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REME awards engineers behind the Army’s busiest unit

Presented annually for continued excellence in engineering and support to operations worldwide, 2015’s REME Best First Line Unit Award went to the King’s Royal Hussars Light Aid Detachment (KRH LAD).

The IET's Kayleigh Winter and Mark Organ with representatives from the KRH LAD. The last 12 months has been an immensely active and successful period for the KRH LAD, supporting three armoured Sabre squadrons on their journey to taking the role of Lead Armoured Battle Group (LABG). This means that the group is ready to deploy at short notice to any conflict zone in the world, and on the journey to LABG, the Army acknowledged KRH as one of its busiest units. The route to readiness has involved an ambitious agenda, packed with unparalleled opportunities. Every soldier remained result-focused throughout, holding a shared vision to deliver effective equipment support to the regiment in order for them to train for and deploy on future contingent operations.

Mission success

The measure of mission success is assessed by how well the regiment has been able to effectively prepare for its Lead Armoured Battle Group role. This year has been entirely focused on a series of training activities including Exercise Prairie Storm, a six week exercise that takes place in Canada that includes a live fire stage and the use of a tactical exploitation system.

Successful deployments

The KRH LAD undertook every exercise professionally and competently, delivering exceptional equipment availability during each of the deployments. Its success is ultimately a testament to the collective performance of the soldiers. “The KRH LAD has delivered on every task, at every level, every time and will continue to do so whatever challenge they face,” says Captain Rob Ashton. “Whilst this training year has been immensely busy, it has been immensely rewarding to make such a significant contribution to the regiment on its journey to being at readiness and it was brilliant news to be told that REME had given KRH LAD this award.”