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Source La Depeche...and the face book page of 4 R.E. (Les 100 ans de 4 R.E.)
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Castelnaudary. Légion Étrangère: restauration est le hébergement au '4', 'une grosse machine'...
A very interesting article
(Joe might know the A/C cited)
 

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Castelnaudary. Foreign legion: catering and accommodation at "4", "a big machine"


He is an accountant, manager, restaurant manager… and a legionnaire! Chief Warrant Officer Marco S. is the deputy director of the Legion mess circle branch of the 4th Foreign Regiment. Versatile, specialist in everything… He is in charge of the management of the most important "antenna" of all the regiments both in terms of turnover - it is around 4 M € per year and in terms of profit. At the national level, it is even among the first 4 of the mess circles, all armies combined. It is therefore a sacred big machine managed by this non-commissioned officer who, for once, plays the role of an officer.

1,500 meals at noon, 8 to 900 in the evening
Here, the "mess" operates "7 days a week which is not the case in other regiments," said the non-commissioned officer. The 4th RE, regiment of the Strong heads, school regiment, welcomes, indeed, trainees in addition to young volunteers. A whole little world to feed. "It is my main mission: non-commissioned members and executives included, these are 1,500 meals at noon, 8 to 900 in the evening and on weekends. It runs all the time," he said. On a daily basis, events and services must be added (Camerone, departures, change of command, etc.). "There is one, on average, one every three days, private or official." You should know that everything is cooked, prepared, here. on the spot ; this requires an impressive food supply amounting to around € 130,000 per week.

Responsible for 38 staff
Joined the Legion in 2002, it is, for Marco S. the passage required by Castelnaudary for initial training. He chooses and obtains Calvi, the 2nd REP after his training, attracted by the commandos. He stayed there for 6 years, left for 2 years in Mayotte and returned to Calvi. Before joining, Marco S. had followed a course and obtained diplomas in the field of gastronomy and cooking in Germany, his native country. A know-how that earned him, at the Legion, to be offered, quite naturally, the specialty "catering, hotel, leisure", and very quickly, a position of chef in the circle of officers in Calvi while it is still only first class. Quickly, he obtained the corporal stripes then embarked on a career as a non-commissioned officer.


Now - Covid obliges, it is also necessary to adapt to health rules. Everyone therefore now eats in the same place, in a large room which has 200 seats which implies half-hour rotations throughout a service which begins at 11 am and ends at 2 pm.

Supply of farms, mini-market…
But that's not all. The branch manager must also take care of "the supply of farms, - There are 4 of them"; it must also ensure the so-called "secondary" missions such as leisure and accommodation. He is also in charge of the convenience store in the Danjou district, whose turnover is € 960,000. In it, the legionaries and trainees who cannot go out to town find everything they need: bazaar, military effects, sports, souvenirs, food, hygiene products ...

The branch also manages the accommodation of single executives or geographic singles. Again, an impressive figure: 102 rooms with an occupancy rate of 83%, to which are added the four VIP rooms. "It is also the management of stocks: the food stock, and the leisure stock, the latter, for example, € 50,000 per week.

Military above all
The fact remains that the personnel assigned to the branch continue to train, have camps twice a year, go to shooting, do the evaluation tests. "It is a valve for them because their task is sometimes thankless." And yet ... Marco S. quotes Napoleon and a maxim which figures prominently, close to the ordinary, for all those who might forget: "The soldier walks often, fights sometimes, eats every day". For his part, he is sure of it: he does a fine job, taking but a fine job. With the ambition to do it one day in Aubagne.

(Joe might know the A/C cited)
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Hey Mark, glad to be able to contribute to the forum...I wake up and go to sleep thinking about joining the Legion and so I spend much time scouring looking for and reading Legion stuff, should do more learning French!
3rd Company. And yes, the bay of Calvi is freezing during winter.
 

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7 wounded in a fight in the city center near the place de la Comédie...
2 Spanish tourists were set about by a group of thugs who tried to rob them... 3 legionnaires on leave, 2 from the 13e DBLE and the other from the 1er REC, came to the rescue to help and defend the Spaniards. They received minor knife wounds...
The article does not tell it like it was... I have heard from other sources a more detailed version.
 

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7 wounded in a fight in the city center near the place de la Comédie...
2 Spanish tourists were set about by a group of thugs who tried to rob them... 3 legionnaires on leave, 2 from the 13e DBLE and the other from the 1er REC, came to the rescue to help and defend the Spaniards. They received minor knife wounds...
The article does not tell it like it was... I have heard from other sources a more detailed version.
Keep us informed le petit caporal.
 
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It happed in Montpellier...
Either they were on P.L.D..,or on a weekend skive, ( hors garrison)....which is the case for the 13 and 1 REC, or maybe retour de mission, " Barkhane, for example'
I hope so., the insurance that you are obliged (concerning the Legion...takes into account.,,
My first thoughts... Were, dudes back from Bakranne...
They did the stuff is all that matters
Certain press, accusing us of being drunk ,...blah blah
Could be true
Still, when you have to do what you have to do.... you do
@ Wannabes, " you do what you have to do"...even when there is no orders given
Wannabe be a man...on service or not!...in service commandé....even on leave
 
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Former soldier breaks 'code of silence' over sexual violence in French Foreign Legion
JULY 24, 2020 BY SOPHIE BOUTBOUL

Alex Held, who joined France's iconic fighting force in 2015, made a formal complaint in December 2019 following the unwanted physical advances of a superior. The former legionnaire, an American, is still seeing a psychiatrist and is taking anti-depressants as a result of his ordeal. The Legion insists that it has “heavily punished” the warrant officer concerned plus two others accused of having failed to raise the alarm. But the punishment administered is at the lower end of those available in a fighting force which sees itself as the “height of virility”. Sophie Boutboul reports.

Source: https://www.mediapart.fr/en/journal/france/240720/former-soldier-breaks-code-silence-over-sexual-violence-french-foreign-legion

The article is only for subscribers, but the French version is on facebook.

 

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Former soldier breaks 'code of silence' over sexual violence in French Foreign Legion
JULY 24, 2020 BY SOPHIE BOUTBOUL

Alex Held, who joined France's iconic fighting force in 2015, made a formal complaint in December 2019 following the unwanted physical advances of a superior. The former legionnaire, an American, is still seeing a psychiatrist and is taking anti-depressants as a result of his ordeal. The Legion insists that it has “heavily punished” the warrant officer concerned plus two others accused of having failed to raise the alarm. But the punishment administered is at the lower end of those available in a fighting force which sees itself as the “height of virility”. Sophie Boutboul reports.

Source: https://www.mediapart.fr/en/journal/france/240720/former-soldier-breaks-code-silence-over-sexual-violence-french-foreign-legion

The article is only for subscribers, but the French version is on facebook.

So if true maybe he should of cut the bastards balls off! But then again being an American we’ll never hear the last of it!🙄
 

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One thing for sure is that he didn't finish his contract. Therefor I have no respect for him. He had obviously complained to his hierarchy while he was serving. He would have been sent to another regiment.
I am just wondering if this isn't the prelude to a book, perhaps he can get that slut Sophie BoutBoul(es) to edit it ?
 

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One thing for sure is that he didn't finish his contract. Therefor I have no respect for him. He had obviously complained to his hierarchy while he was serving. He would have been sent to another regiment.
I am just wondering if this isn't the prelude to a book, perhaps he can get that slut Sophie BoutBoul(es) to edit it ?
Hhmm. Interesting!🤔usually when they don’t finish the contract and start whining there’s always another excuse! As for that slut Sophie boutboul what’s the word? Putain!😉
 

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Wednesday July 22 around 8 p.m. , a legionnaire passes by car over the Lerouge bridge in Millau when he is challenged by a strange scene, a woman walking hastily, in tears.

His instincts make him think of the worst when he sees her throw down her phone and step over the handrail of the bridge. He then turns around and hastens to join the young woman who has her back towards the void.

Despite a long moment of discussion, the latter desperately lets go of the handrail. It is thanks to the reactivity and the composure of this young corporal who retained her that the young woman was able to escape what could have been tragic.

I really thought we were both going to fall into the void so [Because] much that she was struggling, ” he says.

According to the police,[they were] dispatched to the scene and who took charge of the situation, a second legionnaire [came] have intervened. The young woman was taken to the emergency room.
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Un grand bravo à ce jeune caporal de 23 ans, depuis quatre ans dans la Légion Etrangère dont deux ans au sein de la 13e Demi-Brigade de Légion Etrangère basée à La Cavalerie, qui a fait preuve de civisme et de bravoure. ©DR
 

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Another article posted on July 26
I do believe that they are looking for volunteers ;)

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AFRICA / LAND FORCES / OPERATIONS

The heroism of a legionnaire from the 2nd Foreign Parachute Regiment in Mali

BY LAURENT LAGNEAU JULY 26, 2020
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The situation updates on the operations that the Armed Forces Staff [EMA] broadcasts every week do not always reflect the intensity and the hardness of the fighting that the French soldiers have to deliver, in particular in the Sahel. It is only months later that, sometimes, stories are confirmed or details emerge, thanks to a decoration discount.

Thus, for example, in June 2019, RFI had recounted the daring [and risky] rescue of a Gazelle helicopter crew, hit by fire from a 7.62 mm machine gun, in the Malian Liptako. The three occupants of the aircraft had in fact been recovered by a Tiger attack and reconnaissance helicopter [which is two-seater, note]. We had to wait until the last July 14 to have a confirmation of this episode, via the story of the protagonists and unpublished images broadcast on the occasion of a report from France2.

In another register, the feats of arms of Master Corporal Radu-Mihai have just been highlighted by the Foreign Legion. And they are a perfect illustration of article 6 of the code of honor of the legionary ["The mission is sacred, you carry it out to the end and, if necessary, in operations, at the risk of your life" ]

A member of the Groupement des commandos parachutistes [GCP] of the 2nd Foreign Parachute Regiment [GCP], this legionnaire was in Mali in November 2019, under Operation Barkhane, that is to say five years after having signed his first “Legion” commitment. ".

According to the short text published by the Foreign Legion on social networks, Master Corporal Radu-Mihai “particularly stood out during a reconnaissance operation of a terrorist camp. " And for good reason!

After being dropped off by a helicopter, the GCP legionaries embark on an 8-kilometer infiltration. On the outskirts of a camp occupied by an armed terrorist group [GAT], they are attacked by visibly heavily armed jihadists, hidden in a grove. Master Corporal Radu-Mihai retaliates and neutralizes one of them. But the commitment has only just begun ...

Indeed, explains the Foreign Legion, after three hours of intense combat, the master corporal "assaulted a position held by the enemy" and "put several terrorists out of action". But he is unfortunately struck down by an automatic weapon burst.

Hit by five bullets, he himself put a tourniquet while waiting for the medical team. But his injuries are important: his vital prognosis engaged, he was first evacuated by a helicopter to Gao, then, by medical plane, to the army instruction hospital [HIA] Percy, in Clamart, where there will remain two weeks in a coma.

But thanks to his action, underlines the Foreign Legion, Master Corporal Radu-Mihai “enabled the neutralization of several terrorists, the recovery of weapons, telephones and information, allowing the force to continue the fight against terrorism in the region. Sahelo-Saharan strip. "

During his hospitalization, the legionary was able to count on the support of his regiment, the Amicale des Anciens Légionnaires Parachutistes [AALP] and the Federation of societies of former members of the Foreign Legion [FSALE].

In any case, Master Corporal Radu-Mihai was awarded the Cross of Military Valor with citation to the Order of the Army, eight months after his decisive action in the Sahel.

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