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Reserve and Cadet Officers increase understanding

 

Earlier this month, over 70 Army Reserve and Cadet Officers met to hold a weekend study period.

 

The event, which was supported by RFCA for Wales, aimed to identify opportunities to work together and towards mutual goals, broadening the awareness of each other’s organisations.

 

Colonel Francis Acton, Deputy Commander Reserves, said: “I have wanted, for some time, to increase understanding and cooperation between our Reserves and Cadet organisations.

 

“This inaugural Study Weekend and Dinner Night was designed to help achieve that, as well as brief both cohorts on matters affecting their organisations.  I was delighted with the support from those who attended; the concept has been proved and it is our intent to hold such an event annually.”

 

Reserve Officers were briefed by external speakers from the Centre of Army Leadership, the Army Personnel Centre, Headquarters 1st (UK) Division and Army Headquarters.  They also heard from Welsh Reservist Lt Col Sion Walker who had recently returned from mobilised service in Ukraine.

 

Cadet Officers had the opportunity to consider how they could work together to maximise their performance in the new Army Cadet Force (ACF) Challenge. Colonel Alan Peterson, Honorary Colonel Army Cadets Wales, gave a presentation with his perspective on leadership from his experience in business.

 

In the evening, all Officers came together for a Beating Retreat which was performed by the Band and Drums of the 3rd Battalion The Royal Welsh. Major General Ranald Munro, Assistant Chief of Defence Staff for Reserves and Cadets and one of the three most senior serving Reservists, took the salute.  He then gave a ‘fireside chat’ to the Officers attending and answered a number of questions.

 

A formal Dinner Night was held in the Drill Hall of Wales Universities’ Officer Training Corps (UOTC) where Brigadier Alan Richmond, Commander 160th Infantry Brigade and Headquarters Wales, presided.

 

(Thursday 13 April 2017)

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