On 01 February 2013, on the sixth anniversary of its formation, The Rifles got a new Colonel Commandant.
General Sir Nick Parker KCB, CBE, ADC Gen (left), stands down on retirement from the Army and hands over to Lieutenant General Nick Carter, CBE, DSO, (right) who will lead the regiment into the next 5 years.
General Sir Nick has constantly welcomed our Association and the others of the forming regiments, warmly into The Rifles family, as the Regiment's '4th Pillar'. We are most grateful for his inspiration and leadership.
We were delighted to host him at our Reunion in 2011 and wish him the very best in his retirement.
Commenting on the change of Colonel Commandant, Regimental SecretaryLieutenant Colonel (Retired) John Poole -Warren said:
'Between 2005 and 2007 as Colonel Commandant designate of the Rifles, General Parker, together with the Colonels Comandant of our forming regiments masterminded the establishment of the new regiment and the drafting of the Principles of The Rifles. Since formation in 2007 he has been a tireless servant of the Regiment. We, all ranks serving and veterans alike, owe him our deepest thanks and gratitude for his commitment, encouragement and leadership.
Major General Tim Evans, CBE, DSO, currently Commandant at Sandhurst, assumes the appointment of Assistant Colonel Commandant of The Rifles today. He will support Lieutenant General Carter, who remains deployed as Deputy Commander International Security Assistance Force (ISAF), the NATO-led security mission in Afghanistan, until later in the year.
Mike Richardson writes:
'We were delighted to host General Sir Nick at our Reunion in 2011, giving us the oportunity to thank him for his work to welcome us into The Rifles community, and we wish him the very best in his retirement. We look forward to hosting General Nick Carter when his duties allow it'.
Admin2: 3rd Feb 2013 14:04:00
Once again the time has come for our annual Regimental Reunion. The weather was glorious and there were plenty marching and many supporters.
Kenya Vets, 4th Devons, D and Ds and 1st RVs Annual Lunch,
After years of painstaking preparation, pivotal decisions, detailed staff work, artistic endeavour and comprehensive fundraising, we finally and formally launched our National Memorial at the National Memorial Arboretum on Sunday 17 September. Through this website, we have all become familiar with the three harmonised figures of West Country infantrymen, designed and fashioned by our sculptor, Vivien Mallock, from their origin as scale models, through the design, production and casting stages, from miniature to life-sized and from clay to bronze.
The London meet for Janners took place on Friday last, 28 July. There were 17 of us – Richard Balcombe, Roger Cain (Friend of Clive King from early days in Beds & Herts TA) Steve England, Steve Foxton, Malcolm Gerry, K Ireland, Peter Jones with his two former colleagues Tony Dandie and Paddy Wilson (who are such regular attenders that they should be honorary Janners!) Clive King, Jeremy Lillies, Pat Peters, Mike Richardson, Paddy Ryan, Gene Shave, David Shaw and Barry Webb – sounds a bit like the chorus from Widecombe Fair! And yes, there was the usual singing, to the confusion of the other customers. We didn’t have the CD of the Regimental March to play on the sound system this time.
Saturday 27 May dawned optimistically bright, as Devon and Dorsets from the length and breadth of Britain, and from even further afield, made their way to Exeter to our annual Regimental Reunion. This was the tenth we have conducted since our Regiment merged to form The Rifles in 2007, and we used the now tried and popular daytime formula. The day commenced with our Annual General Meeting. This is an important event, as it provides a forum for members, and allows the Association Committee to progress new ideas.
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