Earlier this month the Corps HQ hosted a small delegation of our ex-REME Chelsea Pensioners from the Royal Hospital. The aim of the day was to introduce our Pensioners to some of the Army’s current fighting equipment and new technology and to familiarise them with some of the trade training facilities at the Corps’ new home in MoD Lyneham.
The visitors were greeted at Corps Headquarters with the time-honoured NAAFI break, taking in a bacon roll and a group photograph with staff from the Headquarters prior to embarking upon a packed tour of barracks. The route took in visits and briefs to the Recovery Training area, Vehicle and Weapons Hangars, Aircraft Wing before finishing at the Metalsmiths and Armourers’ Shop. En route they met many inquisitive young trainees covering all trade groups including soldiers from other nations receiving maintainer instruction on various platforms.
A light lunch in the Sgts’ Mess preceded a visit to the Roger Jones MBE Vehicle Hangar to view the historic vehicle fleet before the team left, tired and content, for the trip home to Chelsea.
Scribe: Major (Retired) Geordie Wright-Rivers
This article will be published in the next issue of The Craftsman, REME’s official magazine.
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