An army logistic brigade is preparing to pack up and leave Germany to come to barracks in Grantham this summer.
Headquarters 102 Logistic Brigade will leave its Gutersloh base as it prepares to move to Prince William of Gloucester Barracks.
Around 100 military personnel and their families will be relocated to Grantham by the end of July.
Lieutenant Colonel Guy Stone, the station commander at the barracks, said: “We already share a close bond with the people of Grantham. Our children attend the local schools and many of our wives work in the local area. I am confident that the people of Grantham will make the new Brigade staff and their families feel welcome and we look forward to receiving them to the barracks.”
On June 11 the Brigade, in recognition of its distinguished service in Germany, will be presented with the prestigious Federal Fahnenband, a ribbon that will be attached to their Standard. The Fahnenband is the highest honour awarded by the Federal Ministry of Defence and the wording on it reads ‘On Duty for Peace and Freedom - The Federal Republic of Germany 2015’.
The Brigade that led the logistical draw down of Operation Herrick in Afghanistan comprises of 15 Army units located across the UK. This includes 159 Supply Regiment that has a Squadron in Grantham. Reservists play a significant role in the Brigade with around 50 per cent of its unit capability coming from Reservists.
The role of the Brigade is to provide a force to receive both troops and equipment into the theatre of operations, organise their forward movement to the battle area, then sustain the fighting formations and finally redeploy the force back to the UK base or on to subsequent operations. The Brigade can also set up of field hospitals and manage evacuation of casualties from theatre.