Regiment salutes departing Sergeant Hainey for ten years of dedicated service
A former Royal Gazette journalist was saluted by the Royal Bermuda Regiment for ten years of dedicated service.
Sergeant Raymond Hainey enlisted in the RBR in 2012 after previously serving with Britain’s Royal Naval Reserve from 1982 to 1984.
Lieutenant-Colonel Ben Beasley, the RBR commanding officer, said that while he was offered the opportunity to join as a corporal, Sergeant Hainey refused and insisted on going through Recruit Camp as a regular soldier.
“Despite being nearly 30 years older than the average recruit, he completed all events, rising before dawn for PT, conducting drill, learning the weapon system and completing the five-mile road race and obstacle course,” Colonel Beasley said.
“During his service Sergeant Hainey brought forward all his professionalism for the benefit of the regiment, ensuring that the unit remained in the public eye.
“He produced dozens of press releases and supporting photographs every year telling the story of how individuals serve in the regiment and how the regiment serves the country.”
Colonel Beasley said Sergeant Hainey highlighted the regiment’s work at parades and overseas operations, while raising awareness about the development of the RBR Coastguard and the RBR’s role in the island’s Covid-19 response.
“At least of equal importance, he prioritised the junior ranks and their experiences, so that families, friends and employers could see their loved one being highlighted,” he added.
“His annual reports consistently spoke to his capability using terms such as ‘invaluable’, ‘professional’ and ‘reliable’. For a decade the RBR has been fortunate to have someone of his integrity and extraordinary skill, informing and positively influencing the public’s opinion of the RBR.”
“Although we are excited that Sergeant Hainey is about to write the next chapter in his life story, he will be a loss to all of us, as individuals and as a unit.”