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  As I write this, I only have a few months left in post. It only seemed like yesterday I arrived, upon reflection I have really enjoyed my tenure here and have some great memories.
The pace of the unit has been non-stop, with the unit will deploying to Kenya in Sep 23, this will be the first time that 1 Gren Gds has been together as a battalion in over a year. Prior to this we had the King’s Coronation, amongst ongoing operational commitments and many other tasks to fulfil.
Last year, with the passing of her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, the Battalion did themselves proud, leading the parade from the front, this included providing the bearer party. Throughout this time the Battalion were not partaking in ceremonial duties, again showing the professionalism, dedication and flexibility of the unit.
The key highlights of the past year include the building of our new Gymnasium which was named after LCpl James Ashworth VC. This was a massive honour for me as I had the privilege to speak with the Ashworth family including other dignitaries during the unveiling, which was an enormously proud moment to be a part of.
I have also taken on the Battalion football team, which due to the lack of enthusiasm for sport within the unit was a full-time task. I have really enjoyed coaching as well as the management of the team, taking a makeshift team and turning them into a strong contender for the Premiership, narrowly missing winning the Premiership title by 1 point. We are however still in the running for another 2 trophies, which are currently in the quarter final stages. I have taken on the Athletics and lead with the
 boxing development; all of which I have enjoyed and progressed significantly.
Within the Brigade, I have orchestrated numerous boxing courses and a RAPTC pre-selection course to name a few.
Physical Development (PD) within the Battalion has gone from strength to strength. The main gym has had a lot of funding put in through my efforts, with new Strength & Conditioning machines as well as a new outdoor Beaverfit tower. Kenya is the main effort this year, and
the focus is now to bring the Battalion up to the readiness state required before deployment. I am sure my successor will relish the chance and I wish them and the Battalion the best of luck for the future.
SSgt Boyd and the other coaches at the Inter-Company Boxing Night
Op BRIDGE pallbearers
   SSgt Boyd and the Battalion Football Team
The new gym and rig within Lille Barracks

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