Spalding Reservist back from Kenya

Private Karl Rowley.
Private Karl Rowley.
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Seeing elephants and giraffes up close does not constitute a typical day at the office.

But for Karl Rowley (43), who lives near Spalding, it was just one of the memories the Reservist brought back from a recent deployment to Kenya.

Then there was the training in temperatures of more than 40oC, integrating into a battlefield exercise and driving military vehicles through a tropical storm.

It was all part of the Army training exercise known as Askari Strom, which included a battle group made up of a variety of Army units, including soldiers, medics, artillery and those specialising in logistics support.

The battle group included both regular, full-time soldiers and Reservists, who volunteer to train with the Armed Forces in their spare time.

Private Rowley, who serves with 160 (Lincoln) Squadron, Royal Logistics Corps (RLC), formed part of a four-man logistics support team that drove troops to and from battlefield activities and fixed military vehicles in the field, as well as being on hand to transport supplies or people across a variety of difficult terrain.

Karl said: “This exercise tested me to the limit, as the days were long, hot and dusty. It was a challenging experience but I’m so pleased I had the opportunity to gain the experience of working shoulder to shoulder with regular troops. Working within a simulated operational environment in which the pressure was on to provide the best support was interesting, especially as we had to work with limited resources such as vehicle parts.”

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