Exercise Midnight Sun - Greenland 2008

Arctic team gets BT visitors

Thursday August 14th 2008. Posted: 08:00



Larry and Bob will get a chance to see BT's engineers on the ground
BT’s Larry Stone and Bob Groves are due to arrive in Greenland today (Thursday) as part of a VIP trip to celebrate the Territorial Army’s (TA) centenary expedition to the Danish territory.


BT is the primary sponsor of the expedition for the Royal Signals, and BT's emergency response team (ERT) has built - and is now maintaining - the state-of-the-art communications network connecting the expedition camps. BT chairman Mike Rake is the expedition’s civilian patron.



Team members in Greenland

Larry and Bob are joining the expedition’s military patron General Sir Sam Cowan and his wife on the four-day trip, together with Brigadier David Hargreaves, the commander of 2 Signal Brigade which has responsibility for UK emergency communications in times of national crisis.


Larry is president of group public and government affairs and the honorary colonel of the TA’s 81st Signal Squadron - and Bob, who is group engineering services director, serves as a colonel in the TA’s Engineer and Logistics Staff Corps.


The guests will have a full tour of the main base camp and advance camps and see the communications facilities. They will also have an opportunity to join personnel from a sailing, kayaking or mountaineering group and spend the night in their location. On the final day, they will be invited to join a trek before attending a barbecue where they will get a chance to meet all the expedition participants.


Larry said: “This has been a great opportunity for the ERT to test its skills in a different environment. I know from experience of seeing the 81 Signal Squadron in action, that however much pre-planning you do, there are always unexpected problems and I look forward to seeing how the team has got on.”


Bob, who is responsible for the ERT, said: “I’ll be looking at how individuals I’ve seen in various training exercises have fared and I’ll also be seeing how all the kit - from sleeping bags and tents to power generators and satellite equipment - has performed.


“BT really benefits from this because we can prove our equipment and operational procedures work in a hostile environment, find what the gaps are and improve our capability.”


The visit is expected to coincide with the arrival of the TA members who volunteered to sail from the UK to Greenland as part of their activity.


Reproduced from BT Today