When I last wrote to you, Castlemartin was full of the sound of Annual Crew Tests being conducted on our Scimitars. As I write today, I hear the Subalterns in the Mess rehearsing carols with which to serenade the Warrant Officers and Senior NCOs next week. I'll leave you to decide which is the sweeter music! As we approach 2020 I would like to take this opportunity to take stock of the last quarter and to update you on our plans for the next few years.
The last few months have seen us consolidate, with a focus on resetting the Regiment for the challenges of next year. We have delivered: rest by prioritising the taking of individual leave; realignment into our new structure for training next year; and reward for our hardworking teams. We are also delivering a range of individual training courses to ensure we are ready for deployments next year and are currently undergoing a communications upgrade which will improve our digital planning ability.
For a lucky few a change is clearly as good as a rest. October saw the Cambrian Patrol team awarded a Silver Medal - a true testament to determination and hardwork in some atrocious weather. In November alone we had: elements of C Sqn in the USA alongside The Scots Guards and the US Army on Exercise Rattlesnake; some of our crew commanders attending battlefield study in Israel; our footballers in Cyprus competing in the Army Cup; several Lancers joined 1 Armoured Infantry Brigade on exercise in France and we had a team of vehicle specialists preparing for our upcoming exercises by activating a fleet in Germany. This was the high water-mark of the autumn, but it points to the opportunities for travel and adventure for all.
Finally, it has been a time for reward, as we have taken the opportunity to demonstrate that hard work, dedication and effort does not go unnoticed. We have instigated an annual Rolls Royce dinner, and held the inaugural one in October as mark of recognition to the vehicle commanders of the Regiment - those who have earnt their 'armoured car' qualification badge as a Crew Commander.
November saw our sportsmen and women recognised with the annual Sports Dinner and the awarding of our new Regimental colours to acknowledge feats of sporting prowess. The event was supported by Tamara Taylor, the former England Rugby Captain and World Cup Winner, as well as WO2 Andy Halliday MBE, the FA referee. We are grateful to both for their support and inspiration.