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The best they can be

Armoured fighting vehicles awaiting deploymentFo 10 weeks earlier this summer some 172 soldiers from 28 different units based in Germany and the UK worked as part of the Activation Task Force preparing the armoured vehicles which were to deploy to Poland on Exercise Black Eagle, a NATO Assurance exercise. 

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Girl power 4 gold medals

Servicewomen from across Germany recently converged on the gym at Hammersmith Barracks in Herford to participate in a talent assessment event as part of the Girls4Gold Army initiative. 

Working in partnership with UK Sport and the English Institute of Sport (EIS) Girls4Gold Army is aiming firstly to identify Servicewomen who have the potential to become part of Britain’s sporting elite and then harness this raw skill and enthusiasm to develop them to achieve podium success at the Tokyo Olympics in 2020.

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Warden leaves a full House

The Rev Cole Maynard, Warden of Church House, with Claude Anshin Thomas, the former Vietnam veteran now Buddhist monk who visited the House in July 2014When the Reverend Cole Maynard took over as Warden of Church House almost three years ago, he had the overriding goal of bringing the outmoded and oft-overlooked BFG welfare facility into the 21st century.

Thanks to his top team of military and civilian personnel, the conference venue tucked away in the woods of Lübbecke is once again firmly on the BFG map – and in great demand.

Indeed, the range of courses and services on offer at the modernised facility will ensure it stays open until the middle of 2018.

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Domestic abusers appear in court

Two British Army junior NCOs have each been handed a suspended sentence of military detention by courts martial in Germany after they admitted committing domestic violence.

In both cases, the defendants had volunteered to take part in a social services programme designed to help perpetrators of domestic abuse in the Army, which was looked upon favourably by the sentencing boards.

LCpl Jone Biu was labelled a “cruel bully” after a court in Sennelager heard how he attacked his pregnant wife in their flat in Bergen on three occasions between February and March after returning from Operation Herrick.

Prosecutor Maj Jennifer Maddocks said the physical abuse included punches, choking, kicking, slapping, pulling hair and putting two fingers up her nose. One assault in the SFA was in front of their two-year-old daughter.

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