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Corps Colonel Christmas message

In his Christmas message this year, Corps Colonel Col Colin Francis called 2018 an impressive year of contribution with the tempo in terms of commitments and responsibilities continuing unabated.

In his address, Col Francis said that Oct 2018 saw Defence’s highest number of personnel committed on operation, exercises or held at high readiness with RLC ops including Op CABRIT in Estonia, Op SHADER in Kuwait and Op TRENTON in South Sudan.

Another stand out operation was the Op MORLOP Salisbury nerve agent poison attack, where 11 EOD Regiment sprang into action ably supported by 4 and 27 Regt.

This year has also seen two of the largest overseas training exercises Defence has held since 2003 – Ex SAIF SEAREEA 3 in Oman and Ex TRIDENT JUNCTURE 18 in Norway.

These have enabled The RLC to showcase its invaluable contribution to Defence.

“We have been at the heart of all of that so it is clear our contribution continues to be impressive,” said Col Francis.

2018 saw The RLC celebrate its 25th anniversary in style at Pirbright with the biggest parade the Corps has held since its formation with The RLC’s Colonel in Chief, HRH, the Princess Royal in attendance.

The year also marked 100 years since the silencing of the guns of WW1, the 100th anniversary of formation of the Royal Army Ordinance Corps and 60th anniversary of the formation of the Queen’s Own Gurkha Logistic Regiment.

It was also an impressive year on the sporting front –  The RLC is now Army champs in 25 disciplines including athletics, rugby, enduro, basketball, netball, hockey, orienteering and tug of war.

This year also marked the 55th anniversary of the Army’s oldest military parachute display team, the Silver Stars.

“As I look forward 2019 promises to be another exciting year for the Corps, one full of opportunity,” said Col Francis.

“It will include Public Duties commitment and a unit deployment to Cyprus for Op TOSCA.”

“But the focus needs to be on the inflow of new soldiers both regular and reserve and we all need to play a part in ensuring success, the vitality of our Corps depends on it.”

Col Francis took the opportunity to wish everyone wherever they are around the world, either on operations, on exercise, on duty, or spending some well earned time off, the very best for the festive season and a happy and prosperous 2019.

The Royal Logistic Corps

Over 4-5 March a team of 12 from 3 Regiment Royal Logistic Corps will pull a 4-tonne VW van as far as they can in 24 hours. The event will take place at Blenheim Palace and will raise money for ABF The Soldiers' Charity and Mind as well as supporting the #ArmyConfidence recruitment campaign.

Please visit their page and support these great causes. #WeAreTheRLC
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RLC Chefs, Cpl Grahame Wickam and LCpl Richie Godden, as part of the Combined Services Culinary Arts Team are going for Gold at the 2020 Culinary Olympics in Stuttgart. The event takes place 14-19 Feb and attracts 2000 civilian and military chefs from across the globe.

At a final practice held at Food Services Wing Worthy Down last week, the team prepared an amazing three course meal for 120 covers. Based on that they have a great chance of a medal. Good luck.
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On 5 Feb the Army’s Apprenticeship Launch took place in support of the National Apprenticeship Week.

The successful nominees for the upcoming Army Apprenticeships Awards were present. The Colonel RLC said how extremely proud he is of the work the soldiers have put into completing their awards and congratulated them on progressing to the Army Apprenticeship Finals on 11 Mar.

The Colonel RLC's aspiration to secure an apprenticeship for all direct entry RLC soldiers, was furthered during the week at a visit to 17 Port and Maritime Regiment RLC, Marchwood to confirm if Mr K Foster, CEO of the Workboat Association and Mr M Ince from the RLC's service provider Pearson would support the aspiration for RLC Mariners to be enrolled on the L2 Workboat Crew Member Apprenticeship. WO1 Styles on behalf the Regiment and staff from 73 Squadron were on hand to ask questions. #WeAreTheRLC Army Jobs
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