Ask the Commander - Responses
It is worth noting that the Punchlines magazine is a 20 AI Bde publication which is produced by the Garrison Information Office (GIO). Therefore, BFG’s involvement and influence over the publication only began in 2017 when responsibility for the GIO team transferred to HQ BFG, but even now editorial control rightly rests with Comd 20 Bde.
As owner of Punchlines, Comd 20 AI Bde decided that the final edition of the Punchlines magazine would be in Summer 2018. As a result BFG reviewed its communication requirements against its communications channels and available funding, to determine if we should continue Punchlines as a BFG publication. However, we concluded that the our future messaging and communications requirements could be better fulfilled through other methods such as the BFG Bulletin, BFGNet and the BFG Facebook page. Therefore, as you can see, this really is a joint (20 AI Bde and HQ BFG) and considered decision.
If you have not already done so, I would strongly encourage you to follow the BFGnet Facebook page as this provides regular BFG news and updates. BFGnet has recently been refreshed and includes community news and “Need to Know” updates, which may be of interest to you. In addition, we are exploring new ways to continue communicating with the wider community, so please look out for these and we would welcome suggestions from you on other areas that we could explore.
Both Paderborn and Bielefeld stations are always seeking to make events inclusive. I am assured that their current list of events are open to all members of the BFG community and the Garrison Information Office will engage with the units to ensure that this is made clear in any advertising for future events.
We all have a part to play in making events happen and help and support can be provided where we have a gap in provision; I would suggest that you raise any concerns directly with your Station Community Support Warrant Officer, who will be able to assist further. I would however wish to see integrated support rather than us delineating between Military and Civilian elements of the community.
Thank you for your suggestion to Ask the Commander on setting up a combined Corporals’ Club for personnel based in Bielefeld. It is a great idea and one which Commander Bielefeld Station is already taking forward.
The Station RSM is overseeing the appointment of an initial start-up committee, with a view of delivering the first event around Valentines. The Club with have no formal subscriptions and will operate, to begin with, as a “Pay as You Go” type arrangement. The emphasis will be on the JNCOs planning and providing each event for themselves; this will need individuals to volunteer, and they can do so by contacting the Station RSM on 81 3030.
Depot 90 is a working area used extensively for storage by Units within Paderborn Station and for training by visiting troops. Unfortunately, due to safety and environmental reasons, it is unsuitable for motorcycling activities. Having considered the estate, regretfully, the remaining barracks in Germany and all external areas used by the British Forces are also unsuitable.
I know this is not the answer you were looking for but I hope it clarifies the position.