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Journal of The Royal Logistic Corps R SUMMER 2021

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

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Contents 2 Royal visit HRH The Princess Royal opens The RLC Museum

4 St Stanislaw window 7 Regt reunited with its Polish heritage

8 Cover story 17 P&M Regt and JHSS support wildlife initiative

14 Working in HQ Fd Army Opportunities for WOs and SNCOs explained

22 Op BROADSHARE One officer’s Caribbean career highlight

26 25 Training Regiment The best kept secret in The RLC

30 Trade secrets Movement control Nepal

32 Thought leadership Is automating final mile C-Sup delivery realistic?

40 Op TOSCA 6 Regt gets to grips with UN duties in Cyprus

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

77 Indoor rowing Gold! Win for RLC LCpl in the US Open Championships


EDITOR’S NOTE Welcome to the summer 2021 edition of The Sustainer. For this issue we asked members of the Corps and units to submit articles that highlighted the lesser known aspects of the opportunities presented by roles open to The RLC. You grasped this nettle, with typical enthusiasm and thanks to your contributions, some ‘trade secrets’ have been uncovered. These range from trade related roles for SNCOs and WOs in HQ Field Army, to the lesser known facts about where Movement Controllers can be found; a deep dive into the roles of Ammunition Technicians and the ‘best kept secret in The RLC’. Turn to page 26 for more information on that one. We are setting up a system to inform members of the Corps, serving with other units or formation HQs, about the themes and deadlines for The Sustainer so they can contribute on a regular basis. This is being coordinated by SSgt Magic Musicha at 1 Av Bde. If you would like to be added to the contact list, please email me, or Chimwemwe.Musicha825@mod.gov.uk. On 17 May the brand new RLC Museum was officially opened and welcomed its first visitors. The opening attracted considerable media interest. Following the issue of a press release two weeks prior to the opening, the story featured on seven news websites and in three regional weekly newspapers. The opening resulted in radio interviews with BFBS and BBC Radio Solent and was covered by Forces TV and

ITV News Meridian. The story about the RCT Medal Collection being on public display at the new museum made the national press, with coverage in The Sunday Telegraph and Daily Mirror. Visitor bookings are very healthy, so it looks like a very busy summer for the museum team. The 2021 RLC Photographic competition has been launched – see story page 3. As the home of the Army’s Photographic trade, The RLC is asking as many keen amateur photographers as possible to enter this year’s competition with excellent images that capture the essence of the Corps. Further information can be found on RHQ The RLC’s Defence Connect pages. The spring 21 edition reported that Sgt Steer was the first 'ever' Air Despatcher (AD) to be selected to instruct at RMAS. Mr Trevor Prior has pointed out that as an RCT AD, he instructed at RMAS from 1981 to 1983. Our apologies for the inaccuracy. Sgt Steer is the first AD from The RLC. As I write, the sun is shining and summer has arrived. What happened to spring? I sincerely hope the next edition will be a COVID-19 free one. With team sports re-starting and hopefully life returning to normal, I am looking forward, after a long 18 months, to be able to include reports on the lighter side of Corps life in September’s edition. 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 HRH The Princess Royal visited Worthy Down on 13 May 20 to tour and formally open the Defence College of Logistics, Policing and Administration (DCLPA) and new The Royal Logistic Corps Museum. Over the last few years, the site, has undergone a £300m transformation process to become a training centre for military logisticians, police officers and administrators from the Royal Navy, British Army and Royal Air Force. Relocating military functions and personnel from Princess Royal Barracks, HMS Raleigh and RAF Halton allows the easy sharing of expertise and facilities across all three services. The programme has seen the construction of 27 new buildings including accommodation, teaching spaces, medical and dental centre, Regimental Headquarters for the Adjutant General’s Corps and The RLC in addition to facilities for catering, retail and leisure including sports pitches and a gym. The construction work was led by the Defence Infrastructure Organisation (DIO) with Skanska as the principal contractors and AECOM as project managers. Her Royal Highness was shown around the site by Commandant DCLPA, Brigadier Mike Caldicott CBE. She signed the visitor’s book, met VIPs and revealed a commemorative plaque. The tour included two realistic working environments for the Royal Navy, a replica ship’s galley and an area for logisticians to practise loading supplies from a replica

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HRH The Princess Royal visits Worthy Down to formally open DCLPA and The RLC Museum

quayside, over a gangway and onto an area representing a flight deck, before bringing it inside the ‘ship’ down ladders.

As Colonel-in-Chief of the Royal Logistic Corps and newly announced Royal Patron of The RLC Museum, Her Royal Highness also formally opened the brand-new purpose-built museum. She was met outside the museum by the Master General of Logistics, Lt Gen Sir Mark Poffley KCB OBE, the Colonel RLC, Col Jon West ADC and The RLC Corps Sergeant Major, WO1 Phil Broom. Inside Her Royal Highness met the museum trustees, museum staff and donors and was taken on a tour of a new exhibition and the RCT medal collection. The Colonel RLC and RLC Museum trustee, Colonel Jon West ADC said: “The Corps is honoured that our Colonel in Chief agreed to be the museum’s Royal Patron and formally open it during her visit to DCLPA. This followed months of hard work by the museum team. The museum opening sees the home of the Corps and our rich heritage firmly established at Worthy Down alongside the centre of professional logistic excellence at DCLPA. The fantastic state of the art facilities here at the new RLC Museum provide a focal point for past, present and future generations of the Corps family to enjoy and present a fascinating opportunity to showcase military logistics to the public”.

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#BritishArmyLogistics 7 Regiment RLC has recovered its St Stanislaw stained-glass window, which was originally installed in the church of St Christopher’s, Dempsey Barracks, Sennelager in the mid 1980s. The window’s features include themes from the 7 Regt’s original WW2 roots when the Mixed Service Organisation (MSO) was formed following the annexation of Poland by German and Russian forces. Many Poles then served within the RASC and RCT tank transporter units. In WW2 these Polish servicemen saw action at Tobruk and Arnhem. In post war years they served in Hamm and Fallingbostel until the end of their service on 31 March 1978. The window was dedicated on Saturday 15 November 1986, by the then Commander Transport 1 British Corps, Brigadier CEG Carrington CBE, on behalf of the RCT and 7 Tank Transporter Regiment RCT. The Polish connection remains strong within The RLC and officers and

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Historic stained-glass window returned to 7 Regt RLC soldiers who serve, or have served, in tank transporter units are permitted within Corps Dress Regulations to wear the Imperial Polish Eagle on their Mess Kit in honour of the Polish servicemen that went before them. When 16 Tank Transporter Squadron (7 Tank Transporter Regiment RCT) entered Iraq during the first Gulf War the Officer Commanding flew the Polish national colours. The window will sit proudly in 7 Regt’s regimental chapel in Cottesmore for future generations of soldiers to understand the Regt’s heritage. The restoration was completed thanks to Melton Glass and support from The RLC Association Trust. It is great to see the window fully restored after years of sitting in an empty church.

CALLING ALL BUDDING PHOTOGRAPHERS… the RLC Photographic Competition is back! Following the huge success of inaugural RLC Photographic Competition in 2020, the competition is back in 2021 with even more opportunities and prizes up for grabs; with the winning images being published in the 2021 RLC Calendar. 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. It not only encourages and develops budding photographers, but also showcases the very best of what the Corps has done over the last 12 months; all whilst building up an archive of good quality stock images to replace the very outdated one. With some changes to last year, entries for 2021 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). The judges, made up of a panel

from within the Corps HQ (including a senior member of the RLC Photographer trade), 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 where to enter, visit The RLC Defence Connect page: https://jive.defencegateway.mod.uk/ docs/DOC-574123

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A VIEW FROM THE BRIDGE The Colonel RLC

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As I write we are less than a month away from the government further releasing Coronavirus restrictions, which will mark a significant waypoint on the roadmap back to getting back to something nearer to normal.There is much to look forward to for the Corps as we begin to resume events and activities that we have all missed out on for over a year. On 13th May our Colonel-in-Chief, HRH The Princess Royal, visited Worthy Down to open the new RLC Museum as its Patron. The new Museum situated at Worthy Down outside of the wire - is an outstanding facility, which perfectly showcases our Corps’ unique heritage in a state of the art and interactive setting. The facilities include a historic vehicle display, a mezzanine floor for temporary exhibitions and group activities, meeting facilities and a café and shop. It is something that everyone associated with the Corps can be very proud of and I urge all of you to visit as soon as possible and bring along your families and friends. The Corps’ regiments remain fully committed to operations and exercises and the past months have seen several noteworthy deployments. 27 Regiment and 20 Transport Squadron played a leading role in the funeral arrangements for HRH The Duke of Edinburgh in April. 27 Regiment commanded the Joint Concentration Area providing the Real-Life Support and co-ordination role for all military involvement in the funeral and 20 Transport Squadron led the transport plan. I have been inundated with praise from the other Corps involved, who could not speak highly enough of our soldiers and officers for their professionalism and forward leaning approach. 27 Regiment continues to support ceremonial commitments in London and Windsor as the resident Public Duties Company until July. 9 Regiment is currently deployed across multiple theatres supporting Op TORAL redeployment in Afghanistan and Oman and on Ex DEFENDER 21 in Greece; working with our US Allies as the HQ of the Theatre Enabling Group. 6 Regiment is mid-way through its tour on Op TOSCA in Cyprus supported by Reservists from 159, 158 and 150

Regiments and is making an excellent contribution to the UNFICYP force. I do hope that you have been receiving the monthly RHQ RLC Downreps, which are part of RHQ RLC’s concerted effort to communicate with you all better; particularly focussed on reaching the 40% of the Corps that sits outside our regiments. If you are not yet on the distribution list and would like to be added please contact the Corps Adjutant, Capt Jake Ardley. I am conscious that a large percentage of our trade groups serve in small detachments across the Army and we are working on how we can better use the Trade network to communicate better and further enhance pride, identity and ethos in line with the Corps Strategy. This edition of The Sustainer sees the return of the Head of Trade updates and our Corps Communications Team in RHQ is also supporting the Heads of Trade to introduce online trade forums and regular video updates via social media to further build the network and maximise reach. Over the past few months the RHQ team has been supporting Army HQ in informing the future structure of the Corps as part of Defence’s Integrated Review. This work is ongoing, and I intend to issue another Corps wide update towards the end of the summer explaining in more detail the implications for the Corps. The summer brings the inevitable churn to RHQ The RLC, with the handover of key appointments. Lt Col Ciaron Dyer hands over as COS to Lt Col Louise Stewart, Maj Jayne McCroary hands over as SO2 Pers to Maj Simon Robertson and Maj Jay Goodchild hands over as SO2 Trg Ops to Maj Jacqui Barlow. Thank you to you all for your steadfast commitment in supporting the Corps over the past two years and all the best for your future endeavours. The final word must to Corps Sergeant Major Broom, who hands over to Corps Sergeant Major Sutherland after three years in appointment. On behalf of the Corps, a huge thank you for your unstinting loyalty and selflessness.You leave an indelible legacy, we wish you all the very best for ICSC(L) and your future career in the Corps. Colonel J C West ADC

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#BritishArmyLogistics When the COVID-19 pandemic hit in early 2020,WO2 (SSM) Charlie Bruce from 52 Port Squadron, 17 Port and Maritime Regiment RLC set himself a challenge to raise money for the children’s charity ‘The Pied Piper Appeal’. He was concerned that the charity may be negatively affected by the pandemic and that charitable donations would likely decrease. Founded in 1992 by Peter Hickman, the Pied Piper Appeal is the leading children's charity in Gloucestershire. Its mission is to make a difference to the lives of sick and disabled children in the county by funding the Children’s Centre at Gloucestershire Royal Hospital, supporting local Special Educational Needs and Disability schools, improving children’s experiences at mental health facilities and supporting children and their families with life-limiting illnesses. Kitted out in a 20kg weighted vest, WO2 Bruce decided he would embark on a journey of running 5km every day, starting on 12 Apr 20. Determined to raise awareness for this essential charity, he was relentless in adhering to his running routine and stuck to his challenge regardless of the unpredictable British weather.

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8 WO2 (SSM) Bruce with his father, Maj (Retd) Ian Bruce RLC, the day he completed his first marathon

As the donations started to roll in, WO2 Bruce was spurred on to challenge himself one step further by setting himself longer distance targets each time he hit another milestone in his fundraising efforts. Still wearing his

weighted vest, he decided to run 10km when he raised £100, 20km for £2,000, 30km for £3,000, 35km for £4,000 and 42km for £5,000. Having completed one 42km marathon, he received a £1,000 donation in one hit and decided to do another 42km the next day for his £6,000 achievement. In addition to this,WO2 (SSM) Bruce also completed a 24-hour workout challenge at Reebok CrossFit Glevum. Testing both his physical and mental capabilities, on Saturday 19 Dec 20, every hour, on the hour,WO2 (SSM) Bruce took on one of the benchmark 'Girl' workouts within CrossFit, all before completing his daily 5km run! His admirable achievements saw WO2 Bruce raise an impressive £12,462 for the Gloucester Royal Hospital, with the money being used to purchase two mental health wards for the Pied Piper Children’s Centre. In total, between 12 Apr 20 and 31 Dec 20, he covered a commendable distance of 1,635km.

Reopening the Tower of London On 19 May 21, as part of Public Duties, personnel from 27 Regiment RLC took part in the opening ceremony for the reopening of London’s top tourist attraction, The Tower of London. They supported the fanfare from four trumpeters from the Band of the Royal Yeomanry outside the Tower in the highly-anticipated reopening after the attraction had to close to visitors due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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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FROM THE RANKS

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Enjoy whatever the new normal looks like, but please do not forget the sacrifices made to get here. Remain careful, stay safe and watch out for each other

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Hello, I hope you are all safe and well. As I write my final edition of ‘From the Ranks’, I am trying to reflect on and quantify the last three years as The RLC’s Corps SM. It is impossible, in these few words, to capture everything that we have achieved or do justice to just how far the Corps has come. However, I can say with absolute certainty, that we have never been more valued and needed. The Corps is held in such high regards that our reputation proceeds us.We are tried and tested, both operationally and in barracks.We are current, relevant, professional, flexible, able; and we are true SMEs and masters of our own destiny. Since taking up post in summer 2018 - the year of RLC 25 - I have been lucky enough to witness and be involved in so many events. All of which I will remember and cherish forever. Irrespective of the event’s nature, there has been one constant; and that is the ability of our officers and soldiers to continually step up to plate and deliver the goods. No matter the situation or circumstances, you continue to impress at all levels.You laugh in the face of adversity and relish the challenges placed in front of you and you as individuals and as teams, should be (rightfully) just as proud of your successes, as we are of you! As we celebrated our 25th anniversary, what stood out for me, is the way the Corps came together.We marked the occasion in style, and we continued to do so for 12 months. I truly believe this was a turning point in our history and when the Corps came of age.There has been a general buzz around the Corps for the last three years and I feel you are genuinely proud to wear our cap badge, TRF and stable belt and are comfortable and confident about who and what we are. I know the past 14 months has been difficult for all of us, but again you delivered in spades and we cannot have asked anything more of our personnel. I really do mean it

when I say congratulations on a job well done and I would like to thank each and every one of you. Through your efforts, this Corps has benefited; you have directly helped the nation and you have saved lives or played your part in saving lives. And for that we will be forever grateful, both individually, as a nation and collectively as a Corps. The Government is slowly relaxing the COVID-19 restrictions and I hope by the time that you read this article, all restrictions should have been lifted. It is time to bring the fun back to the Corps.We need to come together, we need to socialise again, we need to compete and get our sports events back on track. Enjoy whatever the new normal looks like, but please do not forget the sacrifices made to get here. Remain careful, stay safe and watch out for each other. COVID-19 has also created opportunities for the Corps to adapt and try new things. RHQ The RLC along with the 2* and 1* community have had the opportunity to develop and launch a new RLC Strategy that is fit for the future, fit for purpose and fit for the Corps. The Strategy has been well received and has enhanced our reputation across the Army. I would like to thank those of you that have assisted with this project so far. The Strategy will continue to evolve as will the Corps; and we will continue to call on you to help it develop, so please lean in and help us to be better! I have been able to enjoy this post thanks to your superb individual and team efforts. Please know, that I, along with the all The RLC’s senior leadership, am eternally grateful and cannot thank you enough for what you do for this Corps. Thank you for your support over my tenure. I know you will do the same for my successor, WO1 (Corps SM) C Sutherland. Good luck Corps SM (Chris) and good luck to you all. Be safe, take care and I hope to see you soon. WO1 P S Broom Corps Sergeant Major RLC

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RLC Reservist SSM joins veteran care team WO2 (SSM) Colin Adams, has joined Broughton House Veteran Care Village in Salford as its head of facilities. WO2 Adams left the Regular Army in 2017 but maintains his service involvement with 156 Regiment RLC and is currently Squadron Sergeant Major 236 (Manchester) Squadron. During Op RESCRIPT,WO2 Adams was mobilised as the deputy military liaison officer for Greater Manchester, working with the NHS, police forces, fire and rescue services and local authorities across the region. He was demobbed in February and joined Broughton House. In his new role, he co-ordinates the full range of the care village’s facilities spanning the buildings, the grounds, security, maintenance, equipment, vehicle transport and stores.

RLC Chefs go the extra mile Corporal Kaur Pardeep has an entire marathon in her garden to raise money for the NHS East Ambulance Service. Cpl Pardeep began raising money for charity back in 2018 when she deployed on Op TRENTON. She baked 500 pieces of cake to raise £400 for Macmillan Cancer Support. Since then, she has committed herself to accomplishing at least one fundraiser each year and in 2020 planned to run the Brighton Marathon.The event was cancelled, but inspired by Captain Sir Tom Moore’s 100 laps, she ran the distance in her garden. Cpl Pardeep is aiming to become a PTI and is already busy preparing for her next fundraiser, which will see her complete a triathlon to raise money for veterans. Pte Umit Rai (above) of 22 Signal Regiment is the latest winner of the Mackenzie Award. The award is granted every six months to a British Army Chef for outstanding achievements, either in or out of the kitchen and Pte Rai’s citation shows a clear indication of his commitment and dedication in both of these fields. During the COVID-19 lockdown, Pte Umit was part of a small team tasked with providing catering support to numerous Mobile Testing Units: stepping up to act as a shift 2IC in the absence of any JNCO’s. He embraced technology to provide a number of healthy dishes which were then shared on Defence Connect with a step-by-step guide. He also found the time to maintain team ethos by running several virtual quizzes not only for his team, but also their families. During Ex LOYAL LEDA, Pte Rai stepped-up again to shift 2IC, a task that required him to run operations in a field kitchen overseeing the production of meals for over 500 personnel whilst the production supervisor was in a separate location.

WO2 Adams says:“It’s close to home and I jumped at the chance to work with veterans.They deserve the best for all they have done for the country and I wanted to do something to give back to them. I’m really enjoying the role and working with a great team of people who are very dedicated to the residents. I feel I’m lucky to be here in this job.” Broughton House is currently undergoing a £13m transformation to create the UK’s first Veteran Care Village. The first stage of the redevelopment saw veterans moved into a new three-storey building which has 32 residential and nursing care beds over two floors.The next stage of the scheme will feature 32 residential care and residential dementia care beds and six independent living apartments alongside an Armed Forces support hub. Broughton House is seeking to raise a further £1.4m to complete this stage of the project. www.broughtonhouse.com

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17 P&M Regt RLC – Pewit Island By Capt D Taylor RLC maritime and helicopter support assets work with the RAF to build a new sea-bird nesting habitat in the Solent. 17 Port and Maritime Regiment RLC was asked to provide a MEXEFLOTE to support part of a Hampshire and Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust initiative to encourage wildlife back to Pewit Island. The easy to recognise MEXEFLOTE rafts all sit in Zulu Troop, 52 Squadron, so when the equipment is required, so are Zulu Troop’s soldiers. Pewit Island is a secluded island just outside Portsmouth Harbour. It no longer has any birdlife as there is no longer anywhere for birds to create their natural habitat. The Hampshire and Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust is running several initiatives under “Project Wilder”; an initiative to promote biodiversity in the region. The idea behind this initiative is that increasing the aggregate on the island will give the birds areas to nest safely and restore seabird populations. One of the problems with accessing Pewit Island is that the approach is too shallow for the MEXEFLOTE to get close enough to offload directly. Joint Helicopter Command came up with a plan to use CH47 Chinook support, utilising routine training sorties, to shuttle the aggregate the final 500 yards. This capability was provided by 28 Sqn RAF and the RAF Benson-based Joint Helicopter Support Squadron (JHSS). The MEXEFLOTE carried 55 tonnes of bagged aggregate as close to the island as possible before onwards movement to the island by Chinook, via under-slung load controlled by the RLC rigger/marshallers from the JHSS. This task is a perfect example of how integration of different capabilities can provide a greater effect as the task would have been more difficult had either the CH47 or MEXEFLOTE had to operate alone. It’s also great to see Army lead projects delivering sustainability initiatives which will promote bio-diversity and restore 8

some of the environmental impact that infrastructural development has had on it. Cpl Brighouse, the Coxswain of the MEXEFLOTE raft used to transport the aggregate to Pewit Island said: “It’s great to get to showcase what the MEXEFLOTE can do so close to home. I’ve operated with helicopters before, but I haven’t cross-loaded this weight of cargo direct to a helicopter. The MEXEFLOTE is a really versatile raft as it’s modular so you can configure it in different ways like building blocks and we’re constantly finding new ways of putting it to use.” The task was initially meant to occur on Mon 19 May, but adverse weather forced it to be delayed by 24 hours. Fortunately, Cpl Brighouse and the soldiers deployed were able to make good use of crew shelters on the MEXEFLOTE vessel for an overnight stay.

Both the CH47 and MEXEFLOTE are “Land” capabilities, which operate in the air and on the sea respectively, so it was great to see them operating together, showcasing some of the breadth of what integrated capabilities can deliver. The MEXEFLOTE is also one of several unique to Defence capabilities that The RLC provides. It is the only MOD vessel that can transport heavy vehicles, large equipment and heavy stores from “ship to shore” and enable the discharge of a ship without a port. This niche capability for Defence sits in one regiment, one sub-unit and one troop, within the Corps. The Pewit Island exercise attracted considerable media attention, so It was great to see The RLC’s capabilities, and the soldiers that work hard to maintain and operate them, get such positive exposure in the press.

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ENDURO 7: 7 EXTREME EVENTS, 7 DAYS, NO REST! Maj Simon (Sip) Powers (6 Regt RLC) is undertaking a challenging endurance event to raise funds for the veteran’s mental health charity ‘Combat Stress’. This intense challenge will see Maj Powers and his small team complete seven extreme events within seven days with no rest, demonstrating the effects that sleep disruption and deprivation can have on a person’s psychological state and mental health. The intention is to raise awareness of mental health issues as well as elevating the profile of the significant work Combat Stress does to support Service Personnel and

veterans with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, anxiety and depression. Speaking of his up-coming challenge, Maj Powers commented: “For me, seven days of pain is nothing compared to what some Service Personnel and veterans go through on a daily basis, suffering in silence with their mental health.” For a long time, mental health was not openly recognised as a serious illness in both military and civilian walks of life. The military has witnessed an increase of those suffering in this way during the last decade but thankfully it is becoming better at recognising the

symptoms and being able to support its personnel. Starting on Monday 28 Jun 21, the non-stop 24-hour challenges will begin with an abseil of Newcastle Bridge followed by a 30km cycle on Tuesday. Throughout the week, Maj Powers will climb, mountain bike and kayak culminating with a running event on Sunday 5 Jul 21 at Dishforth Airfield.Whilst the challenge itself is being completed by one man, there is a team of people donating their time and effort to ensure that the event happens on time and to plan. For further information and to donate, please visit: www.enduro7.com

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THE RLC MUSEUM IS OPEN

The new Royal Logistic Corps Museum opened its doors to the general public on Tuesday 18 May 2021 after an 18-month hiatus. This was made possible thanks to a fantastic effort by the museum team, led by Maj (Retd) Simon Walmsley, the museum’s trustees, chaired by Maj Gen Seumas Kerr CBE, the friends of the museum and the curator of the RCT Medal Collection Lt Col Nathan Smith. The new museum, now located outside the main gate of The RLC’s new home of DCLPA Worthy Down, occupies a purpose-designed building three times the size of the one in Deepcut and following the closure of the RHQ The RLC Officers Mess is now home to the world-class RCT Medal Collection. With over 7,000 medals in the collection spanning 1794 to 1993 and representing almost every campaign the British Army fought in during this period, this is the first time the public has had unfettered access to this nationally important collection. Earlier this year, the museum gained Royal Patronage from the Corps’ Colonel-in-Chief, HRH The Princess Royal. During a visit to the

Defence College of Logistics, Policing and Administration on Thursday 13 May 2021, Her Royal Highness visited the museum, accompanied by MGL, the Comdt DCLPA and the Col RLC, to see the fantastic new facility and exhibition and to formally open it. The museum was officially opened to the public by the Lord Lieutenant of Hampshire, Nigel Atkinson Esq, on Monday 17 May 2021. Following the cutting of the ribbon, the museum received its first visitors, including groups of representatives from the RLC’s forming corps, museum volunteers, friends of the museum and other invited guests.

8 RHQ The RLC’s resident ATO and the COS, Lt Col Ciaron Dyer shows The Princess Royal how to diffuse an IED, using an interactive display, during her visit

Until COVID-19 restrictions are fully relaxed, visits must be pre-booked and are limited to groups of up to six people 15 minutes apart. The museum welcomed members of the public the following day and thanks to the considerable press coverage the museum opening enjoyed, it has visitor bookings well into the summer. Press coverage included reports prior to the opening in most of the region’s major newspapers/news websites and on BFBS radio. On the day of the public opening, the museum was featured in both ITV News Meridian’s evening news bulletins. On 18 May, BBC Radio Solent did three live broadcasts from the museum during its breakfast show, in addition to coverage on Forces News TV. Following the closure of The RLC Museum in Deepcut in Q3 2019, the museum team set about packing up the archive and collection prior to it 8 RLC Horse Drawn Heritage’s WW1 GS Waggon attracted media’s attention at the public opening

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#BritishArmyLogistics being placed into storage in South Cerney. They then set about designing a radically transformed exhibition gallery in the new museum building in Worthy Down, to maximise access to, and engagement with, the collection. This was achieved in partnership with museum design specialists, PLB. The RLC Museum team has created a more welcoming, accessible and flexible environment. Previously only one third of the collection could be displayed, but thanks to the size of the new museum most of it can now be seen by visitors. The new museum tells the detailed story of 200 years of British Army logistics in an exciting, engaging and innovative manner and there are also references to how this country’s armies were sustained going back to the battle of Agincourt. The visitor journey starts in an immersive cinema, playing a specially commissioned film, introducing the museum and over 200 years of military logistics. Additional films, audio and visual

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displays are spread throughout the museum, along with touch screens. Interactive displays ranging from driving a truck to defusing a bomb, are sited through the main gallery to keep visitors engaged with the story. The new museum is class leading, is the newest visitor attraction in the South of England, suitable for people young and old and brilliantly

8 The Lord Lieutenant of Hampshire cuts the ribbon officially opening the museum to the public

showcases the rich heritage of The Royal Logistic Corps. 8 For our opening times and further information, visit the museum website: https://www.royallogisticcorps. co.uk/museum/

8 Maj Gen Seumas Kerr CBE welcomes the museum’s first visitors

8 The new museum has enabled much of the RLC collection to be displayed for the first time

8 Museum director, Maj (Retd) Simon Walmsley takes the first group of visitors on a guided tour of the museum

8 Medals from the RCT Medal Collection on public display for the first time

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THE SUSTAINER | CAREER MANAGEMENT

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

SOLDIERS SO1: Lt Col Stewart SO2: Maj McHugh WO1: WO1 Neilson QOGLR: SSgt Subba A message from the SO1 Welcome to the summer issue of The Sustainer. At the time of writing, APC staff are still working from home with no direction as to when this may end - in spite of the huge success of the UK wide vaccination programme - however all systems and procedures are now fully developed to allow us to deliver every aspect of career management less unit visits. Trade secrets MPARs. Who is responsible for writing reports? You need to know who is going to deliver your MPAR and subsequently your SJAR, to make sure you get in their in-tray when the time comes! If you are a 1 RO, then you will deliver the MPAR at around the midpoint of the reporting period. This is mandatory and there must be a good reason why a soldier doesn’t get an MPAR. You can deliver your MPARs pretty much whenever you like, but as a rough guide the below table shows the ideal window of delivery. All should be aware that the purpose of an MPAR is to provide feedback to the subject on their in-year performance to date. It will confirm strengths and successes and provide direction and guidance where weakness or poor

Do you know? The RLC has 191 posts across all the Training establishments from Cpl – WO1 performance exists. You are not limited to just one MPAR. If the soldier you are writing on needs a little extra opportunity to get that overall good report in the SJAR, then you can legitimately deliver as many MPARs as is necessary to nudge the individual back on the right track. Indeed, if you yourself feel like you need your weaknesses identified and the opportunity of a re-gain, you too can request an extra MPAR. The top three tips to reporting officers are: 1. Conduct the MPAR in the 4- 8 month window of the appraisal year Rank

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Fancy something different? There are 59 posts across the Recruiting group from Pte-SSgt nationwide.

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and ensure it is recorded. 2. Conduct another MPAR if the subject needs it, especially if their performance has dropped. 3. Do not falsify the date of the MPAR on the annual appraisal. Improved career management for dual serving spouses. The Dual Serving Spouse project serves to refresh current policy and provide an effective system that gives regard to the needs of Service Couples, without prejudicing other cohorts in the Army. The focus is appointment boards and career management to enable improved processes for the notification of Service Couple status and the development of co-operation between respective career managers to inform appointing of Service Couples, whilst adhering to the MS binding principle. The project has two phases: Phase 1, initial operating capability (IOC) seeks to bring together existing Army policy. This has been achieved through policy updates to the Boarding Manual and the CM Handbook, which have been agreed and will be live in the next version. You can access these through the MS Web or Defence Connect. The PPP has already been updated to reflect these changes. IOC will see serving spouse considerations being submitted by a Service person on a specific form in order to provide appointment boards an indication of additional factors affecting aspirations and preferences. This form will be uploaded to the CM portal for APC appointing activity and be considered by board members in the same way as the PPP. An ABN will follow giving the relevant detail. Phase 2, Full operating capability (FOC) will look to make use of the CM Portal functionality to empower individuals to indicate serving spouse aspirations and preferences directly to both the JPA record and for specific appointment boards. This work is still

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#BritishArmyLogistics developing and liaison with the CM Portal development team continues, but stay tuned for announcements regarding Dual Serving Spouse policy. Future assignment exchange policy. The Assignment Exchange (AE) policy will provide SP with the formal process to follow, should their personal circumstances change and an AE be required. The AE is not designed to be used to avoid the results of a recent Assignment Board and only in exceptional circumstances can an AE be requested before the minimum time of seven months in post has been reached. The AE policy is designed to allow an individual to request an AE with another SP with the same rank and KSE-B, who is looking to exchange assignments. The project achieved IOC on 26 Apr 21, when the RAC trial began. IOC will be declared

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once the trial has concluded and any lessons learned, the Policy and Process has been updated if required and the AE project has been made available to all cap badges, FOC provides the means for SP to make AE connections. The intent is for this function to be delivered under the CM Portal, although this remains work in progress at this stage. The Army Career Policy Portal is now live on Defence Connect. By typing in the following link, you should arrive at the Portal landing site, where you can access

key CM documents and cap badge policy links. https://jive.defencegateway.mod.uk /community/army/army-pers-pol The Army Career Policy Portal is part of Project CASTLE. CASTLE is the key human resources programme seeking to achieve greater choice for our people and achieve organisational agility. One of CASTLE’s work strands is the simplification of Army and Cap Badge Terms of Service (ToS). These ToS and wider career opportunities are all accessible to soldiers and officers on the Army Career Policy Portal on Defence Connect. People can now make better decisions based on readily available and easy to find information. Career Managers and MS reps can quickly and reliably signpost Service personnel towards the Career Policy Portal.

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Opportunities for RLC WOs and SNCOs within HQ Field Army Headquarters Field Army Headquarters Field Army is responsible for generating and preparing forces, for current and contingent operations. RLC WOs and SNCOs work within two elements of the HQ, Logistic Branch and the Land Operations Command. These departments have several posts, which are split into small teams of SMEs including: LSS, Drivers, Driver Tank Transporters, Pet Ops and Mov Cons. These teams routinely communicate with a variety of internal and external agencies. The Log Branch is headed up by DACOS Log who is an OF5. On 22 Apr 21, Col Ceri Morton handed over to Col James Rhodes.

effort to achieve best value for Defence, through cost saving and behavioural change. To date, all AICT activities have influenced efficiencies on inventory worth circa £174M. The Force Ordnance Warrant Officer (FOWO) team The FOWO and 1 x SSgt are the focal point for Field Army supply matters, providing advice and clarity on inventory management including Supply Chain Policy. They are the link with Army HQ for all supply related issues. More recently as the Field Army develops Land Componency, they have increased their operational focus. They were intimately involved in the planning and deployment of Op NEWCOMBE (LRRPTG) as well as assuming responsibility for previously PJHQ managed operations. They communicate with various agencies both military and civilian. Both posts are challenging but rewarding as they are lead supply SMEs within the Field Army. The Heavy Lift Tasking Cell (HLTC) The HLTC (1 x Sgt and 1 x FTX employee) co-ordinates all heavy lift bids from across the Army. It acts as a staff-check to ensure bids are a legitimate use of public funds, ensures military transport is used first to ensure value for money and liaises between Field Army and DSCOM and identifies areas for improvement. The HLTC supports various exercises and operations for the wider MOD. Additionally, it supports bespoke defence activity such as Project CEDAR, which provided 100 RWMIK+ to the Lebanese Armed Forces.

The Army Transport Control Tower (ATCT) The ATCT (1 x WO2 and 2 x SNCO posts) is responsible for the monitoring, analysis and usage of the Field Army vehicle fleet, as well as costs incurred through commercial hire. Data is collected from white fleet hires, which is then scrutinised against MOD assets; this process is mirrored for heavy lift tasks. The ATCT uses the data captured to identify under-utilised MOD vehicles and make efficiency recommendations. Through a combination of policy or process changes, which maximise the use of military vehicles and minimise the use of hire or contract capability, the team reduces Field Army costs and maximises opportunities for competence and currency activity for Army personnel. The Army Inventory Control Tower (AICT) AICT (1 x WO and 3 x SNCOs) provides HQ Fd Army with an in-depth supply analytics capability, focusing on procurement, supply chain and inventory management by scrutinising historic, current and future supply operations performance. This allows the team to simulate solutions to supply issues and implement various trials across the Army in an 14

Fuel Fuel is one of the commodities that HQ Fd Army manages and this is undertaken by one Pet Op SSgt. They oversee several fuel contracts, which support operations, enable training and support forces held at readiness for contingency. They also provide SME fuel advice into the Field Army, planning for operations and exercises and, when required, support Army HQ with assurance. Movement control The Movements team works in the Land Operations Command (LOC) and they plan, direct and execute the deployment and recovery of personal and equipment on operations, exercises and other Defence activity for Field Army and the wider Army. Split into three geographical “pillars”, six WO/SNCO Movement Controllers conduct this vital Force Generation function and give SME advice to staff officers. They ensure operational success by applying the key movements principles to the detailed deployment plan. The team communicate with PJHQ, Divisional Formations and the Defence Support.

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The HLTC is a busy and rewarding place to work, which has given me the opportunity to broaden my knowledge of the wider Field Army and how it operates. This position has not only helped develop my understanding of the wider Army but also enhanced my personal development. Sgt Leigh Hitchen

Operational facing opportunities So, if you’re interested in broadening your experience within a great team in an Ops-facing environment, and improving your promotion prospects, why not consider applying to serve within HQ Fd Army supporting those preparing to, and those already deployed, on ops. Personal reflections on operating within HQ Fd Army My role in the ATCT involves collating data from multiple sources then developing and delivering more effective transport. Working in a staff environment is a great opportunity as it gives you the ability to understand what the Field Army undertakes, ranging from daily tasks to worldwide deployments. Working closely alongside other trades and cap badges has broadened my knowledge of logistics across Defence. I am currently doing a BSc in Defence Logistics which is fully supported by my CofC. Sgt James Bacon

Coming from a regimental background, the experience I have gained at HQ Fd Army has been invaluable and has undoubtably enhanced my trade knowledge. This will not only benefit me, but additionally employers in future postings, helping me understand the bigger picture. SSgt Sam Garwood Working in HQ Fd Army has been a steep learning curve, which has not only broadened my trade knowledge but also allowed me to understand the wider supply chain. I work with many stakeholders on a daily basis, which is a challenging but fulfilling. I am currently studying for and MSc in Defence Logistic Management, which will deepen my knowledge, skills and experience. SSgt Emmanuel Gayi

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THE SUSTAINER | TRAINING MATTERS

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The Defence School of Logistics Commandant: Col Colin Francis CBE This edition of The Sustainer is the final time that the Defence School of Logistics (DSL) will feature in its current guise. From 16 April, DSL has been merging with elements of the Defence School of Policing and Administration to form the Defence School of Logistics and Administration (DSLA) under the leadership of Group Captain Leah Griffin RAF. The School will continue to be based predominantly at Worthy Down with important outstations in RAF Brize Norton, RAFC Cranwell, Aylesbury and Marchwood. Throughout its history, the DSL has made a remarkable contribution to Defence, the Army and the Corps. Every year it trains circa ten thousand Tri-Service, Civil Service and International personnel across a huge range of Initial and Subsequent Trade Training; everything from basic Chef training to Supply Chain Management through to international leadership development and operational logistic planning. A truly rich plethora of outputs. The DSLA has much to look forward to as we begin to emerge from the COVID pandemic; the exciting opportunities offered by the Integrated Review, supporting the RLC Strategy and remaining at the heart of the Corps' continuing professional development agenda, whilst assisting with the development of the Corps' new home in Worthy Down. Underpinning all of this is the school's people; our outstanding team of 350 military and civilian staff have moved mountains throughout the pandemic to ensure that training outputs are maintained. I am extremely proud of everything they have achieved during my tenure as the final Commandant of the DSL and am certain they will continue to deliver for Defence as part of the new DSLA. I wish them and their new Commandant every success. [Col Francis has left the Army.]

8 Troop Commanders on Exercise TIMBER TRUSS

units; 3 Regiment RLC, who in a huge win-win situation were able to meet a number of their Regimental training objectives whilst fulfilling the Support to Experimentation and Training (SET) task, 47 Air Despatch Squadron RLC who tied-in a number of their training serials with the exercise to show off their niche capability, the Defence College of Policing and Guarding (DCPG) who trained their personnel in traffic control points and 29 Regiment RLC trialling Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) technology. Exercise TIMBER TRUSS was therefore hugely successful in showing off what The RLC can do. Employing well-motivated captains as Directing Staff, each with one or more high-profile aspects of the course to manage (as well as leading their syndicates), is one of the tenets that keep the course progressive and interesting.The restructuring of the course, to expand the tactical command phase, is leading to further exciting opportunities for the students and DS alike.

Command Wing, Chief Instructor – Lieutenant Colonel Andy Moss OBE RLC As ever, the drive and commitment of our instructors has been exemplary and we look forward to reaping some of the rewards as society hopefully eases out of the pandemic.We say goodbye to two stalwarts of the Wing; Major Herby Herbert and Captain Danny Rumney - both have been first-class ambassadors for the Wing and we wish them all the best for the future. Field Log 1 The RLC Troop Commanders’ Course has been training within the COVID-19 restrictions to continue to deliver subalterns ready to command RLC troops in the Field Army. Exercise TIMBER TRUSS, the highpoint of the course that brings all tactical, command and logistic training together, was fantastically well-supported by a number of 16

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Field Log 2 Since the last edition, Fd Log 2 has delivered two RLC Captains’ Courses and a virtual Defence Logistic Contract Management Course (DLCMC).These were well received and well attended by a host of stakeholders across Defence

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#BritishArmyLogistics which included PJHQ and HQ ARRC personnel amongst others. As with all areas of Command Wing, we have developed our delivery style to accommodate the various COVID-19 Force Health Protection Measures, which has led to a truly blended learning experience for our students. As the current Training Year (TY) draws to conclusion, dates for the RLC Capts’ Cse TY 21/22 have now been confirmed, details of which have been circulated to all RLC Adjts. In summary: 21/001 – 10-21 May 21 21/002 – 13-24 Sep 21 21/003 – 17-28 Jan 22 21/004 – 14-25 Mar 22 Course loading and allocation is co-ordinated by APC: POC - Mr Paul Kent: @Kent, Paul Mr (APC-CSS-RLCOffrs-2-E1) The Fd Log 2 team are also engaged in direct support of Task 3 of Objective 2 of the RLC Corps Strategy.We have supported the early Training Needs Analysis which is being conducted by LWC, with the aim of identifying the future contract management training requirements.There is much to do to ensure that any future course is contemporary, credible and relevant for the target audience.‘Watch this space’ for future reports of progress. Field Log 3 Field Log 3 has spent the first quarter of 2021 preparing to deliver the first Joint Logistic Operations Course since 2019. COVID-19 Force Health Protection measures will preclude the customary visit to Hungary for this course. The planning exercise in Hungary is a regular bilateral event that both develops an expeditionary mindset on the course and nourishes the nearly 30-year relationship between the Defence School of Logistics and the National University of Public Services in Budapest; we look forward to resuming that relationship when we can. Additionally, LogFAS (Logistic Functional Area Services) will be used as a planning tool during course delivery, providing students with the opportunity to experience its utility both in deployment planning and in allowing for collaborative work on generating a dynamic Force Element Table. Further ahead, Fd Log 3 will look to build on last year’s highly successful RLC Majors’ Courses, ensuring the Corps’ newly promoted Majors are fully equipped for success at IG2.The difference this time around is that anticipating an update to the Corps Instruction H Series, all promoted LE Officers (and not just those who will attend ICSC(L)) have been invited to attend the course in order to give them the best possible start at IG2. Additionally, Field Log 3 continues to deliver Comdt DCLPA's vision for RLC Strategy Objective 2. Having achieved our 2020 objectives, we have written the timeline against the remaining deliverables out to 2025 and we have engaged with thought leaders across Army and Defence.We will be running a series of ‘deep dive’ consultations across each trade group which will consolidate the collective knowledge of trade proponents and Heads of Trade, harvesting the expertise that already exists in the Corps to enable us to drive the technology-led, data-enabled transformation of the Corps. Most heartening has been the genuine offers of help from throughout the Corps following the RLC Strategy Cross-brief Zoom call on 25 February. Field Log 3 will be engaging with those enterprising RLC officers and soldiers in the coming months.

TRAINING MATTERS | THE SUSTAINER 85 (HERRING VC) Sqn RLC Successful delivery of Warrant Officer Command Leadership and Management and both Cpl and Sgt Army Leadership Development Programme (ALDP) courses over the 2020 calendar year has resulted in full Statement of Training Requirement (SOTR) attainment. 85 Sqn DS have been steadfast in their pursuit of continued excellence and professionalism throughout, ensuring the Corps' leaders receive the best Leadership Development training available.Working 24/7 and every weekend resulted in completion of our SOTR three months earlier than forecasted; enabling a Personal and Professional Development concentration and thus ensuring our DS are nurtured and developed in the same way the Corps' leaders are. Out with our core ALDP outputs, the vital ground of Instructor Development of RLC JNCO instructors, earmarked for instructor appointments at Ph 1, 2 and 3 establishments, continues at pace.The pinnacle of instructor prowess remains within the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst (RMAS) preparation cycle, which witnessed our very own Sgt Louisa Steer being selected for employment across a Pan-Army cohort. If you possess instructional talent at Unit Lines (Pte-Sgt), please engage with the following POCs: • The Instructor Cadre Briefing Course delivered by RMAS twice a year, loaded by Karen Hampton, (APC-CMOps-MS7-1E1) Karen.Hampton924@mod.gov.uk as detailed within Corps Instruction H15. • The RLC Instructor Development Cadre (IDC) delivered three times a year (Sep, Oct and Nov) by 85 Sqn from Worthy Down (WD), as detailed within Corps Instruction H14. PoC is 85 Sqn 2IC: Rory.Falls233@mod.gov.uk Food Services Training Wing Commanding Officer – Commander Gary Manning RN Gurkha Defence Chef Basic The Ghurkha Defence Chef Basic (DCB) course have recently completed the specialist cookery phase of the course, which consists of a three-week introduction to Nepalese cooking methods.The Gurkhas’ pathway to becoming Chefs is much longer than that of their RLC counter parts. Prior to arriving at FSTW, Queen’s Own Gurkha Logistic Regiment (QOGLR) trainees undergo the full Infantry training course at the Infantry Training Centre in Catterick, as well as undergoing unit induction at 10 QOGLR. Upon arrival at FSTW, the trainees complete the DCB course prior to commencing the Gurkha cookery phase. Under the careful tutelage of Sgt Mukesh Rai (QOGLR) and Sgt Kuman Limbu (RLC), the trainees have learnt the key fundamentals of Nepalese cookery which has provided them with the knowledge and practical skills to deliver first class service to Gurkha units across Defence. Army Apprenticeship team (Chefs) The Chef Apprenticeship team has been burning the midnight oil developing the Level 3 Facilities Management (FM) Apprenticeship for our SNCO chefs.The FM Apprenticeship was approved for delivery by the Army in late 2020 and has been rolled out to our Army Chefs.The first cohort was inducted during the recent Unit Catering Managers’ Course in January, with all those involved working hard to complete their E-Portfolios and attending

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#BritishArmyLogistics training and develop training under realistic conditions from the commission and testing phase through to issue and receipt operations. In addition, it provides greater training for the Petroleum Laboratory Technicians to conduct quality assurance utilising the Portable Petroleum Testing Kit (PPTK).The PPTK is a deployable fuel testing lab with the capability of conducting rapid fuel sampling, testing, analysis and reporting to assure quality specifications are met before fuel receipts and issue and on return of the training stock to the Depot. RLC Trade Training is also under development to integrate Regular and Reserve training into one course. Reservists are an integral component of the UK Defence capability and as part of the Whole Force approach, they fulfil the same job role as a Regular Petroleum Operator when deployed. One course for all will ensure that the same teaching objectives are taught to Regular and Reservists and to the same standard.

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FM masterclasses.The team, realising that there would be some SNCO Chefs who would miss out on this opportunity having already attended their UCM course, quickly highlighted the excellent opportunity via the Army-Food Services “Teams” Page with personnel in units jumping at the chance for personal development. Cohort 2 will begin in April, with a third cohort planned in July. Logistic Specialist Training Wing, Commanding Officer – Wing Commander Liz Corry RAF Defence Petroleum and Specialist Training Squadron (DPSTS) For many years West Moors was the home of the Petroleum Operator, but times have moved on and the Defence Petroleum Training Squadron has integrated into DPSTS at Worthy Down.The Squadron has grown and now combines RLC Trade and Defence Fuels, RAF Fuels, Defence and RAF Dangerous Goods, Health & Safety, Postal & Courier and Equipment Repair and Tailoring. Petroleum Operator training is now conducted within Worthy Down and Defence training areas. Significant construction of fuel bunds to support the Joint Operational Fuel System (JOFS) has enabled the Sqn and Defence to train more realistically, with a wider geographical footprint of training areas to use.These areas are a fantastic working environment for teaching and testing the range of skills required of Petroleum Operators and embracing conditions that trainees and field force will encounter in their future assignments.To further support training, Army HQ has secured 100,000 litres of F-54 held at readiness on an issue and return basis.This fuel has been made available for DPSTS training and wider fuel training within Defence at no cost so long as the fuel is returned to West Moors Depot at A1 specification.This fuel delivers an opportunity to increase the volume used for 18

Defence Movements Training Squadron (DMTS) Over the last year, the DMTS has been adapting their ways of working; the demands of COVID unfortunately reduced the delivery capacity of the Sqn. However, the reduction of delivery capacity has spurred on the Sqn’s Technology Enhanced Learning (TEL) drive, spearheaded by the Sqn’s Training WO.This has been done using a mixture of platforms including: Microsoft Teams, Zoom, Defence Connect, Evolve and Padlet to name a few. The first course delivered remotely at the DMTS was the Unit Deployment Officer Course in Apr 20, with nine students taking part in the pilot.This allowed students who were at home during the lockdown to attend as well as increasing the capacity of classes. Over the last ten months, the DMTS has run a further four iterations of this course with up to 16 students attending at one time.They conduct the virtual face to face lessons over Zoom with access to essential course documentation through Evolve.They are then given assignments and research projects that simulate a real-life deployment process and submit them to the trainer in the same way they would submit the finished products in the real world. By delivering the course in this method, it has allowed students to work at their own speed, afforded a better work-life balance and still seen completion within the course timelines. Not all personnel have the ability to study in this manner, therefore the DMTS has also simultaneously delivered a combination of face to face and remote delivery. The Army Delivery training team has extended this TEL drive out to pilot delivery on several other courses such as

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the Movement Controller WO (MCWO) course, the Movement Control Officers’ Course, elements of the Movement Controller Class 1 and Government Authorised Explosive Representative courses.The most successful of these was the MCWO course allowing a student to join the course from BATUS without having to travel and isolate for four weeks. Looking to the future, the DMTS is now actively working on incorporating VR technology into our training serials. Already used on our RAF courses for aircraft safety briefs and loading activities, the development of the rail loading package is underway to aid trainers in the delivery of the Rail Loading Supervisors’ course. Supply Training Wing, Chief Instructor – Lieutenant Colonel Devendra Ale MVO MBE QOGLR The Supply Training Wing returned from Christmas leave into lockdown three and the knowledge that COVID restrictions would be in place for the foreseeable future. The five divisions within STW (Royal Navy Division, Engineer Logistics Division, All Arms Division, Supply Chain Division and Royal Air Force Division) immediately resumed delivery of their single Service courses at pace. The COVID restrictions have taken a significant toll on course delivery due to the reduction of classroom sizes to nine trainees for STT and 12 trainees for ITT. Both the All Arms Div and SCD courses have had to be reduced in length in order to conform to Force Health Protection measures which has led to the introduction of new and innovative ways of delivering training. SCD have continued

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to deliver 80% of their course portfolio virtually through distance and pre-course learning packages which has resulted in only one third of the course delivered in Worthy Down and the remainder non-residential with the trainers providing online support. In March, SCD also ran the Ordnance Warrant Officer Course completely virtually using Microsoft Teams which resulted in sixteen LSS Warrant Officers receiving the full package from both trainers and guest lecturers from different locations. Although the lockdown has continued to prevent the staff from conducting social gatherings, we have found other ways to bring the Divs together by conducting combined Continuous Professional Development activities through Teams. Each Division was tasked with preparing and delivering a CPD event on their respective single Service or cap badge. A number of interesting topics have been presented from Petty Officers Jack Hawkins and LSC Amanda Christopher delivering a presentation on the Royal Navy’s fleet capability to Cpls Parrott and Turner providing an insight into the structure of the RAF and RAF Logistics. SSgt Atkins and Sgt Haverty provided a brief on the Virtual Learning Environment being developed by SCD to make some of their courses more interactive and WO2 Higgins from Engineer Logistics Division delivered a presentation on the Defence Systems Approach to Training (DSAT), something which affects us all.These presentations have afforded us all the opportunity to understand and appreciate what our single Service colleagues do.

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A DEGREE? ME? NEVER! By WO1 (RSM) Mark Banks

In 2016, I attended the Warrant Officer Command Leadership Management Part 3 course. During the course, an instructor outlined that successful completion would make us eligible to attend degree level training with Northumbria University. This further training meant applicants would embark on a Leadership and Management BA (Hons) Degree and I remember thinking it was something I might be interested in but genuinely thought it would be beyond my academic reach - after all, I am a soldier, not an academic! Fast forward to 2019 and after much procrastination, I decided to enrol. Like most, I was apprehensive about the likely financial outlay required to complete such a course but my (then) OC informed me of additional financial support that can be allocated from a central Corps fund. Some swift research placed me in contact with the Corps’ Regimental Treasurer who outlined the process to me and by completing a simple form, I was allocated £800 on top of my Enhanced Learning Credits (ELCs), reducing my personal contribution to £1,000 instead of the full course fee of £3,800. After enrolling, I attended an

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open day at the university which provided me with the chance to meet fellow students and to complete some very light ice breakers. It became clear from the outset who were fellow military students as we were all slightly more mature than the other attendees. At one point, another student asked me a campus related question as he had assumed that I was a lecturer! In true military style, I quickly recognised an old acquaintance (Jez) and we immediately bonded; our shared experience, drive and desire to succeed meant we immediately made a pact to work together and support each other when required. This proved invaluable when discussing ideas and topics for assignments. The University Leadership Team provided us with regular updates on what to expect in the coming weeks and also a handrail for how best to tackle them. I admit to being overwhelmed on occasions and daunted by the workload. That said, when each assignment was outlined, I was immediately able to relate it to my career and past experiences which made completing it far more manageable. Having a close course associate in Jez was instrumental in my

8 WO1 (RSM) M Banks RLC (left) receiving his degree certificate from DM Kineton CO Lt Col D Pickersgill RLC

success; regular phone calls to discuss ideas, overcome confusion and benchmark output were productive. Staff checking each other’s work was also key given the fact that grammar and spelling inaccuracies can cost you as much as 10% of an assignment. The training and experience added huge value to our individual development portfolios which will be just as relevant when we retire from the Service and embark on second careers. So, you may be asking why this is relevant. The truth is, whilst the course is nearly all theory, much of it is relatable to what each of us has achieved in reaching Warrant rank. Many students on the course had spent in excess of £11,000 to obtain this degree and the majority had little to no experience in leadership and management or access to colleagues who could coach them. By virtue of our rank structure, relevant responsibilities, world-class training and network of experienced colleagues, as Warrant Officers, we are able to relate to the subject and apply practical experience to every situation. This is an opportunity

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that is financially palatable given the £1,000 personal contribution, relatable and manageable given our growth and experience, and challenging and rewarding in equal measure with a degree qualification to boot at the end. Do not be phased by the academic requirements of such a training course; the initial anxieties are quickly swept aside when you start the training and apply your experience. This is not out of the reach of any Warrant Officer. I grew in confidence with every assignment and relished the challenge of the next – this could be you. 8 If you or anyone is interested in finding out more detail about this course, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with WO1 (RSM) M Banks on: 94248 3439.

WO1 Banks’ guide to applying for a Degree in Leadership and Management with Northumbria University 8 First steps Speak to the university to see which year you can be put into based on your qualifications (I was informed that the CMI Level 6 Diploma in Leadership and Management would put me straight into Year 3). You can then apply for your diploma via the Army Skills Offer: https://modgovuk.sharepoint.com /sites/defnet/Corp/Army/Publicati ons/ACO_2019_04.pdf#search= aco%202019%2F04 8 Enhanced Learning Credits Contact your local Education Centre to ensure that you are entitled to the Enhanced Learning Credits. When I spoke to the Local Education Centre, they confirmed that I was entitled to £2,000 per year for training. 8 Apply to the University Using the university website (https://www.northumbria.ac.uk/), you can then apply to enrol onto the Leadership and Management Degree Course. I was asked at this stage to provide evidence of my CMI Level 6 Diploma. I stated that I had recently applied for it and that as

soon as I received it, I would upload the document. Once I received the diploma, I emailed it to the university and within a couple of days things started to happen (it would seem that this qualification is absolutely necessary when applying for the course and if I was reapplying, I would have done this first). 8 Stage 4 - Funding Wait to receive an email from the university confirming your place on the course (approximately seven weeks). This confirmation can then be used to apply for your Enhanced Learning Credit (ELC) grant. I logged into the ELC page and followed the guide to applying for ELCs. The total cost for the course came in at £3,800. This meant that with my grant of £2,000, I would pay £1,800 towards the fees. Using the email confirmation from the university, you can also apply for a grant from The RLC using the contacts below: Harrison Tawiah (RLC RHQ-RegtTreasurer-FinAdminB) Harrison.Tawiah100@mod.gov.uk Lt Col (Retd) Ian Stark (RLC RHQ-RegtTreasurer-SO2) Ian.Stark101@mod.gov.uk

Prior to applying for the funding, I called Lt Col Stark who explained what I needed to do. Essentially, I needed to write a brief email to Harrison Tawiah with a breakdown of my current costs. Within a couple of days, I received an application form and shortly after sending it back, I received an email stating that The RLC Association would grant me a sum of £800 to be paid in two instalments directly into my personal bank account. The total cost to me was now only £1,000. 8 Wait out Wait for the university to contact you with regards to your Induction Day. During the day, you will go over the course outline and meet others who will be on the course with you. 8 Additional information The university will likely provide you with a suggested reading list. A useful source for the necessary books is the Army Library Information System which can be accessed via Armynet.

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Caribbean Adventure Lt Col Lucy Butler reflects on a ten-month deployment as an OF3 (Major) to a British Overseas Territory spanning Operation BROADSHARE and secondment to the Foreign Commonwealth and Development Office. In April 2020, as part of the Standing Joint Force Headquarters (SJFHQ), I deployed on Op BROADSHARE, the UK Government’s immediate response to support British Overseas Territories at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic crisis. In August 2020, I redeployed on Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) secondment to the to the Turks and Caicos Islands (TCI) as the National Security Advisor. I worked directly to Her Majesty’s Governor and she was given one clear objective; enhance the territory’s national security. Utilising experience gained from operational deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan, and various planning roles, I set about understanding three issues contained with the TCI National Security Strategy: Serious Violent Crime, Disaster Management and Cyber Security. Concurrently, I undertook two specific tasks linked to forensic capability, namely on-island analysis capacity and the status of the Coronial System. I knew I needed to conduct an estimate to really breakdown the lines of effort I’d been asked to progress. The first step was to consolidate understanding brought forward from Op BROADSHARE and quickly develop knowledge of the issues I was initially unfamiliar with. With autonomy and access to stakeholders and influencers, I was able to quickly establish a baseline understanding of these key security issues, routinely briefing the territory’s National Security Council, Criminal Justice Stakeholders Group and FCDO desk officers. With the 22

help of the Scottish Violent Crime Reduction Unit, I was able to co-ordinate a ‘Building Safer Communities’ workshop, attended by the Hon Premier and 30 national figures, by the end of October – this directly led to a strategy paper, containing long-term objectives and immediate actions, endorsed by interlocuters, address escalating serious violent crime within the islands. In the months that followed, the contract with US based forensic analysis providers was revised, the first Coroner’s Inquest in seven years was convened and the

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8 Supporting TCI was a once in a lifetime opportunity

Home Office undertook a national cyber security assessment of Government departments and critical national infrastructure. December heralded the start of one last ‘task’. Just before Christmas, a COVID-19 Vaccination Task Force was established. I was appointed as its Director of Logistics. Preparing for the safe receipt, storage and onward distribution of a precious and challenging commodity became the ‘Main Effort’. The first batch of Pfizer vaccine arrived in the TCI on 7 January 2021 and exceeding all expectations, just over 5,800 people received their second dose by the end of February, coinciding with the arrival of batch two. The opportunity to work with the FCDO and Public Health England to alleviate crisis in an amazing place was a once in a lifetime opportunity that I’m hugely grateful for. I’m super proud to have a played a small part in supporting the TCI and will hold dear the memories and friendships I’ve brought back home. 8 FCDO TCI website: https://www.gov.uk/world/ turks-and-caicos-islands/news

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#BritishArmyLogistics If you have not been to the Sea Mounting Centre (SMC) at Marchwood in the last two years, you will probably not recognise the port. Nearly all of the grass is gone, with 40ft ISO containers stacked five high and civilian contractors everywhere you look. That, however, does not mean Tri-Service shipping has stopped. On the contrary, the Port Movement Control Centre (PMCC) is as busy as ever with the extra challenge of not having much spare space. The team of fourteen Movement Controllers manage and co-ordinate all Defence Shipping both in and out of the SMC. Due to COVID-19, when most of Defence was trying to work from home, the PMCC still had over 40 vessel visits to load and offload during 2020. The Export Section is run by a team consisting of a Cpl, LCpl and Pte. They issue ‘Call Forward Instructions’ (fifteen working days before sailing) and co-ordinate the reception of all vehicles and freight into the port (seven days before the ship arrives), whilst also ensuring biosecurity is adhered to and the correct paperwork is submitted for export. They then stow the vehicles in the correct area and start completing the Cargo & Stowage Reports. With the same size team in Container Section, they look after the hundreds of containers getting exported all over the word and have the extra job of weighing all the containers and checking for Dangerous Goods. They also build their part of the Cargo & Stowage Report concurrently, making sure containers don’t get mixed up when exporting to different locations or with containers leaving the port for internal UK destinations.

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The Movers at Marchwood By WO2 (MCWO) Susanna Page

The third section is Import Section. Arguably the section under the most pressure, they are responsible for clearing the port (within seven days of unloading) of both containers, vehicles and freight. This work is vital to avoid incurring the demurrage charge of £45 per day, per item, that is billed to the MOD by the civilian port authority. The PMCC also has two Sgt posts that rotate between the Government Authorised Explosives Representative (GAER) role and the Troop Admin Sgt role. The GAER has the huge responsibility of the safe loading and onward movement of all ammunition transiting through the SMC. The ‘SNCO Shipping’ is a SSgt, providing top cover for the three Section Commanders and acts as the single point of contact for all shipping RFIs (Requests for Information) from across Defence and around the world. The MCWO covers all Troop Commander duties, looking after the Military Secretariat for the department and interacting

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with her counterparts to allow the teams to operate and concentrate on their primary role. 2020 into 2021 really tested the PMCC, particularly over the last three months. Apart from being a small team already (in 2017 there were 22 movers), the team have had to gap some roles due to post tour leave, early assignments and they had their own COVID-19 crisis in Jan 21 when both Container and Export Section had to isolate during a very busy shipping period. Mar 21 saw the team load and discharge six ships within seven days, forcing the team to operate a 24/7 shift system. Maintaining morale and managing expectations when it comes to the ‘Regimental offer ‘like AT, courses and Brigade learning opportunities has been a challenge; however, the PMCC is fortunately staffed with exceptional tradespeople who each have a breadth of experience that allows them to meet the challenges head-on. The PMCC team have a very productive, positive and professional team who always manage to ‘pull it out of the bag’ under some very difficult conditions. They are very proud of their output in support of UK Defence activities in the face of the testing conditions that the last 12 months have presented. 8 Exercise DEFENDER and Operation BILOXI waiting to load

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THE SUSTAINER | TRAINING MATTERS

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The Defence School of Transport The introduction of the new Minimum Test Vehicle The Defence School of Transport (DST) changed a significant part of its training fleet last year. The Minimum Test Vehicle (MTV) is a purpose-built training vehicle, designed to meet UK/EU transport operating requirements, whilst maximising driver, instructor and training efficiency. The vehicle is used to deliver Cat C and C+E licence acquisition before students move on to conversion and familiarisation training on military platforms. The MTV design cuts training time through utilising secured loads is cheaper to buy/operate and more environmentally friendly to use than the equivalent operational military vehicle. It is designed to provide a positive and safe training environment for the student and instructor over sustained periods of operation. The latest variant enables a smoother transition of students from civilian C+E vehicle operation to military vehicle equivalents due to its similarity in size, automatic gearing and trailer arrangements. Since its introduction, the licence acquisition pass rate at DST has significantly increased alongside an overall 1.5 days (approx.) reduction in overall training time. The MTVs are provided under contract with a total of 54 MTV and 40 trailers located at DST to deliver the training. DST also supports the fleet of 14 MTV and trailers held under Regional Command to provide licence acquisition in conjunction with Contract Driver Training (CDT). With an annual vehicle mileage in TY 20/21 of circa 286,372km, the newest MTVs are enabling Defence to deliver quality training at a reduced carbon footprint than either of their predecessors or existing green fleet counterparts.Whilst they cannot replicate the capability of military vehicles in their primary operational role, they provide a safer, and more efficient route to qualifying an individual at the level where they can then move forward incrementally to operating the military fleet as part of their skill development. 24

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Simulation in driver training Whilst a significant part of military training is delivered using simulation within the British Army, investment in the simulation of logistic vehicle operation falls short of other platforms. In comparison, the US military has for some time used simulation as an integral part of learning to drive, operate and maintain all classes of vehicles. Research indicates that analysis and training of key driver skills through the use of simulator platforms could deliver savings of up to 9% in fuel consumption annually, as well as reducing maintenance costs and in-life support requirements. DST initiated a driving simulation trial in Jan 21. This work sits alongside the development of the existing VBS3 augmented training at DST to encompass planning and mission rehearsal requirements.

8 DST's CIS Trg Sqn id developing the next generation of logistic communicators

8 DST Road Safety Demo

The early results of the trial are encouraging. There are numerous types of specialist applications available that can be used to assist new drivers learning to cope with the demands of modern-day motoring. Simulation will not solve everything – but it will augment the time spent on public roads and training areas so that this time delivers the best effect. As a result, students will be better equipped to deal with real life situations having experienced simulated versions, including driving on sand, snow and differing terrain. As the use of driver simulation develops further, there is considerable potential to increase its use across logistic units – this could enable safer training at a lower cost and reduced environmental impact (two areas which are increasingly relevant for the Army). Human factors - driver fatigue Driver fatigue is a critical factor in non-operational deaths and injuries. DST instructors see trainee performance dipping significantly when tired and this is an area which is closely monitored. However, when Service personnel get out to their units, they encounter a military culture underpinned by engrained mottos of crack on, dig in and give 110%. The will to win is essential in establishing an edge over an enemy on the battlefield – and its

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#BritishArmyLogistics vital that it is developed in peace and pre-training - but we must manage risks where possible. Driving when tired is comparable with drink driving and often results in serious injury or death. In 2020, statistics saw a large decrease due to COVID-19 restrictions, but in 2019 there were 25,945 people seriously injured and 1,752 deaths on UK roads. Fatigue related traffic accidents in white fleet are 50% more likely to result in death as they tend to be high speed impacts and this figure is comparable with military vehicles due to their size and operating characteristics. Within the MOD, road traffic accidents account for almost half of all non-operational service deaths and a lack of sleep has been identified as a key factor. Research suggests that the body works on a 24-hour sleep wake cycle, highlighting areas when the body is more likely to suffer from fatigue. On exercise and operations, driving within these times is often the norm, but under normal work routine, driving tasks within these times should be minimised. Commanders are accountable for ensuring that drivers follow MoD policy in terms of meeting drivers hours requirements. Sleep management needs to be considered as an essential part of operating the vehicle system in the same way in which we teach, practice and police NSPs when handling weapons. “The lost art of long-distance communication skills” Historically, the signallers of the British Army have always taken great pride in their ability to pass messages over long ranges, in all 8 DST's new fleet of Minimum Test Vehicles

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environments, fighting for communications against all odds. Prior to the introduction of the BOWMAN system, it was considered an art and an achievement to establish long-distance communications.This art involved radio operators using creativity, technical calculations and an assemblance of antennas to communicate with the allocated frequencies.The antenna systems used were carefully selected by communicators from the recognised and taught assemblies, using variations of dipole’s, omni-directional whips, down wires and directional sloping wire to gain greater distance. The real expertise lay in knowing which systems would work when considering time of day, ground, weather and the local conditions which all affect range and quality of communications. It was also

8 The DCS trade aims to re-invigorate long distance comms skills

acknowledged that when all the recognised systems had been exhausted, communicators would resort to anything that they could get to work in their fight for connection; from wiring in their cooking utensils to connecting to metal objects to tune as the conductor. So, what relevance does this have for us today? Modern day systems are far more sensitive and ordinarily have digital tuning modules bringing about significant changes. This advancement in technology which delivers positive benefits has had a linked negative effect in stifling creativity and autonomy amongst the radio operator community, leading to conventional antennas becoming the only option. Long-distance communication skills are more relevant to military logisticians than ever before. Future operations will take place over significant ranges, at a distance from established infrastructure. Modern conflicts will require us to ‘fight comms through’ with denial of frequencies and access to satellite bandwidth increasingly likely. In order to challenge and inspire our communicators, the Driver Comms Spec trade has recently implemented special to arm training objectives to re-invigorate the arts of long-range communications and push their technical knowledge – it’s a challenge which DST’s CIS Trg Sqn is keen to be part of as they develop the next generation of logistic communicators.

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The best kept secret in The RLC Following relocation and establishing itself at the Defence School of Transport, 25 Training Regiment RLC is fast becoming the place to serve. With the opportunity for personnel to gain a broad range of qualifications, the Regt is developing into a highly skilled force to be reckoned with. From Urban Operations Instructors, General Service Driving Conversion Instructors, Army Trainer Mentors, to a broad range of experts in their own trades and fields, including former Heads of Trades, the Regt consists of a motivated, multi-traded work force. The expertise is not limited to the technical aspects of The RLC. With numerous Para and Commando trained personnel and a strong core of instructors with a natural ability for soldiering, the Regt is never more comfortable than when it is in the field. Its ranks are also filled with Corps and Army level athletes. They include: Army swimmers and water polo players (Cpl May), RLC rugby league players (Sgt Orrell), RLC ice hockey (Cpl Atwell), RLC cricket (Cpl Felix) and Army motorsport (Cpl Penfold). This broad combination of personnel and experience provides an inspirational first look to the new Initial Trade Training Trainees (ITTT) undertaking the Combat Logistician course. The Regt prides itself on pushing every member of the team to be the best they can be. This is achieved through instructor coaching and mentoring and adopting new practices and techniques; all underpinned by lessons learnt through pre-employment training

and continuous professional development. Currently using a mix of online and distance learning packages, while delivering continuation training to small groups of trainees, the Section Commanders are grasping this opportunity to try new methods of instructing and to shape lessons, helping to further their own development as well as the trainees. The Regt also prides itself on building strong links with the community and through this, developing a ‘Culture of Service’ within the trainees. Over the last six months, the Regt has worked closely with the ‘Plant a Tree Today’ (PATT) Foundation, a charity which specialises in delivering green projects in conjunction with military veterans suffering from mental health issues. Since September 2020, trainees and supervisory staff have helped to plant over 12,000 trees. The veterans have thoroughly enjoyed working with those in the military with whom they could easily relate and the trainees have developed a sense of wider community and service. The Regt is also partnered with the

8 25 Trg Regt Gym

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8 ITTT during the BCS phase

Prince’s Trust. Trainees and staff have joined groups within the local area and helped to run team programme courses, many gaining Level 2 qualifications in leadership in the process. During the last 18 months, the DST gymnasium has had a complete overhaul. £20,000 has been spent on modernisation for 24/7 access, £85,000 on training equipment that would challenge any CrossFit gym in the country and installing a £10,000 automatic belay system on a first-class climbing wall. With multiple opportunities to join sports clubs across DST, the trainees and staff are spoilt for choice and a lot of effort is spent ensuring that free time is spent valuably. The gym is just part of a £60 million investment into the DST site as part of the Army site modernisation plan. 25 Regt also has a unique relationship between its personnel, creating a motivated and close-knit team where the Cpls are empowered to engage up and down the Chain of Command, forging an environment where every opinion matters. All of this has developed 25 Regt into a forward thinking and adaptive environment, providing a unique, personal and highly rewarding experience for those that serve in its ranks. The Regt truly is becoming the best kept secret in The RLC… now is the time to spread the word.

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PORT OPERATOR WO1 Stuart Southwick I am immensely proud and really excited to be in the operating seat as the newly appointed Port Operator Head of Trade, ensuring our people have a full spectrum of tools in their inventory to deliver a purpose no matter what rank. I believe in helping our people achieve their best outputs, which drives motivation, self-pride and morale. This is my first Sustainer message to you since assuming my appointment and I would firstly like to take the opportunity to thank all of you for the exceptionally hard work and dedication you have put in during yet another demanding year. I am looking forward to getting out and about to meet all of you over the next six months or so. COVID-19 continues to dominate the Defence space on how we operate, placing severe restrictions on us all and forcing us to adapt at pace to how we accomplish our enabling activities for UK Defence worldwide. In particular, recent support to the Operation CABRIT RIP (Relief in Place) posed some interesting challenges which saw interoperability on display as we worked closely with our twinned Regiment, 519 LaRochelle France. They were utilised to accomplish the offload in Paldiski, with myself as the Head of Trade deployed at Very High Readiness due to the Port Task Group (PTG) being isolated with a positive Covid case. There have been many other commitments across the globe and demand continues to grow along with the exponential growth of the Defence shipping programme and with future and ongoing support to Operations CATTALO, CABRIT, BATAN, KIPION, FORTIS and Belize to name a few.

Exercise DEFENDER 21 is ramping up and will see a PTG deployed on the STRAT RORO for the duration of deployment, calling at a multitude of ports around southern Europe in direct support of the exercise as well as other routine port stops. RSEME as the mobile crane lifting operations Training Requirements Authority, have had a major overhaul with the new revised courses for mobile crane operations. These include the Slinger Signaller Lifting Operations, Supervisor Lifting Operations and the Appointed Person Lifting Operations. This has meant that all of the existing qualifications were made immediately null and void. However, we reacted quickly and now have a number of individuals conducting distributed training to revalidate and update the entire wet trades to enable us to continue in lifting operations, with the focus being on standardising the content to enhance unit capability and strengthen unit-delivered training. Manning for the trade is healthy with a steady stream of Combat Logisticians trained and eagerly awaiting their initial Port Operator trade courses. The trade itself is fully manned and as such is enabling us to fulfil all our roles. Retention is

8 Lifting Operations Course at the Sea Mounting Centre

steadily improving and the voluntary outflow has rapidly reduced - only time will tell if Covid had a big part to play. That is a double-edged sword of course, with ten percent of the trade now spread across ATRs and at DST. The apprenticeship Logistician scheme also continues to grow and professionalise the trade as we develop and compete in the civilian sector. Various doctrine and policies for the trade are undergoing a review and we are looking at how our civilian counterparts do business to streamline operations and work more efficiently. At the same time, work is ongoing to develop CPD and we are also engaging with CILT to professionalise the qualifications we already teach and also to develop higher qualifications in Port Management. Once restrictions are lifted, we will be holding a Port Working Group alongside Port Study Serials to update and inform everyone of future changes and to enable good feedback from the ground too. If anyone has any issues and would like to reach out directly, I would love to hear from you: stuart.southwick809@mod.gov.uk

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THE SUSTAINER | HEADS OF TRADE

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WO1 (Cdr) Mark Gill In concert with many trades within the Corps, the Driver Communications Specialists have been heavily involved in reinforcing their units’ collective efforts in support of the COVID-19 pandemic. Many great stories have emerged from these experiences and the invaluable work conducted has provided our soldiers with an opportunity to test their mettle in a unique, austere and uncertain climate, building camaraderie and gaining confidence in their technical and soldiering abilities. The trade has also maintained its focus on the numerous standing commitments, concurrently providing communication support in countries across the globe despite the many constraints that the virus has imposed on us all. A pressing piece of work that lockdown did afford space to complete was a much-needed review of the trade manning structure to ensure that we are prepared and able to meet future demands. The trade will retain its current strength but with some changes to the proportionality of ranks to ensure greater sustainability, a smoother career flow and provision of technical support to enable the effective delivery of capability. This aspiration will include senior trades people being placed within influential positions to provide greater direction and guidance to the Chain of Command whilst acting as key points of contact and providing an essential governance 28

function for the soldiers within the trade. Whilst the new structure is set for release in Spring 2021, all changes being made will be completed incrementally over a transitional period with the aim of minimising the impact on soldiers’ existing assignment dates. Looking ahead, we will continue to engage with and invest in new technology. One key work strand that has been identified is greater investment in defensive cyber training which will enable the trade to provide technical knowledge of the threats to the information we convey. An initial draft of a training pipeline is in place which features Cyber 101, Immersive Labs and CompTIA modules. This training will provide greater confidence and integrity to the systems we currently use and allow us to better meet the communication challenges of the future. Recently released, the Other Ranks’ Pay adjustments from 1 April 2021 has seen greater recognition for the trade. An acknowledgement of the complexity of the technical capability we deliver has been

8 WO1 (Cdr) Mark Gill handing over to WO1 Mark Underdown

8 The current trade structure

8 The future trade structure

rewarded with a pay supplement rise to level 2. This will hopefully go some way in re-invigorating morale within the trade. My time as Head of Trade is now nearing an end and WO1 Mark Underdown will take up the reins. Knowing Mark as well as I do, I have every confidence that he will continue to steer the trade forward, providing first class support to Defence whilst acting as a champion and fearless advocate for our greatest resource – our people. It has been an absolute honour and privilege to serve the trade and wider Corps during my tenure, service which would have been impossible without the support of trade members and the many people behind the scenes that make things happen. Although I move on to pastures new, I will inevitably retain my fondness for the trade and I look forward to crossing paths with some of the great people I have worked with again in the future, wherever and whenever this may be.

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COMMAND CATERING WARRANT OFFICER WO1 (Cdr) Oliver Rogers I took over as the Head of Trade for RLC Chefs in August 2020, but unfortunately COVID-19 scuppered my plans to get out as much as possible and see the great work that the trade is doing. That said, the RLC Chefs are still proving their worth. In the last 10 months, they have assisted with the delivery of over 18 million meals with 100,000 of these going to isolated troops within the Firm Base. Over the years, PAYD (Pay As You Dine) has been a real talking point across the whole of Defence. The Army Messing Working Group formed, chaired by Maj Gen Eastman OBE GOC RC as the Army Messing advocate. The group proactively seek to improve the entire lived experience of our Service Personnel and the team, assisted by trials conducted within 6 Division and input from the Institute of Naval Medicine, allowed us to review and implement a refreshed Transit Packed Meal - a change that has been wanting for nearly 30 years. The work was a collective effort and without the buy in from our three industry partners, it would not have been possible. Working the kitchens is difficult under any circumstances and with added COVID-19 restrictions, almost impossible. However, the unwavering robustness of The RLC’s Chefs has meant that they have continued to deploy in support of their units, delivering the absolute best to the Army and Defence. The RLC Strategy has really got the RLC Chefs thinking. As one of the most displaced of all RLC trades, the Chefs predominantly work outside of mainstream RLC units and bringing them back into the Corps fold is hugely important.

8 Socially distanced work in the kitchens

8 An example of the newly refreshed Transit Packed Meals

As communication is key, a working group has been established to pitch a trade ethos, one that fits perfectly within the Strategy. The Honorary Catering Advisor for Defence, David Morgan Hewitt, has been extended in position. He was set to hand over the reins in 2020, but unfortunately the impact of COVID-19 on the industry saw the selected replacement drop out. That said, David Morgan Hewitt has been pivotal in addressing the issues across Defence, not just with the food, but with equipment and infrastructure also. It can only be a good thing to have his experience and influence for another term. The RLC Chef trade has

recognised some of its outstanding achievers in the last few months. The Mackenzie Award, which is given to the Chef that has given the most back to Continuous Professional Development, was awarded to Pte Umit Rai of 22 Signal Regiment. He was gifted with a swanky set of chef's knives from the Army Catering Training Trust and with my recent success on selection as a RLC Conductor, I was honoured to award him a Conductor's Coin. We have also boarded the Army nominee for the Public Sector Armed Forces Caterer of the Year SSgt Marc Wrangham of 3 PARA was the worthy winner and will now go against the other two Services. The Army have not won since 2012 so we eagerly await the results which will be promulgated later in the year. Things are also on the up for the British Army Culinary Arts Team who have been busy in the background selecting RLC Chefs to compete at Salon Culinaire (albeit virtually).

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THE SUSTAINER | TRADE SECRETS While at the back end of a deployment on Op KIPION, as the Force Movement Warrant Officer for the Middle East in 2019, I learnt there was an opportunity to be assigned to British Gurkhas Nepal (BGN). Thinking that my current deployment would hinder my chances, I volunteered but remained unconvinced I would be offered the assignment. To my surprise, I promptly received an assignment order and swiftly got in contact with the incumbent at the time to find out what I could. I completed my tour at the end of March 2019 and was on a flight to Nepal at the end of April 2019. The first nine months of the assignment were spent making the most of what Nepal has to offer. However, as it has been all over the world, the COVID-19 global pandemic had a vast effect on how we conducted our daily business and inevitably an adverse impact on the supply chain. The Government of Nepal (GoN) imposed lockdown, which began on 24 Mar 20. This included the suspension of all air and long-distance ground travel with the cessation of the lockdown unpredictable. The ground line of communication from India had been considerably impacted, with no expectation of significant movement until COVID-19 was under control within the region. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs had also been impacted by the lockdown and had very limited capacity, causing delays in import licences and permissions for surface freight. BGN at the beginning of the lockdown had 14 containers held in Kolkata (India) incurring demurrage charges, whilst awaiting import authority. New processes had to be quickly formalised by my department and accepted by both the relevant Nepal and Indian customs authorities or the clearance of the backlog could have taken months at a cost of thousands to the MOD. Additionally, the lockdown was inevitably extended into monsoon season. Flooding and landslides were a common occurrence during this time which created further delays to the import of surface freight. Equally, with the international flight suspension, there had been 30

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no routine air supply route. The Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal was permitting foreign government sponsored, chartered relief flights for repatriation, freight and essential (mainly medical) supply. Some freight carriers were operating a significantly reduced service, but not as routine. Shortly after the lockdown was announced, the British Embassy in Kathmandu (BEK) ordered the drawdown of all non-essential personnel and dependants from

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Nepal. The Defence Attaché in Nepal, who is also the Commander of BGN (Colonel Richard Goodman), subsequently advised a commensurate draw down of our families and any non-essential Service Personnel. On this announcement, our families were extracted back to the UK on one of the three FCDO charter flights, which BGN played a huge role in organising. There were 109 British nationals, and a further 28 foreign nationals identified as stranded in isolated parts of Nepal when the coronavirus crisis broke out. This resulted in a rescue mission to retrieve them. With severely diminished transport routes available in country, over a three-week period BGN personnel 8 Bridge collapse. The riverside exchange between Kathmandu and Pokhara had become quite a struggle due to the monsoon season

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#BritishArmyLogistics travelled over 4,000 miles through the Himalayas to 13 different districts to retrieve the stranded tourists dispersed across Nepal. Some areas were inaccessible due to local barricades or landslides, meaning that some of the journeys to retrieve the tourists had to be conducted on foot over severely undulating terrain. Not all journeys could be completed in one day due to the length and precarious routes, so various individuals were forced to camp for the night on the side of the road. With the unpredictability of the lockdown duration and COVID-19 cases on the increase in the region, it was decided there was a requirement for personnel and stores movement in and out of Nepal. The organisation of three resilience flights followed, in order for BGN to maintain a safe COVID-19 facing posture, its disaster response capability, the delivery of mandated outputs, the sustainment of the Army-wide summer posting cycle and to enable personnel to take leave. The resilience flights were scheduled to take place every six weeks and operated in July, September and October. The Defence Attaché noted that the use of Military Air Transport (MilAT) has enabled BGN and the BEK to rehearse the capability of coming into Nepal, which has allowed confirmation that BGN’s contingency capability is enhanced. This provided some confidence to the Service Personnel that, should there be any AEROMEDEVAC required in the future, many of the wrinkles in the Nepali processes have already been ironed out. Additionally, it has also given the chance of some Defence

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Engagement. Most of the airport staff could not recall seeing any MilAT (of any flag) landing in Nepal for a considerable time. The international flight suspension ended on 2 Sep 20 allowing the families to be repatriated back to Nepal over the period of OctoberNovember 2020. The return of the families helped to bring a brief moment of normality for those in Nepal, who had assumed a working on Ops mentality as some personnel had spent in excess of six months apart. This was unfortunately short lived with further travel prohibitions were implemented by the GoN on 22 Dec 20. This announcement banned all passengers originating or transiting through the UK, which included a large number of BGN personnel and dependents who had returned to the UK for Christmas leave. As support personnel from the UK were delayed indefinitely, the travel plan and the plan for the Recruit Intake 2021 (RI21) Central Selection, that was required to start in January 2021, underwent huge overhauls. 2 RGR in Brunei provided a large amount of support, which with remaining BGN personnel, enabled recruitment to take place with BGN

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and UK support personnel eventually arriving in Nepal in February 2021 to reinforce. The movement of 340 T/Rfn to the UK was another unpredictable obstacle. Commercial flights remained limited with the additional exit and entry admin and paperwork requirements providing additional planning. COVID positive tests required constant engagement and reshuffling of chalks with Defence Travel and the airlines in order to prevent large additional costs. Ultimately, (with some rework required) the 340 T/Rfn were moved to the UK over seven chalks throughout February-March. Over the last year, the global pandemic has fundamentally changed the way we conduct our business in BGN. There has been a lot of planning and co-ordination that has been required to remain flexible during this unpredictable and unusual period. It certainly has at times been extremely challenging, causing long hours and headaches. Overall, BGN has achieved a great deal with the evacuation and repatriation of personnel and dependents, whilst delivering its primary objective of recruitment. These all stand out as amazing accomplishments conducted in such challenging circumstances, which should not be underestimated. It is a period in my career that has been completely different to what I expected, but one that I have been happy to play a part and will look back on with fond memories. 8 TRfn from RI21 following COVID restrictions during securtiy checks at TIA

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Should Defence be investing in developing autonomous combat logistic vehicles? Much has been said and written about automation.We often see news stories about Amazon, Ocado and other logistic companies developing automated warehouses and the automotive industry developing driverless vehicles. Safety, cost efficiency and climate change are behind this, but how much is Defence getting involved in the revolution? This article will focus on the distribution aspect of logistics, particularly the last mile of resupply to frontline troops and analyse the pros and cons of automation, before outlining what projects Defence is currently undertaking. And I ask… should we be pushing to automate combat resupply or are there higher, more appropriate priorities? Why would we automate? The immediate response most people would give when asked: ‘Why would we automate the distribution of combat supplies on kinetic operations?’ It is because it could reduce the risk to soldiers' lives. Indeed, in the UK Doctrine, Robotics and Autonomous Systems in Military Support (RAS), the aim of using automation is to:“reduce the physical and cognitive burden on the serviceperson to increase endurance, persistence and reach to enable sustained operations in degraded and austere environments.” 1 If driverless vehicles deliver combat supplies to frontline troops, the soldiers that would have been driving the logistic convoys are not exposed to that high-risk environment and become available to conduct other duties. This is a valid argument, yet there are numerous other considerations to look at. Humans need rest to avoid making mistakes that can ultimately lead to injury or worse. This limits the speed at which they can distribute supplies. Automated vehicles do not have these constraints. They could go further, faster, expanding operational reach and improving speed and 32

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efficiency of resupply. Automated resupply could be far more agile and resilient than traditional methods, resupplying little and often by using single vehicle moves, rather than waiting for demand levels to make a convoy worthwhile. By lowering the risk, the threshold for benefit would be lower in the risk vs benefit trade off calculation. This could give greater flexibility to combat troops, allowing them to go deeper into enemy territory for longer with confidence that they will have logistic support. So there may be some benefits from automating the way we resupply the frontline. However, it also raises a plethora of issues.Without resupply, combat troops cannot function effectively for longer than a day or two, making resupply a high value target for the enemy. Resupply convoys are extremely vulnerable and therefore armed protection of the logistic convoy is paramount.The current standard operating procedure for logistic convoys operating in contested combat environments involves each vehicle having a minimum of one soldier driving and a second on top cover.With unmanned vehicles, armed protection disappears: currently automated weapon systems that remove the human decision-making process on

whether to fire are a no-go for the British Army due to the moral and legal questions they raise. Removing armed protection could make the logistic vehicles even more vulnerable to ground attack, irrespective of the fact they are driverless. There is another huge advantage that soldiers can provide when engaged in resupply: situational awareness. During convoys, soldiers can collate huge amounts of information to report to their HQs: enemy numbers and locations, conditions of routes, the morale of friendly forces. This information can be invaluable to the battle picture. Automated vehicles do not have this capability, currently. In the future, technological advancements may produce sensors that can collect battlefield intelligence and distribute it to soldiers on the ground2. But as it stands, the human element provides a significant advantage that automated vehicles do not. Why don’t we wait for technology to improve? Numerous civilian companies are investing billions into researching and developing autonomous vehicles. Collectively this reaches far beyond Defence’s entire budget.With such disparity in what Defence can invest

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Why is Defence moving so slowly? Financial cost will always be a limiting factor in almost everything Defence does. The cost of research and development is enormous and can often spiral if things do not go to plan.Yes, automation of logistics may reduce the number of soldiers

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when compared with industry, is it worth waiting for civilian companies3 to produce a product and then purchase directly from them? ‘Off the shelf’ purchasing is used for many other pieces of military equipment. To an extent, Defence is looking at this for automated logistics too – the MOD is currently conducting trials using driverless vehicles developed by civilian companies . However, the differences between the environments in which a civilian driverless vehicle will operate compared with autonomous combat resupply vehicle are vast. Civilian driverless vehicles are set up to operate in very rules-bound, specific and predictable conditions.Vehicles in a combat zone, however, are unlikely to have the same luxury of smooth roads with road markings and signs, and vehicles around all obeying rules of the road. Therefore, military vehicles will have much more complex decisions to make when operating autonomously. Waiting for civilian vehicle manufactures to be produce ‘off the shelf’ vehicles suitable for Defence to purchase could be too far in the future to be realistic. Therefore, work must be done that is specific to the combat environment – exactly what the team on project THESEUS are doing through the Joint Tactical Autonomous Replen and Resupply (JTARR) trials. JTARR is a DSTL-led project trialling the use of autonomous air and ground vehicles to deliver resupply to the front line across the so-called ‘Last Mile’. It encompasses factors including limitations of platforms currently available - such as what does a robot do if it gets a flat tyre, or if the network is compromised? - and reducing risk associated with automated vehicles in a contested environment4. This project is producing some really valuable information, but there is still a great deal of work to be done before we will see our fighting troops being resupplied by autonomous vehicles.

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required to conduct resupplies in the long term, freeing up soldiers for other tasks where personnel are in greater need; although people will still be required to manage and maintain the autonomous vehicles. However, by spending money now on development of these systems, it will take many years before we see the benefit, financial or otherwise. Additionally, Defence projects must align with political direction and strategic aims. This relies on analysis of publications such as Global Strategic Trends and Future Operating Environment (FOE 35) in order to understand the potential threats that the UK may face in the future, with projects tailored to ensure effectiveness should those threats emerge. The analysis must justify the investment in a particular area or technology – if there is no need for a capability then there is no point wasting money on it, when the investment could have much more benefit when directed elsewhere. Analysis of the current RAS doctrine suggests that it is very much in line with deductions made from FOE 35 and other similar publications,

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8 The level of investment required to develop autonomous vehicles far exceeds Defence’s budget

pointing to a conclusion that Defence is tailoring its research and development appropriately, given its inevitable constraints.Yet there are aspects of the perceived threat that present much greater risk to human life than logistics resupply: for example, recces operating deep in enemy territory, or route clearance in areas with high likelihood of mines or IEDs.Would it be better use of Defence spending if we invested in automating these roles rather than our last mile logistics? There are some potential advantages and clear disadvantages to the automation of logistic resupply in combat environments and with further technological advancements, these disadvantages may fade. Defence is putting a large amount of resources into research and development in this area and is making some critical progress. Is this enough? Ultimately, it depends on the reason as to why we are moving towards automation. If the goal is to reduce risk to human life, then we should press forward with this research and support it to fruition, but analyse closely if there are higher risk roles that would offer greater benefit than automation of logistics. If the goal is simply to do more with fewer soldiers, we may find that buying larger capacity vehicles or hitching trailers onto the back of our existing trucks is a quicker and cheaper option; releasing valuable resources that could have a greater benefit if invested elsewhere. Footnotes 1 UK. Defence Logistics. Robotics and Autonomous Systems in Military Support, V3.1, (London:MOD, 2019), 8.

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The RLC in Ukraine By Maj Mark Conlin SO2 Future Plans Op ORBITAL Operation ORBITAL is a combined British and Danish Military Capacity Building mission. It is part of a multi-national partnership of NATO-member nations that delivers training support to the Armed Forces of Ukraine (AFU). The UK was the first of the partner nations to assist Ukraine after the start of the war with Russian-led separatist forces, over the highly contested Donbas region. With around 250k personnel, but a budget of only $5.4 Bn (up from $2.8 Bn in 2014), the AFU has been under-resourced, struggled to cope with its own training burden and was held back by a post-Soviet structure and mindset. Ukraine now has its sights set on membership of NATO and the AFU has worked hard to restructure, refresh its doctrine and conduct training that contributes to interoperability with NATO forces. Op ORBITAL is funded not by the MoD, but the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office’s (FCDO) Conflict, Stability and Security Fund (CSSF), which sets an important angle on the type of support that the UK military delivers. This training has ranged from urban operations to counter-sniping, mine-awareness and human security factors; but has also seen several deployments of RLC personnel to deliver bespoke logistics training courses. For example, in 2018, RLC soldiers delivered a suite of logistics packages at the Odesa Military Academy (OMA) that included ammunition storage, warehouse management, food services and fuel operator training.

2020/21 has seen a shift from providing individual training to train-the-trainer courses that are designed to pass capability development back to the AFU’s manoeuvre formations and training institutions. To achieve this, Op ORBITAL HQ has been upscaled to incorporate a Tri-Service contribution to capacity-building in Ukraine; the J5 team now has an SO2 Air (RAF), SO2 Maritime (RN) and an Army-tied SO2 Future Plans (currently Maj Mark Conlin RLC). The AFU General Staff convenes Land, Maritime and Air domain sub-committees but also a dedicated Logistics sub-committee, co-chaired by Comd Op ORBITAL who is guided by the HQ’s RLC-tied Logistic Plans officer. This position is currently filled by Capt Stew Rutt RLC; his role is to analyse requests for logistic training support from around the AFU and to develop appropriate training solutions. He organised the logistic planning course that was delivered recently in the OMA by Capt Andy Nicholls and Capt Luke Edwards (both of 3 Regt RLC). This course covered

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UK/NATO operational CSS laydown and equipment capability as well as strategic outload/inload, RSOI and sustainment of operations. A recent meeting with the Deputy Commandant of the National Technical University Military Institute of Armoured Forces will see the delivery in 2021 of a similar logistics planning course, plus an armoured fighting vehicle recovery and equipment support package, to familiarise the AFU’s tank formations with the UK/NATO Bde and Div logistic constructs. Op ORBITAL will run until at least March 2023, supporting Defence Engagement activity including STTTs and a number of major multinational exercises each year. Notably, Ex COSSACK MACE (Jul 21) will see up to three sub-units from 4 SCOTS practise activation and breakout of equipment, then deploy by air and strategic RoRo to Ukraine, link up with a Ukrainian Army unit and conduct a Mech Infantry Battle Group FTX. This deliberate incorporation of strategic outload/inload and the maintenance of real-time logistic lines of communication is an important demonstration to our allies and our adversaries of the UK’s ability to deliver expeditionary warfare. 8 Maj Mark Conlin and Capt Stew Rutt (Kharkiv Armoured Warfare Institute)

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THE SUSTAINER | CAREER TRANSITION Having left the Regular Army in summer 2019, WO2 (now Sgt in the Reserves) Laurie Taylor has been through the whirlwind experience of stepping into a new job with World Fuel Services (WFS), working for them in Lithuania at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, while starting a reserve commitment with 158 Regt RLC. “My first career in the Regular Army provided me with a wealth of transferrable skills for my new civilian role and the commercial experience with WFS has positioned me to make a telling contribution to the Army Reserves. Conversely, my service, ethos and values as a reservist will benefit WFS. My last 18 months are a positive case study of the intended benefits from the MOD’s Whole Force by Design. In July 2019, I was dined out from The RLC, having completed 23 years regular service as an RLC Pet Op, finishing as Warrant Officer Class 2. I decided to transfer directly over to the Army Reserves and join 158 Regt RLC, given the Unit’s footprint close to my home in Colchester. Whilst the transfer was taking place, I was still transitioning into civilian life; my main priority was to secure a full-time civilian job. In August this was achieved. I took on the role of operations manager for the central and eastern Europe region with WFS. After

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Whole Force by Design By Sgt Laurie Taylor 202 Sqn, 158 Regiment RLC conducting my training and probation in Afghanistan, where the company supports the NATO Resolute Support mission, I then deployed to Lithuania (Kaunas) as a civilian contractor. WFS supports the NATO Supply and Procurement Agency (NSPA) with fuel solutions for the enhanced Forward Presence (eFP) mission (at Rukla) and the Very High Readiness Joint Task Force - Land (VJTF-L) in the Baltics. While in the Baltics, my role consisted of recruiting, training and managing a small team, while also conducting daily dialogue and gaining confidence of our customers; NSPA and the military end user. I was on a rotation of six weeks in country and two weeks on R&R. When the UK went into the first national lockdown in March 2020, I had just arrived back in Lithuania from R&R. Given the company’s mission imperative to support NSPA, as well as travel restrictions imposed by the UK and Lithuanian governments, I was to remain in country. While I had obvious concerns for my family in UK, I still had a job to do in Lithuania. The British Army has taught me to endure any challenge that you cannot control and just

crack on. I adopted my trusted Army routine on tour, which I honestly think maintained my mental health; keeping fit, eating well and daily Facetime calls with my wife and two girls kept the pressures at bay. After a four-month lockdown in Lithuania, I was able to return home to the UK for much needed time with the family. Throughout the lockdown in Lithuania, my team continued to support the NATO eFP mission. We faced a number of challenges as highlighted above. These revolved around: • Safety – This was paramount not just for myself but for my whole team and the customer. Writing risk assessments, implementing the company’s strict COVID protocols and conducting management checks were key factors to reducing potential risks during live operations for WFS operators and the customer. • Will – When the lockdown was announced, the team and I had to plan for worse case scenarios and potential threats to the company. This type of planning was essential, as my mission was to enable ongoing operations and uphold our contractual responsibilities.

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#BritishArmyLogistics • Cross-border supply chain – An important part of our planning was to ensure that the borders were accessible to our supply chain, which stretched across the Baltics down to Poland and up to Finland. While there were challenges, working with NSPA and building a rapport with border authorities, good relations were critical to transiting borders easily. • Customer communications – Truly understanding the customer’s needs and building a professional relationship are critical to my role. While face-to-face meetings were difficult, I was able to interact with the customer on a daily basis using social media platforms like WhatsApp and Zoom. It was business as usual! The real-world experiences in the Baltics I describe will certainly help me in my role with 158 Regt RLC in military contingency planning and supply chain management. I have a much better appreciation of what a contractor requires from its customer. When I look back on my military service, there are a number of transferrable skills that have helped me in my new civilian role as an operations manager: • Transferrable skills – Creating ideas, planning, leadership, people skills, time management and adaptability are just some of the key transferrable skills from my Regular Army service that have benefitted me. • Personal resilience - The military environment absolutely promotes personal resilience; I still use the Army Values within my current role: courage, discipline, respect for others, integrity, loyalty and selfless commitment. • Customer affinity – Drawing upon my understanding and previous life as the military customer has really helped me support NSPA and its end users; especially in pre-empting their tactical-level needs. • Broadened outlook – Working in the energy industry has opened my eyes to the civilian sector. Having an appreciation of all the corporate topics, its issues and being prepared ‘to speak truth to power’ is paramount. Throughout the whole of the lockdown, 158 Regt RLC was still

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commitment I could offer to 202 Sqn. With the assistance of the WFS Reservist policy, I am able to take 10 days paid leave for an Annual Deployment Exercise (ADE), attend all training nights, assured weekends and if required it allows me to mobilise. OC 202 Sqn identified that my current role with WFS would meet the job specification as the Operations SNCO. This involves organising and planning training events. I am also required to oversee troop management inspections ensuring that deadlines are meant for the OC’s quarterly reviews. I am confident that my experiences in Lithuania during the pandemic will be especially useful. Looking forward to 2021, my plan is to attend assured weekends and complete my ADE. It has been an eye opening 18 months, but with the support of WFS and 158 Regiment RLC, my transition from Regular to Veteran/Reservist has been a great one.

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THE SUSTAINER | WAR STUDIES - VIETNAM Overview of a war - Unique in nature, unexceptional in outcome. The problem was explained as a threat of tumbling dominoes. Post 1945, the world order was rapidly divided between two ideologies, communism and liberal democracy. One of the lines of this contest was drawn across South East Asia with a focus on Vietnam. After the failed reintroduction of French colonialism in Indo-China in 1954, the US, under President Johnston, assumed the mantle of protector of democracy’s outposts. For Washington, a reserved policy of ‘graduated response’ resulted in an incremental force build-up which exacerbated its inability to take advantage of its superior firepower. Inflamed by the White House’s support of consecutive corrupt South Vietnamese governments, domestic political and social fracture lines eventually emerged, resulting in a total US withdrawal in 1975. The chaos which ensued did not detract from the blood and treasure expended in what was categorised as a ‘Limited War’. Over 36 million helicopter sorties flown, more bombs dropped by the US than on Germany and Japan in WW2, over 50,000 US and 200,000 South Vietnamese killed and an estimated 1 million plus of North Vietnamese and Viet Cong. The Vietnam War’s legacy is still contested. It magnifies the narrow utility of limited wars fought against determined enemies, willing to take casualties on the ground of their choosing. Vietnam continues to provide insights for technologically advanced nations whose advantages can be nullified in the quagmire of close combat. In this sense, Vietnam is a close relation to Iraq and Afghanistan. The Sources Background viewing/reading into the war What better place to start a campaign study than binge watching? Addictive, thought-provoking and often graphic, PBS America’s ‘The Vietnam War’ is groundbreaking. With over 18 hours of viewing, the documentary series analyses the conflict from the grand strategic decisions made in Hanoi, Washington and Paris to the 38

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RLC Foundation campaign review So begins PBS America’s 18-hour documentary series on the Vietnam War. This RLC Foundation campaign review provides an overview for those interested in studying the ‘First Television War’ and which arguably has connotations for recent conflicts. By Neil Llewellyn, The RLC Foundation gut-wrenching close combat in conditions reminiscent of WW1 trench warfare. The series interrogates the war from both sides and although audiences are usually familiar with the issues from an American perspective, the miscalculations of the North Vietnamese politburo adds a new dimension in understanding the campaign. Whilst the seminal documentary offers an excellent introduction to the war, some targeted reading to supplement the 10-part series offers an opportunity to gain a deeper understanding of the war. (Viewer discretion advised contains mature content, strong language and graphic violence.) Bernard Fall’s ‘Street Without Joy’ critically covers the French-Indo China campaign and in many ways provides an insight into the tragedy that was to come. Published in 1961 and revised in 1964, Fall, who was a soldier and then political science professor, covered the war from the ground until his tragic death in the field in 1967. Max Hasting’s ‘Vietnam’, picks up the baton and takes the reader from the French debacle into the US disaster. He blends the political machinations with the attritional actions and deftly illustrates the futility of many of the operational level objectives adopted by all the belligerents. Hastings also highlights the cultural chasms that prevented any understanding and progress of many of the regional initiatives whilst also contextualising the struggle within a much broader East-West contest. Jeremy Black’s section on Vietnam in his ‘A Century of Conflict’, expands on this global

context and places the war into a specific time and space of the Cold War. The reader gains an understanding of how the defeat of French colonialism was overshadowed by a belief in Washington that the whole of Asia could fall under the control of a global communist movement. The presumption that ‘limited wars’ could be utilised to contain and incrementally undermine communism was pursued across the paddy fields of Vietnam in a largely ad hoc fashion with a flawed belief that overwhelming firepower would allow liberal democracy to prevail. The obvious flaws in the concept were not so obvious to the belligerents in 1959 and Black explains the incremental approach adopted by the belligerents. As for ‘how the war was sustained,’ the three offerings below provide some of the detail. Readers may be surprised on the scales experienced in this ‘limited war’ and in a footnote to history, the extent of the capacity building programme pursued by the US. Further reading: Mobility, Support, Endurance - Vice Admiral EB Hooper USN, published 1972. The US's logistics were so good they were largely invisible and therefore taken for granted. A detailed study from a naval perspective of Force sustainment and how it was achieved. Vietnam Studies – Logistic Support - Lieutenant General JH Heiser Jr, published 1974. Some surprising data which exposes how the US invested in cultural, economic and political initiatives – what we call ‘nation building’. A War of Logistics: Parachutes and Porters CR Shrader, published 2015 Shrader’s books are ‘must reads’ for military logisticians. This brilliantly researched, eyeopening account should only be tackled by series students of the Indo-China wars.

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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. The RLC Foundation continues to run high quality virtual reality events and we hope to return to staging live events from August onwards. The Foundation Book Club continues to provide a focus for logistic publication reviews and we encourage members of the Corps to participate. RLC FOUNDATION EVENTS 2021 On 29 Apr 21, the Foundation co-hosted an event with the Worshipful Company of Carmen. This event focused on “Leading in Challenging Times: building resiliency in yourself and your organization”. It also addressed the question of: “how do we build the resilience mindset through leadership from the individual viewpoint and, crisis response resilience through process and capability?” These topics were investigated from the academic, military and commercial perspectives. Guest speakers were: Professor Richard Wilding, Supply Chain Strategy, Cranfield University, Huw Jenkins, Chief Operating Officer, LCST Leidos Europe and Maj Gen Duncan Capps, Commandant RMAS. The event attracted 148 virtual attendees, the best attendance figures for a virtual event to date. If you haven’t had chance to see this excellent event visit: www.rlcfoundation.com/events

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The RLC Foundation ran its TVS Supply Chain Solutions Career Transition Workshop for service leavers on 18 May 21. The event was aired on MS Teams from 1400 – 1600. There was an overwhelming response from service leavers which meant running a reserve list. The event was a unique opportunity for service leavers to get one-on-one advice about future job opportunities within the civilian workplace. TVS Supply Chain Solutions is a very supportive member of The RLC Foundation and have run very successful Career Transition Workshops in the past. On 5 Aug 21, Ex LOG SAFARI will take place near Bicester. This event is very popular amongst the

Foundation’s corporate members. It gives them the opportunity to engage with serving RLC soldiers and officers within a field force environment. Future details can be found on the RLC Foundation website nearer the event date. On 9 Sep 21, World Fuel Services will host a seminar and operational capability event at RAF Northolt. This event is open to all corporate and military attendees, but will be of particular interest to RLC Petroleum Operators. Future details will be published on the website closer to the event date. 13 Air Assault Support Regiment is running a Military Planning event for the Foundation’s corporate membership on 30 Sep 21. This event will be staged within a simulated field force headquarters, with hands-on for our corporate members who will get to grips with military supply chain issues. The RLC Foundation is now working from home. New contact details: Director: Alan Woods: rlcfwoods@gmail.com Business Support Manager: Chrissie Ross: therlcfoundation@gmail.com Follow us on LinkedIn and Facebook by searching for Royal Logistic Corps Foundation or visit our website: www.rlcfoundation.com

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6 Regiment RLC is currently deployed on United Nations peacekeeping duties in Cyprus. Operation TOSCA is the name given to the British contribution to the United Nations Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus (UNFICYP). In an area of continuing tension, soldiers from the British Army, alongside colleagues from the United Nations Police, monitor and patrol the 180km long Buffer Zone 24/7 separating the North and South of Cyprus. UNFICYP was originally established by the UN Security Council in 1964 to prevent further fighting between the Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot communities. After further hostilities in 1974, a permanent United Nations Peacekeeping mission was established to operate in Cyprus to prevent further conflict. The British Army has deployed soldiers to the UNFICYP ever since, to help keep the peace and maintaining stability. In recent years, The RLC has played a key role. Since 2007 some eleven different units have deployed as ‘Sector 2’. Currently, 6 Regiment RLC forms the backbone of the 238 strong deployment as ‘Sector 2’, augmented by 75 IAs from 23 different units and over ten different cap badges. Individual and collective training included learning and re40

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Op TOSCA 34 establishing a multitude of skills. Soldiers have been trained as Public Order Instructors, Negotiators and Military Observers, as well as enjoying both Greek and Turkish language lessons. Preparations were challenging. The Regt was heavily committed to Op RESCRIPT and COVID-19 meant many courses were cancelled and delayed and soldiers spent long periods of time away from their families.

The Op TOSCA 34 force deployed to Sector 2 of the Buffer Zone, which includes some of the most sensitive areas of the Buffer Zone together with the last remaining divided capital city in the world, Nicosia. The Operations Company, Support Company and Influence Group are located at Ledra Palace Hotel; with the Mobile Force Reserve stationed at the United Nations Protected Area. After an excellent hand over from 6 RIFLES, the deployed force has quickly adjusted into the routine of life on operations. Soldiers have been patrolling the Buffer Zone, by day and night, on foot, bike and by vehicle, in both the urban and rural environment. Their key responsibility is to observe, monitor and report, ensuring they are on high alert to anything that may affect the status quo. Alongside the patrols training has been key. All the training was planned and delivered by JNCOs, and included: firefighting, public order, weapons training and navigation. A unique opportunity of this deployment is working within a multi-cap badge

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environment. Soldiers have been able to conduct integrated joint patrols with the Slovakian and Argentinian Armies and with police drawn from nations across the globe. Deployed at a key time in the political calendar, there have been diplomatic visits from nations readying themselves for the 5+1 talks in Geneva and 6 Regt soldiers have been instrumental in providing insights into the ‘Cyprus Problem’.

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The Military Observation and Liaison Officers focus their time on regular Key Leader Engagements, with the two Opposing Forces as well as a raft of civilian authorities. Op NORTHWIND is one example of this interaction and is a humanitarian aid patrol, delivering medical supplies, food and gas to displaced Southern Cypriots currently residing in the North of the island. Looking back, the Regt and attached personnel have much

to be proud of. It has been a long and challenging year, ensuring everyone is trained proficiently and overcoming the hurdles that the COVID-19 pandemic has presented. Basic military training complimented by a focus on ‘soft skills’ in the form of negotiation has been a refreshing change for trade orientated personnel. Soldiers are carrying out their duties of patrolling, training, integrating and liaising with the upmost professionalism and the Regt looks forward to updating on the tour on its return to home-base.

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1 Regiment The Royal Logistic Corps BICESTER CO: Lt Col H Cook • Adjt: Capt E Thompson • RSM: WO1 J Halliday With personnel supporting Op RESCRIPT, deploying on Op CABRIT and continuing to develop the STRIKE concept, it has been a diverse and rewarding period for the soldiers of 1 Regiment RLC which has seen their trade skills come to the fore. Op RESCRIPT 2 Close Support Squadron, with elements of 74 Sqn, the LAD and a troop from 4 Regt RLC, deployed on Op RESCRIPT as ambulance drivers during the spring term. This was to support the North West Ambulance Service (NWAS) who at the time were experiencing a 36% increase in the demand for ambulances while facing a very high-level of staff absenteeism caused by COVID-19. Completing a four-day clinical and driver training package, the force dispersed across the North West to provide support to 29 NWAS Stations from 14 locations in a 7,500sq.m area of operations. The support varied from the provision of patient transfer services to driving Paramedic ambulances to the full range of emergency, urgent or routine calls. Soldiers were expected to undertake dynamic risk assessments, provide basic life support and prepare patient monitoring equipment. In addition, they were required to undertake daily serviceability checks on the vehicles and communication equipment and have appropriate knowledge of the equipment held on the vehicles to provide the crew with the kit they needed in a range of situations. The soldiers reacted with the upmost professionalism and truly excelled in an extremely testing unfamiliar environment. Op CABRIT Three troops from 23 General Support Sqn, made up of LSS, Drivers and Chefs, deployed to Caerwent training area for the conclusion of their Op CABRIT pre-deployment training. 42

Led by Lt Gavin Campbell, 2Lt Bipin Rai and WO2 Jason Hindson, the troops put their trade knowledge into practice by hastily establishing a full FRV and vehicle leaguer to conduct CEG specific operations. The exercise’s aim was to expose the soldiers to the most realistic trade-specific challenges that would most likely occur during their operational tour in Estonia. Prepared and excited, the troops will deploy over the Spring/Summer period. It is set to be a fantastic experience, especially for the junior officers and soldiers who will be experiencing operations for the first time. The exercise also provided the opportunity for strike experimentation with Communications Troop securing the loan of a Command Mobile Expandable Container Configuration from Weatherhaven. This acted as a rapidly collapsible SHQ for the duration of the exercise. Footage of this equipment and its utility can be viewed on the Regt’s Facebook page. Ex RHINO RALLY On 22 Mar 21, 12 Close Support Sqn embarked on Ex RHINO RALLY; a four-day driving exercise that aimed to test the skill of drivers and commanders and the capability of our vehicle fleet in a STRIKE context. The week began with a hot breakfast delivered by the 24-hour field kitchen established to sustain the troops throughout. Packets departed along each of four routes

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over the four days, travelling for approximately 500km on each. This allowed the Regt to closely replicate and test the STRIKE CSS theory, travelling 2,000km in the shortest possible timeframe. The information collected from Ex RHINO RALLY enabled the Regt to analyse the capabilities of the vehicle fleet, assessing how differing loads would affect fuel usage and providing accurate data that could be used to inform doctrine development. A great test for the Junior Leaders, the exercise also included a detailed G6 plan aimed to test the Communications Troop. The Comms Specs deployed across the country to establish a rebroadcast network that enabled the packets full reach back to the Ops room. The RHINO series of driving exercises will continue to develop and test STRIKE theory further throughout 2021. Cherwell Larder 1 Regt RLC Chefs have put their time and skills to excellent use by becoming volunteers at a local food distribution service called the Cherwell Larder. This brilliant project supports over 1,000 families in challenging times of need, providing a vital source of food for many within the Cherwell district who may find themselves struggling financially.

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3 Regiment The Royal Logistic Corps ABINGDON CO: Lt Col G Wincott • Adjt: Capt A Baldwin • RSM: WO1 R Conway With the repercussions of COVID-19 continuing to cast a long shadow over routine running, the last quarter has been an interesting time for 3 Regiment RLC to say the least. Despite its challenges, the Regt has continued to exceed expectations, innovatively rising to everything it faces and has continued adapting to new and changing environments. The Regt has supported a wide range of commitments both domestic and international. Resilient in the face of adversity, soldiers have surpassed expectations and returned to work with an eagerness to learn and develop. This update will shine a light on the interesting and challenging tasks undertaken, giving an insight into the ‘Trade Secrets’ that give the Regt its keen, fighting edge. The Spring Quarter has seen 3 Regt complete an array of challenging tasks. Constantly called upon by our partners in Defence, 31 Squadron (Sqn) was called out to the site of a stranded RAF Chinook helicopter to aid the Royal Engineers with kit rehabilitation. This was an event that required diligent and professional soldiers, as it sparked considerable media attention. The Sqn also assisted the RLC Troop Commanders’ course on its final exercise, Ex TIMBER TRUSS.

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3 Regt RLC has become the go-to unit for Ex TIMBER TRUSS support, having stepped up for the last two turns of the handle to provide support to enable the training and development of the Corps’ new intakes of young officers. The exercise gave the Regt an opportunity to deploy multiple trades, such as Comm Specs and Chefs, and saw them perform to the highest standard. Soldiers were given the opportunity to step up in a variety of ranks, demonstrating phenomenal potential and capacity, specifically across its junior ranks. The excellent work and enthusiasm of 3 Regt personnel was highlighted by Comdt DSL, Col Colin Francis CBE. 32 Sqn deployed on a Combined Arms Tactical Trainer (CATT) exercise, Ex PANTHERS LEAP, showing keenness to reinvigorate Sqn SOIs to improve its capability to live, fight and train; a feat that is all the more relevant set against the pandemic backdrop. As far as technology is concerned, the CATT saw personnel from 32 Sqn develop section and troop level tactics using the CATT simulator. Given there is no bespoke programme geared towards CSS regiments, the Sqn was tasked with developing its own, unique programme. In order to continue this development, the Regt

8 Working in the CATT simulator has acquired the tools needed to conduct low-level simulated training utilising commercial software. The acquisition of gaming laptops will not only enhance the Sqn’s operational effectiveness within the realms of the digital age, but will serve to bolster section-level cohesion by building a regimental eSports team that aims to compete at Tri-Service level. Outside of sqn life, International Women’s Day was marked across the Regt with Service Personnel (SP) standing in solidarity together, celebrating the role of 3 Regt’s female soldiers both past and new. Days like this offer reflection of the Regt’s continued commitment to celebrating the diversity and character of its SP. In summary, despite the challenges this year has thrown at 3 Regt RLC, the spring period has seen the Unit get into its stride with renewed vigour; conducting operationally required training to maintain high readiness to be ready to succeed on any operation. As the Regt learns to work with the constant threat of Coronavirus and the arrival of summer, the Regt will continue to stand vigilant and leave its mark on 2021.

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4 Regiment The Royal Logistic Corps ABINGDON CO: Lt Col C Yates • Adjt: Capt S Kennedy • RSM: WO1 G Johnson 4 Regiment RLC began 2021 as it closed 2020; delivering on operations. The 33 (GS) Squadron led Theatre Logistic Squadron (One) (TLS (1)) deployment returned from supporting the Community Testing pilot in Liverpool to depart on some well-deserved Christmas leave and shortly into 2021, 60 (CS) Squadron QOGLR deployed for two months to support the Northwest Ambulance Service. Based in Manchester, the team conducted 773 shifts and over 200 callouts following a four-day ‘crash-course’ training package that involved learning CPR, how to insert an IV line and everything else a paramedic is expected to know! Supporting 15 ambulance stations across the city, their training was put to great use and the CPR training saved several people’s lives whilst out on task. The Regt has continued to support many other activities, with personnel currently deployed around the UK and overseas. Maj Carl Green, OC 75 (HQ) Squadron, has deployed to the USA in support of Ex WARFIGHTER where he’s developing the Unit’s new CONEMP for a planned role change to support divisional troops. Four junior officers have been used as Vaccine Taskforce Forward Log Planners, deploying to Aldershot and Preston to provide logistic expertise in establishing new vaccine centres in their regions. 4 (CS) Squadron is tasked to run the quarantine facility at Shrivenham. Three teams will ensure COVID-19 Force Health Protection compliance for all military personnel departing and entering the UK on official business. Cpl Limbu and Cpl Gurung, both from 33 (GS) Squadron, are deployed to London to provide their LSS knowledge in the Vaccine Taskforce HQ and, amongst a number of other tasks being conducted, five LSS personnel are providing technical supply expertise in Sennelager (Germany), 44

where they are processing the accounts for the returning armoured fleet from BATUS. Lots of recent activity has been conducted on professional and personal development; empowering soldiers and releasing potential. 4 (CS) Squadron has taken the lead on the INSPIRE Programme – a bespoke coaching and mentoring package developed with Broadleaf Global. Over a four-day period, the participants learned project management tools and methodologies as well as techniques to understand their own critical thinking and mindsets. Immediate success was seen when Pte Cawdry confidently briefed the CO on planning processes at the end of his first week out of Phase Two training! The team are now utilising these new skills by undertaking a 90-day project to deliver a ‘bottom up’ soldier led and designed military skills competition for 101 Logistic Brigade units. The LAD and the Centralised Fleet team are working tirelessly on the vehicle fleet post an extended period of lockdown and tasks. Their work on Op PHEONIX puts the Unit in a great place to deploy the Regt on exercise in June and to ensure the Unit can meet all its readiness commitments.

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Despite many of the Regt’s personnel working remotely during the lockdown period, the Regt has ensured the competitive warfighting spirit of everyone has remained strong through the use of apps such as Strava. Soldiers from the Regt are running and cycling huge amounts for time, distance and elevation challenges. The latter proving quite hard to achieve when you’re based on a flat airfield! Congratulations go to 60 (CS) Squadron QOGLR, who pipped 33 (GS) Squadron to take the title and CO’s Cup! Importantly, the Regt and its personnel have been the recipients of several awards during the past quarter. The Regt is delighted to congratulate Lt Amy Grieve who was awarded this year’s Carmen Sword; Lts Henry Willis and Tom Crowther who both earned their green berets in passing the All-Arms Commando Course; and, the entire Regt for being granted the Freedom of the City of Liverpool following the work conducted on the Community COVID-19 Testing pilot prior to Christmas. 8 Be sure to keep updated on Unit activity by following us on Twitter @4RegimentRLC.

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6 Regiment The Royal Logistic Corps DISHFORTH CO: Lt Col A Richardson • Adjt: Capt H Suff • RSM: WO1 M Hickey February saw the beginning of pre-deployment training and isolation for 64 Squadron and RHQ. Soldiers from across 24 different units (both regular and reserve) and ten different cap badges assembled ahead of the Operation TOSCA 34, the United Nations Peacekeeping deployment to Cyprus. The training was both informative and demanding especially for the 140 personnel on their first operational tour. Public Order, Negotiation training, Patrolling and the Mission Rehearsal Exercise were just a few of the challenges that the Regiment have successfully completed. Public Order training at Whinney Hill OBUA village in Catterick Garrison was a gruelling course of eight freezing, snowy days. The newly-qualified Troop Commanders trained their soldiers from novices in, to masters of, deescalation. Slightly battered and bruised, all are now ready to block, clear and disperse a range of public disorder situations. A job well done by the Regimental Training Wing. Nesscliffe Training Camp and MTMC hosted us for the All-Ranks Brief and Mission Rehearsal exercise, covering a variety of topics, from the history of Cyprus to the specific roles of deploying personnel. There was refresher training on the ‘soft skills’ that the Regt has been concentrating on for the past 12 months. Op TOSCA is a

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thought-provoking operation requiring real-time problem solving. Teams of two soldiers patrol the Buffer Zone and their job is to ensure its integrity, observe and report and de-escalate any situations that may arise. Our soldiers were validated by the Deputy Commander 1st (UK) Division and the Deputy Commander Reserves before Commander 102 Logistic Brigade presided over the ‘Beret Parade’ and the force donned its blue berets for the first-time. Mandatory isolation, United Nations training and acclimatisation training were undertaken in Bloodhound Camp, Cyprus. After two-weeks, the release into theatre was highly anticipated with everyone keen to get on with the role they had spent months training towards. The Mobile Force Reserve moved to the United Nations Protected Area whilst the Operations and Support Companies transitioned to Ledra Palace Hotel in Nicosia. CO 6 Regt assumed responsibility for Sector 2 on 31 Mar 21 marking the start of the six-month rotation. Rear Operations Group Whilst the main body of the Regt has deployed, it is business as usual

8 Finally in theatre in Dishforth with a sizeable Rear Operations Group of circa 450 commanded by Major Duncan Lowe. 62 Squadron under the command of Major Lexie Petherbridge is preparing for a busy and challenging upcoming training cycle, supporting tasks and exercises over the next six months as the Sqn leads the VJTF Mounting Group. We are extremely pleased to announce the opening of the Army’s first breastfeeding room, an achievement made possible through the hard work of Corporal Stewart, our Regimental Breastfeeding Champion. A huge step towards better supporting our service women. Captain Sheppard and Staff Sergeant Jackson recently returned from a CSS STTT in Rwanda, leading a pan-102 Logistic Brigade deployment, teaching a CSS staff course to the Rwandan Defence Force. The Supply Training Facility (North) has been busy delivering courses to units deploying on operations and upskilling others. Congratulations to Sgt Odoi, Sgt Strachan, Sgt Hayes, Sgt MaCallum and Sgt Johnston who have successfully promoted to SSgt.

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7 Regiment The Royal Logistic Corps COTTESMORE CO: Lt Col J Edwards • Adjt: Capt D Smith • RSM: WO1 D Todd 7 Regiment RLC has experienced an ever increasing tempo and breadth of activities over quarter one 2021. Op RESCRIPT has continued to rear its head. 9 Squadron extended on its Whole Town Testing in Lancashire. 68 Squadron joined to support the East England Ambulance Service, while continuing training to assume the lead for the Light Brigade Support Group (LBSG) at high readiness. 617 Squadron further supported operations overseas on Op NEWCOMBE and Op CORDED, in addition to deploying a ‘Tiger Team’ to provide logistic consultancy to industry. All the while the LAD has continued to provide support to the whole spectrum of activities that the Regt has deployed across, leading the LBSG HQ innovation projects to prove on Ex WESSEX STORM 1/2-21. 9 Sqn saw an extension of its commitment to Whole Town Testing in Lancashire. This support involved the sub-unit being spread across Blackburn, Burnley and various other major locations around the county. Concurrently Ex ASHARI STORM 1-21 successfully saw the deployment and recovery of a Troop-plus with 1 REME supporting the 2 MERCIAN Battle Group. In addition to a testing environment with localised complexities, they were able to deliver community engagement to several community projects with the LAD focusing on renewing playgrounds and renovations. The troops found this invaluable to work out real time friction points both on the exercise and in the local communities.

68 Sqn reacted to a short notice MACA task for driver support to the East of England Ambulance Service Trust. This involved an intensive familiarisation of TTPs for patient transfer and ambulance handling. Over 100 transfers were completed in challenging seasonal weather conditions for some fresh out of training soldiers and their

8 617 Sqn on operations overseas commanders. The MACA support provided the Ambulance Service with the necessary room to focus on more intensive areas of COVID treatment. In addition, the Sqn assumed readiness as the regimental lead for the Light

8 68 Sqn support to East of England Ambulance Service

Brigade Support Group, taking over the helm from 6 Regt RLC. This has seen consecutive upskilling on vehicles, weapons platforms and trade consolidation from a very busy period post Op RESCRIPT duties. 617 Sqn has provided many specialist capabilities with the most notable being a ‘Tiger Team’ to provide logistic consultancy to NHS commercial partners. This saw a cell of 6 LSS SMEs provide detailed supply chain practical solutions to a regional supplier for NHS PPE and equipment. Additionally, support to operations on Op NEWCOMBE and Op CORDED has seen the recurring commitment to the West African theatre. This saw the deployment on ROTO 1 with the Long-Range Reconnaissance Desert Group as the initial entry into theatre to hand over the other UN forces. Lastly in other commitments, the deployments to Op FAIRFIELD, Op CABRIT and Op TOSCA are positive improvements to some of our more niche trade profiles. The use of LRS and LSS experience from the Inventory Management Cell has seen a surge in consistent demand to visit less travelled theatres from within the Regiment. In addition, the deployment of a specialised cell on Ex WARFIGHTER to the USA has proven excellent dissipation of the LBSG with 7 Brigade. 8 Tiger Team supports NHS Logistics provider

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9 Regiment The Royal Logistic Corps HULLAVINGTON CO: Lt Col J Brown • Adjt: Capt L Brooks • RSM: WO1 P Douglass 9 Regiment RLC is diverse by nature. The Regiment is made up of 28 different nationalities and it has 22 different trades across five cap badges, who fulfil a variety of exercise and operational commitments worldwide. This article contains some ‘trade secrets’ of the more niche unit capabilities. Petroleum Operators The last three months has seen Petroleum Operators from 66 Sqn committed to Op STONEWISE in Gibraltar. Tasked to ensure continued fuel supplies during any BREXIT disruptions, the team has streamlined the Garrison's FLAPs storage processes, saving both time and money, while meeting the compliance of the Defence Logistic Fuels policies and National Audit Office in the process. In the first month alone, they have implemented cost saving measures worth close to £300,000. Back in barracks, Pet Ops have been deployed on Ex WOLF REFRESH. While deployed, they tested the feasibility of using pop up bunds to enable rapid bulk fuel deployment and dispersion at third line, demonstrating how this would work during a visit from Log Comd 1 Division. Vehicle Support Specialists The Vehicle Support Specialists (VSS) at 9 RLC are a small team delivering a niche capability consisting of personnel which are integrated within 94 Sqn QOGLR. They are a highly deployable asset, which provides the capability of moving everything within the British Army’s catalogue of vehicles, ranging from the Quadbike up to the Challenger 2 Main Battle Tank; as well as a variety of out of service vehicles and civilian and foreign Armed Forces platforms. Due to the nature of the trade, they are continually training on new into service vehicles. Last year, VSS deployed in

support of Ex DEFENDER 20, tasked with offloading RoRo’s (both UK and US). The VSS look forward to similar challenges in the future as well as the opportunity to support operations as and when required. Medical Supply Specialists 84 Medical Supply Squadron has Medical Supply Specialists (MSS). These are Logistic Supply Specialists who have conducted additional training to be able to safely handle and store critical medical supplies. Cpl Rai deployed on Op RESCRIPT in order to support Public Health England with the vaccine rollout. His task was to ensure the

8 Cpl Rai on Op RESCRIPT end to end robustness of the supply chain, highlighting issues or inefficiencies to each vaccination site. Working as a team of three, Cpl Rai travelled the country assuring 103 sites across the East of England, Midlands and London. Cpl Rai said “Whilst deployed on Op RESCRIPT, my previous experience as an MSS came in handy as I had faced similar issues with ensuring the temperature integrity of the vaccines and I was able to impart my knowledge of supply to improve the stock management of several sites.”

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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

The first quarter of 2021 has seen 10 The Queen’s Own Gurkha Logistic Regiment resume responsibilities of the Land Quarantine Facility (QFAC), Crowborough, deploy on Ex WARFIGHTER in the USA, plan for an upcoming OTX to Denmark and prepare as a UK Standby Battalion (UKSB). In addition, since the last edition of The Sustainer, 99 new recruits from ITC Catterick were welcomed as 10 QOGLR soldiers with their attestation parade planned for the summer. Quarter one saw the focus quickly shifted back to the QFAC as members of C Tp, 28 Sqn, were recalled early to ensure the facility was fully operational and able to receive their next batch of Troops In Quarantine (TIQ). Led by OC 28 Sqn, Maj Brazier, and the QFAC Ops Officer, Capt Marsden, the Sqn rapidly trained additional personnel, prepared the facilities and continued where they had left before Christmas leave. As the number of TIQ grew to 183 at its peak, so did the size of the RLS team needed to sustain them. With so many of 28 Sqn already committed to WFX, a contingent from 1 Sqn bolstered the ranks, which provided much needed stand down for some of 28 Sqn. It has been challenging but ultimately a rewarding period for the Sqn, with many of its personnel spending 48

long periods away from home. However, everyone involved was incredibly proud to have contributed to providing the UK Defence COVID-19 resilience task. The turn of year also saw a huge push to ensure everything was in place for Ex WARFIGHTER, led by 36 Sqn. With the freight having departed in December, the focus shifted towards G1 on ensuring personnel remained COVID negative before their flight. After a period of isolation and two negative COVID tests, the advance party flew to Texas to prepare for the arrival of the main body. By early February, the entire RLS team had arrived and began receiving the freight. In arduous winter conditions, not usually associated with the southern states of the USA, the team performed admirably using the new fleet of EPLS to bring ISO containers from the port to Fort Hood, Texas. Officers from RHQ, supported by 151 Regiment RLC, assumed roles within the 101X LOCON team and flew out in early March, with the exercise running until late April. The exercise tested and validated the 3rd (UK) Division as a warfighting division, testing interoperability relationships, subordinate to US III Corps and working alongside a French division within a simulated environment. Outside of current deployments the Regt has been busy planning for some exciting activity on the

horizon. RHQ has ensured everyone is prepared for the Regt to assume UKSB duties from early June and training for those remaining in camp is already ongoing. In preparation for their deployment on Ex VIKING STAR to Denmark in the autumn, 1 Sqn has been organising TLFTT and LFTT packages for PDT which begins after Easter leave. This Exercise will also include Reservists from 157 Regiment RLC In March, the Regimental Training Wing delivered the RLC PNCO ALDP course, the first time the Regt has delivered this iteration of the course. With strict COVID-19 measures in place to protect the students and instructors, the first phase was delivered virtually. Using some excellent innovative training ideas, course co-ordinator Sgt Bikash Kerung successfully trained 32 students, utilising these new instructional methods. The Regt has been quick to embrace these new training methods, delivering a number of distributed training courses throughout the pandemic. 28 Sqn has now successfully delivered CST Driver courses and the first CST (F) operators course run by DDH appointed instructors. With several trade exercises being postponed by Op RESCRIPT, getting soldiers in the field carrying out their trades will be an enduring theme for the remainder of the year.

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11 Explosive Ordnance Disposal & Search Regiment RLC DIDCOT CO: Lt Col M Miller • Adjt: Capt R Kelly • RSM: WO1 S Soper The first quarter of 2021 has seen a continuation of the high tempo period for 11 EOD & Search Regiment RLC providing EOD and search operations in the UK and overseas ammunition technical support. The Regt has welcomed several key personalities, including the new Commanding Officer, Lt Col Mags Miller. This article will focus on uncovering some of the Unit’s “Trade Secrets”. 421 EOD & Search Squadron 421 EOD&S Sqn based in Didcot holds the Regt’s most highly specialised EOD & Search capabilities and maintains extremely high readiness to deal with specific threats. The Sqn is made up of four troops: an Assault Improvised Explosive Device Disposal (IEDD) Troop; two Royal Engineer Search Troops; and a counter-CBRN weapons capability. These are supported by RLC Drivers, who drive and maintain a fleet of brand-new emergency blue light response vehicles. Alpha Troop provides the Counter-Terrorism (CT) IEDD capability, known as Assault IEDD. Their role is to provide Assault Render Safe Procedures on improvised explosive devices (IEDs) during incidents such as hostage situations, strongholds or Marauding Terrorist Attacks (MTA) and can include the need to work in volatile or non-permissive

8 Alpha Troop counter terrorism training

environments, whether on land or at sea. Bravo and Charlie Troop form the EOD Search assets. The former specialises in Assault EOD Search, working alongside Alpha Troop, providing a high readiness capability in a CT role. Charlie Troop, as well as supporting Military Aid to Civil Authority (MACA) duties, assist the Police in securing high profile venues for VVIP events with a range of sophisticated and high-tech equipment. The Regt specialist counter-CBRN capability is held by Disablement Troop. They are highly trained and experienced EOD operators trained to diagnose and render-safe a wide variety of CBRN threats, using a range of unique equipment. They train extensively with the nation’s leading civilian experts. A Trade Secret – Bomb-making To allow for the most realistic training possible, Ammunition Technicians must become proficient in the art of “bomb-making”. This skill is essential when developing inert training IEDs, from the simplest designs to the most complex devices imaginable. These unique skills are honed and developed through years of practice and experience gained on numerous courses, allowing for the

8 Some of Disablement Troops' equipment

best possible training to be delivered in preparation for operational tasks conducted throughout the UK and overseas. A Secret Trade – Drivers It is little known that RLC Drivers play a vital role in the Regiment. It also surprises some that in addition to RLC Drivers and Ammunition Technicians, there are Royal Engineer Searchers; Electronic Warfare Operators from the Royal Corps of Signals; Intelligence Corps soldiers and AGC (SPS) personnel in the Regiment. There is a healthy rivalry between all trades and cap badges that has developed a steadfast and cohesive team spirit with a shared aim of delivering world class EOD and Search capabilities on operations in the UK and overseas. For Drivers joining the Regiment, there are two essential courses before operational duties can be carried out; the EOD Van Drivers Course and the Defence EOD Number 2 Operators Course (DEOC). These are both fantastic courses that provide RLC Drivers a superb opportunity for rewarding employment with much responsibility and autonomy in this unique regiment in the Corps.

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13 Air Assault Support Regiment RLC COLCHESTER CO: Lt Col J Beere • Adjt: Capt O Todd • RSM: WO1 G Patterson It has been another incredibly busy period for 13 Air Assault Support Regiment RLC, with multiple exercises and training opportunities being exploited throughout the third national lockdown in order to maintain the Regt’s and 16 Air Assault Bde’s high readiness commitments. Ex BLACK PLIGHT The Regimental Chaplain, Padre Ollie North, led the section level patrol exercise to prepare junior leaders and soldiers for future deployments. It was designed to focus on the moral component of fighting power by helping individuals make the right decision on a difficult day. Sections were put under pressure as they passed through various scenarios which tested the junior commanders on the Rules of Engagement, the Law of Armed Conflict and their ability to display sound judgement in challenging situations. Ex FROZEN SPIRIT In February, members of 47 Air Despatch Sqn deployed to Norway on Ex FROZEN SPIRIT alongside 47 Sqn, RAF Brize Norton. This was an excellent training opportunity in a challenging arctic environment where multiple loads were despatched to Norwegian Armed Forces from a C130. Ex CYPHER STRIKE In March, 82 Air Assault Support Sqn deployed to Salisbury Plain and provided second line logistic support to 7 RHA during its CT3 training and 105mm light gun live firing exercise. Members of the Sqn were also detached to 7 RHA’s A1 Echelon, providing an integral EPLS capability within their first line support. During this deployment, the Sqn conducted multiple ammunition resupplies from DM Kineton to the training area. This was also an excellent opportunity for the Sqn to develop its driver trade skills, conducting tactical logistic functions such as DPs and PLMs in 50

preparation for the upcoming deployment on Ex JOINT WARRIOR.

8 Airborne Troop Training with helicopter underslung loads

Ex TIMBER TRUSS 16 Mar 21 saw the inaugural Air Despatch drop to the RLC Troop Commanders’ Course by 47 AD Sqn. During the exercise two Harness Packs and eight South East Asian Command Packs were dropped from the C130, with loads also dropped from the A400M, on Fox Covert DZ, Salisbury Plain. The clearance of stores from a DZ is a vital logistic operation and provided a challenging training serial for the newly commissioned RLC officers.

following the donation of 100 x RWMIK armoured patrol vehicles from the British Army to Lebanon. The team was instrumental in teaching the Lebanese Army the maintenance and use of their new vehicles.

HUSL Training One of the key logistic capabilities of 13 AASR is the ability to provide Helicopter Underslung Loads (HUSL). Airborne Troops from 63 and 82 AA Sp Sqns continuously develop their HUSL skills and in February they successfully underslung a 130 HEBE Landrover from a Chinook. The troops are constantly innovating and developing new approaches to HUSL vital commodities forward, including the newly trialled transportation of Battle Field Ambulances. PROJECT CEDAR A team of Vehicle Mechanics from 8 Para Field Coy REME (sub-unit of 13AASR) have been involved in a Defence Engagement activity

Worshipful Company of Carmen Award LCpl Leanne Lord, 47 AD Sqn, was presented with the Worshipful Company of Carmen Award while serving with British Forces Cyprus. LCpl Lord has been recognised for her outstanding performance on multiple deployments as an operational Air Despatcher alongside her sporting achievements at Army Snowboarding and Wakeboarding.

8 LCpl Leanne Lord receiving her award from Colonel Neil Wright the OIC Military Component HQ UNFICYP

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17 Port & Marine Regiment The Royal Logistic Corps SOUTHAMPTON CO: Lt Col V Crompton MBE • Adjt: Capt N Brown • RSM: WO1 M Calverley The past few months have seen 17 Port and Maritime RLC overcoming numerous challenges; from increased shipping activity, supporting the 104 Logistic Support Brigade Isolation Facility, delivering numerous Lifting Operators Courses, delivering training in the virtual domain and supporting various deployments. Most recently, 53 Squadron deployed on a training level ALPHA exercise, forming part of the Sqn’s training progression which will eventually see 120 personnel from across the Regt and 165 Regiment RLC deploy to Cyprus on Exercise LION STAR 5 in June 2021. Exercise SEAHORSE RISING February 2021 saw 56 personnel from across 53 Sqn parade outside the armoury ready to receive their physical COVID-19 brief prior to being placed into section bubbles. From here they deployed on the first of the two one-week exercises taking place at Pippingford Park Training Area. The exercise saw all personnel being challenged and tested on the Soldier First Syllabus, with some clear talent emerging and being displayed from across the Sqn. The rain and cold tested all, with Pte Burns notably waking up to his shell scrape resembling a bathtub! Despite this, morale was high amongst all those who deployed. Sgt Beaney and his team from the Regimental Training Wing embraced the crawl, walk, run approach of the exercise, which culminated with a round robin of CPERS, CASEVAC and section attack serials. The exercise finished on a very positive note, courtesy of the SQMS and his team, with a freshly cooked breakfast being served in the field. The second week of the exercise was a mirror image of the first week with 54 personnel from the Sqn deploying. Being tested by the exercise itself was the least of everyone’s worries as the Pippingford Park Trg Area was hit

Education Centre’s Lt Johnson. Further virtual training has seen Cpl Brockis deliver a brief to the Regiment in support of International Women's Day 2021 and the Commanding Officer delivering an Integrated Review Brief to the Regt.

8 Cpl Brockis delivered a brief to the Regt in support of International Women’s Day

by the “beast from the east” seeing temperatures as low as -9° and windchill as cold as -26°. This again did not dampen anyone’s spirts and all personnel remained positive throughout, likely motivated by the breakfast on the Friday morning. Overall, the exercise was a great success, with deserved credit going to the Training Team and 53 SHQ for all their hard work behind the scenes. Virtual training Where feasible, Service Personnel from across the Regt have been encouraged to work from home and embrace virtual training. This has included Zoom PT lessons delivered by the Regt’s very own Mr Motivator (SSgt Rana RAPTC), JNCOs from VSS Troop delivering the Soldier First Syllabus and trade specific lessons over Zoom and our own Gordon Ramsay lookalike (SSgt Middleton) delivering virtual cooking lessons for our living in personnel. He even managed to persuade OC 53 Sqn (Maj Dickerson) to make a guest appearance and dust off his chefs’ whites and join him, teaching the Regt how to cook a spaghetti bolognaise. WO2 (SSM) Whiting arranged for several outside agencies to deliver further virtual teaching. Of note was a financial and pension workshop along with an education brief from 77 Army

Lifting operations A revision of several lifting courses has placed a significant training burden upon the Regt. The SSLO (Slinger Signaller Lifting Operations), Supervisor Lifting Operations (SLO) and the APLO (Appointed Person Lifting Operations) have been revised and the Unit has been working hard to ensure its personnel remain current, competent and able to support operations across the globe. Utilising its extensive mobile, quayside and ships’ cranes, some of which are capable of lifting 55 tons, the Unit has delivered revised courses whilst supporting Defence output. Of note, the Falkland’s re-supply ship was loaded via MEXE Landing Craft at Saltmead Anchorage due to the weight and type of cargo. A special mention to Sgts Breed and O’Brien and Cpl Hartley for their delivery of the revised training packages to such a high standard, ensure the safety of the Regt’s personnel is always paramount.

8 The Unit delivered revised lifting courses whilst supporting Defence output

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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 ‘Every oak starts out an acorn’ (CO 25 Training Regiment RLC, Lt Col R Amor). 25 Trg Regt has restructured and adopted new training aids as it looks forward to returning to business as usual as the UK moves towards the end of lockdown. 109 Squadron 109 Sqn has been restructured to reflect its future role both for the end of lockdown and operations outside of a COVID-19 environment. Ypres and Marne Troops now deliver quality training and provide essential duty of care to all RLC trainees throughout their time at the Defence School of Transport. Peninsular Troop has also been restructured with the integration of the RLC Ghurkha trainees alongside the All-Arms trainees already commanded by the troop, inclusive of Ghurkha permanent staff. There has been a transfer of responsibility for the RAF trainees to Training Delivery. This has resulted in a dynamic and diverse Sqn with the capability to care for and develop trainees from all trades and backgrounds. Although COVID-19 has restricted the usual activities 109 Sqn would run over this period, it has given the Sqn time to plan and organise a multitude of future events. With new innovative methods of engagement through social media thanks to Capt Backhouse, these events are ready to increase both the professional and personal development of ITTs and showcase the prowess, diversity and pride that 109 Sqn has as the welcoming face of The RLC for all soldiers new to the Corps. 110 Squadron In March, the Sqn established a Lateral Flow Device (LFD) testing centre, on behalf of the Defence School of Transport, as part of the long-term initiative to sustain maximum training output during the COVID-19 pandemic. Impressively, the centre was up and running 52

within two weeks thanks to the efforts of Lt Shaw, Sgt Furesz and Cpl Smithurst from 110 Sqn and a dedicated team of 13 trainees from across the Regiment supporting its continuous routine. The Sqn has recently taken delivery of two driver training simulators, which will be used as part of a trial to support Driver Licence Acquisition (DLA). Trainees can be introduced to driving in a safe and controlled environment either prior to joining

8 Pte Darker immediately after passing her Cat C Practical test

8 RSM Girvan hands over to RSM Rennie

the pipeline or those struggling to attain their driving licences in the required timeline, resulting in removal from the pipeline. They are given bespoke tuition on a simulator under the guidance of a Driving Licence Acquisition Instructor (DLAI). In the short time simulators have been in operation, they have enhanced the trainees experience. The aspiration is for an additional four simulators to work in tandem with training delivery to support DLA in the future. This period has also seen the handover of the Regimental Sergeant Major position at 25 Regiment RLC from WO1 J Girvan to WO1 T Rennie. RSM Girvan 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 Regiment within DST and for setting it up for success in the future. A huge thanks from the team. But he is not moving far however (two offices down in fact) as he becomes the DST Garrison Sergeant Major.

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27 Regiment The Royal Logistic Corps ALDERSHOT CO: Lt Col D J Fisher MBE • Adjt: Capt R Francis • RSM: WO1 R Simpson 27 Regiment’s focus is preparing for the readiness validation exercise, Exercise IRON VIPER 21, that will be conducted in the Autumn. In order to prepare for validation, the Unit has been honing trade skills and undertaking Collective Training (CT) exercises as well as preparing for the step change to being a unit held at five days’ notice to move. Mental resilience Being mentally healthy has never been more important and in these uncertain times, the Welfare department’s Op SMART training has been welcomed by all ranks. Coupled with a mental health questionnaire, the Chain of Command can identify those who may be struggling as well as allowing every soldier to be equipped with coping mechanisms to ensure that they stay mentally healthy. The Welfare team has been delivering social events via Zoom with families able to interact with weekly bingo nights and quizzes. 27 Regiment RLC is also leading the way with e-Sports championed by LCpl Davis. e-Sports has allowed soldiers from across the Army to congregate and hone technical skills in a social environment which has also proven to be a key way to battle loneliness and stress over the isolating periods of lockdown. Exercise PERSPICACITY WOLF In March, the Wolfpack deployed on Exercise PERSPICACITY WOLF with the aim of exercising the logistic chain, both chronologically and geographically. Restaging and onwards integration was conducted at Eelmoor training area which posed as the Theatre Enabling Group. Initial orders were delivered to squadrons, opportunities for low level training also took place such as practicing tie down schemes, cross-country driving, vehicle contact drills, CBRN training, First Aid and navigation

8 Exercise PERSPICACITY WOLF

practice. Sub-units then deployed across the south of the UK to simulate the establishment and operation of a Division Logistic Regiment operating in and around the Division Support Area. After a year of tasks ranging from Operation RESCRIPT to Operation TOSCA, soldiers and officers relished the opportunity to return to core trade skills. 8 Squadron established a Bulk Fuel Installation in Hullavington as well as conducting the inload of the Division Support Area (DSA). 91 Squadron receipted, accounted and pushed stores forward of the DSA in Swynnerton to the Brigade Support Group in Dishforth. 19 Squadron used their vehicles to move stores and Fork Lift Rough Terrains around the area of operations ensuring the DSA was established and operating as efficiently as possible. 77 Squadron and the LAD enjoyed the opportunity to integrate with every trade group including Chefs, Communications Specialists, Vehicle Mechanics and HR personnel all benefitting from carrying out their duties within a tactical environment. The exercise also allowed an opportunity to work with paired Reserve Regiments. 154 Regiment RLC detached a section of suppliers to join 91 Squadron which was crucial to building solid working

relationships as well as sharing experiences to bolster operational effectiveness. Public duties The Regiment is well underway with preparing to be the next Public Duty Reinforcement Company deploying to London to mount the prestigious guards. Training started at the basic level, ironing out any flaws with foot drill. It has gradually increased to include rifle and ceremonial drill with the Household Division Instructors assisting with final training before inspections after Easter. The Public Duty Reinforcement Company will be located at Woolwich Barracks and mount guards at Buckingham Palace, Windsor and the Tower of London. This is an exceptionally exciting role to be undertaking as, due to the pandemic, this will be the first ceremonial guard being mounted in over a year.

8 First Aid training on Exercise PERSPICACITY WOLF

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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 29 Regiment RLC is home to many British Army Movement Control and Postal Courier operational specialists; it is a regiment like no other when it comes to its operational capability, history and the qualifications its soldiers can receive. Postal & Courier Operators are employed across the globe on a variety of missions and tasks. Their primary duty is to provide the vital link to home for deployed units across all three Services. This is done in three ways; personal correspondence to family and friends, official MOD business and Secret or above correspondence to units and Government. Movement Controllers plan movements internationally and work in military and commercial airports, seaports, railheads and road networks thus ensuring every unit that deploys arrives into theatre with their vehicles and personnel in excellent order. Both trade groups routinely deploy either in small soldier teams or as individuals, made only possible thanks to the world-class trade training each soldier receives prior to arriving at the Regt. The Joint Air Mounting Centre The Joint Air Mounting Centre (JAMC) operates from South Cerney working closely alongside its RAF counterparts at Brize Norton to ensure personnel, vehicles, weapons and freight are correctly processed and consigned for departure into its selected theatre. Since January 2021, the JAMC has completed 91 tasks, processing 1,487 personnel and 127,373kg of freight. Recent operational deployments This previous quarter has seen the Regt’s soldiers and officers deploy on numerous exercises and operations. LCpl Hames deployed on Operation NEWCOMBE in Mali in support of the Light Dragoons Battlegroup deployment and their light-range reconnaissance UN 54

mission. Pte Morrison recently deployed to Norway supporting 3 Commando Brigade on Exercise WINTER DEPLOYMENT 21 whilst Sgt Whitehurst deployed on a Port Task Group to Oman in support of Operation CATTALO. The Regiment has also continued to support Operation TORAL. The skill and talent of those deployed was recently highlighted when three of the Regt’s soldiers were awarded the Commander British Forces Afghanistan Coin in February. Trade qualifications There are numerous qualifications that can be gained through a soldier’s career as a Movement Controller and Postal & Courier Operator that can be transferred and utilised in a civilian environment. Postal & Courier operators can gain a level 2 Award in Postal and Courier Services, Level 3 Award in Postal Accounting Management Transactions and a Level 4 Award in the Management of Postal and Courier Services. Movement Controllers can gain the qualification of Shipper within the Chartered Aviation Association and up to level 7 within the Chartered Institute of Logistics & Transport (CILT). There are also opportunities for soldiers to pursue higher education qualifications whilst serving in the Regiment. Pte Duffy, for example,

8 A postal unload on Operation TORAL

has utilised her Enhanced Learning Credits to study for a Bachelor's degree in International Imports and Exports. Looking forward 29 Regiment RLC provides essential theatre entry capabilities across the Army whilst also delivering the moral component to the Armed Forces with Postal & Courier services. The Regt looks forward to deploying to the Mediterranean on Exercise DEFENDER 21, USA on Exercise WARFIGHTER and other areas of the world over the coming months all whilst operating the JAMC and conducting training.

8 Commander British Forces Afghanistan Coin recipient, Cpl Davies

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The Defence EOD, Munitions and Search Training Regt BICESTER CO: Lt Col M Long QGM • Adjt: Capt B A Miller • RSM: WO1 Tom Kowalewski RE When it comes to 'trade secrets' Ammunition Technicians have plenty. This is likely to be because the AT trade constitutes a small proportion of the overall Corps and its soldiers and officers are utilised in specific roles both on home soil and overseas. The very nature of an AT’s and an ATO’s (Ammunition Technical Officer) role is that of danger, risk and significant specialist skill. So where does it all begin for an AT or Potential ATO? The answer is the Defence Explosive Ordnance Disposal Munitions and Search (DEMS) Training Regiment whereupon students undertake theoretical study and practical training under the guidance of RLC AT instructors from both Munitions Training Squadron and Improvised Explosive Device Disposal (IEDD) Squadron. ATs learn all aspects of ammunition safety and storage, qualifying them as SMEs both in barracks and in the field on the nature and safety standards which apply to explosives. Whilst it is certainly no secret that Ammunition Technicians are renowned for their enjoyment of counting and repackaging ammunition, the other aspect of the trade is rooted within the EOD/IEDD community. These strands of Ammunition Management and EOD generate such passion within the community which leads to many Ammunition Technicians residing within the DEMS Training Regiment and returning periodically during their career to train, develop and enhance the future of those who come after them. A typical AT career path may first work within an IEDD Sqn as a JNCO No.2 (the unspoken hero who operates the remote-controlled vehicle). Later in their career, with a thirst for progression, a SNCO may attend the arduous eight-week IEDD No.1 Operators course at IEDD Sqn DEMS Trg Regt (the lucky one in the ‘suit’). Then with some real-time experience, individuals could be

highlighted for an instructor role. At DEMS, the emphasis when training is on maintaining current and up-to-date training experiences for students. A dedicated J2 Cell is responsible for ensuring that taught processes remain relevant to those used in theatres of operations, with students being educated on traditional means and also new explosive practices. Delivering a complicated and contextual topic such as IEDD can be a difficult but highly rewarding challenge. Biological Chemical Munitions Disposal Most people associate The RLC AT trade with the role of CounterImprovised Explosive Device (C-IED) Operator. What people may not be aware of is that these operators are trained in neutralising all natures of explosive threats; including Biological and Chemical Munitions that can be found in the UK or overseas. The skill and knowledge to overcome these problems in real-time scenarios are taught by the instructors at the Conventional Munitions Disposal (CMD) Squadron. Biological and Chemical Munitions are widely regarded as one of the most dangerous aspects of Explosive Ordnance Disposal,

8 A student training on a BCMD device at DEMS Trg Regt in full CBRN kit

not only do operators have an explosive hazard and arming mechanisms to consider, these natures have the added threat of substances which are intended to incapacitate or kill. To deal with the threat of these items, operators must tailor their Personal Protective Equipment and employ specialised render safe procedures and disposal techniques to both counter the explosive threat and neutralise the Biological or Chemical substance.

8 A student ATO training on The Pan

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150 Regiment The Royal Logistic Corps HULL CO: Lt Col D Aspin • Adjt: Capt B Walters • RSM: WO1 P Berry Established in 1938 as the West Hull Silver Prize Band, then amalgamated into the 50th (Northumbrian) Divisional Column RASC (TA), the 150 Royal Logistic Corps Band is now the only remaining RLC capbadged band. It has been in its present form since 1967 and continues to perform at events, gigs and engagements all over the UK and worldwide! Below profiles several of its band members. Musician Martin Clarridge Musician Martin Clarridge is a percussionist and is the band’s recruiter. He has been in the 150 RLC Band for five years after serving as a regular musician in the Royal Marines Band for four years. He is married to Musician Emma Clarridge, a fellow band member, and is a peripatetic music teacher working at a number of different schools and institutions in the Hull and Humber area. During his five years at 150 Regt RLC, he has had some incredible opportunities to travel and perform all over the world; his highlights include two music tours of the South Caucuses in which he was able to visit Azerbaijan, Georgia and Armenia whilst attached to the Band of the Rifles Regiment. Private Andrea Jones Private Andrea Jones is a trainee saxophonist who joined the Army Reserves in 2019 after her daughter left for university and she wanted a new challenge. She had previously played the clarinet as a child but wanted to learn the saxophone and was pointed in the direction of the 150 RLC Band by her music teacher, who is also a member of the band. She passed her selection to the Army Reserves just prior to the lockdown in 2020 and is awaiting attendance on her final courses before being able to become a full member of the band. She is a psychologist for the NHS as her day job and really enjoys the contrast that her time in the band 56

brings to her civilian employment. She finds the environment of camaraderie, encouragement and shared love for music very therapeutic and cannot wait to progress further in her Army Reserve career. Private Lorraine Bontoft

Private Lorraine Bontoft is also a trainee band member who joined 150 RLC Band in 2019. After leaving a career as a head teacher, Pte Bontoft wanted to do something very different and after seeing an advert for the band decided to give it a go! She had not expected to join the Army after having a totally different career, especially as she had no previous military experience. However, she can see parallels between running a school and the military hierarchy…but she was previously at the other end of the pyramid!

8 Members of the 150 RLC Band She has been able to take up the clarinet again after playing it as a child but putting it on hold during her adult life. Her highlight of being in the band has been a trip to Germany where she was able to meet other members of military bands and play with them. Sergeant David ‘Davy’ Knocker Sergeant Davy Knocker first joined the 150 RLC Band in 1993 after having served in the Royal Irish Rangers, later 2 Royal Irish, since 1973. Initially joining the 150 Band as a regular, he then re-joined as a reservist in 1997 and has been a key member of the band ever since. After learning to play the flute and piccolo as a teenager in Belfast, he has mastered several wind instruments and now favours the baritone saxophone which he first picked up in 1976. His main focus in the band now is the development and training of all saxophonists and anyone else who needs any musical advice and guidance. His highlights in his 150 RLC Band career include performing in front of HRH The Princess Royal live on television in 2016 and the myriad of international events that he has been involved in. He now looks forward to the restrictions easing and the full resumption of events.

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151 Regiment The Royal Logistic Corps CROYDON CO: Lt Col D Taylor • Adjt: Capt T Joyce • RSM: WO1 C Sutherland The New Year of 2021 was welcomed with stricter lockdown regulations to which 151 Regiment RLC had to rapidly readjust training commitments to Exercise TRIDENT TRADE, Exercise TRIDENT LEADER and an Exercise TRIDENT SOLDIER. The Regiment insured that no training opportunity was missed and resumed delivering a top-class virtual learning environment for all personnel. Exercise TRIDENT TRADE IV Initiating on the 6 Feb 21, 151 Regiment RLC put its soldiers through their paces through a series of theory lessons on Logistic Operations, Tactical Exercises Without Troops, Standard Operating Procedures revision and essential vehicle maintenance within COVID-19 restrictions. The officers were taken through a leadership day hosted by Major D Lodge from 30 Army Education Centre where leadership theory was discussed and subsequently debated. The combat estimate and log estimate were delivered the following day based on scenarios to enable the 1st Blankshires to left flank, with smoke and the PFLJ (People’s Front for Liberation and Justice) to liberate Atropia. Over 48 personnel were able to attend the two-day exercise. Exercise TRIDENT LEADER III Commencing on 6 Mar 21, Ex TRIDENT LEADER looked to holistically support personnel of all ranks within 151 Regiment RLC. Starting with an Op SMART brief to all ranks, personnel received mental resilience training which set the scene for the exercise. Two vignettes followed, which were attended by 101 Logistic Brigade Deputy Commander Colonel Simpson. The first presenter was Army Recruiting and Initial Training Command Commander Sergeant Major WO1 Sarah Cox who delivered a presentation on leadership in a pandemic. This

offered an insight into the challenges and some solutions in overcoming obstacles in an organization effected by COVID-19. The other presentation was delivered by Chris Harding, a former 151 Regiment reservist, who offered a frank and honest account of his experiences from a kinetic Operation HERRICK in 2007. He discussed attitudes to the Reserves, assimilation back to civilian street and the challenges he had to overcome. Exercise TRIDENT LEADER was concluded with the Commanding Officer’s discussion groups where all personnel were set several questions to discuss and separated into break out rooms to consolidate their learning. International Women’s Day 151 Regiment RLC was able to showcase its diverse and inclusive background with LCpl Newman being selected, by LONDIST, to discuss International Women’s Day on BFBS and to be part of a Question and Answer session. LCpl

8 Sgt Ingram at the Everest Base Camp

8 Charlotte Ross attested at 562 Sqn Newman was able to highlight the opportunities of the Army Reserve, including: Defence Train the Trainer, Trauma Risk Management, battlefield studies, white water rafting, sailing, skiing, a deployment to BATUK and more! All of this achieved whilst running a caravan and glamping business. Sgt Ingram, another star from 151 Regiment RLC, featured on a regimental article. Sgt Ingram joined the Army Reserve seeking new opportunities and to embrace challenge. Shortly after training, having attainted top recruit, Sgt Ingram was mobilised for Operation TELIC. Another key achievement is Sgt Ingram’s shooting ability - she is a top shot in the Army. She has been able to engage in various expeditions to Kenya and Nepal and received the Queen’s Volunteer Reserve Medal. Recruiting and Retention Recruiting is up across the Regiment despite COVID-19 constraints. The Regiment has carried out multiple attestation ceremonies for candidates who have successfully passed the British Army eligibility and suitability assessment standards. Currently 151 Regiment RLC has a Unit Employer Support Officer role available at ARC Croydon - an OF3 Reserve PID which requires prior experience of sub-unit command.

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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 (Northern Irish) Regiment RLC continues to adapt to the limitations of COVID-19 by supporting trade training and overseas deployments. Whilst regimental training is still limited due to COVID-19, the Regt has continued to offer bespoke training in order to mobilise its personnel to support Exercises DEFENDER and BATUK and Operation CABRIT. Whilst trade training has undoubtedly been impacted, the Regt remains the British Army’s only bespoke fuel regiment ready to support exercises and operations across the globe. BATUK Despite the complexity of deploying on operations in the current climate, members of the Regt successfully conducted mobilisation training with 9 Regiment RLC, the Regt’s regular counterparts, and deployed to BATUK. The ability for individuals with a wide variety of civilian backgrounds, family commitments and experienced levels to meet the challenge of supporting a large-scale exercise is a testament to the commitment and professionalism of the Regt’s people. Whilst those who have deployed are doing the Regt proud, the enablers within the Regt highlight an ability to embody the ‘soldier first’ ethos

continued to provide real life support to the battlegroup. This successful deployment enabled personnel to develop their trade experience over a prolonged period in hostile weather conditions. The necessity to share experience with others is essential within the Army Reserves and this successful deployment will enable a future generation of experienced soldiers to share their experience with regimental personnel moving forward. 8 152 Regt supporting operations in Poland through conducting their own pre-deployment package prior to mobilisation under 9 Regt RLC. The adaptability and commitment of personnel is truly second to none. Operating in the heat and dust of Kenya was an eye opener for some of the Regt’s less experienced personnel; a challenge that they all undoubtedly rose to. Operation CABRIT From the warmer climate of Kenya, to the bitterly cold environment of eastern Europe, members of the Regt have shown an ability to deliver niche fuel capabilities in all environments on Operation CABRIT. The hostile winter conditions proved to be excellent training for the Regt’s soldiers who 8 Soldiers from 152 enjoy an

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The unsung trades Whilst 152 Regt RLC is a proud of its fuel capability, it also has a host of trades embedded with the Regiment making its ability to support both the MOD and local communities extensive. For example, the Regt’s Chefs made use of their skills in order to provide meals to the less advantaged and more vulnerable during COVID-19. The ability for the Regt to support its local community is truly part of its identity. Combat Medical Technicians within the Regt have voluntarily completed vaccine training with the intent to assist with the national effect when required. The commitment and hunger of personnel to support Operation RESCRIPT is testament to their desire to serve both country and community. Closing thoughts 152 Regt RLC is a regiment that is rich and varied, both in terms of trade capability and civilian background. The Regiment has a strong identity and is fiercely proud of its technical background and capability. Its consistent support to operations, quite literally fuelling the fight, is something that it will continue to provide with professionalism and effect. As COVID-19 measures begin to loosen, the Regiment is looking forward to re-engaging with its unique trades, sporting prowess and commitment to making its local communities better.

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154 (Scottish) Regiment The Royal Logistic Corps DUNFERMLINE CO: Lt Col J Yates • Adjt: Capt F Hunter • RSM: WO1 W Marquis Since December 2020, four officers from 154 (Scottish) Regiment RLC have been mobilised to support local planning support teams across Scotland. They have been critical in the planning of vaccine delivery in local health boards and supporting JMC Scotland. An additional three subalterns have augmented the delivery of specific tasks and two other reservists have volunteered to mobilise within the JMC Scotland Ops room. The Commanding Officer has remained the Military Liaison Officer for Forth Valley Local Resilience Partnership throughout the entire COVID crisis. Training In February, the Regt ran an additional Annual Continuous Training (ACT) exercise based in Kinloss. Scotland. This was the second ACT of the training year ,to try and give more flexibility to our reservists given the complexities COVID-19 has put on everyone’s lives. The Regt is now focussed on preparing to be the lead reserve unit on Exercise IRON VIPER 21 and used the opportunity to start training on EPLS and FLRT as well as a B3 to B2 upgrade course. Additionally, 3 Regt RLC and 4 Regt RLC have provided spaces on their EPLS operator courses. At the end of the ACT, a unique training opportunity was run in two of the ARCs. A contractor team set

8 154 Regt - ACT 2 up the Unit Based Virtual Training system which is run on the MOD’s virtual simulation environment. The training enabled our reservists to rehearse a variety of tactics from individual dismounted skills to EPLS convoys using simulation whilst maintaining social distancing. Looking Ahead The 2021/22 training year will focus on the delivery of training in preparation for Exercise IRON VIPER in November and includes continuation training for the Squadron Headquarters, FLRT operators, SV drivers as well as our other trades. The Regt has some further Adventurous Training scheduled for the summer, making use of the RLC lodge and the Cairngorms. Being the only RLC

unit in Scotland, the Unit is often asked to assist other units in the delivery of their training across Scotland. The Unit is currently planning to assit with 152 Regt RLC’s exercise in Scotland and 71 Engineer Regiment for its readiness exercise – all of which offers excellent training to 152 reservists. Exercise MUDMASTER 2021 – entries open! Exercise MUDMASTER 21 will take place over 23 -24 October 2021. All RLC units are encouraged to enter teams, either in Land Rovers or SVs. It is a safe, skilled driving competition that comprises a variety of on and off-road navigation challenges, trials and special tests across the central belt of Scotland. 8 Further information can be found on the 4X4 Navigation page of www.armymotorsports.co.uk. This year’s DIN can be found 2021DIN10-007. 8 EPLS training will be delivered over the next few months

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156 Regiment The Royal Logistic Corps LIVERPOOL CO: Lt Col K Haigh • Adjt: Capt A Maclaverty • RSM: WO1 R Thomas Following a much-needed period of Christmas stand down, which enabled the Regiment to reset ready to start a busy 2021, the Regimental focus shifted towards the maximisation of operational capability through the attainment of annual Certificates of Efficiency for the reserve personnel in the Regiment. With a third lockdown announced, the Regt continued to conduct a high standard of virtual training including a virtual military skills competition and a Battle Craft Syllabus (BCS) and tech training weekend. The aim of the training was to ensure reserve soldiers maintain their theoretical currency ready to continue physical training once COVID restrictions allow. Moreover, the Regt has had eight soldiers successfully complete a recent LCpl Army Leadership Development Programme course, gaining a myriad of awards; Pte Gibbons received the Best Endeavour Award, Pte Roberts the Soldiers’ Soldier Award and the prestigious Top Student Award was given to Pte Forde. Virtual Chalker Cup The Chalker Cup is an annual inter-squadron event held by 156 Regiment RLC which aims to deliver a professional, challenging and all-inclusive competition that develops teamwork and tests the leadership of officers and soldiers, whilst promoting regimental ethos. Due to the Government guidelines announced in January, the event had to be adapted to be delivered in a virtual environment but still upholding all the values outlined above. It was made up of a variety of stands including: equipment care, vehicle fault finding, military recognition, physical training, observation, logistic planning, military skills, orders and navigation. Over 90 reserve personnel attended the event and the winners of the Chalker Cup were once again 381 Squadron Lancaster. The event was attended 60

by 156 Regt Honorary Colonel Ms Lesley Martin-Wright, 101 Logistic Brigade Sergeant Major WO1 Newham and 101 Logistic Brigade Padre Revd Stokes. Virtual training The biggest challenge for 156 Regiment is keeping its reserve soldiers engaged and enthused throughout the virtual training Forecast of Events where many were starting to suffer from virtual attendance fatigue. The 156 Regiment training team have worked tirelessly to keep the events appealing and stimulating which has been no easy task. The Regiment completed a virtually delivered Defence Train The Trainer Course, which was very well

8 Disarming an enemy on the ALDP course

8 LCpls Gibbons, Simpson, Forde, Connolly, Mugrdige and Roberts completing their LCpl ALDP

received by attendees and has held various BCS weekends and completed a myriad of technical/trade training weekends for LSS, AGC (SPS) and RAMC including: MJDI (Management of the Joint Deployed Inventory) basics, duties of LSS NCOs, Joint Supply Chain management, introduction to admin, categories of pay, breathing difficulties and many more topics to ensure all maintain a foundation of theoretical trade knowledge and currency. Looking forward As the country eases out of national lockdown, 156 Regiment RLC is planning a return to physical training, both Tuesday evening training nights and at weekends in order to make an effective start to the training year 21/22. The Forecast of Events is being regularly revised to reflect the latest Government guidance and direction and will include: shooting weekends, adventurous training expeditions, further technical/ trade training, BCS weekends, a physical Chalker Cup event and the Regimental Annual Training Camp in July 2021.

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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 Challenging and innovative training is what Army Reservists want; it underpins retention and positively impacts on the Regiment’s ability to produce capable and deployable personnel. Despite the restrictions of lockdown, utilising a mixture of imagination, co-operation and technology, the training momentum has been maintained. Defence Connect The Regt was quick to pick up the baton and embrace Defence Connect as the key platform for communicating effectively. The Regt’s Defence Connect pages have been utilised to better inform its people and assist in maintaining a level of training through a constant trickle of accessible information. The pages have been used for everything from trade training to PT, as well as extra learning opportunities such as Leadership Development and OP SMART. Driver trade - EPLS arrives in Wales In March, the Regt received three Enhanced Pallet Load Systems (EPLS) which now form a permanent part of the Regt’s Basic Unit Fleet. These have been enthusiastically welcomed by the Driver reservists as it allows them to train and maintain a level of currency and familiarity with a piece of equipment that they may be called upon to drive on exercise or if mobilised and deployed with the Regt’s paired unit, 4 Regt RLC. By July, the Regt will have two reservists qualified as EPLS

8 ALDP final exercise - LCpl Leishman from 157 Regt and LCpl Gibbons from 156 Regt

Instructors which will bolster the training team and support to the CO’s aspiration to deploy a sqn on Exercise VIKING STAR to Denmark in September in the logistic transport role. Having EPLS as a permanent asset has been a long-awaited addition to the fleet and will deliver a step change for the Driver trade cohort and their training. Communication Specialists – co-operation For reservists in Radio Troop, the greatest challenge is skill fade. The Troop’s Permanent Staff Instructor Sgt Fennesey has made the most of the relationship the Regt has with its paired unit and forged links with the Radio Tp from 4 Regt RLC so that when opportunities present themselves, Communication Specialists will trek down the M4 and make the most of the Land Based Training Aids and expertise of their Regular counterparts. It is to the

credit of the inter-unit co-operation and the determination and appetite of reservists to learn that has been the key to their success. LCpl Army Leadership Development Programme Military Training Course Leadership training should be challenging and that is exactly what a week on Sennybridge Training Area (SENTA) brought to the second phase of the LCpl ALDP MT course. Organised and delivered by Major Al Hewitt RLC and his team, the course assembled in Abingdon for week one where the 21 students commenced the syllabus of leadership theory, individual presentations, team tasks and practical assessments. SENTA lived up to expectations for the second week and although there was not much rain to contend with, there was February’s ‘beast from the east’ to deal with. Weather like this soon highlighted any shortcomings in the students’ personal administration whilst living in the field. The weather and the notoriously uneven ground all added to the challenges faced whilst delivering orders, conducting section level tactics and developing leadership skills. Congratulations to LCpl Bull, LCpl Moyle and LCpl Leishman all of whom substantiated in their rank as a result of passing the course. 8 An EPLS prepares for its journey to Maindy Bks in Cardiff

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158 Regiment The Royal Logistic Corps PETERBOROUGH CO: Lt Col R Futter • Adjt: Capt S Milligan • RSM: WO1 L Hutchinson 158 Regiment RLC has risen to the challenges of this year by preparing and projecting its people across the globe in support of various operations and Defence activity. The Regt has deployed personnel on Operations RESCRIPT, TOSCA and CABRIT, as well as supporting ASKARI STORM, deploying soldiers to support BFSAI and delivering driver training at DST, Leconfield. The Regt’s people and junior leaders have taken onboard the Regimental mantra of Agile and Ready; agile enough to support any activity and ready to do so when asked. This quarter’s piece from 158 Regiment is a series of vignettes from its people who have recently deployed on, or are still deployed in support of Defence activity. Operation CABRIT by LCpl S Patterson I was deployed on Operation CABRIT from Apr – Sep last year, attached to the Light Dragoons Regiment. Based out of Bemowa Piske Training Area, I worked as part of a small team who offered driving support in the way of airport/hospital/dental runs, maintained both white and green fleet and supplied buildings with fuel via generators.

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8 158 Regiment RLC personnel on Op TOSCA

One of my main roles was to work closely with the contractor whose white fleet we utilised. Booking inspections and repairs were regular requirements – both which had to be done promptly ensuring our availability to provide transport was always optimised. I also participated in a battlefield tour which took us to the east of Gdansk, south of Lithuania to Warsaw and beyond. One of the campaigns studied was the Warsaw Uprising - a major WW2 operation in 1944 in which with earlier damage from 1939, 85% of the city was destroyed - it was as fascinating as it was poignant and well worth a visit. Operation RESCRIPT by Major N Homer Over the past two months, I have been deployed on Operation RESCRIPT supporting the Department for Health & Social Care (DHSC) as the Regional Liaison Team lead for the north-west. Tasked with representing the DHSC Centre in the region, I focussed on guiding and influencing regional DHSC personalities and local authority Directors of Public Health to design and deliver mass testing and, later, community testing plans. Complex, uncertain, ambiguous and constantly evolving, this was a

tricky task - but with the application of a military C2 approach we saw fast dividends on the outputs required. I had to adapt quickly to the civilian operating environment, in particular developing an awareness of the nuances of dealing with civilian authorities, who were not always focussed on the information we needed. Emotional intelligence is not to be underestimated as the oil which so often enables the gears to spin faster. Operation TOSCA by Pte K Bailey For my troop, our job here on Operation TOSCA is a rotation of patrols, QRF, guard and training conducting two days on each. The operation is a peacekeeping tour so patrolling is our main priority in order to maintain the integrity of the Buffer Zone. On the day of our task, two personnel will sign out and set off; each patrol will have different objectives to complete and constantly have eyes on the whole area of the route. If any violations occur from either side, or we find immigrants in the Buffer Zone, they all must be reported and the appropriate actions will take place. Although I have only been deployed for a few weeks, my time here has been challenging and rewarding in equal measure - I am pleased to have been mobilised through the Army Reserves and will be actively looking for further opportunities in the future!

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159 Regiment The Royal Logistic Corps COVENTRY CO: Lt Col S Dines • Adjt: Capt K Cahill • RSM: WO1 S Muir As the country starts to ease its way out of the third national lockdown, 159 Regiment RLC has continued its return to face to face training. Virtual training has been a useful tool and will endure as it provides flexibility, but it has been important to restart hands on training to offer our soldiers a degree of normality. The Regt has said farewell to WO2 Williams, who has retired after 14 years of service with the Regiment, along with Capt Dave Gibson and WO2 Roy Verah. The Regt would also like to congratulate Capt Andy Johnstone, who recently commissioned into the Corps after a long career with the Scots Guards. Op TOSCA After completing mobilisation and Mission Specific Training, the 159 Regt Troop is now fully embedded with 6 Regt RLC on Op TOSCA. Four weeks in, they have now settled into their routine patrols and the Regt wishes them a safe and interesting tour. Exercise A troop deployed on Ex BARBARIAN DAWN to Salisbury Plain for two weeks, which focused on Class 3-2 Supplier upgrades, using MJDI deployed in the field and basic fieldcraft. Operating in a COVID-19 environment provided additional challenges, but it was important for the soldiers to become comfortable working in the new norm. It was a great opportunity for the soldiers to work together again after several months of virtual training. The Regt also ran a LCpl Army Leadership Development Programme course at Nescliffe Camp for 21 students from nine regiments. It was fantastic to see the JNCOs bouncing leadership ideas off each other and the Regt wishes them all luck in their future careers. Recruitment The Regt would like to welcome the 33 new soldiers that have attested

so far this year and are the fruits of a recruitment campaign that is exploiting online opportunities. Pte Jazzmin Davis, 237 Sqn, has kept a fascinating journal of her progression through her training on Defence Connect, which has generated some excellent feedback. Having lived in India and worked within the dance industry in both Bollywood and Italy, she is just one example of the huge diversity that exists within the Regt. Sports Cpl Wallace, 123 Sqn, has been working with the RSM to reintroduce the Hawley Trophy - an inter-sqn competition. The first event in the athletics shield was a one-mile virtual race, which generated excellent engagement from across the Regt, with 125 Sqn

8 Ex BARBARIAN DAWN winning first place. Charging ahead, they also narrowly beat the other squadrons to win the inter-sqn quiz. Look forward With the national lockdown slowly easing there are plenty of opportunities on the horizon for some challenging training. A progressive regimental training programme, Ex HALBERD SPIRIT, run by 158 Regt RLC, and with AT planned for the summer, the Regt will quickly regain the skills and experience lost over the last year due to the lack of practical training. 8 Pte Davis

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8 Pte Davis’ civilian career is as a performing artist

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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 The lead up to Easter saw a great deal of change for 162 Regiment RLC. Lt Col Tim Hope MBE VR handed over command to Lt Col Will Steel MBE who was fresh out of a role at 77 Brigade and keen to get stuck back into regimental life. Similarly, Major David Hall left his role as COS BFPO to assume the role as Regimental Executive Officer. Regulars IN the Reserve by 280 Squadron The role of Senior Permanent Staff Instructor (SPSI) and Permanent Staff Instructor (PSI) in a Reserve sub-unit is interesting, challenging and very rewarding. Both WO2 Donna King and SSgt Justin Barrowman have a Movements background and are currently serving with 280 MC Squadron in Swindon. The main focus of the role sits within the G7 domain; however, a detailed and dedicated understanding of all staff functions is critical to ensuring people are looked after, developed and engaged. The role offers a heightened level of responsibility and a real opportunity to shape not only a sub-unit’s vision, but an entire unit vision. Beyond 280 Sqn, all SPSI/PSIs across the Unit are the focal point for sub-unit activity; more often than not the font of all knowledge when trade and basic military skills are concerned. So, if you fancy a job in a challenging, interesting and innovative role, get in touch. Regulars TO the Reserve by WO2 Hines Ops WO On leaving the Regular Army as a WO1 Conductor in the appt of Command Movements Warrant Officer, I decided to join the Reserves and 162 Regt RLC. A year later in July 2015, and with little persuasion from the Senior Movement Controller and training Major, I took up the role of the Ops SSgt. I had already worked with the Reserves over my 24-year career in Bosnia, Iraq and Afghanistan and 64

so knew that I had a great deal of experience and ability to tap into whilst exploiting all the contacts I still had within the Regular Army. My aim was, and still is, to maximise the opportunities for Reserve personnel both at home and abroad. Since July 2015, 162 Regt RLC has provided 11,372 days in direct support to 104 Logistic Brigade, HQ British Forces Post Office and other organisations who have requested assistance. As well as the current Operartions: TORAL, KIPION and TRENTON, 162 Regt RLC personnel have deployed to: Belize, USA,

8 SSgt Marsden (281 Sqn PDI) being presented with his Brigade Commander’s citation

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Denmark, Norway, Naples, SHAPE, Nepal, Germany and Spain. As I write, we have a Movement Operator SNCO deployed to the Falklands and a Postal & Courier SNCO on Operation TORAL. Despite not getting a direct regimental tasking as part of Operation RESCRIPT, 162 Regt RLC has undertaken 1,131 days to date in support of the task with individuals working with the NHS, the Department for Education and also in support of the quarantine/ isolation facilities. Currently, the Regt has SNCOs mobilised within Permanent Joint Headquarters & RAF Linton on Ouse. With the co-operation of 29 Regiment RLC and the continued support from 17 Port & Maritime Regiment RLC, Regional Command and BFPO London, the Regt is able to get soldiers routinely out to gain “on the job” experience with real time tasks. This is invaluable training, ensuring that personnel are current and constantly enhancing their knowledge and skill set. I hope my next four years with 162 proves to be as valuable as the last with more opportunities afforded across the Regt to deploy alongside our regular counterparts.

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165 Port & Maritime Regiment RLC PLYMOUTH CO: Lt Col R Williams • Adjt: Capt N Hand • RSM: WO1 S Ware Having spent the winter focusing on its procedures, vision and strategy, the start of 2021 saw the Regiment focus on developing its plan for the 2021/22 training year - optimistic of a return to physical training and opportunities to meet, engage and train. The new training year commenced with the turnover of some key appointments within the Unit; the Regimental 2IC (Major Paul Gotobed) left for Army Headquarters after two years of sterling service and Majors Porter and Jenkin, swapped roles as OC 232 Squadron and Unit Engagement Support Officer (UESO). All three have made massive contributions in their roles and are wished every success in their new appointments. Realising hidden potential Over the last ten years, and with the introduction of the Whole Force Approach, understanding and recognition of the potential within the Regt’s Reservists has improved significantly. Despite this, there is still some improvement that can be made in understanding the key skills and experience that the Reservists possess. The Regiment is developing an approach to understanding and harnessing Reservist KSE. The following profiles of two of the Regt’s Reservists illustrates the kind of potential that reservists can bring. Mariner & Second Officer Cpl Stockbridge is a Class 1 Mariner within the Regiment, but is arguably more qualified in the maritime sphere than many Army Maritime personnel. In his primary employment, he is the Second Officer (the navigator) aboard merchant ships. He holds an Officer of the Watch (OOW) unlimited certificate and a qualifying degree in Marine Operations, in addition to oil and gas industry and Civil Aviation Authority qualifications. He is currently serving aboard specialised ships providing statutory

8 Cpl Stockbridge emergency response capability and logistics, including offshore transfer of semi-standardised cargo and bulk liquids and ground support to helicopter operations at North Sea gas installations. As well as bridge watchkeeping, his responsibilities include navigational planning, documentation, communications, training of officer cadets and leading on deck as necessary. As a reservist, Cpl Stockbridge serves aboard RLC vessels including Mexeflote and the Combat Support Boat. Whilst on leave this year, he completed the Army Leadership Development Programme alongside regular colleagues. He also completed Reserve Mariner Class 1 qualifications as well as serving on vessel taskings in support of regular courses and exercises. As you would expect, Cpl Stockbridge is one of many in a strong professional community of seafarers within 165 Port and Maritime Regiment. With soldiers including deck and engineer officers, serving variously aboard tankers, offshore vessels, towage, barges and passenger ships, there is a huge reservoir of professional knowledge within the Regiment. Marine Engineer & Marine Technical Superintendent WO1 Hills is a Marine Engineer Head of Trade for Marine Engineers and Mariners within the Army

Reserves. With a master’s degree in Marine Surveying, WO1 Hills left the Regular Army after in excess of 26 years of service. Coupled with this and experience gathered in the military, WO1 Hills gained professional recognition from the Engineering council as a Chartered Engineer and the Institute of Marine Engineers, Scientists and Technologists (IMarEST) as a Chartered Marine Engineer. WO1 Hills now works with William's Shipping Marine as the Technical Superintendent where he has the responsibility of looking after 13 boats ranging from a 5.6m RIB, up to a 22m Multicat and 11 flat top barges. He ensures that all the fleet are kept up to date with all certifications and inspections, along with day to day maintenance and repairs. He also assists with the maintenance and repair of the Bladerunner 2, (a 75m specialist cargo vessel) and takes part in a number of live and online conferences with the Workboat Association, IMarEST and the International Institute of Marine Surveyors (IIMS) looking at updates in certification and more importantly future fuels and innovations for making a greener planet.

8 WO1 Hills in his civilian role as a Technical Superintendent

Look forward The Regiment is looking forward to the commencement of its full training programme over the summer, participation in the Rolex Fastnet Race in August and the Annual Continuous Training (ACT) in early September.

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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 167 Catering Support Regiment RLC has been exploring different and innovate ways to operate in this environment that is quickly becoming ‘the new normal’. The pinnacle of this was regimental participation in the International Salon Culinaire Virtual Competition 2021. Several members of the Regt visited Hoar Croft Hall on a Technical Skills Development (TSD) weekend to help them develop their dishes. These TSD weekends, open to all within the Regiment, are designed to develop fine catering skills and instil belief by delivering challenging activities that give soldiers the confidence to more widely support and deliver their mission. Competing in this prestigious competition, personnel were not only representing the Regiment but also the British Army Culinary Arts Team. Instructing on the TSD and leading the team was SSgt James St Claire-Jones who in his civilian career is the Head Chef at Hoar Croft Hotel. He demonstrated his prowess and chefing skills by achieving the Silver Award for his dish in the Alsop & Walker Cheese Starter category and the Gold Award, Best-in-Class for his tortellini plant-based dish. The Regt’s reserve Chefs come from a variety of backgrounds and their civilian roles range from police officers to teachers, chefs to tradespeople. World Record Tabber Pte Richard Lake successfully challenged himself to tab a marathon a day for 30 days whilst carrying 28kg. This feat, a World Record for the most amount of weight ever carried for a consecutive month of marathons, was done in support of two charities close to Pte Lake’s heart; Battle Back Golf and Detecting for Veterans. Through the kindness of friends, family, colleagues and strangers, he has eclipsed his target of £5,000, raising almost £6,500 through his own initiative 66

and drive to succeed. Pte Lake commented: "I am truly overwhelmed by all the support I have received during this mammoth challenge and to all who donated, from the bottom of my heart, thank you so much! Knowing that the veterans in both organisations are going to benefit from this fills me with pride.” Honorary Colonel The Regiment has had a new Honorary Colonel appointed, Maj (Retd) Harry Lomas MBE BEM FIH. Appointed on 1st March 2021, Col Lomas has an extensive depth of military and civilian catering knowledge matched only by his drive to help others succeed. He will be a superb role model for all within the Regiment. He has already had a positive influence on the Regiment and the Regt’s personnel very much look forward to working closely with him over the coming years. Chef courses The Army Reserve School of Catering has continued to deliver courses to Army Reserve Chefs at all levels, recently the RSM, WO1 (RSM) Paul Jordan attended the Chef Class 3 Course. He wanted to better appreciate the requirements put on soldiers, the standards they are expected to reach and the type of instruction they receive to get there. He spent the first part of the

8 Hon Col Harry Lomas MBE BEM FIH with 167 Regt CO and RSM

course incognito and so was able to get a proper insight into the views of the other students. As a Pioneer by trade, this was his first experience of professional chef training. Hugely impressed by the course delivery, he has gone from a cooking novice to having the confidence to produce a three-course meal. Deployments The Regiment has had a significant number of deployments recently with highlights including Operation RESCRIPT, Operation TOSCA 20 and 21, Operation CABRIT, Operation FIRIC, Exercise WARFIGHTER and BFSAI Falklands.

8 Op TOSCA cocktail party

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British Army Training Unit KENYA SO2 CSS: Major RJ Crane MBE • SO3 CSS: Capt M Lewis-Taylor • BOWO: WO1 Z Khan It’s been full steam ahead at the British Army Training Unit Kenya (BATUK) as the training establishment adjusts to the new normal. January saw not only the arrival of the new temporary duty staff, but also the concluding return of BATUK’s permanent staff and immediate family members following the repatriation in April 2019 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. BATUK is still thriving despite new challenges and continues to support light role infantry training. The COVID-19 pandemic resulted in a pause in Adventurous Training at BATUK, however this has not negatively affected the Unit’s morale. RLC personnel have been exploring the wonders of Kenya and visited some of the extraordinary and exciting local attractions. Visits have been made to Mount Kenya Animal Orphanage and The Ndare Ngare Forest. Looking forward, there are plans to visit Ol Pejeta Conservancy as seen on Channel 4’s Secret Safari. Such activities as these are geared towards fostering team building, group cohesion and maintaining high morale. Preparations have begun for Exercise ASKARI STORM 21/1. Alongside REME workshop staff, several working weekends were thrown in which certainly helped towards achieving the required fleet output. With the full Mechanical Transport (MT) department now reunited in Kenya, all efforts turned to ensuring that 100% of the agreed vehicle allocation for ASKARI STORM was prepared. Not only was this achieved, but the handover was able to start a week earlier than planned, allowing valuable extra preparation time for the battle group prior to their deployment to the training area. BATUK MT department controls the challenging task of maintaining the largest B vehicle fleet in the British Army. 2nd Line has bid farewell to SSgt Kemar Hudson. In his stead, the new Accounts Manager, SSgt Ernie

Britwum, has arrived. Community engagement activities have also been undertaken which saw 2nd Line organise a BBQ at a local orphanage. This event facilitated community interaction and boosted the morale of all involved. The department were welcomed with songs and dances from the children housed at the orphanage. BATUK understands that safe operators support a safe working environment, therefore several MHE (Mechanical Handling Equipment) courses have been conducted. Hyster courses have been delivered to develop the locally employed civilian workforce and FLRT (Fork Lift Rough Terrain) courses have been delivered by the lead instructor, Cpl Orrian Bennet. The FLRT courses will see BATUK temporary staff return to their parent units more qualified then when they departed for Kenya. In February, elements of the Combat Service Support (CSS) department travelled to Mombasa for the Maint Sail with the objective of offloading vehicles and stores from the RORO and to oversee the onward movement to their final destination in Nyati Barracks, Nanyuki, some 600km away. The joint CSS team comprising of RLC, REME, RAMC and Int Corps elements worked together with the RORO crew to unload the ship before transferring temporary custody to the partnered

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contractors, Kuhne and Nagel. An excellent opportunity to demonstrate inter-Corps interoperability at Mombasa Port, a new environment to all except for the BATUK Movement Control Warrant Officer WO2 André Charles whose depth of knowledge and experience ensured a smooth operation from start to finish. In addition, the team managed to secure some downtime where they visited Fort Jesus, a 16th-century Portuguese Military Garrison and Haller Park to get close to some of Kenya’s more exotic wildlife. BATUK would like to congratulate its Master Driver, WO2 Joe Gutkowski, for passing the exams to gain a Certificate of Professional Competence (CPC) as an International Transport Manager. Anyone who wishes to attend similar training and achieve the certification in the future should contact the course manager, WO2 Alisdair Hayes, Master Driver 101 Logistic Brigade. Exercise ASKARI STORM 21/1 has also seen old school friends reunited. The BATUK Master Driver and 2 Mercian Regimental Catering Warrant Officer WO2 Dan Gillespie both attended All Hallows Catholic High School in Macclesfield leaving in 2001 before joining The RLC.

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Joint Helicopter Support Squadron (JHSS) BENSON, OXFORDSHIRE OC: Maj J Wells • SSM: WO2 P Devine The Joint Helicopter Support Squadron has been extremely busy with heavy involvement in both internal and external exercises. With multiple large-scale exercises postponed due to COVID-19, personnel from JHSS still needed to complete essential field training to maintain currency and competency. This ensures the Sqn is ready to deliver operational output on NEWCOMBE, TORAL and National Standby tasks, as well as maintain force elements at R2 which may be called to deploy anywhere in the world. Ex HOOKER’s SWORD Between 06-11 Dec 20, JHSS deployed to Caerwent Training Area in Wales, to carry out annual Basic Combat Skills Training. The aim was to confirm the skills required to operate at section and platoon level whilst deployed, through a variety of serials of increasing intensity. In addition to the expected serials, JHSS troops practiced Black Illumination flare firing drills to prepare them for upcoming deployments to Mali and the USA. In the FOB, TES operators were able to give live video debriefs to the sections, allowing troops to reconcile their learning. To add some realism and reflect the specialist line of work on JHSS, simulated air support was provided by a visiting 33 Squadron Puma from RAF Benson. Pte Casey Wright RLC said: “I enjoyed this year’s CT1 for the experience acting as L/Cpl for my section. It taught me how to deal with different scenarios with the support of my section and the Directing Staff.” Currency training in Hampshire In February 2021, selected sqn personnel who are due to deploy, embarked on a week of training to Barton Stacey Training Area, with the support of the Chinook Helicopter Force. Three days and one night of 68

8 Rigger Marshaller training, Barton Stacey

CoC and Duty Holders.” - Officer Commanding, Maj Jon Wells RLC

quality training followed, where the Sqn’s Helicopter Landing Site Managers (HLSM), Landing Point Commanders (LPC) and Rigger Marshallers (RM) were challenged to prove their competency in dealing with the type of complex netted underslung loads (USLs) routinely required on Op NEWCOMBE. Thanks to the support from the heavy lift capabilities of the Chinook Force, there was also the opportunity to rig and fly “piggyback” USLs and internal loads most required in support of the AMTF, as well as working in confined areas. This type of skillset can be particularly applicable both on operations and during National Standby (UK Resilience Operations) tasks. “Overall, the exercise provided excellent training for members of JHSS as well as useful pre-deployment and currency training for members of the Chinook Force. It has allowed me to remain confident of the abilities of those who will deploy in support of JHC helicopters, when assuring the

Ex KUKRI DAWN Pte Amninder Singh RLC “On 28 Feb 21, JHSS deployed a Helicopter Handling Team of five to RAF Waddington with 28 Puma Squadron RAF. As a trained EPLS driver and having recently completed my RM course, I nominated myself for this exercise to gain more experience. We prepared physically and mentally before deployment especially with the COVID-19 situation. As an RM, I had the opportunity to get hands on rigging different loads, including Land Rover trailers and quadbikes. The aim of the exercise was to use our specialist knowledge to support the training pilots in achieving their combat ready status, for deployment on operations including Op TORAL. Ex HOOKER’s HUMP ATpr Harry Bessant AAC “As part of JHSS’s annual driver training, the Sqn deployed to RMB Chivenor using the local Saunton Sands area. The training area itself offered unique and challenging experiences compiling of steep sand dunes and deep-water obstacles, suitable for multiple terrain preparations for deployments later this year to California and Mali.”

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2 Operational Support Group RLC (2OSG) GRANTHAM CO: Lt Col A Chambers • RSM: WO1 M Hobson Undoubtedly this period has been extremely challenging for 2 OSG. The limited opportunities to conduct face to face training has meant that the Training Team had to master the use of technology to conduct engaging and relevant training in a virtual environment. This has allowed 2 OSG to deliver suitable opportunities to allow its Reservists the ability to gain their Certificate of Efficiency for the training year. The year started with Ex BEAVER OVERLORD, a three-day virtual battlefield study of aspects of the Normandy landings, under the informed and watchful eye of Lt Col Wilson Turkington. This set the standard for the remaining events for the training year, which included: Ex BEAVER DAM (an eight-day virtual ACT), virtual leadership training and virtual deployment exercises. The Group has also struck up a relationship with the Beaver Trust, a charity organisation which promotes the reintroduction of beavers to the UK and associated rewilding programmes. The Group continued to support 104 Brigade with involvement in Ex WOLF WANDER; a concepts exercise held completely virtually. COVID-19 operations Group HQ has continued to respond dynamically to the various pressures imposed by COVID-19. The office is at reduced manning, while members of the Permanent Staff continue to work remotely. The Group currently has eight reservists still deployed across the UK in support of pandemic related operations and this is set to continue into the summer. Major JD Wilson TD was mobilised at the start of June 2020 and was posted to the NHS Midlands Regional Operations Centre in Derby as the Military Liaison Officer for the 11 Sig Bde AOR and wider neural network. Covering 11 counties and

metropolitan areas, he was thrust straight into a fast-paced battle rhythm that was changing almost daily to respond to the evolving crisis. Balancing different workstreams, every day was different and sometimes incredibly challenging. 11 months into the mobilisation the picture is very different, as the NHS attempts to refocus its main effort towards a return to business as usual. The RSM, WO1 Mark Hobson, is still mobilised at HQ SJC(UK) overseeing the real-life support in order to maintain operational effectiveness of the military support to the Government’s response to COVID-19. The op continues at pace with attention focusing on following the Government’s road map. While mobilised, the RSM was proud to have been involved in assisting the Command with arrangements for Op FORTH BRIDGE.

8 This is Pte Pugh on his 3,000th sit-up for charity

8 Mr Alan Smith receiving his Long

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Recruiting The Recruitment Team has continued to attract quality recruits of all ranks despite lockdown pressures. The way recruitment is conducted over this period has moved from a physical to a virtual one. Recruitment and mentoring has become easier as people adapt to the new virtual environment: interviews and face to face meetings conducted over 100 miles apart have brought a new understanding to the way things can be done. Promotion and awards Congratulations go to SSgt Shrestha, Kennedy and Toon on their selection for promotion to WO2. A/Sgt King has been promoted to substantive rank on completion of her ALDP SNCO MT on 31 Mar 21. Congratulations must also go to Mr Alan Smith on receiving his Long Service Certificate for over 20 years of loyal and dedicated service to the Civil Service. Fundraising Pte Jonathan Pugh from 500 Communications Troop set himself a goal during lockdown of completing 3,000 sit ups in aid of the Winston's Wish children's bereavement charity. He surpassed his goal and raised £1,200.

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20 Transport Squadron The Royal Logistic Corps LONDON OC: Maj M Pasalk • SSM: WO2 G Keen 20 Transport Squadron RLC… A posting like no other. 20 Transport Squadron RLC is a professional, dedicated sqn, located in the heart and soul of London. A unique challenge outside of the RLC norm, working to support our busy vibrant capital. A team of highly skilled drivers supporting the Royal Household, ceremonial output on an international stage and many other high profile responsibilities, whilst always ready to support resilience output year in year out. The start of 2021 has been a really busy period for 20 Sqn. Whilst having personnel dispersed, the Sqn has been continuing to provide transport capability to the Royal Household, London District and MOD Main Building. Now that the restrictions are slowly easing, the Sqn is glad to see its personnel gradually returning to the workplace. Trade secrets 20 Sqn is somewhat different to most RLC units. As an independent sub-unit, the Sqn has around 65 personnel with a mixture of military and civilian staff all working together to provide transport capability. This is in excess of 100 details per week, covering on average 42,000 miles per month. That’s equivalent to almost twice around the earth in one month alone! A Troop has a team of 12 drivers strategically placed in MOD Main Building ,who provide a pool fleet service to over 500 personnel within the building ranging from Senior Starred Officers (2 Star and above) up to the Armed Forces

Ministers. A Troop details involve driving around 24,000 miles per month, so in 10 months this is the equivalent distance to the moon 238,900 miles! B Troop provides transport support to the Royal Household and London District Units. These details can range from The Queen’s Baggage Train, which involves transporting the Royal family’s possessions between Royal estates, supporting all State Ceremonial and Public Duties; which includes moving military personnel for guard mounts across the palace forecourts, state visits, transporting foreign dignitaries and enabling support to Trooping the Colour (The Queen’s Birthday Parade). Previous soldiers of 20 Sqn have gone on to drive for the Royal family full-time. The Sqn has also been busy in the background providing support to London District and Op RESCRIPT

8 A mix of 65 military and civilian staff make up 20 Sqn

with the transportation of ventilation equipment for the NHS, moving Combat Medical Technicians to various locations across the city, in support of the NHS and distribution of COVID-19 testing kits. Whilst maintaining current operations, the troops have been working closely with the Police to hone their skills in Road Craft, Route Recces and Blue Light scenarios. With a civilian fleet of around 100 vehicles ranging from Mini Buses, Coaches, Combi Vans, Queens Baggage Vehicles and VIP cars, 20 Sqn has been moving forward with the Ultra-Low Emissions Vehicle (ULEV) roll out and with these variants now making 15% of the fleet (and growing) this is a game changer. Welcomes and farewells The Sqn would like to welcome the new SSM, WO2 Gav Keen, posted in on promotion and wish him all the best in his new appointment. At the same time, the Sqn bids farewell to WO2 Ben Griffiths who leaves on completion of 25 years Colour Service and wish him and his family all the best for the future. 8 The Sqn works with the police to hone advanced driving skills

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132 Aviation Supply Squadron Royal Logistics Corps IPSWICH OC: Maj K Desai • SSM: WO2 G Fisher Despite the pandemic, 132 Aviation Suppy Squadron has remained incredibly busy. The absolute necessity to remain operational throughout, to ensure 1 Avn Bde’s needs are met, the Sqn has continued to deploy on a variety of exercises abroad and closer to home. The Sqn has also supported wider Defence activities with several members of the Sqn deployed on Op RESCRIPT and TOSCA, as well as detachments abroad conducting Avn support. Closer to home, the transition to Apache E-Model gains pace. With the new warehouse now operational and the requirements to now manage both D and E model accounts, the tempo has increased. Ex CLOCKWORK Since the last edition, there have been a number of commitments that were almost thwarted by the pandemic. Ex CLOCKWORK in Norway was nearly cancelled due to isolated outbreaks, border closures and the impact of the British strain on the continent. However it is essential to maintain the Army’s effectiveness by training in arduous conditions and so this exercise continued. Ex CLOCKWORK required the Sqn to manage a Deployable Spares Pack worth £18m to ensure engineering support could be provided to the Apache Helicopter throughout the exercise. Following

8 Cpl Kirby on AT in Canada

and taking on the role of postal NCO, he also contributed in many other ways. He volunteered with the Nicosia Dog shelter and conducted a 500km cycle ride during his R&R, raising £560 for Cancer Research.

8 Capt Hawes at JMC West Midlands pre-deployment COVID-19 tests and quarantine periods both in the UK and in Norway, Cpl Walker and LCpl Davies were finally able to start operating, with 24/7 support being provided by the Logistic Focal Point back in Wattisham Flying station. Ex CHAMELEON Cpl Gurung and Pte Shrestha deployed on Ex CHAMELEON to RAF Leeming, with a 50-line critical spares pack to support 4AAC and the two Apache airframes. A considerable undertaking for 24/7 support to be provided by the team of just two suppliers on the ground. Op RESCRIPT Capt Hawes, the Squadron 2IC was called up at short notice to deliver support to the national COVID-19 effort. He provided Operations Room capability for the Joint Military Command West Midlands team. His day to day role was to co-ordinate and track the Military Aid to Civilian Authorities (MACA) taskings. Op TOSCA LCpl Slater completed an eight-month tour on Op TOSCA in his Driver role with the United Nations (UN) peace keeping mission, without any break due to the Pandemic. In addition to maintaining the UN fleet of vehicles

BATUS Cpl Kirby has just returned from a six-month deployment to BATUS in Canada, with 29 Flight, providing logistical support to the Gazelle helicopter. This has been a unique and challenging environment, particularly when considering the sparsity of supplies and limited means of obtaining them with the pandemic in full swing. As well as performing his supplier role, he seized the opportunity to experience some Adventurous Training, achieving a Foundation level 1 in Ice Climbing. Ex WARFIGHTER Finally, Capt Kelly deployed on Ex WARFIGHTER to Texas USA, in the role of SO2 Avn Log Sp, responsible for all Avn Log expertise to 3 (UK) Div. Experiencing all the COVID-19 tests and quarantine periods prior to getting out there, he was rewarded with a high tempo exercise including CBRN drills on his birthday in the sweltering Texas heat. Upon his return he will undertake PDT and then deploy to Somalia.

8 LCpl Slater bonding with a colleague on Op TOSCA

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Defence Munitions (DM) Kineton Station TEMPLE HERDEWYKE CO: Lt Col D Pickersgill • RSM: WO1 M Banks Despite countless changes to working procedures due to COVID-19 restrictions, Kineton Station continues to mentor potential Junior Ammunition Technicians (AT) in order to maintain the high demands for a technical trade. The Station has also taken on additional tasks in support of the government’s ongoing commitment to increase testing across the UK including joining the Workplace Testing Programme which helps to keep employees safe by early identification of possible positive asymptomatic personnel. As such, troops and civilian staff have been hard at work creating the LFD (Lateral Flow Device) Asymptomatic Testing Facility by converting the old Dental Centre site into a fit for purpose LFD Centre. The planning phase was spearheaded by the Regimental 2IC Major Justin Paull. WO1 (SSM) Dominic Crawford-Vine worked closely with his A-Team, SSgt Ron Cameron and LCpl Brandon Elsdon-Bird, on the extremely important job of organising and setting up the test site. The daily running of the LFD Testing Facility is manned by volunteers across the Station. This collaborative approach ensures up to 100 people can be tested daily, providing reassurance to the community that the workplace is a safe environment to operate in. The Station also had a snap audit from the Health and Safety Executive COVID-19 Inspection Team. The auditor was extremely satisfied with the measures and procedures that the CO’s reps had implemented and had no observations to report. The Sqns within the Ammunition Technical Support Group (ATSG) have had to constantly adapt working procedures due to COVID-19 but still managed to meet operational output. This involved LSS Troops moving munitions to the Ammunition Processing Buildings (APB) for 72

subsequent inspection/repair by the Ammunition Technicians whilst the compliance team ensured that all personnel were operating within current regulations. ATSG had to provide contingency security support at times where COVID-19 has impacted the Military Provost Guard Service (MPGS) numbers; the Regimental Focal Point, SSgt Thomas Odamtten, led a team from the MPGS to provide a range package for ATSG personnel in two folds due to the current COVID-19 restrictions. With that said, there were a few challenges given the UK’s unpredictable weather, the second range package had to be relocated from Kingsbury Ranges to Abingdon for LF4&5; the team remained unfazed and the switch was executed without a hitch. The morning started with the usual early breakfast followed by collection of vehicles and weapons from the Armoury. The Range Conducting Officer LCpl Mathew Avery and his team took control of the firers on arrival at the range and commenced the training. The LSS Team, led by Sgt David Turnbull, have also been grafting and making key decisions on the

8 Cpl Singh represented Kineton Station during the Sikh festival of Holla Mahalla

8 ATSG personnel at the ranges ground in order to fulfil business output in support of deployed forces and planned training. A typical day would consist of munition accounting procedures and Mechanical Handling Equipment (MHE) usage for the distribution of anything from Small Arms Ammunition to air high velocity missiles costing millions of pounds. MHE equipment varies from Hysters, Charlattes to Terberg YT182 Shunters (Yard Tractor) which have a gross combination weight of up to 115 tonnes which is used to move loaded 40ft trailers into their assigned Explosive Storage Houses or Ammunition Processing Buildings. This procedure is an integral part of the End-to-End process of munition management in support of deployed operations and global exercises. ATSG has also been involved in supporting diversity and inclusion through the Defence Sikh Network. On Sunday 12 Mar 21, Cpl Chaman Singh took the opportunity to represent Kineton Station during this year’s virtual Sikh festival of Holla Mahalla, an annual Sikh military festival formed from a longstanding relationship dating back to the First World War. This gave Cpl Singh and his military colleagues the platform to showcase their basic military skills and drills in uniform to friends and families via video links. A very successful first quarter of 2021 saw three members of ATSG selected for promotion from Sgt to SSgt, namely Sgt M Graham, Sgt D Turnbull and Sgt A Johnson who currently works within DEMS Training Regiment.

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Logistic Support Squadron CLR BARNSTAPLE OC: Maj M Murphy • SSM: WO2 T Ormiston Winter term has been exceptionally busy for the Logistic Support Squadron, continuing to manage a range of operational commitments and dispersed ranks during the national lockdown. For those not deployed to Norway, the pace has continued relentlessly. Along with managing the normal workload, time was found to conduct essential training for Seaton Troop, as they took over as the operate troop in support of the 3 Cdo Bde’s new Littoral Response Group. In the last two months, they have conducted driver training, a CT1 exercise that tested and improved soldiering skills and JNCOs’ leadership in a demanding environment. They received helicopter underslung load training and a two-week range package to bring them up to speed with pistol, rifle and GPMG. Concurrently, members of the Sqn deployed on Op RESCRIPT to support hospitals in both Yeovil and Plymouth. Initially employed as hospital porters and support staff, these soldiers were soon being trained to backfill nurses across the wards, including taking blood, comforting bereaved families and handling the deceased. Whilst this proved to be a sobering reminder to many of the effect of the pandemic - largely protected from as a military cohort - the feedback received was overwhelmingly positive and several individuals were praised for their enthusiasm and mature approach to the task. Those who deployed should be

extremely proud of a job well done. Many of those who did not deploy on Op RESCRIPT instead have been heavily involved in protecting the high-readiness force in RMB Chivenor. Commanded by Capt Chris Chant, members of the Sqn formed ten-man teams to establish and operate a lateral flow testing facility on camp, providing an additional level of assurance for military and civilian staff alike. In the wake of the Integrated Review, and the Future Commando Force concept endorsement and funding, members of the Sqn led by Sgt Hayes, deployed to Bovington to assist with Project HERMOD. This event, designed to showcase current and future amphibious

8 To the top, CLIMB! Members of the PCP

continue the road to earning the Green Beret

capabilities, provided an opportunity to demonstrate the utility of the Command Modular Air Vehicle (Light) UAS system currently being trialled by LS Sqn and received a high profile visitors such as the Secretary of State for Defence, CDS and multiple news agencies. With Future Commando Force continuing to gain traction, and the demand for commando logisticians increases, LS Squadron continues to actively seek fit, motivated and determined soldiers to complete the All Arms Commando Course (AACC) and serve in 3 Cdo Bde. LS Sqn, on behalf of Cdo Log Regt RM, is a main donor unit for the AACC and runs a mandatory four-week preparatory course, that develops both military skills and physical fitness to give students the best opportunity to pass the AACC. If you feel you have what it takes to earn the coveted green beret and serve in 3 Cdo Bde, contact WO1 Mallinson for further information. United We Conquer. 8 Members of The RLC receive their

Green Berets after passing the AACC

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Allied Rapid Reaction Corps Support Battalion (ARRC) GLOUCESTERSHIRE CO: Lt Col I Sands REME • Adjt: Capt J Crowley • RSM: WO1 R Wiseman The work to support Headquarters Allied Rapid Reaction Corps continues into 2021 for the Support Battalion. Its chefs, MPGS and Quartermaster Department are at the ready to support, sustain and train all HQ personnel, considerable numbers having been deployed in the UK and overseas in the past few months. Following the three-star validation on Ex LOYAL LEDA, the Bn has focussed on the reconstitution of vehicles and kit and has begun planning in earnest for build up training in support of Ex STEADFAST LEDA to Poland and Germany in the latter part of the year. This will afford a chance to further test the mission of ‘project, protect and sustain’ of the NATO Headquarters overseas. Developments and plans continue for the Unit to become ‘Gurkha ARRC Support Battalion’ through a redesignation parade in July and a series of manning tranches to increase the GURTAM contingent. A welcome recent step has been the official selection of the first Gurkha Major. Maj Baldeep Tamang QOGLR will bring considerable experience and expertise from his current role as Quartermaster in maintaining Gurkha Kaida and ensuring future success within the Brigade of Gurkhas.

Initiative has been used to harness the possibilities for training in the new normal with 50 of the Bn recently completing a week’s virtual work using the Unit Based Virtual Trainer (UBVT). Led and planned by Capt Basanta Rai RGR, private soldiers and potential section commanders led battlecraft lessons on patrolling tactics and ambush drills in person, before taking to the simulator to practise dealing with virtual scenarios. A consolidated AAR was completed allowing lessons learnt to be taken forward into collective troop and squadron training in the summer. The training wing continues to

8 BCS training on the Unit Based Virtual Trainer

deliver pistol, rifle and GPMG range training to HQ ARRC and Bn’s personnel and to aid deployments on Op RESCRIPT. The Bn’s medics have been hard at work across the UK and Northern Ireland delivering vaccines in support of local NHS services. And finally the Bn took this opportunity to say farewell to Capt Patch Geddes after a stalwart two years as RCMO. 8 Gurkha Maj: Maj Baldeep Tamang

QOGLR has been appointed as the ARRC Sp Bn’s first Gurkha Major

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Joint Logistic Squadron CYPRUS OC: Maj T Lovell • Sqn WO: M Patterson RAF The Joint Logistic Squadron (JLS), based within RAF Akrotiri, continue to directly support operations across the Middle-East whilst enabling the largest British overseas garrison, both as a Forward Mounting Base (FMB) and military community. With the MilAT hub for the region now re-located to RAF Akrotiri and OP SHADER, TORAL and KIPION ongoing, the pace of life in the Sqn remains high. Support to operations Recent increases in the already high tempo of airfield activity at RAF Akrotiri have seen Fuels and Stockholding Flight (FSF) routinely delivering between 250-300m³ of aviation fuel on a daily basis via our four BFIs. Almost monthly, ocean tanker receipts of up to 15 million litres are now required to maintain sufficient bulk stock within the Petroleum Supply Depot (PSD). Each receipt is now furnished with Port & Maritime capability from Akrotiri Mole by the JLS Boat Section: a mix of attached and established P&M personnel also providing port conservancy and marine pollution cover. Postal & Courier (PC) Troop has now picked up the additional responsibility for delivery of protectively marked materials into the Op KIPION theatre in lieu of the Defence Courier Service, whilst also continuing to handle operational mail for Op TORAL and Op SHADER. Acting as the regional logistic node for the FMB, Material Management and Distribution Flight (MMDF) has recently supported multiple naval vessels moving through the region. Having deployed an array of special purpose operational stores in response to the explosion in Beirut, which could be heard from Cyprus, the Flight now begins to replenish its stock. In recent weeks, Ammunition Troop has both facilitated the first operational use of Stormshadow missiles from within the Ammunition Sub-Depot

and has trialled a render safe procedure of Brimstone missiles in the Sqn’s Dems area.

8 Fuels and Stockholding Flight and Boat

Support to British Forces Cyprus PC Troop has begun adapting to new customs arrangements in Cyprus resulting from BREXIT, handling on average 30 tons of mail per month.This has been closely monitored and led by HQ BFC, with CBF visiting the Troop on a number of occasions. JLS have continued to act as a BFC focal point for COVID-19 related PPE and testing device provision; acting as first, second and third-line of

supply via Stock-Holding Section and our Low Value Purchase (LVP) clerks. In addition to maintaining constant VHR EOD response across the SBAs, Ammunition Troop has initiated Defence Engagement activity with the Republic of Cyprus (RoC) National Guard, to allow mutually beneficial understanding of respective capabilities. At the same time, the recent arrival and utilisation of the STARTER RCV by the Troop and EOD awareness training to the SBA Police have meant a characteristically busy period.

8 Ammunition Troop conducting an EOD task at Limassol New Port

Section receipting bulk aviation fuel from an ocean tanker

Looking forward With the Carrier Strike Group expected in the region during the summer, JLS stands ready to be tasked to support. In anticipation of the lifting of some COVID-19 restrictions in Cyprus over the coming months, planning for supporting a busy summer exercise programme is also now building. This will hopefully happen while resuming the many force development opportunities that Cyprus has to offer.

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The RLC Stores Section 12 Regiment RA THORNEY ISLAND OC: Maj R Hepworth REME • IC Stores Section: SSgt I Owusu The United Kingdom Readiness Unit 25 experience By Cpl Poole and Cpl Mulry In February 2021, a team from the 12 Regiment RA Workshop RLC Store Section deployed as part of United Kingdom Readiness Unit 25 (UKRU). Cpls Poole, Mulry and Pte Gurung were assigned to Wexham Park Hospital (Slough) and Woking Hospital as non-clinical staff, to support and assist the NHS, which had been struggling under the tremendous pressure from the high COVID-19 infection rates and subsequent hospital admissions. When we arrived at Wexham Hospital, we received RSOI training which included testing for new variants of the virus and quarantining. We were then met by hospital staff and had a meeting with the key personalities at Wexham, were issued identification cards, were fitted for new PPE and received our COVID-19 vaccinations. The staff at Wexham provided fantastic help throughout a challenging day and it was a busy period for the team. Following our induction, we immediately got involved both working directly with staff and assisting with the workload of administration. As logisticians, we were tasked to manage the warehouse and assist the civilians who were struggling with both the demands, maintaining and delivering the essential items such as PPE and other commodities to the various wards. Subsequently, the team were tasked to unload five 20ft ISO containers of PPE into the storage room. We managed to add value by introducing a storage procedure and training the civilians on aspects of correct stock rotation to maintain the stock, which constituted over one hundred thousand commodities. The LSS team time was split between two tasks: managing the stores and being part of a group assisting the Acute Assessment Unit (AAU) and the Accident and Emergency department. The AAU is a ward for medical and emergency 76

patients who have been referred by their GP or A&E to undergo further assessment and the team worked directly with the nurses and doctors treating patients with COVID-19 and non-COVID-19. We were exposed to a whole new environment and service that we have never worked in before; this experience was often challenging but also very rewarding. Cpls Poole and Mulry remained at Wexham throughout the deployment, completing tasks such as accompanying patients to CT scans, changing beds, cleaning wards after the patients had been discharged and talking and reassuring the patients. Meanwhile,

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Pte Gurung moved to St Peter’s Hospital, Woking to assist the Pharmaceutical department. In both hospitals we built a great rapport with the patients and the staff alike and we felt that we kept them smiling with our enthusiasm, hard work and genuine care for the patients at the hospitals. Our wide-ranging work helped to ease the burden of the doctors, nurses, and pharmacies who could then deal with more pressing issues. We are incredibly grateful to have been a part of such a valuable team collaboration. We really felt appreciated by all the NHS staff who were really welcoming and encouraging to the team. We feel very lucky to have been given the opportunity to contribute to the national effort during the pandemic, and it was a great way of giving back our service in a meaningful way as we saw the instant impact we had in people’s lives. It is this humanity and sense of community that is getting us through these tough times as a country. This deployment provided an invaluable insight into the extremely difficult conditions NHS staff were working through to support patients and we were glad to play a part to help.

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#BritishArmyLogistics An outstanding indoor rowing season sees an RLC Lance Corporal take bronze at the World Championship and gold at the USA Indoor Rowing Championships. This indoor rowing season has seen LCpl Elvin from MRTC Bassingbourn go from strength to strength. With indoor rowing competitions adapting to become virtual, it has meant that they have become more accessible for rowers to compete against their peers on a global scale. This is no more evident than with LCpl Elvin who started the season off winning the RAF virtual championships, followed by racing at the Scottish Indoor Championships where he achieved third place in the men’s 2km (30-39 year). Spurred on from this success, he went on to represent the Army at the British Indoor Championships, where he competed in the men’s (30-39 years) 2km and 500m races, in which he achieved fourth place in the 2km and third in the 500m which automatically qualified him for the World Indoor Rowing Championships. Along with qualifying to represent the Army in the men’s 500m (30-39years) event at the World Championships, he was also selected to represent the Armed Forces in the Men’s Team event, where he took third place in both categories. Not happy with his world success, two weeks later he went on to compete in the USA Indoor Championships Men’ s (27-35) 2km and took first place. This outstanding achievement has been a culmination of six years of development, hard work and training. After getting into rowing following a CrossFit competition in 2015, LCpl Elvin signed up for the 8 During lockdown LCpl Elvin has trained in his garage

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Army Indoor Rowing League (AIRL) in 2017. The AIRL is an indoor rowing competition open to all serving personnel, both as individuals or units and has a monthly challenge running from September – February. It was during this that LCpl Elvin found his competitive streak winning the men’s open for the first three years and the 30-39 category last year. With an obvious talent for rowing, LCpl Elvin has been selected to represent the Army at the British Indoor Rowing Championships for the last four years. Indoor rowing is a physically and mentally demanding sport, made all the harder over the last year due to all the restrictions put in place. This has resulted in LCpl Elvin having to put in long solitary hours of training, in a cold garage with little support or encouragement. To be able to do

8 LCpl Elvin celebrates his US Indoor Championships win

this day in and day out takes great strength and determination, mentally and physically having to push himself further. It is a known fact that he has a bucket next to him for when things get tough! Additionally, he has had to balance work, training and family life, along with the ongoing restrictions COVID-19 brings and having to adapt to competing in a very different environment. You don’t have to be a world level athlete to take up indoor rowing or enter the AIRL. Indoor rowing is a great sport which is accessible to almost anyone who can get access to a rower. It is a low impact sport, which engages the whole body from the legs, to the back and arms. This is ideal for those people who may be suffering from joint issues and unable to participate in high impact sports like running, but still want to stay fit and compete in a sport. Should you be interested in taking up indoor rowing, further information can be found on either the Army Indoor Rowing League Facebook page, or contact Maj Charlotte Peterson: charlotte.peterson249@mod.gov.uk Maj Peterson can provide you with details for both indoor and on water rowing.

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8 WO1 (SSM) Jonathan Payne

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Warrant Officer Class One Jonathan ‘Sammy’ Payne enlisted as a Junior Soldier in the Royal Corps of Transport on 20 August 1981, before completing Seamanship training and eventually qualifying as a Navigator (now Mariner) and Coxswain on Army Landing Craft and MEXEflote. He was a very loyal and professional soldier serving some 14 years as a Regular and a further 22 years as a Reservist. During his Regular service, Sammy initially served in 20 Maritime Regiment RCT aboard Her Majesty’s Army Vessels St George, Arakan and Ardennes. He also completed three tours of the Falkland Islands and numerous exercises in Norway. In November 1989 he was posted to 17 Port and Maritime Regiment RCT as a MEXEflote Coxswain, deploying on numerous exercises around the world aboard the Knight Class Royal Fleet Auxiliary Landing Ships Logistic. He also completed a fourth tour of the Falkland Islands and played Rugby Union for his regiment and Corps. Sammy left the Regular Army as a corporal on 12 March 1996, gaining employment with G4S as a cash solution manager (moving cash around the country in armoured vehicles). Missing the camaraderie, team spirit and sense of belonging of military life, he joined the Territorial Army on 26 September 1998 as a national soldier with 165 Port Regt RLC based in Grantham. His extensive port and maritime experience enabled him to work closely with all trades and he swiftly promoted through the ranks to WO1 in less than 12 years. Sammy was employed as Sqn Ops WO in 2003 when 165 Port Regt mobilised for Op TELIC. He initially deployed to the Sea Mounting Centre at Marchwood to oversee the

outload, before moving out to Um Qasr in Iraq to relieve his old unit 17 Port & Maritime Regt RLC. He was mobilised again in 2013 for Op HERRICK 18, where he worked with the Labour Support Unit in Kabul, responsible for some 900 Locally Employed Civilians. As a Reservist, Sammy served in many roles, from Coxswain on Landing Craft to Squadron and Regimental Ops, Head of Trade and Troop Commander. However, it is his employment as a very successful Regimental Sub-Unit Support Officer in a Full Time Reserve Service appointment for which he will be most remembered. Assuming this appointment on 9 March 2015, he is credited with the successful growth of 266 (Southampton) Port Sqn during Op FORTIFY to 125% of establishment. His recruiting prowess was most evident on the Isle of Wight, where the geographically isolated Troop was the only military presence for the island community.With only seven fully trained Reserves and threatened with closure, he deployed his team to swell the ranks and raise its profile. Granted the Freedom of the Isle of Wight, the future of the Troop is now secure and trained numbers are in excess of 30. Across the South East, Sammy was highly regarded as the professional face of Army Reserve recruitment. His team were always first on the list for community focused events delivered by 11 Infantry Brigade, the South East Reserve Forces and Cadets Association and the Royal British Legion. He was especially proactive in educating his team to portray a confident, informative and welcoming image at all recruiting and community engagement events. Many recruits will remember him for his professionalism and pride in every aspect of his role, and his personal interest in their development and successful journey through the training pipeline.

It is with great sorrow that we report the death of Corporal Eparama Rokodrava. Known to all as Roko, he died suddenly on the 23 March 2021. A loyal and irreplaceable member of 1 Regiment RLC, Pioneer and Fijian communities, his passing is felt with profound sadness. Our thoughts are with his Wife, Josivini, and his three children Setaita, Arieta and Eparama. Born in Fiji, Roko moved to the UK in 2001 with the sole purpose of joining the British Army. He began his Phase 1 training at Pirbright in October 2001 before passing out into 23 Pioneer Regiment as an assault pioneer. His commanding presence, strength of character and natural leadership was quickly identified and rewarded with promotion to junior non-commissioned officer. He subsequently deployed to Afghanistan on Operation HERRICK 6 in a Force Protection Role, followed by an assignment to the Northern Ireland Support

Battalion as Provost Corporal. In 2011, Roko’s natural mentoring and coaching approach enabled many young recruits to make the transition from civilian to solider, setting the condition for the future junior leaders of today’s Army. Employed as a Section Commander in the Army Training Regiment,Winchester, Roko’s infectious personality, humility and loyalty undoubtedly set many a young solider up for success; he was the epitome of the British Army’s Values and Standards.The Army needs more Rokos. Returning to St David’s Barracks in 2013 as 23 Pioneer Regiment disbanded, Roko posted to 1 Regiment RLC and played a crucial role in the Quartermaster Department enabling the Unit to move from Germany to Bicester in 2015. He has been the backbone of the Regiment ever since; fulling various roles, each one given his full, undivided and professional attention. No one could ask for a more loyal, humble and dedicated soldier.

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8 Corporal Semi Degei Rokotovitovi

OBITUARIES | THE SUSTAINER Most recently he has been a valued member of 2 Close Support Squadron where, notably, he deployed on Operation RESCRIPT, the British Army’s contribution to the UK’s response to the COVID pandemic. As a Driver in support of the North West Ambulance Service, Roko’s kind and compassionate leadership provided invaluable support to the nation in time of greatest need. A passionate rugby player, Roko spent his early years playing at unit, Corps and Army level before making the transition to the veterans team. More recently, he held the roles of assistant manager and kit manager. He was also the 1 Regiment RLC coach, such was his love for the great game. A tower within the Fijian community, Roko was the Lead Pastor for the Assemblies of God

in Great Britain. A figure head of his culture within the Regiment and wider community, he was unreservedly generous with his time, guidance, encouragement and faith. A great leader in all respects. Roko had the rare natural ability to inspire and command respect from everyone who had the privilege to have him in their lives, not just through his physical presence and infectious humour but through his unrivalled work ethic, natural compassionate leadership and his unwaveringly positive attitude. A friend, mentor and leader to so many, his loss to his family, the Regiment, the Pioneers as well as the wider Bicester and Fijian communities is immeasurable. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and loved ones at this difficult time.

It is with deep regret that 29 Regiment RLC reports the death of Corporal Semi Degei ‘Roko’ Rokotovitovi, who has sadly passed away aged 41 at the Duke of Gloucester Barracks, South Cerney. A loyal and irreplaceable member of The RLC, his passing is felt with profound sadness. Born in Suva, Fiji, Semi moved to the UK and joined the British Army in November 2001. He completed his Basic Training before passing out into 8 Transport Regiment RLC as an Army Driver. He was a loyal and dedicated soldier, having served 19 years and reaching the rank of Corporal. During his service, Semi carried out many tours of duty within the UK, Germany, Cyprus, Poland, France and Kenya, in addition to two operational tours of Afghanistan which he completed in 2008 and 2011. On return, Semi served with 7 Regiment RLC in Bielefeld, Germany and earned promotion to the rank of Lance Corporal in March 2013. Semi moved with the Unit to Cottesmore in September 2014 before returning to Germany in January 2015 for an assignment with 6 Regiment RLC in Gutersloh. In September 2016, Semi was selected to fill the role of Second-in-Command of the Vehicle Fleet of the British Army Training Unit Kenya. Here, Semi spent six

months maintaining the equipment required to enable vital operational training for Land Forces. On completion, he returned to 6 Regiment RLC, now based in Thirsk and served there until May 2018. Arriving in South Cerney as a newly promoted Corporal, most recently Semi has been a valued member of 99 Squadron, 29 Regiment RLC where he was employed as the Manager of the Squadron’s vehicle fleet. A passionate and talented rugby player, Semi excelled at both union and league. He played Rugby League for The RLC and the British Army and Rugby Union at Corps and regimental level; he was also a key part of the 29 Regiment RLC team. Such was his love for the great game, he willingly gave his time to support the RLC Ladies’ team, where he held the role of Team Logistic Co-ordinator. Semi was unreservedly generous with his time, guidance, encouragement and faith. He was a much-loved member of the Fijian community and willingly made time for anybody. He was central to any activity taking place within the Squadron and the wider Regiment. Semi could light up any room with his friendly, engaging personality and his huge smile. A friend, confidant and leader to so many, his loss is immeasurable. Our thoughts are with his wife,Vasemaca, his daughter, Mariena and his son, Eminoni.

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8 Major Alan Clydesdale

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Major Alan Clydesdale BSc MSC MInstPet, sadly passed away on the 28 March 2021 aged 58. A loyal and dedicated soldier, he was commissioned into the RAOC in 1982 and transferred to the RLC in 1993 on formation of the Corps. Held a number of varied appointments during his career including SO3 3 Inf Bde HQ & Sig Sqn, S02 G4 Ops and SO2 Logistic Sp Branch HQ Land. He was well known to the Reserve cohort having served as SO2 Trg Maj, HQ RLC TA and then COS 2 Log Sp Gp in

Grantham. He subsequently served in Afghanistan with RC South, then in HOC CSS at Army HQ. He retired after 34 years' service and joined the Civil Service as part of the team at the Defence Land Safety Regulator, part of Defence Safety Authority. He will be remembered for his commitment and service, for his wry smile and his dry sense of humour. His family were at his heart and our thoughts and condolences are with his wife Lisette, and his children Jess, Hannah and Mark of whom he was justifiably proud.

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