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Ex LOG CHALLENGE

Ex LOG CHALLENGE – The Royal Logistic Corps’ Annual UOTC Weekend 26-28 Feb 16

HQ The RLC has just finished hosting Ex LOG CHALLENGE, which is now in its second year.  The exercise advertises some of the roles and responsibilities of the RLC to Officer Cadets (OCdts)in the University Officer Training Corps (UOTC) and those on the Defence Technical Undergraduate Scheme (DTUS).  OCdts visit eight informative stands that each hold a competetive element and a trophy is awarded to the winner.

The main focus of the weekend was  to introduce the key capabilities of the Corps in a fun and relaxed environment, whilst providing a framework to allow OCdt’s to develop their team work and leadership skills, completing a series of mental and physical challenges; the winning team returned home with some silverware for their trophy cabinet.

The OCdt’s were hosted at Princess Royal Barracks, Deepcut, and spent the Saturday out on the training area, navigating between eight different stands.  The Corps provides a wide variety of vital services to the Army and OCdt’s were faced with tasks such as recovering a 15 tonne truck, building and utilising improvised ovens, moving ammunition boxes under fire and diffusing a suspect device to name but a few!

With somewhat wind-burnt faces the OCdt’s were treated to a formal regimental dinner in the Headquarters Officers’ Mess.  Hosted by serving officers, and served magnificently by the Mess staff, they dined on a three course meal whilst a saxophone quartet provided entertainment.

The weekend’s activities culminated in a Sunday morening trip to the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst, where teams – nursing slightly sore heads after the previous night’s dinner – competed for a final time to see who could complete the Academy assault course in the quickest time.  For many who aspire to commission this was a fantastic insight in to what awaits them and the excitement was converted into some excellent performances.

The weekend was a huge success and feedback from those attending was very positive.  As well as having a thoroughly good time, OCdt’s were able to better understand how the Corps operates.  Whilst not the main effort, all left with a better understanding  of the opportunities available for junior officers and may now consider the RLC as a potential career choice.

OCdt Bugden from East Midlands UOTC summed up her experience:

“All of the stands were interesting; my personal highlight being the off-road drive, where we could talk to the soldiers themselves about their backgrounds, how they came to join the RLC and challenges that they faced with day to day work.

I thoroughly enjoyed myself and know that other members of the team did as well, and would whole-heartedly recommend this to anyone who wants to find out more about the RLC or just generally have a ball of a weekend.”

Next year’s event will take place 24-26 Feb 17 and the Corps is looking forward to building on this year’s success.   Speaking of success, congratulations to the members of Aberdeen UOTC, who won the prize.  A special mention must also be made to Wales UOTC, who tied the event on points and only failed to take the trophy home by dint of a marginally slower assault course time, the tie breaker for the competition.

For more information about The RLC, or to book a place on a potential officer visit, please email RHQRLC-CRLO-PersRec-SO3@mod.uk.

 

The Royal Logistic Corps

The Lifetime Achievement award goes to....Lt Col Fiona Gordon’s sporting career spans nearly 30 years where she has represented both the RLC and Army, as well as her running club, at cross country, athletics and trail running. Such achievements are worthy of recognition but, equally impressive, has been her dedication, energy and leadership that has inspired, encouraged, and mentored hundreds of athletes, particularly women, to participate in sport. These factors epitomise the very essence of the Lifetime Achievement Award.During her career Col Fiona has won over 60 individual titles (from unit to national master’s level) in all running disciplines ranging from 400m to an 86-mile ultra-marathon; as well as multi-terrain duathlons. In her younger years, she was twice selected to represent the Army at the Inter-Services, at a time when there was only one team of six. As a Corps sportswoman, there can’t be many (if any) athletes who, not only still finish in the top five in their Corps, but then go on to represent their Corps at the Inter-Corps Championships every time. Perhaps equally unique, she is also possibly one of the few left in the Corps that were awarded their Corps colours (for both cross country and athletics) following its formation in 1993. And, remarkably at age 51 she still finished 4th RLC female at the Corps and Inter Corps Championships. ... See MoreSee Less
The Hemming Belt is awarded to.....This season has been a Royal performance from LCpl Megan Reid culminating in her being crowned as the Scottish National Champion. She began boxing after joining The RLC in 2013 and she won an RLC title in her first season as a boxer. Thereafter, she entered the Army Individuals' Championships that same year where her natural talent shone through and she was crowned champion. Given her Scottish heritage, the following season she entered the Scottish Championships, and was narrowly beaten in the final, no mean feat for her third boxing season. Her performance in the final was outstanding and resulted in her first international call up, representing Scotland in the Great Britain Championships. LCpl Reid returned to the English Championships in 2017, this time going one step further and gaining a Silver medal. Since then she has represented The RLC, Army, UK Armed Forces and Scotland at the highest level in the European Championships and twice at the World Championships. LCpl Reid has represented the Corps and the Army with a style that most boxers and other sportsmen and sportswomen aspire. She is a credit to her Unit, The RLC and the Army and a role model for all aspiring athletes and soldiers. She has achieved so much in such a short space of time where, looking to the future, her Gold at her National Championships means that she is the unrivalled queen of RLC Boxing and is duly nominated for the award of the Hemming Belt. ... See MoreSee Less
The Lifetime achievement award goes to.....Cpl Keleni Drummond has been a Corps and Army sportswoman since she joined the Army in 2001 at the age of 21. Her military sporting career began on the Rugby pitch, but it did not take long for Basketball and Netball players to scout her for their respective teams; she has played all three sports at Corps level from inception. By the time of her assignment to 17 Port and Maritime Regiment in 2007, Cpl Drummond had represented the Army at Rugby, Netball and Basketball. Sadly, during an Army Rugby fixture against the Farnborough Women's Team she was badly injured and had to take a break from the pitch to focus on rehabilitation. Dedicated and focused to recuperate, by 2009 she was back fighting fit and switched her focus to both Netball and Basketball. Cpl Drummond’s sporting successes are numerous and varied where, in addition to representing the UK Armed Forces Basketball Team from 2016 - 2018, she captained the Corps Netball Team from 2012 - 2014 leading the RLC to Inter-Corps victory three years in a row, including representing the Army during this period. In spite of her previous injury Cpl Drummond put her rugby boots back on in 2019 to re-join the Corps Team in winning the Inter-Corp Rugby 10s, 15s and the Palestine Cup. She continued her successful leadership streak and captained the Army Masters Netball Team to success at the 2020 Inter-Services Championships. Corporal Drummond is one of the most decorated multi-sport sportswomen in the Corps. In her 20-year career to date she has competed at Regimental level in countless sports, but has truly flourished as a Corps, Army and UKAF player in Rugby, Netball and Basketball. Cpl Drummond represents the very best of her generation and fully deserves recognition for The RLC Sports Awards Outstanding Achievement category. ... See MoreSee Less