Flag raised at Grantham barracks to mark arrival of brigade

The Vice Chief of the Defence Staff, Air Chief Marshal Sir Stuart Peach, attended the flag raising ceremony to mark the arrival of 102 Logistics Brigade to Grantham from Germany. At the front are (left to right); Vice Chief of the Defence Staff, Brigadier Darryl Annerson CBE Commanding Officer 102 Logs Brigade and the brigade chaplain Major (Reverend) David Anderson.Photo: Gordon Elias, RAF College Cranwell.

The Vice Chief of the Defence Staff, Air Chief Marshal Sir Stuart Peach, attended the flag raising ceremony to mark the arrival of 102 Logistics Brigade to Grantham from Germany. At the front are (left to right); Vice Chief of the Defence Staff, Brigadier Darryl Annerson CBE Commanding Officer 102 Logs Brigade and the brigade chaplain Major (Reverend) David Anderson.Photo: Gordon Elias, RAF College Cranwell.

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A flag-raising ceremony has been held to mark the arrival of 102 Logistic Brigade to the UK.

The Brigade that was previously based in Gutersloh, Germany, raised its flag on UK soil for the first time on Thursday in front of their new headquarters at Prince William of Gloucester Barracks in Grantham.

Lance Corporal David O'Brien of 102 Logs Bde raises the flag to mark the brigade's arrival at the Prince William of Gloucester barracks in Grantham.' Photo: Gordon Elias, RAF College Cranwell.

Lance Corporal David O'Brien of 102 Logs Bde raises the flag to mark the brigade's arrival at the Prince William of Gloucester barracks in Grantham.' Photo: Gordon Elias, RAF College Cranwell.

There to witness the flag raising and welcoming the Brigade to their new home was The Vice Chief of the Defence Staff, Air Chief Marshal Sir Stuart Peach, who is also the Deputy Lord Lieutenant of Lincolnshire.

Brigadier Darrell Amison, Commander of 102 Logistic Parade, said: “Seven weeks ago we lowered the Brigade flag in Gutersloh, the home of 102 Logistic Brigade since its formation in 1993. Today we raise it for the first time on home soil in Grantham. 

“We are all delighted to be here, to serve in a town with such rich military connections. We are very much looking forward to getting to know the people of Grantham and Lincolnshire, who I know provide outstanding support to our service personnel and families.”

The role of the Brigade is to provide a force to receive both troops and equipment into the theatre of operations, organising their forward movement to the battle area, then logistically sustain the fighting formations and finally redeploy the force back to the UK base or onto subsequent operations.

This complex role was demonstrated last year when the Brigade led the logistical drawdown of Operation HERRICK in Afghanistan. The Brigade can also set up field hospitals and manage evacuation of casualties from theatre.

The Brigade Headquarters is in command of 15 units - five Royal Logistic Corps (RLC) units, five Royal Army Medical Corps (RAMC) units and five Royal and Electrical Mechanical Engineer (REME) units.