The prestigious honour of the Fahnenband has been awarded to 7 Regiment RLC in recognition of its 52 years distinguished service in Germany.
The Fahnenband is the name given to the ribbon of honour, fixed as a decoration to the Truppenfahne or Colours. Made of silk in the German national colours, it is the highest honour that can be bestowed on an allied unit by the Federal MOD and carries the inscription ‘In the service of peace and freedom’.
It was presented to the regiment by German Defence Attaché, Brigadier General Martin Hein, at a parade held at Kendrew Barracks on Tuesday last week.
The regiment was formed in Sennelager, Germany in 1961 and moved to Bielefeld in 1993 where it remained until it relocated to Kendrew Barracks in 2013.
Brigadier General Hein fixed the ribbons to the Regiment’s Standard. Addressing the soldiers on parade he said: “Our ceremony today is a tribute to the great service you have rendered over decades to the Federal Republic of Germany.
“For me as German Defence Attaché, this is a special and very important opportunity to thank you and your families for your dedication.
He continued: “As a mark of special respect and deep gratitude, it is my great pleasure to present to you the Fahnenband – the Ribbon of Honour – here at your new base.
“This award is a symbol of Germany’s deep gratitude and appreciation for all you have done in and on behalf of the Federal Republic of Germany. Germany is proud to have such a trusted partner at its side.
“We thank you and your families for all your dedicated work in Germany. We wish you all the very best and every success in all your future challenges.”
Following the parade the German Defence Attaché attended a reception in the Officers’ Mess where he spoke to soldiers and their families. He also presented Captain Andy Dunwell with his Op Grittock medal.
Op Grittock saw the British Army provide medical, planning and engineering capabilities to the Sierra Leonean Government; building and running Ebola treatment centres and training their healthcare workers, police and civilians.
Captain Dunwell deployed to Sierra Leone in May for three months. His role of Force Quartermaster saw him manage the support the force needed to carry out its work.