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Pretty sure most DMS folk have sighted this...but , hey, for those hard working souls on funny assignments away from the mainstream:

DMSD/06/01 19 December 2006

All Defence Medical Services Staff

Dear Colleagues,

As 2006 draws to a close after another year of high operational tempo, we would like to express our thanks for your continued diligence, enthusiasm and support.

There has been a great deal written and said about the DMS in the media over recent months, which we covered in a recent letter to you all. But even our critics have to admit to the excellence of the clinical care we provide with our NHS partners - recognised recently when Colonel Tim Hodgetts was named ‘Hospital Doctor of the Year’, and the team at RCDM won the ‘Training Team’ award in the same national competition for their work to care for all acutely sick or injured service personnel on operational duty. These are just illustrations of the consistently high level of service you provide, throughout the organisation, at home and overseas, whatever your role, military and civilian, Regular and Reserve.
Indeed, it is no coincidence that at the end of this year there are eight members of the DMS receiving awards in December’s special Armed Forces Operational Honours list, with others receiving awards earlier this year. To pick one further example, it is a testament to the high calibre of our recruits and the training that our dedicated instructors provide, as well of course to individual bravery, that 19 year old Private Michelle Norris RAMC is the first woman to receive the Military Cross.

There will be further challenges facing us in the coming year, but we are confident that the DMS will meet these in the exemplary professional manner that has so often been illustrated in the past year.

Therefore, in whichever part of the world you may be spending the turn of the year, we wish you, and all those dear to you, a very Merry Christmas and a prosperous New Year.

Louis Lillywhite.......................... Rory McLean

Have a good one y'all...pip pip!

Le Chevre

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