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Indian and 3 MERCIAN troops debus from a Warrior to assault ‘B’ Company


by Maj Richardson OC:


2ic:


CSM: WSM: CQMS:


CQMS (T): OC: Pl Sgt: WR Sgt:


Maj N S Richardson Capt C J Paul WO2 Mears WO2 Heap CSgt Long


A/CSgt Walker 4 Pl


Capt Pass


Sgt Williams Sgt Picken


5 Pl


Lt Cartwright Sgt Elliott


A/Sgt Putman


This is the first instalment of notes from B, formerly Martinique, Company following the re-formation of the Battalion’s third Rifle Company. Since the publication of the début issue of The Mercian Eagle, the Company has been extremely busy delivering the all-important support to the Land Warfare Centre, an all too infrequently, or sufficiently, acknowledged role. For many, it has been a period of professional frustration for lack of operational deployment and substantial separation from loved ones. Despite this, every member of the Company has understood the necessary rôle which we have played and has overcome the challenges which under-manning, career courses and AI


The Mercian Eagle 6 Pl Sgt Bell


Cpl Werrett A/Sgt Foster


Cpl Sinclair briefs his Section at Brecon


continuation training present to deliver a heavy commitments programme. In order that there be lasting record of what life has been like for the soldiers within B Company and an opportunity for me to publicly thank those whom I have been both fortunate and privileged to command, I have attempted to paint a picture of the pace of life that they have sustained with typical Midland humour.


Commitments Delivered


5 x Ex Lions’ Strike, 6 x Ex Wessex Warrior, 2 x Herrick MRX, 1 x Telic MRX; days in support of the Land Warfare School: 4 Platoon – 34 days, 5 Platoon – 28 days, 6 Platoon – 27 days; 2 x Battle Group


Capability Demonstrations including simulation BG attack in CATT as part of the LCPD 08 and 09; Company Group Deliberate Attack demonstration for CGS of the Indian Army; Fire team deployed on Ex Red Stripe; Fire team deployed on Ex Grand Prix.


Company or Bn Driven Training


5 days Bn FTX, 8 days LFTT, 5 days Gunnery Camp, 4 days AT for each Pl


Career Course Qualifications Attained PSBC - Sgt Davies, Sgt Elliott, Sgt Williams, Cpl Werrett FAC - Sgt Williams SCBC - Cpl Watts, Cpl Sinclair, LCpl Keavney


October 2009 63


Capt Paul briefs COAS(I) on the plan of attack as the CO looks on


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