Building Bridges with 102 Field Squadron

A team from 102 Field Squadron standing on and working alongside a wooden bridge under construction across a small stream.

Last month 29 Reservists from Paisley-based 102 Field Squadron joined colleagues from across 71 Engineer Regiment and a number of other units on a trip to Germany for Exercise MAYAN STAR 23.

During the last two weeks of June, the Reservists enjoyed an opportunity to integrate seamlessly with their Regular counterparts in Sennelager and take part in a series of construction and engineering tasks.

A Reservist working with a levelling tool while building a concrete path

The challenges undertaken by the Reservists included laying a 250 metre concrete path and building two Non Equipment Bridges (NEB), a bridge designed and built using locally available materials. 

As well as honing their practical and teamwork skills, the Reservists took advantage of their stay in Germany to explore notable historical landmarks, such as the Bergen-Belsen Memorial and Museum which houses, among many others, a memorial to Anne Frank and her sister Margot.

Reservists building a wooden bridge over a stream in Sennelager, Germany.

Lance Corporal Rebecca Bullen, a Combat Medical Technician with 71 Engineer Regiment, said of her experiences as a Reservist: ‘Since I was 18 years old I wanted to travel the world, make new friends and learn new skills. 

‘The Army really helped me achieve these goals; I’ve gained leadership skills, confidence and communication skills that help me in my civilian job as a work coach with the Department of Work and Pensions.’

A group shot of the Reservists from 102 Field Squadron with trees and an open field in the background

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