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  • Major chatter

    British Army Sgt Maj Glenn Haughton (left) talks with US Army Sgt Maj Dan DaileyBritish Army Sgt Maj Glenn Haughton talks to his American counterpart, Sgt Maj Dan Dailey, the US Army’s top enlisted soldier, at the Army Sergeant Majors conference, on September 7 at the Royal Military Academy School Sandhurst.

    Sgt Maj Glenn Haughton was the first soldier to fill the new post in September 2015, which was created to ensure the British Army’s most senior staff understand what life is like for soldiers serving in the British Army.

    He will serve as the Army sergeant major for three years.

  • California calling

    The 26 Regiment RA rugby team tour flew from Germany to California ready for three tough games against teams based in Northern California, for Ex Mansergh Eagle.

    26 Regt RA put in a strong performance but were nonetheless denied victory
    Due to the regiment’s training year commitments, several key players were missing, and several players had to travel down during the lull between Exercise PS2 & 3 from Batus Canada. However, this gave others the opportunity for more game time, notably a couple of young players who have never before represented the regiment.

    With little time to prepare before the first game against the Sacramento Lions, training was conducted every morning up to and including game day, with players then having the rest of the day to recover and explore the local area.

  • Get your skates on

    BFBS breakfast presenter Chris Keen will be skating to the finish line on Saturday, all in aid of the BFBS Big Salute.

    Chris has been training hard to prepare for the roller marathon and hopes to raise over £1,000
    Hoping to raise as much money as possible, Chris has joined forces with his brother Rob Keen to take on the 26 miles, 385 yards as they compete in the Berlin Roller Marathon on September 24.

    It is all for a good cause as the BFBS Big Salute raises money for five forces charities; Blesma The Limbess Veterans, Combat Stress, FAB – Families Activity Breaks, Blind Veterans UK and Veterans Aid.  

  • Boy sends card to grandad in heaven... and receives reply

    Phil’s letter to his grandad resulted in a message from heavenA five-year-old boy couldn’t get over the death of his grandfather, so he attached a card to a helium balloon and let it fly into the sky. His parents were surprised to find a parcel in the post shortly afterwards.

    In the letter written by his mum Manuela, Phil asked his Opa how he was and told him that he hoped everyone in heaven was being nice to him.

    “He was always talking about his grandfather and couldn’t get over his death,” Manuela said.

    The family had expected that to be the last of it, but then a package arrived in the post addressed to Phil. When he opened it, he found a letter and a teddy bear.

  • Bundeswehr troops to join NATO mission

    Germany plans to send up to 650 troops to join a new NATO mission to counter human trafficking in the Mediterranean Sea and combat arms smuggling by the Islamic State militant group, Der Spiegel reported.

    The ruling coalition aims to present a plan to parliament for approval shortly, the magazine said. It would call for the German involvement in NATO’s Operation Sea Guardian to last until December 2017.

    The deployment is part of a broader shift by Germany to expand its military role in Europe and NATO. 

    Der Spiegel said that Defence Minister Ursula von der Leyen and Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier told parliamentary leaders in a letter that “terrorist organisations can act unimpeded” because of the lack of government controls along the Mediterranean coast. This presented “significant threats to our security”.

    German ships are also participating in a EU military mission called Sophia to try to combat the smuggling of weapons and people off the Libyan coast.

  • Far-right clashes in eastern town

    Bautzen town officials have tightened rules for refugees following several outbreaks of violence last weekViolence broke out last week between refugees and members of the far-right scene in Bautzen, Saxony. Now local officials have imposed restrictions on the young refugees living there.

    Four young men who participated in the fight on September 14 were taken to other refugee facilities, so that they would no longer have an influence over others, Bautzen officials said.

    Officials also tightened rules in general for the approximately 30 unaccompanied minors living in Bautzen, imposing an alcohol ban and a 7pm curfew.

    The fight broke out after around 80 people from the far-right scene gathered in a town square in the evening and were met by a group of 20 young male refugees.

    Police chief Uwe Kilz said the violence was sparked by the young refugees when they started throwing bottles and pieces of wood at the far right group.

  • Germany News in Brief - September 22, 2016

    Pirate politician found dead

    Berlin – One of the most prominent figures in Germany’s Pirate Party has been found dead in his apartment, one day after he lost his seat in Berlin’s regional parliament to the anti-immigrant Alternative for Germany (AfD) party.

    Police found the body of Gerwald Claus-Brunner and that of another man in the politician’s Berlin apartment on Monday night (September 19). While an investigation into the deaths is ongoing and details of the other man’s identity have not been released, officers said evidence suggests the men committed suicide.

    In a statement, the Pirate Party said it had been aware that Claus-Brunner had been suffering from an unspecified sickness.

    Claus-Brunner had been elected to the Berlin parliament in 2011 when the party won 8.9 per cent of the vote and 15 seats.

    His party, which stands for freedom of the Internet and privacy rights, failed to win seats in Sunday’s election, securing less than two per cent of the vote.

  • Chilling and grilling with QRH

    The welfare office barbecue was well attended by QRH families who all enjoyed the time to chat and sit down to a delicious lunch provided by the regiment’s chefsOn September 11, the Queen’s Royal Hussars unit welfare office hosted a families barbecue at Happy Hussars on Athlone Barracks, Sennelager.  

    With the QRH Battlegroup currently deployed on Prairie Storm 3 it was and ideal opportunity for wives and children to get together and also give mums a day off from cooking lunch.

    There was endless fun for the children on the bouncy castlesSome 60 parents and children attended the event and those who did had a great day.

    Fortunately the weather was kind and everyone was able to make the most of the UWO bouncy castles and the toddlers could make full use of the indoor play area.

    As always the chefs provided excellent food and there was plenty for those who wanted seconds. Special thanks go to Cpl Pun for his hard work in preparing and serving the food.

    The day was a huge success and the welfare office team looks forward to seeing everyone again soon.

  • Meningitis and septicaemia jab

    School leavers, particularly those going to university or college this month, are being strongly encouraged to get vaccinated against meningococcal disease after figures released on September 19 showed less than a fifth of young people have received the vaccine so far this year.

  • Piercing product infection warning

    Public Health England (PHE) is warning people who have recently had body piercings about an unsafe cleansing spray provided by piercing studios across the country for aftercare use, which may cause severe infection.

    The product, linked to cases of serious infection, has been provided by piercing studios in many parts of the country. It is a 100ml bottled aftercare saline spray and is manufactured by Lion Care Products Ltd.