Warrant Officer 1 Gavin Lee, left, hands over the pace stick to WO1 Gavin Rayner, who has taken over as the senior non-commissioned officer in the Bermuda Regiment. *Photo supplied
Warrant Officer 1 Gavin Lee, left, hands over the pace stick to WO1 Gavin Rayner, who has taken over as the senior non-commissioned officer in the Bermuda Regiment. *Photo supplied

FRIDAY, APRIL 20: A new Regimental Sergeant Major has been appointed to the Bermuda Regiment.

Gavin Rayner has taken over the top non-commissioned officer’s role in Bermuda’s defence force after being confirmed in the post by the Regiment’s Commander-in-Chief, Governor Sir Richard Gozney.

The 18-year Warwick Camp veteran replaces Gavin Lee, who is retiring from active service.

Regiment Commanding Officer Lt Col. Brian Gonsalves said: “Mr Rayner has a depth of knowledge and experience and the Regiment will be the direct beneficiary of his skills.

“I have known him since he joined the unit and it pleases me greatly to see him move up the ranks – he has all the qualities needed for his post, has good vision, always looks for best practice and is just the person we need during this intense period of advancement in the Regiment.

“It’s an exciting time to join the Regiment and Warrant Officer 1 Rayner will be one of the commanders at the heart of it.”

Mr Rayner served with the Junior Leaders corps before joining up in 1994.

He is a well-known figure due to his participation in Regimental parades, including the presentation of new colours in 2010 and the visit of Queen Elizabeth II and the Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, to mark Bermuda’s 400th anniversary.

Mr Rayner has served with the Royal Anglian Regiment, the Royal Gibraltar Regiment and worked in Sierra Leone as part of the international military advisory training team.

He became a full-time soldier in 1997, and has worked in arms training, outdoor field skills logistics and training.

After he moved to the UK with his family in 1998, WO1 Rayner was posted to the 1st Battalion of the Royal Anglians and served in the training wing as the weapons Warrant Officer.

He also commanded a platoon and worked as the operations Warrant Officer.

He moves to his new role from a job as Regimental Quartermaster Sergeant.

The Regiment is currently recruiting volunteers across all its specialities. Anyone interested in applying should contact Major Warren Furbert on 238 1045 or at wsfurbert@gov.bm.