On the auspicious occasion of Bijaya Dashami 2076 Bikram Sambat, I send warmest wishes of a Happy Dashain to all members of the Brigade of Gurkhas, past and present. I hope that you can take time away from busy roles, wherever you are in the world and relax with your family and friends.
For some, Dashain will be a particularly religious and spiritual time, for others a great opportunity to be reminded of home; the friends and family still there and the rich tapestry of cultures in Nepal that are reflected in the Brigade. Regardless of one’s faith, it’s certainly a time to enjoy and participate in the traditional entertainment (and increasingly contemporary fare too) that further bonds us together, as Gurkha and British soldiers and officers. It is a time to thank our families for their love and care and support; the foundation on which our service is built.
It’s also a time where we can reflect on the past year and the martial achievements; on operations, exercises and in competition. Within the disciplines of shooting, fitness, sporting and military skills, we have again set the pace and have much to be proud of; in the traditional Gurkha way. All is testament to strong leadership, team work and hard work.
Well done and thank you for all your collective and individual efforts once again. The Reputation of the Brigade is justifiably strong, and all our six cap badges are delivering to the highest professional standards individually and collectively. We serve in exciting times and as reflection of our dedicated service and high performance, we have been charged with growing as a Brigade of Gurkhas and delivering additional capability for Defence and the British Army. We all have a part to play in this, selection and recruiting in Nepal, training in Catterick and setting the conditions in our units and sub units to receive our latest gallah into the Field Army. There is much to look forward to.
I wish you and you families a prosperous, peaceful and heathy year ahead.