Personnel from The Second Battalion, The Royal Gurkha Rifles (2 RGR), have been deployed to Louisiana in the USA for Exercise RATTLESNAKE to support the 1 Irish Guard Battle Group which is exercising with the US Army.
42 Observer Mentors (OMs) and a Permanent Range Team from 2 RGR, led by Captain Sebastian Bird. OMs main responsibilities are there to observe actions of exercising troops and coach them if necessary, considering their safety in all activities.
The exercise is a great opportunity for 2 RGR and for the British Army to enhance their knowledge and skills and integrate US tactics. Similarly, the American counterparts are keen to know about how the British Army functions within the operational environment and how our Gurkhas cope and operate in the tough tests set for them during the Exercise.