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RLC Chefs feed Ex Tractable 16

Since the middle of February, a ‘Battalion’ of 34 Army chefs from across the Division have worked 24 hours a day in three shifts, providing thousands of meals to personnel involved in Exercise Tractable 16.

By the end of the period it is estimated that they will have cooked over 24,000 eggs, used nearly two tonnes of potatoes and provided countless loaves of bread.  Using fresh ingredients and utilizing 10 man ration packs, the chefs have produced delicious, nutritious food and a great deal of morale to troops who have experienced some of the coldest days this winter.

The British Army’s Wiltshire based 3rd (UK) Division is holding Exercise Tractable 2016 on Salisbury Plain Training Area this month. The exercise is designed to test the ability the Division’s Lead Armoured Task Force (LATF) to deploy from barracks via a centralised Staging Area or Mounting Centre, to air and sea points of embarkation. It will see the movement of more than 1,800 personnel and 1,200 vehicles, including Challenger 2 main battle tanks and is part of a series of annual exercises intended to prove the readiness of the British Army’s ‘main intervention capability’ Division.

Old Carter Barracks will become the Staging Area for the exercise and will see 1,200 vehicles of the 1st Armoured Infantry Brigade from which the LATF is currently held in readiness.  The Staging Area, which not only serves as a large ‘car park’ and vehicle service and recovery area also provides military ‘life-support’ with teams providing catering and accommodation for the personnel involved in the exercise.

 

The Royal Logistic Corps

Congratulations to RLC soldier LCpl Stu Elvin of the Mission Training and Mobilisation Centre (MTMC), Bassingbourn Barracks, who has received two bronze medals at the World Rowing Indoor Championships 2021. LCpl Elvin has represented the Army in rowing for a number of years. Having individually qualified at the British Championships for the Men's (age 30-39) 500m to race at the World Championships, he was also selected to represent the Armed Forces in the Men's Team race. The races took place on 23 Feb 21, where LCpl achieved third place in his individual race and an hour later, he received another bronze medal as he played an integral part of the Armed Forces Men's Team. His commitment and success in rowing is nothing short of impressive with his ability to balance work, training and family life along with the ongoing restrictions of COVID-19. Competing in any sport at this level requires a unique strength and determination – something which the LCpl displays in abundance, putting in hours of solitary training, where he has had to use his mental resilience to push himself further than most would. ... See MoreSee Less
W O R L D _ R E C O R D _ A T T E M P TMajor Jacquie Barlow, OC at ITC Catterick is attempting a Guinness World Record by running 61 Half Marathons in 61 days, back to back______Challenging herself throughout, with the aim of raising money towards Macmillan Cancer Support after both herself and family received outstanding support from them when Major Barlow had a tumour back in 2011______ Please follow her story over the next few days and if you can kindly spare a donation then all shall be very much appreciated www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Jacquie-davies3_______ ... See MoreSee Less