July 12th 2017

Lincolnshire reservists complete overseas training

Private Key in Kenya

Private Key in Kenya

Army Reservists in Lincoln have embraced the opportunity to travel to destinations around the world this summer to complete both their annual military-based training and take part in sporting pursuits.

Traveling to Kenya, Cyprus, Germany and Austria may sound like a dream for many, but reservists from 160 (Lincoln) Transport Squadron (Sqn), 158 Regiment, have turned this in to a reality.

Private Andrew Key, from 160 (Lincoln) Transport Sqn, deployed to Kenya for four weeks to support a regular (full-time) unit in being responsible for the repair and maintenance of the Regiment’s fleet of vehicles during Exercise African Storm Two. He arrived back in the UK at the end of June.

Describing his experience, Andrew said: “I finished my basic soldier training around this time last year and over the last 12 months I have completed my Cat C Driving Licence, my B3 Driver Training and my ADR Licence which allows me to drive dangerous goods on the road such as flammable liquids and ammunition.

Lance Corporal Kevin Smith in Germany

Lance Corporal Kevin Smith in Germany

“I’m a professional driver at home but wanted to embrace the opportunity to drive military vehicles across terrain in Kenya. I found the experience both challenging and enjoyable. It is certainly something great to add on to my CV. My wife is also a reservist and is completely supportive and understands the importance of me carrying out these duties overseas.”

Andrew will depart for Denmark in September to take part in the Regimental Annual Training Camp and will then return to Kenya in October to assist with Exercise African Storm Five.

Warrant Officer Class One Jason McKinnon deployed to Cyprus in June to work alongside the Army’s 102 Logistic Brigade.

Jason is helping to run adventure training courses on Mount Troodos as part of a mountaineering leader’s course.

Commenting on the training, Jason said: “Sports such as cycling, skiing and mountaineering have always been passions of mine. I am very proud to be taking several groups up Mount Troodos to complete an assessed leader’s course and look forward to helping the reservists in any way I can.

“Joining the Army Reserve when I finished my full-time Army career has allowed me to transit into civilian life with relative ease. I still get to do the things I enjoyed in the Army previously, whilst finding my feet in my new civilian life.”

Elsewhere, Lance Corporal Kevin Smith supported Exercise Halberd Endeavour for six weeks in both Germany and Austria. He instructed mountain bike courses that saw reservists learn how to ride safely on a number of challenging courses and how to both maintain and repair their bikes.

Kevin said: “If you enjoy sports, the Army Reserve has loads of opportunities for you to get out and improve your fitness as well as your team-working and problem solving skills. Mountain biking allows people to hone lots of practical skills and reach personal fitness goals in some cases.”

Closer to home, a number of reservists from 160 (Lincoln) Transport Squadron will be taking part in an adventure training package in the Lake District, during which time they will be hill walking, rock climbing and kayaking.

To find out more about joining 160 (Lincoln) Transport Squadron call 01522 529082 or email

“I’m a professional driver at home but wanted to embrace the opportunity to drive military vehicles across terrain in Kenya."