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7 Platoon - Potential JNCO Development


by Lt Koniarski 7 Platoon are currently conducting Potential JNCO development training, taking the Company’s chosen men above and beyond the level of training required for them to achieve high level passes on the next P of W Div JNCO Cadre. Lt Koniarski and Sgt Lovell have been taking 7 Platoon (Ninjas) through an intensive ten week programme of PT, Military Knowledge, Signals and Navigation. Stars starting to shine already are Pte “Dava the Whippet” Davis (keeping fraternal links alive in the Battalion) and Pte “Swampy” Pickin, the Platoon workhorse. All agree that the level of training and time spent nursing aching limbs and brain cells (after a PowerPoint presentation with Lt Koniarski) are having the desired effect, and the “Ninjas” are already reaping the rewards. On the side, Christmas went with a bang as Lt “He’s behind you!” Koniarski appeared in Panto, supporting the Shipton Bellinger Players’ take on Rumplestiltskin. The production received rave reviews in the local press and we all eagerly await next year’s performance of Widow Twanky. 7 Platoon were also heavily involved in the recent KAPE Tour. Performances of note were Lt Koniarski introducing the new drill movement of “grounding swords”, much to the surprise of the CO and RSM, and Ptes Gardner and Bridgart hopping, skipping, and jumping to the P of W Div band, insisting that they were “in step” and “it was the rest of the Battalion that were not in time”. Whilst Pte Cappodici continues to work on the new Company song, “C Company Ranger”, this will not be available for print due to public decency laws but “Cappa’s” dulcet tones can be heard many an evening floating along 7 Platoon lines.


Looking further forward, the magnificent 7 will be conducting Mountain Leader Training in Wales post Easter leave and the future draft of JNCOs from and for C Company are looking very strong.


8 Platoon by 2Lt Coutts


8 Platoon have been kept quite busy both in camp and on exercise during the early days of C Company. That said, there has still been the opportunity for several members to get away on courses and other activities. Making the most of the cold weather, Ptes Bradley and Edwards deployed with the Battalion bobsled team. In addition, 2Lt Coutts very much enjoyed being ordered to take over the Battalion skiing team for the second week of their race training in Val d’Isère. More recently, Pte Wayte has just returned from a short tour to Germany with the RLC (?!) Ice


66 October 2009 Sgt Howdle and LCpl Davis


Hockey team. At completely the other end of the temperature scale, LCpls Davis and Smith deployed on Ex Grand Prix in Kenya with 2 R WELSH. On the career side of life, well done to the six soldiers who gained their Cat B licences, the two new Warrior drivers and thirteen new Signallers. Hopefully, those members of the Platoon currently on courses will continue this successful trend. With all these individuals away, the Platoon has demonstrated its flexibility in adapting to meet the various tasks and exercises in the programme. This has included Warrior exercises in the snow, light rôle live firing in the rain and Landrover-borne deployments in the mud. Luckily, we managed to squeeze in a CATT exercise and support to the KAPE tour to allow us time to wash and dry our field kit.


Looking ahead, we expect to continue to develop our armoured capabilities in preparation for forthcoming Wessex Warriors and our Annual Crew Test week. In addition to taking some well-earned leave, we will also be continuing to raise our core, light rôle skill levels so that we are well prepared for the post LWC world awaiting us in Germany.


9 Platoon


by 2Lt Flackett 9 Platoon have been extremely busy since the formation of C Company. The re-formation coincided with the Battalion’s recognition of the battle honour “Ferozeshah” and, as a result, the Platoon was kept busy with plenty of drill from the CSM in order to stop the popular Officer, SNCO and Pte Soldier habit of “tick-tocking” whilst marching. Once the Company had begun to resemble a Guardsman’s dream, the Battalion induction cadre took place. This was completed by Ptes Bah, Bradshaw, Curcio, Drage, Gittins and Withers - welcome to the Battalion! On 19 December 2008, we broke up for a well-


deserved Christmas leave ready for a busy 2009. On returning from leave, a novel idea from the Company 2ic, Captain Odell, was to have a PFT for the Company in four inches of snow, a resounding success as everyone seemed to run that much faster in order to get out of the cold.


In January, the Platoon deployed on Ex First Contact. This exercise focused predominantly on the low level skills and drills and Section battle SOPs so that Section Commanders could begin to take ownership of their men. It acted as a well-timed eye opener to identify what level of professionalism and commitment Private Soldiers were at. After a shaky start, the character required of us all was shown during the Battalion LFTT in Sennybridge where the personal skills of every soldier involved were of the highest standards. Moving away from the wilds of Wales, 9 Platoon, with the rest of the Battalion, was heavily involved with the KAPE Tour and, luckily, all the drill lessons given by CSM Brown were not forgotten. 9 Platoon would like to congratulate Mr Koniarski for inventing his very own drill movement of grounding the sword - very impressive and we’re sure that it worked well in Panto: shame that we were on parade! This has been passed to all the Guards Battalions and will hopefully be introduced into the drill pamphlet soon.


In 9 Platoon, we have had to say farewell to Pte Humphreys who has moved on to Dragon Company but we wish a big welcome to LCpl Cooper who has just rejoined after a number years working hard in the private sector. Also, a welcome goes to a few new faces in the Company: LCpl McCarl from Dragon Company, Ptes Traini, McCall, Pendlebury, Nartley and 2Lt Flackett who has had a wonderful time on his courses and is extremely grateful to Sgt Moss for covering as Platoon Commander for so long.


LCpl Timms and Pte Bulla The Mercian Eagle


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