Starting in September the soldiers of the Allied Rapid Reaction Corps (ARRC) Support Battalion deployed on its yearly task of supporting Exercise LOYAL LEDA, with the building of infrastructure and providing support to the Headquarters of the 3* led ARRC.
Over the course of the last three months they have successfully constructed and maintained an international exercise in multiple locations with real life support to more than 600 staff officers and personnel.
Starting in September, and with a backdrop of strong winds and heavy rain the build phase began seeing the southern section of South Cerney becoming a sea of tents. All fully floored, lit, heated, waterproofed and protected provided the nucleus for the various needs of Headquarters ARRC including sleeping, working and dining facilities. Within a six weeks, they had provided the needed capacity despite the small size of the team, the constant constraints and uncertainty the current climate placed on the exercise.
With the two-week execution phase starting in November the team was able to provide 24hr support to those working across the camp, making sure the exercise could run as smoothly as possible. Despite the late-night call outs and early starts the team the professionalism of the battalion never wavered, and It provided first rate support throughout.
With the exercise concluded the battalion turned to the deconstruction phase which saw the packing up and reconstitution of nearly 100 ISO containers worth of kit and equipment.
By Lieutenant Rock Dock, The Royal Logistic Corps