The Decon I Story
by Musn Tim Hinde
Musn Melanie Potts re-digging her shell
scrape: 'Changing Rooms CLR Style!
On arrival back at work after Christmas leave Major Barrie Mills,
the Director of Music for Plymouth Band, informed the band that
due to the situation in the Gulf some of us were required to join
Medical Squadron almost immediately. Myself along with Musicians
Brian Tregaskis, Graham Clark and Andy Wainwright were to report
at Stonehouse Barracks four days later to collect our desert combats
and rifles. Meeting us there would be CSgt Ian (Taff) Davies and
the rest of the team. In the line up were newly promoted Cpls Darren
(Smudge) Smith and John Morrish, Musns Ian Airlie, Chris Riley,
Mark Upton, Barry Woolley, Eva Rose, Bugler Stu Bartlett and a very
tall man in a green beret, Sgt Stuart (Goose) Dodman, who had been
attached to us as our NBC and weapons instructor. After being issued
with more kit than we could carry, and completing the necessary
paperwork, we departed for RM Chivenor.
The group soon formed a close bond which was only broken when Barry
Woolley had to leave us and was replaced by Musn Melanie Potts.
The next month saw us train in our new role as a Decontamination
team. This involved a specialist course at the Army's NBC School
in Winterbourne Gunner, near Salisbury. Here we learnt how to safely
decontaminate casualties. We also had to polish up the field skills
that we would need in Iraq. When it was time to leave for Kuwait,
we had learnt everything we needed to help us cope with whatever
was to come.
Kuwait on the way to Camp Gibraltar