The Princess Royal visited the unit at Merville Barracks, Colchester today (Wed 27 Nov) in her capacity as Colonel-in-Chief of the Royal Logistic Corps.
13 AASR’s core role is to provide logistic and equipment support to 16 Air Assault Brigade, the British Army’s airborne rapid reaction force. It is trained and equipped for parachute, helicopter and airlanding operations, and The Princess Royal talked with soldiers about the demands of their role and saw the equipment they would use on operations.
The Princess Royal also met families and presented awards to a number of soldiers. Staff Sergeant Daniel Thompson and Corporal Godfred Otchere received Long Service and Good Conduct Medals, awarded to soldiers who have served for 15 years with a clean disciplinary record. Staff Sergeant Emmanuel Ottih was presented with a General Officer Commanding 1 (UK) Division Commendation for his work on Operation Shader in Iraq.
It’s a real honour to receive a medal from the Princess Royal Corporal Otchere
Supply specialist Cpl Otchere, 39 from Ghana, has deployed to Afghanistan on operations twice since joining the Army in 2004. “I’ve worked hard and played the rules, and it is nice to have my service recognised,” the father-of-three said. “It’s a real honour to receive a medal from the Princess Royal; she was very nice and asked about my work and family.”
Lieutenant Colonel James Beere, Commanding Officer of 13 AASR, said: “The visit by Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal, our Colonel in Chief, has been a great honour for the Regiment and the families The Princess met. It allowed The Princess to meet our soldiers and learn about every aspect of the unit’s life, from supporting operations and exercises around the world to the everyday lives of our people supporting the brigade and the wider community.”