by-product of COVID-19 restrictions resulted in greater participation from the soldier network, who were more confident to participate in digital leadership debates and podcasts. So, we are now starting to hear the voice of our junior leaders and I’m confident positive changes will be forthcoming.”

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FROM THE RANKS

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One of my main aims whilst in this prestigious role, is improving the lived experience of our soldiers and I’d like my first “From the Ranks” update to the Corps, to focus on this

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Hello, I hope you and your families are safe and well and finally starting to enjoy some freedom, as the Government restrictions are now lifted, allowing life to return to some normality. I am writing my first “From the Ranks” article for The Sustainer, sitting in RHQ The RLC in Worthy Down halfway through week four, as the newly appointed Corps Sergeant Major. I feel, a little overwhelmed yet extremely honoured that I am the Senior Soldier of The Royal Logistic Corps. More importantly, my remit is to be the voice of our soldiers, a task I intend to take extremely seriously in order to improve the lived experience of our people. So, what’s been happening..? I was extremely proud to see our logisticians from 13 AASR and 29 Regt deploying on Op PITTING supporting the 2 PARA BG.Watching the situation unfold in the mainstream media and seeing troops wearing 13 Regiment DZs and RLC TRFs deplaning in Kabul airport, really brought it home just how involved and highly regarded our soldiers are around the globe. But we must not forget that here in the UK we have soldiers contributing to all manner of tasks; including soldiers from 7 Regiment who are deployed in direct support of the North East and Eastern Ambulance Services. I thank them and all of you currently deployed around the world; you truly are making a difference. In the short period I have been in appointment, I have had the privilege to meet and welcome 48 Junior Soldiers to the Corps as they graduated from AFC Harrogate. The soldiers from across all our trades are prepared to join our Corps family by RLC Instructors who are outstanding in everything they deliver.While in Harrogate, I had the pleasure of meeting some of them and I thanked them for the great job they do. In the same week I attended the General’s review at the Royal Hospital Chelsea where I was honoured to meet the In Pensioners, from The RLC’s Forming Corps. A week I will never forget, totally worth the back to back lateral flow tests. I have also attended my first Conductor’s Parchment ceremony in our fantastic new Corps museum. Huge congratulations on the appointment of Conductor go to:

WO1 (Cdr) Lyndsay (Mov Con),WO1 (Cdr) Rogers (Chef),WO1 (Cdr) Hutchinson (P&C) and WO1 (Cdr) Clinton (AT). One of my main aims whilst in this prestigious role, is improving the lived experience of our soldiers and I’d like my first “From the Ranks” update to the Corps, to focus on this. As you are all aware, our Corps is so large and dispersed, reaching out to, and communicating with, the entire serving Corps family has always been a challenge. One of my tasks is to improve communications throughout The RLC, but in particular with the 40% of RLC personnel, who serve in units and formation HQs outside Corps. I would also like to give all of you the ability to speak to your Senior Soldier direct. This will be achieved either face to face during unit visits when I start to get around the Corps, or by reaching out to me via Defence Connect and on our various social media channels. The Corps Media team will send out more direction on how you can engage with me in due course. What has happened in Afghanistan recently, may have brought back some demons for some of you. My message is simple… Please don’t suffer in silence, reach out and be there for each other. There are many great organisations out there that will help, but sometimes us soldiers “just need our friends”. If you feel you need to reach out further for help, serving personnel and civilian MoD staff can access Defence Connect to help get the right support: https://jive.defencegateway.mod.uk/.../ mental-health For serving personnel and our veterans, the Army has updated the information available on its website. There’s always someone to talk to: https://www.army.mod.uk/.../ managing-stress/ask-for-help/ There is also further assistance available specifically for war veterans. See: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/support -for-war-veterans for more details. Finally, I would like to publicly thank and pass best wishes to my predecessor Captain Phil Broom and his family. Good luck at ICSC(L) and in your next role.You have left me big shoes to fill! WO1 C Sutherland Corps Sergeant Major RLC

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13 AASR leads Jordanian training team

In July 2021, six instructors, led by 13 Air Assault Support Regiment RLC, delivered a two-week training course for a platoon of soldiers from the Jordanian Armed Forces Quick Reaction Force Brigade. The training covered military skills such as vehicle check-points and urban operations. Due to varied experience among the students, a basic understanding was achieved ahead of future training. The trainees were both men and women; with the aim of encouraging more gender integration in the Jordanian Brigade.The course also built on the relationship between the Jordanians and 16 Air Assault Brigade. Alongside the training package, the team also encouraged the empowerment and professional

development of the female Platoon Commander,Warrant Officers and Non-Commissioned-Officers. Physical training was led by the team’s PTI, Craftsman Amy Liu (serving with the Queen’s Own Gurkha Logistic Regiment) for the female soldiers and was the only aspect of the training which was not integrated. However, the whole mixed platoon conducted a Tactical Advance to Battle (TAB) together for the first time, which was a huge breakthrough for the team to achieve. Capt Smith, the training team leader from 13 AASR, said: “The training team was excellent and the results speak for themselves.The Platoon’s TAB was a first for the Brigade and we’re proud to have been part of the progress that’s been made. It also provided opportunities for our instructors to develop their leadership skills.”

17 P&M Regt dive team cleans up Hythe Marina

Ex MARINA REVIVE was an environmental and sustainability task conducted in Hythe Marina. It was a three-day training package organised and led by 17 P&M Regt’s dive team, with the assistance of divers from 29 EOD Search Group. The aim of the exercise was to conduct currency and competency training, as well as covering search and recovery techniques; a skill often used by military divers. The team had decided they wanted the environment to benefit from their training as well and give something back to the community. The Regt conducted a litter sweep around the local area and the divers completed their training whilst collecting as much rubbish as possible from the seabed within Hythe Marina.

This area would otherwise be impossible to effectively collect rubbish from without the Regt’s diving capability. After three days of focusing on different areas of the marina, the team was able to recover electric fans, garden tools, a boat trolley, two large tarpaulins, a large metal table and a mass of assorted rubbish from the seabed. Overall Ex MARINA REVIVE was a massive success. Not only was the local area and marina made into a cleaner, more welcoming environment and all training objectives achieved, but the soldiers were able to do some very important community engagement, whilst conducting currency and competency training.

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THE SUSTAINER | RLC DETACHED ROLES

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Who drives the United Kingdom’s specialist military units?

By WO1 RLC - MAB Staff Master Driver You might be surprised to learn that there are in the region of 330 RLC soldiers assigned to the UK’s specialist military units, providing them with integral logistic support. But don’t worry, you are not alone. During a recent visit by the Colonel RLC, his Chief of Staff and the Corps Sergeant Major to a specialist military unit, they were also surprised to hear from all The RLC trade groups about the extremely high tempo and depth of responsibilities bestowed on the RLC soldiers by specialist military units; particularly at JNCO level. There isn’t much that specialist military units either confirm or deny openly, but one thing that is made utterly undeniable, is the high esteem with which RLC soldiers are held by their colleagues, who they work alongside and are embedded with on operations and training. The UKs specialist military unit ethos is based on a ‘classless society’, which means everyone is treated equally, regardless of rank or cap badge and you are valued for your expertise at your level. If specialist units are the tip of the UK Defence spear, then the support provided by the RLC’s ‘loggies’ is very much the handle, without which, it could not be thrown. 8

Driving the UK’s specialist military units Within the specialist military group there are teams of RLC Drivers forming dedicated Mechanical Transport (MT) departments and as you will read below in the ‘look at life perspective from a JNCO RLC Driver’ they are conducting essential work and are afforded a depth of responsibilities and autonomy way beyond that which could be experienced at regimental duty, probably to the envy of many an RLC commanding officer. For example, we have WO2 MT Warrant Officers managing fleets in excess of 700 vehicles with a team of just 25 – 30 RLC soldiers, some of whom are often detached or embedded within deployable sub-units or specialist teams, working remotely and in austere conditions managing 100+ assets. Yes, some may wear civilian clothes and baseball caps as their working dress, or may have slightly longer than regulation haircuts, but each are working well above their station and within their trade! Rest assured this is no sunshine tour; but guess the answer you’ll get if you ask an individual if they want to leave. RLC Soldiers are assigned by APC the same as any other unit, based on the Job Spec for the role. Depending on the post there may be either a requirement for SC or DV. Most junior positions start at LCpl and MAB stipulates they must be a Class 1 tradesperson.

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“After receiving my assignment to join a specialist military unit’s MT department, I was somewhat excited and apprehensive at the same time. I’d heard a lot of good things about working alongside them and the opportunities I’d have to deploy. But nothing had prepared me for the work I’d be undertaking, the responsibilities I’d be given and the steep learning curve ahead of me.

also form part of this response and have been trained to drive at high speed using blue lights and sirens to police driving standards. This can be challenging and extremely fast paced. Often, I am called upon to make decisions that would not be expected by a JNCO at my level elsewhere. Due to this I think RLC personnel, of all trade groups, serving within specialist military units develop into better soldiers gaining a vast amount of trade knowledge and maturity compared to our peers serving at regimental duty.

“During my time within the unit, there have been countless occasions where I have worked well above that expected of my current rank at regimental duty. That is by far the best aspect about working in this unit. Currently I work within an MT Troop of approximately 30+ RLC Drivers, ranging from WO2 to LCpl. Our Troop is responsible for the management and control of 700+ vehicles, including cars, motorbikes, ATVs, SVs, ambulances, 4x4s, roadside recovery trucks, coaches and arcticulated lorries (curtain-siders and low loaders) for moving freight and vehicles. It’s a drivers paradise, where you get to actually use all of your licences and trade training.

“There has also been lots of opportunities to get away, whether it be on AT, driving courses or on actual deployments around the world supporting exercises and operations. The tasks on these deployments range from working remotely in small teams maintaining and servicing vehicles to establishing a deployed MT as part of a large exercise overseas; organising transport, hiring in vehicles and completing driving tasks. I have been able to complete my Defence General Service Driving Instructor and Quad Bike Instructor courses at DST to assist with delivering driver training. Defence Civilian Armoured Vehicle Instructor course is hopefully next!

“As a JNCO within the MT Troop you will progress through various roles, building your knowledge and understanding along the way. To start off you will work within the main MT, where at first, I was responsible for managing in the region of 75 normal Green Fleet vehicles, planning their maintenance and inspection as well as conducting driving tasks. I then moved on to the ‘White Fleet’ desk, managing the daily use of approximately 300 vehicles, deconflicting with users to ensure the fleet remained task-worthy to meet requests.

“Overall, my time here has been very different but extremely rewarding. An assignment to a UK specialist military unit should not be taken lightly and isn’t for everyone. You’ll constantly work under pressure in situations which you’ll have to adapt to quickly, as there is often an operational impact. But I can guarantee that on completion of your assignment you’ll of become a far better soldier and rounded tradesperson with the ability to succeed and progress, standing head and shoulders above your peers, having worked alongside some of the most highly trained and motivated people serving, whilst sharing the most up to date and advanced equipment in support of little known about operations and training in the UK and overseas.

Look at life – RLC Driver JNCO

“Once you have completed time within the main Troop, you progress to one of the specialist cells, where you will become embedded within a sub-unit, working independently to the MT providing support to the sub-unit activities. Currently a colleague and I are responsible for managing a fleet of circa 100+ specialist vehicles which are on constant standby to provide Military Aide to the Civilian Authorities. I

8 If you are looking to apply your trade and are interested in an assignment supporting UK specialist military units speak to your RCMO or Master Driver for contact details and further information.

The Royal Logistic Corps Association and Forming Corps Associations Membership If you are keen to enhance your network, join a group of like-minded professionals who share a common purpose, or just catch-up with lost friends and acquaintances, why not join The RLC Association or one of The RLC’s Forming Corps Associations? If interested, please contact the Veterans, Families and Civil Engagement Officer (VFCEO) - Victoria Parkes at: Email - VFCEO@rhqtherlc.org.uk Telephone - 01962 887785 Alternatively, you can download the Membership Registration Form from The RLC website. https://www.royallogisticcorps.co.uk/who-we-are/the-rlc-association/

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THE SUSTAINER | EXERCISE From April to July 2021, 104 Logistic Brigade's Theatre Enabling Group (TEG) deployed on the DEFENDER 21 (DEF21). DEF21 was a series of exercises directed by the 4-star US Army, Europe and Africa. The exercise focussed on building operational readiness and interoperability with a greater number of NATO allies and partners over a wider area of operations than DEF20. More than 28,000 troops from 26 nations conducted nearly simultaneous operations across 30 training areas in a dozen countries from the Baltics to the Balkans and Black Sea region. The UK TEG, embedded at every level in the US 21st Theatre Sustainment Command, conducted the strategic in-load and outload of the Florida based 53rd Infantry Brigade Combat Team (53rd IBCT). The TEG received 1,500 soldiers and over 700 pieces of equipment through nine entry points, before onward movement to the training areas dispersed across the Balkans. Commander 104X, Brig Jo Chestnutt, deployed as the 21st Theatre Sustainment Command forward commander of the 21st TSC TAC in Albania, which co-ordinated a multi-domain Joint Logistic Support Area – over 8,000 troops spread over 130,000 km, covering three ports, six airports and seven training areas in five countries. Maj Tom Goodall, 17 P&M Regt RLC, who deployed as the TAC Chief of Staff, explains: “The deployment stress tested our experience and deductions around strategic mobility, especially when factoring in the impact of COVID19, leveraging commercial capability and using Information Manoeuvre in support of Sustainment operations.” Leading the DEF21 mission in Greece, Croatia and Slovenia was the OF-4 TEG HQ, commanded by Lt Col Joe Brown, CO 9 Regt RLC. Embedded as a battalion-sized formation in the US 16th Sustainment Brigade, 250 US and UK TEG personnel were split into three task forces (TF): ALEX, KOPER and ZADAR, dispersed over 1,500km and six land boarders, of which some were closed because of COVID. A real test in dispersed leadership. 10

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First, TFs ALEX and ZADAR downloaded 603 pieces of rolling equipment and 93 containers at the ports of Zadar and Alexandroupolis, to enable access and freedom of movement for 53rd IBCT to project to the training areas using contracted linehaul. It was a big task for the OC’s who had little chance to recce the locations due to COVID travel restrictions, but they hit the ground running and worked hard at building relationships with their US embeds, contractors and Host Nation Armies, who were critical to supporting the task. Lt Col Brown praises the OCs: “These tasks involve multinational and whole force collaboration to offload three ships and the co-ordinated execution of the onward movement to dispersed exercise locations throughout the region. Robust planning, early liaison and Mission

8 UK Movement Controller guiding in the US vessel at the Port of Zadar, Croatia

8 2Lt Cooper commanding the discharge of the US Vessel at the Port of Alexandroupolis, Greece Command have allowed the subunit commanders to prevail at reach from TEG HQ.” In Croatia, engagement by TF ZADAR, with Croatian Armed Forces, was essential to secure assets and troops to support the in-load of UK and US equipment. Maj Dan Cornwell, (9RLC), commanded TF ZADAR and found the exercise both insightful and rewarding: “It taught me the importance of clarity and simplicity when operating with different NATO Nations, especially with the language barriers! In the end we worked together to solve problems and it was really gratifying to see the Croatian, US and British troops getting stuck in on joint tasks." In addition to the pre-designated tasks, the TEG reacted to deliver several other sustainment and logistics activities in support of US exercising forces. TF ALEX was conducting routine re-supply of the local training area and also ran military convoys as far as 500km to collect equipment. This provided the perfect opportunity to deliver staff training, in deliberate planning processes, for the TEG HQ; but also allowed the deployed force some extra experience. WO1 (RSM) Paul Douglass, (9RLC) deployed as the TEG RSM adds: "The resupply convoys were a great opportunity

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#BritishArmyLogistics for our young soldiers, not only to gain experience driving in Europe, but to expose them to interoperability with the HN Armies with who we should expect to operate with in the future". This is echoed by the TEG HQ JNCO, Cpl Andy Ovens who agreed that: “DEF21 was a great opportunity to test me in my job whilst deployed overseas, especially with all the COVID travel restrictions changing quickly and keeping us busy!” Like him, others thrived off the experience and were recognised formally. Both Commander Field Army, Commander 21st TSC and Commander 16th SB awarded coins to thank the troops for their commitment to deliver the exercise. Worthy of special mention are Ptes Anna Palmer, Zelah Yuill and Aedan Mclean, all from 9 Regt, who showed remarkable selfless commitment deploying on DEF21 after shortly returning from driving for the Welsh Ambulance Service Trust during Winter Preparedness 21. All three were recognised by the visiting generals for their resilience and professionalism. Interoperability was a key theme for DEF21 and the experience of being commanded by a US Brigade was a first for many of the staff in the TEG HQ. SSgt Toni Brunetti (9RLC) deployed as the TEG HQ Ops WO, reflects on his experience: "Working with Armed Forces from other countries brought new challenges and refocused the way we went about our business as is usual overseas. DEF21 improved my ability to engage, access and execute those relationships. Understanding US staff work has put me and the Regiment in a better place for future deployments beside them, especially looking forward to DEF22". 2Lt Louis Cooper, who deployed as the TF ALEX Port Troop Commander and comes from 29 Regt RLC, was paired with the US Movement Control Troop. He saw the value of learning how to work better with our NATO partners, allowing us to forge working relationships with our US MovCon peers that we might need to call upon to enable future sustainment operations in Europe.” In June, as part of the wider interoperability objectives, the TEG planned and executed a Trilateral

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Military Skills Competition in Greece. The format included a march and shoot, weapon skills and cross-country driving competition, between six teams (each consisting a US, a Greek and a UK pair). Capt Richie Pickin, Training Officer 9 Regt, planned and executed the event. He says: “It was a huge success. It was clear that the soldiers were enjoying it and we had some public feedback from both senior Greek and US leaders commending the standard of the training and hailing the event as a model to emulate for future partnering.” Throughout June and July, TF KOPER and ALEX controlled the reverse mission to outload the US and UK equipment through the Ports of Koper and Alexandroupolis. With the mission in hand and the COVID restrictions lifting both TF OC’s took the opportunity to run cultural trips to Lake Bled in Slovenia and Samothraki Island in Greece for some well-deserved R&R, as well as attending memorial services in Crete, Thessaloniki and Alexandroupolis in support of the British Defence Attaché. The last UK force elements recovered on the 21 July 21 and Capt Ross Turner, TEG Battle Captain, reflects on the summer: “It was a fast paced and informative ride. I worked closely with our US counterparts which provided me

8 Pte Anna Palmer receiving CFA’s coin during his visit to Alexandroupolis, Greece great insights into how our allies operate when deployed. This close proximity of working was great for our commitment to interoperability and building trust with the NATO theatre enabling community that we were ready to support them at a moment's notice.” Resubordinating to the ARRC from Oct 21, 104 Bde’s OF-6 TEG HQ will deploy on Large Scale Global Exercise 22 (LSGE22) in Northern Europe at a much bigger scale, commanding troops from across all three divisions deploying with the TEG or supporting at reach from the UK.

8 LCpl Ashley Cocksedge, 9 RLC awarded the 16th SB Commander’s coin “Knights Pride”!

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YOUR CAREER, YOUR CALL OFFICERS SO1 - Lt Col Kemp SO1 LE - Lt Col Summerell SO2 Res - Maj Orr SO2 A - Maj Summerfield SO2 B - Maj Sutherland SO2 C - Maj Pfleiderer Office365 YOUR CAREER IN THE PALM OF YOUR HAND The Army Personnel Centre’s (APC) Continuous Improvement Programme, has been moving at pace during the pandemic, leveraging technology and modifying process to ensure that Service Personnel (SP) continue to be managed effectively through the synchronisation of personal aspirations and the needs and liability of the Army. A key aspect of the change process is the development of the Career Management (CM) Portal by APC and Project CASTLE, which aims to empower SP to take ownership of their careers via their personal electronic device. MS Board Audience Number 1 General Officers Number 2 Brigadiers and Colonels Number 4 Lieutenant Colonels Number 5 Majors and Captains Number 7 Warrant Officers and Senior NonCommissioned Officers Army Boards are the authority for promotion, appointments and changes to terms of service; they are at the heart of the career management function. There are five Army Boards listed in the table below, as well as RLC boards to meet the needs of the Corps. Historically, SP running to a board were presented through a combination of their Posting Preference Performa (PPP), Appraisal Report (AR) book and Career Manger notes, which board members then read and scored, 12

based on the boarding criteria. Digitalisation of this procedure aims to deliver a leaner and more accessible process. Over the summer, AR books and personnel files of all RLC personnel have been digitalised. The CM Portal provides access to information and tools with which SP can manage their careers; and improves the transparency in which Appointment and Grading Boards are delivered. An example of the CM Portal dashboard can be seen below. (Opposite) SP will be able to access their ARs, view their next posting dates and check their eligibility for upcoming grading and appointment boards. One of the most impressive functions of the

CM Portal, will be the access to jobs lists and the embedded Personnel Preference Proforma (PPP) function, which will allow SP to apply for all jobs from their handhold devices. This powerful tool improves the access to job details and board eligibility requirements, empowering SP to make informed choices on future assignments. At the time of reading, results from the No 4 Board will have been sent out automatically via Defence Connect as a trial, setting the conditions for all subsequent results to be disseminated the same way. These results are sent straight to the SP’s mobile device prior to the board being released, improving the timeliness and accuracy of information exchange. The CM Portal is a work in progress and will be delivered incrementally over the next 12 months, as each function is trialled and tested. When complete, the CM Portal is certain to transform career management as we know it, fit to meet the demands of a 21st Century organisation. Potential diferential Despite an extensive period of change to the APC ways of working, the drum beat of promotion and appointment

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#BritishArmyLogistics boards has remained a constant. At the time of writing, the RLC Officer floor plate is preparing for a lively summer and autumn period, which will see officers selected for SCRD, Gd3, ICB and SCB appointments, as well as promotion to Major on BeL 22. Each board is unique and, for career managers, the focus is on ensuring that every runner is best placed to get their first-choice appointment. No mean feat given the volume of runners and boards, which often run in quick succession. At the heart of every successful runner lies an accurate and timely AR supported by a well-crafted PPP. At the time of writing, the race has begun to finalise the RLC Captains’ ARs in preparation for the SCRD board and, in doing so, some common themes have presented themselves. 1. “This narrative [Potential] must justify the Recommendations Matrix”. 2. “The award of a ‘Yes’ for One Rank Up means that […] the subject is ready for promotion now and not subject to further development”. 3. “Recommendations [Two Ranks Up] should not be regarded as an indication of readiness for onwards promotion now, but of the likelihood that the subject will become ready for further promotion”. JSP 757 Pt 1 (V3.0 May 21) Sticking with the theme of continuous improvement in the previous article, addressing some of these observations may not only serve to smooth the AR finalisation process in future but also enhance the accuracy, clarity and transparency with which we are reported on. Recommendations for promotion often encourage healthy discussion as reporting officers grapple with their interpretation of JSP 757 whilst mindful of the status quo across the wider corps and army. As we move towards AR22 and look to capitalise on lessons learnt from the previous reporting period, it is worth revisiting appraisal policy as we seek to agree a

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common interpretation across the Corps and make best use of all the tools available to manage our soldiers and officers honestly. The three key extracts found in JSP 757 Part 1 that should underpin the rationale behind the potential assessments made by reporting officers are: ‘Officer X should promote in line with their peers’ is not a positive promotion statement that supports a ‘1Up Yes’ in the recommendation matrix. It is commonly used to for those personnel who are new in rank and not yet eligible for promotion. Although a useful statement to grade potential amongst a wider peer group, it does not support a 1Up recommendation for employment in the next rank ‘now’. A positive recommendation for promotion 1Up will auto populate the rank for future appointment in the recommendations matrix and, therefore, recommendations should be made as such. Any temptation to overwrite the rank for future appointment should be a combat indicator that perhaps the subject may not warrant a recommendation for promotion at that point. It is feasible that personnel in their first year of rank may earn a performance grade of A-, for example, but are not yet considered ready for promotion due to a lack of experience in rank. As a corps, we could make better use of recommendations for promotion 2Up to convey potential more effectively to both the subject and board members. 2Up recommendations refer to the likelihood of further promotion. It stands to say that those who

impress in their first year in rank are unlikely to be ready for promotion at that time but may still be assessed as likely to ‘promote at the vanguard of their peers’ with a 1Up ‘Dev’. A 2Up ‘Yes’ recommendation supports this sentiment and suggests legs beyond the immediate constraint of their current experience. Conversely, a 1Up ‘High’ supported by a 2Up ‘Dev/No’ recommendation has utility when indicating whether a subject has reached their ceiling or is unlikely to promote further but has still outgrown their current rank and would be highly effective in the next. Better use of 1Up and 2Up recommendations would widen the spectrum available to record potential progression within AR books. We are perhaps guilty of being a little unilateral in our approach to using 1Up an 2Up recommendations and could be missing an opportunity to better articulate potential differential to better inform boards and manage the expectations of our people.

RLC OFFICERS’ FOE 08-10 Sep 21: RLC ICB, SCB (Res and Reg) 20-23 Sep 21: Autumn Gd3 Bd 21 Oct 21: RLC ICB, SCB (Res and Reg) Board Results published. Oct/Nov/Dec 21: RLC Offr Roadshows. Exact dates TBC. 29 Nov 21: RMAS Pl Comd Grading and Assignment Bd (Gd3) Jan 22: RLC Reg BeL officer FCRs.

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

SOLDIERS SO1: Lt Col Bratcher SO2: Maj McHugh WO1: WO1 Neilson QOGLR: SSgt Subba A message from the SO1 A message from the SO1 - APC RLC Soldier Branch is working hard to process all PPPs after an extremely busy boarding period. Opportunities for assignments in The RLC are far and wide and this quarter we have focussed on the 40% of RLC appointments that are outside the main RLC units. In addition, the option for Early Release now exists, with the 12-month notice period waived in favour of a minimum of three months’ notice. As the green shoots of post COVID recovery continue to grow, some RLC SP may wish to leave and start a new career in civvy street. Read on for more detail... The other 40% - Working outside of the Regular Major and Minor RLC units is the “norm” for a number of the smaller trades. This includes a variety of assignments within NATO and further afield, training support posts and in support of the likes of the British Embassy in Washington DC. The Career Manager view is that these posts are all career enhancing, generally standalone assignments. They are challenging thus rewarding to the individual and being something different to the norm, usually great fun. An example is the Chef trade, which has a number of NATO posts and also singleton posts supporting

very senior officers within house management. Chefs also get the opportunity to serve with UKSF, the Gibraltar Regiment, with BATUS, Brunei, Cyprus and Kenya. There are also Driver trade opportunities to serve with UKSF units. Similarly, the Movement Controller and Postal & Courier trades serve far and wide. Once again Kenya, Canada, Nepal, Cyprus and Washington DC offer opportunities beyond the normality of Regimental Duty. There is also the chance to serve in small teams in all the Headquarters from 1* to 4*. One place they all have in common for opportunities to serve, is the Falkland Islands. With six-month tours, it’s a chance to serve somewhere challenging, at the furthest reaches of our Armed Forces and for those who love a yomp in the countryside, the chance to experience a place of relatively unspoilt natural beauty with a wide range of exotic creatures to encounter! The LSS trade is spread across a wide range of units outside the main regiments. These take several forms, but the two main areas are 1st Line Optimisation (1st LO) and REME Stores Sections at trade. What’s a 1st LO then? It is being part of a small four-man team that supports the unit in all LSS matters. This is a great opportunity to have a direct impact on the likes of a combat unit and make a name for yourself. There are also detachments within such diverse branches as the AMS, the R Sigs and the RA, so the opportunity to get out and do some soldiering in a different environment is out there if

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you go looking for it. On the plus side, these detachments offer a wider spread of geographical choice to your PPP. We all know 6 Regt is pretty popular and therefore always full! If you’re determined to serve in the North, then maybe an attachment to an Infantry or Artillery regiment might be an option for you? If this is something you have yet to experience and you want a break from the norm, just like the 40% that are out there right now, then when you are next due assignment, get it on your PPP for consideration. If you want to try our hand at training, you should look out for the posts as permanent staff assignments with 156 or 159 Regt RLC. These posts are rewarding and give you the chance to gain qualifications you would not otherwise receive. If you wish to register your interest approach the RCMO and they’ll get the ball rolling to assess your suitability for the role. ABN 038/2021 The Big news of the summer is the release of ABN 038/2021 – Implementation of Army Workforce Levers: Changes to Withdrawal of NTT, Early Release Scheme and Extensions of Service. The purpose of this ABN is to remind the Regular Army of the workforce levers that are routinely used in workforce planning to ensure that the Army has the required number of Service Personnel, at the correct ranks and with the required skills, to undertake its operational tasks. The way in which workforce levers are being applied has changed in response to the Integrated Review. The Secretary of State for Defence has announced that the Army will reduce in size from 76,3481 to a Full Time Trade Trained Strength of 72,500 by 2025 and as the Army transitions to the future structure it is imperative that we retain and attract personnel into only those cap badges that have the right space. Sounds strange right…

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#BritishArmyLogistics We’re reducing the size of the Army, but need to retain and more importantly attract personnel into the Army. So what do you need to know? The key points are: Over recent years, several gaps within Career Employment Groups, at specific ranks, have developed into capability pinch points. In order to protect the Army’s operational agility, these ‘Priority Cohorts’ will not automatically be impacted by the implementation of these workforce levers and will receive a greater degree of scrutiny for any decision relating to them. For The RLC that is: Ammo Tech SNCOs, Chefs, Driver SNCOs, DTTO Pte & Sgt, Pet Op Pte & Cpl and VSS Sgts. The following workforce policies remain available to all serving soldiers and officers, with full details in Soldier Terms of Service and Army Commissioning Regulations. In all cases the MS Binding Principle endures, whereby the needs of the Army come first, the Soldier and their family a close second. Notice to Terminate (NTT) and Premature Voluntary Release (PVR) Withdrawals - NTT or PVR withdrawals are routinely accepted where there is current or forecast structural space. From 1 May 21 individuals will still have the right to apply to withdraw NTT and PVR, but approval will only be granted to those in priority cohorts or where it can be shown that there is to be a significant impact on capability. Early Release Scheme (ERS) Personnel are obliged to serve their full notice period, but this requirement can be waived following an application for Early Release. From 1 May 21 the default position will be to allow early release not less than six weeks after the date of application where supported by unit COs, subject to the following criteria; (a) The individual is not subject to outstanding disciplinary or major administrative action. (b) The individual is not subject to a Return of Service or Training Return of

CAREER MANAGEMENT | THE SUSTAINER Service commitment. (c) The individual has served their minimum service period. (d) The individual is not awaiting a decision on medical discharge. (e) The individual is not serving in a priority cohort, as mentioned above. (f) There are no exceptional circumstances. It should be made clear to any Service Person who applies for ERS that they may forgo all entitlement to resettlement in service due to the short timeframe involved. This can impact on the ability to take Graduated Resettlement Time (GRT) and residual annual leave. However, they will remain entitled to either the CTP Future Horizons package or the Employment Support Programme dependent upon their length of service. Extensions in Service - Other than those cases mandated in policy, from 1 May 21 applications for extensions in service beyond EED will only be accepted for those in priority cohorts or in order to meet a critical operational output. This will not prevent conversions of commitment or where it can be shown that there is to be a significant impact on capability. Service Personnel who have been unable to take GRT may apply for extensions of service up to the amount of untaken GRT (see ABN 060/2020 on MODNET and on Defence Connect). Full Time Reserve Service (Full Commitment) - The Army is temporarily suspending the ability to offer new FTRS(FC) contracts and extensions to existing contracts. Transfers from the Army Reserve The Army is temporarily suspending the ability to process and approve transfers into the Regular Strength from the Army Reserve. Regular Army Re-joiners - The Army has temporarily paused making any new offers to those seeking to re-join the Regular Army. This measure is under constant review and will be lifted as soon as confirmation of the new

structure has been determined. Reserve Army re-joiners are not affected by this WF lever. Re-joiners and Transfers to Military Provost Guard Service (AGC MPGS) and Military Provost Staff (AGC MPS) - Those seeking to re-join or transfer and serve with either the AGC MPGS or AGC MPS are still being encouraged and accepted. Article 189 - Article 189 will be used by the No.2 Board to retire senior officers who cannot be found suitable employment. Soldiers’ Terms of Service (SToS) and Army Commissioning Regulations - All other workforce measures and levers, not mentioned within this ABN, are contained within the newly compiled SToS and the Army Commissioning Regulations. These will include conversions of commission, conversion from VENG Short to Full etc. The 1st edition SToS has brought together information previously spread across secondary legislation, prerogative instruments, as well as absorbing detail previously held in individual cap badge policy documents. APC and E1 Manning Bricks will continue to apply these as Business as Usual. Governance - AH Army Workforce Plans, on behalf of the Director of Personnel, holds the authority to amend the Priority Cohorts in line with the needs of the Service and the transition plan to achieve the future structure. It is anticipated that complex cases may arise that will be compounded by existing gaps and in these circumstances the E1 Manning Bricks will consult with SO2 Workforce Plans and Pers Pol to determine the correct response and ensure that the MS Binding Principle is applied. The first review of the Workforce Levers took place in Aug 21 as part of the detailed workforce planning that will be undertaken to implement the Integrated Review.

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Army Officer Internship The Army Officer Internship replaces the 'Gap Year Commission'. It is the opportunity to experience the role of an Army Officer for 6 to 18-months before, during or after University. The Officer Internship offers unique and exceptional leadership training and experience, as well as an unrivalled insight into the life of an Army Officer. On completion of the internship, interns can elect to remain in the Army, as a Reservist or Regular Army Officer, or can choose a completely different career path. 2Lt Sarah Irwin has spent the last nine months as an Army Officer Intern with 9 Regiment RLC. This is her story. As someone who was still in full time education, when COVID-19 gripped the nation in 2020, it brought into question what I would do next, in the midst of a global pandemic! Fortunately, I completed my A-levels and I knew I wanted to throw myself into a different experience for a year, before potentially attending university. I had also considered joining the

8 A flight in a US Black Hawk helicopter was one highlight of 2Lt Irwin’s Ex DEFENDER EUROPE 21

Army as an officer once I had got my degree. From the age of 13 to 18, I was enrolled in my school’s Combined Cadet Force, which was the first exposure I had to the military. Going away on summer camps to Barry Buddon Training Camp and being “on exercise” for two nights at a time, was a fantastic experience while growing up (and some much-needed respite for my parents!). I don’t come from a military family, so when I suggested to my parents, at the age of 16, that I was considering a career in the Army, they were somewhat surprised and understandably apprehensive. At this point, one of my teachers at school had recommended that I looked at the 8 The internship has reassured 2Lt Irwin that a career as a regular army officer is something she wishes to pursue

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Army Officer Internship programme. I had not heard about it before and I found the prospect of sending 18-year-old school leavers straight to Sandhurst for a nine-week course, before being posted all over the Army for a year, staggering. However, now finding myself in a period of uncertainty about my future, thanks to the pandemic, the Army Officer Internship programme seemed like my perfect next step. And I knew that if I did not try, I would regret it. So, I applied in my final term at school and attended and passed the Army Officer Selection Board. I subsequently went to Worthy Down for an interview with the Colonel Royal Logistic Corps, who offered me an internship placement with 9 Regiment RLC. I arrived at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst in September 2020 and after completing the Commissioning Course Short, I was commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant in the November. From here I joined

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#BritishArmyLogistics the RLC Troop Commanders’ Course, which gave me technical and tactical insight and training, exposure, personal development and the opportunity to meet and work with The RLC’s newly commissioned regular officers. In January 2021, I reported for duty at 9 Regiment RLC where I was thrown in at the deep end, supporting the management of a troop; many of whom were dispersed supporting MACA tasks with the Welsh Ambulance service as part of Op RESCRIPT. As someone who had recently left education, stepping up into a management role was a big learning curve. This was made even more difficult due to being in a high readiness unit. I found that during the first two months, I had only met a fraction of the soldiers face to face as many were away on taskings. However, the support I received from my fellow troop commanders, fellow officers and the SNCOs was superb and they all reassured me constantly during my time in the Regiment. Whether that was advising me on how to deal with certain G1 issues or showing me where to sign, on what seemed like endless paperwork, I would have struggled greatly without all their support and advice. In my brief period at 9 Regt, I have gained insight into every aspect of a troop commander’s role, including dealing with the welfare and career management of the soldiers, planning trips and conducting troop commander’s checks. I have been immersed into the life of a troop commander, whether that was persevering to complete tasks myself or through shadowing my peers. In April 2021, I deployed to Greece on Exercise DEFENDER EUROPE 21 as a watchkeeper in the Theatre Enabling Group HQ. During this time, I was able to see into the working parts of a OF-4 headquarters on a multinational exercise; a rare, invaluable and amazing experience this early in my military career. Whilst on the deployment, I had several opportunities to broaden my experience in the Corps; including shadowing a troop commander on a logistics convoy to deliver supplies to a training area. I

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followed the process from the start, including the calculation of drivers’ hours, the number of personnel and vehicles needed and the amount of time the convoy was going to take. I enjoyed this experience thoroughly, as the route took the convoy through the stunning Greek countryside before we eventually arrived at the US Army occupied training area. During the exercise, we worked very closely with the US Army, which provided a fascinating insight into the way the USA’s military works and it also gave us the ability to meet a range of new people. I was also lucky enough to participate in some adventurous training in the form of scuba diving during the exercise. This was an activity that I had not had the opportunity to do before, so seeing the wildlife off the shore of Alexandroupoli was breath-taking and I have since decided to pursue the sport further by completing my PADI Open Water Diver course. Although all of these experiences were amazing, the highlight of the deployment for me was being given the chance to fly in a Black Hawk helicopter thanks to our American counterparts. The route took us over the beaches and countryside of Alexandroupoli and it was an amazing experience. I officially finish my Army Officer

8 Experiencing scuba diving on Ex DEFENDER EUROPE 21 has now led to 2Lt Irwin gaining her PADI Open Water Diver qualification

Internship at the end of September. The internship has reassured me that a career as an army officer is something I wish to pursue. The internship has exceeded my expectations in every way. I have met and worked with so many amazing people, who I intend to keep in close contact with. I have had the opportunity to travel and I have developed so much as a person throughout this year. Starting as an 18-year-old school leaver who was hesitant whether a military career was the right one, I am now a more confident individual and I am very positive that a career in the military is one I definitely want to pursue. The invaluable opportunities I’ve already had the good fortune to experience, will only support me in my future endeavours, as I return to the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst next year to complete the Regular Commissioning Course. I have enjoyed every moment in this journey for better or for worse, and I look forward to seeing the friends I have made along the way once again, after I leave Sandhurst as a troop commander ready to take the next steps in my Army career.

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Defence School of Logistics and Administration Commandant’s Foreword - Gp Capt L Griffin MPhil (Cantab) MA BSc (Hons) RAF I had the privilege of taking over as Commandant of the newly established Defence School of Logistics and Administration on 16 April 21 and since then I have been thoroughly impressed by the efforts of the entire Whole Force team as they have continued to press on with the delivery of Initial and Subsequent Trade Training for a myriad of crucial Defence capabilities. Most readers will be familiar with four of the Wings within the School and I hope you will enjoy reading about what they have been up to since the last edition.The School also includes Personnel Administration Training Wing and the Worthy Down Support Branch, reflecting that the School trains professionals in administration and now has responsibility for the key enablers that facilitate the delivery of training and wider Real Life Support across Worthy Down Station. Lt Col Stu Allen and his team in the Support Branch are critical to the smooth running of the Station and enhancing the quality of life for the staff and trainees. The DSLA has an exciting future; our brand-new facilities at Worthy Down, combined with the skill and tenacity of the instructional and support team, will ensure that the DSLA is recognised for its outstanding professionalism and for

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pioneering the delivery of optimised training for our colleagues across Defence. A copy of the School’s vision is included in this article so that you can get an idea for where we are heading. For those of you that are due to come to Worthy Down, or to one of our sub-units based at our outstations, I hope that you will look forward to the opportunity and that you have a great experience whilst training with us. Command Wing - CI – Lt Col Andy Moss OBE RLC And the beat goes on! As we approach high summer still under the constraints of Covid Force Protection measures, the Wing continues to deliver training as safely as it can. A cautious relaxation of the rules has allowed us to re-inject some of the richness back into courses, with socially-spaced/ carefully controlled visits and social occasions appearing in the schedule. But the overall approach is still “gently as she goes” and there are still aspects of our courses – particularly those with an international dimension – that remain out of reach at the moment. Recent highlights have included the following.The Majors’ Course welcomed Maj Gen (Retd) Tim Cross to pass on his insights on supporting large scale operations. The Captains’ Course goes from strength to strength in terms of highly positive feedback from attendees and the Troop Commanders’ Course approach the end of course

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8 The Goggins Challenge team and Comdt DSLA

086, fresh from Salisbury Plain where the potent mix of trainee ‘troopies’ and newly minted Combat Logisticians from 4 Squadron (carefully overseen by the Command Wing team and the officers and SNCOs of 4 Sqn) embarked on another successful Exercise Timber Truss. As ever, we remain wholeheartedly grateful to the Corps for so much support, whether that’s providing troops for the larger commitments such as Timber Truss or taking the time to come and lecture on our courses. The outstanding achievement of the period lies with 85 Sqn. A core team of Sgt Begha, SSgt Calloway, Sgt Burns and Cpl Magar, ably supported by Cpl Rabin and Sgt Touray, completed Goggins Challenge.This entailed tabbing four miles every four hours for 48 hours. A healthy sum was collected for Project Oyam – an infrastructure project in Nepal – and the team enjoyed (I think) the challenge.The team were welcomed over the line by representation from the RLC Corps of Drums and were accompanied on their last tab by the Corps Sergeant Major. Overall, an excellent effort that highlights the great things that happen when our two cap badges work together. Finally, the most welcome aspect of recent months has been the resumption of low-level Adventure Training.This has enabled us to start giving back to our instructors who have borne the brunt of back-to-back training, often at an increased pace and away from Worthy Down, over the last year.We look forward to next term and hopefully a schedule that gets us back as much as possible to normality.

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TRAINING MATTERS | THE SUSTAINER Food Services Training Wing (FTSW) CO – Cdr Gary Manning RN Adapt and Overcome! Sgt Julie Robinson, FSTW Chef Instructor My personal journey to becoming an instructor at the FTSW started in 2018 when I attended a Production Supervisor Course. During the course, I was very impressed with the professionalism of the instructors and their supportive action to coach and mentor the students. This gave me a sense of encouragement that one day that could be me, because I have a great passion for helping others and cooking.Throughout the course, I set myself goals that I wanted to achieve in my journey to becoming an instructor at FSTW. I told myself to never let my fear become a barrier to achieving my personal goals, to see every fear as a challenge and to create a mindset to adapt and overcome my fears. Each day I would approach as many instructors as possible to get their perspective on how to become an instructor, what the courses entailed and the requirements and standard I would have to achieve.

I started to reflect on how I could overcome my fear of public speaking. I approached the Continuing Professional Development Centre and asked to enrol on two courses Nutrition Level 3 and the Training, Assessment, and Quality Assurance (TAQA) Level 3 award. By using the knowledge I had gained, I was able to brief my subordinates in my unit about the importance of good nutrition and eating a balanced diet. The TAQA gave me a better understanding of assessing the future chefs, ensuring that they make the required National Vocational Qualification (NVQ) standard to achieve their 3-2 upgrades (now done under an apprenticeship scheme). During my Production Supervisor course, I worked tirelessly to complete my first TAQA unit and I also passed my Nutrition Level 3.

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8 Ex TIMBER TRUSS; a tense moment with the local population

As I used these briefing platforms to overcome my fear, it put me in the right mind-set to put me on the path to becoming an instructor. In 2019, I attended the pre-instructor course and did well on my assessment and in November 2020, I was selected as an instructor. I’ve already gained so much knowledge and experience in a short period of time, but I look forward to honing and perfecting my skills as an instructor as we must always seek to develop further. Logistics Specialist Training Wing CO – Wg Cdr Samantha Alexander RAF Staff at the Defence Petroleum and Specialist Training Squadron (DPSTS) completed another successful Class 3 Petroleum Operators course in Jun 21.This unique course enables students to understand the theoretical and practical fundamentals of deployed fuel operations at Unit and Formation level.With much of the classroom-based

8 A Troop Commander giving a tactical update brief on Ex TIMBER TRUSS

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#BritishArmyLogistics training conducted at the DCLPA,Worthy Down, the theory elements were consolidated with a two-week practical exercise which saw the course establish and run a Defence Primary Bulk Fuel Installation (PBFI) at the Longmoor Training Area. This was the fourth Defence Fuels exercise DPSTS has deployed on this year, with the directing staff working exceptionally hard to ensure Defence training continues despite COVID restrictions.The Class 3 exercise at Longmoor also included a large attachment of students from the Petroleum Operators Class 1 Course and the Officer Petroleum Course (OPC), preparing them for their own final exercises in the coming weeks. Each exercise has seen the in-load and transfer of over half a million litres of fuel, giving all students the opportunity to conduct live fuel pumping operations during the day and night.The Class 1 course were also put through their paces, given the responsibility of working as the Person in Charge, allowing students to experience command of a Bulk Fuel Installation (BFI) in a safe deployed environment. The next fuel exercise, run by DPSTS this summer, will see the Sqn deploy on Exercise FINAL FLOW.This exercise will see British and Overseas OPC Officers, from both the RAF and Army, validate seven months of training conducted at Shrivenham and DCLPA.This exercise will be supported by a number of RLC Pet Op units and Field Army SET Tps.Their help is essential to the success of these exercises and DPSTS would like to thank them for their continued support. Personnel Administration Training Wing CO – Lt Col Barry Cooke AGC(SPS) PATW delivers personnel and finance administration training to approximately 1,700 military and Civil Service students per year. Initial Trade Training for Other Ranks is delivered to approximately 600 students through a Joint Services Squadron, with an eight-week common course before a short Single Service contextualisation. Officers and Subsequent Trade Training for Other Ranks is delivered by single service squadrons, covering the both the technical specialism required by each role and the particular operating environment and systems the student is likely to encounter. The Army School of Education trains approximately 36 new Education Officers each year and supports their development through postgraduate diploma qualifications and preparation for sub-unit command. Critically for the whole Army, the ASE runs the Potential Officers’ Development Programme, taking 96 civilian and soldier candidates through 12 weeks of education and cultural development, breaking social mobility barriers and preparing them to attend the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst. Supply Training Wing - CI – Lt Col Devendra Ale MVO MBE QOGLR The Supply Training Wing has continued to deliver supply training at pace over the last three months within the constraints of COVID-19 Force Health Protection measures. The five divisions within STW (Royal Navy Division, Engineer Logistics Division, All Arms Division, Supply Chain Division and Royal Air Force Division) are running an average of 18 single-Service, cap badge specific or All Arms supply courses every week with around 160

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8 Resupply of ammunition at a tactical distribution point (Ex TIMBER TRUSS)

trainees.The recent adjustment of COVID restrictions has allowed a slight increase on class sizes within the Wing which will assist in the recovery of the 20/21 SOTT. The resumption of sport was seen as an opportunity to enhance the relationships across the Services within the Wing and Sgt Adam Giles-Wyatt RM organised a 20-20 cricket match between the officers and Warrant Officers and the senior and junior ranks.The cricketing experience across both teams ranged from complete novice to Service level, however all plans and opportunities for training and practice became less and less as matchday grew closer. With the Worthy Down padre roped in as umpire, the teams

took to the field. A thoroughly enjoyable afternoon of cricket followed with some very dubious bowling, liberal interpretation of the rules and an abundance of banter. A barbecue was enjoyed at the end of the first 20 overs and, bellies full, the All Stars (senior and junior ranks) took to the crease to show their batting prowess.The match ended with an 11-run win for the STW Originals however, the real winner on the day was cricket! With the majority of STW personnel focused on delivering training, the opportunity to conduct any kind of physical training together remains very limited.With this in mind, Sgt Sagar Limbu organised an STW Virtual Fitness Event. Running between 1 - 31 Jul, competitors had the option to run 100km, cycle 1,000km, row 150km or row/run 150km over the course of the month. 20 STW personnel from across all four Services have so far entered including some of our Civil Service colleagues. At the time of writing, the STW virtual titness event is in the ninth day and personnel are making steady progress. We have said goodbye to several of our colleagues from across the Wing: CPO David Hammond, CPO Paul Barrot, PO Kayleigh Slattery, LSC Amanda Christopher, Sgt Si Tomlinson and Cpl Matt Tryner - we wish you all the very best.We also welcome our new arrivals within STW - WO2 Lutunatabua into QM Div and Cpls Beckham and Longhurst into RAF Div.We have also celebrated success within the Wing with selection for promotion to CPO for POs Gareth Edwards, Jack Hawkins and Kayleigh Slattery, selection for promotion to SSgt for Sgts Andy Haverty and Jon Frost.There has also been selection for promotion to Sgt for Cpl Jenny Fry. Congratulations to you all!

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THE SUSTAINER | EXERCISE Every opportunity is being taken to integrate Explosive Ordnance Disposal and Search (EOD&S) assets with the supported formations and Ex JOINT WARRIOR 21 was a perfect example of the positive impact this brings. By Capt JC Stevenson – 821 EOD&S Sqn Training Officer. The sun was setting on Ex JOINT WARRIOR 21 as pathfinders deployed in Wildcat Helicopters on a strike operation with integrated EOD&S support. Testing the Armed Forces VHR land component, the exercise saw the 3 PARA BG deploy to a remote island state to destroy the enemy Coastal Defence Cruise Missile (CDCM) capability and bring stability back to the region. 821 EOD&S Sqn, 33 Engr Regt (EOD&S), deployed two Task Lines (TL) held at readiness to support 16 Air Assault Brigade. These TLs are comprised, trained and equipped so they can provide the Bde with a scalable, agile and robust EOD&S capability. A reduced TL of six personnel held at readiness one, deployed with two Quad Bikes and trailers. A medium TL of 11 personnel and a Military Working Dog (MWD), held at readiness two, deployed in four Pinzgauers. The Reduced TL afforded the Brigade Commander freedom of action during the Joint Theatre Entry phase of the mission, deploying alongside the Lead Assault Force. As part of the Op HORSA procedure, the EOD&S team provided C-EO support alongside the Airfield Damage Repair and Engr Field Sections to clear a minimum operating strip, enabling the rapid air landing of enabling forces to occur. This triggered the arrival of the Quad Bikes and trailers filled with additional EOD&S equipment to

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uplift the Reduced TL to operate in the Light(+) role. Thanks to their agile nature, the Light(+) TL provided integrated C-EO support to 3 PARA’s ground manoeuvre, without impeding the momentum of the mission. During offensive operations, the TL was attached to the lead company to provide close quarters EOD support. The Medium TL deployed with the BG’s A2 Echelon on the follow-on air land. In the Pinzgauers they could provide a rapid and robust C-EO response to anywhere on the battlefield. This manoeuvrability allowed the TL to support the GLOC and clear subsequent explosive ordnance, following offensive action under

8 EOD&S Task Lines train to operate in complex terrain, Urban being a key focus of Ex JOINT WARRIOR 21

routine procedures, reducing risk to life significantly. The Defence Advanced Search Advisor within the TL also supported 3PARA BG planning and advised on the employment of EOD&S assets, liaising regularly with SO3 EOD&S in 16 Bde HQ. The EOD&S C2 element supported Bde planning and advised the Commander on courses of action, regarding the render safe of four CDCMs. The CDCMs were then seized by the BG and subsequently rendered safe by the Med EOD&S TL. Finally, as part of the optimisation phase, the Med TL deployed an operator and a searcher in Wildcats alongside the Pathfinders during a strike operation. The pair provided targeted, integral EOD&S support during the clearance of the objective and capture of the high value target. 8 EOD&S Deploy and Operator and Searcher by Wildcats alongside the Pathfinders on a STRIKE Operation

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#BritishArmyLogistics 20 Brigade (20X), The Iron Fist, forms the British Army’s lead armoured task force. It has global commitments, as well as maintaining its readiness to deploy as 3 (UK) Division’s vanguard armoured fighting force. The Brigade HQ currently employs 12 RLC soldiers and officers, from Private to Major, all of whom are committed to sustaining and enabling Brigade operations. When asked about what life is like in HQ 20X, three key themes were identified by everyone. Empowerment at every level Every logistician in HQ 20X is an SME in their area and every job role is vital - irrespective of rank. From the Deputy Chief of Staff (DCOS) advising the Commander on G4 considerations, through to the MT private, ensuring the Brigade’s white fleet is maintained and distributed correctly; every position is only one deep, and everyone needs to be on point, which makes the job so rewarding. As Pte Jones, the MT driver, puts it: “A key difference from regimental duty is that you must rely on yourself more and be totally accountable for your actions, as you work in such a small team. At 20X you stand out more and how you conduct yourself is more important than ever.” The level of empowerment enables all ranks to really develop their professional knowledge. Units, and your own chain of command, will look to you to be the SME in your area. The direction and guidance you give directly impacts operational outputs around the world. You are empowered to make the big G4 decisions and the exposure to these decisions accelerates professional development. A fast-moving challenge “The depth of complexities when dealing with the routine activity of an AI Bde are challenging in their own right; add to this the management of a battle group deployed on operations and the training burden to prepare the next within the environment of COVID, compounds the difficulties further! That said I wouldn’t change it for the world, Headquarters 20X is a

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The RLC in HQ 20 Armoured Infantry Brigade By Capt Al Coe, SO3 G3 Movements

thriving and exciting place to work.” Maj Heppenstall, Brigade DCOS. At the time of writing, the Bde has a battle group (BG) deployed on Op CABRIT 8, Estonia, whilst simultaneously executing the BG pre-deployment training for the Op CABRIT 9 in Germany. It has a unit preparing for a BG live-fire exercise in Wales and two more units held at readiness in support of UK Contingency Operations. No two days are the same and most days lead to new challenges. You can expect to deal with multiple work strands at any one time, with ruthless prioritisation a must. However, the key to success is how every member of the team works towards a larger goal and it is this that enables 20X to successfully deploy and sustain its forces worldwide. “If you are confident in your abilities and thrive on being busy, then this is the place for you.” SSgt Purvin, Brigade SQMS. Breadth of perspective “Deploying on exercise I have gained an understanding of Brigade tactics and planning. Within my role I have gained an insight into ES Mat procurement and activity and resource planning,

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whilst understanding how the Army uses data to forecast its needs for the future.” WO2 Hillman, Warrant Officer ES Mat (WOMAT). Working in HQ 20X exposes you to the broader sustainment picture. Be that how operational movements are planned and conducted from PJHQ down, or procurement of materiel at defence level, it highlights the significance of sustainment operations in all that the Army does. As a member of the Bde Staff, you are at the forefront of this process, advising and executing. However, it doesn’t stop at logistics. Deploying on exercise, you will learn about Bde tactics and contribute greatly to the enablement of the fight. You will see the value of logistics from the front end of the spear. “The interaction between the various components (G1 to G9) in the Brigade HQ has been fascinating and eye-opening to me.” Cpl Akhimien, BOWO Clerk. Working in HQ 20X is a challenge, but an incredibly rewarding one. It is a great place for any hard working and motivated soldier or officer to ply their trade.

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Bollywood sensation to Private Soldier: One reservist’s journey into The RLC By Katherine Lack Whether they are lawyers, paramedics, teachers or university students, there’s no shortage of variety when it comes to the people serving in the British Army Reserves. Reservists come from all walks of life and have a vast array of skills sets that can benefit the Armed Forces. Private Jazzmin Davis is no exception. An established performing artist and musical theatre specialist, she is also a conscientious and capable reservist in 159 Regiment RLC. Sustainer asked her about her experiences so far: what attracted her to the Army Reserve in the first place, what makes her reservist commitment so fulfilling and how she found the pioneering role she played in changing the future of British Army reservist training? It was clear from just a few conversations with Pte Davis that she is highly motivated and proud of her role within the British Army Reserves. She explained that she’s always been interested in the role the Army plays in supporting, helping and protecting and that the overall Army ethos has always appealed to her. However, it wasn’t until she attended her friend Robyn’s passing out parade, that she really contemplated the idea of joining herself.

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“I thought it was brilliant that my friend was in the Army. She told me all about the Reserves… Essentially being part-time and that I could still pursue my civilian career. The more I learnt [about the Reserves], the more I wanted to know and it was when I attended her passing out parade, that I knew the Army was for me. As soon as I got home, I began my application.” Outside of the military, Pte Davis is a professionally-trained performing artist: a career she has navigated since the age of two and one that has encouraged her to explore many different directions. From competing nationally in dance competitions to touring the UK, Wales and Germany in theatre

shows and even working in Bollywood, her career thus far has been extremely diverse. Most recently, during the COVID-19 lockdown, the entertainment, performance and event industry, like many others, took a big hit. For Pte Davis, this opened up the opportunity to become a manager for an events company where she found herself leading a project to staff Covid Testing Centres and was responsible for the recruitment and management of staff in locations around London. Pte Davis explained that one of her greatest career achievements is the six months she spent in India working in the Bollywood film industry. She summarises it as one

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#BritishArmyLogistics of her most incredible yet tough experiences to date. She described her work as a dancer on 12-hour film shoots, in locations all over the sub-continent and remembered a momentous occasion when she joined a local community for their religious Holi festival celebrations, where she was overcome by the hospitable and generous community and the way they welcomed her despite their evident struggles with basic human needs. “We were welcomed in and we celebrated and danced with the people in the community. The children, who clearly had very little, were so grateful and had the biggest smiles. Being a part of their special day was so eye-opening and you could see how much it meant to them.” In June 2020, post Army selection and with an interest in the supply and movement trades, she joined 237 Squadron, 159 Regiment RLC. She explained how the Regiment has been extremely supportive of her endeavours to date and that she is grateful to be involved with such a variety of people and personalities, all of whom are ambitious to learn, support and assist in any way they can. Pte Davis talked about her role in the ‘Pilot CMS 21’; a pilot scheme using a new method of Reserve Basic Training, which was born out of the virtual training conducted during the COVID-19 pandemic. The course, which combines distanced learning and ‘in the field’ days, has since become the Army Reserves’ new and improved answer to the old Alpha and Bravo courses. Starting with two weeks of distanced learning, junior soldiers begin by learning the basics of any soldier’s role; from the qualities of a British soldier, to military knowledge, injury prevention, nutrition and CBRN to name but a few of the aspects covered. Alongside this, recruits are started on an eight-week physical training programme designed to develop their overall fitness with exercises including cardiovascular workouts and loaded TABs. The skills and progress made

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are then tested in the first ‘field course’ – the eightday Phase 1 which covers many aspects including weapon handling and PT, and which Pte Davis describes as “challenging but brilliant!” “I loved it! She says, “It was excellent to be around such likeminded people and everyone was highly supportive and wanting the best for each other. I really developed my personal growth during this part of the course; in particular my ability to ask for help which was such a necessary aspect considering how much we had to remember! There was a lot to learn, but the distanced learning we had already completed was a really good base to work and develop from.” Following Phase 1, Pte Davis continued her training with five weeks of lessons on the Defence Learning Environment; a system which proved to be a vital tool for the Army during the pandemic and a 16-day course which further built upon the virtual learning and gave the students five more days in the field. “This course provided me with some of my best memories and the challenges that I have overcome will also stick in my mind. It built up my resilience and confidence and I can’t believe how much I learnt in such a short space of time. It was great to be able to combine the Army with my job as a performer and see how skills, such as good communication and problem solving, are so transferable.”

The successful scheme, which according to Pte Davis “was full of opportunities to improve and work at being the best Reserve soldier you can be,” was rolled out across the Army in April 2021 and looks to change the future of the Army Reserves. The discussion concluded with talk of Pte Davis’ hopes for the future. Having thoroughly enjoyed her basic training, she has not shied away from getting involved; she has already attended a regimental weekend where she conducted supply trade training and she now has aspirations to apply for a commission. She proudly commented: “I have had an official interview and now have my Army Officer Selection Board (AOSB) booked. I’ve been attending regular leadership development sessions, which I’ve found incredibly useful and effective in my development and preparation and they have confirmed to me that I want to play a part in helping the Army to achieve its objectives. I’m a huge advocate of helping people, I feel a great sense of pride in guiding others to achieve their goals and I want to challenge myself, build upon my own knowledge and continue to improve.” With a love of the outdoors and maintaining her fitness, she also plans to participate in running and hiking events and take advantage of the Adventurous Training opportunities open to Army Reservists. In her civilian career, her immediate plans are to continue her managerial work within the events planning world where she enjoys supporting and directing her team to ensure that high standards are maintained. Further down the line, she hopes to delve further into the film industry and would like to take on prestigious lead acting roles whilst also continuing to perform in theatrical productions and commercials. She hopes to land physical roles that play to her strengths as a dancer and to work together with producers to input her own innovative and imaginative and ideas to create successful productions.

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The Defence School of Transport Project Prometheus Work has begun at DST on the Army’s first solar farm. In support of the Government’s commitment to meet Net Carbon Emissions by 2050, the major project is expected to deliver £1M in efficiency savings and a massive reduction of carbon dioxide emissions per year. It is the first of four photovoltaic solar farms to be built on the Defence Estate. The site will be capable of generating up to one third of the electricity needed on site; producing enough power to supply much of the infrastructure including the single soldiers’ and family accommodation, the offices, classrooms and gym. The cost savings will be invested into army infrastructure and help to reach the Army’s net zero ambition. Col Chris Henson QGM said:“We are delighted that the DST site was chosen as the first solar farm site within Defence. The whole organisation is working hard to become more environmentally friendly and sustainable and it is something we are certainly focusing on.We acknowledge that we are a long way off becoming carbon neutral, but it is something that the DST Conservation Team and Defence are working towards for the future.” Conservation DST’s newly formed Conservation group have been busy with many projects. As part of Prometheus, nesting boxes and a mink proof tern raft will be site to encourage Flycatchers, Robins, Pied Wagtails and other nesting birds and a herpetology rockery construction will provide basking areas for grass snakes and viviparous lizards.

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DST is also currently assisting the British Trust of Ornithology in surveying our site to establish the status of Turtle Doves. The species is in decline and DST was identified as a site of interest for Turtle Doves in 2013. The survey will identify and record other significant species on site. DST’s honeybees have had a successful winter and local beekeepers have provided in-depth workshops on all aspects of the bee colony. Exercise ROADMASTER In June, soldiers and civilian enthusiasts from across the country converged at DST to take part in BAMA’s Exercise Roadmaster. The challenge saw 13 sports utility vehicles and five motorbikes compete in a variety of races over the day. Col Chris Henson QGM, who is also Chair of BAMA said:“Good navigation skills are key to the military driver. Although over the past few years people have become increasing reliant on Sat Nav

devices, we know that in the future battlespace, those will be denied and we will get back to good old maps and compasses.” Military teams used service Land Rovers, while civilian participants brought their own vehicles. Motorbikes also made their first appearance on the exercise since 2010 and it is anticipated that participation in this field will grow in years to come. Races on the sunny Saturday included orienteering and gymkhana. The winning team of the SUV contest was 154 (Scottish) Regt RLC with 77th Brigade taking second place. A soldier from 21 Engineer Regiment scooped first place in the motorbike category with Cpl Limbu from DST taking runner up.

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Wellbeing After much planning, co-ordination and hard work, DST’s Welfare Hub has taken delivery of a Portakabin. This will operate as a new Wellbeing Centre, situated in the garden of Ladysmith House where it will remain for the DST community to

8 The Army’s first solar farm - Project Prometheus

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enjoy alongside an Eco Garden development currently being worked on by a team of budding gardeners. Community Members of the DST Road Safety Committee have been working in partnership with Leconfield Primary School and Safer Roads Humber, delivering essential road safety workshops.The 4 – 11-year-olds were taught about the Green Cross Code and Bike Helmet Safety in a safe, fun and interactive way.The team also joined the school and thousands of children across the country on a Brake Kids Walk, organised by the charity Brake, who work to prevent road death and injury. Raising awareness for Combat Stress The successful completion of ‘March in March’ in aid of Combat Stress saw a DST team run, cycle and walk 1,000 miles between Apr and Jul. Their final challenge will now see the team complete a further 120km in Operation Endurance Virtual Challenge. A great effort from WO2 Black, Sgt Clark, Sgt Lang, Cpl Knowles, Cpl Williams, Denis Hartley, Steve Frankish and Mark Mendoza. 6-a-side football Congratulations to DST’s 6-a-side football team have been crowned champions of the local Leisure Leagues Beverley Division 1. They will now move up into the Premier League Division. DST Triathlon Team In July, the DST Triathlon Team took part in Outlaw Holkham Triathlon held at Holkham Hall, Gloucestershire and the surrounding countryside.The middle-distance triathlon, which is exactly 70.3 miles in length, features a 1.2-mile swim, a 56-mile bike ride and a 13.1-mile run. The team produced some impressive results - Capt Hoggart (5:46 hrs), SSgt Brown (5:59 hrs), WO2 Johnson (6:02 hrs) and Sgt Thomson (6:20 hrs). Commander Field Army Commendation Captain Simon Lowe, DST’s Operations Officer has been recognised in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List and will receive a Commander Field Army

Commendation for his dedication to duty throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. Below, Capt Lowe, who joined the Royal Corps of Transport as a driver in August 1991, shares some of the highlights of his 30-year career in the British Army. “I feel privileged to have served in both the Royal Corps of Transport and The Royal Logistic Corps. It has allowed me to have a varied career, which has seen me serve with many units, such as 9 Regt RLC, 11 EOD & Search Regt RLC and 10 QOGLR and outside of the Corps I have been attached to Medical Units, DCSA HQ and 8 Infantry Brigade HQ NI. It was my time in Basic Training at Buller Barracks, Aldershot that inspired me to become an instructor; as a result, I had postings to two ARTD establishments instructing

8 Captain Simon Lowe, DST’s Operations Officer

8 The successful DST Triathlon Team at Outlaw Holkham Triathlon

recruits in Basic Training at ATR Pirbright and Subsequent Trade Training Trainees at DST. Deployments during my time was the norm, I have been posted to Northern Ireland, deployed on Operation BANNER NI, Croatia as part of the UN’s Rapid Reaction Force, Operation TELIC and on Operation HERRICK. The pinnacle of my career was the role of Divisional Master Driver in 1 (UK) Armoured Division a 2* HQ in support of operations. It was quite apt to finish my career as a Warrant Officer Class 1 in the Division where I had my first posting as a Driver - 1 Armoured Division Transport Regiment RCT. It was during this final posting that I decided I wanted to continue to add value; further my career and apply for Commissioning. On successful selection for Late Entry Officer, I completed a posting with a Medical Unit before returning yet again to Leconfield as 2IC, 110 Trg Sqn RLC prior to moving into my current role. I have thoroughly enjoyed every minute of my career from Driver through Captain and look forward to my remaining time with The RLC.” Promotions Congratulations to Sgt Allport on his promotion to SSgt and Cpls Furesz, Thapa and Salt on their promotions to Sgt.

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THE SUSTAINER | ARTICLE At the beginning of April this year, I was fortunate enough to fly out to Canada as part of the ongoing exchange programme, LONG LOOK. The programme enables Service Personnel from Sergeant to Captain, to visit a unit of a partner nation, for up to three months. Upon arrival in Canada, I along with a REME WO2 who was also joining Canadian Army Unit, 1 Service Battalion (1 Svc Bn), began the mandatory two-week COVID-19 isolation period and prepared for the upcoming exercise we were due to deploy on. Two weeks later and eager to get started, we deployed to Wainwright Training Area to begin a second 48-hour isolation period, while we awaited a negative COVID-19 test result, before joining our respective platoons. Once out on the ground, the bulk of the force had already been out for two weeks and the exercise was in the AGILE RAM Part 1 phase. This was ring fenced for platoon level training and build up to the tactical exercise, Ex MAPLE RESOLVE. The units attending this year’s exercise would include: 1 Svc Bn, 1 Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry (PPCLI) with B Coy 1 RIFLES attached, 2 PPCLI, Lord Strathcona’s Horse (LDSH) and the Bde Recce. After a brief stint in the Coy HQ, understanding how COVID-19 had affected the lay down of forces and the exercise in general, it was time to join the Transport Platoon I would be with for the foreseeable future. Despite being from a Log Rv Tp, I joined the Transport Platoon as all the supply elements were in a separate bubble, acting as something akin to third line and the current Platoon Commander was fresh into the role. The platoon was to all intent and purposes the same as a typical transport troop in an RLC Squadron, but with far less lift available and a larger percentage split focused on fuel. During this phase of the exercise, we focused on the key skills such as night driving and the mechanics of setting up and running a distribution point (DP). I had multiple opportunities to go out on these serials, which were non-tac but providing real life support and was thoroughly impressed with the 28

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level of maturity and professionalism displayed by the junior Canadian soldiers. Being in an administrative posture for this phase of the exercise meant I was able to integrate with relative ease into a position in the Platoon HQ where I could offer input to the Pl Comd and absorb information from the SNCOs. On 1 May 21, we entered the tactical force on force phase Ex MAPLE RESOLVE, which saw an intensifying of DP cycles along with me and roughly half the platoon pushing forward to set up a Commodity Point. We initially set the Commodity Point (CP) up to facilitate a swift transition of OPFOR in a tactical pause; but due to its success the Bde Comd requested that we use the same format again to sustain for a further 72hr period a day later. This was an interesting experience for me as the CP doesn’t have a direct comparison in British doctrine. Twelve days later, Ex MAPLE RESOLVE had passed by swiftly and we were soon back into an administrative posture in AGILE RAM Part 2, which saw me leave the Platoon and move to the supply

8 Canadian transport platoons have less lift capacity and a greater emphasis on fuel

element located to the rear of the BSA. The supply element, due to COVID-19 force health protection measures, was isolated within a bubble that was acting as a hybrid of 2nd and 3rd line; meaning it was not a typical window into the standard operating procedure, but it did outline some points of interest. It was immediately apparent that the footprint of CSS in the Bde space, was larger than that of the British equivalent, both in personnel and infrastructure. Another point of interest noted was that the burden on the Supply Specialists largely came from issues surrounding finance. This was rather alien to me; however, I quickly learnt that there is a far greater reliance in the field on LPOs rather than the supply chain and thus, Supply Specialists and especially the Supply Officers, are conversant in financial policy. It was also during this phase that I had the opportunity to first join the LDSH zeroing their Leopard 2 tanks and then 2 PPCLI doing the same in their LAV 6.0 fighting vehicles. It

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#BritishArmyLogistics was a particularly good day with 2 PPCLI as the CO showed us around his vehicle and we got to fire the 25-millimetre Bushmaster automatic cannon. Aside from being a welcome change, the day also provided an insight to what the CSS community in the UK will be supporting with the incoming Boxer fighting vehicle. On 18 Jun 21, I departed Wainwright to embark on the next phase of my exchange back in CFB Edmonton. I was asked to deliver a series of briefs to Supply Coy, Maintenance Coy and Admin Coy. In return, I received briefs on how the Battalion was structured and how the individual companies were structured and their capabilities. It was here that I fully got to terms with the organisational differences between our two armies. After a couple of weeks in the garrison observing the different elements in the Battalion, I was granted a couple of weeks off and the opportunity to travel around the province and explore the Canadian Rockies. It was a fantastic week of travelling; one I won’t forget easily and a perfect way to round off the exchange. Lessons learned Like many such experiences, the lessons one learns are a myriad and often it’s hard to identify them until after the fact. However, I have considered what I saw and learnt, and the following points seem to be the most pertinent. From tactical standpoint, there are more similarities than differences to the way we and the Canadian Army operates. There were some points that diverged somewhat, that could be beneficial to us. One such point was the use of a Commodity Point or CP to distribute materiel to either single or multiple battle groups. The premise of the CP is to deploy to a location closer to the FLOT with enough materiel to sustain for two or three days, allowing the battle groups to cycle through as they require. Whilst this puts a static target closer to the FLET, if done correctly, it also allows for a rapid resupply to the fighting echelon, which in high intensity fighting provides significant benefits. Another tactic that was used,

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albeit due to force health protection measures, was dead dropping materiel for pick up when required by the battle group. This is something that worked very well and provides a tactically sound way of delivering sustainment in a modern battle space, where ISTAR assets are threat to the supply chain. The level of detail and the use of doctrine was also a point where the two organisations differ at the tactical level. The use of doctrine is a double-edged sword, as it can be both incredibly useful but also restrictive. The British doctrine is very detailed, understood thoroughly and used frequently, but Canadian doctrine is not referenced as much at the tactical level. Whilst not being a perfect solution and the value of good doctrine being apparent, there is certainly more tolerance to taking risks where innovation is concerned. A more flexible and adaptable approach to tactical sustainment is likely to be required in future conflicts and it will be necessary to avoid rigidly following doctrine where other solutions are more viable. Lastly, another area that I drew lessons from, was the overall structuring of a service Battalion. It is quite different to how we currently structure our equivalent regiments in British Army, but as composite CSS groups are being used more and more, it was a

8 Lt Davies spent 11 weeks with the Canadian Army

valuable case study. The idea of having a regiment that has REME and logistic assets under a single chain of command makes sense, as when we deploy it is expected that we work in conjunction or at least to some degree. However, it became very apparent that the way the integration occurs is paramount to the success of the endeavour. If a composite Coy or Sqn was to deploy it can place an onerous burden on planning, as you are dealing with effectively two roles in one ops room, with a relatively small team. This issue is further exacerbated if there isn’t representation of both logisticians and mechanical engineers in the Coy or Sqn Ops roles and the same issue can then be felt at the regimental level. It certainly has benefits, but for it to be worthwhile, it must be done with a good degree of thought and consideration. Overall, LONG LOOK was a wonderful experience and one where I learned an awful lot. I would encourage anyone who has the opportunity to do something similar to take it, as close ties and understanding with partner nations is increasingly important, as even with close allies, such as Canada, there are significant differences in the way we operate and valuable lessons to be learnt.

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Head of Trade Driver Tank Transporter Operator By WO2 (SQMS) Steven Elliott

8 White Fleet Light Equipment Transporter

HET Troop (Carmen’s Own) continues to support armoured battle groups deployed on Operation CABRIT. We have 14 Service Personnel and seven HETs on a rolling commitment enabling the essential Heavy Lift operations in Estonia. Recently (May - Jul 21), a handful of our soldiers had the privilege of deploying on Public Duties, this was a very proud moment in their careers and as ambassadors of the trade and they certainly took away long lasting memories from the experience.

500bhp Volvo FH12s allowing us to operate within the threshold of Special Type General Order (STGO) Category 1. Combined with the Broshuis 3 axle semi low loader trailer, they are an effective and reliable platform. This equipment is the best that the civilian sector currently has to offer and our soldiers are gaining valuable experience and knowledge that is transferable to the “green” equipment and their career progression.

What’s new? The White Fleet Light Equipment Transporter was introduced to bridge the current capability gap of the Modified Light Equipment Transporter (MLET) and its 19t restricted payload. These trucks have recently been upgraded to

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What a year and a half it’s been! I look back and wonder how we achieved everything under the restrictions of the COVID-19 pandemic. It was down to the professionalism and dedication of all of our Service Personnel across Defence, but especially within The RLC. The initial lockdown saw the trade having to cancel all non-essential tasks and training, even Exercise DEFENDER 20 had to be cut short to recover personnel and equipment back to the UK for the first lockdown. We then had to implement the new measures to protect our people and enable us to continue delivering the only heavy lift capability to operations, exercises and UK admin taskings. It’s been a busy period for 19 Tank Transporter Squadron firstly detaching soldiers on Operation RESCRIPT in response to the pandemic and then continuing with the day job. Operation RELOCK has been ongoing with the drawdown in Afghanistan and Exercise GAULISH DRAGON was the Sqn’s first test of deploying Heavy Equipment Transporters outside of the UK during the pandemic. This exercise provided heavy lift to the Royal Welsh in France, transporting the Warrior armoured fighting vehicles from their barracks in Tidworth.

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Looking forward The trade will continue to support operations and exercises conducting Field Army taskings, including Operation CABRIT, Exercise IRON STORM 2 (moving The King’s Royal Hussars battle group to Castlemartin Ranges) and Exercise DEFENDER 22, as well as carrying out routine Regimental and Brigade CT exercises. The MLET is undergoing a 68t upgrade to increase payload from 19t to 44t in preparation for transporting AJAX and bridging the medium lift capability gap. This will become known as the Medium Equipment Transporter (MET) and is due to be fielded later this year. 8 Op CABRIT - HET loading French Leclerc Main Battle Tank

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Head of Trade Petroleum Operator By WO1 Samuel Korankye British Forces South Atlantic Islands (BFSAI), Mount Pleasant Complex (MPC) – Falkland Islands, is home to over one thousand British military personnel from the Royal Navy, Army and the Royal Air Force; all working together with a common mission - to deter any military aggression against the South Atlantic Overseas Territories in order to maintain UK sovereignty and assure the local population. With a team of four fuel operations experts, the Petroleum Storage Depot (PSD) is operated by a SSgt (RLC Pet Op), Cpl (RAF Tactical Fuel Supply Specialist), LCpl (RLC Pet Op Lab Technician) and Pte (RLC Pet Op). Apart from the safe storage, handling and management of hydro-carbon products, the PSD staff are responsible for the quality assurance and issuing of Aviation Turbine Fuel to refuel all aircrafts coming into and leaving the island, including but not limited to Air Tankers, Voyagers, A400s and Typhoon Jets. Another spectacular capability of the PSD is its ability to receipt fuel products from an Ocean Tanker via a Single Point Mooring System. This highly critical operation usually led by the OC Fuels (RAF Flt Lt) and Pet Op SNCO draws in experts from various departments across MPC. This includes a team from the Royal Navy’s Maritime Spill Response Team. Joining a professional body A new initiative was generated from the Professional Development Committee Working Group (Apr 20) for RLC Pet Ops to have the opportunity to gain affiliation and membership to the Energy Institute. This will see a formal mechanism

8 Petroleum Operators receiving fuel from a ship in the Falklands

for Pet Ops to subscribe to various levels of membership to be involved in and associated with the professional body at a discounted rate. This is now being pursued and funded by UKSTRATCOM (Def Log People) to initiate the appropriate level of membership across Defence fuels organisations to gain access to materials and be able to attend seminars and workshops at a reduced rate. Petroleum Operators external placements An agreement has been made with all the stakeholders regarding the method of selection and duration for the selected persons who will spend time at World Fuel Services. An ABN is in circulation to provide the guidance and formal approach to notifying personnel of the opportunity to participate on an external placement or work experience package for RLC Petroleum Operators with the nominated company World Fuel Services. Bulk Fuel Installation aggregate training bunds It was identified back in 2018 that there were no Enhanced Storage

8 An aerial view of the STANTA Thorpe site

Module (ESM) bunds currently constructed on the UK estate, along with limited suitable Primary Bulk Fuel Installation (PBFI) bunds to enable the Joint Operational Fuel System (JOFS) to be operated and tested to its specified capability, ensuring both the equipment modular capabilities can be fully and functionally tested coupled with developing the skills of Defence fuels’ personnel. The Army Basing & Infrastructure and HQ Defence Training Estate’s Training Infrastructure Cell endorsed the project and agreed the funding alignment for the bunds to be delivered by our Industry Partners LANDMARC & DIO. Three additional bunds have been built on the MOD/DTE for fuels personnel to utilities (currently five locations are available with a further two to be built). The locations are: DTE Longmoor, Hullavington Airfield, Albemarle Barracks, Kendrew Barracks, Cottesmore, SPTA (construction commence (TBC) and Barton Stacey Training area, STANTA Thorpe (TBC).

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Head of Trade Movement Controller By WO1 (Cdr) SJ Lindsay Movement Controllers, Movement Operators and all that I have the privilege to serve within the Movement Controller trade where do I start? Firstly, I hope that you and your families are well in the current climate and that COVID-19 has not had too much of an impact on your lives. This is my first article submission as Conductor and I am honoured to be the Command Movements Warrant Officer (CMWO) and the Head of Trade and Conductor for both Regular and Reserve Movers. This role brings with it the responsibility of ensuring the needs of our soldiers and our trade are met and I promise you all, I will do everything in my power to ensure I carry out this duty, always putting you and our trade needs first. General update We are still providing an excellent service to Defence with support to various different operations, Permanent Joint Overseas Bases, Short-Term Enabling Tasks (across various countries) and essential exercise activities. We have also provided support to the fight against COVID-19 with personnel having delivered Real-Life Support for the Isolation Facilities and the Joint Air Mounting Centre has reconfigured to facilitate a Clean Pathway for personnel deploying on operations. Moreover, we have supported the Department for International Development (DFiD) to deploy a Field Hospital to Africa. Additionally, we have received great news for the trade with the authorisation from the Corps for us to wear our trade badge - more direction on this will follow. We have also had good news from the Joint Services Job Evaluation 32

Team (JSJET) results which have stated that we can stay on the same pay scale. Looking forward Trade training for regular and reserve courses is currently being reviewed and we are updating the content to ensure that we are able to offer personnel the right skill set for Class and Rank. Class 3 courses for both regulars and reserves are complete and we are now working on Class 2. We plan for the work on all trade courses to be completed by the end of 2021

8 Conducting a MCCP (Movement Control Check Point) in support of overseas exercises

and once all courses are endorsed through the Chain of Command, delivery will commence. We plan to restructure all trade manning to ensure we provide the best capability we can to Defence activity. Work is already underway on the Divisions and Brigades’ structure and some of you will be requested to be part of the future working groups for the rest of the trade structure. With the easing of COVID-19 restrictions, I look forward to getting out to visit you and I am also planning on holding a working group in Sep 21. I am keen to hear your ideas and views for the future of the trade, it’s a known fact that majority of the good ideas come from the bottom up! Finally, thank you all for your continued support, knowing I have that makes the job a lot easier. I am proud to be your CMWO, HoT and Cdr and my door is always open for any concerns you may have, or even just for a cuppa and a chat. 8 17 P&M Regt RLC personnel checking equipment for sea movement

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Head of Trade Mariner

WO1 Michael Baxter Firstly, allow me to introduce myself as the newly appointed Mariner Head of Trade (HoT) in what is my first Sustainer article to you all. The HoT role is one I never thought I could achieve all those years ago on the decks of the Ramped Craft Logistic, but here I am, excited for the challenge and looking forward to getting stuck in. As a proud tradesman from a niche capability regiment, it is my priority to keep us current; not only with the right vessels and equipment, but also with our civilian counterparts and Continual Professional Development including currency, competency and quality assurance. Our Mariners have been busy working on a number of tasks in the joint arena working with both the Navy and RAF. With the dominant task lines being aligned to the COVID-19 response continuing on from last year, one positive we can pull from the whole experience would be Exercise PALAEMON. We originally deployed two Combat Support Boats (CSB) to Cyprus in support of an Amphibious exercise for five weeks in Jan 20, however when COVID-19 took hold, they were held in place to provide contingency support to the Maritime flank of BFC as part of their own COVID-19 contingency and resilience planning (Operation BROADSHARE). Due to the Mariners’ invaluable efforts in supporting other tasks whilst there, the need for a persistent maritime presence was then identified which was the catalyst in forming an agreement between 104 Logistic Brigade and BFC. The agreement, known as Exercise PALAEMON, sees us have

an Army Work Boat, CSB and crew forward placed in Cyprus on four-month rotations providing a real time Tier 1 Marine Oil Spill Response for RAF Akrotiri with its fuel infrastructure and assistance the wider Sovereign Base Area. It also offers our Mariners the chance to deploy independently away from the parent unit in a fresh, idyllic setting with the chance to hone their trade skills and learn about the boats unhindered by regimental duty. To date, they have supported 11 visiting RN vessels with passenger and stores transfers, 15 ocean tanker fuel transfers and three major amphibious exercises. Other headliners include Operation FORTIS; Defence’s success story showcasing the new Carrier Strike Group (CSG). We as Mariners have been playing our part by deploying a MEXE and crew in Gibraltar, making some weird and wonderful configurations to our modular craft to support the CSG’s unique and changing needs. The Exercise PALAEMON crew have also had sight of HMS Queen Elizabeth as she visited Limassol at the end of June, offered support to other elements of the CSG such as the 16 Air Assault Para drops on the Cyprus coastline and more notably, sharing the port with 47 Air Dispatch, offering them a drop zone in the water to hone their trade skills and make good use of

8 The Army Work Boat in action

the area afforded to them. Other exercises have seen us deploying alongside the Littoral Strike Group in the Eastern Mediterranean, an exciting time for 3 Commando Brigade to showcase their new way of working which also allowed the Mariners a chance to try out the new Vahana Class. Thank you to all the Mariners for your hard work, flexibility and resilience over what has been a very challenging year. Things are now looking up and with diary filling up, we have lots to do. I look forward to getting out on the ground and meeting you all in the near future.

8 Winching from the Combat Support Boat

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Command Master Driver

By WO1 (SSM) Andy Corke Firstly, I am enormously proud to be the new Head of Trade for RLC Drivers. To reach the pinnacle of your trade and to have the opportunity to champion and advocate for something that you have dedicated your whole career to is an immense honour and privilege, and one I don’t take lightly. I assumed the role in May 2021 from WO1 (Cdr) Neil Scott, who must be commended for his diligent, professional and unwavering leadership as your Head of Trade over the last 30 months. The previous 18 months have been challenging and unprecedented, however the Driver trade has come to the forefront and helped in the collective efforts in support against the COVID-19 pandemic, through support to local Ambulance services (Op RESCRIPT) or support to training establishments, to keep the training pipelines clear for new soldiers. Hopefully the coming months will see a return to normality and the opportunity for the trade to keep flourishing and leading from the front. At the moment, the trade is

currently going through its job evaluation with the Joint Services Job Evaluation Team. This informs part of an ongoing Tri-Service programme of job evaluation work to inform Pay 26. This has required input from across all soldier ranks and from regiments across the Corps, showcasing how diverse, professional and skilled the Driver trade is. This will cumulate in a physical demonstration/presentation to the OF-5 judging panel in the new year, which may involve you. Looking to the future, there are some exciting initiatives currently being trialled across the Field Army. There is a planned digitisation of the FMT 600 driving permit (pink card) and the FMT 601 driver training record folder, known as MyDRIVE. This will enable MOD drivers to access their driving data via personal electronic devices through the Defence Gateway, creating a Defence Driver Profile. The administrative Hub App, known as

8 158 Regt RLC training with MAN SV 6t vehicles on Ex HALBERD SPIRIT

CAMPBELL will manage MyDRIVE in aspects such as: driver discipline, vehicle competencies allocation and resource management. This is a significant step forward in how we will operate and will only streamline and enhance the way we do business. Representing The RLC in this trial is 3 Regt RLC and 27 Regt RLC. Further exciting opportunities for the trade include the Enterprise Approach, which will see the placement of a small number of RLC junior soldiers within the Driver trade group working with civilian industry partners. They will upskill with commercial driving expertise through a bespoke training and licensing programme and industry placement. The drivers will undergo a programme of familiarisation training to civilian articulated vehicles and accreditation to ensure they meet the legal requirements for commercial driving and prepare them to undertake their placement. Finally, I’m looking forward to visiting as many units (regular and reserve) as possible in the coming months. Please, I challenge you all, if you have any questions, concerns or ideas that will benefit or enhance our trade group, I urge you to make contact with your Brigade Master Driver and use your voice. Stay safe and keep up the great work you are doing. 8 Pte Finch on her B3 Driver’s Course prior to deploying on Ex HALBERD SPIRIT

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#BritishArmyLogistics As the Coronavirus pandemic hit its peak in early 2021, 91 Squadron, 27 Regiment RLC, switched their MC 9090 scanners for ammunition boots and Parade Gloss in preparation for three months of prestigious Public Duties (PD). The Squadron’s training saw some early mornings and late nights, not only from the SP trying to learn the complex drill movements required; but also for those in support who gathered uniform and burned down boots. The hard work paid off and on the morning of the 29 Apr it was finally time for the ‘Fit For Role’, inspection carried out by the GSM and Commander London District. Although there is always room for improvement, the Sqn passed the inspection with flying colours, which allowed it to mount guards at Buckingham Palace, St James’s Palace, the Tower of London and Windsor Castle. However, due to the ongoing COVID-19 restrictions, the Sqn only covered administrative guard mounts, which meant while standing guard in the famous pill boxes, there was no ceremonial march to the guardrooms or the changing of the guard parade. For many of the soldiers it was the first time they had visited the historical London sites, so it was a real eye opener for them. Pte George (pictured) shares her experience: “COVID-19 made preparation for PD exceedingly difficult, as new guidelines and policies needed to be adhered to. Extra precautionary measures were in place to prevent any spread of infection, but this did not deter us from perfecting our drill movements in line with the ceremonial formats. “Despite these challenges, we continued with hard work and dedication. We also maintained a

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high state of readiness throughout ensuring that Army mandatory requirements from ranges to MATTs were delivered. This ensured that we were ready to deliver on wider commitments if required.” “After three months of conducting administrative mounts, Pte George reflects: “Being on the sentry points gave us the chance to reflect on ourselves and the fact that we are not only representing our regiment but the whole Army. This added to the pressure of ensuring our kit and our personal drill was to the highest standard. Having strong encouragement from our Chain of Command and peers was a key part of being on PD, especially as it was the first time for most junior ranks and at times it could be overwhelming. “In addition to the Queen’s Guard, we also conducted random Quick Reaction Force (QRF) simulations so that we understood the procedures and got used to the urgency of getting ready to give support to the police. All the hours of training before deploying on PD helped us a lot, not only physically

but mentally. We also gained an understanding of the hard work that goes into getting a Sqn ready; from the planning and training by the SSM and her team, to the SQMS making sure that we have the correct kit and equipment. “Despite the disappointment of not being able mount the ceremonial parades, PD was a breath taking opportunity. The pride that you feel once you are mounted on the sentry point, being a part of such a prestigious duty and being able to see and guard the Royal Family is an honour and something I will never forget. It has boosted my confidence and made me so proud to represent my regiment, the Army and my country, especially when I marched to my duty post, seeing the amazement and smiles on the faces of tourists. As they videoed and took my picture, I thought about what the Garrison Sergeant Major always saying: ‘Chest up, chins high and let that swag out.' I would definitely do PD again and I advise anyone, if they are given the opportunity, to grab it with both hands.”

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By Corporal Mensah-Yawson I have been a Logistic Specialist (Supply) within Standing Joint Force Headquarters Group (SJFHQ Gp) since October 2019. The SJFHQ Gp is HM Government’s default rapidly deployable joint operational level command and control capability for responding to immediate crises. The unit is joint, multinational, interagency, scalable and adaptable; designed to provide command and control across the spectrum of conflict. My job within SJFHQ Gp involves direct logistic support to the HQ, both in barracks and on deployments. The small team I work with ensures that our essential kit and equipment is held ready to deploy at short notice. SJFHQ Gp has links with France under the Combined Joint Expeditionary Force (CJEF). This configuration can be activated to support operations under the auspices of NATO, the United Nations, the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe, or other coalitions. The HQ also holds command of the Joint Expeditionary Force (JEF). This brings together the full range of military and inter-governmental capabilities from the United Kingdom and up to nine other partner nations from northern Europe. We spend a lot of our time refining our holdings and anticipating the needs and requirements for each unique task. This often goes beyond the handling of traditional military materiel as we procure a lot of commercial off the shelf kit and innovative electronic equipment. Our team is small, but the size and magnitude of the support we provide to the HQ is invaluable. I’ve spent a lot of my time delivering support in the Home Base in Northwood, but I’m also often deployed further afield on staff exercises, including work with our partners. Supporting these varied structures and liabilities requires me to apply quick understanding of developing situations and to adapt to new ways of working, with a varied and unique customer base. In Spring 2020, the HQ was tasked with delivering the early 36

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stages of OP BROADSHARE, providing support to Caribbean COVID-19 relief efforts. I found this a challenging period as I found myself demanding, receiving and issuing a huge variety of kit at very short notice. The team pulled together and we delivered everything that was asked of us, which was very rewarding. I have also been involved in supporting the potential deployment of the whole HQ as a rapid response to events in the broader Middle East, preparing rapid air freight consignments and applying my dangerous goods knowledge to meet tight deadlines and the needs of the end users. It is this blend of proactive and reactive periods that keep my

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job interesting and satisfying. It routinely gives me exposure to responsibility and decision making that I would suggest is above the normal duties of a tradesman of my rank and grade. This job keeps me on my toes and gives me the opportunity to work within a highly competent and diverse organisation. The joint environment enables me to interact with staff from different Services, civilian organisations and other Government Agencies at all levels, with access and relationships across the Command, who all show genuine gratitude and recognition for my work. The high-profile nature of the organisation we underpin makes my current role very different from any previous roles I have performed. It’s a great job for LSS personnel who take pride in their work and can deliver professional attention to detail and issue logistic timeliness. I think that the experiences and skills I’ve developed in this job will prove beneficial as I progress through the rest of my career.

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The RLC Chef Ethos Project

By WO1 Ashley Johnson, DCWO 6th (UK) Division The RLC Chef is the only soldier who has three deadlines every day, to ensure mission success is achieved. This statement might raise an eyebrow but being an RLC chef is a tough business. The famous Napoleon quote: “An Army marches on its stomach,” has stood the test of time because of what food offers. Good food gives more than the nutrients needed to maintain life. It transports us to our childhood through smells and flavours, it offers a space for us to laugh and build relationships and above all it gives us respite when we are having a tough day. Chefs are positioned throughout the Army, bouncing from unit to unit, working in small teams and having to adapt quickly to the nuances of these different groups. Because of this, our identity and belonging has become muddled, nevertheless our passion and pride remains the same. Developing an ethos, is like delving into your soul. Understanding what motivates us to do our job and what we expect from those in our ranks is a reflective process. ‘Why am I happy cooking on a BBQ, whilst everyone else is playing volleyball? What motivates me to smile at silly o’clock, when I am serving a breakfast to soldiers in the rain?’ The answer is pride, knowing that the soldiers I am feeding are happy and appreciative of my work. Also, a more potent point is duty. ‘ I understand that the 38

Sgt Rhys Pandeles, RLC Chef, 1 Scots Guards: “RLC Chefs lead by example, its hard graft but everything we do has pride and passion. We are brilliant at developing and mentoring our future and we are dedicated to providing the best we can.”

SSgt Kerry Bale, RLC Chef, Garrison Management Team, HQ Tidworth Netheravon and Bulford Garrison: “We are part of a family that has a shared determination and purpose to enhance the lived experience of our fellow soldiers. We do this with passion, pride and creativity. We always try to provide the highest level of nutrition and contributing to morale, regardless of the challenges we face.” breakfast might be the last that solider eats, so I need to make sure it’s my best.’ In January, the trade set up a working group with the aim to understand what it is to be an RLC Chef and then deliver a tangible output that unites our values and gives us a common purpose, using the RLC strategy as a handrail. We needed to build the team from the bottom up and dispose of barriers such as rank, so that we had parity. Ultimately, rank holds the assumption that the one with the

biggest badge has the best idea and the final say. In fact, this change will affect every member of the trade and it was essential to make sure that every member had an equal voice. Ideas flowed and the group identified outputs that could deliver the aim; a trade mission and vision and an ethos statement. By having a joint mission and vision we are strategically focused as a trade in what we are currently delivering and how we can move forward collectively. Our ethos

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ARTICLE | THE SUSTAINER Sgt Julie Robinson, RLC Chef, Instructor Food Services Training Wing: “Our Ethos highlights the high-performance culture, dynamic ability and persuasive influence that we have. It showcases our ‘growth mindset’ and how we work together, establishing our mutual values. It projects our passion, skills and professionalism, we are not just chefs we are a family. Our Ethos will help all RLC Chefs, instilling a culture and philosophy of belonging into our trade that will endure for years to come.”

Cpl Vicky Pimm, RLC Chef, RLC Nurture team: “Since joining the Army, we all have become well versed in CDRILLS and, most of us, practice them daily, sometimes subconsciously, as they have become ingrained into the process of decision making. Ultimately, we practice making the correct choices, even if they are not always the easiest, in order to become better leaders. Having a statement that we can all adopt, allows us to reach end goals and objectives, as a team, with full co-operation, support and guidance.”

WO2 William Grist, RLC Chef, 29 Royal Engineers: “The RLC Chef Ethos project was created with the vision to implement an ethos that allowed the RLC Chef to feel a sense of belonging. It was an opportunity to strengthen our identity and pride in order to maximise our talent, which would help create new ideas, empowerment and innovation for the future. The trade has seen a reduction in its workforce and changes in its role, however, this hasn’t stopped us being world class leaders in delivering culinary excellence, whether that be in the home base, on exercises or overseas operations. The ethos allows us to have an identity, understanding our importance and what we deliver now and for the future, instilling that excellence, professionalism and self-pride for the next generations of RLC Chef.”

Cpl Chris Moloney, RLC Chef, 1 RDG: “I am glad I was given the opportunity to take part of this project, I feel that I have helped to leave a massive stamp on the trade.”

shows the characteristics of an RLC Chef, the spirit that drives us to achieve our mission and how we can deliver the RLC vision in a trade context. This shapes our culture to become better leaders and problem solvers, with adaptive thought and an agile posture. It enables us to be a community, even if we are dispersed, because we all understand our expected behaviours. This is essential in building belonging and identity and is only the tip of the iceberg.

that empowers its people to make significant change; fundamentally, walking the walk of its own strategy, placing people at the forefront of the organisation. I am proud to lead this project, it has shown me that that if we work together, we can achieve fantastic results, challenge our own assumptions and break through organisational norms to create a brighter future. We are a family, we thrive together… We are the Chefs!

Shaping our behaviours is a wicked problem and is linked with how society adapts. It requires constant review and challenge to remain current. However, it is a huge step in the right direction. This was a ground led project to solve a problem that was identified by a soldier. It has enabled innovative thought and shows that anyone can adopt The RLC strategy to create change. Not only this, it shows that The RLC is a progressive learning organisation

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THE SUSTAINER | RLC DETACHED ROLES The British Army Training Unit Kenya (BATUK) is the Centre of Excellence for Light Role Infantry Training, situated in Nanyuki, 150km north of Nairobi. BATUK’s focus is to plan, enable and execute Light Infantry Battle group and Combat Service Support (CSS) Group training exercises, the latter comprised of 102 Logistic Brigade sub-units, offering ample space to accommodate and prepare deployed troops to execute the Exercise ASKARI series. When the SO3 CSS trawl at BATUK came across my desk, it will not surprise many that I leapt at the opportunity to deploy. While I am highly aware the SO3 CSS post in BATUK needs no advertisement, I hope this article instils an idea of opportunities to young officers across the Corps of what The RLC and the Field Army has to offer. As the Logistic Department 2IC, the SO3 CSS post is the focal point for departmental operational and administrative outputs as well as encompassing the Troop Commander role for 30 permanent and temporary staff, spanning five RLC trades and 40 locally employed civilians. I have been exposed to a variety of situations, encompassing a range of trades that unless posted to some of our more niche regiments, many officers simply would not come across – at least not in the same posting. I have found Mission Command to be key. The WOs and SNCOs are critical as in any organisation to the smooth conduct of technical outputs; continuous liaison throughout the Chain of Command is critical, highlighting issues or concerns that may disrupt or prevent continued logistic support. In 2022, there are plans to deploy the CSS Gp for the full duration of Exercise ASKARI STORM, to provide Logistic, Equipment Support, Provost Service and Medical support to the deployed Battlegroup. The training value for CSS elements in this sort of endeavour is immense. A clear progression from learning by ‘doing’ to learning by ‘training’; a combination allowing for real-life trade progression and green training within the challenging environments at Archer’s Post 40

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and Lolldaiga Training Areas. Consequently, the SO3 CSS role will straddle the CSS (Log) Dept and BATUK TacOps to support exercise planning, co-ordination and facilitation of the CSS Gp exercise program. In support of the recent Exercise ASKARI STORM, I was involved with the reception of deploying troops and freight on their arrival in Kenya and deployed to Mombasa for the semi-annual Maintenance Sail, working closely with the Movements’ WO and Mombasa Port Authority. Aside from the daily operations of the department, I was fortunate to be the BATUK logistic representative in conceptual development for Exercise RHINO CHARGE, the outcome of the 102 Logistic Brigade End-To-End Study. Like Operation TRACTABLE, Exercise RHINO CHARGE is the multi-modal movement of vehicles, equipment and stores across Kenya, using a mixture of road and

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rail, military and civilian; clearly a challenge when incorporating the socio-political appetite, genuine Al-Shabab and criminal threat and infrastructural issues amongst a host of other external constraints and threats. The move will require interoperability between various Logistic Brigades, encompassing elements from at least five Corps. As per BATUK Commander’s direction of exploiting the opportunities available in Kenya, the CSS Dept, through the work of previous permanent staff, are linked with the Imara International Orphanage who cater for under-18s who have previously experienced extreme hardship growing up. I’ve been fortunate to visit on several occasions with some of the RLC soldiers to assist where possible by putting on various activities. I also played cricket for BATUK against some local teams and at the prestigious Rhino Cup. And finally, if the SO3 CSS role in BATUK needed any more selling points, Kenya boasts one of the widest arrays of wildlife. There are various wildlife conservancies including Maasai Mara and Lake Naivasha and of course Ol Pejeta, home to the last two Northern White Rhinos in the world.

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Open the stores: A look into the preservation of the museum collection The RLC Museum collection is cared for by two teams of staff; the three-dimensional objects and framed images and documents are looked after by the curators and the archivists care for the documents, books, photographs and audio-visual archives. While the old stores in the museum at Deepcut had some form of limited climate control, we had many problems with one of our off-site stores which was a converted garage on the main barracks. The building leaked regularly, the temperature was very difficult to control and it was also vulnerable to pests such as mice and rats. The new museum store was built specifically to hold the museum’s collection and the staff were able to have an input into the conditions that would be required. We can control the temperature and humidity in this new store which is essential for keeping the collection in the best possible condition. Many objects in the store are wrapped in acid-free tissue paper and then placed into boxes which keep the object in a stable micro-environment. Larger objects go straight onto the shelves lined with tissue paper or archival foam. We also use our old medal display case to store our medals and some statues. We store flat unframed artwork in map drawers and we have a secure cage for our weapons, all of which are deactivated as required by law. Most of the objects we have in the collection have been donated by the public, while a small number were purchased at auction. We are required by our Museum Accreditation standards overseen by the Arts Council England to ensure that before we take an

object into the collection, we must be able to care for it properly and we must have adequate storage for it. We have so many duplicates of certain objects that we only accept new examples under exceptional conditions. Other objects we are actively collecting as we are underrepresented in those areas. These include objects relating to the Army Catering Corps, Royal Pioneer Corps and personal items from members of The RLC serving in more modern theatres of war. When objects arrive in the collection they are quarantined. This is usually in the freezer, where they are wrapped in tissue and then sealed in a polythene bag at -38°C for a week and then slowly thawed, cleaned and vacuumed. After this, they are catalogued,

8 The temperature and humidity-controlled store helps to keep the collection in the best condition

photographed and put away until needed. Alongside the new permanent displays, we also have a program of temporary exhibitions which allow us to show more of our collection. We are also undertaking a digitisation project for our object collection where we hope to have an online searchable database linked from our website in early 2022. Since the move to Worthy Down, we have started a new inventory to make sure that everything we own is in the correct location. We have a specialised Collections Management database where all our objects, archives and photographs are catalogued. This allows us to know exactly what we have in the collection and where it is. This was essential when designing the new museum as we knew we were going to put on display many objects which had not been shown before and interpret them and the stories attached to them. 8 Objects are wrapped in acid-free tissue paper and placed in boxes to keep them in a stable micro-environment

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The RLC Horse-Drawn Heritage By Major Alison Shaw The RLC Horse-Drawn Heritage (H-DH) Team don’t need to be asked twice to ride out and display their green fleet of WW1 vehicles, so when The RLC Museum at Worthy Down agreed to support the team and asked them to parade a MK X GS wagon at the launch of the Museum on 17 May, the team naturally jumped at the chance. Our H-DH vehicles are now stored and displayed at the museum, which provides safe, dry and clean conditions to house the vehicles. However, after years of display events and transporting them from and then back into Deepcut Barracks, they had been looking a little the worse for wear and so, with the arrival of a new permanent home, the decision was taken to carry out some renovation work on the MK X GS Wagons and the Mk II Horse Ambulance. After much planning and a fair amount of logistics, the vehicles were transported to 7 Aviation Support Battalion REME’s MT department at the Army Flying Station, Wattisham, Suffolk. With encouragement from everyone in the department, team member LCpl Craig Salt then set about overseeing and carrying out the work to be done. The vehicles were stripped down as much as possible, with all brass and leather being removed for cleaning and treatment. All of the stripped-down parts and the main structures of the wagons were sanded down to remove multiple previous paint

layers wherever possible and a fresh undercoat was applied where needed with each wagon having two or three coats of fresh paint. A quality green paint of the correct colour was sourced and purchased with all vehicles using the same shade for period uniformity. Interestingly, what we routinely know as ‘Drab Green’ is called Tarragon Glory in the civilian world. Some metal work was also stripped and cleaned in an oil bath before reassembly, repairs were carried out where necessary i.e. some ambulance legs needed high pressure compression to straighten them so they would be functional again. LCpl Salt carried out most of the work, but was ably assisted by the staff on site when heavy lifting was required. The Motor Transport Warrant Officer (MTWO) and SSgt changed wheels on a wagon, remarking it’s not often they do that on a 1914 vehicle! The interest shown and support from everyone at the Station was invaluable and very much appreciated. Our vehicles came back to the museum looking almost as good as

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the day they were first made over a century ago, being positioned either in the museum itself or outside at the front for visitors to walk around and admire at the launch event. The museum had been officially opened the previous week by HRH the Princess Royal and the museum launch event was for a selected guest list due to COVID restrictions. Our trusty pair of regularly hired-in horses, Willy and Wiggie, were on fine form as they were harnessed into one of our Mk X GS wagons and driven round Worthy Down Barracks before arriving at the front of The RLC Museum to mark the start of the day's proceedings. Sgt Tony Bysouth and LCpl Craig Salt were in authentic WW1 period uniform as they drove the wagon and answered many questions from Hampshire’s Lord Lieutenant, Colonel Jon West - the Corps Colonel and interested guests. They even featured on Forces News and the local BBC and ITV News programmes. Everyone agreed that the horse-drawn wagon and period drivers were an excellent addition to the day and a fitting addition to the new museum that encompasses the history of logistics from mules to motors. Do come along to the museum to learn more about our interesting mix of WW1 Horse-Drawn Heritage green fleet vehicles and if you’re interested in joining the team, we’re looking for more volunteers. 8 Willy and Wiggie harnessed into the Mk X GS wagon

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#BritishArmyLogistics The Royal Logistic Corps Foundation exists to foster the relationship between The RLC, industry and academia; sharing best practice, knowledge and mutual understanding amongst logistics professionals. Exercise LOG SAFARI took place on the Bicester training area on 5 Aug 21. This was an opportunity for RLC Foundation members to engage with serving RLC officers and soldiers to discuss first hand, how their trade skills fit together within an operational environment. This display of operational capability showcased supply and distribution, ammunition technical services, food services, fuel and petroleum operations, air despatch, port and maritime and postal and courier operations. Foundation members were encouraged to take part in the numerous ‘hands-on’ trade stand demonstrations and this interactivity was very much enjoyed by the members. It was an excellent day all round the Foundation is very grateful for all the hard work put into this event by the organisers and the participating units. On 9 Sep 21, World Fuel Services (WFS) hosted a joint industry and military operational capability event at RAF Northolt. The morning session consisted of a series of presentations from WFS and RLC Petroleum Operators. These presentations focused on the Defence Fuels Management System, WFS Resilience and Technical Services and their inherent risks. In the afternoon, attendees visited a practical display on a whole range of refuelling operations featuring the Deployable Bulk Fuel Installation, truck refuelling, compliance fuel testing and quality assurance. Over 50 delegates attended and the Foundation would like to say a big thank you to WFS for hosting this excellent event. Dates for the diary: 8 30 Sep 21 – Military planning event hosted by 13 AASR at Colchester 8 Oct (date tbc) – TVS Supply Chain Solutions ‘Transition’ event for service leavers 8 03 Nov – RLC Foundation Awards Dinner at 29 Regt RLC

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Book review A Great Feat of Improvisation: Logistics and the British Expeditionary Force in France 1939-1940. Clem Maginniss. Publisher: Helion Company, 2021. Written by an ex-RLC officer, this well researched labour of love addresses not only the historic logistic void in the British Expeditionary Force’s operations, but also opens a broader analysis of the evolution of Britain’s land power sustainment in WW2 and beyond. Published as a series of well written essays, selective components of logistics are used to demonstrate their direct

8 A group of RLC Foundation members at Ex LOG SAFARI relationship to combat operations. This relationship is revealed through a series of constraints that logistics imparted on operations, but also the freedoms it offered if considered at an early stage. For readers following the contemporary debate surrounding the implementation of the Integrated Review and its associated Command Paper, there is much in this publication which demonstrates that at least conceptually, there is not a lot that is new under the logistic sun. Maginniss emphasises that even when the British Army was in its mechanised infancy, it started struggling with reducing the size and scope of administration and monopolizing the provision of air transport to enable urgent support to small armoured forces (pp.6061) in an attempt to cut the administrative umbilical cord (p.62). These military desirables were all focused on, successfully supporting mobile operations in a dynamic ground and air environment (p.63) – these phrases will no doubt sound familiar with those grappling with future logistic laydowns in support of the UK’s global defence aspirations. The author’s sources and referencing are excellent and offer any military logistician a wealth of information on doctrinal development, manufacturing challenges and the difficulties of fielding and supporting a land force across a broad spectrum of operations. This book is well worth the full cover price and will be a strong contender for inclusion in MGL’s Professional Reading List.

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LCPL DAVEY TIMMINS QGM By Brigadier Chris Murray CBE, Colonel Commandant of The Royal Logistic Corps On 15 June 2021,The Royal Logistic Corps was presented with Lance Corporal Davey Timmins’ Queen’s Gallantry Medal (QGM). The presentation was conducted at a poignant ceremony in the newly opened RLC Museum, where I had the honour of receiving Davey Timmins’ QGM and framed Citation from Cathy and Stephen Timmins, on behalf of the Corps. Present were key members of the Regimental Headquarters and, wonderfully, some of Davey’s colleagues from 11 EOD&S Regiment RLC, who had served with him and knew his family. Davey’s QGM has now joined the other gallantry medals that form part of the Corps’ Medal Collection. Davey Timmins was awarded his QGM for his gallantry as part of a High Threat IEDD team in Sangin, Helmand Province, in June 2009. A week later, Davey himself suffered life changing injuries from a victim operated IED that saw him being evacuated from Afghanistan and recovered to the hospital in Selley Oak, Birmingham; right alongside the young Sapper whose life he had saved the week before. Davey sadly passed away earlier this year and it was his fervent wish that his QGM be presented to the Corps. I was privileged to be the Director of The Royal Logistic Corps at the time of Davey’s gallant actions and his subsequent injuries. In 2009, the Afghanistan operation was undergoing a brutal phase and the Army was decisively engaged in a bitter fight in Helmand Province. The casualty rate was significant. In June, I visited Selley Oak hospital with my wife, to see all the RLC casualties whilst Davey was in intensive care. Sadly we had quite a few. The accompanying Warrant Officer mentioned that a young Royal Engineer soldier had heard that I was on the ward and was very keen to see me. He was the casualty on whom Davey had done such a great job the week before, with the amazing first aid he had administered in the middle of another roadside IED explosion. There was no doubt in this young Sapper’s mind that Davey had saved his life and this was reiterated by the medical staff who said 44

Davey had done such a professional job. The Sapper, selflessly, was keen to make sure that Davey’s efforts did not go unrecognised. A little later Davey was awarded the Queen’s Gallantry Medal (QGM) for his actions that day. During our visit, I met up with Davey’s mum and the family in a waiting room adjacent to the intensive care ward and I remember mentioning to her at the time that Davey had two families – their family and his Corps family. I told them they are also part of our family and I hoped they have felt the reassuring arm of The RLC around their shoulders ever since. We gratefully receive Davey’s medals into the Corps and they will be displayed with honour for generations

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The QGM Citation: QUEEN’S GALLANTRY MEDAL LANCE CORPORAL DAVID JAMES TIMMINS ROYAL LOGISTIC CORPS High Threat IEDD Infantry Escort Sangin, Helmand Province Jun 09

of RLC officers and soldiers and the general public to see. Everybody will recognise his extraordinary actions. Davey humbled us all by embodying the values that we all hope we could live up to when the call comes – those being ‘selfless commitment’ and of course putting ‘team before self’. Davey undoubtedly saved the life of another soldier who sustained horrific, life-changing injuries in an IED explosion. It was right and fitting that Davey was awarded the Queen’s Gallantry Medal, a rare award that made his family proud and us, his brothers and sisters in arms. Following the QGM presentation, the family was presented with a framed copy of The RLC Roll of Honour where Davey’s QGM is rightly recorded. We learnt from the family that Davey had been supporting a local Army Cadet Force unit in Glasgow following his discharge from the Army. They intended to create a ‘Davey Timmins QGM Memorial Trophy’ to be presented annually to the best Cadet in the detachment. We requested that The RLC be allowed to procure that trophy and told the family that the Corps would relish the opportunity to be there when it was first presented.

Lance Corporal Timmins, a member of a High Threat Improvised Explosive Device Disposal (IEDD) team, along with a Royal Engineers Search Team (REST), was tasked to provide support to 2 Rifles Battle Group during an operation to clear Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs). Fully aware of the risks, the teams started to clear the road and detected a victim operated lED (VOIED). The team pulled back to prepare for the disposal action. Whilst clearing a safe area, a second VOIED was initiated by a team member resulting in his traumatic injuries, Timmins’ reaction was immediate and despite the considerable risk to his own life, he quickly searched forward to the casualty, shouting assurances, reporting back to his commander and marking out a safe route for others to follow. On reaching the casualty he cleared a wide safe area and directed two other men to start first aid whilst he accounted for the team and provided support, in his primary role, to the IEDD Operator making the area safe. Returning to the casualty, Timmins assessed the situation and decided to take charge stemming the flow of blood quickly with well placed tourniquets, field dressings and HEMCON. He worked fast but highly effectively, remaining cool and calm. Throughout his deployment, Timmins’ incredible commitment has been pivotal to the sustainment of the enduring fighting spirit of the Joint Force Explosive Ordnance Disposal Group. His actions and selfless sacrifice are in the very finest traditions of the Service.

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1 Regiment The Royal Logistic Corps BICESTER CO: Lt Col H Cook • Adjt: Capt C Graham • RSM: WO1 J Halliday Over the last quarter, 1 Regiment RLC has deployed soldiers across the UK and Europe assisting with operations, facilitated other units’ training, conducted large scale squadron and regimental exercises and even managed to squeeze in some sport, all under the current COVID restrictions. 74 (Headquarters) Squadron 74 (HQ) Sqn has delivered and exploited a three-part study period to understand the challenges of sustaining a force in an urban environment. Using the case studies of Stalingrad, Jenin, Grozny and Raqqa, the officers, SNCOs and JNCOs unpacked historical details which will shape the understanding of modern operations. The day laid the groundwork for the urban sustainment deep dive and wargame planned for the autumn term, working alongside the LWC and international partners. 2 Close Support Squadron It’s been an exciting and challenging quarter for 2 CS Sqn. In January, the Sqn was deployed on an Op RESCRIPT task to the North West of England, providing drivers to support the North West Ambulance Service. This task fully embraced the concept of operations requiring small, delegated teams operating at reach to deliver effect. Following Easter leave, the team deployed to Pirbright to hone their basic fieldcraft skills, closely followed by a week away in Beckingham to conduct range training, in preparation for the Regimental Live Fire Tactical Training package in Warcop. In celebration of the teams’ efforts on Op RESCRIPT, the Regt delivered a coin presentation parade with the new Commander 101 Logistic Brigade as the inspecting officer. This day also marked WO2 (SSM) Stothard’s last day in the Army, following 24 years of outstanding service and the departure of Maj Jim Revell. The 46

Regt welcomed in a new SSM, WO2 (SSM) Phil Williams and OC Maj Andy Thackway. The new team hit the ground running deploying on Ex RHINO MARCH, a 2,000km driving exercise to Northern Scotland to test the Regt’s capabilities and taking the opportunity to meet face to face with the new paired regiment, 154 Regt RLC in Dunfermline. 12 Close Support Squadron 12 CS Sqn has also welcomed a new Command Team this quarter, OC Maj Damo Turner and WO2 (SSM) R Booth. Some of the Sqn has been deployed on Op CABRIT completing supply runs between the ports and dependents. Pte Ferguson and Pte Wyeth-Claridge deployed in Estonia in support of 1 MERCIAN, driving ambulances. They undertook specialist training on the vehicle, providing intimate support to the casualty evacuation chain and gained team medic qualifications. Back home, 12 Sqn completed Ex ADVANCING MEERKAT, a mounted exercise to develop basic skills. This exercise showed the new Combat Logisticians how they will conduct their role in an operational context and was excellent preparation for upcoming exercises in Denmark, Germany and Belize. 12 Sqn led the regimental effort at The Royal Logistic Corps Cycling Association (RLCCA) Championships where the team

8 From left to right. WO2 (SSM) ‘Spud’ Stothard, Maj Jim Revell, Maj Andy Thackway & WO2 (SSM) Phil Williams won the combined major unit award, with the mountain biking team winning the relay and were runners up in the time trial. 23 General Support Squadron As always, the suppliers of 23 GS Sqn have been supporting 1 AI Bde dependencies across the country; providing a 1LO team to 3 Rifles (Edinburgh), supporting the unit move of the RDG from Catterick to Warminster and providing a DOWO Clk in HQ LONDIST. Working within a truly unique setting such as Horse Guards was very satisfying. Built in 1759, it is home to the Headquarters Household Division, London District and Joint Military Command (London). Everyday has been challenging but exciting and with each day comes a new opportunity, ranging from supporting units to delivering assurance. Finally, a huge well done to the 1 Regt athletics teams, ably led by LCpl Weaver. He led the men’s team to victory and just as impressively the ladies team (all four of them) competed in every event, finishing the 4x100m relay before starting the 4x400m relay – demonstrating true #teamRHINO spirit. LCpl Weaver and Pte James have been invited to represent The RLC and the Army at athletics.

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3 Regiment The Royal Logistic Corps ABINGDON CO: Lt Col G Wincott • Adjt: Capt A Baldwin • RSM: WO1 R Conway At the time of writing, 3 Regiment RLC is deployed on Exercise RED TRINITY in the south of England, training for readiness for the Lead Armoured Task Force. This is the culmination of an incredibly busy training-focused quarter. Numerous exercises have taken place at sqn level in order to prepare every soldier for success, each sqn seizing the opportunity to test and refine both soldiering fundamentals and trade skills. This included a combination of exercises such at 35 Sqn operating dismounted in an urban environment as well as 32 Sqn refining troop level Tactics, Techniques and Procedures. 21 Squadron continues to gear up for their winter deployment on Operation CABRIT to Estonia and pre-deployment training is drawing their focus. Formed of a combination of Drivers, Logistic Supply Specialists, Chefs and attachments from the SPS and REME, the training has been broad and has included a comprehensive Transition to and Live Fire Tactical Training package amongst other trade specific training. Their training continues at pace before their deployment in the autumn. Despite the harsh demands of the training regime, members of the Regt have found time to have huge success in other areas. June saw 3 Regt RLC storm ahead in the Corps Athletics Championships with the female team clinching first place and the male team finishing a strong third. There were numerous triumphs in the Abingdon festival of sport against 4 Regt RLC where 3 Regt RLC were the overall victors. Other successes included the cricket team finishing second in the Corps T20 championships and the rugby team finishing the Naiva lura 9s unbeaten. Additionally, individual successes have come thick and fast including Pte Waterman winning best novice in the Corps MTB X-Country, Cpl McNeil securing a place in the Corps team for carp fishing and

SSgt Richardson competing for England in tug of war. With a continual thirst for knowledge, a highly successful leadership day took place to better prepare JNCOs for the next step on the promotion ladder. The day took the form of presentations, discussions and command tasks, drawing upon the wide skill sets of the soldiers. Welcome input from the Centre for Army Leadership has allowed the Regt to draw on the invaluable experience and knowledge of other external sources to better develop and refine its leaders. Other members of the Regt have sacrificed weekends to assist the future generation by providing training to local cadet units with over 400 cadets from across the county benefitting from the experiences. This has included leadership development and

8 21 Sqn completing the Cateran Yomp for ABF, The Soldiers’ Charity exposure to additional resources not normally available to cadets. This is highly rewarding for all involved, enabling soldiers to refine their instructional ability and for them to see a tangible difference in the cadets over time as they develop. A stunning charity endeavour was undertaken by 21 Sqn who completed the incredibly arduous Cateran Yomp with 18 soldiers rising to and exceeding the challenge. The yomp consisted of a 54-mile endurance walk over the arduous North Yorkshire hills raising a grand total of £6,000 which will go to support the fantastic work of the Army Benevolent Fund. A huge amount of preparation and training went into preparing for the challenge enabling the success of 21 Sqn. In summary, the Regt has had a busy quarter in all respects. The combination of exercises, sport and outreach has been highly taxing but rewarding. The Regt looks ahead to summer leave for a well-earned rest and wishes 21 Sqn the very best on their next Operation CABRIT deployment in the autumn. 8 Soldiers from the Regt dig in during the tug of war competition against 4 Regt RLC

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4 Regiment The Royal Logistic Corps ABINGDON CO: Lt Col A Gartside • Adjt: Capt J Critien • RSM: WO1 G Johnson Deploying the whole of 4 Regiment RLC on Ex BLACK EAGLE, while concurrently supporting the G7 Summit and hosting Commander 101 Log Bde in the field: these are examples of why the Regt continues to demonstrate its ability to do the basics right, while delivering on operations when called upon. All this hard work has paid off when members of the Regt were presented with numerous 4*, 2* and 1* commendations as well as the Freedom of Liverpool for their incredible work on Op RESCRIPT. 4 Close Support Squadron Life in 4 Sqn continues at pace, with recent activity including support to the G7 summit in Cornwall on Op TRELAWNY. Led by Lt Amy Grieve, a 4 Regt team, plus attachments from across the Army, were tasked to provide logistic support to Devon and Cornwall Police during this frenetic period of activity. Other commitments have included supporting the Defence Managed Quarantine System at the Defence Academy. Next, 4 Sqn will be delivering support to the Troop Commanders’ Course on Ex TIMBER TRUSS, preparing for the autumn exercise season and then completing some much-needed Adventurous Training to finish the year. 33 General Support Squadron This period, 33 Sqn has continued to support Op RESCRIPT, deployed on squadron and regimental exercises, such as Ex BLACK EAGLE and supported the Corps on Ex LOG SAFARI. With the effects from COVID still being felt around the Army, it isn’t surprising that the Sqn continues to provide support. Cpl Bhim Limbu and Cpl Santosh Gurung returned from London after successfully working on the vaccination roll-out programme. Sgt Gardiner continues to lead the demand processing cell which is responsible for processing 48

and co-ordinating all clinical stores for Defence Primary Healthcare’s overseas locations. Ex BLACK EAGLE tested how the Sqn would move vast quantities of ammunition in support of the Divisional Artillery Group under the Regt’s new role. This time also allowed some of the Sqn’s newest soldiers key experience to further learn their trade and to live in the field, far longer than many of them ever have before. 60 Close Support Squadron QOGLR 60 Sqn has deployed on various operations and exercises ranging from support to Op TRELAWNY to FIBUA training in Copehill Down. The Sqn has seized the opportunity to demonstrate its ability to adapt to ever changing environments and succeed on operations when needed. It was also a great opportunity to build JNCO leadership by testing their metal in a high tempo and demanding environment, enacting mission command at the lowest levels. 60 Sqn planned and ran Ex CAMBRIAN EAGLE, a Military Skills completion designed to select this

8 JNCO leadership was tested in a high-tempo demanding environment year’s Cambrian Patrol team. Nine teams from across the Regt battled it out over various stands ranging from compound clearing to military knowledge tests. Despite a valiant effort from 33 Sqn it was 60 Sqn who were the ones to beat. Winning a total of five out of seven stands and taking overall victory, the Sqn’s Cambrian patrol team look set to put in a sterling effort at the official competition in October. 75 Headquarters Squadron Since Easter 2021, the pace of operations has not slowed for 75 Sqn, even as it returns to normal working. A comprehensive programme of electronically delivered MATTs and scheduled PT by SSgt Wardle of the Training Wing and SSgt Michaelson-Yeates of the gymnasium, has allowed personnel to return fit and fully qualified. This has been reflected in the achievements of its personnel: Cpls Ametsikor and Detheridge have both deployed as vaccinators in support of the national vaccination programme against COVID. In the field of sport, Cpl Wilson, the Ops JNCO, was recognised for her deep commitment to RLC Rugby in the RLC Sports Awards and will receive her award in a ceremony in Bicester in October. 8 Ex BLACK EAGLE tested 33 Sqn ability to move large quantities of artillery ammunition

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6 Regiment The Royal Logistic Corps DISHFORTH CO: Lt Col A Richardson • Adjt: Capt H Suff • RSM: WO1 M Hickey By mid-July, the deployed element of 7 Regiment RLC has hit the half-way milestone on Op TOSCA 34 and the ROG has completed its role as the Light Brigade Mounting Group and is gearing up for Ex ASKARI STORM, Op VENTUS and many other commitments. Op TOSCA Life on Op TOSCA has continued to be busy for all those in Wolseley Barracks, Nicosia. Ops Coy has continued to patrol the Buffer Zone (BZ). There are always things to do on patrols, such as checking for drone activity in the skies, escorting workers or ensuring that the OPFOR are not committing violations. Patrols are varied between foot, bike, vehicle and helicopter which ensures the patrols stay fresh, irregular and protect the integrity of the BZ. The Deputy Chief of the General Staff, Lt Gen Sir Christopher Tickell KBE visited in June. During the visit, he received an operations brief, met the CO’s Reverse Mentors and conducted a bike patrol through the Centre AO. The UNFICYP Military Skills competition was another highlight, with teams from all the different sectors and nationalities competing for the top prize. The Sector 2 team, led by Lt Dyer, performed brilliantly throughout the entire competition and came away with the top prize – only the fourth time that Sector 2 has won in 41 years! The Mobile Force Reserve is co-located with UNFICYP HQ at Blue Beret Camp on the UN Protected Area (UNPA). They are held at readiness to respond to incidents that arise across the entire BZ. Throughout the sixmonth tour, the two platoons rotate weekly between being held at either two or four-hours’ notice to move (NTM). Whilst held at two hours NTM, the platoon conducts section commander led training. As the platoon on the shorter NTM, they are the first to be crashed out in the event of an incident or COP.

During the 6 Regt deployment, they have been stood up to provide a public order platoon in reserve for a demonstration in Nicosia, however it remained peaceful. The four hour NTM platoon carries out all other mandated duties. These include providing a four-person quick reaction force (QRF) to patrol the UNPA and an ambulance driver. Outside of these duties, there are plenty of opportunities to decompress using the many welfare facilities. Every week soldiers are also away conducting AT, gaining valuable qualifications and experience. 62 Sqn 62 Sqn deployed to Cottesmore Airfield on EX HALBERD MOUNT to command the Mounting Area for the JEF Lte Bde, in preparation for its deployment on Ex WESSEX STORM 21. 62 Sqn received over 1,800 soldiers from 1 Royal Irish Battle Group, Scots Dragoon Guards Battle Group and the Light Brigade Support Group. With support from 2 Battalion REME, 17 P+M Operational Hygiene Troop and Chefs from three Reserve Regiments, the Mounting Group re-fueled over 600 vehicles, fixed 35 of them (within a 24hr turn around) and produced 12,437 meals. Ex KANJAR CANTER was the collective training level CHARLIE validation of 62 Sqn which took place in May. The exercise

8 DCGS receives the Op TOSCA ops brief consisted of all four troops operating with each other in a contested battle space with a dispersed laydown spanning 124 miles. Tasked with optimising their role using deception, Materiel Troop used civilian vehicles, clothing and dummy sites to hide themselves. Meanwhile, the SHQ employed a civilian company, Intrepid Minds, to conduct experimentation using drones within a Composite Logistic Squadron. The capability proved most useful to conduct post action reviews. The exercise also enabled Troops to practice command and control while dispersed, in addition to achieving other collective training objectives. Ex HALBERD SPIRIT was a 158 Regiment led exercise, integrating both Regular and Reserve counterparts operating within a Composite Logistic Squadron. RV Troop, 62 Squadron deployed to Altcar Training Area and operated under command of 158 Regiment, acting as the Supply Troop for the duration of the exercise. With personnel from 159 Regt attached to RV Tp, this was Reserve and Regular integration on a large scale. Successfully working with one another, both Regulars and Reservists left the exercise with a clear picture of one another’s capabilities and roles and a solid relationship on which to build.

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7 Regiment The Royal Logistic Corps COTTESMORE CO: Lt Col D Groce MBE • Adjt: Capt D Smith • RSM: WO1 D Todd Despite the impact of COVID-19 and the resulting restrictions imposed, 7 Regiment RLC has remained busy throughout 2021 and participated in Op RESCRIPT, the WINTER PACKAGE and more recently, Ex WESSEX STORM. The latter exercise is directly linked to the Regt taking the lead as the Light Brigade Support Group 21 (LBSG 21). This journey started in late 2020, with Ex ORZEL DAWN preparing the RHQ and squadron elements and setting the foundations for success; this was shortly followed by CAST which saw the validation of the LBSG HQ. In March 21, 7 Regt officially assumed the LBSG lead from 6 Regiment RLC, providing 1 x LBSG HQ, 1x Logistic Sqn (68 Sqn) and 1 x BSA Sqn (617 Sqn), with the other framework force elements (FEs) coming from 3 MED (1 x Med Sqn) and 1 REME (1 x Equipment Support Coy). To put the hard preparatory work into practice, the Regt successfully deployed on Ex WESSEX STORM 1-2/21 over May/Jun 21, which was the final stage of validation for LBSG 21 (including HQ, 68 and 617 Sqns). This saw 7 Regt deploying and operating within a Bde construct and providing second-line support to the Scots DG & 1 R IRISH BGs from 7 Bde, in addition to various Bde troops. Looking ahead, in September, 9 Sqn will be deploying on Ex DIAMONDBACK. This is a US CT5 exercise conducted at the National Training Centre, FORT IRWIN in California. Over the period 21 Sep – 30 Oct 21, 9 Sqn will be subordinated to the US 215th Brigade Support Battalion (215 BSB), the first time a UK CSS sub-unit has done so, in support of the US 3 Armoured Brigade Combat Team (ABCT). The aim of Ex DIAMONDBACK is to enhance UK-US interoperability by deploying on a bi-lateral training exercise which will include complex live fire scenarios, CBRNE and a focus on trade interoperability throughout. 50

In preparation for this opportunity, 9 Sqn is heavily focussed on ensuring it is suitably trained, prepared and equipped for its deployment, which will ensure the basics are rehearsed and polished. Coupled with routine training, a weeklong Mission Specific Training package is to be delivered in late August, providing more focus on driver skills and drills and the running of a Bde Log RV. It will also incorporate important CBRNE training which is a particular focus

8 Deployed as the LBSG on Ex WESSEX STORM

8 LCpl Brewer and Pte Smith conquer the Three Peaks of the US and Ex DIAMONDBACK. In June, soldiers from 68 Sqn LCpl Brewer and Pte Smith undertook a twist on the Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge. Both individuals completed a 58-mile, 24hr endurance event, which incorporated two legs of the Three Peaks Challenge in aid of SSAFA; a great cause and event that required a significant amount of organisation, teamwork and endurance from two of the junior soldiers. Finally, as a Regt that prides itself on its history, 2021 marks the 60th anniversary of the formation of 7 Regt RLC. Hosted by the regimental messes through a combination of events, the Regt and its people, past and present, will mark this occasion in a fashion befitting its nature - a much-needed change of pace for a Regt that has been and remains very busy!

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9 Regiment The Royal Logistic Corps HULLAVINGTON CO: Lt Col J Brown • Adjt: Capt L Brooks • RSM: WO1 P Douglass Summer exercises and deployments have seen 9 Regiment RLC busy and committed as always, with over 150 SP deploying to ten different locations internationally. The gradual easing of COVID-19 restrictions have resulted in a taster of normality returning. Corps Colonel’s visit The Regt had the pleasure to host the Colonel RLC and Corps SM for a visit on 23 Jun 21. They received briefs via virtual reality (VR) headsets from Ex DEFENDER 21 and Op CATTALO. A traditional Gurkha curry lunch was then hosted by the newly formed 94 Sqn QOGLR at the Neeson Hut. Finally, Col West unveiled a painting by David Rowlands, commissioned by the Regt whilst deployed on HERRICK 18 and awarded ten LS&GC medals and two Royal Warrants in the Combined Mess an extremely proud moment for all recipients. Athletics The Regimental Athletics Team got the chance to stretch its legs recently, at the RLC Inter-unit Athletics Championships and the Inter-Corps Competition in Aldershot. The Regt entered both male and female teams, which both put in a strong effort. Stand out performances of the day included WO2 Gale who left the competition in the dust during the 3,000m steeple chase and Pte Ramasima, who came away with two gold medals in discus and javelin. Several of 9 Regt’s soldiers qualified for the Inter-Corps in June helping lead The RLC to first place men’s and second place women's titles. Rugby Normality slowly settled in when the Regt resumed rugby training in mid-May; although many of the high-calibre players have been training at local clubs around Hullavington. With four weeks to go before the Naivalurua 9’s

League competition, training intensified to meet the demands of the upcoming tournament and it is testament to the excellent coaching staff, that the team performed so well. Having obtained the highest overall points difference of any team in the pool stages, the Panthers were into the final against 12 Regiment RA, who after extra time and the golden point, scored a drop goal to take the cup. Football After a long 12 months without any football, the return of Army football in April was most welcome and allowed regimental level football to recommence. Full-time training resumed, and footballing fitness rebuilt. Friendly matches have

8 Rugby finally resumed in May already been played against local units in preparation for the 21/22 season. The squad has seen a lot of new faces assigned in from Phase 2 and this has made 9 Regt an exciting place to be for football. Goodbyes This summer sees a big changeover of key personalities in the Regt including the Commanding Officer (Lt Col Brown), the 2IC (Maj Roberts), OC 66 Sqn (Maj Cornwell) and the QM (Maj Ashley). The Regt would like to thank them for everything they have done during their tenure and wish them luck for the future.

Ex PANTHERS PACE – by Lt Montgomery Ever been to Dartmoor before? Its filled with hillwalking, climbing and mountain biking galore. Two weeks of AT, 9 RLC had in store. Organised by LCpl Sandesh. The exped was a rousing success. Smothered by fantastic British weather, in the South-West. The hill-walking took place across the moor. Trudging each day until Capt Jones’ feet were sore. Still, what a challenge! They all wanted more. The mountain biking was taken in its stride. SSgt McGivern with electric peddling by his side. Everyone else had to work, to get themselves uphill. The occasional downhill to provide a thrill. The rock climbing took place over several crags and quarries. Those in need of stretch-learning, were Lt Montgomery’s quarry. With vertical ascents being the plan of attack. There were cries of “take in” as the rope went slack. All in all, it was a fantastic respite. Much needed team building seldom practiced for time. Imbuing belonging, confidence, and the rest. Ex PANTHERS PACE... A completed quest.

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10 The Queen’s Own Gurkha Logistic Regiment ALDERSHOT CO: Lt Col G R Sugdon • Adjt: Capt R Melhuish • RSM: WO1 M Rana 10 QOGLR continues to push forward as the Army emerges from the limitations of COVID-19 by engaging in a wide variety of trade and infantry training. While aligned to the UK Standby Battalion, 10 QOGLR has been on high readiness over the summer, ready to move at a moment’s notice in order to provide domestic support to the British Government. In addition, much like the rest of our diverse Corps, the Regiment regularly detaches its personnel across the Army and wider Defence. ITC Catterick Cpl Sonic of 28 Sqn has recently returned from ITC Catterick, where he was an instructor in Gurkha Company, the Phase 1 training unit for new intake Gurkhas. Remembering how his own instructor motivated him to be a better soldier every day, so too was it a privilege for Cpl Sonic to teach, lead and motivate young Nepalese men, into refined and professional soldiers. It was a proud moment to serve alongside Gurkhas from across all the different cap badges, working together towards a single cause. Furthermore, Gurkha Coy gave a very different perspective from regimental life, with a deep insight to the Gurkha Kaida (traditions) and the value of it. A challenging and exciting two years, serving as an instructor was a dream of Cpl Sonic’s for a long time. “Looking to the young boys who were developing every day and turning into refined Gurkha soldiers and finally marching onto parade square for their pass out parade making their family relatives, friends and themselves proud, was the best part of my tenure in Gurkha Coy as an Instructor,” he recalls. Cpl Sonic was immensely proud to be awarded with the Commandant’s Trophy as the best section commander, presented by the Secretary of State for Defence, The Right Honourable Ben Wallace MP. 52

1st Battalion, The Royal Gurkha Rifles Corporal Bijay Hirachan spent just over two years with 1RGR as a 1st Line Optimisation JNCO, including a deployment on Op TORAL. Tasked with looking after all the British vehicles deployed in theatre, the job was a demanding one, not least because he was essentially the only member of the Regt with enough LS(S) trade knowledge to run the accounts. Even the QM had to occasionally turn to Cpl Bijay for help and advice; an opportunity he stepped up to boldly. “The culture within the RGR was very different to what we see in the QOGLR,” remarked Cpl Bijay. “I was made to feel extremely welcome and I learned a lot both on the infantry side and for my trade.” Despite being a demanding job, Cpl Bijay learned a great deal that he has since taken forward with him. “It was a game changer in terms of learning trade,” he said. “It had a very positive effect and was a hugely influential time for me.” Standing Joint Command Captain Pawan Sherchan has returned to 1 Sqn as its 2IC. He recently spent six months deployed with Standing Joint Command (SJC), as the SO3 team member for the J5 Future Plans department. SJC

8 The Regt has been engaging in a wide variety of infantry training

delivers the Defence contribution to UK resilience operations in support of government departments. Working in a joint environment, it proved to be a complete change from regimental duty and other jobs within The RLC. Capt Pawan spent much of his time at SJC preparing for high-profile events, such as the G7 meeting in Cornwall and for any post-Brexit issues concerning the United Kingdom’s land border with the European Union. “Much of my training had to be done on the job, I was given very little notice for the trawl,” he said. “It was a great opportunity to see how things operate at the higher level. It’s not normally something we consider day to day when working within a regiment.” Closing thoughts The Regt's excellent soldiers will continue to be at readiness to support the MOD in a variety of capacities. The QOGLR will continue to support the wider MOD through detaching its highly trained and effective soldiers to a variety of units and taskings. The Regt's professionalism and unique ethos remains, quite rightly, in high demand.

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11 Explosive Ordnance Disposal & Search Regiment RLC DIDCOT CO: Lt Col M Miller • Adjt: Capt R Dunbar • RSM: WO1 S Soper During the second quarter of 2021, 11 EOD & Search Regiment RLC has continued delivering EOD and Search MACA operations in the UK and overseas Ammunition Technical Support. The Regt completes more than 2,500 MACA tasks (as part of Op TAPESTRY) every year, which is a significant undertaking. This article will focus on other opportunities for Ammunition Technicians across the wider Army and Defence. Sgt Jason Tucker – Shorncliffe Troop, 621 EOD Sqn Having served 12 years as an Ammunition Technician, there is a common misconception within the trade that leaving the ‘mainstream’ is of little benefit or even damaging to one’s career. Whilst there are some negatives to seeking employment outside of EOD or Kineton Depot, I hope to dispel the myths associated with that notion. I began my career at ATSG Kineton, learning the basics of ammunition. When the opportunity to post to 2 MI Battalion arose, I jumped at the chance and soon deployed on Op HERRICK 16 in the weapons intelligence role. Having worked as a No 2 Operator, I passed the Class 1 course and deployed to BATUS, where I gained experience working within a foreign ammunition depot, taking advantage of the opportunity to travel and learning to ski. I have deployed to the Falklands and Pakistan, training and mentoring foreign forces on Materiel and Personnel Exploitation. On promotion to Sergeant, I was attached to the Royal School of Artillery, before moving on to serve within 11 EOD&S Regt as an EOD Operator. Having recently promoted to SSgt, I am looking forward to the rewarding and challenging role of assuming the position as an instructor at DEMS Kineton. The only real negative I’ve experienced is temporary skill fade, however very few postings keep all

of our skills ‘sharp’. In my opinion, gaining knowledge of how the wider Army (and RLC) works and the career opportunities presented, far outweighs any negatives. It could be argued that taking the route I chose ,will shape me into a ‘jack of all trades’; however, I believe it has made me a well-rounded technician and soldier. Life outside 11 EOD & Search Regiment RLC Located close to the historic town of Saffron Walden is Carver Barracks Wimbish (CBW). The barracks has a deep and rich history originating from the 1930s. During WW2, its primary purpose was to house units from the RAF and US Airforce. In recent times, it has become the hub of Explosive

8 STARTER – the EOD RCV used in the UK and overseas on operations

8 35 Engr Regt having some difficulty in the ‘EOD world’

Ordnance Disposal (EOD) for operational units. Three regiments are based at Carver Barracks (33 and 35 Engineer Regiments plus the Garrison Support Unit) and together they work tirelessly to provide EOD operations across the world. The Regts have a mixture of RLC, Royal Signals and Royal Engineer personnel all working together in close knit teams providing EOD & search capabilities for overseas operations. There are many advantages to being posted to CBW. The list of deployments is varied and often includes four to six-month deployments to places such as Mali, but can often involve two to six week Short Term Training Teams (STTT), range clearances and training exercises in a variety of locations across the globe. With a multi cap badge unit, there is a healthy rivalry within CBW regarding aspects of training and sport. CBW has a deep-seated sporting ethos which only strengthens the bonds. This in turn transfers to the working life on camp. Overall, this is a posting that allows a soldier to hone their skills in EOD whilst also enjoying the comradery of being collocated on a single site.

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13 Air Assault Support Regiment RLC COLCHESTER CO: Lt Col J Beere • Adjt: Capt O Todd • RSM: WO1 G Patterson From late May to early July over 106 personnel from across 13 Air Assault Support Regiment RLC deployed to Cyprus operating a Forward Mounting Group (FMG) to successfully launch 16 Air Assault Brigade onto operations in Jordan in support of Defence’s strategic objectives. The FMG enabled the arrival and onward projection of over 250 soldiers from the Bde into Jordan. It inloaded all key stores, over 50 vehicles and tonnes of ammunition. The FMG delivered over 20 tonnes of key stores and equipment via Air Despatch into Jordan and fed a force of over 430 SP for four weeks, delivering thousands of meals. In addition, the FMG trained Bde units in helicopter landing skills using Cyprus-based RAF Griffin helicopters. Ex JOINT WARRIOR 3 Para Battle Group and specialist units deployed to Salisbury Plain in April 2021 on EX JOINT WARRIOR to validate the AMBG for very-high-readiness deployments. 13 AASR’s commitment to the battle group is to provide quality second-line re supply from the BSG through the A2, A1 and finally supplying the F Echelon. Aligned to 3 Para, 82 Squadron conducted its own basic troop level training and a platform weapons operators' course before deploying on the validation stages of the exercise. Close support and general supply troops operated from the designated SPOD/APOD

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throughout the deployment with Airborne Troop integrating within the A2 Echelon supporting the vital movement of commodities through the supply chain. The Troops’ efforts throughout were highly regarded by the BG and they were praised by A2 Echelon commander, who was impressed with their ability to support the CO’s intent and deliver the desired effects. CLR integration On 7 Jun 21, the Commando Logistic Regiment kindly hosted a team of officers, warrant officers and NCOs for three days. The aim of the visit was to re-establish the professional relationship between 13AASR and CLR following the recent lockdowns. The team was welcomed by the LS Sqn on Bottom Field, before conducting a series of cross briefs on its concept of employment and upcoming training activities. Personnel then split into their areas of expertise, to conduct workshops and discuss current and future capabilities. This visit will hopefully see the strong ties between the two regiments renewed and training opportunities identified for the future. Troop Commanders’ Course visit 13AASR welcomed the TCC to Brize Norton in late May to give them an insight to the Regt’s unique

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capabilities. 47 AD Sqn delivered a regimental presentation and the new troop commanders and an in-depth capability tour of 47 AD’s hangar. SMEs from the Sqn offered their specialist knowledge and explained the unique role air despatch offers to Defence and civilian organisations. 63 Sqn also delivered an ‘entry to theatre’ demonstration displaying the range of capabilities that a task Sqn in 13AASR has to offer. A great opportunity to display the Regt’s capabilities to these future leaders. Land Survival Course The week consisted of four days covering topics such as; protection, location, water and food in a permissive environment. Led by SERE instructors, Sgt Rayner and Sgt Paterson, from 47AD Sqn, the students learnt how to build animal traps and snares and learnt about the nutritious content of insects when eaten raw - although they are more palatable when cooked! P-Company In June, the Regt saw seven soldiers complete All Arms Parachute Selection (P-Coy). A very special mention to Pte Octave, who was the P-Coy champion.

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17 Port & Marine Regiment The Royal Logistic Corps SOUTHAMPTON CO: Lt Col V Crompton MBE • Adjt: Capt N Brown • A/RSM: WO2 C Bruce The South Coast is an exceptional place to be in the summer and 17 Port and Maritime Regiment RLC has made the most of it during the summer months. The Unit has continued to deploy personnel across the globe supporting the drawdown from Afghanistan, the outload of Ex DEFENDER 21 and providing the ship to shore capability to the Littoral Response Group (North). The Regt also said a fond farewell to WO1 RSM Mark Calverley, prior to him taking up a new role within Army HQ. Ex SEAHORSE STRIKE 87 SP from across the Regt, plus reservists from 165 Regt RLC deployed on Ex SEAHORSE STRIKE. The exercise was conducted at Longmoor Training Area, utilising both rural areas and the Urban Training Complex, which provided an unfamiliar and testing environment. The exercise was split into two one-week exercises with the second week a mirror image of the first. The ECO (Sgt Doherty) embraced the ‘crawl, walk, run’ approach and designed the exercise to allow all exercising troops to be empowered. During the first half of the week, soldiers received various lessons which enhanced the skills learnt in the TL ALPHA phase. This allowed soldiers to fail and then learn in a safe environment, while being coached and mentored by the DS. During the second half of the week, the exercising troops were put through their paces with numerous exciting but challenging serials. Each serial was different, presenting multiple threats to ensure all were tested. Most had never operated in an urban environment before, which made each serial even more complex. To enhance serials, the DS made use of a smoke machine, noise simulators and the DTES kit. This equipment was worn by both the exercising troops and the enemy,

which added bags of realism. The final serial was the most complex and incorporated all the training the exercising soldiers had received, which was seen by HQ 104 Log Bde, during its visit. The exercise concluded with a freshly cooked breakfast and was followed with some well-deserved recognition, with the 53 Sqn OC (Maj Dickerson) handing out a number of OC’s awards. Sgt Doherty’s planning and execution was exceptional, with his own vision to empower at all levels, paying off with some clear leadership talent displayed across the board. Overall, the exercise was a great success with some very positive feedback from both the exercising troops and DS. All the SP earned the golden ticket and deployed to Cyprus on Ex LION STAR 5 in July. Littoral Response Group (North) (LRG(N)) 22 personnel from the Regt deployed with LRG(N). The Detachment included Port Operators, Mariners and Marine Engineers, a Combat Support Boat and Mexeflote. Tasked with supporting 29, 45 and 47 Cdo, embarked upon RFA MOUNTS BAY and HMS ALBION, the Group conducted a series of exercises off Scotland before sailing into the Baltic Sea to train alongside

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NATO partners conducting amphibious operations. Charged with the load, discharge and rapid deployment of all vehicles and equipment, the Detachment assisted 3 Cdo Bde in ongoing experimentation for Littoral Strike, utilising small teams, to strike hard and rapidly, before recovering. The RLC Detachment provided valuable skills to help enable this, working at pace to offload offshore raiding craft and load landing craft with the ships crane. The Mexeflote delivered the heavy armoured support where needed. ENSIGN ESCAPE In support of Mental Health Awareness Week, WO2 SSM Bruce lead a team of 25 soldiers into the New Forest with the aim of ‘unplugging’ themselves for 24hrs. Removing themselves from technology allowed the team to focus on reconnecting with each other, discussing issues and exploring mechanisms to cope with the stress of relentless communication. The team conducted a 12km hike to a camping location where they were taught bushcraft skills by Sgt Pothecary and WO2 Tonu. An excellent event that was well received by all who took part.

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25 Training Regiment The Royal Logistic Corps LECONFIELD CO: Lt Col R Amor• Adjt: Capt C Woods • RSM: WO1 T Rennie In sports, Sgt Orrell picked, trained and lead a team at the RLC Athletics Competition. The team performed above all expectations and walked away with the Minor Unit’s Award. In addition, Cpl May lead a team at the Open Water Championships which saw members placing highly in all age categories. The Sqn played 170 Engineers at cricket and members of 109 Sqn completed the Outlaw Triathlon, a gruelling 1.2-mile swim, 56-mile bike ride and a half marathon to finish. Internally, 109 Sqn had the pleasure of hosting the first CO shield event for 25 Regiment RLC. The hockey tournament, run by Cpl Jordan, almost saw 109 Sqn victorious, if it were not for a tactical substitution from the RHQ Team who ultimately won the day. Nevertheless, it was a good start to the competition and thoroughly enjoyed by all. Lastly, 109 Sqn’s own Cpl Middleton organised two charity events in support of prostate cancer which together raised £2,400. The first of these saw 10 members of the Regt individually run 100 miles each in the month of April. The second saw members from all over the Regt cover 993 miles in a 24-hour period. In total, the Regt covered 1,993 miles - a fantastic effort! 110 Squadron It has been another busy, proactive and exciting quarter for 110 Squadron. Despite the

ever-changing circumstances, the Sqn has remained completely operational in the management and training of RLC trainee soldiers, successfully posting over 200 Soldiers to the Field Army. The Sqn has also been conducting continuation training activities including a visit to Stonefall Cemetery, a Commonwealth War Graves Site, organised by Cpl Marsh. There has also been a visit to the Royal Armouries in Leeds organised by Cpl Ranatora and a visit to the brand-new Corps Museum organised by Cpl Penfold. The Sqn Ops team also had the pleasure to lead/plan the restarting of the 4x4 competition Exercise ROADMASTER at DST for the British Army Motorsport Association.

8 Cpl Middleton 1,000-mile prostate cancer run

Currently the Sqn is leading on the planning of the RLC Military Skills Competition planned to take place in October and has also successfully started a three-week level two Adventure Training package being delivered from the Corps Lodge at the Lower Gillerthwaite Field Centre in the Lake District. This package is a regimental effort delivering AT to Initial Trade Trainees and is being delivered by Capt Blackwood and Sgt Orrell. This period has seen the appointment of Maj Colin Taylor RLC as the Regimental Second in Command and the handover of 109 Squadron from Maj Matt Lee RLC to Maj Cathryn Richardson RLC. Maj Lee has been with the Regt over the last two years and has overseen its move from Deepcut to DST and its continued operation throughout COVID-19. He has played a key role in establishing the Regt within DST and for setting it up for success in the future. A huge thanks from the team and best of luck in your new role as the Quartermaster at 9 Regiment RLC. 8 Cpl May and the team at the open water swimming

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27 Regiment The Royal Logistic Corps ALDERSHOT CO: Lt Col D J Fisher MBE • Adjt: Capt A Heathwaite • RSM: WO1 R Simpson Away from the glamour of the Palaces and Public Duties, the remainder of 27 Regiment RLC has been working hard towards the unit’s validation on Ex IRON VIPER. Continuous trade training, MATT training and commitments to SSET interspersed with some fun sporting challenges has made for a fun summer term. The Wolfpack also took part in the 101 Logistic Brigade Military Skills competition. A superb array of events saw soldiers testing their mental agility, physical strength and military knowledge. The added twist of being focussed around some of the more senior members of the Regt was well received. A special thanks to 4 Regiment RLC for the coordination of a challenging and rewarding event. With some restrictions being lifted, the Regt has taken advantage of the sporting opportunities that have been reinstated. The Lewis Memorial Trophy was eagerly challenged by all sub-units with a sports day, including the fiercely contested rugby and football tournaments providing spectacular entertainment for both competitor and spectator. 19 Squadron hosted a well-executed military skills

8 The Regt is working towards its validation on Ex IRON VIPER in the autumn

8 LCpl Davis organised the first regimental deep sea fishing competition

competition and, despite having to battle with the heat, put together a great event to round off the year of competition. Outside of unit competition, the regimental rugby team was victorious in the Williamson Trophy. The final saw The Wolfpack take on 17 Port and Maritime Regiment in a nail-biting match, that meant 27 Regiment was crowned champions of the nine major units that entered. The gymnasium staff have been focussing on the unit’s health and wellbeing through a successful health fair as well as providing specific additional physical training for those that have needed assistance in returning from illness and injury. The creation of a ‘Wolf Troop’ has allowed soldiers to focus on their physical rehabilitation for a

month-long period and has meant that they have been able to return to work better prepared and with the correct knowledge and tools to hopefully remain healthy and fit for the future. The Regt will now look to take this success forward with further iterations in the future. Prior to the summer leave period squadrons found time to deploy on adventurous training packages within the UK, that will enable more arduous training to take place next year. The rejuvenation of Wednesday sports afternoons has seen some more obscure and less popular sports become increasingly appealing. A particular thanks to LCpl Davis who, as Angling 2IC, organised the first 27 Regiment Deep Sea Fishing Competition. The Regt’s 19 Vincentians were clearly affected by the La Soufriere volcano eruption but, far from letting their concern take over, they rallied impressively to collect food and raise money and awareness of the tragic events. Their efforts, led by SSgt Murray of 91 Sqn and at a time constrained by COVID restrictions, is certain to have made a huge difference to those that need it most. Autumn will bring new challenges to many. Ex COMMAND WOLF and Ex CHEMICAL WOLF will test individual trade skills and the ability to sustain within a 21st Century battlespace, all in preparation for the culminating validation exercise prior to Christmas.

8 The 101 Log Bde Mil Skills competition was hosted by 4 Regt

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29 Regiment The Royal Logistic Corps SOUTH CERNEY CO: Lt Col J Symons • Adjt: Capt G Garner • RSM: WO1 A Burrell Home to the Movement Control and Postal & Courier Operator trades, personnel from 29 Regiment RLC are given endless opportunities through exercises, operational tours and assignments which allow them to experience and excel in environments across the Army, Defence and NATO. Movement Controllers across the UK Movement Controllers are often given the opportunity to work across different Regional Command Headquarters around the UK. These postings not only allow Movement Controllers to gain a wider knowledge of their trade, but also give them the opportunity to have a more flexible and varied choice in their employment location. Within a Movement Controller team in a Regional Command detachment, you will typically find a Warrant Officer Class 2, Staff Sergeant, two Corporals and two Private soldiers. These small teams are responsible for all movement tasks within the Area of Responsibility (AOR) for their designated Regional Brigade Headquarters. Working within a 1* HQ allows personnel within a broad rank range, particularly junior soldiers, to experience working outside of the regimental environment. It's a fantastic opportunity to develop professionally within a new environment and to gain an insight into the bigger picture of logistic planning. Postal & Courier Operators working in Europe Whilst Movement Controllers are given the opportunity to work within any region of the UK, alongside a variety of operational deployments, Postal & Courier Operators are afforded opportunities for assignments to various NATO Headquarters such as Naples, Italy and Brussels to name but a few. 58

8 29 Regt RLC Movement Controllers deployed attached to 3 Commando Brigade in Gibraltar

Typically, as part of the Forces Post Office (FPO) within these headquarters, Postal & Courier operators will work with a team of four civilians whilst covering the roles of Sorting Office Clerk and Counter Clerk on a weekly rotation. This means that a Postal & Courier Operator is responsible for all cash withdrawals by UK military personnel and their dependants, ensuring all mail is processed appropriately and conducting weekly road moves to the British embassy to process any regular or diplomatic mail they might have. Assignments to NATO Headquarters allow Postal & Courier Operators to further enhance their trade knowledge whilst giving them the opportunity to work within a multi-national environment. Working in Army HQ Although both trades are afforded excellent opportunities to work across Defence and outside of regimental duty, all of the Regt’s soldiers have the opportunity to volunteer for assignments outside of their trade. A fine example of this is Staff

Sergeant Dean Nelson, a Postal & Courier Operator who has spent the majority of his career with 29 Regiment RLC, 24 Regiment (prior to its disbandment) and at ATR Pirbright as a Section Commander. However, after championing the Army LGBT community, he volunteered and was successful in receiving an assignment as a part of the Diversity & Inclusivity team within Army Headquarters. “It has been a steep learning curve and I guess the best bit of advice I could give anybody is to try and understand how the Army works as a whole and why. I would encourage others to look for a job outside of normal regimental life at some point during their careers, as it really does open your eyes to the bigger picture and is a great chance to build a professional network of friends.” SSgt Nelson Looking forward With the summer coming to a close and heading into Autumn, the Regt expects a busy autumnal period with the JAMC continuing to support Defence activities worldwide. The Regt is also looking forward to deploying on Ex KHANJAR OMAN in September. Finally, with the lifting of COVID-19 restrictions, the Regt hopes to deploy its winter sports teams for competitive events this winter.

8 A Postal and Courier Operator from 29 Regt RLC at BFPO, Northolt

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The Defence EOD, Munitions and Search Training Regt BICESTER CO: Lt Col M Long QGM • Adjt: Capt C Parsons • RSM: WO1 Tom Kowalewski RE Training has continued at pace within DEMS Training Regiment. The instructors in AT Troop have said farewell to the 2002 AT Class 2 course which graduated in June. It was a proud day for the studwickes complaents and instructors alike and the course was presented with its certificates and AT badges by Maj Handy, the Regimental 2IC. The MacArthur Cup was awarded to LCpl Chen, who was the best overall student. The new ATO course has started and the students have fully embraced the hard work that is required. The instructors were delighted to see all the officers pass the Land Service Ammunition (LSA) phase at the first attempt – a first in a generation. The challenging LSA phase builds the foundation for the remainder of the course and the Regt hopes to see them maintain this positive start. The instructors in Muns Trg Sqn, have commenced a self-help programme to improve the learning environment for trainees. The new training suites, coupled with 3D printed training aids and the skilful use of class studies, have proved their worth and reduced the monotony of classroom lessons. The Advanced EOD Operator Course (AEOC) is a physically and mentally demanding course that tests the individual’s ability to deal with primary and secondary IED threats in permissive and non-permissive environments. The pass-rate of this complex course has historically been low. Cognitive ability plays a big part in being successful on the course. Mental preparation is one the most difficult elements to address prior to attending AEOC and candidates often underestimate the mindset that is required for success. As a result, under Project

LEWIS, a structured AEOC briefing day has been introduced, where potential students are invited to the Felix Training Area for a one-day package outlining expectations and to dispel myths. In addition, the introduction of an ‘in-test’ covering IEDD SOPs and Key Safety Points approximately six weeks prior to start of course, acts as a mechanism to confirm understanding. As a result, over the last 12 months there has been a consistent rise in AEOC pass-rates from 25% to an incredible 66%. Project LEWIS is not a stand-alone success story; investing in the Continual Professional Development of instructors has also been a key contributing factor. Members of the Regt are currently attending a High-Performance Coaching Programme to strive for personal betterment and improved clarity, confidence, connection and purpose. They will be better equipped to identify the learning style of each student and how they perform under specific types of pressure and it will be interesting to see if this positively affects pass-rates. Search Sqn has struck a mutually beneficial agreement with 1 Regt

8 LCpl Chen is awarded the MacArthur Cup by Maj Nick Handy Regimental 2IC Inset: A student on the Advanced EOD Operator Course marks a safe lane in the morning sun

RLC for members of the Regt to form a team on search courses when student allocations are lower than expected. This allows training courses to flow with full numbers, meaning all students get the full experience. It also means more DEMS instructors can be brought up to standard when arriving in the Regt and for 1 Regt it means they receive top quality training to better enhance their VP360 drills, ready for operations. Organised sport returned to DEMS with the Regt hosting a cycling time trial event attended by members of DEMS, Bicester Garrison and 241 Signal Sqn. Organised by Cpl Trotman (Search Sqn), this was the first regimental sporting event for over 12 months and the atmosphere at the start line was a reminder of how important sport can be to unit cohesion. With 30 competitors taking part, the CO took the prize for fastest time on a hybrid/mountain bike with OC Search Sqn taking home the first place for the road bike contingent. Buoyed by the success of the event, future competitions are planned with running and triathlon events in the pipeline.

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150 Regiment The Royal Logistic Corps HULL CO: Lt Col D Aspin • Adjt: Capt B Walters • RSM: WO1 B Stephenson As the COVID-19 restrictions have eased, 150 Regiment RLC has been able to conduct more training opportunities in person, whilst maintaining the necessary force health protection measures. There has also been a number of changes within the Regimental Headquarters, with the Executive Officer, Maj John Mageean, handing over his role to Maj Anthony Harrison and the Regimental Sergeant Major WO1 (RSM) Paul Berry handing over to WO1 (RSM) Bianca Stephenson in early August. The Commanding Officer and all members of 150 Regiment RLC thank both Maj Mageean and WO1 Berry and welcome Maj Harrison and WO1 Stephenson.

them. After a fierce competition, 523 (HQ) Sqn pipped 217 Sqn to the poll position by one point and took home a well-deserved trophy and selection of medals.

Exercise MIDDLETON AGILE Ex MIDDLETON AGILE was 150 Regiment RLC’s summer sports weekend that worked towards the Marshall Trophy, the annual sporting award given to the most successful sub-unit. Whilst some elements of the weekend were forced to be altered by COVID-19 restrictions, the spirits of those competing were not dampened and members of the Regt got stuck into the array of sporting activities that were offered; football, rugby, mountain biking, volleyball, badminton, table tennis and shooting on electronic clays, air rifle, DCCT and archery. The event then culminated in the highly contested Tug of War competition. The array of different sports meant that even those who had an injury were able to participate in an event that suited

Adventurous Training After a long break from being able to participate in any Adventurous Training (AT), members of the Regt launched themselves at the two opportunities that came up in the early summer months of 2021. Exercise HALBERD HIGHLANDER was a 102 Brigade led summer mountaineering trip to the Knoydart peninsular on the west coast of Scotland. Over five days, including a lot of travelling, fourteen 102 Brigade personnel, with two members of 150 Regiment RLC, walked through some of the most remote terrain in the UK from Inverie to Glenfinnan. This expedition not only allowed the two 150 Regiment RLC members to gain more summer mountaineering experience in an often-forgotten part of the Scottish Highlands, but

8 523 Sqn with their medals and trophy it also was an excellent opportunity for them to get to know members of the Brigade HQ better and forge some stronger working relationships after a long period of mainly remote working. Maj Long, QM 150 Regiment RLC, then planned and delivered Exercise NORTHERN ADVENTURE, a two week AT expedition to the Lake District at the end of July that aimed to offer opportunities to as many people as possible. Despite numbers being limited by the accommodation, three groups of reservists were able to participate, with the Adjutant delivering both summer mountaineering and rock climbing. Three members of the Regt were able to gain their Summer Mountaineering Foundation award, a key steppingstone on their journey to gaining more qualifications in both summer mountaineering and other mountaineering disciplines. Look forward 150 Regiment RLC offers a huge number of opportunities to all of its members, from trade training to sports and AT. The Regt has a number of different activities and exercises planned over the coming months, with the main focus being Exercise HALBERD DAWN, the Brigade training exercise in October 2021. 8 217 Sqn Tug of War Team

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151 Regiment The Royal Logistic Corps CROYDON CO: Lt Col D Taylor • Adjt: Capt T Joyce • RSM: WO1 W Bromyard Summer has brought with it rain and a greater emphasis on physical training following the gradual easing of restrictions. With the knowledge gained from the rapid adoption of virtual training, 151 Regiment RLC is in an excellent position to move forward using all the available means to make training accessible, imaginative and relevant. The TRIDENT series of exercises continues but with an increasing focus on deploying to Cyprus on Exercise LION STAR in September. The overseas deployment is a highly anticipated event in the calendar following a year of lockdowns and will be a welcome trip abroad for many. Exercise TRIDENT TRADE (21-22 May) allowed members of the Regt to test their driving, culinary, communications, administration and medical skills on the Aldershot Training Area. 60 soldiers were engaged in various skills and competency training which included the Regt’s three EPLS, 15t SV, 40ft, Hysters and cross-country driving. Exercise TRIDENT SOLDIER I (11-13 Jun) was the first military skills weekend of the training year conducted on Longmoor Training Area. Capt Sheeran built on revitalising individuals needing greater map reading skills. Following success in the last quarter with the PFLJ, the officers and SNCOs built on this with advanced estimate and orders revision. On top of the Battle Craft Syllabus, the junior ranks conducted training on the Virtual Reality Land Training Project (VRLT) 2, which provided high-tech simulation training. This took place at Sir John Moore Barracks in Folkstone delivered by simulation specialists from QinetiQ and SSgt Gorthy. The VRLT 2 pilot is generating evidence and data to demonstrate the ability of potential systems to support the Field Army’s Battle Craft Syllabus. Exercise TRIDENT APPLICATION

was held at Brunswick Trg camp over the period 4-6 Jun with the command team drawn from both 508 (HQ) and 210 Sqns. The weekend was one of the first fully physical weekends executed within the Regt and there were several real training serials to achieve. The aim of the weekend, using Pirbright No 1 and No 4 ranges, was for all personnel to fire their “application of fire” shoots to recover the training deficit. It also enabled force preparation for the forthcoming Exercise LION STAR 7 to Cyprus in Sep 21. With terrific weather and excellent firing standards, personnel also managed to fire all those attending through their Annual Combat Marksmanship Test (ACMT) and finish the weekend with an Intersquadron Falling Plate competition. On 26 Jun, soldiers from 151 Regiment RLC took part in the Armed Forces Day 13 Bridges Challenge. The walk took in all 13

8 RSM handover/takeover bridges in Greater London. As well as enjoying the sights and scenery of the London riverside, the soldiers based at 508 HQ Squadron RLC, Croydon helped raise awareness and support for SSAFA, The Armed Forces Charity. The Regt has also celebrated the success of 210 Sqn's Lt Hancock as he received the GOC 3 (UK) Div Commendation, announced in the Queen's Birthday Honours. Lt Hancock received the award for his support during Operation RESCRIPT and his work across the Unit. During the crisis, he commanded a team of reservists working at the NHS Distribution Centre in Maidstone, Kent, helping to pack essential Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) ready to be delivered across the South East. In addition, over the last six months, James has been nurturing the Regt's new Reserve Potential Officers. Finally, the Regt welcomes WO1 Bromyard as the new RSM. Upon arrival, he was quickly out in the field on the ALDP course as the next generation of junior leaders cut their teeth in the field. 8 Private Paul Cole driving during Ex TRIDENT TRADE

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152 (North Irish) Regiment The Royal Logistic Corps BELFAST CO: Lt Col C Sykes • Adjt: Capt A Gordon • RSM: WO1 G Furlong 152 (NI) Regiment RLC continues to adjust safely to the restrictions of COVID-19 by supporting trade training, leadership training and post overseas deployments. Whilst regimental training is still limited, the Regt continues to offer and plan training in order to recover its Army Reserve personnel from mobilisation on Exercises DEFENDER and BATUK and Operation CABRIT. The reserve Petroleum Operators and Close Support Tanker Operators/Drivers put their soldiering and fuel trade skills to use in all three key deployments. During Ex DEFENDER, troops embedded in with 9 Regiment to support 104 Brigades’ Theatre Enabling Group HQ. An incredible experience positively reflected by the troops who got to flex and tune their fuel qualifications and training and work within the NATO logistical capability framework. During Op CABRIT, the Close Support Tanker Operators/Drivers were deployed into Poland. Tasks included refuelling various mobile logistical vital fleet assets, one of which was the Coyote Tactical Support Vehicle (TSV), in conditions that dropped to -22˚C at times. Kenya BATUK Force Protection The Regt’s reserve soldiers are now demobilised and back home from Kenya. A successful Force Protection tour was delivered alongside 66 Sqn, 9 Regiment RLC. 152 soldiers acclimatised and sustained duties at 6211ft in 25˚C heat. In addition to their Force Protection duties, a key moment was supporting a local Community Engagement Programme which aimed to help make a local primary school a better place for the children to study and play. 152 Regt’s soldiers fitted gutters, painted classrooms, repaired tables and filled holes with cement in time for the children to come back to school and start their new term. The Army Leadership and Development Programme (ALDP) is 62

the new course for the potential Non-Commissioned Officers (NCOs). 152 Regt is leading the way in the planning stages of the course which is slightly different from the course their regular counterparts do, but is created to reflect practices in an Army Reserve environment. The Regt’s potential NCOs had a taster of what's to come once they get awarded their first stripe. The course is carried out over three weekends and covers a range of relevant Key Learning Points for any upcoming Lance Corporals, including: roles & attributes of a Junior NCO, role, models, emotional intelligence, thinking skills, decision making and command tasks to name but a few.

8 152 and 9 Regt (twinned unit) personnel on Ex DEFENDER

8 Ex DEFENDER – Petroleum Operator refuelling an EPLS vehicle As COVID-19 restrictions have begun to be lifted, 152 Regt has hosted a significant number of senior officers. Hosting a Major General, three Brigadiers and a Colonel across four separate visits in just over a month, 152 Regt’s soldiers managed to impress everyone with their commitment and professionalism. Queens UOTC organised a capability day which allowed the various reserve units within the province to showcase themselves. This was an ideal opportunity for the students to see what was on offer to them should they wish to persue a career within the Reserves. 211 Tanker Sqn was given this task on behalf of the Regiment and the Sqn deployed to the Foyle Patrol Base within Magiligan Training Camp for the duration of the weekend. Within the allocated time slot, each visiting team participated in a number of stands. A CST was also on display for all to see and a typical dry refueling demonstration was conducted. All cadets thoroughly enjoyed their experience and have had their eyes opened to the variety of roles and trades on offer to them.

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154 (Scottish) Regiment The Royal Logistic Corps DUNFERMLINE CO: Lt Col J Yates • Adjt: Capt F Blair • RSM: WO1 W Marquis Training has ramped up over the summer period ready for Exercise IRON VIPER in the autumn with 101 Logistic Brigade. The next phase in the Regt’s training program is Exercise TARTAN RUN which will test the Regt’s ability to operate at reach across a number of different locations in Scotland, including Stirling and Fort George. This is the final preparatory exercise prior to the Regiment deploying on Exercise IRON VIPER in support of 27 Regiment RLC. The Regiment has also implemented the first distributed training course in the Army for EPLS and has also partnered with regular units to get soldiers qualified. The Comms Troop have been training on a TLAN as well as deploying with 1 Regiment RLC to build their skills and competence prior to supporting the Regiment on the final field training exercise in August. Concurrently, newly qualified soldiers have been taking part in B3 to B2 upgrade weekends to practice their driving skills both on and off road. The Regiment was also very happy to host 1 Regiment RLC for Exercise RHINO MARCH their RHQ used Dunfermline Army Reserve Centre as their HQ locations and some of the Regt’s Chefs helped to support their catering team. Other training Reservists have had the opportunity to take part in numerous additional

8 Ex TARTAN PYRAMID, the Lake District. Right: Charity Ben Nevis climb activities over the summer period. In June, 2Lt Todd organised a week Summer Mountain Foundation and continuation training at the RLC lodge in Low Gillerthwaite. The weather was typical of the lakes and provided an excellent opportunity to practice navigation in poor visibility! For the first time the Regiment is entering a team into the Cambrian Patrol in October. 2Lt Allcock is leading the team and has planned a summer of training in addition to the regimental training programme. In July, the Regiment ran a multi-activity weekend

(Exercise TARTAN PTARMIGAN) in Cairngorms led by WO1 Harvey. Canoeing, kayaking, mountain biking and climbing were available for participants to choose from and gain their Foundation AT qualifications. Three of the Regt’s soldiers took part in a charity Ben Nevis climb. They climbed to the summit five times over the course of the week and raised £1,300 for Combat Stress in the process. As part of the challenge, they covered 50 miles and climbed over 21,000ft in what turned out to be the peak of the July heat wave. Visits On the spring field training exercise in May, Deputy Commander (Res) from 101 Logistic Brigade, Colonel Simpson TD VR visited and presented some reservists with their Volunteer Reserves Service Medal (VRSM) clasps. He also visited the Squadron HQ locations across Scotland and observed the tactical training in Garelochead Training Area. In July, Deputy Commander Field Army – Major General Harvey OBE QVRM TD visited the Unit as part of a wider visit to Scotland. She met several reservists and learned about training opportunities and presented VRSMs to recipients. The next day she was invited to attend and present the prize at the Army Reserve Football Championship that the Regiment was taking part in. At the time of writing, the result was yet to be determined! Promotions Congratulations to LCpl Fairbairn and Lt Marshall on their recent promotions. 8 Cambrian Patrol training

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156 Regiment The Royal Logistic Corps LIVERPOOL CO: Lt Col K Haigh • Adjt: Capt A Maclaverty • RSM: WO1 R Thomas As 156 Regiment RLC heads into the summer months, the FOE continues to progress in line with the Government unlock. Physical training has returned and the Regt continues to work towards the maximisation of operational capability. This will culminate with a regimental NRDC augmenting 27 Regt RLC on Ex IRON VIPER 21 in the latter half of 2021. In the last three months, the Regt has seen a myriad of activity ranging from: WO1 (RSM) Armour handing over to WO1 (RSM) Thomas, Op SMART mental resilience training, adventurous training in the Lake District and a myriad of command visits. Command visits Over the past three months, 156 Regt has hosted a number of command visits. The Regt had a chance to say farewell to Commander 101 Log Bde, Brig Prosser CBE via a virtual visit on 21 May 21. The Regt then hosted both 101 Bde Dep Comd Reserves, Col Simpson, and SO1 Reserves, Lt Col Cattermull on 22 May. Whilst visiting 234 Sqn and 238 Sqn, Col Simpson presented WO2 Foulds with his LSGC and Royal Warrant and SSgt Shrimpton a Lord Lieutenant’s Commendation for his work as Armed Forces Champion with the HRMC. Finally, the Regt conducted a very successful pairing visit with 27 Regt RLC in order to build closer ties with its regular counterpart.

This was conducted over a Tech Trg weekend held at Altcar Training Camp over 12 – 13 Jun 21. This weekend saw a myriad of activity being conducted including; Logistic Supply Specialist training, AGC (SPS) training, CMT training, driver training with a long route to the Defence School of Transport, utilising its exceptional off-road cross country circuits and physical development training in preparation for the new RFT, which will soon replace the AFT. 156 Regt Army Cup semi-final With Army sports allowed to resume, the Regt was able to continue to compete in the Army semi-final football match against 4 LANCS. After a few warm up games against local teams, the team was

8 156 Regiment Adventurous Training to the Lake District ready and the match went ahead on 29 May 21. Unfortunately, the hard work the team had conducted in preparation did not pay off and the team was unsuccessful this time. However, the team remains in high spirits for the 2021/22 season which starts shortly. Ex RESERVIST RESOLVE The Regt deployed on its main effort, a two-week Annual Camp (Ex RESERVIST RESOLVE) 3 – 17 Jul 21, which was based at Okehampton, Dartmoor. The camp covered: trade/logistic supply exercises, driver training, range packages, AT, battlefield study and an initiative and task exercise. Look forward Moving forward, the FOE remains flexible in light of continued Government guidance, but will continue to challenge and enthuse Reservists and will include; shooting weekends, AT expeditions, further technical/ trade training, basic soldiering weekends and a physical Chalker Cup event. 8 156 Regiment football team friendly game against Formby Community FC

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157 (Welsh) Regiment The Royal Logistic Corps CARDIFF CO: Lt Col B D N Beaumont • Adjt: Capt J Restell • RSM: WO1 R J Bould With some semblance of normality returning, it has been great to see the Regt's reservists conducting challenging and rewarding training, putting into practice the many theory lessons conducted online. It is clear that nothing will ever surpass the feeling of inclusion and camaraderie you get from effective military training, something which is difficult to emulate in the digital age brought on from the recent global situation. What follows are a few examples of live training conducted in a safe and compliant manner, which has had an extraordinary impact on morale and retention. Sqn FTX training weekend – 5-6 Jun 21 Early June saw the Regt deploy to Nesscliffe and Sennybridge Training Areas for its first field exercise in over 18 months. The fantastic Ex GREEN DRAGON was a driver training exercise focussed on navigation and contact drills whilst living in the field. It saw the Regt's reservists flourish, embracing actual training without a Zoom call or computer screen in sight! Glorious weather and an audience of enthusiastic drivers resulted in a top-quality weekend with real progress made. Sunday saw the morning broken down into what turned out to be the highlight of the exercise; a 12-vehicle convoy conducting anti-ambush drills with

8 CO 157RLC inspecting Pte Hennesey of 249 (HQ) Sqn during the Drill Competion at Maindy Barracks

the troops successfully responding to contact from an enemy position. The Sqns also set up distribution points that enabled them to see first-hand the concepts they had learned during online training. OCdt Jones from 398 Sqn said “No Zoom call can compare to getting into the field, establishing a troop harbour, setting up your security and scrimming your vehicle. It was a great opportunity for me to develop my leadership and communication skills, whilst also testing my navigation skills during some of the road moves.” Regimental drill competition Over the weekend of 22-23 May 21 the Annual Drill Competition was held at all the Regt’s outstations to maximise the opportunity for involvement. With the RSM adding the additional criteria of bayonets fitted, this year’s event was a huge success and brought a renewed level of professionalism in those who took part. Their pride in their role in the Army Reserves shone out as their excellent levels of military and corps knowledge and turnout and bearing were truly inspiring. The drill standards were particularly impressive, especially from the more junior cohorts who have very little

8 CO presenting leaving gifts to Capt Ali Gutzu experience of rifle drill and all completed the sequences to the CO and RSM faultlessly. Congratulations to this year’s winners, 223 Sqn based in Swansea and all points go towards the CO’s Sword Competition. Ranges/MATTS weekend – 8-9 May 21 The Regt deployed to a wet and windy Ash Ranges in May 21 for grouping and zeroing followed by application of fire and ACMT. With a broad range of experience levels, many firing a rifle for the first time since Ph 1 training, the CO and RSM were impressed with the levels of marksmanship and rifle handling. Farewells Over the last three months, the Regt has said goodbye to a few key personnel. The Adjutant, Capt Ali Gutzu and the XO, Maj Mark Ellis, have posted into new roles on operations and 3 (UK) Div respectively. WO2 Harry, SSM 249 Sqn, has called time on his 30+ year career. He is well deserving of a break and the Regt wishes him all the best with whatever path he chooses next.

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158 Regiment The Royal Logistic Corps PETERBOROUGH CO: Lt Col R Futter • Adjt: Capt R Cooke • RSM: WO1 L Hutchinson On paper, 158 Regiment RLC is a transport regiment and one of the main focuses of the year has been to try and turn this theory into reality via special to arm (StA) training – no mean feat when the Regt has its people for 27 days of the year, into which must be crammed so much other training! Despite this challenge, the Regt has succeeded into fulfilling the ‘Agile’ portion of the regimental mantra of ‘Agile and Ready’; by being as creative and innovative as possible, now that the troubles of the past 18 months are largely behind us. This quarter has seen some fantastic opportunities and training being offered, including a trial driving course at DST Leconfield and some CSS Synergy work by the Training Cell. The highlight of the year was the Regt’s delivery of Ex HALBERD SPIRIT, a 158 Regt led exercise focussing on Transport Ops complimented by peers across 102 Log Bde. ‘Zero to Hero’ A number of individuals from the Regt have been supporting DST Leconfield with its ‘Zero to Hero’ Course, which strives to take a soldier through their licences in short order. The Regt supported with two instructors to help facilitate the large numbers going through and put a few dozen soldiers in the pipeline. While there were a few teething problems as there is such a variable base level of experience, the professionalism of the instructors and staff at DST ensured all students got the most out of the course. The Regt hopes that this initiative will be here to stay as it fits in with the flexibility of the Army Reserves. Ex HALBERD SPIRIT – an MTPSI’s perspective (SSgt A Wilkie) The main aim of Ex HALBERD SPIRT 2021 (Ex HS) was to build and maintain the core individual soldiering skills of Army Reserves 66

(AR) officers and soldiers to support the CSS Non Regular Deployable Component. From a driver training perspective, it was a fantastic opportunity for personnel to conduct the basic operations and fundamentals of The RLC Driver Trade at Bde level. The exercise provided the ability to focus on driver operations such as planning and conducting distribution/exchange points to

8 CO's coins were presented to members of the Regt on Ex HALBERD SPIRIT by Comd 102 Bde Brig Faithfull-Davies CBE different regiments within the battle space. Multiple CLP’s were conducted throughout, providing AR personnel to capture the experience of how C-sups travel through the supply chain before making their way to fighting troops. Assigned to the AR as an MTPSI for two years, there are few occasions within the FOE for professional development such as class 3-2 upgrading to take place on a continuous high level training exercise. Ex HS provided the ability for this to happen but within a high tempo, real life operational scenario. Overall, a great chance for AR personnel to show off what they have learnt throughout the training year, whilst at the same time develop professionally and personally, operating with multiple regiments within the Bde. Ex HS certainly enhanced the troops logistical knowledge coinciding with the tagline of ‘Fighting Logistics Through’. 8 158 Regt Chefs produced some quality food on Ex HALBERD SPIRIT

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159 Regiment The Royal Logistic Corps COVENTRY CO: Lt Col S Dines • Adjt: Capt K Cahill • RSM: WO1 S Muir With over twelve percent of 159 Regt’s trained reservists currently mobilised supporting Defence tasks, including a Troop in Cyprus with 6 Regiment RLC on Operation TOSCA, the remainder of the Regt has been focused on improving its deployability after a year of virtual training. LS(S) support to DM Kineton The Regt was able to answer a call from DM Kineton for a surge team to help with the repacking of training and operational stock to make it legally compliant to be transported or issued. LCpl Cullis, Pte Wishart and Pte Wood supported the task, executing it with enthusiasm throughout. The soldiers all returned with positive feedback from their experience, while DM Kineton were very much appreciative of the efforts the volunteers put in throughout the task. Exercise BARBARIAN COMPETANCY The Regt deployed to Buckley Barracks, Hullavington for the first regimental assured event of the training year. For many soldiers, this was the first opportunity to do practical trade training for over a year due to COVID restrictions. The aim of the exercise was to use the Supply Training Facility to brush off the cobwebs and provide realistic hands-on trade training. This enabled competencies to be signed off for Class 3 to Class 2 Record of Achievement booklets to support soldiers upgrading to Class 2 LS(S). Other serials saw new recruits introduced to a range of equipment used in field storage areas.

Exercise BARBARIAN CHALLENGE In preparation for the Annual Continuous Training later in the year, the Regt deployed to Dishforth Airfield to conduct a trade-based joint exercise with 150 Regiment RLC. Placed into Mat and CSups Troops, they established a Field Storage Area (FSA) and soldiers used simulated stores to conduct a range of MJDI (Management of the Joint Deployed Inventory) and SEESUPS2 accounting processes. The management of an ammunition FSA provided further training benefit, with the 8 Pte Pratt enjoying his MAN SV driver training course

8 The troops being re-familiarised with FLRTs soldiers quickly establishing a work routine to support 150 Regt as a customer. Additional driver training was also conducted in the local area. Congratulations to 123 Squadron for winning the orienteering competition which was part of the CO’s Shield (Hawley Trophy) competition. Exercise HALBERD SPIRIT Six members from the Regt deployed on Ex HALBERD SPIRIT, a Brigade Annual Continuous Training exercise run by 158 Regiment RLC in Cottesmore and Altcar Training Camp. Soldiers had the opportunity to hone their Battle Craft Syllabus, complete MATTs and spend time on the ranges. CO’s Coin The Commanding Officer’s Coin was awarded to Pte Kennedy for his instinctive actions to help an elderly woman who had been knocked down by a car. By using his sleeping bag to protect the victim from the elements, he prevented hypothermia setting in until the air ambulance arrived. His quick thinking and swift actions helped save a life and were worthy of recognition. 8 Simulated stores prepared and loaded for distribution

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162 Regiment The Royal Logistic Corps NOTTINGHAM CO: Lt Col W Steel MBE • Adjt: Capt N Covington • RSM: WO1 J Parker 162 Regiment RLC continues to operate at pace. The Regt’s new training program kicked off with a Battle Craft Syllabus training weekend which saw over 100 personnel from across the Unit deploy to sunny Catterick for a weekend of basic field craft and section attacks. Wider military involvement The Regt’s people don’t just operate in role, there are also many opportunities for people to support the vast array of organisations that Defence runs and maintains. Recently, LCpl Singh attended in his capacity as a reservist member of the Defence Sikh Network (DSN) to an official UK Armed Forces employee support network which acts as a focal point for serving Sikhs, their families and the wider community across Defence. On Sunday 20 Jun 21, he also attended a memorial ceremony at the Chattri Memorial just outside of Brighton which stands in memory of all Indian soldiers who died during the First World War. The Chattri Memorial is particularly associated with the 53 Sikh and Hindu soldiers who died from their injuries in hospitals around Brighton and whose remains were cremated at that very spot. The role and opportunities of a Reservist Chef The role and opportunities for a Reserve Chef are wide and endless - if the individuals have the time and are willing, nothing is out of the question. A Reservist Chef within a unit can complete their trade qualifications and support the main task of providing catering support to their parent unit when and wherever they are carrying out their duties. If the Unit deploys on exercise, the Chefs are needed to provide that support and that could be anywhere in the world while the Unit is doing anything. This could be working within a large kitchen providing support to 1,000’s or cooking for the regimental ski team 68

while they carry out training or competitions. Alongside the main role of providing catering support, in 162 Regt, there are opportunities for Chefs to carry out additional training and qualifications. This could be everything from instructing first aid or becoming a Physical Training Instructor, to receiving qualifications to allow them to supervise Adventure Training activities. There are also opportunities to support larger and longer events if your time allows, which means you could volunteer to provide catering support around the world, from Germany to Jordan and anywhere in between. ‘From basher to trade’ As a unit, 162 Regt RLC involves people from all walks of life, including those with a distinguished military background outside of The RLC. One of 162 Regt’s rising stars, Pte Hughes, initially joined the Reserves as an Infantryman. He later decided that he wanted to train in a trade that would also benefit him in ‘civvy street’ and so he joined 883 Postal and Courier Squadron in order to get the best of both worlds; the technical skills of a Postal & Courier (P&C) Operator and the ‘green fix’ with weekends under canvas, showing his infantry skills.

8 LCpl Singh at the Chattri Memorial He explains: “The perception is that P&C operators just post mail when it’s far more than that. It’s the technical side that I enjoy such as accounting of cash and valued stock, liaising with diplomatic couriers and the opportunity to explore the world. 883 PC Sqn has seen troops deploy to many British Forces Post Offices in Afghanistan, Oman, Kenya, USA, the Falklands, Northern Ireland, Bruni and Cyprus. I have now completed my trade course and my next journey begins - I will continue with my current civilian employment working to support the COVID-19 Track & Trace system and then once we are out of the pandemic, I intend make as many memories as possible using my new skills.”

8 The 162 Regimental Catering Team at a recent culinary competition

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165 Port & Maritime Regiment RLC PLYMOUTH CO: Lt Col R Williams • Adjt: Capt N Hand • RSM: WO1 S Ware 165 Port and Maritime Regiment’s focus for this period has been to return to more physical training, to conduct Adventurous Training after a long period of being unable to and to prepare for the ADE, which will be conducted in September. Sailing The Regt is incredibly lucky to have WO2 Audas as the RAWO, who has been a combined services sailor for over 20 years and is one of the most experienced in the Army. He has sailed around the world on yachts of varying sizes, often taking the Regt out to conduct courses and expeditions. This year, WO2 Audas conducted Day Skipper and Competent Crew qualifications for personnel, on Ex SCILLIES EXPRESS. This saw soldiers and officers from across the Regt sail on two yachts from Plymouth to the Isles of Scilly. After some bumpy weather on the first day, which resulted in a few cases of sea sickness, the rest of the week was ideal conditions for sailing and exploring the islands. They were also lucky enough to spot the infamous Wally the Walrus taking a nap in one of the boats in their marina, as he makes his way around the UK. This trip was also in preparation for the Rolex Fastnet race in August, which will see eight members of the Regt conduct the world-famous yacht race over a seven-day period. The crew (most of which are still novice sailors) will depart from Cowes on the Isle of Wight, sail around the Fastnet Rock off the Southern Coast of Ireland and back to Cherbourg. During the race, they will cover over 700 nautical miles. It will be a hugely challenging race but a great achievement. Cycling 266 Port Squadron provided a challenging weekend of mountain biking on the Isle of Wight for personnel. The activities developed leadership, team-work and other

personal attributes vital to the delivery of operational capability. This was 266 Sqn’s first non-regimental training weekend after a long period of mostly virtual training and an excellent opportunity for the Sqn to build teamwork and cohesion. LCpl Malpass was the lead instructor, taking a proactive role in conducting a recce of the routes and planning the AT serials. 266 Port Sqn is located in Southampton but also has a troop on the Isle of Wight. It is the sole military unit on the island and acts as a great ambassador for the Army. This connection made the Isle of Wight an obvious choice for the mountain

8 Mountain biking on the Isle of Wight

8 WO2 Audas led the AT exercise biking and will be an opportunity which the Regt will exploit further in the future. Upcoming ADE The Regt, along with other units in 104 Log Bde, will deploy on its annual camp in September. This will be the first time that it has trained together as a combined unit since 2019 and will test all of its trades and capabilities. The exercise will also culminate in the Regt setting up a combined port and maritime theatre enabling squadron as it would be tasked to do on operations. This will be the first time that the Regt will have achieved this, making it a huge step in its progression. Honours and awards The Regt is also very proud to announce that several of its members have been recognised in the most recent round of the Lord Lieutenants Awards. This has included Capt Tim Squire, Cpl Jennifer Shaw and LCpl John French, all of whom have served for over 30 years. Other recipients of the Meritorious Service Award include SSgt Wayne Hogg, Cpl William Dawe and WO2 Thomas Robertson.

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167 Catering Support Regiment RLC GRANTHAM CO: Lt Col J Young • Adjt: Capt S W D Parry • RSM: WO1 P Jordan At the time of writing, there is an advance party punching out of Grantham heading to Garelochhead. This is to receive the Regiment as it deploys on the Annual Continuous Training exercise, Ex COCARAIL CAULDRON. This will see Maj Nigel Saunders assume the role of OC ROG whilst the bulk of the Regiment hone their trade and military skills. More to follow in the next issue. Operation CABRIT 8 SSgt Whitely has been mobilised as the Master Chef with The Royal Yeomanry and Queen’s Dragoon Guards on Op CABRIT 8 as part of a NATO coalition. These units are Reconnaissance Regiments whom together form Cassino Troop. This is an American led battle group which is based in Northern Poland. The battle group comprises of 140 UK and 1,100 soldiers from America, Poland, Croatia and Romania. There is also a base in Estonia which is predominantly British. During this tour, SSgt Whitely was awarded a Commander’s Coin for his sterling efforts in supporting the battle group. He has also qualified as a Platform Mounted Weapons Operator on the GPMG and .50 Cal machine guns which are mounted to the Jackals. Driver training Thanks to WO2 Firbank for reinvigorating Driver training to prepare the Regt for deployment on Ex COCARAIL CAULDRON. Personnel across the Regt have been participating in a variety of Driver training including familiarisation with White Fleet vehicles and a selection of personnel successfully passed the MOD 1 course, qualifying individuals to drive Land Rover SV 6T on both road and cross-country. Competition time Congratulations to Cpl Kaur on winning the Army Eats Cooking 70

Competition! She was presented with June’s cash prize by the Commanding Officer of The Royal Welsh for her dish entered in the ‘cooked at home’ category. The Regt is entering into the fourth month of the competition and the theme for August is ‘healthy burgers’. It’s BBQ season and the judges want to see your take on a healthy homemade burger. You can enter in three different categories: cooked at home, cooked in the block or Army Cadets. All categories will be in with the chance of winning a cash prize. Head over to the Army EATS website to find out more. Awards Congratulations to the Regt’s mountain bikers. They took part in the Army Cycling Union (ACU) MTB series down in Aldershot and they came away as XC Minor unit winners. LCpl Davies took the female second place and WO2 Firbank came first in the Grand Master, with Sgt Hayball taking second place. The Regt’s Honorary Colonel, Major (Retd) Harry Lomas MBE BEM FIH has received a COVID-19 Livery Award from The Lord Mayor of the

8 The mountain bike team came away as XC Minor unit winners at the ACU MTB City of London for his extraordinary contribution and commitment to helping those facing huge challenges during the pandemic. Look forward Exercise ARMY SUSTAINER 21 is being held on 2 Oct 21 at the Prince William of Gloucester Barracks in Grantham. There are still spaces for team entries so if you have Chefs you would like to showcase in a high-profile catering competition, do let the Regt know.

8 Honorary Colonel Major (Retd) Harry Lomas MBE BEM FIH being presented with his COVID-19 Livery Award

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44 Support Squadron Royal Military Academy SANDHURST OC: Maj C Swift • TCWO: WO1 M Regan This article marks my first year in command of 44 Squadron RLC and I can honestly say it has been the most testing and rewarding time I have experienced in my career. The Squadron has not stopped at all throughout the pandemic and remained committed to its primary mission of supporting Officer Cadet training at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst… but it hasn’t just stopped there. In April, our new emblem was made official by the RLC Dress Committee. The emblem itself is a true representation of all elements of the Sqn, its people and its cap badges: A – Academy focussed. Supplying efficient solutions to enable RMAS outputs. C – Consummate professional. Ambassadors for The RLC, REME and QGS. Unquestionable turnout and bearing. Proficient at trade. SME advisors to the Academy. E – Empowered workforce. JNCOs and Pte soldiers charged with the delivery of support to the Academy. As a sqn, we are privileged that our soldiers are some of the first the OCdts (with some hopefully becoming future RLC Troop Commanders) encounter. Their professionalism has been commented on during regimental selection boards by the OCdts, and for some, made their decision to join The RLC a lot easier. Our JNCOs

and Pte soldiers also supported The RLC Recruiting team during these COVID restricted times by hosting Q&A sessions within Scovell Lines in lieu of regimental visits. More recently, we ran Ex SCOVELLS SPANNER, a combined exercise co-ordinated by Cpl Anil Gurung (QGS) and Sgt Keith Butcher (REME). The exercise tested vehicle recovery (using both straight bar and TIRFOR jack) and L1 vehicle repair (changing a tyre) whilst in a tactical setting including casualties. The second phase focussed on our Mil Skills through the medium of FIBUA and patrol

8 A very clean Comd Team in front of our section after they completed the Tactical Command Task patrol lane

techniques/lessons, culminating in a section strength patrol lane. All of the training was geared to ensure our junior commanders were ready for their relevant ALDP course. Building on the skills developed and honed on the exercise (and with kind support from Old College), Capt Tom Newman was able to secure a place for one of our sections on the Tactical Command Task lane which is completed by the OCdts in week eight of their training. The soldiers performed amazingly; they were thoroughly tested physically, mentally and as commanders. In addition, they were all thoroughly covered in some pretty awful mud and then drenched in the Wish Stream. There is nowhere else where our soldiers would be able to have experiences like these and we have therefore had an agreement to make this a regular event. The Sqn marked the farewell of Capt Tom Newman, who moves onto the Andover Support Unit at Army HQ. We wish him all the very best of luck. We have welcomed Capt Justin Ede into the team and look forward to working with him. 8 Pte Emily McBeth prepares to break into the building during Ex SCOVELLS SPANNER 2. Inset: Cpl Ifeoluwa Sobowale giving clear direction to his section on Ex SCOVELLS SPANNER 2

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Logistic Support Squadron CLR BARNSTAPLE OC: Maj M Murphy • SSM: WO2 T Ormiston Across the Squadron, there has been a hive of activity with nearly everyone out the door at some point supporting a complete spectrum of tasks and carrying out some quality training. Not even a day into the Spring Term and personnel deployed to Lithuania on Operation BATAN. Cpl Johnson, Cpl Scurr and LCpl Limbu are helping to forge the future of the Commando Forces by supporting 45 Commando as it tests the Littoral Response Group concept as part of its inaugural deployment. Exercise GREEN DRAGON, the Regt’s validation exercise, took place over the entire month of May and initially saw Stores Troop deploy to Cornwall to establish a Beach Support Area (BSA). For many, it was the first time setting up a Field Storage Area and seeing all the elements of the BSA in one place. The second phase of Ex GREEN DRAGON took Seaton Troop to South Wales where they trialled the new Combat Service Support Troop concept as part of the Force Development and Experimentation for the Future Commando Force. Crucially for LS Sqn, it was the first time the Petroleum Operators and Suppliers were employed not only within trade, but also as EPLS operators pushing forward as part of resupply patrols.

Since Ex GREEN DRAGON has finished, the Troops have had the freedom to conduct other training. Ajax and Seaton deployed on separate range packages seeing soldiers qualify on rifle, pistol and GPMGs, as well as deliver a SA K (18) cadre, qualifying 13 JNCOs as safety supervisors. Ajax Troop completed the Embarked Forces Sea Survival Course. As the COVID-19 restrictions continue to relax, the Sqn is looking to regain the moral component at every opportunity. To kick off the summer, Cpl Limbu took members of the Sqn paddle boarding and coasteering in Ilfracombe before a run ashore into Barnstaple. More days like this will surely be on cards as the Sqn looks

8 Ajax Troop on the range at Pirbright

to maximise the sunny climes of North Devon. In June, members of 13 Air Assault Support Regiment (AASR) RLC visited the Sqn. Naturally within a few hours of their arrival, everyone was thoroughly wet after an introduction to bottom field. The visit proved to be extremely useful, providing an opportunity to share knowledge and lines of development, as well as re-establishing relationships with the Sqn’s closest partners in Defence following COVID restrictions. With a small lull in the Regt tempo before summer leave, the Sqn’s attention is quickly switching to three upcoming overseas deployments. Before the end of the year, the Sqn will deploy soldiers to Slovenia, USA and Norway. A massive congratulations to Cpls Moore, Mackinlay and Kirantee who were selected for promotion to Sgt; further proof that Commando Logistic Regiment remains the place to be if you want to push yourself outside of your comfort zone and reap the rewards. If you are interested in serving in 3 Commando Brigade, then contact the RCMO, Capt Ritchie Danso: richard.danso580@mod.gov.uk 8 LS Sqn on a water sports coastal activity day

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821 Explosive Ordnance Disposal and Search Squadron WIMBISH OC: Maj M Lowry • 2IC: Capt M West • SSM: WO1 P Stewart In recent months, 821 EOD&S Squadron has endured a busy schedule, being the sole provider of EOD&S to both 16 Air Assault Brigade and 3 Commando Brigade. From parachuting into Jordan alongside 2 PARA to supporting the Royal Marines on exercise in Norway, the Sqn holds agile and robust EOD and Search teams that can respond worldwide at a moment’s notice. Air Manoeuvre Task Force (AMTF) The two Task Lines (TL) held at readiness for the AMTF have deployed on numerous exercises in direct support of the Air Manoeuvre Battle groups (AMBG). In the coming months, Airborne Troop will deploy to France, Iceland and the USA. Future Commando Force (FCF) With Commando Forces looking to transition into the FCF, EOD&S has had to revisit the drawing board in terms of supporting the formation. The Sqn’s commando trained cohort are always prepared to deploy to austere environments in support of Littoral Strike Operations. The near future will see Commando Troop deploy to Gibraltar and twice to the USA. Ex JOINT WARRIOR 21 Airborne Tp recently deployed on Ex JOINT WARRIOR 21. During the exercise, they provided Counter Explosive Ordnance (C-EO) support during the Joint Force entry phase and subsequent offensive actions.

8 A Commando Tp EOD operator assesses a victim operated device on Ex GREEN DRAGON

8 An Airborne Tp EOD Operator exploits a subterranean bomb making factory on Ex JOINT WARRIOR

These TLs provide the Bde with a scalable, agile and robust EOD&S capability. A Reduced TL of six personnel deployed with two quad bikes and trailers alongside the Medium TL of 11 personnel and a Military Working Dog (MWD), which deployed in four Pinzgauers.

Ex GREEN DRAGON In May 21, five members of Cdo Tp deployed on Ex GREEN DRAGON: a 3 Cdo Bde exercise enabling experimentation of the FCF concept. As EOD&S SMEs they advised on the threat of EO during multiple raids and missions and provided direct support to Alpha Company throughout, particularly during a mission involving an IED factory in an urban area. The Reduced TL assisted in clearing this building of hostile forces and neutralising the IEDs placed in and around this location at speed. This exercise enabled the team to establish what the FCF will require from an EOD&S TL, allowing further training to be tailored to reflect their future role. Op FORTIS A Reduced EOD&S TL deployed alongside 2 PARA into Qasr Al Hallabat in Jordan as part of Op FORTIS. The TL parachuted in with the Lead Assault Force to provide C-EO support during the clearance of the airfield’s Minimum Operating Strip. The Para Insertion is the largest to take place in the region since the 1956 Suiz Crisis. 8 Op FORTIS, EOD&S parachute into Jordan with 16 Air Assault Bde

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British Gurkhas NEPAL SO3 G4 Log: Capt D Gibson • Mov Con WO: WO2 T Stone • SNCO FPO : SSgt P Gurung British Gurkhas Nepal (BGN) exists to provide Gurkha recruitment, support to serving soldiers, Gurkha veterans and their dependants and resilience to deliver contingency planning and response, whilst maintaining a permissive operating environment, by preserving strong connections with Nepali institutions and the veteran community, in order to maintain the Army’s enduring relationship with Nepal. Based in Kathmandu, but with locations in Pokhara and Dharan, BGN comprises 60 Service Personnel (SP). Within this are three RLC posts and six QOGLR posts. In addition, the current Comd BGN, Col Paul Smith, is late RLC, the Dep Comd is Lt Col Simon Townsend RLC and the next Field Director Gurkha Welfare Trust, is Lt Col Matt Hing RLC. The current Corps presence in Nepal is exceptionally strong. SO3 G4 Log Sp The SO3 G4 Log Sp is the lead and line manager to four key areas of operation across BGN. They are: the BGN REME Workshop; the Movement Control Centre (MCC): Postal & Courier (BFPO 4) and Motor Transport. In addition to the areas above, the SO3 G4 Log Sp also leads the Equipment Care regime across BGN, which includes production of newsletters, policy updates and further assurance. The role is also the alternate Ops Officer for contingency; vital as Nepal is located in an earthquake zone. It is a flexible role that can be tailored at the DCOMDs discretion in order to meet the demands of BGN through times of a crisis. Movement Controller – WO/SSgt The Movement Controller (Mov Con) is responsible for the direction, co-ordination, planning and control of movement for all personnel and equipment throughout the region. The Mov Con is required to have 74

comprehensive situational awareness to ensure they can provide current and up-to-date knowledge of existing movement's practices both domestic and internationally to the CoC and wider Defence. Traditionally, the delivery of Gurkha recruitment to UK base is the primary focus. Nepal is in a major earthquake zone and combined with the monsoon season’s logistic challenges and some regional political instability, the Mov Con’s role is diverse. Away from routine movement tasks, the Mov Con maintains disaster relief awareness and is prepared to deliver support to contingency operations. The Mov Con is required to offer support/SME advice to the FCDO and higher formations in the UK, to ensure that support to developed complex and innovative movement plans can be executed. SNCO BFPO - SSgt The BFPO SNCO’s role is to provide Postal and Courier support by delivering personal, official and diplomatic mail service to the Unit. In addition, they provide a Chip and Pin service for cash withdrawals and a postage service to buy stamps and send letters and parcels through HOL system. The postal

8 CGS General Sir Mark Carleton-Smith KCB CBE ADC GEN inspecting Gurkha Recruits of Intake '19

SNCO normally liaises with Defence Postal Services and Defence Courier Services BFPO London, along with B&B Freights Nepal. However, due to COVID-19, he has been required to liaise with outside agencies such as DHL, the British Embassy’s Defence Section and the FCDO in order to collect, clear customs and deliver mail to BGN. The current SNCO is a qualified PTI and has also been assisting RSM BGN to update ODR for the Unit and has assisted the BGN PTI with planning and conducting PT lessons and updating MATT 2 for BGN personnel. A posting to Nepal for an RLC soldier is an opportunity to serve in a unique and interesting unit that offers challenges both professionally and personally. In normal times, there are plenty of chances to trek, mountaineer, raft and participate in other adventure sports as well as visit areas of Nepal or elsewhere in Asia. This is in addition to contributing to a crucial part of the British Army by enabling the recruitment of, and support to, Gurkha soldiers and to the veterans they become.

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132 Aviation Supply Squadron Royal Logistic Corps IPSWICH OC: Maj K Desai • SSM: WO2 G Fisher The Squadron has continued to support 1 Aviation Brigade’s flying requirements with first class logistics support to deployments and exercises both at home and abroad while still conducting and carrying out its own training. This period has seen the tempo step up again with normality resuming. Exercise SPRING STORM With 1 Aviation Brigade remaining a highly deployable and busy unit, 132 Sqn has had to work hard to maintain operational output and effectiveness. This was demonstrated in the Squadron’s support to Ex SPRING STORM which required four soldiers from the Sqn, led by Cpl Enoegbe, to isolate for eight days before flying out to Estonia from the 25 Apr 21 to 23 Jun 21 in Support of 4 Army Air Corps (AAC). During the exercise, Cpl Enoegbe implemented a new electronic demands system allowing for better ordering and tracking of parts. Additionally, Cpl Enoegbe was called in to support 1 AAC and for his efforts, he was awarded a CO’s Coin from CO 1 AAC. Exercise LIGHTNING FORCE On the home front, Sgt Setterfield led a team of four personnel from the Sqn in support of 4 AAC on Ex LIGHTNING FORCE in Otterburn. The month-long exercise is part of 4 AAC’s build up to deploying to Oman on Exercise PINON OMAN later in the year. Thanks to the contributions of the Sqn’s soldiers,

the exercise was a success. Again, another fantastic demonstration of the role 132 Squadron plays in the success of 1 Aviation Brigade. Colonel RLC visit On the 29 Jun 21, the Sqn was privileged to host the Colonel RLC on his visit to Wattisham Flying Station. Throughout his visit, the Corps Colonel got to meet RLC soldiers across the Brigade - not just those from 132 Sqn but also those attached to 3 and 4 AAC as Chefs, Drivers, Communication Specialists and Suppliers. Squadron CT1 exercise Soldiers from across the Sqn deployed to Thetford Training Area for five days to test and develop their basic soldiering skills. Throughout the exercise, an emphasis was placed on the LCpls

8 The Colonel RLC's visit – Jun 21

and Ptes stepping above their rank to act as Section Commanders and 2ICs allowing them to develop and put into practice their leadership skills. Although over the first few days there was plenty of rust and a steep learning curve, by the end everyone was in full swing. Full credit to Sgt Warnock for organising an excellent and challenging exercise enjoyed by all. Commendations Four members of the Sqn were recognised on the Honours and Awards List. SSgt McCormack for his contribution to Operation RESCRIPT, SSgt Camara for his commitment to BATUS accounts and Cpls Enoegbe and Clelland for their outstanding charity work over the past few years rewarded by a Commander Field Army Commendation. Looking ahead The Sqn has commitments in Oman, Cyrpus, Canada and the USA in the next period, as well as a battlefield study, leadership development and industry insights. Empowerment is key to breeding new leaders and doing so in events such as these are ideal opportunities. 8 Thetford Training Area CT1 Exercise

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Joint Helicopter Support Squadron (JHSS) BENSON, OXFORDSHIRE OC: Maj J Wells • SSM: WO2 P Devine As a minor unit, Joint Helicopter Support Squadron is a specialist squadron containing over 55 RLC personnel. The Sqn continues to maintain support to Operation NEWCOMBE in Mali and the Falkland Islands and provide routine support helicopter training at RAF Benson and RAF Odiham. Personnel have assisted in the successful completion of UK resilience and security tasks such as the Pewit Island Wildlife Project and Operation TRELAWNY G7 Summit. These all took place concurrently whilst conducting contingency and environmental training. This JHSS article focusses on some of the specialist roles that RLC personnel can hold within the Sqn from the perspective of two of soldiers who have shared their experiences first hand. Communications Specialist – Pte Wilkes As a Comms Spec, my job is to establish and maintain ground to air communications with the helicopter aircrew, to ensure we operate safely under the rotor disk. My role requires me to stand back from the team to gain better situational awareness by observing the aircraft and the underslung load in order to update the aircrew if there are any sudden changes or an emergency. Recently, on Exercise GREEN DRAGON, JHSS were responsible for rigging and lifting some of the more unusual loads, including the Jackal 2 MWMIK and 105mm Light Gun to support friendly forces from 29 Commando Regiment Royal Artillery. Although my main role is as a Comms Spec, I do get hands on with the rigging of loads as it is important to maintain my competency as a Rigger Marshaller (RM). There is always a sense of accomplishment when loads are lifted successfully and good comms between all parties are maintained so that everyone is fully aware of the task and their roles within it. 76

Helicopter Landing Site Manager – Cpl McCabe I am currently deployed on Exercise NOCTEM WARRIOR with a Mobile Air Operations Team (MAOT) to support 7 Sqn Chinook (RAF) in El Centro USA. The MAOT is made up of a RAF Team Leader (SNCO), 1 x RAF, 1 x Army Air Corps and 3 x RLC junior ranks representing several different trades. In preparation for our deployment, the

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Sqn organised HLS preparation and off-road driver training. As the Heli-Handling Team (HHT) Leader, I supervised the team in providing ’Green Wing’ training for the aircrew through multiple netted underslung load serials. During the serials, the Chinooks used Desert Box formation landing sites laid by the HHT as an aid to position the loads correctly and safely. At night, we used black illumination parachute flares to aid the aircrew flying training within the range complex. Our team have also been fortunate to provide ground Evasive Manoeuvre training for the aircrew where our RLC drivers used tactical driving to try and evade the helicopter in the desert environment. Find out more about JHSS on social media: Twitter: @Joint_Heli Instagram: @joint_heli #TogetherWeDeliver 8 Communications Specialist, Pte Wilkes

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Defence Munitions (DM) Kineton Station TEMPLE HERDEWYKE CO: Lt Col D Pickersgill • RSM: WO1 M Banks The second quarter of 2021 has remained an extremely busy period for DM Kineton. The Unit has seen a change of command, partaken in RLC sports and all have been working hard to improve the lived experience of our Service Personnel. In May 21, Ammunition Technical Support Group (ATSG) deployed a team of military specialists to support the Station's sister site DM Longtown. This visit provided DM Kineton and DM Longtown the opportunity to swap best practices and learn from each other. The visit started with a warm welcome by Mr Nick Easthill, the Head of Explosives Accounts and Service Provider Interface Manager (SPIM) along with his specialist team leader, who conducted a tour of the ammunition container storage site to gain an understanding of the current business process before approaching the task at hand. This task saw SSgt Cameron from the Ops Cell utilise his encyclopaedic knowledge of Materiel Joint Deployed Inventory (MJDI) by delivering refresher support with the use of User Productivity Kit (UPK). Using the 2021DIN04-044, SSgt Cameron also examined the best ways to align the physical and LOG IS processes with regards to the returning and reconditioning of munition containers, enabling it to be presented to the HOEs of both DM Kineton and DM Longtown.

During May and June, ATSG managed to squeeze in some much-needed training days. These training events are a useful opportunity to get away from the rigours of the Depot and catch up on any MATTs, trade training and mandatory training that is required. During the May training day, the Royal Military Police delivered a presentation via Skype and heat and cold Injury prevention training was undertaken thanks go to LCpl Gareth Bewley. In June, the training day was led by WO2 (SQMS) Rob Burnett and given his love for running, it was no surprise what the afternoon activity would be. A fivemile orienteering route was set up with some very tricky grid references. The victors on the day were the Regt’l 2IC Major (Justin) Paull and the SAT WO1 (SSM) (Dominic) Crawford-Vine. It must be noted that no navigation technology was used during this navigation exercise… Or was it SAT?

8 LCpl (Jonathan) Cottrell leading his section on a minefield command task during ATSG Traning Day

ATSG’s athletics team has been chomping at the bit to take part in the RLC Athletics Championships. This year this auspicious event was organised by 4 Regt RLC in Abingdon. Pte (Sophie) Riches, a Combat Logistician attached to 121 Sqn, finished second in the female 1,500m event. She was incredibly happy to be back on the track having not competed since joining the Army. She is looking forward to contributing to RLC sport, using her sports degree after she has completed her Class 2 Ammunition Technician Course. Pte (Beatrice) Mclardy, also attached to 121 Sqn, finished second in the female discus earning her an invite to the Army Inter-Corps Athletics Championships. In June, the Station managed to squeeze in a charity event. This event was organised by Sgt (Ed) Thomas from the Military Provost Guard Service. His intent was to cycle five hundred miles in 24 hours. The weather was atrocious on the day, however Sgt Thomas and his team managed to pull it off. They also managed to get the CO and 2IC out for a couple of hours. Needless to say the RSM did not partake as in his words… “I don’t do Lycra.” 8 Lt Col DJ Pickersgill (HOE-CO) and SSgt Ron Cameron

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The Gurkha ARRC Support Battalion GLOUCESTERSHIRE CO: Lt Col I Sands REME • Adjt: Capt J Crowley • RSM: WO1 R Wiseman The last few months have been a whirl of activity at Gurkha ARRC Support Battalion. Not only has the Unit deployed on special-to-arm bespoke exercises to the logistic, engineer and infantry troops in the Battalion, but also on Live Fire Tactical Training in Brecon. There is no rest for the wicked as the soldiers deployed shortly after to Swynnerton, where they put their earlier training to the test as they projected, protected and sustained a Command Post (CP), simulating their supporting role to the ARRC. On returning to Imjin Barracks, they worked with 248 Gurkha Signal Squadron to build and collapse an agile forward CP. Not even the ravages of COVID-19 could dampen spirits as the two units worked together to ensure that they are ready to deploy on Exercise STEADFAST LEDA (STLE), the three-month ARRC Corps Warfighting exercise planned for Poland and Germany. The CP was visited by the Brigade Commander, who awarded a Commander’s Coin to Sapper Morgan for her outstanding work on the exercise. The Battalion has also been busy preparing for its redesignation parade where it became officially known as ‘Gurkha ARRC Support Battalion’. This huge occasion was attended by a number of senior officers, including the Colonel Commandant of the Brigade of Gurkhas, Lieutenant General Wardlaw OBE and the Deputy Commander of ARRC, Major General Lorenzo D’Addario. As a result of becoming Gurkha ARRC Support Battalion, Major Baldeep Tamang QOGLR has been appointed the first Gurkha Major at the Unit after an auspicious temple service to mark the occasion. Following this intense period, the Battalion held a unit health fair, competed in the Nepal Cup football competition and fitted in well-earned AT and sports competitions. Other achievements include Sapper Gregory who represented the Army 78

at tennis, winning matches against the RN and RAF in singles and in doubles with Corporal Perry, and Sapper Morgan who achieved podium finish at the Royal Engineers Athletics competition. Never a unit to be quiet and shy away from challenges, a number of personnel will also be getting ready for Cambrian Patrol, under the careful instruction of SSgt Tilak and Lt Norris and Trailwalker, under the training of Sgt Arjun. Jai Gurkha ARRC Support Battalion! Lt Humphrey – Troop Commander, 14 Squadron Ops Officer If there were two things I learned on the Troop Commanders’ course, it was how to establish a Distribution Point and the cone show backwards. I remember sitting in the lecture theatre and seeing a solitary cone, hiding at the back, obscured by a multitude of other cones. It simply read “ARRC”. It was therefore with a great sense of curiosity that I walked into squadron lines for my first day at the

8 Maj Gen Lorenzo D’Addario inspects the parade

Gurkha ARRC Support Battalion. As I went down the corridor, I saw “Forward Support Troop”, “Close Support Troop”, “Power Troop” and “Transport Troop” emblazoned in gold across four doors; I immediately knew that this would not be a standard RLC posting. Not only have I deployed on exercise with RLC and QOGLR soldiers, but with infanteers and engineers as well. Joining at such a strange time has also given me the opportunity to be a Troop Commander, Squadron 2iC and an Operations Officer on a major exercise. Under Project Sherpa, the Battalion will now become 53% Gurkha. This alone provides a unique experience in terms of commanding a troop with a number of nationalities, all with different cultures and experiences. It’s been a challenging few months, but the variety of taskings that have come in have really increased the breadth of my professional knowledge of the British Army and NATO and how both operate. I’d recommend this job to anyone looking for a unique and challenging time as a Troop Commander. 8 CO Lt Col Ian Sands celebrates Major Baldeep becoming the Battalion’s Gurkha Major

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2 Operational Support Group RLC GRANTHAM CO: Lt Col A Chambers • RSM: WO1 M Hobson After a long and much anticipated wait, 2 OSG finally resumed face-to-face training in Jun 21 with a MATTs camp conducted at Beckingham Training Camp. After many months of online virtual training, it was a welcome return for the Group to some sort of normality. It was a great opportunity for reservists to brush off the cobwebs and maintain competency in preparation for the upcoming ACT and the remainder of the training year. 104 Logistic Support Brigade Commander’s visit 2 OSG welcomed 104 Logistic Support Brigade Commander, Brigadier Chestnutt to unit lines on 21 Jun 21. This gave the Commanding Officer the opportunity to showcase the vital role that 2 OSG plays within the Theatre Enabling Group and how its key function of contract maintenance enhances the support to theatre sustainment. The Group was able to demonstrate how it uses specialist contracting capability supplied by its reserve personnel to secure competitive advantage when operating this function as part of theatre sustainment. The Commander took part in a 2 OSG mind-mapping exercise conducted by Major Martin Collinson over drinks and finger food; proving that there is no such thing as a free lunch in 2 OSG. Many key issues and concepts over the future course of the Group were discussed and the Group thinking benefited greatly from the input of its guests. The drawing skills of Major Cox came in for special praise (although his attempt at the Group emblem probably needs some work). The Commander was introduced to members of 2 OSG and was able to hear first-hand the experiences of those that were mobilised on Operation RESCRIPT in support of the NHS during the height of the pandemic. He also saw a great demonstration from 500 Comms

Troop, displaying their utility and capability including a live streaming of video footage from a drone conducted by Sgt Smith. Adventure Training In June, 11 members of 2 OSG took part in Exercise WILD BEAVER. This AT exercise consisted of walking and mountaineering with everyone involved reporting to a campsite in North Wales on what must have been the windiest evening of the year! Once the weather had begun to improve, the challenge moved onto climbing Mount Cnicht. The steepness certainly did prove challenging, however at a steady pace, the peak was reached and a full day of incredible views made it all worthwhile. Recruiting One of 2 OSG’s most recent recruits, Pte Pugh has been successful in his aspirations of becoming an Officer Cadet, successfully passing his Army Officer Selection Board (AOSB) Main Board. The Group wishes him all the best in his forthcoming officer training. Another aspiring

8 Maj Cox delivering a 2 OSG RLC capability brief during the Brigade Commander’s visit

potential officer, Pte Chen-Rees, has also been successful passing his AOSB Briefing. Promotions and awards 2 OSG would like to congratulate SSgt Smith and SSgt Addison on their much-deserved promotions, well done! Congratulations to Maj Bastin who has moved over from 499 CMU to take over as the Group 2IC. Pte Tim Shaw has had great success competing in the Army Golf Association (East) finishing as a runner-up in Division 1. He will be competing in the National Championship later in the year. Welcomes The Group welcomes the following personnel into the sub-units: 497 (LSU) - WO2 Karen Temple joins on promotion from 162 Regiment RLC. 498 (LSU) - Maj Austin Hind joins as a Reservist from 104 Log Support Brigade. 499 (CMU) - Maj Virginia DeLuisgnan from NRHQ Woolwich. WO2 Paula Siddall on promotion to WO2 from 102 Battalion REME and Maj Euan McLeod is set to join next month from 165 Regiment RLC. 500 (Comms Tp) - WO2 Sam Cawley as the new Troop RSWO (Reserve). 8 Lt Col Jacobs showing off his navigation skills on Ex WILD BEAVER

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THE SUSTAINER | SPORT June saw the return of the ‘Last Male Standing’ cricket competition at Ol Pejeta, just a few kilometres from BATUKs home in Nanyuki, Kenya. The competition gets its name from Sudan, the last male Northern White Rhino. The event, originally established in 2016, seeks to raise money for the 24-hour protection of the last two Northern Whites, both of which are females. The two females are housed at the conservancy whilst scientists attempt to revive the species via pioneering IVF treatments. The competition also raises money for the East Africa Character Development Trust (EACDT) which helps underprivileged children in East Africa (predominantly Kenya) by utilising unique character education and by introducing cricket into schools. The unique competition is played over three days in the open savannah grasslands of Kenya, surrounded by the incredible wildlife with elephants, giraffes and even rhinos grazing metres from the pitch boundaries. BATUK played a key role in establishing the infrastructure required to hold such a large event by providing tents and electricity for the accommodation, competition management and for the catering companies who were present on the day. Two teams from BATUK were entered on the day - the A Team, captained by SSgt Plummer took part in the more competitive ‘Rhino Cup’, and a B Team, skippered by Capt Mark Lewis-Taylor entered the friendly ‘Sudan Smash’ competition. The A Team came into fierce competition with several top tier

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Success for BATUK Cricket Club at The Rhino Cup and The Sudan Smash

cricket teams from around Kenya. Some solid performances with the bat from SSgt Plummer and Sgt Kennerley kept the team in contention throughout the group stages along with pinpoint bowling from LCpl White and LCpl Anish Gurung. The most notable performance came from SSgt Butlin who took the field as a substitute and bowled his team to third position in the competition. This year’s Rhino Cup was deservedly won by the Obuya Academy who saw off Meru CC in a nail-biting final match. The B Team also performed well in the Sudan Smash, winning three of their four games comfortably including a devastating win over Ol Pejeta’s own team. Outstanding

8 Playing in the open savannah grasslands surrounded by rhinos grazing metres from the pitch batting from Cpl Bennett and the skipper meant the team placed high scores for their competitors to chase. WO2 Charles took several wickets over the three days to be named as the third-highest ranked bowler of the Sudan Smash and Sgt Adam Poultney was the star of the show taking two wickets and retiring with maximum scored in three out of his four innings. BATUK B made it to the semi-finals of their competition to be knocked out by the Honey Badgers in an enthralling match. The Sudan Smash was won with ease by the Foundation for Youth Cricket in Kenya (FYCEK); a team composed of teenagers funded by the EASTC, many of whom are predicted to become the next generation of professional cricketers in Kenya. The competition concluded with a luxury buffet dinner and a prize giving ceremony which saw BATUK take home several individual prizes and two team trophies - congratulations to BATUK Cricket Club. 8 Both teams from BATUK CC performed well in the competition

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By SSgt Hood, 4 Regiment RLC The RLC Athletics Team are back on the right track. The team made its long-awaited return to the track at the Army Individual and Inter-Corps Championships between 15-16 Jun 21 at the Military Stadium, Aldershot. The event was held over two days to comply with social distancing rules and the contest offered some much-needed live action for those who were largely restricted to the virtual realm in 2020. The lanes on track were full for every event and the competition was fierce. The men’s team started with a convincing win in the Hammer throw by WO2 ‘Oz’ Osazuwa and went from strength to strength. A standout performance from Lt Max Walker, winning both the 5,000m and 3,000m Steeple Chase, was complimented by Maj Adi Whitwam’s third place 5,000m finish in his swan song for RLC Athletics at the end of a stellar running career. The

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8 Cpl Jack Halsey of 3 Regt RLC setting the pace in the 1,500m

men’s team triumphed beating the Royal Engineers by a clear 31 points to be crowned the 2021 Army Inter-Corps Champions, winning the event for the first time since 2016. The women’s team also showed great strength with additional athletes in the majority of events and consistent finishes across the board. WO2 Tina Jones corralled the team to a second-place finish close behind the Army Medical Services. Focus now switches to preparation for next season with a warm weather training camp planned for April 2022 in Portugal. Anyone interested in attending or participating in track and field should contact the Team Manager, SSgt Hood via email: Nicholas.hood878@mod.gov.uk

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up against them many times before and it’s always been a close-run match. It quickly became clear that they’d managed to get in more practice than we had and were soon ahead. Our lack of training not only disadvantaged us but worked heavily in their favour as we gave away a significant number of penalties, for which we seemed always to be in defensive positions at, or behind our goal mouth. They were not poor at penalty shots either and eventually, despite flurries of valiant defence, riding off (shoulder barging – this is allowed!) and some good shots, we came off the field 5-0 down. After some serious wound-licking and a team talk, we found ourselves up against the HCR, who had also just been defeated by the RAF. The game ebbed and flowed with much ground covered and we gave a good account of ourselves and managed to get ahead. I managed

8 The RLC Polo team at Tedworth Polo Club to tap the ball over the line from a very convenient position that even I could not miss! With a second goal scored by Capt Nick Lowe off a 60yard penalty, we kept our lead until the final whistle, winning 2.5 - 2. It was great to see so many military teams back on the field and to have superb sunshine bringing friends and family out to support on a glorious bank holiday. Many thanks to Tedworth Polo Club and The Royal Artillery for putting on a superb competition. Polo is fantastic game which requires, skill, dedication, horsemanship and sportsmanship in equal measure. If you’re interested, especially if you can already ride in the conventional style at walk, trot and canter, then get in touch with Capt Lowe (James.Lowe643@mod.gov.uk).

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On 31 May 2021, the second May bank holiday saw the sunshine of ‘Lockdown 1’ finally return to the UK and, in particular, to the manicured grounds of Tedworth Park Polo Club for the The Royal Artillery Polo Tournament. Given the almost complete lack of training undertaken by RLC polo players due to COVID-19 restrictions, it was with some apprehension that the team, consisting of Maj Matt Pittaway, Maj Nigel Prescott, Lt Col Lucy Anderson MBE and Capt Nick Lowe, arrived. This is the first of three military polo tournaments that occur through the season into which we always enter teams. Normally, a match comprises four chukkas or ‘quarters’, each of seven and a half minutes (hence a full match is 30 minutes), but given this is always a one-day tournament and that there are seventeen teams playing, we had only two chukkas per match. This meant two things we only had to keep our ‘lockdown’ bodies going for that length of time (phew!) and that we only had that length of time to make an impact! Fortunately, the average combined age of our four pax team has reduced in recent years bringing us nearer to other teams, meaning that we could hopefully make that impact early on. We were drawn into Div II (League 2) along with the RAF team and the Household Cavalry Regiment (HCR). First up…the RAF. We have been

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#BritishArmyLogistics Day 1 (7 Jun 21) It had been a long and hectic COVID restricted year when Cpl Dean Haycocks of the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst seized the opportunity to boost morale and utilise a previous skillset by organising a well-deserved Adventurous Training (AT) week for his team. 14 novice sailors set off to the Army Inshore Sailing Training Centre, Thorney Island, prepared for an arduous but fun packed week of AT. Upon arriving at the centre, the obligatory COVID test was conducted, a demonstration given on how to rig a Laser Pico vessel and a test was taken of land drills and tacking skills. Next came the fun of being issued safety equipment which would be tested to its fullest extent. Many entertaining faces were pulled attempting to don the wetsuits, however once shoehorned in it was finally time to set sail on our very first attempt around the harbour. Amusingly, this did not go to plan and several people capsized. LCpl Niroj practiced the art of righting his boat daily and became very skilled at spending as much time in the water as the boat! Day 2 (8 Jun 21) The sun began to appear over Chichester harbour on Tuesday morning during another land drill. We were now progressing on to jibing which luckily was already a natural talent to a lot of the group. We also studied how to rig double-handed boats as respite from the previous day. This technique allows for more manoeuvrability and the chance to showcase new skillsets. By Tuesday afternoon, we were discussing Balance - port and starboard, Boat Trim - keeping the boat, fore and aft level, Sail setting setting of the sails relative to wind, Centreboard - correcting sideways drift and vitally, how to choose the most appropriate course. Keen and full of knowledge, we sailed back out into the Solent to put these critical points into practice with varied success. The day ended with an impromptu BBQ down at the costal beach to discuss the day’s events and to watch the amazing sunset.

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8 The novice sailors soon picked up the skills to pass their RYA qualifications location to practice leaving and returning to shore. Rescue ‘Jaffa’ boats were anchored for so we could use them to come alongside a moored boat. 8 Building confidence and making it look easy in a Laser Pico Day 3 (9 Jun 21) Day 3 began with lessons on International Regulations for preventing collisions at sea; essential as the sailing was about to intensify as competitiveness took hold. We covered many subjects including Meteorology, Beaufort Wind Scale, how a boat works, knot tying and identifying parts of the Pico/Hartley boats and tides. After lessons, it was time to once again haul the boats back down the jetty treading along the pebble beach and with confidence beginning to rise, it wasn’t long before everyone had found their own techniques whilst grasping what the sport has to offer. Day 4 (10 Jun 21) With packed lunches safely stowed away, we sailed back up the Chichester harbour to reach East Head. However, due to the tides, we had to change plan and sail to Pisley Beach instead. This was to be our base for the day in which to refine the skills we had been taught. The beach was the perfect

Day 5 (11 Jun 21) Day 5 began with a competition to bring all of the lessons together. The two training groups were going head-to-head over three races held in the harbour. Pte Ensor demonstrated his new-found skills to win two of the races by a clear margin. Sig Kundan capsized during an important race and promptly had to be rescued as he found himself tangled in the ropes. Luckily it wasn’t too serious but a good tale to tell when back in the office. All of the group made excellent progress during the week achieving their Level 1, and for some Level 2, RYA sailing qualifications. There were with smiles all around and it was huge accomplishment for the whole team.

8 Putting lessons into practice on the Hartley H15

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#BritishArmyLogistics Private Richard Lake of 167 Regiment RLC details his challenging journey to breaking a new World Record tabbing back-to-back marathons in support of mental health awareness and veterans’ charities. My journey to completing 30 back-to-back marathons began on the morning of 13 Mar 21 which started like every other Saturday for me - chatting with friends at the Veterans’ Breakfast Club in Grantham. I was with my close family friend and veteran, Simon Auckland. Simon was opening up to me about his current struggles with his mental health and what he was saying really struck a chord with me. Until this point, nobody was aware that I had attempted to take my own life in 2015, as I too had suffered mental health issues. I wanted to ensure that Simon knew he didn’t have to deal with his problems alone, so I opened up to him about my past to show support. Upon leaving the Breakfast Club, I couldn’t shrug off what Simon had said. Knowing he was struggling had hit me hard and I wanted him to know how much he was loved and appreciated by us all. Arriving home, I spoke with my wife and told her that I wanted to do something for Simon and that is when I had the idea of tabbing 30 back-to-back marathons consecutively for 30 days – a challenge that would be new World Record. I immediately rang Simon and told him what I was planning to do and it was agreed that I would also carry a total weight of 28kg and that I would also raise money for charity. I decided to raise money for Battle Back Golf – a programme originally founded at the Defence Medical Rehabilitation Centre in 2009. The programme has proven successful

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Private sets new world record in support of veterans’ mental health

8 Personnel from 167 Regt RLC supporting Pte Lake at the start of his challenge

8 Pte Lake successfully raised £6,740 for charity in supplementing the physical, psychological and cognitive rehabilitation of over 200 serving and veteran personnel (including Simon who was introduced to the charity in 2017 after receiving life-changing injuries which sadly ended his military career). I knew that I would need at least eight hours per day to complete the challenge, but I was unsure how I would arrange the time without having to take 30 days unpaid leave. It later dawned on me that in Grantham there is a funeral director and veteran, Jason Price, who might be able to help. I decided to put the idea to him and asked if it was possible for him to pay my monthly wage. To my surprise, he agreed, giving me the green light that I needed to start my event. Jason also runs an organisation called ‘Detecting for Veterans’ and I therefore decided that in return for kindly agreeing to cover my wages, I would raise money for

his organisation as well as Battle Back Golf. I began my challenge on 22 Mar 21 and the night before, my stomach was in knots. On the morning of the challenge, I was starting from Price and Sons Funeral Directors, accompanied by my Regimental 2IC Major Roger Marshall, Squadron 2IC Captain Claire Richards, Regimental Adjutant Captain John Gajdus and Regimental Sergeant Major WO1 Paul Jordan. I felt privileged to have them there to start what was undoubtably going to be the hardest challenge of my life. Over the next three weeks, I faced countless challenges, both mentally and physically. I discovered things about myself that I didn’t previously know; I am robust, I am determined and I proud to have used my own mental health troubles to show others that you can get through it and you can succeed. I want to thank all those who came out and supported me, in particular the personnel from 167 Regiment RLC and my family and friends. Also, to Jason Price as without him, the challenge never would have happened. Finally, thank you to all who donated - I set myself a target of raising £5,000 but to smash that and raise a grand total of £6,740 is unbelievable.

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Ken Stuart was born in Totnes, Devon in 1945. His time from eighteen months until eleven years was spent in a catholic orphanage where life was hard and short of fun. He had a thirst for knowledge and read extensively. Keen to learn more, Ken joined the Junior Leaders in 1961 at the age of fifteen. Ken got stuck into Army life from the start. His first posting was to CVD Marchington, as an auditor, where he met his future wife Joy. A year in Bahrain was followed by marriage and a first taste of patch life in Liebenau, Germany whilst working with 1 Div Tpt Regt RCT. Ken was promoted to Sergeant in 1969 and posted to Singapore, working on equipment statistics. The family moved to Hong Kong via boat for another year before a return to the UK and a three-year stint at HQ Director Ordnance Services in London.Those long working hours paid dividends as he was promoted to WO2 having moved to work at ICP Viersen, where he also founded the Joint Services Rapier Cell. Now with four children in tow, Ken was posted to GCHQ in 1978 as the Ordnance Liaison WO. Ken was subsequently promoted to WO1 and was posted to Nicosia, Cyprus to be the UNFICYP FOWO. It was during this time, in 1983, that he was honoured to be appointed as a Conductor. He also put his authority with children to good use as leader of the UNFICYP youth club (KIDCON). A tour as WOIC Ordnance Depot Dharan, Nepal followed where, without the requisite experience, he became OIC Stables and part time BFBS DJ! In 1984, Ken was commissioned and began life as an officer at COD Bicester, whilst continuing to work with children as the leader of the Junior Youth Club. After promotion to Captain, he assumed command of the RAOC Stores Section within the REME wing of the Royal School of Artillery in Larkhill and volunteered to become the Chairman of the Larkhill Scout Group. A return to Germany followed as he entered HQ BAOR as SO3 Supply with the opportunity

#BritishArmyLogistics to perfect his unique ten-pin bowling style. Over the next six years, Ken bowled weekly for the “Rowdies” in JHQ and for the “International Tigers” in Krefeld. Much like his career, his bowling was effective and consistent; many trophies were collected and his observational witticisms became legendary. After promotion to Major in 1991, he moved down the road to Ordnance Services Viersen as the Senior Stores Officer, but this quickly transformed into a job as OC Stores Squadron within the newly created BAOR Theatre Drawdown Unit. After a busy and successful three years at the Theatre Drawdown Unit, Ken, now as a member of The RLC, was assigned to HQ Land in 1995 as the SO2 Closed Stores Accounts Liaison Team within the Logistic Support Branch. It was during this time that he was dispatched to Bosnia in order to inspect and reconcile inaccurate theatre ammunition accounts. Such was his proficiency that he failed to spend sufficient time in theatre to qualify for a medal. In 1998, his previous success with the BAOR Theatre Drawdown Unit led to a posting to Thatcham Sub Depot as 2IC and OIC Closure team. Ken’s calm assuredness, eye for detail and excellent leadership of the military and civilian staff led to an orderly and efficient closure of Thatcham. It is an achievement that he was rightly proud of. 1998 also saw him assume the responsibility of treasurer of the Larkhill Thrift Shop, a post he held for twentythree years until his death. Having already established the family home in Amesbury, Ken’s final posting was to the Defence Storage and Distribution Centre in Bicester as OIC Domestic Accounts Reconciliation Team. He retired from the Army as a Major on 31 October 2000. Ken Stuart served in the British Army with distinction as a soldier and officer across the globe for forty years. He died in Salisbury Hospital on 17 June 2021 at the age of 75 and is survived by his loving wife Joy, four children and seven grandchildren.

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8 WO2 Tatenda John Mavhera RLC

OBITUARIES | THE SUSTAINER It is with great sorrow that we report the death of WO2 Tatenda John Mavhera. Known to all as John, he died suddenly on the 8th June 2021. A loyal and irreplaceable member of The RLC, his passing is felt with profound sadness. Our thoughts are with his wife, Melinda, and his two children Tyra and Tia. Born in Zimbabwe, John enlisted into The RLC in March 2004. After completing Phase One and Phase Two trade training he qualified as a Supply Controller. In 2004, he was posted to his first unit, 13 Air Assault Support Regiment, in Colchester. In February 2006, he deployed for two months to Oman on Ex DESERT EAGLE where he was recognised for his exceptional qualities in trade and leadership. After two weeks R&R in April 2006 he deployed to Afghanistan on Op HERRICK 4, where he ran the Task Force Helmand Forward Demand Cell in support of Camp Bastion. He was selected for promotion to LCpl in August 2006 and upgraded to Class 1 in February 2008. In 2008 John was assigned to 2 LS Regiment. He deployed on Op TELIC 12 where he was awarded the Multi-National Division (South East), Deputy Commander Operations’ Certificate of Meritorious Service. He promoted to Cpl in August 2009. In 2010 John was detached to 2nd Battalion REME and deployed on Op HERRICK 14 as an A/Sgt. For his effort, he received a Certificate of Commendation from the Commander Equipment Capability, HQ Joint Force Support (Afghanistan). Promoted to Sgt in July 2012 and due to his strength of character, outstanding leadership qualities and exceptional trade skills, he was appointment as an Instructor at the Defence School of Logistics. After promotion to SSgt in April 2016, John was assigned to 4 Rifles and deployed with them on Op SHADER 3.5 as the RQMS (Maint). On his return from Op SHADER 3.5, he was appointed The RLC Tennis team captain and was influential in player recruitment, the

annual championships and its organisational structure. For this he was awarded his Corps Tennis Colours in June 2018. During his time with 4 Rifles, he briefed members of Land Supply Chain, Army HQ, on unit storage capacity and also the utility and benefits of the newly release Handheld Scanning device. Unlike other units, John fully embraced the technology and realised the benefit it could provide. Little did he know that this brief and his skills, forward thinking and presence of mind, would make him stand out as an ideal candidate for a future assignment to Army HQ. Promoted to WO2 in February 2019, he was posted to Land Support Chain, Army HQ, as the Army Inventory Control Tower Warrant Officer. Using his immense technical skills, leadership and desire for knowledge he developed the control tower team to such an extent that they realised an inventory efficiency of over £184M. During the initial COVID-19 response, John and his team were responsible for providing essential PPE and oxygen cylinder availability not only for Army HQ and HQ Field Army, but also HQ AIR, NCHQ, DE&S and the newly formed Defence Support Operations Centre. This enabled key supply chain strategic decisions to be made which resulted in 100% availability of PPE. As a result of his leadership, personal commitment and dedication, he and his team received a CFA Team Commendation in the 2021 New Year’s Honours List. John also devoted his personal time to professional development, gaining a BSc Honours in Logistic Management and completed the majority of his MSc degree in International Logistic and Supply Chain Management. He also devoted his time to raising money to support the education and emancipation of students at Mavhudzi Primary School in the Manicaland Province of Zimbabwe. He was, of course, an absolutely devoted husband to his wife Melinda and father to his two daughters Tyra and Tia.

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