The Gurkha Brigade Association represents all the Regimental Associations of Britain’s Brigade of Gurkhas. Veterans and serving, and all ranks, anyone who has served with the Brigade of Gurkhas is a member. Our role is to foster comradeship and welfare, to preserve the heritage and history of the Brigade of Gurkhas and to sponsor and support Association or Brigade events. We work very closely with Headquarters the Brigade of Gurkhas, the Gurkha Welfare Trust and the Gurkha Museum, for the benefit of our soldiers and ex-servicemen. We provide information on relevant news and events, in UK and abroad, as well as help and advice for those starting a second career outside the Brigade
10 Queen’s Own Gurkha Logistic Regiment (QOGLR) were honoured to welcome Deputy Colonel Commandant Brigade of Gurkhas, Brigadier Mark Lancaster TD VR PC, and the new Colonel Brigade of Gurkhas, Colonel David Robinson.
The Brigadier and Colonel were initially greeted by 28 Squadron before being transported to the Regimental Headquarters in Close Support Tanker vehicles. On arrival at the headquarters, they were welcomed by a traditional Guard. Brigadier Lancaster then presented a Commander 101 Logistic Brigade Commendation to Corporal Taraman Gurung (Gurkha Staff and Personnel Support) for his outstanding performance over the last 12 months. The visiting party were presented with an update about the Regiment and future planned activities.
The Brigadier and Colonel were introduced to the Regimental Pipes and Drums where they received familiarisation training on various musical instruments including the Bagpipes. This was followed by a visit to the Regiments Custodian Account, managed by 1 Squadron’s Logistic Specialists, top provide an insight in to how the account operates both in peacetime, and on deployed operations. Gurkhas from 28 Squadron then introduced the Regiment’s vehicle capability, which included the impressive Mastiff vehicle. The Commanders Monitoring Inspection explained why it is vital to inspect vehicles to ensure the Regiment remain ready when called upon. Our communications specialist team delivered a presentation on the wider trade employability; including roles and responsibilities, equipment care and their communication plan for the Regiments impending training; Exercise KHUKURI ENDEAVOUR which will see the Regiment deploy to Scotland from the case in Aldershot.
After a competitive pistol shoot at the 25m range, our catering department demonstrated how they improvise in the field, this also included some outstanding fruit carvings. In true QOGLR fashion, our guests were treated to the legendary traditional Gurkha curry before departing.
By Corporal Bhim Bahadur Pun, Queen’s Own Gurkha Logistic Regiment