Exercise KHUKURI DRAGON 18

Exercise KHUKURI DRAGON 2018 was a Type 2 Squadron led multi-activity Adventure Training package that was held in Bavaria, Germany.  The exercise involved a total of 45 personnel from 248 Gurkha Signal Squadron.

Organizing such a package involves a great amount of background planning, this task fell to Corporal Bhesh who, along with his small team, planned and executed the package on a short notice.  A warm and sunny afternoon on the 22nd July 2018 saw us deploy to Bavaria to begin the package.  After an extensive 24hr period of travel, we finally arrived at the Drei Muhlen Lodge in Wertach, Germany.

A wide range of activities awaited us, including white water rafting, a waterpark visit, via-ferrata, rock-climbing, mountain biking, hill-walking, distributed training (a rock-climbing foundation course). Adventure training is designed to build a fear factor and put soldiers out of their comfort zones whilst developing the basic core skills and values of the Army.  

Although we were having lots of fun, everything we were doing was contributing to us being better soldiers as the skills that we were learning can transfer into our day to day job.

This was an outstanding week of exhilarating and heart-racing activities, we were certainly pushed and challenged, yet the relaxed atmosphere and glorious weather certainly meant that this was an extremely fun experience.  To extend our German knowledge and culture, we were fortunate to attend a cultural program in the heart of Wertach.  

Likewise, as our stay was just a 30mins drive away from the renowned Neuschwanstein Castle, better known as the Disney Castle, we had the opportunity to visit and learn the history of this historic building.  Similarly, we had a full day reserved for a visit to the beautiful city of Munich and the home of one of the European giants of football, FC Bayern Munich, the Allianz Arena.

To put the icing to the cake, we were in for the treat of a delightful barbecue in the scorching sunshine followed by a quiz night led by Lance Corporals’ Gaurav and Dhabindra before an outstanding performance from our very own ‘Go Crazy Band’ led by Signaller Ashes, who played splendid music to entertain a crowd of nearly 50 personnel.