East Midlands and East of England Logistic Regiment
158 Regiment, part of 102 Logistic Brigade, is a modern and diverse Army Reserve Transport Regiment. Its role is to provide general transport support to its paired Regular Army Regiment, 7 Regiment Royal Logistic Corps.
The Regiment is organised into five Squadrons:
- 200 Headquarters Squadron based in Peterborough
- 201 Squadron - a transport squadron based in Bedford and Luton
- 202 Squadron - a transport squadron based in Ipswich and Colchester
- 203 Squadron - a transport squadron based in Loughborough
- 160 Squadron - a transport squadron based in Lincoln
The Headquarters Squadron consists of all elements required to support the four transport squadrons. This includes: communications, catering support, logistic specialist support, HR, mechanical transport and physical training specialists. We continue to develop a good relationship with both our paired Regular Regiment, 7 Regiment RLC and the community where our soldiers are recruited from.
Officers and soldiers of 158 Regiment RLC are experts in logistics. Equally as comfortable on foot as they are at the wheel of a MAN SV 6 tonne truck, their versatility means they find themselves supporting 7 Regiment RLC in many different roles, including:
- Driving MAN Logistic Support Vehicles 6 tonne cargo/flat platform and Wolf HS FFR on and off road.
- Training soldiers to acquire their Category B and C vehicle licences.
- Communicating with specialist radios.
- Commanding from the front.
- Making judgement calls in tough situations.
Every operation and exercise, no matter where it is in the world, is supported by the RLC Regular and Reserve Units, including members of 158 Regiment RLC. Our team of specialist tradespeople are able to operate a wide range of logistic vehicles and equipment, including:
- MAN Logistic Support Vehicles (MAN SV) - 6-tonne variants
- Wolf HS FFR Land Rovers
- Fork Lifts
The Regiment employs Regular and Reservist soldiers in various trades from across the RLC. Trained as soldiers first, they then develop a wide range of specialist skills through their individual trades; most of which are directly transferable into the civilian workplace. These trades include:
We also employ Officers who train at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst (RMAS) and personnel from the following cap badges: Royal Army Medical Corps (RAMC) and Adjutant General's Corps (AGC-SPS).
Private Lana Hughes
I joined the Army Reserves in early 2019 and completed my Phase 1 Alpha and Bravo training later in the year. Within two months of completing Phase 1 training, I was offered the opportunity to race with the Regiments Nordic Ski Team at the RLC Corps Championships in Ruhpolding, Bavaria. I was also signed up for a two-week climbing expedition in Spain.
Less than six months after completing my Phase 1 training, I was mobilised and attached to 7 Regiment RLC, our paired Regular unit, under the banner of Op RESCRIPT which has seen me travel countrywide in support of Defence efforts to respond to the COVID-19 crisis. I have been well supported throughout my journey as a reservist. I’ve gained driving licences, tried new things and made many new friends; I've enjoyed my journey so much that I intend on trying for a regular commission within the next couple of years.
Private Shannon Conway
I served for four years in the Regular Army as a Combat Medical Technician with much of my time being based in Germany. I left the regulars to pursue my dream of becoming a full-time paramedic and I am currently an Emergency Medical Ambulance Technician with East Midlands and will start my paramedic degree next year. After leaving, I missed the friendships and camaraderie of being in the Army, so I was delighted to find out I could still be a medic attached to The Royal Logistic Corps within 158 Regiment RLC. Since re-joining, I have run several Team Medic Courses and deployed on a large-scale logistical exercise called Ex HALBERD DAWN where I was involved in assessing medical serials for exercising personnel, delivering effective feedback and coaching to individuals, as well as providing real time medical support. Joining the Reserves has definitely been one of the best decisions I’ve made.
Sports and Adventurous Training are a big part of regimental life and all personnel are encouraged to take part in various activities while serving in 158 Regiment RLC. In 2020, we are proud that members of the regiment travelled to Ruhpolding in Germany to take part in the RLC skiing competition.
We also take part in other sports such as: caving, hill walking, mountain biking and kayaking - all designed to challenge and take you out of your comfort zone.
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