New West Midlands brigade formed

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A flag raising ceremony signalled the formation of one of the largest Brigades in the UK Army.

The new 11 Signal and West Midlands Brigade, formed from 11 Signal Brigade and 143 West Midlands Brigade, will oversee 6,865 Regular and Reserve soldiers and 5,400 Cadets.

The move has been organised under Army 2020, as part of a wider strategic defence and security review and will see the new brigade form at Venning Barracks, Telford, Shropshire.

The Royal Signals Band, The Royal Signals Pipes and Drums and the Cadet Bands.
The Brigade Commander of 11th Signal and West Midlands Brigade, Brigadier Greg Wilson addresses the crowd.
The Royal Signals' White Helmets.

Senior military representatives and civil dignitaries gathered for the ceremony, which included performances by The Royal Signals Band, the Royal Signals Pipes and Drums and Cadet bands.

The new Brigade Commander, Brigadier Greg Wilson, late Royal Signals, addressed around 300 invited guests before a VIP reception.

He said: "It is an exciting time for the Brigade as we transform into our new role.

"We are privileged to be the lead for the Army in the West Midlands and look forward to building on the excellent relationships and support we have enjoyed with the local communities, authorities and employers from the West Midlands in the past."

11th Signal and West Midlands Brigade will have direct command of seven regular regiments and four reserve regiments from the Royal Corps of Signals as well as responsibility for support to all Army units in the West Midlands.

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