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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.

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On Wednesday 14 October, The RLC Individual and Team Orienteering Championships took place on Mytchett Training Area. 115 competitors from 27 units took on a score event in which individuals had one hour to reach as many of the 24 checkpoints as possible. The four team members who score the highest points count towards the team result, where teams tie on points, the team with the fastest time to score those points wins.

Congratulations to all who were involved and well done to 17 Port and Maritime Regiment RLC, Marchwood who were the champion male team, 162 Regiment RLC who were the champion female team and Army Drivers Northern Ireland (152 Regiment RLC) the champion Reserve team.

Lieutenant Huw Stradling was the overall winner, closely followed by Major Richard Barrett in second and Captain Terry Furlong took third place. Major Sophie Spenser-Small was the female winner with Lieutenant Colonel S Braine and Colonel Lucy Giles hot on her heels.

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Your support for The Royal British Legion’s Poppy Appeal is more crucial than ever this year. They need you to help raise the money that will support our soldiers, sailors, airmen and their family now and in later life. Get on social media, message your family and tell your friends. We all need to shake a virtual bucket because this year, every poppy counts.

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