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Reaction to a SNATCH being immobilised by an IED strike.


LCpl Barker Briefing the CO during the Guns Cadre.


Company was on its way to Salisbury Plain for the Brigade Mission Rehearsal Exercise (MRX). Having missed out on the training opportunity provided by CALFEX, the OMLTs ran their own training programmes whilst they waited for missions as part of the MRX. With the exception of the snow, which was not particularly fitting for pre-deployment training, the teams were able to build on some of the lessons learnt during the CFX and have some last minute tuition on some of the weapon systems and radio equipment not previously available. As far as the MRX missions were concerned, they were not particularly forthcoming and the OMLTs’ involvement was extremely limited.


Op Herrick 10


With the loss of A and B Companies, the Battlegroup has been reinforced with elements from other units within the Brigade and from further afield. However, of the six OMLTs the Company is providing manpower to four of those and is therefore still very much the core of the Battlegroup. Three of these teams will mentor ANA Kandaks, which are the equivalent to Infantry Battalions, with the fourth being a Close Support OMLT which is there to mentor artillery and engineer assets. As was alluded to earlier, this rôle is somewhat different to anything we have experienced before - a real


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opportunity to help Afghanistan to restore security for the long term whilst also offering us a unique insight into the country and its people. There is no question that OMLT Company will have to STRIKE HARD and STAND FIRM alongside the ANA.


Farewells


With two Companies merged into one, it is impossible to name all those people who have been posted in and out over the last 12 months. However, from a C Company perspective, special mention has to be given to the outgoing OC (Maj Gilby) and CSM (WO2 Chatterley) who both led with real character and determination making for a very happy and extremely competent Company; the Company wishes you all the best for the future and looks forward to seeing you both back in Battalion in the not too distant future. As already mentioned, D Company has seen a large turnover of its Platoon Commanders and Platoon 2ics: Capt Hinxman has retired and Capts Kelly and Hansford, CSgt (now A/WO2) Humber, Wilson, Zecca and Yates have all been posted out of the Battalion. The Company wishes them all the best for the future and thanks them for their efforts, particularly their contribution to the Support Weapon Cadres which were such an outstanding success.


Cpl Pollitt looking less than impressed with his new ear defence.


Pte Donegani as a Number 2 during the Mortar Cadre.


The Mercian Eagle


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