Month: March 2019

Success for region’s first Military & Academic Partnership symposium

Representatives from Higher Education and Further Education institutions joined forces with local Army units to attend the region’s first West Midlands Military & Academic Partnership (MAP) Symposium. The event was hosted by 11th Signal and West Midlands Brigade at the Army Reserve Centre in Wolverhampton, home to 4th Battalion the Mercian Regiment. The symposium aimed to develop a better understanding of the opportunities…

Female police officers get taste of Army life

Forty female police officers from Warwickshire Police and West Mercia Police got a taste of Army life. They attended an exercise at a training camp in Swynnerton, Staffordshire in February 2019. Under the watchful eye of military mentors from 37 Signal Regiment, the police officers took on an obstacle course, practised weapons’ firing and other tasks designed to develop leadership and teamwork. The exercise gave the police officers…

Employers spend an evening in the cells

Over fifty regional employers and representatives from the Armed Forces were invited to take a special behind the scenes tour of Birmingham’s famous Steelhouse Lane Lock-up. The event was hosted by the West Midland Reserve Forces & Cadets Association’s (RFCA) Employer Engagement team as an opportunity to thank those organisations who have gone the extra mile to support our Armed Forces community. Colonel…

Academy steps up to support the Armed Forces

Tile Cross Academy in Birmingham is one of the latest education establishments to sign the Armed Forces Covenant. The covenant is a voluntary pledge from businesses and organisations to acknowledge and understand that those who serve or who have served in the Armed Forces. This includes Reservists, and their families, should be treated with fairness and respect in the communities, economy and society…

Two new trophies for 605 Sqn RAuxAF

Number 605 (County of Warwick) Squadron (Sqn) RAuxAF, based at RAF Cosford, were recently delighted to receive two new items for their trophy cabinet.  The first is “The Kemp Dirk” which is one of the annual trophies competed for by all the RAuxAF Squadrons. It is awarded to the Squadron which has achieved the best results in recruitment and retention over the training…

Soldiers to provide guard of honour at Gordon Banks’ funeral

Ten soldiers from Stafford-based 16th Signal Regiment will today form a guard of honour at the funeral of legendary goalkeeper Gordon Banks. England’s 1966 World Cup-winning and former Stoke City keeper died at the age of 81 after battling kidney cancer. Gordon Banks’ family asked for the military presence at the funeral given the goalkeeper’s links to the Army. The soldiers, commanded by…

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