Skip to main content

Army ammo experts keep it in the family

A highly decorated British Army explosives expert made history when he presented his daughter with her Ammunition Technician badge after she graduated in the trade to follow in her father’s heroic footsteps.

Lt Col Eamon Heakin RLC QGM, of Wantage, Oxfordshire, became the first ever British Army officer to proudly present his only daughter, Private Blythe Heakin, with her Ammunition Technician (Class 2) badge,

The badge marks Private Heakin’s entry into the AT trade at a graduation ceremony held at Defence Explosive Ordnance Disposal, Munitions and Search Training Regiment (DEMS Training Regiment), Kineton, Warwickshire.

Not only did the presentation make history, it also came as a complete surprise to Private Heakin, who knew her father was attending the ceremony to see her and her fellow ten students graduate from the 28-week AT (Class 2) course, but not that he would be there as the Presenting Officer.

Describing the moment she realised that her father was going to be presenting her with her badge and certificate at the ceremony, Private Heakin said: “I’ve never heard of a father being the Presenting Officer before, so it was an honour to be welcomed into the trade by my dad.”

The young soldier, who has been in the Army for 13 months, will now move to Deepcut where she will learn to drive and will then go on to Shrivenham to complete her training before being posted to her new unit ‘ and will be promoted to the substantive rank of Lance Corporal.

Passing the Ammunition Technician Class 2 Course is the first step in her Army career during which she hopes one day to eventually commission as an officer ‘ following again in the steps of her father who is also a late entry officer, commissioning in 2006.

The Royal Logistic Corps

321 EOD & Search Squadron of 11 EOD & Search Regiment RLC hosted a special guest, the Colonel-in-Chief, HRH The Princess Royal, as part of its anniversary commemorating 50 years of operations in Northern Ireland. The Sqn was also joined by the Colonel RLC, Colonel Jon West ADC.

11 EOD & Search Regiment RLC is widely dispersed across 14 locations in the UK. The Regiment routinely responds to around 2,500 operational EOD and Search call-outs each year in support of the police and other major events.

As the sole EOD & Search capability in Northern Ireland, 321 Sqn have a significant workload, operating constantly at Extremely High Readiness and responding operationally several hundred times each year. Last year, the Sqn completed 271 EOD tasks and 64 Search tasks.

The Regiment and Squadron employ specialists from multiple cap badges, principally RLC, Royal Engineers and Royal Signals.

#BritishArmyLogistics #WeSustain #EOD
... See MoreSee Less

The Corps’ vision for 2025 and beyond is bold:

‘A world-class, innovative and adaptable Corps, sustaining continuous activity at home and around the globe. All underpinned by a people-focussed ethos and the exploitation of data and cutting-edge technology.’

The RLC is a unique Corps in terms of size, diversity and experience. No-one can do what it does. But to achieve the Corps’ vision, the Corps’ methods, capabilities and required skills must change.

To achieve this, four objectives will address: People & Ethos, Exploiting Technology, External Integration and Communication and Influence. The RLC has a huge amount to offer the Nation. Please read the strategy, talk about it, be proud of it and share your ideas to help it to evolve.

To explain this further, The RLC’s Strategy on a page can be seen below.

The full strategy paper (less Annexes) can be found on Defence Connect using this link:

https://jive.defencegateway.mod.uk/docs/DOC-408180

#BritishArmyLogistics #WeSustain

1 Regt RLC 3 Regiment Royal Logistic Corps 4 Regiment RLC 6 Regiment RLC 7 Regiment RLC 9 Regiment RLC Commander The Queen's Own Gurkha Logistic Regiment 11 EOD&S Regiment RLC 13 Air Assault Support Regiment 17 Port and Maritime Regiment RLC, Marchwood 25 Regiment RLC 27 Regiment RLC 29 Regiment RLC 150 Regiment, The Royal Logistic Corps 151 Regiment The Royal Logistic Corps Army Drivers Northern Ireland 154 Scottish Regiment RLC 156 Regiment RLC 157 Regiment RLC 158 Regiment The Royal Logistic Corps 159 Regiment RLC 162 Regiment RLC 165 Port and Maritime Regiment RLC 167 Catering Support Regiment RLC 2 Operational Support Group RLC HQ 104 Logistic Support Brigade 102 Logistic Brigade
... See MoreSee Less

The Royal Logistic Corps is with Commander The Queen's Own Gurkha Logistic Regiment and 23 others.
The Royal Logistic Corps

A new strategy for The Royal Logistic Corps

Defence is faced with an increasingly uncertain global and strategic outlook. Defence Support underpins this global activity, but maintaining today’s arrangements to support a force that will be
operating at greater reach and tempo is not an option – a transformation is required.

What is true for Defence Support is true for the Royal Logistic Corps. So the Corps can play its part, the Master General of Logistics, Lt Gen Sir Mark Poffley KCB OBE, has launched the Corps’ new strategy, which will enable The RLC to adjust to the needs of the Army, Defence and the Nation.

The full strategy paper (less Annexes) can be found on Defence Connect by following this link:

https://jive.defencegateway.mod.uk/docs/DOC-408180

#BritishArmyLogistics #WeSustain
... See MoreSee Less