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The Triple Crown Team


been formally inspected for over two years. The Battalion’s current role of LWC BG has brought its own challenges and it often feels like the Detachment is supporting an operational unit i.e. one that is in the field for long periods. This commitment has often stretched the Detachment to its limits due to the under-manning by up to 41%. Of course, the task of educating both ourselves and the Battalion on JPA is still going on!


The Detachment, under the careful and meticulous planning of the Detachment leadership, has managed to sustain the Battalion in all its duties whilst carrying out its own training programme. Three aspects of training have taken place, technical, personal development and Military Skills. On the latter, we are currently training for the annual Triple Crown 13 mile March & Shoot Competition. This is as a direct result of the PT programme. We have steadily improved and have noticed an increase in our fitness across the board. Personal development including driving and ECDL has been taking place in order to improve the Detachment’s skill base. Interspersed with the usual day to day running of the busy Detachment, we have managed to get the majority away for a period of Adventure Training with their Companies to Wales, France and Germany.


72 October 2009


After a much-welcomed Christmas leave, it was straight back into a busy working routine for the Detachment and the Companies with exercise after exercise and non stop MCCPs of the Companies in preparation for the SPS inspection and move to Germany. At the beginning of 2009, the AGC Detachment was busy with the LWC commitment and preparation for the G1 inspection. This paid off and we successfully passed the SPS inspection across all areas in February 09. Now the Detachment can concentrate on a Battalion move to Germany in August 2009. The LWC commitment remains demanding for the Detachment with the Company MAs deploying in support of those in the field. LCpl Gardner, who believes that he is an infantry soldier, managed to fit in a short stint in Jamaica with members of the Battalion on a light rôle exercise in the Jungle where all received some vicious insect bites.


The Detachment welcomed WO2 Paul Ovenden (for his second tour with the Battalion), Sgt Sandie Glover, Cpl Millar (for her second tour with the Battalion) and Pte Leanne Brown and Pte Olivia Batey. We said farewell to Sgts Kenneth Spence, Ian Walker and Wayne Thompson, to LCpls Sarah Fairbairn, Dulcie Speer, Jenny Baker,


LCpl Richardson and Fairbairn enjoying adventure training


Dan Davies and Pte Tinaishe Mavurayi on posting. The remaining members of the 3 MERCIAN AGC Detachment are: Capt Martin Williamson, RAO, Capt Karl Topliss, Det Comd, SSgt John Workman, Sgt Scottie Maynard, Sgt Johnny Lomas, Cpls Becky Davies, Ben Tasane, Tracey Hills, LCpls Samantha Murombedzi, Leanne Richardson, Walter Gardner and the “littlings”, Ptes Leanne Brown and Olivia Batey. We congratulate Pte Walter Gardner on his promotion to LCpl and also Cpl Spence and Cpl Walker on their promotion to Sgt. The Detachment stands firm within the Battalion ensuring that everything that is requested and required is completed at the highest standards.


The Mercian Eagle


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