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.
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.
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.
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.