May 17th 2016

Training in Kenya

Captain David Poole

Eleven Leicester-based Reservists have travelled to Kenya to take part in training to further their Army Medical Skills.

Two of those taking part in the exercise are Private Hugh Levenie, aged 43, and Captain David Poole, aged 54, who both serve with 222 Medical Squadron in Leicester.

During the training, which is taking place between 30 April to 21 May, the reservists will provide medical training to local people as well as providing medical assistance to the local population.

In order to deploy on this exercise and increase their on-the-job experience, both Private Levenie and Captain Poole have had to attend additional evening and weekend training sessions at their local unit to ensure all of their skills met the required deployment standard.

Captain David Poole, who lives in Burbage, Leicestershire said: “Although training in Kenya happens on an annual basis our regiment doesn’t always have the opportunity to attend. I am a Nursing Officer within my unit so training in an austere and remote environment is a unique opportunity as we will come across real issues and problems that need to be solved.  This will be an interesting challenge due to the potentially different environmental illnesses and the resources available. I am also looking forward to working alongside the Kenyan Agencies to explore the similarities and differences in how we function.”

Explaining what he hopes to take away from the training, Private Hugh Levenie, a Combat Medical Technician, who lives in Corby, Northamptonshire said: “I have taken part in many scenario based training exercises in the UK and in Cyprus but this will be a great opportunity to for me to use the skills I have learned to help the local people and learn new skills in a hands on situation whilst in Kenya.”

Major Alex Smith, Officer Commanding of 222 Medical Squadron, said: “The chance to deploy to Kenya will provide a valuable real-time experience of working in an environment which is completely different to what they may have experienced before. Each of the reservists attending will gain new skills and allow them to further their working knowledge, meaning they can develop their careers as soldiers or officers.”

"This will be an interesting challenge due to the potentially different environmental illnesses and the resources available."