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The Commander QOGLR’s Farewell

15th October 2020

Lieutenant Colonel Alex West leaves QOGLR

On 22nd September, a ‘tow out ceremony’ was observed in a traditional manner to bid a farewell to Lieutenant Colonel Alex West after completion of his successful two years as Commander the Queen’s Own Gurkha Logistic Regiment (QOGLR).

The last day for the Commander started with the walk around to all Squadrons and departments to pay a last visit to his soldiers, in small groups to meet COVID-19 policies. He was hosted by the Officer’s of the Regiment for a farewell lunch in the Officer’s Mess.

Later, in the afternoon, he visited the Temple to pray for the well-being and prosperity of the Regiment and all the wider members of the QOGLR serving around the globe. After taking a blessing from the Pandit ji and Lama guru; he was escorted by the Gurkha Major and Regimental Sergeant Major to a Land Rover and towed out by the officers towards the barracks gate, as per the tradition and Kaida of the Brigade of Gurkhas. Finally, a Guard of Honour was presented to him before his departure from the regiment. He is assigned to PJHQ and very soon deploying to Iraq on Operation SHADER.

On behalf of all ranks, we wish him all the very best for his future.

The Commander QOGLR’s Farewell
The Commander QOGLR’s Farewell
The Commander QOGLR’s Farewell

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