This afternoon’s [Jan 26] Passing Out Parade at Warwick Camp marked the end of the Bermuda Regiment’s 2013 Recruit Camp, which saw some 112 recruits complete the two week training. They will now all go into ‘C’ Company under the command of Captain D E R Simons.
In a short address, Governor George Fergusson said that he had seen the recruits lust after they began and had been impressed then by what he had seen. He said today, ten days later, he was even more impressed by the standard they had reached and by their overall performance.
Recruits march on:
The Governor also said that anyone who had been present at Friday’s ‘Falling Plate’ competition shoot would have seen and heard just how much camaraderie had already developed in the short time that the soldiers had been together. He said that this was evident in the loud roar that came up every time a team outshot and beat an outsider team.
Regiment Commanding Officer Lt/Col Brian Gonsalves said a large portion of this group had already volunteered to put in extra time as volunteers for the potential NCO cadre which, over an eight month period, seeks to prepare new soldiers for promotion and command appointments in the Bermuda Regiment.
The arrival of dignitaries:
The Champion Platoon was #7 Platoon under command of 2/Lt T G Stevens with Sgt M K Douglas as his Platoon Sergeant. #7 Platoon also won the Drill Competition.
As well as Governor and Commander-in-Chief George Fergusson, Premier Craig Cannonier, Minister for National Security Michael Dunkley, Junior Minister Senator Jeff Baron, Minister Grant Gibbons, and members of the Defence Board, former Commanding Officers and other dignitaries were present as official guests.
You can view the second set of photos from today’s Passing Out Parade here.
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