Royal Gibraltar Regiment MTP, medals and Movember

Royal Gibraltar Regiment MTP, medals and Movember


Royal Gibraltar Regiment MTP, medals and Movember

A Regimental muster was held in Buffadero Training Centre last week to give the Regiment an opportunity to parade together in the new Multi-Terrain Pattern (MTP) uniforms.

The MTP was introduced after tests proved that it made soldiers less likely to be seen by the enemy and it is designed to work in several climates because of its ability to ventilate for cooling or layer for warmth. The new uniform has a combination of seven colours which help the troops to merge into the background and is the biggest change to the uniform in more than 40 years.

The Regimental Muster also gave Commanding Officer Lieutenant Colonel Colin Risso MC the opportunity to present two medals, the first was to Corporal Michael Tierney who has earned a Long Service and Good Conduct Medal (LSGC) which is awarded to service personnel who have served 15 years reckonable service without disciplinary action.

The Commanding Officer then went on to present Colour Sergeant James Hernandez with a Volunteer Reserves Service Medal (VRSM) with clasp which is presented to Territorial Soldiers who complete 10 years service and a clasp is then presented for every five years service thereafter.

Following the presentation Lieutenant Colonel Risso said: “The RG expects all its soldiers, Regular and Territorial to perform at the highest of standards, in the toughest of conditions, at the hardest of times. We also expect this to be done whilst maintaining the highest of standards under military and civilian laws where ever we are in the world, this is what makes the Royal Gibraltar Regiment and the British Armed Forces, the best in the world”

The Commanding Officer then touched on some of the many elements that the Regiment has been involved in this year including Operations in Afghanistan, supporting the Queens Diamond Jubilee and the continuous training being given to soldiers to not only develop their professional skills but to broaden their career choices and opportunities within the Regiment.

The evening was rounded up on a very humorous but charitable note when the Commanding Officer shaved off Colour Sergeant Rawlinson’s “Movember” moustache. Colour Sergeant David Rawlinson’s facial fur managed to raise £200 for the Gibraltar Movember effort.

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