December 21, 2012

Vincentians get rank promotion in British Army

Four Vincentians serving in the British Army 2nd Battalion Mercian Infantry Regiment, based at Holywood Barracks in Northern Ireland, have received a rank promotion.{{more}}

Private Kareem Alexis of Old Montrose, Private Durando Durrant of Campden Park, Private Zachary Joseph of Stubbs, and Private Lenroy Westfield of Junction, were all promoted to lance corporal.

Dr Christopher Stange, honorary consul for St Vincent and the Grenadines to Northern Ireland, extended his congratulations and sentiments on behalf of the Government of SVG for their achievements, making SVG proud and the dedicated service delivered under the extreme conditions in Afghanistan. He joined with the other Vincentian soldiers of the 2 Mercian Regiment, Vincentian British Forces Wives/Women’s Association (VBFWA) and families in Northern Ireland, to congratulate their fellow soldiers and wish SVG a very blessed and safe Christmas.

The regiment’s heritage is based on bravery, discipline and comradeship.

These four brave Vincentians, among hundreds of others, have travelled and served in the dusty deserts and hills of Southern Afghanistan.

Their story is part of a bigger story of soldiers who have fought for over 300 years from the frozen parts of Canada to the swamps of Burma.

They continue to make history, representing SVG, as they write into the future whilst they “STAND FIRM AND STRIKE HARD” — the Regiment’s motto.

Many will be deployed just after the New Year back to Afghanistan, the Falkland Islands and other regions.