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Local soldier exercises in Germany

Exercise Armoured Hussar has seen soldiers from D Squadron and RECCE Squadron The Queen’s Royal Hussars (The Queen’s Own and Royal Irish) busy on the training area in Sennelager, Germany with their Challenger 2 Main Battle Tanks (MBT) and Scimitar Combat Vehicle Reconnaissance (Tracked).

APOG-2015-145-067-Sgt_BarberOne of those involved was Ipswich soldier Sergeant Russell Barber (33) who is a Troop Sergeant with responsibility for 12 soldiers within D Squadron. With the Regiment stepping up their preparations for deploying to Canada in a few months for a major training exercise the benefits of the low level training were immeasurable as Russell explained: “We have a number of new soldiers in the Regiment so this training is perfect as it gives them not only important time on the Challenger 2 MBT but time to work together and develop the bonds needed to make a successful crew.

Exercises like these are invaluable, it is all about getting the soldiers practising their skills and drills and understanding their own and each others roles in the Challenger 2 MBT. It gives them a better understanding of how the Squadron works and this is where I come in and have a key role, passing on knowledge to the younger soldiers, tips on how to do things and instilling confidence and giving them the opportunity to make their own decisions.

It is invaluable for them to do this now in this environment and learn from their errors and gain experience before we depart to Canada and start the live-fire training.”

Russell, who transferred over to the Queen’s Royal Hussars 2 years ago, is really enjoying life with the Regiment saying: “It is a real family based Regiment and Germany is a fantastic place to live and work – I just wish I had come and served here earlier in my career. I love tanks and being able to train out on the ranges here is perfect. I am also looking forward to going to Canada again working on the prairies and putting the crews through their paces.”


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