Moderator visits Scots soldiers based in Germany

The Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland has been in Germany providing support to soldiers serving in Afghanistan.

The Rt Rev Lorna Hood was in Fallingbostel and Lubbecke meeting soldiers and families of The Royal Scots Dragoon Guards and 4th Battalion The Royal Regiment of Scotland as part of her tenure as Moderator.

The visit came at a time when 7th Armoured Brigade ‘The Desert Rats’ have recently suffered three fatalities in Afghanistan.

“It has been a privilege and an honour to have been able to visit,” said Mrs Hood.

“The logistical scale involved in maintaining operational bases is incredible.

“The level of support given to young families living there is terrific.

“They all put themselves on the frontline in so many ways; I want to thank them for that and to offer support where I can for those that support them.”

A satellite link-up to Camp Bastion in Afghanistan allowed Mrs Hood to learn first-hand from chaplains about the relevance of faith for a young person deployed on operations.

“It was heartening to learn about young soldiers asking chaplains for copies of the New Testament and Psalms,” Mrs Hood said.

“Faith plays an important part in many young soldiers’ time on operation.

“Chaplains do great work within bases and while on operations. They are always there to provide support in many ways. It was good to meet with them in Germany and to speak with Padre Geoff Berry, chaplain to 4 SCOTS, in Camp Bastion.”

Mrs Hood also visited a personal recovery unit to meet with wounded soldiers receiving treatment following action in Iraq and Afghanistan.

“The work being done at the unit is fantastic,” said Mrs Hood. “Everything is being done to help soldiers recover from their wounds. It was good to meet with soldiers and hear of their determination to recover.”