New boss arrives at Kinloss with a few big bangs

The Army at Kinloss Barracks are set to welcome their new boss with Lieutenant Colonel Tom Marsden taking a look around his new command this week.

A 40-year-old from Liverpool, Lt Col Marsden will take over from Lt Col Andy Sturrock, who has successfully overseen the transition of the Kinloss base from the RAF to the Army.

Andy Sturrock is set to take up studies again as a student at the Royal College of Defence Studies before moving on to a senior role at the Ministry of Defence.

Father of three Tom Marsden has served in Montenegro, Afghanistan and Iraq with his most recent appointment being with the permanent joint HQ at Northwood in Middlesex.  Tom will now take command of 39 Engineers Regiment in the full knowledge that the Army are now well integrated into the Moray community.

He said: “Andy has done a great job turning RAF Kinloss into Kinloss Barracks – my main objectives will be to ensure the base’s operation capacity to support the RAF at Lossiemouth and to continue building good relations with the local community.”

That local community have been warned not to be alarmed if they hear some very loud noises coming from the base next Wednesday (September 18), with a spokesman saying: “We will be undertaking some training exercises that day and there will be an unusual deal of noise, we apologise in advance for this and ask residents not to be alarmed.”