It has been a particularly busy year for us all and I have been immensely proud of the ‘can do’ attitude that I have seen wherever I go.
In Afghanistan over the last year both 7th and 20th Armoured Brigades, and supporting units from across the Division, have played the central role in bringing the UK military presence in Helmand and Kandahar to a successful conclusion. It has been a fantastic effort through a most complex period.
The business of drawdown and the path to Army 2020 has continued apace over the past 12 months with the closures of Hameln, Rinteln and Detmold, the re-designation of 1st (UK) Armoured Division to 1st (UK) Division and the celebration of the rich history of 7th Armoured Brigade prior to the resubordination of the Brigade units.
We are now set for 2015, the most significant year of change prior to the eventual withdrawal towards the end of the decade.
The 2 CS Bn REME and Fallingbostel Station’s Warrant Officers and Sergeants’ Mess have donated €1,000 to the Kinderkrankenhaus auf der Bult, a children’s hospital in Hannover, to help an orphaned burn victim.
The battalion had already collected €300 for the hospital as thanks for the years of excellent service it has provided Forces’ children when soldiers learned of a very special girl patient named Aigerim.