R&R is just around the corner and the joy of having lie-ins and a few cold beers on a hopefully sunny July afternoon puts a smile of my face as I post this. With more people going on R&R in quick succession the work load seems to be never ending. Everyone is now looking at their watches and seeing the days flying by. I am really looking forward to seeing my family and girlfriend and spending some chilled out time before coming back and finishing the second half of my tour with renewed vigour.
There are a lot of special occasions that have happened in the UK whilst we have been out here, noticeably the Queens Diamond Jubilee. Watching this on the T.V on a British forces news channel was a real morale boast, as was the added touch of receiving a little jubilee box filled with teabags and biscuits which spread a little joy around the camp.
Within my location there have been vast improvements in the overall living and communications lay out since I arrived in Combined Forces (CF) BURMA. When the 1 Royal Welsh battle group (BG) arrived we were the second British battle group to have been here and you could tell. After three months of hard work from everyone within the communications bubble here in FOB OUL the difference is remarkable.
My training at the school of signals in Blandford was a very intense and complicated but has served me well in work as there is even more to strive for within this tour with the challenge of installing and linking together a complex and hopefully rewarding new set of communications systems… The user guides supplied at the end of the course in Blandford were definitely needed in the packing list and it has paid off!
With the Forward Repair Team (FRT) soon to deploy to this location the RSIST (Royal Signals Infantry Support Team) Comd can now stop having nightmares about the TiGR system, to quote his feelings on this new capability, “IP this IP that! Bring on boots and haircuts!” However there are still some more minor hurdles left to overcome so probably a few more grey hairs on the horizon Staff!
Many new challenges
As my location is constantly being updated with the latest equipment it is important that this incoming material is managed and accounted for correctly. Alongside being a communications systems operator I am also the second in command of the BG Stores under the RSIST Comd. This breeds many new challenges that I have never come across before. With the constant influx of people coming in and out needing different items the work literally never stops. Morning, noon or night we are constantly on call.
And with that, I’ll have to get back to work.
I look forward to communicating again soon, LCpl Whittaker.