2 RGR have recently been supporting the Bruneian local community with COVID-19 testing on Operation ICARUS. We asked some of the Gurkhas from 2 RGR, can you tell me what you have learnt from this task sporting the local people?
Captain Surendra Tamang – A Company
As a platoon commander, I felt privileged to lead one of the small teams on Operation ICARUS (COVID-19 swab testing) and support the Ministry of Health (MoH) Brunei. Due to the entirely different nature of the job, I learnt that how the professional conduct of every soldier would play a significant role in achieving a positive outcome. The Soldiers had to adopt flexibility to function in a new and challenging environment. This task has presented an excellent opportunity to assist MoH, work with the relevant agencies and, more importantly support the local people.
Sergeant Dilkumar Tamang – A Company
I felt privileged to be a part of the Operation ICARUS. I had to remain determined, flexible, and foresighted to the changing circumstances. Collaboration, discipline, and professional conduct strengthened our bonds and enhanced our operability with the local agencies. It has also provided an excellent opportunity to showcase our trust, understanding and interoperability with the Bruneians.
Rifleman Dipesh Thapa – C Company
It is an utterly different challenge and experience for us than our daily routine business. Tomorrow is unpredictable, and we are confronting COVID-19 along staff from the MoH Brunei. Their gratitude and reverence towards us give us good incentives and excellent job satisfaction.