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Quartermaster Major R A Goodwin Quartermaster (T) Capt K J Fletcher RQMS

WO2 Waring RQMS (T) WO2 Blackshaw

Whilst those members of the Battalion who had deployed to TELIC 11 enjoyed their well earned Post Operational Tour Leave the G4 gladiators were warming themselves up for yet another move. Planning and preparations had been completed in order to launch ourselves from Alma Barracks across the A1 to our new home in Marne Barracks. Although this move was not much further than a conventional CFT it still generated the same logistical workload as our previous move from Northern Ireland 12 months earlier. Initially the task of relocating was to be a little easier due to taking our equipment table with us instead of handing it over to the incoming Royal Dragoon Guards. However no plan survives contact with the budgeters and our preparations were soon under rewrite in order to accommodate the fact that we were to move our equipment and freight ourselves. Largely due to the dedication and hard work of all those involved, most notably the MT Pl, the Company freight and fatigue parties, and last but not least the equipment SNCO; Sgt “Steve” Pinches, the movement from Alma to Marne was achieved with minimum of fuss and typical MERCIAN efficiency. Once in our new home the final piece of the jigsaw lay squarely in the hands of the new Quartermaster Major “Ronnie” Goodwin. This tasked involved the squeezing of a 5 Company Infantry Battalion into the footprint of a 3 Squadron Transport Regiment. Armed with his dreams for a major rebuild and a can of axle grease the QM achieved his aim of comfortably re-homing both our equipment and more importantly our soldiers into some of the best

Throughout the past year the department has assisted with and sent representation on most of the Battalions activities including Ex SUMAN WARRIOR, the County freedom parades, and most notably the Falkland Islands deployment where we have supplied the ammunition NCO’s in the forms of Cpl’s “John” Baker and “Scooby” Doolan and the G4 continuity NCO Cpl “Johnny” Skellern who volunteered to complete the whole deployment (as you would expect from a continuity NCO). As a department we have now completed the required training packages for, and have started to embrace both the Blenheim and JAMES asset management systems to the relief of both the Ops Officer and MTO, and the disbelief of both RQMS’s who now have 2 more shortcuts on their desktops to deal with. The staff of both the Sgts’ and Officers’ Messes continue to provide a fantastic level of service for members and visitors alike. Contract catering has provided them with a more civilian orientated method of catering and they have adapted well to both this challenge and our new shared Mess concept; under the watchful eyes of Sgt’s “Bob” Jackson and “Chris” Thorpe. Cpl Finlay deserves a mention for his work on the Cpl’s Mess where he has managed to “Turn a very old, run down and tired building into a place where you would be happy to take your family” as quoted by the QM. Quotes aside he has worked extremely hard mainly in his own time along with the committee members to turn it into something to be proud of.

On a sporting front both RQMS “Ed” Waring and Sgt Pinches continue to be active members of the Battalion orienteering team and CSgt “Si” and Sgt “Bob” Jackson, neither of whom could be regarded as “young bucks”, are both still representing the Battalion at rugby in both a playing and

1 MERCIAN CIS Platoon by Capt Thompson

The CIS (Communications Information Systems) Platoon underwent a period of significant change during 2008; on return from Op TELIC 11 the Platoon was re-established, clawing back those who had been detached to the Rifle Companies and bringing in some fresher faces. The platoon has rapidly risen to full manning for the first time in a number of years, bolstered by the arrival of new soldiers straight from ITC who have expressed an interest in joining the G6 world.

In May 2008 the handover of RSWO from CSgt Craig Taylor to CSgt Ian Owen took place, the latter having just completed 2

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years at RMAS as a CQMS. CSgt Taylor couldn’t quite bring himself to leave straight away, and remained for a little while longer while he fixed his continuation, and has moved down the road to work as an Application Specialist at Headquarters 6th Division in York. During the deployment to Iraq, Sgt Eric Jones had returned from his posting at the 3rd Battalion, and was quickly learning the ropes as a Bowman Systems Manager, taking responsibility for writing the electronic plans that allow the BOWMAN system to function to its full capability.

Following the Arms Plot move to Marne Barracks which the CQMS, Sgt Jason Jones,

naturally took in his stride, elements of the Platoon, including the RSO, Pl Sgt (Sgt Mike Clarke) and a couple of the more experienced signallers embarked on a trip down to New Zealand to take part in Exercise SUMAN WARRIOR, the Five Powers Defence Agreement exercise. It allowed us to shake off the cobwebs of operating a Battalion Ops Room in a low-pressure environment and work on some of the more basic aspects of signalling. However, the main benefit was the opportunity to explore some of the sights of the South Island of New Zealand and take in some Adventure Training.

With the Falklands Island commitment The Mercian Eagle

coaching role. We should not forget the dedication and enthusiasm shown by Cpl Doolan in his role as the assistant coach of the football team. He is totally dedicated both on the field when talking tactics, and off when pressing and cleaning their kit ready for the next match.

As time moves on then so do some of the people that we get used to seeing around the department on a daily basis and we would like to take this opportunity to thank Major Parrott for his time spent as Quartermaster and wish him well in his new post at PJHQ. We have also bid farewell to both WO2 RQMS (M) “Dennis” Spoors and WO2 RQMS (T) “Daz” Williams and we congratulate them both on their promotions to WO1 and wish them well in their new posts. Sgt Bibby has opted for a fresh career pruning trees after 22 years service and along with Sgt “Steph” Stevens and CSgt “Chris” Walker who have both moved to RRT Chester. We wish them well in their new jobs and appointments and thank them for their service to the department. Other farewells are for Cpl “One size fits all-George” Murray who leaves the clothing store to become a Special Recruiter at Birkenhead ACIO, Cpl “Gary” Cutler who joined us from the late 1 D&D and will leave us later in the year and Cpl “Benno” Bennett who has moved on to Fire Support Company for a rest!! Out with the old and in with the new we now welcome Major “Ronnie” Goodwin as he gracefully stepped into the appointment as QM (M) from QM (T), Capt “Kev” Fletcher who has assumed post as QM (T), RQMS (M) WO2 “Ed” Waring, RQMS (T) WO2 “Tony” Blackshaw, Sgt “Chris” Thorpe as Officers Mess Manager and Cpl’s “Jase” Wild into clothing and “John” Baker into G10. Our final congratulations go to LCpl “Donny” Donohue on his recent promotion to LCpl and Pte “Brerts” Brereton on finally passing his Cat B Licence.

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