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                                 Throughout the winter period Army Adventurous Training Wing Harz provides opportunities for service personnel to attend Nordic Ski Foundation courses. Service personnel learn a wide variety of technical skills associated with the Nordic ski platform, whilst also learning how to deal with psychological barriers and environmental exposure in harsh winter conditions.
Army Adventurous Training Centre provides opportunities for service personnel to be temporary detached from their unit and support the delivery of Adventurous Training. Cpl Anna Burgoyne has intermittently supported the organisation prior to the Wing being formally established. She has summited the Brocken Mountain by bike, foot and now successfully by Nordic Skiing prior to her departure back to her unit.
Commanding Officer and RSM of the Army AT Centre visiting training.
To end the Nordic Foundation serials the Wing supported in qualifying service personnel who wished to be selected for the Heroes of Telemark expedition. This was successfully planned, organised, and executed by WO2 (QMSI) Jamie Mclellan RAPTC.
Cpl Anna Burgoyne summiting Brocken, the highest point in the Harz National Park
     Since the last submission, circa 1000 soldiers have been challenged, coached,
developed, and subsequently qualified across a variety of AT courses from Summer Mountaineering to Winter Mountaineering, as well as Paddling, Rock Climbing and Mountain Biking. Additionally, the Wing has delivered Paddling and Winter Staff Training packages on behalf of the Army AT Centre, a RMAS Cadet serial from Rothiemurchus Lodge and Ex SCOTBIKE 22, a Tri-Service Mountain Bike Concentration. 46 weeks of training in total - the team have been busy, and the quality of this year’s training has been fantastic.
But without doubt, the Wing now finds itself in a much more fortunate place than it did 12 months earlier. Having held a number of staffing gaps for
Army AT Wing Inverness
Capt (MAA) K Noteyoung RAPTC
several (and some) months, in 2022 we welcomedthearrivalofsomenew(and ironically some not so new) faces into the Wing and much needed support. WO2 Gav White (AGC / SSCP) came in as the Chief Instructor (CI), Mr Tony Hicks (Formerly RAPTC ATI and the Inverness Wing CI from 2017-2020) as an SIO, and Mr Si Cherrett (formerly RLC and a previous Inverness WSM from 2016-2018) as the Storekeeper and Bike Maintainer. Additionally, WO2 (QMSI) Jay McClellan replaced WO2 (QMSI) Chris White as the WSM. As you might expect, all of them got off to a stellar start, are adding significant value and have increased the Wing’s resilience to deliver a maximal output.
Geographics and environmental conditions make Scotland a fantastic place to conduct AT. As such, to capitalise on what the Inverness
Winter Mountaineering Foundation Course
Wing has to offer, plans are afoot for theWingtotrialaFoundation‘Plus’ Course in 2023 which is designed to run over a 9-day-period. Some of the benefits include offering the Army more choice for AT; a greater opportunity for individuals to consolidate learnt skills and gain more experience; greater team cohesion; and to promote a deeper Adventurous Leadership and Resilience Training intervention. Watch this space!
This Article marks one of the last pieces of work I will do as OC of the Inverness Wing, as I prepare to hand over the role to Capt (MAA) Vicky Blackburn. Two years have gone by in a flash! Well supported by all the team I have thoroughly enjoyed this assignment, as well as my time in Inverness and working for the Army AT Centre; it’s been an absolute pleasure.
   Capt (MAA) Noteyoung and LCpl Lee on SCOTBIKE 22 – MBL Course

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