Army medics from Colchester share skills with reservists in two-week exercise

Personnel from 16 Medical Regiment Colchester come to Gibraltar to participate in Ex Barbary Sun. Ph

Personnel from 16 Medical Regiment Colchester come to Gibraltar to participate in Ex Barbary Sun. Photo: Cpl Scott Robertson. - Credit: Cpl Scott Robertson RAF

Army medics based at Colchester Garrison have been taking part in a two-week training exercise in Gibraltar alongside reservist colleagues.

Personnel from 16 Medical Regiment Colchester come to Gibraltar to participate in Ex Barbary Sun. Ph

Personnel from 16 Medical Regiment Colchester come to Gibraltar to participate in Ex Barbary Sun. Photo: Cpl Scott Robertson. - Credit: Cpl Scott Robertson RAF

Troops from 19 Medical Squadron, based at Merville Barracks, were able to share their experience with reserve soldiers – who have full-time jobs – from across the country during Exercise Barbary Sun.

Major Steve Wignall, Officer Commanding 19 Medical Squadron, said: “The first part of the exercise concentrated on military medical skills. It has been especially useful being in Gibraltar because we have been able to use the complex tunnel system, which is a unique training environment and very useful for our medics who have the added complication of extracting casualties backwards.

“The second phase provided 144 Squadron with validation which ensures they are able to deploy on operations with their regular counterparts.

“Finally, we have been able to carry out some adventure training, which has been a real morale boost for my soldiers because we have been extremely busy.”

Personnel from 16 Medical Regiment Colchester come to Gibraltar to participate in Ex Barbary Sun. Ph

Personnel from 16 Medical Regiment Colchester come to Gibraltar to participate in Ex Barbary Sun. Photo: Cpl Scott Robertson. - Credit: Cpl Scott Robertson RAF


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The experience was not only limited to the British Army as four medics from the United States were also attached to the exercise as part of an exchange programme.

Personnel from 16 Medical Regiment Colchester come to Gibraltar to participate in Ex Barbary Sun. Ph

Personnel from 16 Medical Regiment Colchester come to Gibraltar to participate in Ex Barbary Sun. Photo: Cpl Scott Robertson. - Credit: Cpl Scott Robertson RAF

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