J Taylor

Poznan to Berlin – retracing the advance

Outside of military skills training, historical studies are important to the military, they can help understand tactics and provide opportunities for reflection. In the summer, Reservists from 37th Signal Regiment travelled across the Channel for a Battlefield Study to learn in-depth knowledge about the Soviet advance from Poznan to Berlin in 1945. Their five-day visit took them to key former military structures and…

Armed Forces Outreach and supportive Shropshire organisations

Four Shropshire-based organisations publicly committed their support for the Armed Forces community at an outreach event for the Armed Forces and veterans. Run by Shropshire Council, the outreach session welcomed Shrewsbury Men’s Shed, Shropshire Community Leisure Trust and Shropshire Community NHS Trust to sign the Armed Forces Covenant; a voluntary pledge to ensure that those who serve or have served in the Armed…

West Midland RFCA welcomes 1000th Armed Forces Covenant signee

West Midland Reserve Forces & Cadets Association (RFCA) are pleased to welcome City of Birmingham Rockets as the 1000th company, within the West Midland RFCA region, to sign the Armed Forces Covenant and pledge their support to the Armed Forces community. The Armed Forces Covenant was introduced by the Ministry of Defence in 2014 and is used across the country for businesses to…

Pave Aways signs Armed Forces Covenant

A Shropshire construction company has become the latest organisation to signal its support for serving and former armed forces personnel after completing the build of the UK’s first ever specialist orthopaedic centre for military veterans. Pave Aways, which handed over the Headley Court Veterans’ Orthopaedic Centre at the world-renowned The Robert Jones and Agnes Hunt Orthopaedic Hospital NHS Foundation Trust (RJAH) in Gobowen in…

Army Cadets enjoy adventure-packed week in Cyprus

Over the October half term 24 cadets from Shropshire Army Cadet Force (ACF) travelled to Cyprus for a week of challenging outdoor adventure training. Mountain biking, diving, paddle boarding, mini-golf and trips to cultural sites filled their action-packed week designed to build confidence and courage, and increase their knowledge, teamwork and leadership skills. One of the highlights of the trip proved to be…

Transferrable skills of an Army Reservist

As an Army Reservists you join and train with a unit, but in some cases the Reservists have specialist transferrable skills which mean they maybe given the opportunity to go on tour with another unit. This was the case for Sergeant Shotton from 4 MERCIAN, you can read more below: MINUSMA is the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilisation mission in Mali. Established in…

Orthopaedic Institute sign Covenant to support Armed Forces Community

The Orthopaedic Institute at The Robert Jones and Agnes Hunt Orthopaedic Hospital (RJAH) have pledged their support for staff and volunteers who serve in military roles by signing up to the Armed Forces Covenant. The Covenant, which has also been signed by the Oswestry-based hospital and the League of Friends Charity, represents a pledge of support to people who are serving in, or…

NHS Training in Partnership with 4 MERCIAN Army Reserves

Prior to the pandemic, 4 MERCIAN (a Midlands based Army Reserve unit) were running regular dedicated training weekends in partnership with the Army’s Field Hospital units to ensure Combat Medical Technician skills for Regimental Aid Post (RAP) capabilities, were maintained. Following an elongated period of suspension this has now been re-introduced and a robust training approach not only addresses their military role, but…

RJAH Friends sign Covenant to support Armed Forces

The League of Friends to The Robert Jones and Agnes Hunt Orthopaedic Hospital (RJAH) have pledged their support for staff and volunteers who serve in military roles by signing up to the Armed Forces Covenant. The Covenant, which has also been signed by the Oswestry based hospital’s Senior Leadership Team, represents a pledge of support by the Friends charity to people who are…

Service to Army Cadets recognised

An Admin Officer for Warwickshire and West Midlands (South Sector) Army Cadet Force (ACF) has been recognised with a Commander’s Coin for his dedication. Michael Hutchinson was presented with the coin by the Cadet Executive Officer for Warwickshire ACF, Major John Walker, on behalf of Colonel Paul ‘Shove’ Gilby OBE, Commander at the Army’s Headquarters West Midlands. The Commander’s Coin is awarded to…