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Exercise Eagles Redcap has seen 156 Provost Company, 4th Regiment Royal Military Police training in the harsh environment of Sennybridge in South Wales. The exercise placed the troops on a mission to support and train an ally’s security forces as they tackle an insurgency backed by a hostile neighbour.
 
The Colchester-based troops stayed in the field throughout the week-long training, relying on their boots to move through the rugged hills of the Brecon Beacons and the kit carried in their backpacks to do their jobs and live off. They practised the specialist policing skills of evidence gathering, detainee handling and route reconnaissance and signing, as well as the wider soldiering skills of infantry attacks, first aid and patrolling.
 
Lance Corporal Tom Dutton, 24 from Newark, said: “We’ve been actively patrolling on foot across the area to interact with the local population, setting up vehicle checkpoints and investigating incidents. It’s been tough, with cold weather, heavy rain and very boggy conditions underfoot, which adds to the fun!”
 
Lance Corporal Jasmine Clifford, 23, said: “This has been a challenging exercise that’s tested both our general soldiering and specific policing skills. I’ve only been with the company for eight weeks so it’s good to get out in the field to show my capabilities to everyone and better understand our particular role on operations.”
 
Captain Carl Ingham said: “This training is about preparing for our high readiness role with 16 Air Assault Brigade. With the end of operations in Afghanistan, we need to move on and train for different operations, environments and adversaries. That means relearning conventional military policing skills that have not necessarily been forgotten but weren’t needed in Afghanistan. There’s been a lot of dusting off of old doctrine and going back to our basic skills and drills, such as route signing.
 
“Sennybridge has proved the arduous and demanding environment that we wanted, but everyone’s performing well and morale is high.”
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“For me, being an astronaut combines all the elements that I found rewarding about a test pilot career with the incredibly exciting prospect of being part of an international effort to advance our knowledge of science and human space exploration,” said Major Tim Peake.

Major Peake, a former Apache pilot with the Army Air Corps, is the first Briton to be appointed by the European Space Agency (ESA) Astronaut Corps and begins his mission on the International Space Station (ISS) in November.

Tim, aged 42, who maintains his flying in the Army Reserve, will be conducting a range of scientific experiments and maintenance work, including using the robotic arm and spacewalking, if the opportunity arises.

Married father-of-two Tim, who joined the ESA in 2009, took time out of his busy schedule to answer our questions. From flying Apaches to life in space, and from spaceman food to orbital soundtracks - find out what he had to say here: http://bit.ly/16RkrXc
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Prince Harry has visited the Battle Back Centre, Lilleshall, as part of his role supporting the Defence Recovery Capability.
 
The centre, funded by The Royal British Legion, runs adaptive sport and adventurous training courses for Wounded, Injured and Sick (WIS) service personnel.
 
Prince Harry met with injured personnel during his tour of the site which houses 24-purpose built rooms for those taking part in sporting activities ranging from indoor climbing to wheelchair basketball, and water sports to archery.
 
The Prince has long supported adaptive sport and adventurous training for WIS servicemen and women, having taken part in Walking With The Wounded expeditions, as well as being the driving force behind last year’s Invictus Games.
 
He also set up the Endeavour Fund in 2012, with the Duke of Cambridge, which he spoke about during his visit to the Battle Back Centre. The Endeavour Fund provides funding for sporting and adventure challenges and helps emerging initiatives with advice, hands-on support, and mentoring.
 
Working with the Defence Recovery Capability, which is an MoD-led initiative in partnership with Help for Heroes and The Royal British Legion, Prince Harry will play an important role in ensuring more WIS personnel have the opportunity to rediscover their self-belief and fighting spirit through physical challenges.
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Soldiers from 44 Military Intelligence Company marked their return from Afghanistan with a parade at Kiwi Barracks in Bulford.
 
Members of the company were among the last to be deployed in Helmand, overseeing the close-down of Camp Bastion and providing intelligence support. The parade also marked the re-subordination of 44 MI Company from 1 Military Intelligence Battalion (Germany) to 4 Military Intelligence Battalion (Bulford). The company will continue to provide operational support to 20 Armoured Infantry Brigade in Sennelager until 2018, but joins its sister companies (41 and 42) as part of 4 Military Intelligence Battalion.
 
The Company Commander Maj Chris Whitaker stated: “Today was a poignant day for 44 MI Company. It was an opportunity to recognise the recent deployed achievements on Op HERRICK 20 to Afghanistan. The Company provided intelligence support to a raft of headquarters across the battlespace, ranging from those at the operational level, HQ ISAF and RC(SW) down to tactical intelligence support at sub-unit level.
 
“The day also marked the re-subordination of the Company from 1 MI Battalion in Germany to 4 MI Battalion in Bulford. The Company’s heritage is rich, with its predecessors providing the very first Intelligence Corps soldiers into the continent at the end of the Second World War. It has retained a presence ever since and it is only fitting that it will be the last MI element remaining in Germany until 2018.
 
“I am delighted that we had an opportunity today to mark the occasion by inviting friends and family to celebrate the achievements of their loved ones and of the Company as a whole”.
 
Medals were presented to members of the company by Lt. Col Fiona Galbraith, Commanding Officer of 1 Military Intelligence Battalion. Second in Command, 4MI Battalion, Major Andy Tyler took the salute.
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+beatusqui wow, you know a lot about this XD but yeah, my dad was in the army, and lots of his friends got killed by the IRA. So I hate them..........
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A centenary commemorative rugby match was played recently at Olney RFC between the East Midland XV and 1st Battalion Yorkshire Regiment XV to celebrate the life of former Northampton Saints captain and England international Edgar Mobbs. The Army women’s team also played, providing stiff competition for Olney’s Women.
 
Mobbs arranged for an international rugby match in Northampton during 1915 as a way of recruiting men for his own ‘sportsman’s’ company to serve in the Great War.
 
The Mobbs’ Memorial match was organised to honour the 16 players from the market town of Olney who lost their lives during World War 1 serving in 7th Northants and to mark the sport that helped recruit them.

Chairman of Olney Rugby Club, Jarlath McElroy, said: “Edgar Mobbs was both a sporting and war hero and we are proud to be hosting these matches with the support of his family and the British Army. A century on from that famous game, we are set for an enthralling encounter.

“The day will be a fitting tribute to an exceptional man, a special piece of history, and to the many sportsmen from Olney and across the region who lost their lives in World War One.”

This centenary commemoration at Olney RFC brings together sportsmen and women from across the East Midlands region, with the British Army - just as Edgar’s famous game did, 100 years ago.”
Lt Col Edgar Mobbs DSO (1882-1917) aged 35, died while charging a German machine gun position during the battle of Passchendale on 31 July 1917, his body was never recovered.
 
Scores:           Olney Women’s XV  -  Nil
                        Army Women’s Squad – 30
 
                        Olney RFC XV – 40
                        1 YORKS XV – 21
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Army swimmer Corporal Belinda Veasey, an Armourer with the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers (REME), explains the disciplines and techniques of competitive swimming in this video.
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British Army Challenger 2 tanks, operated by soldiers from the Queen’s Roya Hussars, are driven to the railhead in preparation for a major live-firing exercise in Germany.

The exercise provides the Regiment with the opportunity to undertake training in all areas needed to facilitate the movement of heavy armour between different locations, with the firing package designed to ensure all crews reach the required training levels and achieve the highest gunnery standards possible. 

The Queen's Royal Hussars will remain as one of only three Armoured Regiments in the British army, operating on Challenger 2 Main Battle Tanks. Under Army 2020 they will form part of the new Reaction Force undertaking short notice contingency tasks.  
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131 Independent Commando Squadron is a specialist unit in the Army. The Squadron's role is to provide engineer support to 3 Commando Brigade Royal Marines, who are the UK's experts in mountain and cold weather warfare. 

The Bottom Field tests must be passed together before attempting the Commando Course to earn the famous Commando Green Beret.

The tests are the 30-foot rope climb, the assault course in less than 5 minutes, the 200-metre man carry in under 90 seconds and a full regain on the rope over the water tank. All tests are conducted whilst carrying 14.5kg of equipment/rifle.

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Two chefs from 16 Air Assault Brigade visit Colchester Night Shelter once a week to cook dinner for its 20 residents. The voluntary project, which has been running for a year, has also seen the chefs re-organise the centre’s kitchen and stock keeping. 
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Two chefs from 16 Air Assault Brigade visit Colchester Night Shelter once a week to cook dinner for its 20 residents. The voluntary project, which has been running for a year, has also seen the chefs re-organise the centre’s kitchen and stock keeping. 

Last week Corporal Sam Coote and Lance Corporal Callum McMullan cooked chicken soup, spaghetti bolognese and chocolate sponge and custard for 20 people. Cpl Coote, from Colchester, said: “I look forward to coming down to the Night Shelter when it’s my turn. It’s an easy way to use our skills as chefs to give something back to the community. We visit a few days before to agree a menu and then come down and cook. Everyone enjoys the food, it’s a friendly place and everyone helps with the washing up afterwards!”

LCpl McMullan, from Airdree, said: “Day to day as an Army chef we’re cooking in the messes on camp and preparing to cook out in the field on exercises, so this gives us a chance to do something different with our skills.

“I really enjoy preparing a home-cooked meal for people who are not as fortunate as I am. The residents really appreciate our cooking and it’s good to know that you’re helping people.”

Alastair Leighton, Colchester Night Shelter resettlement and welfare worker, said: “The Army chefs have
been coming for a year without fail and have been a real enhancement to the centre and the network of volunteers who support us. The feedback from our residents is very positive - the soldiers’ cooking is really good and they get on really well with everyone.

“But it’s not just cooking, the soldiers have really helped professionalise our kitchen by advising us with stock keeping, menu planning and chemical storage.” 

Night Shelter resident Levi Jones said: “The Night Shelter has been very important to me. I was homeless for 6 weeks and with their help I’m sorting myself out. It’s great having the soldiers come in to cook for us, they’re friendly and the dinners are really nice.”

Warrant Officer Class 1 Jim Tallon, who is in charge of catering for 16 Air Assault Brigade, organises the volunteer chefs. He said: “This is a win-win for everyone involved. Our chefs are developing their professional skills, both cooking and kitchen management, and their wider leadership and teamwork through working in a different environment with different people. At the same time we are helping a good cause in Colchester, as a way of saying thank you to the wider community for the support they give us.”
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Yesterday at Buckingham Palace the Grenadier Guards took over duties from the Coldstream Guards, accompanied by the Band of the Welsh Guards; while at Horse Guards Parade the Blues and Royals took over from the Life Guards to guard the official... entrance to the Royal Palaces in Whitehall.

Every day, on Horse Guards Parade, the Queen's Life Guard on their magnificent Cavalry Black chargers ride in from Knightsbridge to change the guard at 11am (10am on Sundays).

Every alternate day in winter at 11.30am the Foot Guards march out from Wellington Barracks to change the guard at Buckingham Palace accompanied by a band from the Corps of Army Music offering a world class performance from a wide repertoire.

In the greyest, bleakest month of the year this quintessentially British event is guaranteed to brighten your day so why not pop along and show your support?

The Queen's Guard change ceremonies also take place at St James's Palace, the Tower of London and Windsor Castle.

Check the Household Division website for details and times. Wrap up warm, bring a camera and don't forget to cheer!

There's also an app you can download to explain the ceremony. The “Changing the Guard at Buckingham Palace” app, priced at 69p, is available for download from the Apple i-Tunes store. See More
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Merry Christmas to our troops! Special festive cheer goes out to all those having dinner away from their loved ones.
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Happy Christmas away from home, thanks for your sacrifices. Cheers!
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