New commander for Colchester garrison

Colonel Gary Wilkinson

Colonel Gary Wilkinson

First published in News Essex County Standard: Photograph of the Author by , Senior reporter

A NEW commander has taken over at Colchester Garrison.

Colonel Gary Wilkinson will oversee Merville Barracks, replaceing Colonel Mike Newman who has retired from the Army.

Col Wilkinson, 45, has completed three tours of Afghanistan with Colchester-based troops, serving with 7 Para Royal Horse Artillery in 2006 and 2008, and as the unit’s commanding officer in 2010-11.

Col Wilkinson said: "I’m enormously proud to have been associated with 16 Air Assault Brigade in recent years during a time of intensive operational deployments and remember with sincere appreciation as a commanding officer the support which our families received from the good people of Colchester.

"I look forward very much to renewing my strong association with both the brigade and the town."

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1:19pm Fri 7 Mar 14

Jess Jephcott says...

Welcome Colonel Gary Wilkinson. Hope you interact with us civilians as has happened in the past with your predecessors.
Welcome Colonel Gary Wilkinson. Hope you interact with us civilians as has happened in the past with your predecessors. Jess Jephcott
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2:57pm Fri 7 Mar 14

paperboy10 says...

Jess Jephcott wrote:
Welcome Colonel Gary Wilkinson. Hope you interact with us civilians as has happened in the past with your predecessors.
Interesting. Why would it be important for him to interact with public?. Whoever manages the garrison does not change my life?. I couldn't care less
[quote][p][bold]Jess Jephcott[/bold] wrote: Welcome Colonel Gary Wilkinson. Hope you interact with us civilians as has happened in the past with your predecessors.[/p][/quote]Interesting. Why would it be important for him to interact with public?. Whoever manages the garrison does not change my life?. I couldn't care less paperboy10
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4:21pm Fri 7 Mar 14

Jess Jephcott says...

Good for you paperboy. The army presence in this town is what makes Colchester the superb town that it is. We have had a garrison since Roman times and our history is locked in with it. Perhaps you hadn't noticed.
Good for you paperboy. The army presence in this town is what makes Colchester the superb town that it is. We have had a garrison since Roman times and our history is locked in with it. Perhaps you hadn't noticed. Jess Jephcott
  • Score: 7

8:49am Sat 8 Mar 14

paperboy10 says...

Ha ha. The army does not make this a great town. It is here but how does it make it a great town?. Are you heavily involved with army life then?. Whoever runs the troops makes no difference to colchester atall. Does it create jobs? Build houses? Nurse our sick? No. I have lots of respect for armed forces but there is no need for this man to interact with public as part of his job.
Ha ha. The army does not make this a great town. It is here but how does it make it a great town?. Are you heavily involved with army life then?. Whoever runs the troops makes no difference to colchester atall. Does it create jobs? Build houses? Nurse our sick? No. I have lots of respect for armed forces but there is no need for this man to interact with public as part of his job. paperboy10
  • Score: -5

11:36am Sat 8 Mar 14

Ontheball says...

I think paperboy, you forget the spending power of all those based in the town and the jobs it indirectly creates along with the security of those jobs.

The garrison also has to be fed and watered and to that end I am sure that many local firms gain from the presence of such a large Army presence here.

The whole point of the job managing the Garrison is to interact with all partners, whether they be military or civilian.
I think paperboy, you forget the spending power of all those based in the town and the jobs it indirectly creates along with the security of those jobs. The garrison also has to be fed and watered and to that end I am sure that many local firms gain from the presence of such a large Army presence here. The whole point of the job managing the Garrison is to interact with all partners, whether they be military or civilian. Ontheball
  • Score: 5

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