The New Chairman
I have just taken over as the Chairman of the Light Infantry Committee from General Brims to whom we are deeply indebted for his tremendous leadership and mentorship over these last 16 years. He was initially our Colonel of the Regiment and then became the Chairman after the formation of The Rifles. General Brims, along with the Colonels Commandant of the other forming Regiments, did a superb job in forging the new regiment. The Rifles is now one of the best, if not the best infantry regiment in the British Army; we can be very proud of it and the part which we played in its creation. Your past service with the Light Infantry is still really valued too. I will ensure the Light Infantry is not forgotten but remains an integral part of the larger Rifles’ family with its five pillars: regulars, reserves, associations, cadets and the community.
We have over 40 Rifles and Light Infantry Associations across the country and I would like to publically thank all of you who give up your time and expend a great deal of effort in maintaining the connections with our officers and soldiers; it really is important. We must also ensure those leaving The Rifles feel included as this will strengthen the regimental ties and also help maintain the vibrancy of our associations over time, both physically and virtually.
I look forward to meeting you (ideally at the reunion!) and serving as your Chairman; it is a great honour to have been asked to represent you.
Lt Gen T P Evans CB CBE DSO