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Midlands employers receive coveted Ministry of Defence Award

Twenty three employers from the West Midlands region received their Ministry of Defence Employer Recognition Scheme (ERS) Silver Awards alongside eight organisations who had theirs revalidated from 2017. The West Midland Reserve Forces & Cadets Association (West Midland RFCA) awards took place on Wednesday 21st September at the National Memorial Arboretum. The ERS awards were launched in 2014 to recognise employer support for…

Worcester soldiers fire King’s Gun Salute in Cardiff

Seven soldiers from a Worcester-based Army Reserve unit fired a Gun Salute to welcome King Charles III to Cardiff on Friday (16 September). The Reservists from 214 (Worcestershire) Battery fired a Royal Gun Salute of 21 rounds from Cardiff Castle to mark King Charles III’s arrival at Llandaff Cathedral. King Charles III visited Wales for the first time as the new reigning monarch….

Shropshire ACF set sights on Cyprus adventures

Cadets and staff from Shropshire Army Cadet Force (ACF) are busy fundraising for an action-packed trip to Cyprus for a week of adventure training. 24 cadets are hoping to experience the once in a lifetime opportunity during the October half-term – which will involve mountain biking on Troodos Mountain, scuba diving, paddle boarding and kayaking in the Mediterranean Sea. As well as taking…

Shrewsbury celebrates military partnerships

Over 80 employers and dignitaries from Shropshire attended a black tie civic reception at Shrewsbury Castle at the end of July to celebrate D Squadron the Royal Yeomanry receiving the Freedom of the Town of Shrewsbury. Bringing together forces-friendly organisations and the military, the event was co-hosted by Shropshire Council and our Association, and sponsored by Lanyon Bowdler. It provided a chance for…

Snapshot on three Commonwealth Games baton bearers

This summer Birmingham had the privilege of hosting  the 2022 Commonwealth Games, held in England for only the third time. Showcasing the best of the second city and the world-class athletes and sports talent from across our Commonwealth, the ten-day event has left a lasting legacy for sport and future generations across the region. Many individuals were nominated to carry the Queen’s baton…

NMITE showcases opportunities for military community

The third annual NMITE Military to Business Showcase opened its doors at a brand new venue on Reserves Day in June, welcoming guests and exhibitors to the Shell Store in Hereford. Hosting the event in collaboration with Landau Limited – and with support from our Association and sponsors the Shell Store, Coffee Cart, the Chambers of Commerce and Shaun Leavy – organisations from…

Exercise IRON WOLF, a Reservists view

During May, nine members of 37 Sig Regt were attached to 4 MERCIAN to provide Information Communication Services (ICS) capability and support on Exercise IRON WOLF 22; a NATO exercise being hosted by the Lithuanian Enhanced Forward Protection Battle Group. The exercise began with a four day road move to the host country. With differing time zones and with long driving hours through…

West Midlands Gold employers announced

West Midland Reserve Forces & Cadets Association (WM RFCA) are very pleased to announce that 5 organisations in their region are confirmed as Employer Recognition Scheme (ERS) Gold Award winners for 2022. In addition one further employer has had their ERS Gold Award from 2017 revalidated for their continued commitment.  Our regional winners join this year’s total of 156 Gold award winners and…