4th Battalion Update – October 2014
Manning remains the battalion’s main effort and we are currently leading the way in the North East. Confidence is growing that renewed strategies and recruiting are having a positive effect in attracting and retaining new Reservists.
There are now considerable financial incentives for both new reserve entrants and ex-regulars to join the Reserves.
Operations and Training
Weekend training remains focused at the individual and section level. The majority of the weekends have been allocated for company training activity and have particularly concentrated on support weapons, signals, individual skill at arms and fieldcraft. Exercise LIONS STALK was a Battalion Field Training Exercise (FTX) and it's follow on Exercise LIONS PAW once again saw the headquarters and echelons deployed into the field in September.
Other external commitments have included deploying a considerable number of personnel in support of Operation COMET for the Commonwealth Games, as well as six NCOs and officers on exchange with the United States Army National Guard.
The Band is worth a special mention as they are involved in almost every aspect of battalion activity as well as many of their own commitments. They support almost every community engagement activity and have performed particularly well at Armed Forces Day parades, the Tour De France, Goodwood (where they played for Hollywood actor, Tom Cruise) and the Bligny Sunday parade. We owe them a debt of thanks for their commitment and professionalism.
Colonel Julian Fox TD has stepped down as the Deputy Honorary Colonel after seven years invaluable service. He was dined out in Germany by the battalion officers and the other colonels. He will be greatly missed by us all and we will remember him with fondness.
The following appointment took place:
- Colonel (Retired) George Kilburn MBE appointed Honorary Colonel
- Major D PREW appointed Executive Officer (formerly Training Major)
- Major J BARKER appointed Battalion Second in Command (2IC)
- Major J HUNT appointed Officer Commanding Recruit Training
Sport & Adventurous Training
The 4th Battalion has taken part in many competitive activities including; Dragon Boat Race in York, diving expedition to Ascension Islands, mountain biking in France, families getaway and company adventure training.
More change is coming as the Army command structures change in November. HQ 15 (North East) Brigade closes in December and 4 YORKS comes under command of 4 (Infantry) Brigade in Catterick. The Reserves have never been busier, with the 4th Battalion continuing to provide a challenging and rewarding lifestyle choice.