Artificer Sergeant Major
WO1 CASM RJ Bateman, IEng, MSOE, MIRTE, CMgr
WO1 Bateman joined the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers in 1998 and completed basic training as an Apprentice Tradesman at the Arborfield Apprenticeship College before moving to the School of Electrical and Mechanical Engineering at Bordon to attend a Basic Vehicle Mechanic ‘A’ course. His first assignment was to 4th Regiment Royal Artillery in Osnabruck where he was employed within an AS90 Battery Fitter Section and completed exercises in Poland, Canada and Oman.
In 2002 WO1 Bateman was assigned to the 2nd Royal Tank Regiment in Bad Fallingbostel, Germany and he deployed on OP TELIC with Egypt Squadron, as part of the Black Watch Battlegroup. On his return from Iraq he completed a Class 3 PTI Course, deployed to BATUS as OPFOR and competed in Luge at the Army, Tri-service and British Luge Championships. On completion of his Class 1 Vehicle Mechanics course in 2006, WO1 Bateman was assigned to 5 Battalion REME in Catterick and deployed on OP TELIC 9. Whilst serving at Catterick WO1 Bateman saw the transition from 5 Battalion REME to 19 Combat Service Support Battalion. Shortly after the Battalions re-subordination, WO1 Bateman was assigned to the 2nd Battalion The Royal Welsh in Tidworth where he worked within a Warrior Company Fitter Section.
In 2008 WO1 Bateman commenced his Artificer Vehicles course at SEME, Bordon. On completion of the course, for which he was awarded Artificer of the year award by the Society of Operations Engineers, he was assigned to 39 Engineer Regiment. During this assignment WO1 Bateman deployed to Kenya on a Joint Force Engineering Exercise. On his return he was assigned to The Royal Scots Dragoon Guards where he was responsible for supporting the Challenger 2 Main Battle Tank.
On promotion to WO2 in 2013, WO1 Bateman moved to 32 Engineer Regiment in Hohne, Germany as the Artificer Quarter Master Sergeant, fulfilling the role of LAD OIC ROG during the Regiments deployment to Afghanistan and co-ordinating the LAD’s rebasing to the UK. Concluding two years at Hohne, in 2015 WO1 Bateman returned to Catterick and assumed the appointment of Artificer Sergeant Major at The Highlanders, 4th Battalion, The Royal Regiment of Scotland, developing the LAD and supporting the Battalion as it re-rolled to a Mechanised Infantry Unit.
WO1 Richard Bateman assumed the appointment of Corps Artificer Sergeant Major in May 2016.