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C Company


by Maj Spiers OC:


PSAO: 2ic:


SPSI:


Asslt Pnr Pl Pl Comd: Pl Sgt: Pl Sgt: Pl Sgt:


Maj K Spiers


Capt K Seddon MBE BEM Vacant


WO2 Powell


CSM (V): WO2 Hancock QPSI:


CSgt Brown


Lt J Bowman Sgt Orton Sgt Saville Sgt Black


Transition to Pioneering


March was the end of another busy training year for C Company. The Pioneer Platoon has now completed the transition to their new speciality with the Platoon Commander, Platoon Sergeant, Cpl Mee and seven of the pioneers fully qualified. This comes after an arduous and hastily organised Pioneer Basic Cadre run by Pioneer Command elements at C and F Companies and assisted by the comic double-act of Cpl Stuart and Pte Dunne (though I never understood the double sleeping bags…). The cadre lasted 37 days in total and great commitment was shown by those completing it. The Platoon is now capable of supporting the Battalion in bridging, water supply, boat handling, mine warfare, demolitions, field engineering and fortifications. It is now hoped these skills can be factored into Battalion training to allow the Platoon to use what they have learnt. A KAPE is already planned and Pioneer assets assisted in a local construction project around the Crich Memorial Tower.


Recruiting/Recruit Training


The middle of the training year has seen an impressive rise in the level of walk-in recruits, with 30 now on the nominal roll at Mansfield. The majority are of a high calibre and have progressed well under the watchful guidance of Sgt Coulson, head of recruit training. Most are expected to pass CIC in the first half of 2009, swelling the Company’s numbers and filling the gaping hole left by those who have deployed. With the welcome arrival of our new recruiting lead, CSgt Walker, it is hoped this trend in numbers will continue.


Preparation for Op Herrick


A good part of the latter two thirds of the training year has been taken up with preparation for deployment on Op Herrick


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10. Of the composite Company deployed, twenty are from C Company. All have passed pre-deployment selection (including the fearsome dental…) and were looking forward to getting to theatre. The pre- deployment training was completed and the lads went on some well-earned pre tour leave. We wish them a safe and successful tour. The challenge for those who remain is to ensure continued high quality training. On 21st February, the battalion deployed to Warcop for an alternate weapons shoot:


all enjoyed firing the GPMG, HMG and pistol, weapons the TA are unaccustomed to outside operations. On the same weekend, WO2 Powell’s photographic skills came into question along with his balance as he took a Christiano Ronaldo-style dive over an ammo box while positioning himself…


New OC but no Officers!


The Company said goodbye to Maj Andy Smith as his time with us came to an end. We enjoyed a fine two years under his


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