The British Army will bid farewell to 23 Pioneer Regiment later today - a parade through Bicester will mark decades of faithful service. The regiment is being disbanded following recent defence cuts. The Duke of Gloucester will take the Royal Salute and the Regimental flag will be ceremonially lowered for the last time.
In recent operations the Regiment has carried out force protection duties, provided Improvised Explosive Device (IED) Search teams, as well as carrying out construction tasks in both Iraq and Afghanistan.
From 1917-1921 the Pioneers were known as the Labour Corps before becoming the Pioneer Corps in 1940. Other units will take up residence at St David's Barracks. The Pioneers long association with Bicester will remain, as the town has named its new shopping centre, 'Pioneer Square'.
They're the doctors and nurses that care for our soldiers when serving abroad, yet how many of us realised that army medics were actually reserves? A new field hospital unit has opened in Brighton to help recruit everyday GPs and nurses to save lives on the frontline.
Andy Dickenson reports and speaks to Major Jason Bolton, Colonel Liz Coles and Honorary Colonel Aidan Halligan.
Video. A wayward army shell narrowly missed two villages, a school, a main railway line and a road, before exploding in a farmers' field. It was fired on Salisbury Plain, landing five miles away from the usual army training area and landing near the village of Patney.
Live firing has been suspended as a military investigation is underway.
Robert Murphey reports and spoke to Farmer Andrew Snook.
As the Army scales up its campaign to expand its reserve section, potential recruits from the South were given a glimpse of the types of skills required at a special event held in Hampshire today. Mel Bloor reports.
A team of Afghan veterans, including two amputees, say they're within sight of completing their 3000 mile challenge of rowing the Atlantic.
The Row2Recovery team, including Captain Mark Jenkins from Brighton is 100 miles off the coast of Antigua. They hope to complete the voyage within days.
A service took place in Salisbury Cathedral today to mark the return - from Afghanistan - of the 1st Mechanised Brigade based in Wiltshire.
The brigade's main role while on tour was to support and train members of the Afghan Army and Police. As Martin Dowse reports - today was also a chance for the soldiers to remember those who didn't make it back.
Lieutenant Colonel Mark Purves, Royal Signals, Commanding Officer 14th Signal Regiment (Electronic Warfare), said:
“Bright and engaging, Lance Corporal Brynin was immensely popular and an outstanding soldier in every respect. Having already completed one tour to Afghanistan, his appointment to support the Brigade Reconnaissance Force was indicative of his talent and leadership qualities.
He was fit, determined and genuinely wanted to make a difference. His selection for promotion to full Corporal earlier this year highlighted his flair for his chosen profession.
“Full of energy and an avid fan of Brighton and Hove Albion Football Club, he was also involved in every aspect of Regimental life.
Always seeking excellence, he aspired to attend pre-parachute selection on his return fromAfghanistan; his quality was such that I am confident he would have passed with flying colours.
In a statement just released, the MOD says he died during an operation in the early hours of 15 October, when the BRF deployed from Camp Bastion into the Nahr-e Saraj District of Helmand Province.
They were deployed to counter an imminent threat to both the Afghan population and the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF). Towards the end of the operation Lance Corporal Brynin’s section became the target of enemy fire.
Together with a sniper and machine gunner of the BRF, Lance Corporal Brynin returned fire, but while extracting from the area he received a fatal gunshot wound.
The Ministry of Defence has confirmed that Lance Corporal James Brynin of the Intelligence Corps, who was killed in action in Helmand province, Afghanistan, on Tuesday, 15 October 2013, came from Shoreham-by-Sea in West Sussex.
Lance Corporal Brynin, was attached to 14th Signal Regiment (Electronic Warfare), and was deployed to Task Force Helmand in August 2013 as an intelligence analyst. He was working for a Light Electronic Warfare Team (LEWT) within the Brigade Reconnaissance Force (BRF) of 7th Armoured Brigade.