Troops at Kendrew Barracks in Cottesmore had a special royal visit from Princess Anne today (Tuesday).
This was the Princess Royal’s first visit to the 7 Regiment The Royal Logistic Corps in their new home. The Regiment re-located to Cottesmore from Germany in 2013.
Visiting in her capacity as Colonel in Chief of the Royal Logistic Corps the Princess Royal was received by the Master of General Logistics Lieutenant General Mark Poffley and the Colonel of the RLC, Corps Colonel Darren Corrie.
During her visit she presented Op HERRICK campaign medals to five soldiers who served in Afghanistan last year, met with soldiers and their families and received briefs on the work of Regiment.
Private Michael Smith, 20, was one of the medal recipients. He returned from Afghanistan in September where he was based in Camp Bastion and Kandahar. During his six-month deployment he was part of a team responsible for loading and returning kit and material back to the UK.
Michael said: “It has been one of those special moments. Receiving my medal from Her Royal Highness was a once in a life-time thing.”
There to watch him receive his medal was his family, including his mother Nicola and father Andrew. Nicola said: “It has been a privilege and an honour to be here and see Michael receive his medal.”
7 Regt RLC was formed after World War Two and whilst it has undergone many name changes over the years its enduring role has remained the same - the movement of material to the rear of fighting units, in particular the transport of armoured vehicles.
In the past year the regiment has been involved in a wide number of deployments both operationally and on exercises overseas. Elements of the regiment contributed to the draw down of Op HERRICK and continue to support the remaining elements of British forces in Afghanistan.
It also has a strong peace time commitment that has seen it providing support to military aid to the civil authorities. Last year saw soldiers deploy at short notice in support of UK flood relief to assist in the transport of sandbags to shore-up river defences in the Cambridge area.
The Regiment’s paired reserve unit is 158 Regiment RLC whose HQ is based in Peterborough. It has squadrons in Loughborough, Ipswich, and Bedford.
Commanding Officer Lieutenant Colonel Ian Poole said: “This has been a very special day for 7 Regiment, its soldiers and their families, particularly the soldiers who received their Op HERRICK campaign medal. I am sure the memory will stay with them for a long time to come.
“A visit by our Colonel in Chief is always a very special occasion. The troops take huge pride in our heritage and in the contribution which they have made in recent months both at home and abroad.
“The opportunity to discuss such matters with the Princess Royal, is clearly a real thrill. 7 Regiment has a typically busy year ahead including overseas deployments and training, courses to ensure that soldiers continue to develop and gain new qualifications, training exercises with our paired reserve unit 158 Regt RLC and adventure training.”