Welcome to the fourth edition of the Barbarian Blog, whether you are reading this through the military intranet or the Internet, I hope that you enjoy this insight into the recent activities undertaken within 159 Supply Regiment RLC.
Since I last wrote to you the Operation HERRICK 19 cohort have continued their deployment with 27 Regiment RLC and are now thinking of home. All Rest and Recuperation, mid-tour leave, has been completed and the 24 Reservists will be home in April. Invitations for their medal parade, on Saturday 26th April, will be despatched by 27 Regiment in the near future.
Our Operation HERRICK 20 cohort are currently in Gutersloh with 1 Logistic Support Regiment conducting their Mission Rehearsal Exercise; the final piece in the pre-deployment jigsaw. The Adjutant, Captain Statham, is in Gutersloh working with our superior headquarters, HQ 102 Logistic Brigade, as part of the validation team. He and their Troop Commander, Lieutenant Sam Walton, have reported that spirits and enthusiasm remain high and our Reservists have been warmly welcomed by the 1 LSR Commanding Officer, Lieutenant Colonel Lee Daley RLC, and his team.
We also continue the Force Generation process for our final Reservist cohort to mobilise with 6 Regiment RLC. Due to the excellent work done in Afghanistan to set the conditions for a timely withdrawal, there remains some uncertainty over the scale of 6 Regiment’s committment. However we must continue to march to our last orders, namely the training, selection and mobilisation of one officer and 23 soldiers to deploy with 6 Regiment. The first selection weekend was an unmitigated success and there are two more before the final selection event, the HERRICK Battlecamp, in Sennelager during the Annual Deployment Exercise in May.
Our recruiting teams remain busy, not just out on the streets attracting potential recruits or at the National Recruiting Centre liaising with the Candidate Support Managers, but also in our Squadron lines mentoring the hopeful candidates that we have successfully attracted. Our attraction levels remain high and the maintenance of interest in potential recruits has been excellent – please keep up the hard work. Our numbers will only grow through continued effort from all of us, so never be shy of “selling our brand” to those who are interested. Our Regiment’s achievements, be they sporting or operational, are boast-worthy.
You will all be aware of the Regiment’s twitter feed (@159SupRegt) and I hope that you are finding it a useful and positive tool to find out more about what is happening and planned. To enhance the Regiment’s profile we have established an Internet based blog via blogspot. It is called “159er” and can be accessed from the following link:
If anyone has a desire to be published on the web or has something that they would like to share then please contact the Adjutant via email: 159SUP-RHQ-ADJT@MOD.UK
Around the Houses
216 (Tynemouth) Squadron
Congratulations to the Permanent Staff Instructor Staff Sergeant Banks and to Lance Corporal Tambin who have recently welcomed new additions to their respective families; babies Thomas and Paul are welcomed to the 159 family. The Squadron’s most notable recent success has been the high number of volunteers who attended the Regiment’s shooting concentration. Every person who attended has been selected for the team and kudos to Privates Rudman, Warbrick and Ryan who were singled out for some excellent shooting.
237 (West Bromwich) Squadron
As well as hosting a visit from the RHQ command team and a REME Colonel to advise the Regiment on the future of the REME in the Army Reserve, the Squadron has been busy supporting skiing as socialising – a hard old life!
The OC and SPSI were at the helm for the Regiment during Ex SKI RLC in Bavaria, overseeing some quality skiing but sadly one or two minor injuries.
On the social front it isn’t quite what it seems. The PSAO organised a cultural evening out for the Sqn and we visited Wolverhampton theatre and saw “The two worlds of Charlie F” great production with a military theme which we highly commend to everyone linked to the services or otherwise.
243 (Coventry) Squadron
A big welcome to our newest recruit, Pte Curtis and to our latest transfer-in Sgt Milnes, we hope you both enjoy long and successful careers in the Regiment. Our congratulations go to WO1 Withers who was recently awarded a Commander Land Forces Commendation for his outstanding service to 243 Squadron and the Regiment in recent years. Such commendations are rare and WO1 Withers is fully deserving of his award. In addition LCpl Hoskins was named as the “Armed Forces Hero” in the Pride of Coventry and Warwickshire 2013 awards’ ceremony. Juggling his Reservist role with his voluntary ‘first-responder’ role, LCpl Hoskins was accompanied by his grandfather at the awards, read more here: (insert link to blog article). And finally the Squadron deployed over 20 personnel on adventurous training to Anglesey, conducting rock climbing, kayaking and hill walking to name but a few; all for only a few pounds!
381 (Lancaster) Squadron
381 Squadron continues to grow and is finally seeing the arrival from the NRC of some new recruits. We welcome the following soldiers: Cpl’s Judd, Monaghan and Fry; LCpl’s Shepherd, Hall, Davidson and Walsh. New recruits who will begin their training in April 14 will include Pte Cox (British Olympic Judo Squad) Pte Morton and Pte Walker.
We welcome back Cpl Whyte who had decided to leave but tells me she missed the life too much and has withdrawn her termination. An excellent NCO we look forward to benefitting from her and the other NCOs’ enthusiasm and experience.
This new training year will see fresh challenges as we are asked to support various World War One remembrance activities here in Lancaster and the surrounding areas. Armed Forces Day in June promises to be bigger than ever and we have been asked to host elements of the crew of HMS Lancaster.