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  Awards and Promotions No.16
Posted by: B. Horner - 06-30-2019, 06:53 PM - Replies (2)

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Awards and Promotions No.16
30JUN19 1945hrs UTC+1

The following personnel have been removed or have left the group...

S. Combs

A. Panagopoulos

The following personnel have been moved to inactives...

M. Cera
Cera will be inactive for around eight weeks.

K. Mardas

N. Monahan

M. Iordan


The following promotions have been made...

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Recruit A. Aamar has been promoted to Private.

Pte. A. Aamar has been assigned to No.4 Platoon, No.2 Section.

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Recruit E. Schmidt has been promoted to Private.

Pte. E. Schmidt has been assigned to Weapons Platoon, No.1 Section.

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Acting Sergeant S. Heikkinen has been promoted to Sergeant.

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Acting Sergeant J. Ross has been promoted to Sergeant.

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Lieutenant B. Horner has been promoted to Captain.

Capt. B. Horner will move to "B" Company Headquarters and assume the role of Company Commander.


The following personnel have changed roles...

Pte. B. Powell has moved from No.2 Section, Rifleman to 16th (Parachute) Field Ambulance, 4 Section, Medic.

Acting Corporal C. Thorpe has moved from No.1 Section, Second in Command to No.1 Section, Section Commander.

Lance Corporal S. Cottitto has moved from No.2 Section, Gun Group Commander to No.1 Section, Second in Command.

Colour Sergeant N. Barden will be acting No.4 Platoon, Platoon Commander.


The following personnel have taken on additional roles...

N/A


The following commendations have been awarded...

M. Cera has received an Overseas Service Chevron for six months of service with Red Devils.

S. Cottitto has received an Overseas Service Chevron for six months of service with Red Devils.

S. Heikkinen has received an Overseas Service Chevron for six months of service with Red Devils.

S. Wiemann has received an Overseas Service Chevron for six months of service with Red Devils.

C. Thorpe has received a second Overseas Service Chevron for twelve months of service with Red Devils.


The following medals have been awarded...

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The following personnel have been awarded the WAR MEDAL:

Acting Corporal L. Allen

Private B. Kaiser
Kaiser was meant to receive this medal on the 12th May 2019, however, in error, only received his Mentioned in Despatches.

Private M. Shardonia

Private A. Baz

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  20JUN19 - Server Maintenance
Posted by: B. Horner - 06-19-2019, 10:03 PM - No Replies

I have been advised by our provider that our server will be shutting down the server to apply critical updates on June 20th at 0600 hrs Central EU time. The update is expected to last up to half an hour.

During this time the website and TeamSpeak 3 server will be offline.

Depending on the availability of staff, the server may be offline for longer - until one can reboot the system.

Apologies for the late notice.

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  Community Update
Posted by: B. Horner - 06-15-2019, 10:31 PM - Replies (2)

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190615 Community Update

2230 hrs


A small update to keep everyone informed. We have two missions left as part of our D-Day 2019 operation string. The one coming on Sunday will see us as Canadian Paratroopers and the one the following Sunday will see us donning US gear as the 82nd Airborne. In terms of other events coming up, we have 22JUN19 Module II, 29JUN19 Module III, and 30JUN19 Ceremony. The 30th will also feature a mission after the ceremony. It is important for any Recruit who has not completed Module I to speak to your Section Commanders in order to organise a time to do this - otherwise, you'll miss out on this cycle of recruit training. 

The PvP planned for the end of June has been pushed back by a week and is currently scheduled in for 07th July - we will most likely be conducting a training on the day beforehand so we can familiarise ourselves with the plan and have time to liaise and train with the 7th Armoured Division. The PvP will be in the desert again, so you have the sand in your cracks to look forward to.

We've gained a few more members since the last update with our current total, excluding anyone marked as inactive, at 37 people. However, more are confirmed to be joining soon and we'll be reaching the over 40 player mark - a milestone I'm sure we all can be happy about. With this point I'd also like to stress the usage of the chain of command - many people message Barden or myself directly with issues or questions and this can sometimes be overwhelming when 20 other people do the same. Please direct as much of your questions and concerns to your section NCO(s) and if needed they will pass it up further. 

Following from the previous point, please ensure that you are filling out your attendance forms (the poll on each event post) well in advance of any event. We may soon be switching over to a new poll system which will give more flexibility to the shut-off point to the poll. Aim to have your response in NLT Thursday or Friday. I cannot tell you how helpful it is to know who will be attending - we know things crop up last minute, but these are easily communicated to commanders. I'd like to see the same number of replies to each poll as we have members in the group - we're not far off - but it could definitely be better.

I'm happy to see the Support Company is settling well into their new role and will be able to start taking a few more personnel soon - if you like any of the roles within S Coy, please send in an application following the guidelines here: http://reddevilsarma.org/forumdisplay.php?fid=67 . An additional point is that we are always on the search for non-commissioned officers and will be looking to expand to 3 Section at some point - please either send in a full application (follow the previous link) or inform Horner of your interest. Our whole NCO team is based upon the concept that if everyone helps a little, the effect overall is a lot.

Are you interested in making missions or Zeusing? One of the largest jobs within the group is the manufacture of scenarios and operations. We're looking to expand our Game Master team (i.e. mission makers), so if you are interested please make an application. Again, the idea is that if everyone does a little, nobody does a lot. If you have any questions about the role please get in touch with myself and I can answer any queries you have.

So you are all aware: our relations with other groups is also expanding, and the number of groups that we are in talks with is very extensive. We'll be looking to do some more joint events with other groups soon, we're just getting past our rather hectic past few months. Before jumping into many more joint events you can expect us to calm down for at least a few weeks in order to relax slightly.

Red Devils, as always, is improving constantly. This is a direct effect of our continued effort to maintain and push our training and effectiveness. We've come leaps and bounds from when we began, and the direction we are headed makes me very excited for the group in the future. 

Ready for anything,

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  Awards and Promotions
Posted by: B. Horner - 06-02-2019, 06:38 PM - Replies (1)

The following personnel have been removed or have left the group...

R. Lee
This person has been banned from Red Devils.

The following personnel have been moved to inactives...

N/A

The following promotions have been made...

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Recruit A. Baz has been promoted to Private.
Pte. A. Baz has been assigned to Weapons Platoon, 2 Section.

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Recruit J. Bear has been promoted to Private.
Pte. J. Bear has been assigned to No.4 Platoon, 1 Section.

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Recruit B. Powell has been promoted to Private.
Pte. B. Powell has been assigned to No.4 Platoon, 2 Section.

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Recruit G. Robertson has been promoted to Private.
Pte. G. Robertson has been assigned to No.4 Platoon, 2 Section.

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Recruit J. Rostedt has been promoted to Private.
Pte. J. Rostedt has been assigned to No.4 Platoon, 2 Section.

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Lance Corporal L. Allen has been promoted to Acting Corporal.

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Sergeant N. Barden has been promoted to Colour Sergeant.

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Second Lieutenant C. Carrick has been promoted to Lieutenant.


The following personnel have changed roles...

Corporal M. Cera has moved from B Company, CQMS to No.4 Platoon, 1 Section, Section Commander.

Acting Sergeant J. Ross has moved from No.4 Platoon, 1 Section, Section Commander to Weapons Platoon, 1 Section, Section Commander.

Private R. McArthur has moved from No.4 Platoon, 1 Section, No.1 Bren to 16th PFA, No.4 Section, Orderly.


The following personnel have taken on additional roles...

N/A

The following commendations have been awarded...

N/A

The following medals have been awarded...

N/A

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  Awards and Promotions
Posted by: B. Horner - 05-12-2019, 09:40 PM - Replies (2)

The following personnel have been removed or have left the group...

J. Urquhart
This person has been banned from Red Devils.

T. Kazansky

C Raidian

B. Whybrow

R. Mac

The following personnel have been moved to inactives....

Corporal M. Ward
M. Ward will be classed as inactive, however, may be active during week days.


The following promotions have been made...

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Acting Lance Corporal L. Allen has been promoted to Lance Corporal.

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Private N. Masterson has been promoted to Acting Corporal.

A/Cpl. N. Masterson will be the second in command of No.4 Platoon, 2 Section.

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Lance Corporal C. Thorpe has been promoted to Acting Corporal.


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Acting Corporal S. Wiemann has been promoted to Corporal.

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Corporal S. Heikkinen has been promoted to Acting Sergeant.


The following personnel have taken on additional roles...

N/A


The following commendations have been awarded...

M. Bogey has received an honorary Overseas Service Chevron for 6 months of service with Red Devils.

D. Thire has received an Overseas Service Chevron for 6 months of service with Red Devils.

L. Phillips has received an Overseas Service Chevron for 6 months of service with Red Devils.

N. Barden has received a second Overseas Service Chevron for 12 months of service with Red Devils.

G. Gustas has received an honorary Overseas Service Chevron for 12 months of service with Red Devils.


The following medals have been awarded...

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The following personnel have been awarded the WAR MEDAL:

Acting Sergeant S. Heikkinen

Acting Corporal M. Ward

Acting Corporal N. Masterson

Private S. Combs

Private C. Hutton

Private R. McArthur

Private L. Smith


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The following personnel have been awarded the PACIFIC STAR:
This is being awarded following our Battle of Singapore operation.

Lieutenant B. Horner

Second Lieutenant C. Carrick

Pilot Officer M. Bogey

Flight Sergeant G. Gustas

Sergeant N. Barden

Acting Sergeant J. Ross

Corporal M. Cera

Acting Sergeant S. Heikkinen

Acting Corporal M. Ward

Corporal S. Wiemann

Lance Corporal C. Thorpe

Lance Corporal F. Stangenberger

Lance Corporal L. Allen

Lance Corporal S. Cottitto

Private B. Kaiser

Private N. Masterson

Private R. McArthur

Private T. Miller

Private A. Olympus

Private L. Phillips

Private M. Shardonia

Private L. Smith

Private D. Thire

Recruit A. Baz

Recruit P. Bell Smith

Recruit. C. Hutton

Recruit K. Mardas

Recruit N. Monahan


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The following personnel have been awarded a MENTIONED IN DESPATCHES:

Pilot Officer M. Bogey

Acting Corporal M. Ward

Acting Corporal N. Masterson

Private B. Kaiser

Private D. Thire


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The following personnel have been awarded the MILITARY MEDAL:

Acting Sergeant S. Heikkinen

Quote:"S. Heikkinen selflessly jump onto an exposed machine gun in the standing position and engaged a Japanese tank. With the tank returning fire with shells, Heikkinen continued the engagement eventually disabling the tank's main gun forcing the driver to ram Heikkinen's building. This enabled nearby friendlies the ability to maneuver to move up to deal the final blow and force its total destruction. He was very exposed and miraculously avoided injury but was able to disable the effectiveness of this tank as to avoid further damage to friendly forces."


Following a small update in our awards and medals system, we are removing the 1939-1945 star.
The following personnel will have this star removed:

Lieutenant B. Horner

Second Lieutenant C. Carrick

Flight Sergeant G. Gustas

Lance Corporal C. Thorpe


Following the opening Support Company the following people have been assigned roles...

2Lt. C. Carrick will move to command the Weapons Platoon.
The assault sections will also temporarily fall under the Weapons Platoon HQ.

Pte. B. Kaiser will move to be in Weapons Platoon, 1 Section.

Pte. S. Combs will move to be in Weapons Platoon, 1 Section.

Rct. A. Baz will move to be in Weapons Platoon, 1 Section.

Rct. K. Mardas will move to be in Weapons Platoon, 1 Section.

LCpl. L. Allen will move to command Weapons Platoon, 2 Section.

Pte. M. Shardonia will move to be in Weapons Platoon, 2 Section.

Cpl. S. Wiemann will move to command Assault Platoon, 1 Section.

LCpl. F. Stangenberger will move to be in Assault Platoon, 1 Section.


This awards and promotions post is rather large in size! If you find any issues let us know so we can rectify them.

For those of you who are new you might not know how you can obtain commendations and awards - find out about them here http://reddevilsarma.org/showthread.php?tid=391.

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  Community Update
Posted by: B. Horner - 04-28-2019, 01:58 PM - Replies (1)

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190428 Community Update
1500 hrs


This update comes as we near the end of our Singapore deployment. We've got two more events - one being No.6 and the other being a PvP on a week today. After the PvP there will be an awards ceremony where promotions and awards will be given - if you feel someone has done something deserving of an award ( http://reddevilsarma.org/showthread.php?tid=391 ) then please forward this onto Sgt. N. Barden via PM on these forums.

A few concerning points that I want to raise:

        1. When you respawn in an event and you get to re-acquire your loadout, you must not take a loadout you did not have prior to dying. For example, if you were a rifleman at the beginning of an event, do not respawn and grab a Bren gunner's kit.

        2. Any and all complaining or moaning during an event will not be tolerated - this includes about the mission, other players, etc etc. If you have an issue then say it quietly to your commander and they can pass this up the chain of command. All comments can be spoken about in the debrief but should not be raised during the event. 

        3. Comments about FPS and Zeus. Yes, my FPS is low too, this is a jungle with lots and lots of AI, no need to say it every 10 seconds - just get on with it. The game master and admins will be more than aware of the issue and will be working as fast as they can to sort the issue. Just recently I had upgraded the server again, and gone to a new provider again in order to ensure maximum server performance. We're experimenting in-game with different server bandwidth settings, mission composition, and AI settings in order to streamline the experience even more. Unfortunately, Singapore has a lot of forestry, and all three maps we have used during the operation string have given us FPS issues on top of all of the assets and AI. Now onto comments about Zeus: again, we are all aware that there is usually a game master acting as Zeus to ensure the event runs smoothly, however, you need not mention their presence in-game. This truly ruins my immersion, if not other people's too. Zeuses do not often micromanage AI, and do not often remote control them, so comments of "why is the Zeus doing this" or "that AI was Zeus controlled" shouldn't be mentioned - they are all the enemy and it doesn't matter. 

        4. Orders documents are written and presented to all participating members. I expect them to be read. If you ask a question that is answered clearly in the orders document, don't expect any amusement from me. Turning up to an event with the wrong modset is due to simple incompetence on your behalf.


Moving forward there are going to be a few organisational changes within the community; firstly, as sad as it is to see them go, No.2 Troop will be disbanded. We will no longer be sporting tanks on our official ORBAT. However, the armoured course will continue to run as an additional course, so in the event we do need armoured assets (e.g. for PvP balancing purposes) we can pluck people from all over the group to fill one or two tanks. Secondly, the Support Company will be opening with 2Lt. C. Carrick moving to command it. S Company will not organise as a company, however, will fall under B Company HQ command. Additionally, the Assault Platoon will be operating under Weapons Platoon HQ for the foreseeable future. Mr. Carrick will be commanding the Weapons Platoon ( http://reddevilsarma.org/misc.php?page=ORBAT-B ).

In the Weapons Platoon we will have a Mortars/Vickers section (will specialise in Mortars), a Mortars/Vickers section (will specialise in Vickers), and a AT gun section (will actually be Royal Artillery, but will be under the Weapons Platoon for ease of management). Applications for positions in the Support Company have already gone live and a lot of positions are already taken - no roles are fixed until the ceremony that is coming up, so feel free to get in your applications ( http://reddevilsarma.org/showthread.php?tid=293 - not completely finished ).


Upcoming events include another PvP soon after our Singapore deployment, multiple D-Day orientated events that we are aiming to make into co-operative events with other communities. More information on these is to come, however, all are a logistical nightmare!


Comments from other personnel:
2Lt. C. Carrick has said, "it's been a privilege to lead the men into battle and has rekindled my interest in this wonderful unit and will find solace in knowing No.4 platoon fight at my side in the battles to come".

A/Sgt. J. Ross would like "a mandatory announcement before every event stating '1 section best section' ", however, I am unsure if we will be able to implement this going forward.

Pte. H. McDee from the 7th Armoured Division commented "just wondering, what's the deal with your guys not bandaging themselves? [...] Even the critical ones just stand there screaming they're bleeding out without bandaging themselves". In response to this, I will ensure 16PFA will run basic medical training for the entire group.


Due to multiple members moving over to the Support Company, it may be easier to reorganise No.4 Platoon and mix the sections, however, we will not do this if it would cause unproportionate disruption - so let me know how you feel about this.

Despite a few negative comments in this update, there have been lots and lots of good moments and ideas within the group, however, these will be reserved for the upcoming ceremony where we can reflect on the Battle of Singapore operation string. Please do reply to this thread with any comments you may have.

As always, ready for anything,

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