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THE CRAFTSMAN

Magazine of the Corps of Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers

September 2021


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REME RUGBY What a month it has been. Many of you will already have seen the excellent footage of the League training camp, with both Men’s and Women’s players vying for selection in what looks to be another promising season. We have also seen the REME 7s team give an incredible performance, reaching the final and narrowly missing out on victory by a single point. And our superstars have continued to impress: SSgt Carrie Roberts scoring a try for her country, LCpl Sean Beevor being selected for Zimbabwe’s African and World Cup qualifiers, and Capt Fionidi Parker representing the Army 7s team. The coming month looks really exciting, with plenty of opportunities available to come and support our teams.

Yours in Rugby, Colonel Clare Phillips CBE, Chair of REME Rugby

Union

League

2019 Position: 2nd | 2021 Position: N/A Manager: WO1 (ASM) Steve Johnson Coach: WO2 (AQMS) Colin Mackenzie SSgt Dudley Mennie

2019 Position: 1st | 2021 Position: N/A Managers: SSgt Neil Harry SSgt Andrew Sheldon Coach: WO2 (AQMS) Colin Mackenzie

2019 Position: 2nd | 2021 Position: N/A Manager: 2Lt Jenna Whitehouse Coach: WO1 Paul Reed

2019 Position: N/A | 2021 Position: N/A Manager: SSgt Timmy Davies Coach: WO1 Paul Reed

SSgt Carrie Roberts scores for England against Wales

LCpl Sean Beevor selected to represent Zimbabwe in the World Cup and African Cup

Capt Fionidi Parker breaking the line for the Army at the Armed Forces 7s

LCpl pl Rob Busse sey After four years, five operations, having lost count on how many times I was told I would never play again, following hours and hours of rehab, that was painful both physically and mentally, I finally laced my boots back up. The preseason training camp was one of the most physically demanding I have ever experienced. No matter how tough the training sessions were, the lads did it with a smile as they were just happy to be back playing and being in each other’s company. The camp ended with a game against Cheltenham Phoenix with REME coming out victorious 62-6, even managing to get on the score sheet myself. The score line didn’t reflect on how tough the game was. I’m looking forward to what will be one of the most challenging seasons in REME Rugby League’s history. The lads are hungry and excited to try and retain the title, to make it three years in row.


Corps Formation: 1 October 1942 Corps Motto: Arte et Marte Corps Patron Saint: St Eligius (Celebrated 1st Sunday in December)

SEPTEMBER 2021

Contents Volume 77 No. 9

FEATURES End to End REME . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .12 Ex ASKARI STORM . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .15 Ex Lion Sun . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .17 Dreadnaught . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .19 Op Newcombe in pictures . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .23 Ex Defender . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .28 A Year in the Life . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .32 REME Commando . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .34 Lifting the Deck Challenge . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .37 Clay Shooting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .39 Pure Elite . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .39 Op Courage . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .46

REGULARS Guest Editorial . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .4 UK Activity . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .6 Global Reach . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .8 Ask the ASM . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .11 Excellence in REME . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .29 From the Museum . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .40 Screwjack . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .42 Corps Notices . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .43 Corps Calendar . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .47 Games . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .47

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Guest Editorial

Colonel Dan Scott CEng FIMechE MIET Commander Equipment Support, 3rd (United Kingdom) Division

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t is impossible introduce an article without some reference to COVID and its impact. We have had to adapt, be flexible and innovative in maintaining our Defence outputs whilst simultaneously supporting the Nation’s response. I would like to pay tribute to all service personnel who have been involved, in any way, supporting that National effort; your commitment has been inspiring.

IRON DIVISION – Readiness 2021 Readiness (noun) – “willingness or a state of being prepared for something” Much of the Field Army has a task, mission, or responsibility to retain a level of readiness. The IRON DIVISION’s part is to provide the armoured element of any British force. For those serving on operations, preparing for operations, training in barracks or on dispersed working it has been a year like no other. Working within the COVID Force Health Protection measures, the Iron Division instigated a data led review of our equipment readiness, supported by a targeted equipment rehabilitation to deliver the engineering effect. The positive transformation in our equipment readiness delivered by the REME soldiers and unit crews now gives understanding and increased confidence that our armoured fleet could react if required. Over half a million workforce hours have been completed – thank you to everyone for your dedication and hard work. You should be proud of your part delivering the Army’s readiness. Every two years the Divisional Headquarters has an opportunity to test and verify their command and control of a major combat scenario inside a NATO framework on a US led Command Post Exercise – EXERCISE WARFIGHTER. This article looks at that deployment.

EXERCISE WARFIGHTER 21-4 (WFX21-4) The majority of activity focused around Fort Hood Texas, it demonstrated the ability of a British Armoured Division to integrate and operate within a NATO Allied Corps. WFX 21.4 was the largest

and most testing CPX ever conducted by 3rd (UK) Division, and for the first time saw the integration of a British Brigade (7th Infantry Brigade, from 1st (UK) Division) task-organised into a US led Division.

Interoperability The exercise furthered the British Army’s working relationship with our key strategic partner; integrating and operating inside a US Corps alongside other NATO allies, which this year was the French 3rd Division (3e Div). Despite tight COVID force health protection measures interoperability opportunities were achieved. The embedding of five US Army personnel within the Support Branch, provided an essential link into our US counterparts. Members from the 13th Expeditionary Sustainment Command (13 ESC) and 291 Digital Liaison Detachment, of the Maryland National Guard, enabled communication between our two organisations and assisted the understanding of our different sustainment doctrine.

Support Branch Ex WFX 21.4 included the deployment of a Support Branch located within the Divisional Main. The Support Branch, responsible for all detailed sustainment planning, comprises Equipment Support, Logistics, Personnel, Provost, Medical, Artillery and Aviation cells plus

3 (UK) Div HQ Main, BOAZ, Fort Hood

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3 (US) Corps Headquarters, Fort Hood, Texas Callsign IRON SHEPHERD (The Division’s Padre). Commanded by Comd ES, the branch provides the GOC and divisional staff with detailed planning information, advice and data analysis. The success of the Support Branch concept will define how divisional sustainment planning staff will deploy to support large scale warfighting.

Execute Phase As with all CPXs the execute phase was inevitably frenetic. It tested many aspects of Divisional manoeuvre and tactical actions. The ES cell within Support Branch, together with ES personnel embedded within each piston, delivered ES advice to assist high level planning throughout the battle. The focus of the ES Operations team centred on equipment availability and equipment demands. Current and predicted availability figures were collected and transformed into a consolidated format for the planners to use. The use of the Attritional Reserve (AR) from day one emphasised the importance of the need to control and manage this vital resource. As the battle progressed, and equipment casualties started to rise, it was recognised that the US Army’s doctrine for repair differed to ours. The UK projected ES capability forward to conduct repair, minimising repair times and increasing combat power. Forward repair introduces force protection risks during transit and execution, and ES commanders must consider the threat when planning. However, forward repair’s ability to deliver in-mission effect ensured that the UK Division’s combat power was higher than both the US and French Divisions – who both adopted repair rearward.

Enablers The enablers (LOCONS – Lower Controllers) were located at Fort Hood and controlled the simulated battle. EMEs from throughout the Division stood up to act as BEMEs and found themselves conducting multiple sustainment roles. 3 (UK) Div Signals Regt LAD, with LAD soldiers from 1st Fusiliers, were responsible for over 200 pieces of

Support Branch daily brief equipment. Deploying in advance of the exercise they ensured the fleet, which included Warrior and Bulldog, was maintained to provide high availability throughout.

Ex WFX 21-4 Summary Ex WFX 21.4 was a triumph for 3rd (UK) Division. Each objective of the demanding divisional CPX was achieved and resulted in the successful validation of the Army’s armoured two-star deployable headquarters. The IRON DIVISION is ready and able to provide command and control over the full range of military activities. The key takeaways from an ES perspective were the importance of current and predicted availability reporting, the control and effective management of key equipment, and the ability to project ES Capability forward despite the associated force protection risks. The next WFX is scheduled for 2023 - and you are all encouraged to take the opportunity to participate and experience one of the British Army’s most demanding CPXs.

UK Warrior (Right) and US Stryker AFV (Left) operating together

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REME UK Activity Each month we highlight the UK Activity of REME personnel, whether it be on operations, exercise or any other challenge set before them.

(Castlemartin) Live Fire Ranges RTR LAD have been supporting the live fire ranges at Castlemartin. Read all about it on pages 20-21.

REME Commandos Find out what its like to be a REME Commando on pages 35-37.

Key: RHQ REME Operations Exercises Other

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(Derbyshire) Clay Shooting at the Inter-Services and Emergency Services Competition

GET IN TOUCH

7 member of the REME have represented the Army at the Inter-Services and Emergency Services competition; of the Army’s top 10, 5 were REME! Find out more on page 38.

Where in the world are you keeping the punch in the Army’s fist?

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Keep an eye on our social media channels for weekly updates on REME’s UK Activity. Then catch up on everything you’ve missed in this dedicated section of The Craftsman!

Public Duties 4 Bn REME are taking over Public Duties in London.

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REME Global Reach IIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIII Each month we highlight the global reach of REME personnel, whether it be on operations, exercise or any other challenge set before them.

Ex DEFENDER 21 2 Field Company of 5 Battalion REME led the deployment to Slovenia as a sub-unit aligned to the OF4 TEG HQ on the 22nd May 2021. Read all about it on page 28.

Op NEWCOMBE REME soldiers from across 1XX currently deployed on OP NEWCOMBE as part of the 2 R ANGLIAN led Long Range Reconnaissance Group. You can see Op    NEWCOMBE in pictures on pages 23-27.

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Op ELGIN Soldiers from 7 Para RHA Wksp have deployed with elements from the Reg’t on Op ELGIN (Kosovo), supporting 1 RGR BG deploying as the Op ELGIN Strategic Reserve Force (SRF). Aspirations from the LOC, 16X and KFOR  to deploy a larger contingent from the UK are progressing well and as such OPREH L2 is being planned around the whole 521 pax SRF deploying as opposed to a Coy Group. The 1 RGR aspiration is to take a realistic quantity of CS/CSS enablers with us as part of this deployment.

Ex LION SUN 7 Close Support Company of 2 Close Support Battalion REME deployed on Exercise LION SUN 21, travelling from Leuchars Station to RAF Akrotiri. A total of 76 personnel took part, split between a CHQ element, Forward Platoon, Vehicles Platoon and Recovery Platoon. Find out more on pages 18-19.

GET IN TOUCH Where in the world are you keeping the punch in the Army’s fist?

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Keep an eye on our social media channels for weekly updates on REME’s Global Reach. Then catch up on everything you’ve missed in this dedicated section of The Craftsman!

Ex ASKARI STORM Members of 4 Close Support Company from 1 CS Bn REME deployed to BATUK on Ex ASKARI STORM 1/21 between 17 Jan and 6 Apr 21. They were augmented by soldiers from 7 Regt RLC and together, the two units formed the CSS Group. Continues on page 15.

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ASK THE ASM WO1 (CASM) Daniel McNeill Each month the Corps ASM answers your most pertinant questions from Twitter.

“Corps ASM Sir, the latest amendment to Corps instruction E5 means that I may now no longer be eligible for Artificer selection. I know I was before it was amended by the REME Arms School so I’m disappointed and pretty confused. I am an Aircraft Technician with a reckonable service start date of the 7 Sep 2006 (18th Birthday) and I have an end of service date (with V Eng FC) of 6 Sep 2030. Firstly, can you tell me why the 6 Year Residual Service Rule has changed? Secondly, can I ask you to find out if I will or will not be able to run to the 2022 Artificer Selection & Course Loading Board (ASCLB)?” Firstly, thanks for coming to me with this question. I’ve been inundated recently with similar queries from many other Soldiers. You are right in saying that there has indeed been an update to the way the residual service requirement is written into Corps Instruction E5 but it is really important to state that there is no change to the residual service required at the end of the Tiffy Course - it is still 6 years on completion. What the amendments to E5 do for you, your commanders and your career managers, is confirm the amount of years and months of residual service required at the time that you (and other Soldiers) will actually presents to ASCLB. As an Aircraft Technician, you will require 8 years residual service as at 1 May 22 to present to the next ASCLB. This is because the first Aircraft Course that the board loads starts the following May (12 months after the board), the Aircraft Artificer course length is 12 months long (so you’ll finish 24 months after loading) and you’ll need 6 years residual service on course completion (which you can see adds up to the 8 years needed at ASCLB Loading). This means that you will run to the 2022 board and I have confirmed this with the 2IC of REME Soldiers Wing at APC Glasgow. For clarification, the amount of residual service required for each trade and the breakdown as to why is as follows: • VM & Armr – 8 years 6 months required as at 1 May to present to the board. The first course the board loads starts the following May (12 months out), the course length is 18 months, and the addition of the required 6 years residual service on course completion equates to 8 years 6 months required to present to the board. • Tech Elec – 8 years 8 months required as at 1 May to present to the board. The first course the board loads starts the following July (14 months out), the course length is 18 months, and the addition of the required 6 years residual service on course completion equates to 8 years 8 months required to present to the board. • Tech Av – 8 years 11 months required as at 1 May to present to the board. The first course the board loads starts the following October (17 months out), the course length is 18 months, and the addition of the required 6 years residual service on course completion equates to 8 years 11 months required to present to the board. • Tech Ac – 8 years required as at 01 May to present to the board. The first course the board loads starts the following May (12 months out), the course length is 12 months, and the addition of the required 6 years residual service on course completion equates to 8 years required to present to the board. Hopefully this answers your question buddy and good luck for next year’s board.

“Sir, My Tiff say’s that we’ll be amalgamated with the RLC and form Combat Service Support Regiments soon as part of the Integrated Review. Do you know anything about this?” Hi mate, thanks for the question. I’ve got to start by answering firmly that the REME will not be amalgamating with anybody. We will remain as a Corps and retain our own Cap-badge - as will the RLC. I think your Tiff may be talking about a statement made in a Defence Command Paper titled ‘Defence in a Competitive Age’ which was released earlier this year. That paper states that ‘the Army’s new Brigade Combat Teams (BCTs) will contain Combat Service Support Battalions and these will include logisticians, electrical and mechanical engineers, and medics’. This intimates that we may well end up working closer with other Corps and Cap-Badges but, really importantly, this has not been confirmed at all and it won’t be until the end of this year. There is no point dealing in rumour and hearsay.

“Sir, I saw your Tweet on the importance of Adventure Training. Can you please let me know what the process is for me to apply for funding from RHQ to take some Soldiers from my Battalion out to Stubai on Ex SUPREME GLACIER later this year? I’m trying to put some plans in place and gather provisional funding.” Firstly thank you for putting one foot forward and endeavouring to get your fellow REME Soldiers away on an expedition to Austria. It always takes someone to co-ordinate and organise Adventure Training or an Overseas Sports Tour. For me, both are reasons that we join and stay in the Army. For clarity, RHQ does not have any money itself but the REME Adventurous and Enterprising Activities Committee (RAEAC) has been allocated funding by the REME Charity to help support requests like this because it helps us to develop character in our Soldiers and allow them to get away and enjoy themselves. Details of how to apply can be found in Corps Instruction A10 on RHQ’s share-point page but you can apply really easily now via the Adventurous Training Page on REME Connect. It’s intuitive and easy to follow. If you have any issues at all, pick up the phone and I can talk you through it. I also note you are from a unit in 3UKXX. They also have a fund you can tap into. I’ll put you in contact.

“Sir, Inclusivity and diversity are important to the Corps and the Army: what do you see as being the remaining barriers we must seek to overcome as a Corps?” Mate, great question and probably the most challenging one I’ve had to answer to date. For me, the Army is a great place to work because it is made up of such a diverse workforce. Any Commander worth his salt will embrace diversity in their team because it brings different ideas, opinions and outlooks to fore. I’ve certainly benefited from this as a Leader. The Army is actively trying to ensure that we are an attractive proposition to everybody across the spectrum of society and are representative of it. Our Corps Engagement Team is established to provide support to recruitment, ensuring we meet our inflow targets whilst actively targeting current areas of under representation. A question back if I may, what barriers to Diversity and Inclusion do you feel exist in the Corps? I’d be keen to discuss these with you.

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Engineering in Action

End to End REME Support to enable Mission Ready Training From Aug 20 until Jan 21, BATUS Workshops, 4 Armd CS Bn REME and 1 MERCIAN LAD provided a continuous REME chain which took equipment from BATUS and prepared it for Mission Ready Training in Sennelager, Germany. This three-part series shows the successes of this joint effort and a highlight an effective and truly collaborative delivery of equipment support. Part Three: 1 MERCIAN Ex TALLINN DAWN Scribe: Cfn Evans, VM Cl2

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n arrival back in Germany on the 7 Jan we had to isolate within our bubbles, COVID restrictions had to be far stricter this time round as there was far more people who had to be accommodated within the Garrison. This didn’t stop the work though, this time we were receiving platforms sent from BATUS in varying states of repair. Having been through the Op IRON KRANE rehab, these vehicles had to be ininspected by the competent tradesmen within the Section, LCpl Kitchen and LCpl Alderson. Under the watchful eye of Cpl Wilson, the Company swiftly reached 92% availability, and was ready to step out the door. Unfortunately, the door never fully opened for B Coy as COVID-19 put a stop to our training as the Coy was forced to isolate for the majority of the exercise.

LCpl Randall conducting pre-firing checks on the 30mm

Dragon (Fire Sp) Coy, 1 MERCIAN Scribe: LCpl Wilson

Pack lift in the ECCP

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The Fitter Sections’ main task whilst deployed was to repair and recover Bulldogs and Warriors whilst adhering to strict COVID measures. This was not without its hurdles, especially when the snow engulfed us in extremely cold conditions down to -18°C. We were sustained by the finest food, lukewarm Norwegians of various shades of brown, to prepare for the crews only reporting faults in the darkest hours. Even with little sleep and all these adversities, the Fitter Section was able to overcome all challenges with a fierce amount of leadership, trade knowledge and an abundance of hot brews and Moralibo.


BADGER Sqn, RTR Scribe: Cfn Hodgson The MRT provided a good challenge for the 9-strong Fitter Section that deployed with Badger Sqn. The ten Challenger 2s which arrived from BATUS had not been used for over 18 months, resulting in a lot of niggly issues coming to the fore during the CALFEX. Maintaining and repairing the fleet in temperatures as low as -18°C not

CRARRV at sunset CR2 pre-mission maintenance only challenged our trade skill but also our physical and mental robustness. The teamwork and determination from the whole Fitter Section ensured the Sqn were able to successfully support the BG throughout the CALFEX and FTX.

CRARRV helping a CR2 negotiate the ice in the ECCP

30 AES, 26 Regt RE Scribe: LCpl Reilly

30 AES CRARRV camouflaged in the wood line

As a Class 2 Technician, I was assigned to the CRARRV, supporting mission-critical assets such as the Titan, Trojan and Terrier. Deploying on my first major exercise, I was able to gain a lot of valuable experience. A highlight for me would be developing new skills required for the recovery of these platforms alongside LCpl Taylor and LCpl Curran. Recovering them from the forefront of the action, back to the ECCP where we could perform pack lifts and further fault diagnose.

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C Bty, 3RHA Scribe: Cpl J Talbot For C Bty, the journey started on 17 Jan with a challenging road move across Europe, which presented the Workshop with an ideal platform to test some STRIKE concept ideas. Upon arrival at Normandy Barracks, the ageing fleet required some attention and the 8 strong Fitter Section (led by Sgt Ball) sprang into action. Dedication and hard work saw all platforms ‘Mission Ready’ for the upcoming exercise. Once deployed onto the training area, we had hoped it would be plain sailing, but no plan survives first contact! The Fitter Section was soon encountering some complex and mind-boggling problems with Pinzgauer fuel and heating issues, MAN SV lack of power dramas and the standard axle change on a Land Rover all within a short time frame. The Fitter Section repair team of Cpl Donkin and Cfn Brownhill jumped into action to keep the vehicles in the user’s hands. On completion of the exercise the Fitter Section was primed, cogged and waiting to pounce on any issues that may arise on the fleet before departure for the road move home. The Battery arrived back in the UK fault free and were received by the Workshop Artificer back into Albemarle Barracks. Working alongside the Regiment, an equipment rehabilitation was then conducted, headed up by Sgt ‘Gaz’ Wilcox and a team of VM’s, Armourers and the RLC Stores Section, the team turned the fleet around in a short period, ready for the drive to Marchwood to sail to Estonia.

Light Gun firing on Sennelager Ranges

Cfn Taylor working on the 105mm Light Gun

ES Platoon, 3 Armd Coy, 6 ACS Bn REME Scribe: LCpl Gainsford Having forged a strong working relationship with 1 MERCIAN LAD on the range camp prior to Christmas, the ES Platoon returned to Germany on 7 Jan to provide L3 support to the 1 MERCIAN BG. Having taken over the vehicles and loaded the FRP we were primed to support the BG throughout the upcoming CALFEX and FTX. The constraints of STA fixed our ECCP in an area known as Dutch Barns, from here we provided FRT and recovery support to the BG. All soldiers were tested at trade in inclement weather as the BG ES requests came in thick and fast, this provided a great opportunity for the tradesmen to improve and maintain their SQEP ensuring our capability is maximised for Op CABRIT 8. As the FTX finished we handed back our vehicles to LTF(S) along with the BG, ready to head back to the UK for some well-earned leave.

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Overseas Exercise

Ex ASKARI STORM 1/21 CSS Gp deployment

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embers of 4 Close Support Company from 1 CS Bn REME deployed to BATUK on Ex ASKARI STORM 1/21 between 17 Jan and 6 Apr 21. They were augmented by soldiers from 7 Regt RLC and together, the two units formed the CSS Group. Supporting both the 2MERCIAN and 1LANCS Battlegroups throughout their deployment, the large CSS sub-unit comprised of a REME headquarters with additional logistic specialists including a Fuel and General Transport Troop, Supply Troop and an Equipment Support Platoon. The exercise served to validate 2MERCIAN ahead of their deployment on Op TORAL, whilst also providing an opportunity to train CSS, validate the subunit to CT CHARLIE, and more importantly, to develop the expeditionary SV(R) CSS concept for the ASKARI STORM series. and after weeks of repairing and recovering The CSS Group was tasked to experiment equipment in the field, their focus shifted to with the delivery of pan-CSS, ‘training as it preparing for an equipment rehabilitation prior to would fight’ as part of the Light Brigade the 2MERCIAN mission zero validation exercise. As Support Group (LBSG). In a first for CSS in the vehicle packets arrived at Lolldaiga training Kenya, the sub-unit deployed forward of area, each piece of equipment was inspected and Nyati Barracks to Archers Post and repairs were effected to enhance the availability of Lolldaiga training areas, delivering the fleet prior to the battlegroup’s most testing sustained CSS effect over vast distances, phase. The ability for the CSS Group to fully deploy in austere conditions and at reach from a White water rafting forward and establish a BSG was only made firm base. Trialling the new concept, the possible through the deployment of a Field Service CSS Group established a Brigade Support Pack (FSP), which represented another first for Kenya and the ASKARI Group (BSG) forward and intimately supported the two independent STORM series. The FSP, which provides Log IS including MJDI, battlegroups within the tactical constraints of the exercise design. facilitated the demanding of commodities including ES materiel, Applying the ES principle of ‘repair forward’ to the other functions of forward of the 3rd line firm base at Nyati. CSS including both Supply and Transport, the CSS Group Although Ex ASKARI STORM 1/21 was particularly challenging, significantly reduced the logistical loop times and expedited the reward came in the form of adventurous training. Over 90% of the Supply of commodities to sustain the battlegroups. CSS group participated in world-class adventurous training which Despite the social distancing constraints during the handover of included; archery, white water rafting, kayaking, paddleboarding, equipment at the start of the exercise, the ES Pl inspected the fleet of climbing and mountain bike safari - which was described by one of 386 vehicles in record time. The work for the ES Pl didn’t stop there the Craftsmen as “the best thing that they have been able to do in the Army!” Equally as worthwhile, and one of BATUK’s additional priorities is the requirement to support the local community. The CSS Group volunteered to renovate a local nursery in Nanyuki where we designed and created a new classroom environment, constructed new fencing, built an outdoor lunch area and even manufactured playground equipment from scrap metal and old tyres! Ex ASKARI STORM 1/21 was an exercise of many firsts, albeit with many unprecedented challenges, not least the implications of a COVID-19 outbreak. The austere environment, tired vehicle fleet and real-life frictions that operating in Kenya presents, provides an excellent setting from which to train and test CSS. The Ex ASKARI STORM 1/21 CSS Group, force generated around 4 CS Coy REME HQ, proved the concept that CSS can be trained alongside the infantry battlegroups within the tactical exercise ‘wrap’ and have set the foundations for future exercises in Kenya. BCS Lesson Before submitting an article you are requested to read the guidelines on the inside front cover 15


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Overseas Exercise

Ex LION SUN 21 7 Close Support Company, 2 Close Support Battalion REME OC – Maj Ed McCann. CSM – WO2 Craig Nicholson

View above PARAMALI Village at H-2

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n Friday 19 Feb 21, 7 Close Support Company of 2 Close Support Battalion REME deployed on Exercise LION SUN 21, travelling from Leuchars Station to RAF Akrotiri. A total of 76 personnel took part, split between a CHQ element, Forward Platoon, Vehicles Platoon and Recovery Platoon. Despite the COVID-19 pandemic and having spent the last three-months deployed on Op RESCRIPT (community testing in Lancashire), the Company was still able to continue with this overseas training, despite ever changing COVID-19 restrictions. The training promised to be challenging, yet rewarding, with a well-organised range package, a Potential Assessment Board (PAB) insight event and an evasion exercise.

Isolation Period Lt Will Rimington – Forward Platoon A last-minute change in COVID-19 restrictions saw the Company need to isolate for 10-days on arrival into Cyprus. This meant that the team would be forced to spend an isolation period in FOB PINETRACK, inside Akrotiri Sovereign Base Area, before they could exploit the wider training area. To maximise the training opportunity during this period, SSgt McKendry of Forward Platoon organised a leadership training event (modelled on a PAB) for the LCpls and Cfn deployed on the exercise. This included an initial interview, a onehour essay on a topic based on the individual’s interests, a planning

Cfn Marquis working on his Class 3-2 during the RIB REHAB

exercise, an individual obstacle course and a series of command tasks. Despite the fairly heavy restrictions imposed by the pandemic, SSgt McKendry was able to organise an impressive event which, despite LCpl Livingstone completing an obstacle being taxing mentally on the Potential Assessment Board event and physically, was hugely enjoyable. This provided great training for the troops, a chance for the Coy to form as a team and provided an insight into the potential of the junior soldiers for the Chain of Command. In particular, congratulations go to Cfn Lonsdale who performed best of all who took part in the event. The rest of the isolation period included an ES rehabilitation of some of the Resident Infantry Battalion’s ageing B-Vehicle fleet and crew level training led by JNCOs.

Range Package Lt Ollie Burgess – Recovery Platoon Once the Company was free from isolation the first part of the military training plan was a range package which would take many of the deployed soldiers from never touching a GPMG to passing the ACMT, as well as some more advanced SA80 shoots. The first day consisted of some basic GPMG shoots from 100m to 300m which allowed everyone to get confident with the weapon system before we moved back to 500m. It also enabled us to run the ranges portion of the Inter-Platoon Competition. This had the teams collecting their ammunition from the 600m point before engaging targets at 200m

Lt Burgess overseas the GPMP Range

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exercised troops dusted off their civilian clothes and sports equipment and got ready to enjoy the final week of Ex LION SUN.

Patrol Competition and Evasion Exercise Lt Ollie Burgess – Recovery Platoon

View from a sangar on the ranges at RAF Akrotiri Station and 300m. The competition was comfortably won by the Recovery Platoon, but it allowed everyone more time on the weapon system before they completed their ACMT. Despite the wind, and a little bit of Cypriot rain, everyone was able to pass without too much difficulty and made a decided improvement to their marksmanship. A skill we often do not practice as much as we should.

Dry Exercise Phase Sgt Sherman Cox – Vehicle Platoon The fourth week of our time in Cyprus saw us deploy on the dismounted close combat training phase of the exercise. Having been in the unit less than a week, this was the perfect opportunity for me to learn the strengths and weaknesses of my Platoon. For this

Sgt Steele counts Recovery Platoon through an RV

For the final part of the exercise phase, the Company returned to FOB PINETRACK to prepare for a Forward Repair Team (FRT) evasion event. The Company was put into teams of three-to-four and given several checkpoints to reach, with points being awarded for each. The teams then had to evade capture throughout the evening while being hunted by Military Working Dogs (MWD) provided by the RAF Police and five groups of D, all the while being filmed by the BFBS. Many teams were captured, but at the end of the night Sgt Steele’s team emerged as a clear victor, getting every checkpoint without being captured or detected. A Patrol Competition marked the culminating test of the skills learned on Ex LION SUN. This saw the FRTs compete as part of the Inter-Platoon Competition. With five stands laid out over the area, ranging from Close Target Recces (CTRs) to multi-casualty medical serials, the teams would be marked on their military abilities at each stand before returning to the FOB for a helicopter transfer (courtesy of 84 Sqn RAF) to the final stand; a gun run. The teams all performed well, demonstrating the utility of exercises like this, where a range of military skills can be taught and practiced in an unfamiliar environment.

Pic 8: LCpl Mills and Cfn Sauyngam lead the stretcher during a CASEVAC on the Patrol Competition

Sport and Adventurous Training (AT) 2Lt Frazer Howe – Vehicles Platoon

period, we were driven to the training area North of the Episkopi Garrison to patrol into our harbour location from where the transport dropped us off. A stark contrast to previous training in the UK, that became immediately obvious Pte Chisambiro and Cfn Moore line up for was the lack of welldefined and the helicopter insertion well-ordered woodblocks. This became a problem on a very windy and rainy afternoon when a number of the Platoon had to re-learn their basha building skills. The exercise itself involved a range of Platoon attacks, recces and ambushes, ending with a Company attack on the derelict buildings North of Paramali Village. This training, although achievable from the UK, was far more enjoyable than it might have been and meant my Platoon got more out of this exercise due to the austere nature of the environment. A few late nights and Mediterranean rain showers later, a company’s worth of well-

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The Force Health Protection restrictions on the island limited the AT that was available to the Company. However, with some careful planning and the support of Cyprus Workshops (special thanks to WO2 (AQMS) Hutchison and SSgt Skelton) the Company was able to offer karting to all troops to cover the sporting aspect. This was followed with a visit to Lemmings Beach, which provided a great opportunity for the Company to practice Stand-Up Paddle boarding, other water sports and pony trekking; unfortunately, the 2IC forgot to book the weather. A tour of the Kourion Amphitheatre and the ancient town of Paphos provided cultural trips and an urban navigation exercise to finish off the week.

Summary Exercise LION SUN has always been an excellent opportunity for units to deploy on an Overseas Training Exercise (OTX) to practice basic close combat training in unfamiliar and more interesting environments than those ordinarily afforded to them. This iteration of the exercise proved to be no different in this regard: a thoroughly enjoyable five-weeks for the soldiers of 7 Close Support Company. The deployment enabled the Company to form as a team following posting churn and COVID-19 restrictions which will pay dividends as we start on our road to readiness for the Light Brigade Support Group (LBSG) in 2022.


UK Exercise

RTR BG Mission Ready Training DREADNAUGHT Sqn Castlemartin Live Fire (Jan – Mar 21) SSgt Sayer

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n preparation for DREADNAUGHT (DN) Squadron’s up and coming deployment on Op CABRIT 9, and as the lead SABRE Squadron of the RTR Battlegroup, DN Fitter Section travelled to Castlemartin Ranges (CMR) to support the Sqn’s 120mm live fire range package. The Sqn’s mission was to cycle fourteen crews through Live Fire Exercises (LFX) to enable each crew to achieve an Annual Crew Test (ACT) pass, additionally progressing to and achieving Annual Troop Assessment (ATA). The scheduled three weeks allocated to the range package seemed like ample time to achieve these aims, however, the Thursday before firing a Safety Notice was issued mandating a cease fire of main armament firing from CHALLENGER 2. The Sqn adapted quickly, engaging contingency planning as the tanks were already enroute to CMR. The inability to fire main armament provided tank operators a golden opportunity to practice and hone their weapon skills on their mounted weapon systems. This kept the armourers on their toes as the Sqn cycled through multiple GPMGs. In addition to managing the ES requirement of the GPMG shoots the Fitter Section were able to further sanitise the operability of the tanks ensuring

Cpl Sawkins delivering classroom lessons on chain gun

Warrior 512 Commanders undertaking IGLFX shoots in build up to their ACT

that once the Safety Notice was lifted crews would be able to fire 120mm immediately. The additional range time and slower tempo of operations afforded as a result of the Safety Notice provided an opportunity for members of the Fitter Section (Sgt’s Furness, Sutherland, Cpl’s Osborne, Phelps and Jones) to undertake the Warrior 512 chain gun operator’s course and BULLDOG Pintle shoot progressing all the way through every LFX and achieving ACT qualification. The circumstances even afforded them the chance to fire alongside the CHALLENGER 2 when the Safety Notice was lifted, an experience that Sgt Sutherland described as ‘Having my head squashed’. Overall there were many unexpected positive outcomes from a difficult and frustrating situation.

Chain Gun - Sgt Furness

Bulldog Commander conducting pintle ACT

From the off, we had personnel scattered all over the place from Yorkshire to Bovington, Tidworth and in CMR. Which left our illustrious Tiffy, SSgt Sayer, the opportunity as a first tour Tiff in a Tank Regiment to gain some valuable experience as the first of the big hitters came to light, a ban on 120mm firing. Now that doesn’t sound too bad, we thought, albeit a pointless trip down as that was the main reason for being there but none the less, we carried on with other activities, both LAD and the Tankies. Within the LAD we had five WARRIOR 512 Commanders each of whom had never fired the chain gun, so with two ranges booked and the need to utilise both in the absence of main

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Safety Notice was rescinded, and the Sqn were able to fire full bore. With a considerably reduced time frame to achieve their goals, alongside added assurance inspections of the Obturator pads (every 16 rounds fired), the tempo of the range package was increased dramatically. With critical support from Sgt Kilbourne and his team of 4 Bn Armourers the need to conduct additional checks were barely felt, with his team delivering support right on the point increasing firing efficiency. Added to all these other challenges was the need to maintain strict force health protection measures with crews needing to sanitise vehicles before REME personnel were able to work on them. These measures made it even more testing to work as a team within the confined spaces of tanks. As with most CR2 range packages, it was the Armourers and Technicians who were the busiest. The team of Technicians headed by Sgt Sutherland and ably assisted by two Technicians from 6 Bn were required from the moment they fired the first main armament round; it seemed no sooner had they rectified one problem another would manifest itself, however, none of his team were fazed even when faced with particularly difficult tasks and some long nights. Due to their efforts the Sqn was afforded a high vehicle availability throughout the range package contributing to the Sqn’s success.

LCpl Grieve For most Techs attached to an Armoured Regiment, Castlemartin range is the best place to hone their trade. Some newer Techs will

4 BN REME FRT conducting a GUE lift armament firing, both the WARRIOR 512s and Challys side by side, conducted chain gun and GPMG shoots simultaneously; so tank operators, normally in charge of loading the gun, were heading down range swinging on the end of the general (GPMG). We had the opportunity to carry out a chain gun course over the first two weeks due to the hard work on the build up done before and just after Christmas. This was most insightful and gave our Commanders an insight into what the operators would be dealing with inside the turrets. After the classroom work was completed, we headed onto what felt like our own personal range as we were the only vehicle on the point and firing. Most common words for some of us was the word “Stoppage!” If we weren’t any good at our drills at first, we were now, let me tell you. Then once that was all that was over, we had some good firing, day and night, with all completing their LFX training and then moving onto effectively our ACT passing and obtaining our Level 5 gunner qualification, and one dead eyed sniper Sgt Furness got Level 6 top score! In keeping with tradition, it wasn’t long before members of the Fitter Section were diagnosing faulty Generator Unit Engines (GUE) and replacing worn hydraulic track tensioners. Members of 4 Bn providing FRT support were on hand and eager to get stuck in changing a number of these GUEs. Luckily for the Sqn, just over half-way through their allotted range package there was good news, the

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5- Cpl Jones Removing a seized HTT

Sgt Kilbourne conducting obturator checks during a break in firing


arrive in CMR lacking CHALLENGER 2 experience but return to camp with a proficiency usually only acquired after months at unit. This three week crash course is always busy for REME Technicians due to the high demand the crews put on their tanks. This CMR was the third, yet busiest, range I have ever worked. Despite this, it is always rewarding to see a tank return down range after a major fault has been fixed. The variety of faults can be overwhelming, but it is this variety that creates some of the best Techs in the British Army. Not every job is due to a faulty component, some of the work carried out includes calibration of systems that can only be completed on a live range. Without this, there would be no accurate rounds down Technicians from both 6 Bn and DN fitters working together to solve a CPS. range. The individuals fortunate enough to have less work on throughout Everyone has an important part to play, from the new to the more the package didn’t sit idly by, utilising their time to educate the more experienced. Without team cohesion, productivity and morale would have suffered greatly which would have resulted in later nights and junior at trade amongst them on areas of development. Specifically, longer days. Everyone worked hard this CMR and although the Cpl Gray (RTR Class 1 Recovery) got stuck into delivering structured workload was high, all main objectives were met, and the tanks lessons to support 4 Bn Class 3 and 2 Recovery Mechanics, providing continued firing. them valuable experience as well as enabling them to gain competence and currency in advance of their upcoming Recy camp. SSgt Sayer Though the demands of the range package were intense, the team supporting DREADNAUGHT Sqn performed to the highest standard. In conjunction with DN Sqn both elements of EGYPT Sqn and the 1 R Welsh were also in Castlemartin qualifying on their respective Delivering a level of ES capability, they enabled the Sqn to meet its vehicle platforms in preparation for the RTR Battlegroup deployment goals, with all crew and troops qualified in preparation for the next on Op CABRIT 9. This was particularly interesting for RTR RECCE troop phase of deployment training in Germany on Ex TALLINN DAWN in due to their change of vehicle platforms from CVR(T) to Warrior. late spring.

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Overseas Exercise

Ex DEFENDER 21

LSA POSTOJNA, Slovenia

The US fleet after being transported to the Port of Koper

Task Force Postojna developing their redeployment plan

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Field Company of 5 Battalion REME led the deployment to Slovenia as a sub-unit aligned to the OF4 TEG HQ on the 22nd May 2021. The TEG was deployed on Ex DEFENDER 21, a multinational exercise supporting the deployment of US forces to demonstrate the capability and capacity of deploying into Europe at Very High Readiness (VHR). The 2 Fd Coy Task Force was located in Postojna, working in the mountainous environment with the mission of providing movement control, C2 of the LSA and operational capability to execute RSOM and R-RSOM operations. Along with supporting the US movements team at the port of Koper. Whilst 2 Fd Coy provided the C2 and the bulk of the workforce, the Task Force incorporated a multitude of TEG capability to enable the mission from across 104 Log Sp Bde; including Kings Troop from 247 Gurkha Signal Sqn.

Throughout we worked alongside several of our NATO counterparts specifically members from US forces of the 221st Quartermaster Company and 627th Transport Detachment as well as members of the 157th Logistics Regiment of the Slovenian host nation forces. Building partnerships and trust in this environment has proved invaluable as we have been able to learn best practice from each other and develop our combined SOPs for future operations.

Operating in a COVID-19 Environment The deployment to LSA POSTOJNA provided great difficulties due to the impact that COVID-19 has had on the world. The pandemic has presented constraints in planning and initial deployment, allowing us to show the flexibility and positive mentality that 5 Bn REME has in order to complete the mission; whilst adhering to the Force Health Protection measures. All Military Personnel on the exercise were required to conduct two Lateral flow tests weekly to ensure that they were able to complete their jobs whilst staying safe from COVID-19. With the great challenges of operating in a restricted environment, the risk of soldiers suffering with mental health was much higher than usual. This was helped with weekly sports competitions, integrating with the US and Slovenia Forces. Soldiers played a variety of sports; Football, Volleyball, Baseball, American Football and Rugby to name a few of many.

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The mission was completed successfully, allowing for supplementary time to conduct sports as well as a variety of visits around Slovenia. These included visiting the Lakes of Bled and Bohinj, seeing the Historical Capital city of Ljubljana and exploring the famous Triglav National Park.

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Members of TF KOPER during a very competitive Volleyball competition


Excellence in REME

LCpl Nicholas Moore and Cfn Harry McCormack The Equipment Care competition is an annual competition administered by HQ Field Army and sponsored by Rheinmetall BAE Systems Land (RBSL) to promote equipment care for all major and minor Army units across Defence. The 2020 joint winners of the Equipment cup were 1st Battalion the Royal Welsh Regiment and 4 Armoured Close Support Battalion. LCpl Nicholas Moore (1 R WELSH) and Cfn Harry McCormack (4REME) talk about their experiences. What made you join the Army? LCpl Moore: Growing up in rural Cornwall, there aren’t many career options outside of retail or hospitality and doing that for 6 years showed me that I needed more and so I found myself looking for something to challenge me. I was a bit older and more mature when I finally thought about joining the Forces, because I felt that it would give me a sense of purpose and belonging that you just don’t get in other jobs. Given the large Naval base down there, it would have been easy to join the Navy in the hopes of staying local, but I knew I wanted more than that and the opportunity to break away on my own. The Army appealed to me most because I wanted the discipline, I wanted to be a soldier and the bonus was that I got to learn a trade that I could take through my life. Cfn McCormack: I always wanted to join the Army, I was in construction before I joined and when the last contract I was on finished, I took the opportunity to apply for the Army as I wanted to get a career.

Are you happy you made the right decision? LCpl Moore: I am happy, I could not have had the opportunities to learn everything I have anywhere else. I never thought I could be a mechanic, and when I joined I really just thought I would be a soldier, but learning a trade has been life changing and gives me so many more options in my career that I would never have thought would be open to me. I also relish the fact that I could go anywhere in the world and do a job that I enjoy with people from all walks of life. The fact that I can work towards qualifications that will keep my career evolving for years to come and keep me challenged. There are also the additional avenues open to me, for example, if I wanted to be an instructor or attend an all arms Paras/Commandos course, there are always options to better myself in any way I want. Cfn McCormack: I am happy I joined because I’ve managed to get an NVQ that I probably wouldn’t have got in Civilian Street.

I’ve been able to work on vehicles and equipment that again I would have never had the opportunity if I was not in the Army. I’ve had an interesting career so far and I’m looking forward to what other interesting opportunities life in the REME has to offer.

How does the person you are now differ from the person who first came to the Army and the Corps? LCpl Moore: I definitely have more discipline now, and I have more of an awareness of my own abilities and career. Since being in the Army, my confidence has built up because I have been able to grow into someone I never thought I would be and have had the support from others to push myself in ways that I couldn’t have as a civilian. Before I joined, I didn’t have much ambition or drive and didn’t really know what I wanted to do, but it’s not too cliché to say that I have somewhere that I belong and that gives me more of a sense of purpose. Plus, I actually really enjoy what I do now, which isn’t something I could’ve said about any other job I’ve had! Cfn McCormack: Being in the Army has helped me mature as person. Even as a Craftsman I have had responsibilities and opportunities that have tested me and helped me develop.

4Bn REME and 1 R WELSH LAD jointly won the Equipment Care Cup for 2020. What was it like when you received the news that you had won? LCpl Moore: It was a really proud moment for all of us, and most of all, I think we all felt a sense of appreciation that the hard work we had put in had been recognised. This year has been challenging like no other for everyone, so the fact that we could still come together to deliver for the Corps was a real achievement and showed us all that we were doing something meaningful and that we were making a difference. The 1 R Welsh LAD was once voted the best LAD in the Army (2016/2017) and so winning really felt like we were doing the 1 R Welsh proud by bringing ourselves back up to that high standard, We pride

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ourselves on being the best. Cfn McCormack: I was proud to be a member of an organisation that had won the EC Cup. It was nice to see that our hard work had been recognised.

1 R WELSH LAD described Equipment Care as “an essential component of how they operate job to job”. For 4 Bn REME, Equipment Care is “a crucial component in maintaining capability at all levels”. How did these views lead towards your win? LCpl Moore: It in our DNA, 1 R Welsh believe in their Equipment Care Ethos. To win at Armoured warfare we must have the confidence that our Vehicles, weapons and equipment can be relied on to deliver their function. Developing this confidence requires all personnel within 1 R Welsh to understand and apply the equipment care process for all activities; it must be in our DNA. We have the mindset of prioritising “My Vehicle, my weapon, my kit, my team, myself”, which will maximise equipment availability and develop the capability to win the next fight! Cfn McCormack: Equipment Care is vital for us to be able to do our job, without it our WR 512 would not be ready to deploy. We strive to be ready for any and all incoming tasks, without these views being a part of our daily life we would never achieve readiness.

What were your secrets to success as a group? LCpl Moore: Coming together as a unit and knowing where our skills lie as individuals and as a team is the key to our success. We get to know each other and what our backgrounds, training and experiences are so that we can call on each other for different

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things to deliver whatever needs to be done as quickly and efficiently as possible. Communication is always key for us as well, our Seniors encourage us to learn from each other and always communicate what is going on, when things will be happening and setting us up to succeed. Everyone has a role to play, knows where they stand and where they add value to the team. Cfn McCormack: I don’t think we have any secrets; we just try to work together as a team. This helps us to consistently achieve the same standard

What advice would you give to members of the Corps still adjusting to working in social-distanced conditions? LCpl Moore: I think it is really important to remember that everyone is adjusting and that we are all in the same boat, so if you’re struggling or not sure then speak up. The only way we have got through it all so far is by working together, and it’s the only way to navigate uncertainty. When it all came into effect, we went down to minimal manning so communication was key because there were fewer of you and you were picking up handovers from other small teams, so you had to be able to keep energy levels high throughout what felt like a stop/start working environment. Staying positive and having a sense of comradery and knowing we were all in it together was really how we kept things moving. Cfn McCormack: It was a little odd getting used to working in smaller groups and on my own. But everyone and I understood the reasons why, and we did it to protect each other. My


What do you get out of engineering and life in the REME that you couldn’t get from any other kind of work? LCpl Moore: Working on armoured vehicles is something that just never gets old. Describing that to friends who are civilians is always fun; being able to show them pictures of the vehicles I work on and seeing the looks on their faces is not something anyone else gets when describing their jobs! Life in the REME gives me a sense of pride that I have never had with any other job, I feel a part of something that very few people can say they have been a part of. Engineering is not something I ever thought I would be able to do, I didn’t have the academic background to think it would be something that would be open to me, but now I am doing it, I couldn’t imagine doing anything else. Cfn McCormack: I completed my CRARRV maintainer course last year and then immediately put my skills to use when I deployed to Germany. Life in the REME is the only place that I can have the opportunity to work on equipment like CR2 and CRARRV. The work is interesting, often having to complete our job with limited time and resources. I get a lot of job satisfaction when jobs are completed and the vehicles roll out the door.

If you could sum up your life now how would you do it? LCpl Moore: I would say that my life is not how I thought it would be, but that it is better than I could have imagined. If I was going to give anyone advice, I would tell them not to write things off that they think they can’t do and just go for it! Always think about what options you have available to you and then go for the one you think you’ll enjoy the most, the worst thing to have in life is regrets for the things you haven’t done. Don’t waste time procrastinating when you could be doing something that means more to you and makes you feel good about yourself, and for me that was joining the Army and becoming an engineer in the REME. Cfn McCormack: An interesting job that offers stability, a very good career path and the opportunity to learn new and useful skills.

advice would just be to try to stay flexible and be open to change.

What were your highlights from your time in 4 Bn REME/1 R WELSH LAD? LCpl Moore: Going snowboarding for AT in Austria was a real highlight – where else would that be a part of your job?! Visiting amazing places and having unique experiences are always going to be highlights for me. Representing the Bn at Cross Country was also a highlight, I’ve never had a chance to do anything like that before, so it was really great for me. I’m looking forward to my upcoming deployments to Germany and Estonia as well, I think it will give me so many more experiences that I just wouldn’t get anywhere else. My professional highlight was winning the Young Engineer award 2020. Cfn McCormack: I’ve not yet had the chance to get away on any AT or visit too many interesting places, although I am very much looking forward to the restrictions being lifted so that these opportunities are available again. Even with COVID 19 I have still managed to see a few places like Germany and Castle Martin Ranges, but I am looking forward to going back when there are less restrictions.

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A Year in the Life

36 Engineer Workshop OC LAD - Capt D Murray WO1 (ASM) M Fitzpatrick WO2 (AQMS) I Reason

Section Comp speed march (pic time march)

Foreword Scribe Sgt Willson

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020 has been a long and strange year for the Workshops here at 36 Engineers. Despite the overwhelming storm of Covid-19, the Workshop has managed to accomplish much, not just in terms of production (somehow maintaining the Regimental fleet at above 70% throughout) but also participating in a wide range of other activities. The Workshop paved the way for the Regiment throughout the year by adapting rapidly to new challenges thrown at us with Covid-19, often having the rest of the Regiment emulating our new procedures at keeping the workforce safe. This year has demonstrated that members of the Corps are not only thought of as an attached arm but as an instrumental part of the Unit. We saw this when our ASM (WO1) Fitzpatrick led the parade for the Firmin Sword of Peace, in place of the RSM. We saw this again when Workshops won the COs Technical Challenge. When the Regiment has required a fleet of vehicles for the many Ops and fastball taskings, the Workshops rapidly responded and maintained a high output despite the many restrictions and challenges.

orders, CASEVAC, command tasks, SERE, problem solving, ranges and a minimum of 6 navigation check points. We started the evening with kit inspection checks and anyone missing anything would have a point deducted from the section. The following morning, we set out and our first task was delivering orders which we had to do in the camp. After successful completion of the orders, we had 6 more tasks to complete before 00:00hrs. All tasks were distanced apart on the Longmoor training area. Navigating from one point to the other was very arduous, since the points were around 4 miles apart whilst having to carry a full day sack and a rifle. After 10 hours into the competition, the mental challenge really kicked in, fatigue, muscle cramps begun to slow us down and we had to stop more to rest; almost every 5 minutes. It got to a point where we could barely move because of the amount of muscle cramps. We completed our last task for the day with a command task before navigating to our final resting place for the night. On the 3rd day, we set out at 05:00am hoping to complete a minimum of 6 check points, which was a success. At this point we had already lost one team member due to injury. We headed back to the camp, where we got ourselves ready for the tasks that lay ahead the following day. On the 4th day of the competition, we were flown to Dartmouth, where we completed a march and shoot. My section won the competition and each member of the section received an amazon voucher worth £100. Overall, the competition was physically and mentally demanding and required lots of effort to complete it. Despite the hard nature of it all, it was a fantastic experience.

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AQMS Reason and SSgt Crosbie after trying to catch eggs


Ex RISE OF THE PHOENIX & the COs Technical Challenge Scribe Cfn Unthank For a variety of reasons, 2020 was a challenging year for us at the 36 ENGR Workshops, much the same as the rest of us around the country I’m sure. However, that did not stop us from taking part in some Regimental CO’s competitions. Firstly, several workshop members took part in a full-length marathon around the local area. Running in 4-man teams, each group comprising of a diverse assortment of ranks and trades and proved to be an excellent (if slightly cold and wet) team building experience. In a welcome change of pace, the second CO’s competition had a small team put their engineering skills to the test and assemble a homemade catapult capable of launching eggs as far as possible. This was judged by 8 Brigade Commander Brigadier J E Fossey OBE. Each team also had to design and construct a small bridge, capable of bearing the weight of a bowl of eggs, then a full sandbag. In the end, the REME Workshops team won on the catapult challenge, and were first place overall in this technical challenge. This was a much-needed respite, especially considering the unique challenges that 2020 presented.

Op AGORA, Op TEMPERER & UKSB Scribe Cfn Singh-Loha Over the past year, 36 Engineers has been tasked with supporting 3 different and equally challenging operations, AGORA, TEMPERER, and UKSB. Over the festive period, the workshop worked tirelessly to keep the fleet ready and fully operational for when they were called to provide aid to local authorities. With Covid restrictions in place, this has been far more challenging than we have been used to, but with an efficient team and a can-do attitude we accomplished what was asked of us. Having to start early and working later than usual, we all had to make sacrifices over the

COs’ Tech challenge winning team festive period with our loved ones. We came together, supporting each other to make sure the workshop kept the engines turning at 36 Engineers.

Corps Warrant Officers’ and Sergeants’ Mess Autumn Dinner Night Thursday 4th November 2021 The Harris MM Warrant Officers’ and Sergeants’ Mess The Prince Philip Barracks Lyneham Chippenham SN15 4XX Open to all serving and eligible retired WOs and SNCOs Ticket Price: £25 Book on the REME Connect website from August 2021 https://remeconnect.org/


REME Commandos

I was going to do the Commando Course but… OC: Capt J Pratt. Scribe: LCpl Thompson

Workshop REME Deployed in the field during the ‘fight phase’ on their Cold Weather Warfare Course

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he British Commandos were formed during the Second World War following Winston Churchill’s request for a force to strike back against the Germans in Europe. Initially drawn from within the British Army, soldiers from any rank or cap badge could volunteer for the Special Service Brigade. Volunteers had to demonstrate a high level of fitness, intelligence, and discipline to earn their Green Beret and carry out raids against a fortified, Nazi occupied, Europe. Much has changed since those desperate days, however REME personnel still have the opportunity to serve within 3 Commando Brigade. Those who train to become Commando’s must prove they have the same grit and determination of their forebearers, through the trials and tribulations that would not seem too dissimilar to the veterans of those days gone by. This isn’t a promotional or attendance course - far from it, but it is achievable by those who want it enough. On joining 3 Cdo Bde, you will start training for what lies ahead. Remember all REME personnel started where you are; it seems daunting; a lot to take in. Commando trained or not, you have already shown the mindset to strive to become better by requesting

to be here. To the brotherhood of Commando’s, you’re already starting to show signs of the values and standards we portray every day. The men and women who have passed before you are here to mentor and coach you through. We will give you all the tools you need to get you moving forward, it’s up to you to carve your path to owning the coveted green beret. Before getting to the Commando Training Centre Royal Marines (CTCRM), Lympstone, you should attend a pre-course better known as the Commando Conditioning Course (CCC). This 6-week phase, which is hosted at either 29 Cdo RA or 24 Cdo RE concludes with the Pre-Commando Physical Assessment (PCPA) at CTCRM. The course gives you an introduction to basic soldiering ability to get all who attend to the same level as Royal Marines such as navigation, basic infantry skills, fitness tests, Bottom Field, rope technique, and kit issue/layout. To complete the PCPA you must be able to pass a Bottom Field run through in under 5 minutes, followed by one full 30-ft rope climb using the scissor method, a regain over the water tank, a 200m fireman’s carry in under 90 seconds and finally a 3-mile run. The first mile and a half as a squad, followed by individual best

Training for the hills on Braunton Burrows Training Area

HADR Troop with attached REME personnel deployed to the Caribbean practice Jungle Training with French Forces

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REME Personnel get to grips with the 30 Ft Rope during a Commando Conditioning Course

24 Commando RE Wksp Deployed to Norway as part of the Brigade annual deployment and commitment to the Northern Flank

effort in under 10 minutes 30 seconds in boots. At this stage it is all clean fatigue, as this is build-up training for what is to come. Once you have completed the CCC and PCPA you are invited to begin the AACC, also known as the Individual Skills Phase at CTCRM Lympstone. The initial 5 weeks develops individuals to navigate in greater detail. Such as; night navigation across the harsh terrain of Dartmoor, infantry skills including immaculate kit and self admin and finally the use of different weapon systems found across the Bde. Commando personnel thrive in all environments and this stage is based on the individual working within a team. As an individual you must be at the highest standard - no exceptions. When it comes to Cdo Bde everyone must be at the same high standard. You never know who needs to step up and take the lead. Craftsman to Major, everyone is an equal contributor to the task at hand and these 5 weeks are the most important as you learn the first Commando qualities: courage and determination. PT sessions and speed marches are conducted throughout this phase by PTI’s from the Royal Marines and Army. Most are on the renowned Bottom Field Assault Course and increase with intensity as the weeks go on. You learn the many techniques and build stamina in order to attempt the Bottom Field Pass Out Assessment, which includes all the PCPA assessments however now with 21lb of kit plus rifle. After completing the BAPTIST RUN, the test Ex on the individual skills phase, the training moves onto troop level skills and tactics. Starting with basic section attacks, then moving to troop attacks in rural environments and urban environments. Training is given by utilising landing craft and cliff assault techniques in a multitude of

challenging scenarios. This stage sees the students start to merge as a troop. All backgrounds, all nations, all cap badges, all ranks. You could be leading the attack as a Cpl, issuing a set of Orders to Officers from foreign militaries, being point man on a recce patrol or simply manning the GPMG on sentry. This stage is all about how the team gels together. This is the stage to show another Commando Spirit: Unselfishness. Working as a team you are tested in harsh conditions where you will be required not only to look after yourself, but your teammate and Troop. The Commandos are a brotherhood. You need to show that you would do anything for your team-mate, and they will do the same for you. The next key assessment is a 6-mile speed march to earn the cap comforter. This is an elite moment in your Commando course as this signifies the start of the famous Commando test phase. This test is a 6-mile speed march in 60 minutes carrying 21lb and rifle. After completing this test, the cap comforter is presented to you. You stand with the men and woman who have passed with you and prove you are fit to fight straight after. This is one of the milestones you remember as one of the key achievements during your journey on the All-Arms Commando Course. Now the commando phase really begins. Broken, tired and with zinc-oxide marks around ankles and knees - this is where it counts. Running on fumes, crawling to the finish, all that is left is the Final Ex and the famous Commando Tests. The Final exercise brings together everything taught throughout the course; long yomps into recce’s, and attacks. This is seemingly straightforward CT 1 level stuff, right? Far from it. Most of the Final Ex’s you have Merlin helicopters and landing craft at your disposal.

A detachment from the Wksp deploying forward to support operations as part of Winter Deployment in Norway

Keeping skills sharp on the Ranges

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Vertical assaults are used to complete the mission and even CQB on ships can make an appearance. These are all examples of what can take place in this Final Ex. All you have learnt over the 16 weeks is put into play and tested. Your skills and drills are tested, running point man as you’re clearing ships of enemy to then plan your final attack on a fort in Plymouth. All this is at your disposal, showing what the Commandos are all about. Small task forces are deployed to sabotage the enemy; while half of you are jumping onto a landing craft to assault the beach the others are jumping onto a Merlin to fast rope on top of the fort to attack from both sides. These are skills and drills the mainstream Army cannot offer you. Once the Final Ex is complete, adrenaline is running high as you prepare for the final four Commando Tests. The endurance course, 9-mile speed march, Tarzan assault course and the infamous ‘30 miler’ (30-mile navigated march across Dartmoor to be completed in 8 hours carrying 55lbs) are all that’s standing in your way to get the coveted Green Beret. Being presented by RFA Mounts Bay docks at Charlston Docks in the United the Bde Comd and welcomed into the Commando States for a REGEN of vehicles for HADR Troop brotherhood is a feeling like no other. After completing all the Commando tests the standard does not well-disciplined and resilient individual just to get to the start line. stop there. REME Commandos are used all through Bde, providing But it is all achievable, remember we are here to help coach and first and second line support to the Royal Marines wherever they go. mentor you through. Your Troop look after you as you look after We meet the same value and standards to get the job done and them - and help and guidance is always at hand. Be that from an deploying across all environments each year. Dense jungle in Belize, Officer, experienced SNCO or a young Craftsman, Sapper or Gunner. the deserts of the Middle East to the arctic environment in Norway. You are all in it together. We seek to find each other’s strengths and weaknesses to get the The skills you learn are like no other. Taught by a highly best out of each other. To push harder and pick each other up when professional training team made up of Royal Marines, SFSG we fall. This journey is not easy. Together, we help and support each personnel, even SBS Operators. This isn’t just a physical course, far other to succeed and grow as a body of men. from it. You are taught mental resilience and Skills that last a lifetime. The All-Arms Commando Course is not for everyone. It takes a Have you got what it takes? United We Conquer.

    





              

SUPPORTING SOLDIERS MENTAL HEALTH THROUGH PHYSICAL ACTIVITY @LIFTINGTHEDECKSCHALLENGE

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Challenge

The ‘Lifting the Decks’ Challenge

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he next Corps wide virtual event that Regimental Headquarters have planned is Octobers ‘Lifting the Decks Challenge’ which is linked to our Mental Health Plan. A big focus of the plan is to promote the importance of partaking in regular activity known to be conducive to increasing self-esteem, reducing stress and lowering anxiety. Physical training is just one aspect of this, well known for playing an important role in the Army’s fight against poor MH. We’ve also fired in a reading challenge, as research confirms that picking up a book can reduce stress and improve mental wellbeing. Unsurprisingly, increased alcohol consumption works the other way and can exacerbate feelings of depression and anxiety, making stress tougher to deal with. All these factors have informed the events that make up October’s challenge. It’s cheeky, but you’ll see there is something for everyone. The ‘Lifting the Decks Challenge’ represents another important opportunity for us to raise awareness of our community mental health plan. It is free to enter, will comprise of seven individual challenges and is open to all serving and former members of our Corps. Any Officer or Soldier who enters will have to achieve four out of seven tasks listed below to be awarded a completely free – and great quality - ‘Lifting the Decks Challenge’ T Shirt (pictured below). REME veterans can purchase at cost price. The seven tasks include: 1. Running 100 km 2. Cycling or spinning 250 km 3. Tabbing 50 km 4. Reading at least one book 5. Lifting 40,000 kg 6. Swimming 1250 m 7. Taking zero alcohol on board for the whole month. We believe that the variety of challenges – based around activity we know to be conducive to positive Mental Health – will allow for broad participation. It’s shaping up to be another great Esprit de Corps event and a real opportunity to get out and enjoy yourself with friends, family or colleagues. Why not challenge yourself and your mates and help us increase visibility of ‘Lifting the Decks’. Anyone who has read the Craftsman Magazine over the last few months will be aware of the underpinning reason for creating ‘Lifting the Decks’. It’s a Plan and a set of tools designed to support OP SMART, REME Commanders and Welfare Depts. Please remember that, ‘If OPSMART is the science, ‘Lifting the Decks’ is the art that applies

it to our tribe and culture’. It’s a community initiative with information and products designed to be easily accessible on RHQ’s Share-point. The page, information and products are being moved across to REME Connect iteratively during September. As an RHQ, we want to lead on breaking the stigma of poor MH across our Corp but ‘Lifting the Decks’ also wants to get after some of the causal factors. The REME Charity has recently offset regional and Department of Community Mental Health (DCMH) delays to get some of our most vulnerable soldiers in front of MH professionals and counselling - something we have been reticent to advocate in the past. I have also seen the power in providing respite breaks. The stressors of bereavement, divorce, separation, debt and their relationship with poor MH has meant that life has been hard for some of our people. These respite breaks might just be the difference in being able to carry on and cope for some. I thank those Welfare Officers and OC’s who pushed me to support. If you have someone in your Battalion, Workshop or LAD who could do with one – engage with me. There will be more to follow over the coming months as we continue to work hand in hand with the REME Charity to support our people. In the meantime, get yourself registered and get your team involved. Thanks for everything you are doing and keep looking after each other. Arte et Marte. QR Code to register WO1 (Corps ASM) Dan McNeill

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REME Alpine are looking for skiers What we’re looking for in our squad members: - Physical fitness - Willingness to work and learn - Commitment

Experienced and developing skiers wanted If you are interested in being selected for the REME Alpine squad then please get in touch with your Bn sports reps or email Capt K Burgess at christopher.burgess107@mod.gov.uk


Sport

REME Clay Target Shooting

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here has been amazing recent success for the Corps Clay Target shooters competing at all levels and across the various disciplines. One particular success is WO2 (AQMS) Mark Robinson being selected to shoot for England in his chosen discipline; which is Olympic Trap. He has been consistently placed in the top ten in the UK over the last two years, with constant dedication to attend shoots around the UK. He has also been awarded an Army Elite Sport Scholarship. An incredible achievement. The following REME Shooters have also been awarded Army Elite Sport Scholarships: Cfn Alexander Horton 32 Engr Regt LAD SSgt Michael Tyler 28 Engr Regt LAD More good news from clay shooting; the Army Clay Target team won the Inter-Services an Emergency Services competition hosted by the prison service and shot at Doveridge in Derbyshire on 21 Jul 21. The team was made up of 23 shooter, 7 of which were REME. Only the top 10 scores from each service go forward for the competition; of the Army’s top 10, 5 were REME!! They were as follows: Maj Dave Middleton: of DES (Apache PT) WO2 Pete Meager: DCTT Sgt Ben Hunt: 30 Sig Regt LAD LCpl Chris Milner: 7 Regt RLC LAD Cfn Alex Horton: 32 Engr Regt LAD

Bodybuilding: Pure Elite Competition

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Amazing body transformation

fn Kilby joined 103Bn REME 24 months ago and was keen on competing in an Amateur Bodybuilding competition alongside developing her Military Fitness through joining 103BN REME. Cfn Kilby trained 6 days a week at 6am and 7pm for a 12 month period, whilst also maintaining her VM role Cfn Kilby, 3rd place within the Military (REME in the body Reserve) and the Civilian transformation sector as well as being a category mother of 2 children. Training throughout lockdown with tabbing, kettlebells and at home, with intermittent periods in the gym when open, on the 4 July 2021 Cfn Kilby entered an amateur body building competition in Manchester in the body transformation category and took 3rd place – An amazing achievement. Cfn Kilby now wants to complete the Army Reserve PTI Course at the Army School of Physical Training and enter more bodybuilding competitions. Well done Cfn Kilby

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From the Museum

Honouring the Service of a Mystery World War II Craftsman Scribe: Celia Cassingham, Museum Archivist, with Michael Brown, Canada

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he REME Museum Archives deals with many research requests from all over the world about a broad range of subjects, from the technical to the personal. We thought it would be worth sharing with you the story of a research request that goes right around the world with REME: North Africa, Italy, Germany, and Canada, from the Second World War to today. Last September Michael Brown from Ontario, Canada, contacted us seeking help with a project. He purchased a street sign from Bremen, Germany which had a photograph and a small written description attached to the back of the sign. The description was by a British Army soldier describing the advance into Bremen in 1945, and almost getting shot. When Michael removed the picture, and note, he saw that it had been written on the back of what looked like a medical chit (which it is – Army Short Medical Form AFW 3084). This is a detachable form that

Front of the street sign

Back of the street sign

Street sign showing photograph and note

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formed part of the service and pay book. Legible details include army number, name and REME. There is also a date in the narrative with the photograph which places the soldier in Bremen, Germany. Michael wanted to know if we would have any information about this serviceman so that he could properly preserve this piece of personal military history. As a veteran himself, this is very important to him. Michael wanted to add the serviceman’s name, rank, army number and unit to a brass plaque and to mount the items in a frame to preserve and protect them.  Our first port of call for requests of this nature is to check our series of original paper tracer cards. These index cards (formerly known as location cards) were kept by the REME Records Office at the time to monitor the movements and postings of troops (other ranks) during the Second World War. The army number is pretty clear, and to me, the name and rank looked like Cfn CF Spice. I, therefore, checked the cards and, to my delight, there he was: 14311150 Cfn CF Spice.  But what did CF stand for? We also have in our archives the REME Second World War Register of Soldiers (Army Book 358, volumes dealing with details of transfer to another corps or cause of becoming non-effective, such as discharge.) Whereas the tracer cards only record the initials of the individuals, the register records the full names. We are therefore able to confirm the names of individuals by crossreferencing the cards with the registers. This meant that I could establish that CF are the initials for Cyril Frank.  The tracer card tells us that he started with REME on 25/11/1942 and after a period of training and postings at home, and on draft in a mobilisation and holding centre, he embarked for North Africa on 15 July 1943. He saw service in


be that he was sent there from Italy and before disembarking in the UK. (According to the REME War Report: 21 Army Group, 30 Corps had captured Bremen by 28 April). It is clear that 5 Army Troops Workshop was in Bologna in April 1945, so it could be that Cyril had been posted on and did not remain with the unit. Cyril re-embarked from the UK after leave (ex-LIAP 29/12/1945). He was struck-off-strength Central Mediterranean Force and taken-onstrength Middle East Force 24/6/1946. He arrived back in the UK on 28/11/1946, was posted to 3 Central Workshop on 31/12/1946 and was finally released to the reserves on 27/5/1947.  Although we have managed to solve the mystery of the identity of Craftsman Spice, we still have some questions that require answering. Was Cyril actually in Bremen? If so, how and why was he sent there? If Cyril was not there, how did his medical form end up on the back of the sign? Could it be that somehow, someone else got hold of the form and pasted it onto the back of the sign? Further research into the personal service record and unit war diary may help to solve the mystery of Bremen.  We would love to know if anyone today knows of or has any connection with Craftsman Spice. This may help us to answer the questions we still have and connect with Michael in Canada, who would love to have a photograph of him. If there are any family, friends or relatives of Craftsman Spice or former colleagues, we would love to hear from you. Please contact the Museum Archivist at archives@rememuseum.org.uk .

Army Form AFW 3084 North Africa and Italy with 51, 80 and 88 Heavy Anti-Aircraft Regiment Workshop Sections between 28 October 1943 and 11 November 1943. It would appear that he remained with 88 HAA Regt Wksp Sect, until its disbandment in 1944, after which he was put on the X – IV List, (lists which administratively managed personnel who had been struckoff-strength as ineffective for reasons including illness, injury, release leave, overseas postings, training courses, re-inforcing other units) and temporarily attached to 5 Army Troops Workshop Central Mediterranean Force on 1/1/1945. The Unit Record Card (in our archives) of the latter states that personnel from 88 HAA which had disbanded, were posted into 5 Army Troops Workshop on 9/1/1945. The unit, which moved to Bologna (previously Prato) on 27 April 1945, was engaged as the British Element with the 5th (US) Army. The REME War Report for the North Africa / Italy Campaigns in our archives, includes a layout diagram showing the organisation of REME support for the British 10 Corps, under command of the 5th (US Army), including the British Increment to the American 5th Army HQ. The next entry tells us that he disembarked UK No 1 LIHP Holding Centre 27/11/1945. (Codes for category of leave related to PYTHON, which was a code for the end of an overseas tour). His movements between January and November 1945 are unclear. The implication is that he stayed with 5 Army Troops Workshop (which was disbanded in November 1945). There is no record on the card of his being in Germany (Bremen), but if he was there in April 1945, it may

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The Screwjack Letters – No. 21 Island Hopping

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he undeclared war with Indonesia now continued with Indonesian infiltrations in Borneo and Sarawak. Captain Stan Yates and some of our Gurkha drivers were detached to join the British forces there. In Kluang we were occasionally confined to the town area, but I believe there was no further problem on mainland Malaya. Malaya had achieved independence in 1957 and we were there by invitation. In 1965 The GASC became The Gurkha Transport Regiment (GTR), so we were no longer “The Gas Company”, being now 34 Company GTR Workshop REME. I decided to go on the raft to explore some of the small islands in the sea off Mersing. These islands were less than 2 miles off the mainland shore. My three volunteers could wear what they liked now. I borrowed a more powerful outboard Johnson engine from the Gurkha Engineers and we loaded the raft again, complete with the Bedford canopy roof. This was to provide shade in addition to shelter from rain. The first island was dense with trees full of monkeys. The monkeys got very excited by our arrival. They probably didn’t get out much. I decided to leave Monkey Island to the monkeys and go on to another island. The shores there were lined with coconut palms, and all seemed quiet, so we moored the raft and went ashore to explore. I was delighted to find a large cool cave in which to shelter for the night. After some swimming we made tea and our evening meal. At nightfall we moved into the cave. In the darkness we soon realised that we were not the only occupants. Bats began to arrive and cling to the roof above us. More and more arrived and for obvious reasons it was better to set up our camp beds on the sand near the raft. After breakfast next morning we went back to Kluang. I was so pleased with the performance of the raft with the Johnson outboard that I decided to see how fast it would go in racing trim. On another weekend with another three volunteers we went to the Western coast village of Batu Pahat. With just a driver aboard, our speed trials began. The raft was able to go fast but above a certain speed the bows rose ever higher above the water so the driver had to slow down. The driver had to stay at the rear with the outboard control lever. I could have put one or

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two men at the front, but a more elegant and efficient solution would have been to mount the outboard engine just a bit further forward, and rig the controls to enable the driver to sit near the front. That would have to wait for another time. Back in Kluang our OC Major Wilson said that my raft expeditions only made him “sick with worry,” but I had now decided to postpone any further development of oil drum racing until a future posting. I now had to study two books on industrial administration for the IMechE exams, which I took in Singapore. There was one question that went something like this: “Outline your policy for replacements of high overhead lights in a largearea workspace”. A smart answer or formula for this may exist. If so, I was unaware of it but I attempted a common-sense answer. Anyway, I passed the exams. The Army authorities notified Captains in our area that Captain-to -Major practical promotion exams would soon be held. We were invited to attend a number of paper exercises in Singapore. I did not attend any of them. I went to the 1st/7th Gurkha Rifles officers’ mess one evening and asked how they operate in War. After some thought, two of them came up with “Cordon and Search”. Simple, but OK for the jungle. Then we were told that the practical promotion exam would be based on NW Europe terrain and the Army publication, “The Infantry Battalion in Battle”. So, no cordoning or searching. I read the book several times and with 24 other assorted Captains I turned up for the exam on some open ground. At Sandhurst we had done similar stuff as if we were Divisional Commanders. This was simpler, we were just Battalion Commanders. At the end of a demanding day, the presiding officer read out our marks. Of the 25 candidates I had the highest mark! The president congratulated me in front of the others, saying it was remarkable that a REME officer had excelled in an infantry test. I should have asked him to write that to Major Wilson. I needed a few brownie points there.


Obituaries Former Warrant Officer Class 1 (Artificer Sergeant Major) James John Coogan Scribes: Dave Cooper and Phil Dyson-Hurrell It is with regret that we inform the Corps of the death of John Coogan, who died suddenly in his sleep at home on 6th June 2021 following a heart attack, aged 66. After watching his younger brother Aidan’s passing out parade with the Parachute Regiment, John was so inspired that he joined the Army himself at St Albans on 2nd February 1976 at the age of 21. He’d originally gone with the intention of following Aidan into the Paras but, fortunately for us, the Recruiting Sergeant saw his test results and persuaded him to join REME. On passing out from basic training as Champion Recruit, John then moved to SEME and trained as an Armourer; on completion of which he was posted to his first unit (1 CHESHIRE) in Minden in February 1977. L a t e r, w h i l s t s e r v i n g w i t h 14/20H LAD in Münster he successfully completed Artificer Selection and attended 81 Artificer Weapons course from April 1983 to September 1984. On completion of his Artificer course, he was posted to 29 CDO Regt LAD at the age of 29. Following two unsuccessful attempts (through injury) at the All-Arms Commando course John felt that it was inappropriate for him to remain there without passing the course, so he asked for a posting. It was then he met, and fell in love with, his future wife Marianne; which was the catalyst for him to have another shot at the Commando course so that he could stay in Plymouth – and this time he was successful. So, having earned his coveted green beret, he went to withdraw his posting request – only to be told by the OC that it was too late and he was being posted to 15 Fd Wksp in Catterick. (To say he was miffed was an understatement!) He left 15 Fd Wksp on posting to 1RS LAD in Werl as AQMS and then spent a year in Berlin at 14 Fd Wksp. He was promoted to ASM in 1991 and served with 39 Regt Wksp, HQ Northern Ireland and finally, Army Technical Support Agency in Chertsey, which is where he finished his 22 years’ military service. John epitomised the Corps ethos of soldier first and during his time in uniform saw service in the UK, West Germany, Berlin, Canada, Belize, Cyprus, Northern Ireland and Norway. On leaving the Army, John, Marianne and their daughters Claire, Katie and Lauren settled into their new home in Camberley and John used his logical brain, common-sense, practical ability, drive and determination and large reservoir of technical experience in his second career, working as a civilian technical officer at HQ SEDIST (which later became HQ Regional Command) in Aldershot. He finally retired in January 2021, having given 45 years’ service to REME, both in uniform and as a civilian Staff Officer. John was a keen military historian, which he put to good use (along with his hobby of photography) during the annual reunion of the now-lifelong friends he made at 15 Fd Wksp, leading his own battlefield tours of places such as Arnhem, Ypres, Bastogne, Amsterdam, Normandy, Monte Cassino and various German locations such as Berlin, Düsseldorf, Mönchengladbach, Lemgo, Hamburg and Munich – wherever we went, John had carried out research into the area’s battles and it was a pleasure listening to his briefings (with all his notes in the [by now familiar] EMER binder that always accompanied him). John’s farewell parade was held at Aldershot Crematorium and

sincere thanks go to Maj Neil Allcock for making all of the arrangements. Sadly, due to Covid-19 the numbers attending were significantly reduced. He was carried in by past and current serving members of HQ Regional Command spanning the ranks of Sgt to Lt Col! – a truly fitting and emotional gesture by those who considered him both their comrade in arms as well as friend. Organised by the Corps Welfare Office the Corps was further represented by the REME Association Standard Bearer from Bordon and a trumpeter from the RAMC whose playing of the Last Post and Reveille were absolutely impeccable. Following the service, his wake was held (appropriately) at The Army Golf Club, which John had joined on leaving military service and of which he was appointed Captain in 2012. He was truly an exemplary, decent man whose zeal for life, knowledge, experience, dry sense of humour and moral fortitude will be greatly missed by all who knew him and we offer our sincere condolences to John’s family and friends. Rest In Peace John. Arte Et Marte.

Former Sergeant Malcolm ‘Tigger’ Craig Scribes: Maj Alex Thomson and Mrs Glenis Fairclough (sister) It is with great sadness that I must inform you of the passing of 24903088 Sergeant Malcolm ‘ T i g ge r ’ C r a i g. T i g ge r f e l t unwell whilst at work on 30 Dec 20 and was laughing and joking with his workmates before suddenly collapsing as paramedics arrived and could not be revived. He was 60 years old. Tigger was born close to midnight on 21 Aug 60 at 85 Clupstone Street, Bradford. He was closely followed 15 mins later by his twin sister on 22 Aug and was the third of four children of Ronnie and Kath Craig. Tigger attended Crag Road junior school then Salts Grammar school in Shipley. In his early life he wasn’t allowed to have a bike so he and his 2 brothers built their own, eventually building his own scooter. With this early aptitude for engineering established, his first career was as a Mechanic at Ross Field garage repairing Robin Reliants. During this period, he married Tracy and had three children; two boys and a girl. He divorced Tracy and married Linda who followed him into his early career in the military in Dortmund, Germany. He then divorced Linda and married Caroline with whom who he had four children; Rebecca, Kieran, Aiden and Kimberly. Aiden has followed his dad into REME and is currently serving. After completing his service, Tigger did a few jobs including Ocado delivery and Abattoir Engineer before finally settling as an engineer at Morrison’s.

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Tigger kept busy with his children and his beloved granddaughter Ellie and was very active in the local community as a Freemason and avid scooter club enthusiast. A well-known and well-liked character in the Radar world and across the Corps, Tigger joined REME in 1988, training as a Radar Tech and serving predominantly in various Royal Artillery units both in UK and Germany before completing his full 24 year career at 5 Regt RA in Catterick in 2012. Tigger was a comparatively late joiner and, as such, could often be found delivering wise guidance and advice to the younger soldiers, including myself. This sagely image was reinforced by the pipe often found hanging from the side of his mouth and faint aroma of strawberry and crème tobacco wafting in the air. Tigger was an extremely practical and adept all round Engineer and skilled Artisan who could turn his hand to almost anything. Although an adept REME Technician, Tigger was also a skilled Mechanic and there are many tales of VM FRTs turning up to jobs to find Tigger had got there first; having repaired both tech and mech faults. He was an avid DIY enthusiast, starting many projects but finishing few before his interest moved to the next venture. Although the exact origins may be lost in time, this is perhaps where he got his nickname ‘Tigger’ as he was always bouncing around on some endeavour or another. Tigger had a full and rewarding life; travelled the world, married three times, seven children, a granddaughter, a career before and after REME, but he had much more to give, having passed at a relatively young age. A committed and devoted family man and proud Yorkshireman, Tigger leaves behind many friends and family through whom he will live on. Tigger – ‘Life is not about how fast you run or how high you climb but how well you bounce’

fresh rations. The VIP lunch, which Brian had to serve, consisted of compo biscuits with processed cheese. The Brigadier promised to rectify the ration shortage and sure enough a few days later a helicopter hovered over their location and the ‘fresh’ rations were pushed out of the door – 3 large tins of peas processed! After contracting malaria Brian sailed home on a liner with a steward to make his bed but not before he had taken part in a 21 gun salute on Penang Island to celebrate the Queen’s Coronation. Brian and his wife Ivy, bought a smallholding which they Brian Aplin worked for the rest of their lives. He bred and trained a number of horses which he raced with pride, albeit without great success. Brian was tough. At the age of 76 he fell through the roof of his barn shattering his pelvis, although he was saved from worse injuries by the dung heap. However, to maintain standards he insisted on changing in to clean trousers before the paramedics arrived –they then cut them off! Well in to his 80’s he would drive in fence posts by hand and spent a couple of hours in a flooded freezing ditch keeping a sheep’s head above water. Brian Aplin was a real countryman who was proud of his time in REME. The family smallholding lives on, managed by his daughter Melanie.

Former Craftsman Rowland Wheeler Marshall – 22903705 My father Rowland Wheeler Marshall (Ronnie) sadly passed away on the 23.07.2021 after a relatively short illness. Dad was born on the 22.04.1935 in Govan and had the typical hard upbringing of a war child, with the added hardship of his parents marriage breakdown and going from foster home to foster home. This made my father painfully honest but very family orientated, with family coming before everything but always willing to help a person in need.

Brian Aplin Brian Aplin, who died last year, was born in Beer, Devon in 1930. Having trained as an Electrician, he completed his National Service as a Gun Fitter in REME. One Saturday night he was on guard at Poperinghe when an impressive Rolls Royce drew up at the barrier. Assuming this to be a very senior officer he turned out the guard and approached the car. He saluted and the window went down to reveal only a fellow Craftsman who said; ‘’ere look what I’ve just borrowed from Reading!’’ Brian was posted to Korea with the 25th Artillery Regiment, travelling out on a dirty converted cargo boat which had to be regularly fumigated to kill the bed bugs. The Regiment was diverted to Hong Kong to deter a Chinese invasion and thence to a remote jungle location in Malaya. It was here that he was ordered to clear a hang fire, without being allowed to wait the approved amount of time for the gun to cool. The round exploded as he opened the breech and seriously damaged Brian’s hearing for the rest of his life. The battery was visited by Brig Carver who was shocked to find they had no

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His interest in engineering and horsepower started at an early age with the mucking out of the local Clydesdale cart horses. When he was about 15 he met one of the founder members of REME from the war and his interest was awakened. In 1953 he was called up for National Service but had to go to the RAOC, even after requesting to go to the REME. The RAOC was not for Dad, even when the OC offered him his own Bren carrier, when Dad dangled the carrot of signing on as a regular. So Dad got his way, signed on as a regular in REME and was eventually posted to Imphal Barracks in Osnabruck with the Carabiniers and tanks, he loved it! As life is, I was posted to Mercer Barracks (same camp) and 1BN REME some 30 odd years later. Dad’s time in the army was short but sweet (53-56), but he was always proud of his REME service and would wear his Corps tie at every occasion and encourage the young guys to join the REME and get a trade. Dad will be sorely missed, leaving behind his loving wife Isobel, three sons, grandchildren and great-grandchildren but never forgotten!

Major (Ret’d) Doug Clarke (1964-2021) Enlisted 1964. Retired 2021. It is with great sadness that I report the sad passing of Major Doug Clarke on 3 June 2021 following a stoic battle against cancer. Doug enlisted into the Army on 27 August 1964 and joined the Army Apprentice School in Carlisle as a potential vehicle Mechanic. Following his military training he transferred to the REME on 1 January 1966 and completed his Vehicle Mechanic training, successfully passing out of Carlisle on 17 September 1967. From that year until 29 April 1984, Doug completed tours in the UK, Germany, Canada, SHAPE and Hong Kong and attained the rank of Warrant Officer Class 2. At the age of 36, on the 30 April 1984, Doug was Commissioned into the Corps as a 2nd Lieutenant and was posted to Colchester. After a short tour in Colchester Doug was posted as OC LAD to 21 Signal Regiment in Wildenrath. Subsequent postings took Doug to 49 Bde HQ in Nottingham, 118 Recovery Coy in Northampton, the School of Equipment Support, Arborfield and Maint Branch in JHQ, Rheindahlen as the SO2 ES. On completion of this tour, Doug became a Retired Officer and took over Command of 3 Garrison Wksp in Bielefeld where he served until retirement in 2012. Doug was a gentleman in the true sense of the word. Kind, considerate, helpful, and generous with his support, knowledge, and experience, gained during a long and distinguished career. He was great fun with boundless energy, especially in the company of his grandchildren whom he adored. Whether it be Hashing, playing golf, on the ski slopes or just working together, Doug had a tremendous sense of humour; he enjoyed life to the full and shared that enjoyment whenever in his company. Without doubt, Doug was highly respected throughout the Cor ps and someone you looked up to and someone you aspired to be like. Following his retirement, Doug and his wife Pippa moved to Cyprus where they lived for several years, making many new friends, and continuing their love and enjoyment of life together. Grand children on the scene, Pippa and Doug moved back to the UK to share their lives firsthand and to be closer to their remaining family. He will be sadly missed by all his friends and family. Rest in Peace my true friend, “On On.” Doug Clarke

Death Notices Stuart-Smith – Retired Brigadier Vernon Stuart Stuart-Smith passed away peacefully in his sleep at home on Friday 6th August 2021, aged 95.

Death Notice Requirements In order to publish a death notice we require the following information: Surname, first name, rank, full date of death, ages and dates of service. An obituary with additional career and life information is welcome. To inform us of the death, please contact Ms Bev Bate, Corps Welfare Manager on ( 01249 894523 or  benevolence@reme-rhq.org.uk

The REME Charity The Trustees of The REME Charity acknowledge with sincere thanks the donations received during the month of JULY 2021. They also wish to acknowledge the regular subscriptions received from the Officers and Soldiers of the Corps and retired members of the REME Institution:

Donations 30/06/2021 Via Stripe . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .£898.18 06/07/2021 The Baynham family in memory of Bill Baynham . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .£200.00 07/07/2021 100 miles tab of the South Downs . . . . . . . . . . .£30.00 07/07/2021 29 Commando Workshops Ultra Runners . . .£322.72 15/07/2021 In memory of SSgt HJC Hill . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .£306.00 15/07/2021 In memory of Roy Jones . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .£10.00 15/07/2021 The Thrift Shop, Mount Pleasant Complex, Falklands . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .£500.00 12/07/2021 Sam Melvin . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .£7.50 12/07/2021 John MacKenzie . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .£5.00 12/07/2021 Nik Brock . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .£5.24 12/07/2021 Kevan Jones . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .£250.00 12/07/2021 James McLay Annual Family Rememberance £25.00 21/07/2021 John and Rosemary Edwards – Lockdown II Cribbage Tournament (194 games 96/98) . . . .£50.00 Date sent to Craftsman . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .30/07/2021 Total Donations (July) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .£2,609.64 Total £’s paid in Grants (July) . . . . . . . . . . . . .£14,780.04 No. Grants (July) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .22 Average Grant (July) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .£671.82

If you would like to see how your money is spent, we welcome one or two observers at The REME Charity meetings. The meetings are held midweek, approximately every three weeks. If you would like to observe a meeting, please contact The REME Charity Secretary on ( Mil: 95481 4527 or Civ: 01249 894527 in the first instance. The REME Charity is here for both veterans and serving personnel in times of hardship or need. Contact via SSAFA ( 0800 731 4880 www.ssafa.org.uk or The Royal British Legion ( 0808 802 8080  www.britishlegion.org.uk or your Unit Welfare if serving. All enquiries and information is dealt with in the strictest confidence. If you wish to discuss any benevolence need you can contact us on ( 01249 894523.

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Op COURAGE Scribe: David Powell

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ol Andy Rogers ADC in June’s edition of The Craftsman highlighted the sad reality that more REME personnel had died by their own hand over the past year than we had lost in 14 years of conflict in Afghanistan. WO1 (CASM) Daniel McNeill then highlighted the excellent initiative within OPSMART, and how it is our responsibility as individuals to work together as a team in order to tackle this emotive issue. I am the Regional Lead for the NHS Transition Intervention and Liaison Service (TILS) in East Anglia. TILS is a core part of OP COURAGE which provides, through the NHS, ongoing mental health support for our veterans community and their families. TILS has been in operation since April 2017 and we have seen over 14500 individuals who have needed mental health support either as veterans or as personnel in transition through DCMH. The service offers a full mental health assessment, usually

within your own home and will provide you with ongoing therapy and support. We are in partnership with Walking with the Wounded in East Anglia and the Midlands to provide counselling and therapy to enable you to recover from your difficulties. 1 in 4 of us will suffer from a mental health difficulty. As an ex REME Craftsman I am acutely aware of the importance of the team in ensuring we meet our goals and objectives. This is acutely true once we leave the Corps. Within East Anglia we have a full team of Counsellors, Mental Health Nurses and Occupational therapy, plus an employment advisor to support you. We operate a 24 hour support line and are also available to see individuals during weekends. You can self-refer to a single point of access and we will see you within ten days of your referral. We do not operate a waiting list. The team are accredited as Veterans Aware and are as designated military and Veterans team, with the ability to fully understand the culture and language that we use as military personnel. For many the first step is the hardest and we are here to ensure that you are supported not only in your transition to civvy-street but beyond. As part of the NHS we ensure the Military Covenant is applied and individuals are treated as a priority for service attributable conditions. During my military service, I saw at first hand the difficulties associated with service life. One of my enduring memories was being a young Craftsman attached to the Welsh Guards post the Falklands campaign. My passion for military mental health started there and led me to become a Mental Health Nurse after leaving the service. For the past 12 years I have worked within the NHS as a Clinical Nurse Specialist in Military and Veterans, and now leading a service. When I assess individuals it is always about team work, we work in partnership, we support each other. Please reach out, please get in touch. As CASM McNeill stated “Let’s get after this now as a team”.

Extracts from the London Gazette 13 July 2021 REGULAR ARMY The following have been awarded the 2nd Clasp to the Long Service and Good Conduct Medal (Military) MAJ, R. W. GISBY, REME, 24725050 LT COL, G. INNES, REME, 561257 MAJ, T. A. McCLUSKEY, REME, 24678952 LT COL, J. M. MURLEY, MBE, REME, 24725022 LT COL, R. K. NAIVALURUA, REME, 559463 LT COL, A. D. SHELLARD, REME, 24725017 The following have been awarded the 1st Clasp to the Long Service and Good Conduct Medal (Military) WO1, G. M. AIRD, REME, 25050919 LT COL, L. G. FOSTER, REME, 553276 CAPT, W. SHAW, REME, 25039207 The following have incorrectly been entered on April Gazette list as rescinding their 1st Clasp to the Long Service and Good Conduct Medal These entries are for the award of the 1st Clasp to the Long Service and Good Conduct Medal WO2, C. P. DODDS, REME, 25049770 SSGT, A. J. MACPHERSON, REME, 25050812 The following have been awarded the Long Service and Good Conduct Medal (Military) CPL, D. J. CUSTY, REME, 25222244 SSGT, C. R. FLETCHER, REME, 25159158 SSGT, A. J. HUNTER, REME, 25217541 MAJ, I. C. RAE, REME, 25166179 CPL, G. SHELDON, REME, 25217718 MAJ, J. D. STOKES, REME, 25221737 46 craftsmaneditor@reme-rhq.org.uk

The following have been awarded the Volunteer Reserves Service Medal CPL, R. D. HANCOCK, REME, 30148841

03 AUGUST 2021 PROMOTIONS The undermentioned Captains to be Majors 31 July 2021 with seniority 31 July 2021 N. G. E. AITKEN 30134864 Y. ANGBO 30077366 J. D. AUBREY 30088935 O. J. CARTWRIGHT 30088944 R. G. CIESIELCZUK 30088938 S. J. CLENCH 25230352 C. J. CORNES 30088947 C. B. COWARD 30028250 A. R. DEACON 30145756 J. S. HUNJAN 30014017 J. A. KENNY 30076268 J. S. LAWSON 30055851 S. P. MALONEY 30089172 A. D. MUIRHEAD 25200062 M. D. B. PEAK 30152146 M. B. ROBERTS 30036628 A. T. STARR 30157472 P. R. WOOSTER 30086472 A. L. ALLEN 24848497 P. I. BELL 25043819 G. E. CASWELL-TREEN W1033393 C. G. J. COMBER 24781284 A. G. DESROCHES 24781172 C. J. HANKS 25022298 P. C. D. HEMBERY 25104444 D. M. IRVINE 25025446 T. A. ISSAC 25009930


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Corps Diary Dates 2021 All events listed are subject to Covid-19 restrictions

SEPTEMBER 2021 LIFTING THE DECKS CHALLENGE MONTH 30

JANUARY 2022 19

Commanding Officers CABAL & dinner night

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Corps dinner night

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REME Reserves Management Board (Teams)

NMA Event

OCTOBER 2021 8

Quartermaster’s Dinner Night

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Reserves Conference

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Master Generals conference & Corps Autumn Guest Night

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FEBRUARY 2022 25

Regimental Guest Night

MARCH 2022 10

Colonels Commandant Night

Corps Warrant Officers’ and Sergeants’ Mess Autumn Dinner Night

APRIL 2022

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Corps council Meeting

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Corps Dinner Night

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Spring Guest Dinner Night

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