REGIMENTAL BIRTHDAY MESSAGE
THE ROYAL GURKHA RIFLES
BRIGADIER GM STRICKLAND DSO MBE
1 JULY 2016
On our regimental birthday this year we can allow ourselves to look back with some pride at what we have achieved in the last 22 years. It continues to be an exciting journey, and the Royal Gurkha Rifles does not stand still. The Second Battalion has cemented its place in 16 Air Assault Brigade and proved its worth yet again on operations and in training. The First Battalion has trained in Kenya and represented the Army in the Asia Pacific region with its hallmark professionalism. Together, we have celebrated a magnificent 200 years of service to the crown. People across the Army know that RGR does things well, and as a result, we are a trusted regiment.
We have been able to do all these things because we are a family regiment. We look after each other and our own families. That provides us with tremendous strength in adversity. The bonds of that family will remain with us for life, no matter how long we spend with this regiment. They are very special bonds.
Enjoy the day of celebrations. Look back to what is now 201 years of history of Gurkha service to the crown and take the best from that, but also look forward to the future. We must be a modern and progressive organisation, able to adapt to the changing world.