It was a real privilege to serve alongside Gurkha soldiers and officers and, as Director, to oversee plans for the integration of Gurkha Staff and Support personnel into the Staff and Personnel Support Branch. I have very much enjoyed my connection with the Brigade of Gurkhas but, now I am no longer serving, I have taken the decision to stand down as Colonel Gurkha Staff and Personnel Support. I am pleased to be handing over this important role to Brigadier Paul Burns who, both as a serving officer and as Director, is best placed to provide the support that members of Gurkha Staff and Personnel Support deserve. I will continue to have the utmost admiration and respect for Gurkha culture, traditions and service. You are fine soldiers who should be rightly proud of your achievements, both as technicians and as fighting men.