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MT PLATOON by Capt M Bard MTO


Capt Bard MT Pl Sgt Sgt Horrocks


On return from Op TELIC 11, the MT Platoon embarked on the process of moving the Battalion to Marne Barracks and establishing itself in the “glass-house”. During this period Capt Bard assumed the post as MTO from Capt Fletcher, who moved on to become the QM(T). The Platoon was sad to see him go but sent him on with their best wishes.


To assist the new MTO, Sgt “Gone Fishing” Horrocks (Group Secretary for the North, Angling) has played a key part in easing the platoon through the Handover of the new MTO.


“Back onto the Treadmill”, under the guidance of Cpl “Eli” Elliot the requirement for driver courses and licensing is being meet often with a begrudging smile, helped by Cpl’s “Rick” Webster and “Gav” Westmoreland (both recently posted into the Platoon), collectively known as the “baldies”. In addition to the requirement for the forthcoming operational tour there is always the routine work required to maintain the fleet, guarded over by Cpl “Police-horse” Gavin who has also become the unofficial JAMES guru within the Platoon, eagerly assisted by LCpl’s Deans and Clampitt, not forgetting Pte Bevan (all


Catering Platoon RCWO


UCM


three recently posted in). To ensure that the Battalion achieves the right qualified drivers the platoon has had to lay on a number of General Service Cadres with varying degrees of success, the students have under instruction managed to master cross-country driving, the same cannot be said for some of our instructors who had some interesting encounters with ice obstacles.


To support the Falkland Island deployment LCpl’s Godkin and Mckeown have both taken their turn to assist the companies on their rotations through a busy training opportunity, to prepare the Battalion for the coming year, ultimately an operational tour early 2010.


With Project JAMES being introduced to the Unit, it has brought a mixed reaction from most. The sole reason for the new automated system is to allow a more joined-up way of managing our vehicle fleet, in essence make it easier. One of our main users is Pte “Grumpy” Finlay who at different stages of the day can be heard expressing his gratitude for the system, for all to hear!


In recent months, the MT Platoon has fielded a joint team with the LAD to enter various cross-country driving competitions. Cpl


Mylchreest (LAD) and Pte Lloyd entered Ex ROAD MASTER (Catterick 16 Nov 08) and came in as the first Infantry team overall. In February (this year) they entered Ex SCOTTISH ROVER held in Gaerloch head and where awarded the best beginner, on both occasions receiving trophies.


Post TELIC 11 the MT Platoon has seen a number of people move on to pastures new, CSgt Lawrence pending completion of his colour service has moved to the Training Wing, Cpl Wild has moved to the QM’s dept to take over the clothing store. LCpl McCabe on return from Op HERRICK has assumed the post of Regimental Shepherd at ITC. Sadly the MT Platoon saw the end of an era, losing its mascot Pte “Bernie” Burns to the UWO where he is continuing to provide morale-boosting enthusiasm to all. Without sounding slightly envious Cpl Woolley has almost mastered his base tan in Kenya, where he will rejoin the Battalion when it conducts Ex GRAND PRIX later this year.


In short the Platoon has had a busy start to the year, but still remains committed to providing a first class service.


WO2 C Marsden SSgt M Hook


The catering department met the 1st Bn The Mercian Regiment (Cheshire) in August 08, when they moved from Alma Barracks to Marne Barracks in Caterrick Garrison. The move was swift and the integration into the PAYD system has been challenging on all fronts. With a changeover in manning the learning curve of the military caterer has been evident to the present day, due to all sites being specific and commensurate to the Battalion’s life. We are unique at Marne where we co-exist with another regiment, and to that end the catering platoon have to support fully The 1st Battalion, The Mercian Regiment (Cheshire) as well as understand and adapt to the feeding requirements of the second unit, currently 5 Regiment Royal Artillery. 1 MERCIAN have quickly integrated the attached personnel into their ranks to ensure cohesion and maximum battle effectiveness is in constant effect. This has been evident in the regimental training where all the catering platoon have been


28 October 2009


involved from the yearly mandatory MATTS’s to bayonet fighting.


Cpl Carr, Pte Feanny and Pte Hanley have been deployed during the first part of 2009, supporting the regiment on its FIRIC commitment. We have also become more diverse in our catering skills due to the integration of four Ghurkha caterers. This has already been evident due to their now being a traditional Ghurkha Bhatt on the menu for all personnel in the battalion to enjoy. Apart from feeding the troops three times a day. A regimental initiative was pushed by the Bn 2IC where the soldiers were to be taught ‘Pass it on’ basic cooking. This was due in large to the duty of care we have as managers to all personnel under our command to ensure that they are sustained adequately. With this challenge in mind the catering platoon was set to task by organising a day where soldiers could attain catering knowledge they could use in their own time. A lot of the planning and groundwork was


done by Sgt Nicholson who with the RCWO ensured that the day was a total success. Thirty six soldiers were taught approximately four recipes through to an actual service of food. Six separate field kitchens were set up in Hangar 59 with each tent having its own menu and own Mercian chef. The day was also very important to the caterers due to them having real time on the OFCS, where they could enhance their key catering skills on operational equipment. The main focus now for the catering platoon is to support the regiment in all catering related tasks and to be ready for deployment to Kenya in August 09. This will be a good combat indicator before we deploy on operations in Afghanistan 2010.


Cheffing Tip of the Month – Oats are a good thing to start the day off!


RCWO 1 MERCIAN (CHESHIRE)


The Mercian Eagle


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