Adrian hangs up uniform one last time

Thursday, 29 June 2017

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PREPARING to hang up his uniform for the final time after forty-one years of volunteer service is Ballymoney man, Major Adrian Patrick.
After a long career which included the post of Officer Commanding the Army Reserves at 211 Squadron, 152 (U) Transport Regiment Royal Logistic Corps based at Caw Camp, Major Patrick completed his four decades of service as Officer Commanding S Company at Ballykinler, responsible for the centralised training of all Army Reserve soldiers in Northern Ireland.
Looking back on his illustrious volunteer career, he says: "I first walked into the Territorial Army Camp in Ballymoney back in 1975, and joined C Troop, 40 (U) Signal Regiment (Volunteers).
“A year later I attended my first annual camp in Belgium and Holland; friendships were forged and the outward-bound activities completely sold the reserves to me."
In 1980 a detachment of 211 Squadron of 152 (Ulster) Ambulance Regiment, Royal Corps of Transport (Volunteers) moved into the camp in Ballymoney and the Signal Troop moved back to Belfast.
Keen to stay in his beloved North Coast, Adrian re-trained to adapt to the new role and, five years later, entered the Sergeants' Mess and was speedily charged with the running of the camp.
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