On the 3rd of March Headquarters Brigade of Gurkhas (HQBG) hosted Mr Leo Docherty MP, Minister for Defence Personnel and Veterans, at Robertson House at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst. The purpose of the visit was to give the Minister an update on the recent activities of the serving Brigade and for him to have an opportunity to speak to current Gurkha soldiers from several of the Brigade’s cap badges.
The visit began with a presentation from the Colonel Brigade of Gurkhas (Colonel David Robinson, the Chief of Staff (Major Dan O’ Connor and Deputy Chief of Staff (Major Gary Power) on the current state of the Brigade, it’s key recent activities and the role of HQBG.
This was then followed by a series of stands by serving member of the Brigade. Firstly, The Royal Gurkha Rifles (RGR) presented on their recent deployments which included Operation ALLIED SOLSTICE; supporting Afghan refugees fleeing their home country. This was followed by soldiers from the Queens Gurkha Signals (QG Signals) who gave a capability brief and demonstrated equipment held by 246 Gurkha Signal Squadron.
Lunch, which was expertly cooked by chefs from the Queen’s Own Gurkha Logistic Regiment (QOGLR) was served in an informal setting allowing the Minister to speak with soldiers from the RGR, QG SIGNALS, QOGLR and Gurkha Staff and Personnel Support (GSPS).
The visit highlighted the diversity of the Brigade and the importance of its contribution to wider Defence. Before leaving the Minister addressed all present to say how impressed he is with the what the Brigade has achieved both historically and in recent times and would seize the opportunity to be invited to future Brigade of Gurkhas events.