A Tidworth-based Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers (REME) battalion has marked its historic change of name with a parade.
104 Force Support Battalion REME will now be known as 5 Force Support Battalion REME, a change which has come about under Army 2020 restructuring. The Army is currently going through a transitory phase with regiments changing to create a force that will be better equipped to meet security needs at home in the UK and overseas.
The parade, called a Formation Parade, was watched by families and colleagues of the battalion as well as dignitaries, including the General Officer Commanding Theatre Troops, Major General Tim Radford, Colonel REME, Dan Scott, and the Garrison Commander of Tidworth and Bulford Garrison Lieutenant Colonel David Barron.
Also watching her soldiers proudly was the Battalion’s Commanding Officer, Lieutenant Colonel Lisa Gill. She said: “The formation of 5 Force Support Battalion is a special day for both the members of the Battalion, their families and the Corps of REME.
“The creation of 5 Force Support Battalion brings together into a single entity a number of critical equipment support capabilities. This includes power pack, Electronic Counter Measure and Base Intelligence Surveillance Target Acquisition and Reconnaissance capability repair, which gives us a unique position supporting the whole force.”
The soldiers marched on to the parade square accompanied with music from the Band of the Royal Logistic Corps where they were addressed by the Master General of REME, Lieutenant General Andrew Figgures.
Addressing the soldiers, families and gathered dignitaries the Master General REME said: “It is an honour to be invited to be the inspecting officer at this Formation Parade, it is an important day for the Army and equally important for your Corps history.
“We learn as people from our past and you as a battalion have achieved many things that you can now take from your past to your future.”
Currently based in Tidworth, 5 Force Support Battalion REME will move to Cottesmore, Rutland, in 2015.