Lewis soldier training for Afghanistan operations

Date: 26/2/2011 Location: Fort George, Near Inverness'Photographer: Mark Owens, HQ 2nd Division.''Photo Caption: Pictured (left to right) are Daniel Mackenzie (18) Phillip Pirie (18) Rowan McAllister (16) Naomi Campbell (17) and Natasha McLennan (22) all from Inverness.'''A LOOK AT ARMY LIFE''Inverness youngsters joined Territorial soldiers from The Royal Regiment of Scotland for a 'Look At Life In The Army Day' at Fort George on Saturday [26 February 2011].''The aim of the day was to give the participants an insight into their local Territorial Army unit ' C Company, 51st Highland, 7th Battalion The Royal Regiment of Scotland (7 SCOTS) which has it headquarters in Gordonville Road, Inverness.''Activities during the day included physical training, camouflage and concealment, learning how to live in the field, and firing the SA80 (the British Army's main infantry rifle) on the Fort George ranges.''22-year-old Natasha McLennan explained: 'I'm going to join the Army as a TA chef and I heard about the day in the

Date: 26/2/2011 Location: Fort George, Near Inverness'Photographer: Mark Owens, HQ 2nd Division.''Photo Caption: Pictured (left to right) are Daniel Mackenzie (18) Phillip Pirie (18) Rowan McAllister (16) Naomi Campbell (17) and Natasha McLennan (22) all from Inverness.'''A LOOK AT ARMY LIFE''Inverness youngsters joined Territorial soldiers from The Royal Regiment of Scotland for a 'Look At Life In The Army Day' at Fort George on Saturday [26 February 2011].''The aim of the day was to give the participants an insight into their local Territorial Army unit ' C Company, 51st Highland, 7th Battalion The Royal Regiment of Scotland (7 SCOTS) which has it headquarters in Gordonville Road, Inverness.''Activities during the day included physical training, camouflage and concealment, learning how to live in the field, and firing the SA80 (the British Army's main infantry rifle) on the Fort George ranges.''22-year-old Natasha McLennan explained: 'I'm going to join the Army as a TA chef and I heard about the day in the

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Isle of Lewis territorial soldier Private Andrew Black (24) from Aird, Point, spent the weekend honing his Army skills at Fort George with his unit C Company, 51st Highland, 7th Battalion The Royal Regiment of Scotland (7 SCOTS).

Andrew is an infantryman with the Stornoway platoon which he joined in 2005 after attending ‘Exercise Summer Challenge’ a five-week centralised recruit training camp.

Private Black explained:

“I was looking for something to do during the summer holidays, and I heard about Summer Challenge from my Dad, Corporal James Black, who is also a member of the Stornoway platoon of 7 SCOTS.

“I haven’t looked back. I’ve been a member of the Battalion’s shooting team and competed at the national championships at Bisley in both 2008 and 2009.

“This week’s training has also been very useful. We’ve been training for future operations in Afghanistan which included live firing, first aid training, and camouflage and concealment modules.”

In his civilian life, single man Andrew is a finance assistant with Third Sector Hebrides which is based in Stornoway.

He lists football and poker as his pastimes as well as going out with his mates.

7 SCOTS is the Territorial Army Infantry Battalion for the North of Scotland.

The Battalion’s headquarters are in Perth and there are detachments in Aberdeen, Dumbarton, Dundee, Dunoon, Inverness, Keith, Kirkcaldy, Peterhead, Stirling, Stornoway and Wick.