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Army Engineers will be moving into Kinloss Barracks

By Tanya McLaren

THE military base at Kinloss will be retaining its name when 39 Engineer Regiment (Air Support) takes over.

Lt Col Andy Sturrock was special guest at the Highland Games ahead of the Army's official arrival at Kinloss Barracks
Lt Col Andy Sturrock was special guest at the Highland Games ahead of the Army's official arrival at Kinloss Barracks

RAF Kinloss will become Kinloss Barracks when it officially becomes the home of 39 Engineers on July 26. It had been thought that the base could drastically change its name, with some military bases having previously taken the names of battles or military leaders.

A small private ceremony will mark the occasion of the hand-over, and will also commemorate the end of an era, and 73 years of an RAF presence at the Moray airbase.

Members of the Regiment who are currently based at Waterbeach near Cambridge - a total of 716 military posts - will move to Kinloss between now and August.

Some have already started to arrive, and Army lorries have been rolling up at the base.

A spokesperson said that not all personnel will arrive immediately as the Regiment is heavily committed to supporting the Olympics, operations in Afghanistan and exercises in Kenya over the summer.

However, it is expected to be at full strength at Kinloss by October 2012.

The transfer has been timed to allow as many families as possible to move house before the start of the Scottish school term, with the English school term only due to finish this weekend, three weeks after the finish of the Scottish term.

Schools around Forres including Kinloss Primary and Forres Academy are expecting a small influx of pupils as a result.

At full strength, the Regiment will have 51 Officers and 665 other ranks based in Kinloss. They will be accommodated in service accommodation in the local area.

A total of around 200 RAF personnel will remain at Kinloss meantime, making up a rear party to assist the move.

Lieutenant Colonel Andy Sturrock, the Commanding Officer of 39 Engineer Regiment who was special guest at Forres Highland Games last weekend said that the Regiment had already receieved a warm welcome and were looking forward to making the move.

Full story in next week’s edition.

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