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Regiment Gears up for Major Exercise

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An advance guard of soldiers at the weekend left for the state-of-the-art US Marine Corps venue for the Regiment’s annual training exercise.

A total of 22 soldiers have flown out to Camp Lejeune in North Carolina to prepare the way for the arrival of the main body of troops this weekend.

Regiment Training Officer Major Martin Wyer said: “An exercise like this requires considerable planning and we all want to make the most of it.

“The advance party will make sure all the equipment we need is in place and prepare the training areas, as well as organise accommodation and vehicles.”

Around 160 soldiers will leave Bermuda next weekend for Exercise Island Warrior – designed to make sure the island’s troops are trained to the highest standards of military skills and tactics.

Maj. Wyer said: “The facilities and opportunities available at Camp Lejeune are among the best in the world and we aim to take full advantage.

“The Regiment operates to standards in line with the UK and Canada, some of the best in the world and this facility will ensure our soldiers are at the peak of professionalism.”

The exercise will include a three-day intensive field training exercise to put the whole Regiment through its paces in a realistic urban environment.

In addition, soldiers from Support Company, including medics, signallers, engineers, Regimental Police, will train with their Marine Corps counterparts in their specialist areas. The Boat Troop and a member of the Bermuda Police Reserve Marine Section will train with the United States Coast Guard, a leading maritime agency    

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Two Bermuda Fire and Rescue Service firefighters and a St John’s Ambulance medic will also travel with the Regiment to provide additional medical coverage.

Commanding Officer Lt Col. Brian Gonsalves said: “As we are largely a part-time force – we maintain a full-time attitude and standard. Our soldiers appreciate and take full advantage of the superior training facilities at Camp Lejeune together with the opportunity of meeting many Marines who have developed years of war fighting experience, and that type of exposure is priceless.

“Whatever, we’re called to do, whether at home or abroad, I’m confident our soldiers will be ready, trained and equipped to the highest standards.”

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The Bermuda Regiment is looking for volunteers for a variety of roles. A Regiment career offers recruits opportunities to travel, acquire skills useful in civilian life, test themselves to their limits and competitive rates of pay. For more information, call 238-1045 or visit www.bermudaregiment.bm .

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Warrant Officers' & Sergeants' Mess Annual Breakfast Run

Breakfast Run Poster

The Warrant Officers' and Sergeants Mess will be holding our annual Breakfast run / bike / walk on 19 May 2013 starting at 8:30 am.  Entry forms can be picked up at Sportseller or the International Sports Shop.  You can also register for the race on www.racedayworld.com.  

Entry forms are also attached at the bottom.

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Realistic Public Order Training Tests Troops

Bermuda Regiment soldiers put their textbook training in dealing with civil disorder to the test in a realistic training exercise at the weekend.

Soldiers defended key points in the Dockyard area in an exercise designed to teach them to cope with a variety of potential flashpoints in support of the island’s police service.

Captain Andy Jobst, who commanded the troops tasked with a public order role, said that the exercise included dealing with peaceful demonstrations – but also with violent criminal elements who might try to take advantage of social unrest.

Capt. Jobst, 38, the chief economist at the Bermuda Monetary Authority in civilian life, added: “These are the newest soldiers in the Regiment – they’ve only been wearing uniform for three months and I’m very satisfied with their output.

“The professional attitude is there and the scenarios we had to deal with are entirely possible. If we don’t train rigorously for them, if they ever happened, we would have serious problems in responding in an appropriate way.”

Soldiers from the Junior NCOs cadre acted as criminals who were intent on causing trouble, lobbing missiles and petrol bombs at soldiers tasked with controlling outbreaks of violence.

At Warwick Camp, the Band played their other role of guard duty to keep the nerve centre of the Regiment protected – and also had to deal with a suspected bomb planted on site by exercise organisers.

Training Officer Major Martin Wyer said: “The exercise brought out very good learning points, allowing us to move forward with our training.

“The public order exercise went very well and proved the Regiment is more than capable of acting in support to the police in any situation which may arise.

“It’s very good experience as we go into our overseas training exercise, Island Warrior, in the US in a few weeks’ time. We’ve learned some valuable lessons – the troops are exhausted, but that’s all part of it.”

Training Warrant Officer Sergeant Major Fred Oldenburg, who supervised the ‘rioters’ on the ground, added: “Some people thought it was a bit violent – but if you’re going to train, you’ve got to train hard.

“It also enabled the company and platoon commanders to be tested as well.”

Commanding Officer Lt Col. Brian Gonsalves said: “The Regiment has proved it can deal with a range of different challenges and respond appropriately to everything from a peaceful demonstration to having petrol bombs thrown at them.

“I’m confident we will be prepared to the highest standards should we ever be needed to support the civil power.”

The Bermuda Regiment is looking for volunteers for a variety of roles. A Regiment career offers recruits opportunities to travel, acquire skills useful in civilian life, test themselves to their limits and competitive rates of pay. For more information, call 238-1045 or visit www.bermudaregiment.bm .

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More than 300 Troops to take part in Island-Wide Exercise

 

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More than 300 Bermuda Regiment soldiers will take over key points across the island next weekend as troops build up to their annual overseas exercise, scheduled this year to take place in the US.

Soldiers will occupy key points – mostly in Dockyard in the west and Ferry Reach in the east – as part of confirmatory training to ensure they are able to make the most of the two-week US training camp.

Training Officer Major Martin Wyer said: “It is cost-effective to get as much done here as we can so we can get the most out of our annual overseas training.

“We already do as much as we can on-Island, but we are constrained by the physical limitations and size of Bermuda.”

The exercise – April Advance – is based on a scenario that, as well as conducting internal security procedures, will also see soldiers practicing their public order skills only weeks before they leave for the US Marine Corps base at Camp Lejeune in North Carolina.

While in the US, our soldiers will take part in two weeks of intensive training using some of the most hi-tech military equipment available in an exercise dubbed Island Warrior.

Maj Wyer said: “It’s the culmination of all the training we have done in the Regiment in this training year – April Advance is the last Regimental exercise to put that into practice”.

“It’s an internal security-based exercise designed to ensure that we can put our intensive training into practice to protect key assets.”

The exercise – which takes place this Friday, 5 April to Saturday, 6 April – will use several areas around Dockyard and Ferry Reach

Maj Wyer said: “The public should expect a lot of troop movements via vehicle, foot, and on the waterways via the Boat Troop.”

Troops from the Junior Non-Commissioned Officers Cadre (JNCO) are scheduled to play agitators in a role designed to test responses by the troops guarding key areas.  The Junior Leader’s will also be involved acting as simulated civilian population to enhance the realism of the training - with the Training Officer making it clear that they aren’t going to be in any danger from the Exercise activities.  

Maj Wyer said: “It will all be in areas where it’s very clear where we are and the public should not be alarmed.  The Bermuda Police Service is aware of our training and we also thank WEDCo for their assistance in allowing us to use some of their facilities”.

 

“There may be blank ammunition fired and there may be some mock demonstrations, but it will all be done in a very controlled way and there will be absolutely no danger to the public.”

He added: “The Regiment operates in line with UK and Canadian standards, some of the best in the world, so it’s vital we regularly carry out exercises like this.

“The Regiment has a variety of roles, from hurricane and disaster relief to ceremonial duties, as well as a public order obligation’”.

“We train rigorously for the worst to help make sure the worst never happens and we take our responsibilities very seriously.”

The Bermuda Regiment is looking for volunteers for a variety of roles. A Regiment career offers recruits opportunities to travel, acquire skills useful in civilian life, test themselves to their limits and competitive rates of pay. For more information, call 238-1045 or visit www.bermudaregiment.bm .

 

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Bermuda Military Rarities (Revisited)

Military Rarities Book

 

Bermuda Military Rarities (revisited) is a book that offers a look at some of the unusual events that have occured in the Islands' rich military history.  Former Commanding Officer, Lt Col Brendan Hollis, OBE, ED, contributed some of the material to make this book possible. Bermuda Military Rarities (revisited) is available for purchase at the following locations for $10:

The Bermuda Historical Society Museum (10:30am - 1:00pm daily, except Thursdays & Weekends)

Par-la-ville Library

Mr Andrew Bermingham

For additional information contact Mr Bermingham at 236-4193 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

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UK’S Top Army Officer Visits Bermuda Regiment

The UK’s top Army officer paid his first visit to the Bermuda Regiment at the weekend. 

And General Sir Peter Wall, the Chief of the General Staff, said he was impressed by the commitment of Regiment soldiers after touring Warwick Camp and observing training. 

Gen Wall  said: “There is a relationship between the Bermuda Regiment and the British Army. 

“I thought it would be wonderful to come here for a visit and get to understand a bit about the country and what kind of relationship we should have between the Regiment and the British Army.” 

General Wall also met Governor George Fergusson, the Regiment Commander-in-Chief, when he stopped off on the island en route to Washington for talks with senior US Army officers. 

He met the Regiment’s newest recruits in action, watched disaster relief specialists training with chainsaws and saw the Operational Support Unit (OSU) practice for its internal security role. 

In addition, he spoke to the Junior Non-Commissioned Officers’ Cadre – the soldiers who will be in charge of training future recruits – and fired both the current and future issue rifles on the firing range. 

General Wall said: “I have been massively impressed by what I have seen here. I have seen the enthusiasm with which your soldiers approach their training.” 

He added: “It’s screaming out that this is an organisation that, once people are in it, they enjoy it and do the best they can. 

“I just hope the Bermuda public is as aware of that as I am. It’s tremendous.” 

Gen Wall said: “There’s a requirement to get the most out of our military forces, whether it’s support to other countries, training or occasions where we can share training. 

“A relationship like the one the British Army might have with the Bermuda Regiment is a tile in that mosaic – it may turn out to be an important tile. This visit confirmed my sense there are linkages that are worth refining and developing.” 

He added that the Regiment and the British Army, which is moving to a smaller professional component backed by a greater use of reservists, faced common challenges. 

Gen Wall said: “We have to make sure we have an active discussion going on so we can give each other as much support as possible. 

“There are a number of British Territories which might need military support for a disaster or whatever it might be and I know Bermuda has a history of such operations.” 

Gen Wall became the professional head of the British Army in 2010. He is a near-40 year veteran of the UK armed forces and graduated from Cambridge University with a degree in engineering. He served with the Royal Engineers before joining the British airborne forces. 

He has served all over the world, including the former Yugoslavia, which was torn by ethnic conflict in the 1990s, and Iraq. 

Commanding Officer Lt Col Brian Gonsalves said the Regiment was trained, equipped and administered in line with the best methods adopted by other countries, like the UK and Canada. 

He said: “We are largely a part-time force – but we foster a full-time attitude and standards and our training and procedures are based on some of the best in the world. 

“The Regiment has a variety of roles, from hurricane and disaster relief both at home and abroad, to ceremonial duties, as well as public order duties. But whatever we’re called to do, whether at home or overseas, I’m confident our soldiers are trained and equipped to the highest standards.” 

“We continually follow international best practice, and it pays dividends.  If and when we get requested to assist other islands or locally, we know that our methods are the best that can be provided. ”

The Bermuda Regiment is looking for volunteers for a variety of roles. A Regiment career offers recruits opportunities to travel, acquire skills useful in civilian life, test themselves to their limits and competitive rates of pay. For more information, call 238-1045 or visit www.bermudaregiment.bm .

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A Coy and Boats Training Weekend

BY LAND AND BY SEA – EXERCISE TESTS TROOPS’ EMERGENCY RESPONSES

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Bermuda Regiment soldiers practiced protecting Bermuda on land and on sea at the weekend.

While troops took on the challenge of guarding crucial island installations, the Regiment’s sea-going soldiers were working on maritime manoeuvres and search-and-rescue techniques.

Soldiers from A Company took over the Link Bermuda site in Smith’s, while the Boat Troop went on exercise in coastal waters and offshore.

Lieutenant Gordon Emmerson, 30, a high school teacher in civilian life, was in charge of teaching his platoon how to protect key installations in the event of a major natural disaster or civil disturbance.

Lt Emmerson, from Sandys, said: “My role here is commander of a key point operation. What we’re doing is internal security drills, which is one of the main functions of the Bermuda Regiment.

“A Company is the boots on the ground company and they’re testing their ability to maintain security here. Communications is an area which is crucially important.

“Electronic communications are vital in a disaster relief situation, both on the Island and in keeping a link to overseas.”

He added that, in the event of a major hurricane strike, members of the public would be worried and keen to know when normal services might be resumed.

Lt Emmerson said: “We also provide reassurance to the police as in our Mission Statement.”

He added: “I’ve been quite pleased overall this weekend. I’ve been looking for the junior commanders to operate with more independence. They’re doing the changeover of tasks, maintaining the routine of rest periods as well as controlling the Quick Reaction Force (QRF) and swapping patrols.”

Lt Emmerson said: “Hurricanes are a fact of life in Bermuda and the potential for civil disturbance exist in countries all over the world; we don’t have neighbouring jurisdictions to call on as was done in the London riots recently.

“Our role is to prepare for the worst that may happen. If it does, we will have an organised response which would be beneficial to the people of Bermuda.

“It’s better to have it and not need it than to need it and not have it.”

Other soldiers played members of the public and troublemakers to test the responses of the soldiers on duty.

Lance Corporal Andre Landy led his section on patrols and sentry duties around the sprawling Link site.

He said: “It went really well – it is very strenuous, but it pays off in the end. “

Over in the east end, Sergeant Major Jeffrey Patterson said his troops had been working shore side and at sea in a practical test of their classroom knowledge of navigation and Global Positioning System (GPS) work.

Soldiers worked with Bermuda Reserve Police officers from the Marine Unit in a joint service operation that saw them working up to six miles offshore in high seas.

Sgt Maj, Patterson said: “They are doing well and morale is very good – the good thing about Boat Troop is they all want to be there.”

He added, however, that recruits do not need a sea-going background and pointed to Corporal Stephen Nganga, who was born and brought up in Kenya, two thousand miles from the sea.

Cpl Nganga, 30, a volunteer who is a senior analyst at the Bermuda Monetary Authority when he’s not in uniform, said: “I’ve enjoyed the weekend very much.

“I joined up with no previous military or nautical experience; however, I have learned a great deal and I have been able to practically implement my new skills. It’s also of benefit to Bermuda in terms of manpower and gives me an opportunity to contribute to the Island community.

“We work a lot with the Bermuda Police to ensure the Island has good maritime security and we have a really good relationship with them.”

Police Reserve Sgt Jeffrey Benevides added: “It’s been good. It’s a lot of hands-on stuff, which we need. I’ve been around boats all my life, but the Regiment side of things and sailing in formation is all new. I’ve learned a lot.

“I feel it’s important that all the Government agencies work together. At the end of the day, we all want the same result – a safer and more secure Bermuda.”

The Bermuda Regiment is looking for volunteers for a variety of roles. A Regiment career offers recruits opportunities to travel, acquire skills useful in civilian life, test themselves to their limits and competitive rates of pay. For more information, call 238-1045 or visit www.bermudaregiment.bm .

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Appeal To The Public For Names To Be Included On A Service Memorial

A memorial to honour those soldiers who died while being an active member of the Bermuda Regiment is to be created at Warwick Camp.  As such we are appealing to members of the public to make sure the list of service personnel is as complete as possible. The process of appealing to the public for their input was used when creating the Bermuda War Memorial and proved essential.  Once a comprehensive list is compiled from the records at Warwick Camp and the public’s knowledge, the names, records, and service dates will be verified by the National Archives and National Records – to ensure accuracy. It is vital that we exhaust every resource to create an accurate list.

CRITERIA:

To be considered for inclusion on the memorial, the soldier must have been enlisted in the Regiment at the time of their death and be actively serving. Those who were deferred, awaiting exemption from service, or an absentee are not eligible. 

CURRENT LIST

Our list currently has 41 personnel on it.  PLEASE NOTE: This list has not been verified by the National Records or National Archives and some entries may be incorrect.  In addition, some service information may be missing as they were deceased before the current electronic administration system was implemented at Warwick Camp. The missing information will be added.

If you are able to provide any assistance in amending this list before our research begins, please contact the Regimental Sergeant Major WO1 Gavin Rayner: 238-3921 / This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

We kindly ask that you let the RSM know of anyone who may be missing from this list by Monday 18 March 2013:

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Bailey

McDonald

Pte

Blanchette

Craig Coray Paul

Pte

Browne

Delmonte Anthony

Pte

Butterfield

Maceo Maurice

Pte

Chapman

David

Pte

DeCosta

Cpl

DeSilva

Jan Edward

CSgt

Desilva

Anthony

Doe

Mark

LCpl

Edness

Aaron Christopher Callabras

Cpl

Edness

Gladwin

Pte

Edwards

Kyoshi Astley Lamont

Bdsm

Fray

Gordon Scott

Sgt

Fubler

Maj

Godet ED

Thomas

Pte

Herbert

Callan Eugene

Cpl

Hurdle

Denton

Jack

William

Pte

Jones

Jason Granville

S/Maj

King OBE, ED

Pte

Lee

Stephen Andrew

LCpl

Lovell

Wendell Earl

Lt 

Madeiros

Andre

Pte

Madeiros

Stephen Denis

Pte

Morbey

Evan Micheal

Pte

Perinchief

Kenneth Theopholis

WO2

Prime

George

Sgt 

Robinson

Earlston Winston

Pte

Skinner

Pte

Smith

James Robert

LCpl

Smith

Jason Christopher Micheal

Sgt

Smith

Charles Norman

Cpl

Smith

Pte

Steede

Graham Lewis

Sgt

Stones

LCpl

Wade

CSgt

Wainwright

Maj

Wheddon

Christian Robert

Pte

Williams

Morton

CSgt

Wilmont

Pte

Woodley

Dion Dennis 

The Bermuda Regiment is looking for volunteers for a variety of roles. A Regiment career offers recruits opportunities to travel, acquire skills useful in civilian life, test themselves to their limits and competitive rates of pay. For more information, call 238-1045 or visit www.bermudaregiment.bm .