LIEUTENANT COLONEL DM WHEELER R WELSH COMMANDING OFFICER - 2nd BATTALION THE ROYAL WELSH (THE ROYAL REGIMENT OF WALES)
Lieutenant Colonel ‘Didi’ Wheeler assumed command of the 2nd Battalion The Royal Welsh on 10th July 2009.
He commanded the 2 Royal Welsh Battle Group on Exercise MEDMAN 4/09 in Canada and has prepared and deployed A, B (Rorke’s Drift) and C Company Groups and a host of individual reinforcements to Afghanistan, a period of 18-months on operations within the past 2-years. The Battalion will assume the Land Warfare Battle Group role in July 2011.
His last posting was in the Ministry of Defence within International Policy and Planning and was responsible for security co-operation activities in the Middle East Region. He has previously served within the 2nd Battalion and was Second-in-Command during the deployment to Basra on Op TELIC 10 as the Manoeuvre Battle Group between May and December 2007. He commanded A Company of the 1st Battalion the Royal Regiment of Wales and took them on operations during Op TELIC 6. He has also served in HQ Allied Rapid Reaction Corps as the UK Policy Officer, at the Army Training Regiment Lichfield and HQ 5 Airborne Brigade.
Between August 2001 and July 2003 he gained an MA in Defence Technology from the Royal Military College of Science at Shrivenham and completed the Advanced Command and Staff Course at Staff College. He has previously served in Germany, Northern Ireland and Hong Kong filling a variety of staff and regimental duty posts. He was commissioned into the 1st Battalion The Royal Regiment of Wales in 1990.
He has two children, Charlotte (11) and Tom (9). His limited spare time is filled with rugby (a passable referee), skiing, military history, distance running and spending time with the children.
Gareth Owen Edwards CBE (born 12 July 1947) is a former Welsh rugby union footballer who played scrum-half, considered by many to be one of the greatest players in the history of the game. He was prominent in the Welsh national team that was to the fore in European rugby in the 60s and 70s.
In the 2007 New Years Honours List, Gareth was made a CBE for services to sport.
Max Boyce, MBE, (born 7 September 1945 in Glynneath) is a Welsh comedian, singer and former coal miner. He rose to fame in the United Kingdom during the mid-1970s with an act that combined musical comedy with his passion for rugby union and his origins in the mining communities of South Wales. Having sold more than two million albums in a career spanning four decades, and playing to full houses all around the world, Boyce is one of the most successful and enduring entertainers in Welsh history.
Christian Malcolm sprang to prominence in 1998 when he won the 100m and 200m at the World Junior Championships. He has long shown promise and has now proven himself to be among the world's best sprinters.
In 1996, aged 17, Christian was Britain’s fastest junior over 200m and reached the world junior semi-finals in Sydney. Continual improvement during the early summer was highlighted by victories in a GB junior match over 100m and 200m the latter breaking Jamie Baulch’s Welsh Junior record. At the European Juniors Christian won three European junior medals; 200m gold, 4 x 100m gold and 100m silver. His 100m time of 10.24 beating Colin Jackson’s long standing Welsh senior record. Christian’s arrival on the International circuit was against the legendary Carl Lewis at Zurich in 1997; Christian beat Carl who earmarked him as a future star.
MAJOR GENERAL RODDY PORTER MBE BA(Hons) FCMI (Late RWF)
Major General Porter joined The Royal Welch Fusiliers (RWF) in 1980, spending his early career in the UK and Germany and on operational tours in Northern Ireland. He served as a staff officer in 4th Armoured Brigade on Operation GRANBY (DESERT STORM) in Iraq in 1991. After the Army Staff College, Camberley (1991-92), he returned to 4th Armoured Brigade in Osnabrück as Chief of Staff, serving with the UN in Bosnia (1993-94), for which he was appointed MBE. A second tour of Bosnia as an Infantry company commander with 1 RWF followed in 1995. He commanded his Battalion in Northern Ireland (1999-2001) and has served in the Ministry of Defence (MOD) on several occasions in senior rank. He graduated from Defence’s Higher Command and Staff Course in 2002 and commanded an Infantry Brigade in Northern Ireland (2003-05).
Promoted to Major General in 2007, he deployed to Baghdad on the staff of the Multinational Force - Iraq for which service he was appointed Officer of The Legion of Merit by the US Army. He retires from the Army in August 2011 having completed a final appointment as Chief of Staff (Joint Warfare Development) at the UK Joint Headquarters in Northwood. He remains Colonel of the Regiment, The Royal Welsh, and Colonel Commandant, The Prince of Wales’s Division.
Major General Porter is married to Marianne, a teacher; their home is in Camberley, Surrey. They are maintained in penury by three sons: Adam (22), Mark (20) and Hugo (17). He has a passion for music (he is an enthusiastic singer and decidedly amateur guitarist, violinist and saxophonist) and the study of ancient and military history and the poetry of the Great War. He enjoys most sports, especially golf, cricket, dinghy sailing and rugby; he is a rugby referee. He remains as President of the Armed Forces Christian Union.