NEWS

DECEMBER 12TH 2017

A successful year in Lincolnshire

Dragon Boat Race Team 160 Transport Sqn

Dragon Boat Race Team

It has been a successful year for Army reservists in Lincoln who have completed a variety of training courses overseas, instructed sporting events, maintained military vehicles on deployment, picked up a regimental shooting award and played badminton against some of the best players in the Armed Forces.

Reservists serving with 160 (Lincoln) Transport Squadron, 158 Royal Logistic Corps (RLC), come from a variety of backgrounds, have different civilian careers and have a range of goals they want to achieve through their part-time military career.

One of the unit’s main focuses for 2017 has been the Squadron’s annual training exercise in Denmark. The purpose of which was to allow soldiers to master their specialist trade skills in an arduous environment such as, in some cases, newly acquired military driving skills.

Speaking about other opportunities enjoyed by the unit this year, Warrant Officer Class One (WO1) Nige O’Leary said: “A number of our reservists have travelled overseas during 2017 to complete a variety of adventure training activities. Travelling to Cyprus, Germany, Austria and other parts of the UK as part of Exercise Halberd Endeavour provided three of the unit’s instructors to play a pivotal role in ensuring hill walking, mountain biking and mountaineering leader’s courses were a success.”

Elsewhere, Lance Corporal Kevin Smith and Warrant Officer Class One Jason McKinnion took part in Exercise Log Ride seeing them use their skills on both road and mountain bikes over the course of a week in Capel Curig, Wales.  The week was designed to improve their skills in both disciplines in preparation for the Royal Logistic Corp Cycling Championships.

Andy Key in Kenya

Private Andy Key in Kenya

Private Andy Key deployed to Kenya for just over a month in October in support of Exercise African Storm where he was on hand to maintain the vehicles used on the exercise and fix any minor faults they may have.

Andy explained: “I finished my basic training in June last year, followed by achieving three more driving qualifications. I’m a professional driver at home so to get the opportunity to drive a military vehicle across different types of terrain in Kenya was challenging but fantastic. My wife has just completed her Category C driver training this year so I’m hoping she will be able to visit Kenya in 2018 too.”

Private Ian Macleod deployed to Canada as part of a Regimental Shooting Competition in September.  He commented: “It was great to be able to compete in an international shooting competition and after a gruelling couple of weeks I came away with the ‘best shot’ award which I was pleased with.”

Over the summer, the Squadron entered a team into Lincoln’s annual Dragon Boat Race where they competed against 16 local businesses. Although the team didn’t win the competition, it was an excellent team-building activity that also allowed reservists to engage with local people before, during and after the event.

Private Tom Clancy had the chance to play badminton on behalf of both the RLC and represent the Army in number of Tri-Service competitions. He explained: “In November, I got through to the second round of the Army Badminton Singles, and was proud to represent the RLC on the court. I never thought I’d get to compete against some of the best players in the Army when I joined the Reserve Forces so this is a real bonus for me.

“In October, I took part in the RLC Badminton Championships in Grantham that included both regular (full-time) and reserve soldiers. This ended with me being the runner up in the Men’s Open Doubles Competition and reaching the semi-finals of both the singles and mixed doubles.”

Major James Hicks MBE, Officer Commanding of 160 (Lincoln) Transport Squadron, said: “2017 has been a good year for the unit in Lincoln with our soldiers all working hard across the board.

“Private Matthew Bridge and Private Martin Dexter both completed their Potential Non Commissioned Officer training course recently with Private Bridge winning the ‘Top Student’ and ‘Best in Field’ Awards, a great effort. The Squadron also welcomed back Staff Sergeant Geoff Moreland from a six month deployment in Cyprus as part of Operation Tosca where he was the Tactical Operations Control Warrant Officer,  as well as the Training Officer.

“I am very proud to be the Officer Commanding of 160 (Lincoln) Transport Squadron. You can put as much time as you want to into your reservist role and as many of our soldiers have proved this can lead to many positive skills being developed and qualifications being achieved.”

To find out more about joining 160 (Lincoln) Transport Squadron call Warrant Officer Class One O’Leary on 01522 529082 or email 158RLC-160-RSUSO@mod.uk

“A number of our reservists have travelled overseas during 2017 to complete a variety of adventure training activities. Travelling to Cyprus, Germany, Austria and other parts of the UK as part of Exercise Halberd Endeavour provided three of the unit’s instructors to play a pivotal role in ensuring hill walking, mountain biking and mountaineering leader’s courses were a success.”