Eastbourne sergeant in exercise with US National Guard

A sergeant from Eastbourne is taking part in Exercise Northern Strike 2018 at Camp Grayling in Michigan.

Thursday, 23rd August 2018, 8:00 am
Updated Sunday, 2nd September 2018, 10:08 pm

Sgt Luke Turner, 30, is a platoon sergeant from B Company 4th Platoon, 3rd Battalion The Princess of Wales’s Royal Regiment (Three PWRR), based in Brighton.

He said, “I am looking forward to working alongside our American counterparts.”

The battalion will be training with the US National Guard as part of a multinational force.

Elements of the exercise include operating in built up areas and a shoot house - a purpose built training establishment for live firing tactical training inside buildings.

Sgt Turner is in telecommunications in his civilian role, installing microwave antennae around corporate buildings.

He joined the battalion ten months ago, having transferred originally from the Royal Marines as a regular soldier working with signals to the Reserve Marines and then to Three PWRR.

He joined the military in 2007 but left to join the Reserves because he wanted to spend more time with his two young children.

On his discovery of Four Platoon in Eastbourne it seemed to be a practical and ideal solution to transfer into Three PWRR.

Luke said, “Military life is a hobby as well as a passion, being able to continue my service and career has been great and the extra help financially is always a bonus.

“For a few years my family moved to Somerset with me where I was based at one stage but then they didn’t settle so we moved back to Sussex.”