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SOUTHALL’S Army Reservist Private Claire Williams has been presented with an award for Heavy Vehicle License Excellence at the 19th gala National Courier Awards organised by the Institute of Couriers.  The industry event, which took place at the Institute of Directors in Pall Mall, was held on October 27th and celebrated excellence from courier companies large and small, regional and networked.

Private Claire Williams, 35, who lives in Surbiton, has been a reservist with 562 Transport Squadron in Hayes Bridge Road, Southall for the past four years.  A land and buildings surveyor in her civilian life, Private Williams joined the squadron as a non-driver but completed her General Service (GS) driver qualifications just nine months later.  An outstanding private soldier, she has demonstrated commitment to the Squadron above and beyond her role, by undertaking a Recruiters Course and is engaged in training new recruits who will one day become Army Reserve drivers.  Involved in all aspects of Squadron life, including the running of the Army Reserve Centre’s bar, Private Williams has maintained a high standard of fitness and was selected to take part in the Royal Logistic Corps Gore Trophy as part of the winning  Female Team representing 151 Regiment RLC.

Private Williams was presented with her Award by the Minister of State for the Armed Forces Penny Mordaunt MP who handed over three Ministry of Defence Awards at the event.

Major Andrew Gifford TD, Officer Commanding 562 Transport Squadron 151 Regiment RLC said “151 Regiment RLC provides an exceptional opportunity for British citizens to join the Army Reserve where they can acquire a driving licence and driving experience in challenging conditions. This offer includes training and testing in Class C Light Goods Vehicle (LGV) driving as well as acquiring Heavy Goods Vehicle (HGV) Licence with ADR HAZMAT bolt-ons.  These qualifications, together with the driving experience, can be utilised to develop a career in the private sector, where service trained personnel are highly valued for their discipline and work ethic.  As a regiment we aim to work hand in glove with the logistics transport industry.  I welcome the co-operation of working with the prestigious Institute of Couriers who promote the road transport industry who are keen to employ our trained Army Reserve logistic drivers.”

The Royal Logistic Corps

Over the weekend, 154 Scottish Regiment RLC hosted Exercise MUDMASTER, the annual off-road driver training challenge that tests drivers’ skills and precision behind the wheel of different vehicles. The event, which took place in Dunfermline, Stirling and Linlithgow in Scotland, aims to develop the safe driving skills of the Corps’ soldiers with conditions that are designed to test their capabilities to the fullest. More than 100 teams entered, with both regular, reserve and civilian personnel taking part in challenges including navigation, observation, discipline and safety; all essential skills needed for deploying on future operations. #BritishArmyLogistics #WeSustain #WeAreTheRLC ... See MoreSee Less
Over the last two weeks, seven members of the 17 Port and Maritime Regiment RLC, Marchwood Regimental Dive Team successfully organised the ‘deep phase’ of Exercise SUBMERGED CRUSADER 21 in the Isle of Skye, Scotland. In total, 20 divers took part in numerous training serials including: live decompression up to depths of 42m, ultrathermic cutting, hydraulic tools, search and recovery and a seabed survey in the murky depths of Loch Alsh, Loch Akin and Loch Na Beiste. The team were ably supported by the dive tender MV Moorhen and a Navy Chamber crew from the Defence Diving School who conducted lessons on safely recovering a diver to a recompression chamber.#BritishArmyLogistics #WeSustain #WeAreTheRLC ... See MoreSee Less
RLC personnel from BATUK have been helping to make donations of food and books to Hope and Homes Recreation Centre, a local orphanage home to 56 children in Kenya. Hope and Homes first became a registered recreation centre in 2011 by Suzanne Wangiru. Suzanne created the centre in order to rehabilitate street children, as well as orphans and young girls that have been rescued form early marriages. Cpl Shannon Stevens who is currently on detachment from 13AASR, commented on her experience visiting this fundamental centre: “When we entered the Centre, we were taken by surprise as there were more children than we had imagined there would be. We helped to distribute food, drawing books and reading books and the children were ecstatic. It was a surreal experience at Hope and Homes, full of differing emotions, but it was definitely a great opportunity for the members of CSS 2nd Line to engage with the community creating a better working relationship with BATUK.”Major R Crane MBE RLC, SO2 CSS BATUK commented: “Witnessing the delight on the kids’ faces when they received the books and clothes that had been donated by friends and families across UK was very humbling. There are so many children in need and every little helps.” #BritishArmyLogistics #WeSustain #WeAreTheRLC ... See MoreSee Less