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Remembrance Sunday


WO2 (SPSI) John Nichol who retired from the Army in August 2008 after 22 years’ service. We all wish him well and every success for his future civilian career.


Adventure Training Ex Rifles Macaw


E and D Companies went on an Adventure Training weekend based in Capel Curig Training Camp on the weekend of 15 - 17 August 2008. Each Company was allocated 30 places which were soon filled. We reached the Plas-y-Brenin Adventure Training Centre late on the Friday night and, on Saturday morning, the soldiers were put through various team building activities including Hill walking, Raft building (Raft demolition and swimming lessons for most), Abseiling and Low Ropes - all great fun for the young adventurers within the Companies and a little daunting for some of the older members. We returned to camp after an entertaining day of activities with morale high; it remained that way even though, true to British form, ten minutes before the BBQ was due to start, the heavens opened providing us with a torrential downpour and a mud bath to boot but the food was good and the company was even better. The Company then investigated the local watering holes of Capel Curig and a great night was had by all.


On Sunday, the activities continued with an early morning road move to Renal Karting Centre near Oswestry. The first few groups found the track very demanding as slick tires and wet tarmac don’t mix but, as the track started to dry, the competition became more keen providing a fantastic end to a well-planned and executed Training Weekend enjoyed by all.


Conclusion


Overall, the morale of the Company remains high and we continue to play an active part in all Battalion and Brigade activities: the professionalism of The Rifles is displayed through everything we do. We are very well supported and administered by the PSAO, Capt Keith Mahoney, the AO, Miss Gill Morris, and Mr Vince Foot, the Company fitter who has taken on some of the responsibilities of the QPSI with regard to MT matters. A big thank you to Mr Phil Ramsey, the civilian storeman who has done an outstanding job covering for the QPSI’s responsibilities over the last nine months; without his diligence and professional approach in support of the Company, we would have struggled so let us be thankful that he used to be an RQMS. We have a good contingent supporting the deployment on Op Herrick 10 which, I have no doubt, will be a resounding success for both 2 MERCIAN and Normandy Company. A variety of training is planned for the coming year; recruit training will certainly be a main focus and many soldiers from E Company will support this. A cadre camp is planned to take place at Oakhampton in September 2009 to cover Bowman, JNCOs’ Cadre, Driving and Adventure Training. The Company is also looking forward to taking part in Ex Lion Star in Cyprus in 2011.


94 October 2009


CSjt (Westy) Weston (CQMS) having trouble starting...


Sjt Gorden Kaye, Capt Nick Heath, Cpl Steve Davies at Nesscliffe


Coming out of the mist...


Rfn James Mahoney cleaning up after training The Mercian Eagle


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