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New army brigade to be formed in the West Midlands

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The 11th Signal and West Midlands Brigade will be formed today at Venning Barracks in Telford.

The Brigade will be made up of the 11 Signal Brigade and the former 143 West Midlands Brigade which was based in Shrewsbury, as part of the Army restructuring programme - the Strategic Defence and Security Review.

Signal and West Midlands Brigade will oversee seven regular Regiments and four reserve Regiments as well as taking responsibility for support to all Army units in the West Midlands- that's around 6,000 soldiers.

It will be the new face of the Army in the West Midlands.

  • Their role will include:
  • Supporting Army personnel and their families
  • Liaising with the employers of reserve soldiers
  • Overseeing Cadet Forces
  • Community relations
  • Helping with national projects like flood relief and events like the Commonwealth Games and Political Party Conferences.

In 2015 the area will host more soldiers as two Regiments are due to leave Germany and be permanently re-based at Beacon Barracks in Stafford.

Soldier blown up 17 TIMES and nicknamed 'Bomb Magnet' awarded Military Cross

Warrant Officer Class 1 Patrick Hyde, 38, has been nicknamed "Bomb Magnet" Credit: John Stillwell/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Warrant Officer Class 1 Patrick Hyde from Cheltenham was blown up 17 times in Afghanistan and Iraq, but casually shakes it off as an "occupational hazard".

The soldier, nicknamed the 'Bomb Magnet' for his encounters with IEDs and missiles received the Military Cross today at Buckingham Palace.

"There's no lucky charms, when you operate in Sangin, as I have done, it becomes a bit of an occupational hazard up there. I'm just fortunate enough that I've survived."

He was recognised last July for his bravery when he entered a compound where he feared there were IEDs - to rescue his commanding officer.

"He entered into a compound which had significant battle damage on it and I know the tell-tale signs of where IEDs are planted by insurgents and I wanted him out of there and the only way I could get him out of there was to go in and get him."

On his rescue mission an Afghan soldier stepped on an IED right in front of him - losing a leg. Warrant Officer Hyde arranged for troops to be rescued while lying injured on the ground.

He jokes,

"My family don't want me to go back"

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Soldiers to ride 350 miles to First World War battlefields

The three reservists Credit: ITV News Central

Three army reservists from the East Midlands are riding 350 miles from London to the First World War battlefields.

Damien Richmond from Chilwell, Nottinghamshire, Sgt Dan Waterfield from Borrowash, Derbyshire and Lance Corporal Josh Carlisle will join 200 cyclists in the challenge.

In training Credit: ITV News Central

They have been training for the ride at their base, Chetwynd Barracks, in Chilwell.

In training Credit: ITV News Central

The ride will raise money for the Army Benevolent Fund, a charity which supports soldiers returning to civilian life.

The soldiers are raising money for charity Credit: ITV News Central

Lieutenant says reserves can 'develop you as a leader'

An Army Reservist Recruitment drive has been taking place in Derby today.

Soldier's from the Mercian regiment spoke to members of the public in the city's Market Place about a part-time career in the army.

As the Government plans to cut the number of regular full-time soldiers by 20 thousand by 2020, as part of cuts to the defence budget, it is trying to recruit more reservists in their place.

Lt Lara Small of the Royal Engineers, says joining the reservists can 'develop you as a leader' by doing something constructive.

Army reservist looking forward to 'new beginning'

Lance Bombardier Coke says it is a 'sad day' as the The 307 (South Nottinghamshire Hussars Yeomanry Royal Horse Artillery) Battery Royal Artillery, parade through Nottingham for the last time today.

But he hopes the restructuring of the Army can provide him with a new beginning and a new challenge.

Army Reserves hold recruitment event in Derby

Youngster checking out kit at the army reserve stall in Derby's market place Credit: ITV News Central/Craig Cotterill

People in Derby are being encouraged to sign up to the Army Reserves at a recruitment drive today. It comes as the Government aims to cut the number of regular soldiers by 20,000 by 2020.

People are being encouraged to join the army reserves today Credit: ITV News Central/Craig Cotterill

Serving soldiers are on hand to talk to people about the kind of work reservists do. The Army Reserve used to be known as the Territorial Army.

People being encouraged to sign up to the Army Reserves today Credit: ITV News Central/Craig Cotterill
Soldiers from The Mercian Regiment at the recruitment drive in Derby Credit: ITV News Central/Craig Cotterill

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Final parade for South Notts Hussars in Nottingham

Soldiers from 307 manoeuvre their 105-millimetre light gun into position at National Armed Forces Day in 2013 Credit: Sergeant Dan Bardsley RLC, Crown copyright

A Nottingham-based Army Reserve Battery will parade through the city for the final time today before being placed in 'suspended animation' as part of a restructuring of the armed forces by the Ministry of Defence.

The 307 (South Nottinghamshire Hussars Yeomanry Royal Horse Artillery) Battery Royal Artillery, which is based in Bulwell, will march along High Pavement to Low Pavement, onto Wheeler Gate before turning right into South Parade and onto the Old Market Square.

The parade starts at 10:00am at St Mary's Church in the Lace Market and will be led by the Band of the South Notts Hussars.

Army holds recruitment drive in Leicester

Army recruitment day in progress Credit: ITV News Central

Army recruitment officers are in Leicester today after a poll found too few people really understand what a career in the service has to offer.

Medics show what they might have to do out in the field Credit: ITV News Central

The poll revealed that most people in the East Midlands think joining up only involves combat roles and many do not realise part-time reservists actually get paid.

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