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SUCCESS AT THE WORSHIPFUL COMPANY OF CARMEN JOINT SERVICES AWARDS 2020

Two Royal Logistic Corps soldiers and one officer have received awards at The Worshipful Company of Carmen Joint Services Awards 2020.

The annual Carmen’s Military Awards celebrate achievements in transport and logistics on land, at sea and in the air. Each award has a specific objective: to honour individual or collective excellence and to encourage development, to recognise the exceptional, reward outstanding endeavour and to highlight exemplary conduct.

Lt Harry Ziegler – winner of the Carmen’s Sword of Honour 2020.

The Carmen’s Sword of Honour – which dates back to 1979 – is awarded annually to the most deserving young RLC Officer of the preceding year. This year, it was awarded to Lieutenant Harry Ziegler of 66 Squadron, 9 Regiment RLC for his exceptional contribution as a young officer. Lt Ziegler’s strong work ethic has meant he has been able to make a significant impact in his role; setting a new standard for Troop Commanders. His efforts running Norway railhead operations for NATO HQs and operating the largest 9 Regiment fleet are just two of the many reasons he received this prestigious award.

“I am hugely grateful to The Worshipful Company of Carmen for presenting me with this award; it is the greatest achievement of my career so far. I would like to thank the soldiers at 9 Regiment RLC for their fantastic professionalism and also my Chain of Command for giving me the freedom and trust to operate in many varied roles,” commented Lieutenant Harry Ziegler.

LCpl Joe Pickering received the Carmen’s 19 Tank Transporter Squadron Award this year.

The Corps is also pleased to see Lance Corporal Joe Pickering of 27 Regiment RLC, pick up the Carmen’s 19 Tank Transporter Squadron Award which has been recognising the greatest contributor to operational output each year since it was founded in 2014. Junior NCO LCpl Pickering, who was recognised as the top student Class 1 Driver Tank Transporter, was selected for his pivotal involvement preparing the Heavy Equipment Transporter fleet for Ex DEFENDER, the largest military deployment of US, UK, NATO allies and partners in the last 25 years. He was also selected as Section Commander for Operation Cabrit, the NATO enhanced forward presence in Estonia; leading his crew to deliver vital road movement of the King’s Royal Hussars battle group heavy armour, with critical spares supply.

LCpl Leanne Lord picked up the Carmen’s Royal Logistic Corps Cup.

The Carmen’s Royal Logistic Corps Cup, founded in 2004, honours the Carmen’s Solider of the Year, presented to a RLC solider on their first tour of duty, having excelled in driving skill, road safety, vehicle husbandry and transport management. This year, the award was won by the multi-talented operational Air Despatcher, Lance Corporal Leanne Lord of 47 Air Despatch Squadron RLC, 13 Air Assault Support Regiment. Her incredible efforts rigging complex loads on multiple deployments, as well as her frequent contributions to Army and Inter-Service sporting competitions, made her worthy of this significant award. 

The awards ceremony usually sees the Carmen’s Royal Past Master and RLC Colonel-in-Chief, Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal present eleven awards to soldiers, officers, sailors and air men and women at a joint Services dinner. Due to the pandemic, this year was a little different, but a virtual ceremony still allowed for the recognition of these remarkable achievers in our Armed Forces.

RHQ The RLC would like to congratulate all three RLC winners on their commendable achievements. For more information and to watch the online event, please click here.

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