Every month, Private soldiers from 2 PWRR are awarded Garmin Fenix 3 HR watches in recognition for their excellent performance whilst conducting their duties as part of the Battalion’s commitment to the British military’s operations in Cyprus. Working for British Forces Cyprus, the Battalion are responsible for the protection and security of a number of key strategic sites.
Soldiers from ‘The Tigers’ employ their full range of infantry skills and equipment in a wide range of tasks including: foot and vehicle patrols; quick reaction forces; people and vehicle searches; camp guard and CCTV operation to ensure that the sites are safe 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The Private soldiers remain dedicated and professional in demanding circumstances – operating in temperatures of up to 50°C and making split second decisions.
The Battalion will continue to have troops dedicated to this vital task until they move to Cottesmore in 2017.
The Fenix 3 HR watch monitors a soldier’s location and heart rate, enabling them to train more intelligently and giving them a navigational edge on operations.
Pte Povey of C Coy, 2 PWRR, one of two soldiers who were formally recognised this month, said: “I’m very happy to have won this watch, it’s nice for Private soldiers to be rewarded with something like this. All of the lads here have done the same job as I have, so I suppose it’s just luck that I was singled out. That said, I’ll definitely be using the watch to help on my next promotional course.”