Units get down to work

9:56am Thursday 24th July 2014

LOCAL units are busy at home and abroad. The Kings Royal Hussars from Tidworth are in Canada as the Lead Armoured Battlegroup and have just deployed on a 36 day exercise with 1,300 soldiers and 500 vehicles.

Sappers in Kenya

Salisbury Journal:

9:59am Thursday 24th July 2014

SOLDIERS from Perham Down-based 5 Squadron of 22 Engineer Regiment have deployed to Kenya to undertake building tasks to improve the infrastructure for British troops training in Kenya.

Major accomplishment

Salisbury Journal:

9:58am Thursday 24th July 2014

A STAFF officer at Bulford-based Headquarters 3rd (United Kingdom) Division has been winning events at the 2014 Royal Tournament held at Melton Mowbray.

Memorial board unveiled at St Michael and All Angels' Garrison Church

Salisbury Journal:

10:16am Thursday 17th July 2014

A 1 Mechanized Brigade Memorial Board at St Michael and all Angels' Garrison Church, Tidworth, was unveiled by General Sir Mike Jackson, formerly of 3rd (UK) Division.

Partnership is explored with US sharp shooters

Salisbury Journal:

10:07am Thursday 17th July 2014

BULFORD-BASED 3rd (UK) Division has been forging closer ties with the US Army during a visit to Fort Benning.

Stranded in Kenya

Salisbury Journal:

10:21am Thursday 10th July 2014

SOLDIERS from Y Company, First Fusiliers based in Tidworth had an enforced holiday in Nairobi after a diplomatic spat between Kenya and the United Kingdom delayed their departure.

Padre Mark bans pizza

Salisbury Journal:

10:18am Thursday 10th July 2014

TIDWORTH army padre Mark Christian waved goodbye to the chips and pizza last week when he took on a hefty challenge in aid of a forces charity and a local village church.

Landmark reorganisation with new titles

Salisbury Journal:

10:19am Thursday 10th July 2014

IT’S “Goodbye, Mechanized and Hello, Armoured Infantry” as two plain-based brigades adopt new titles.

Reservists wear uniforms in civvy street during lead up to Armed Forces Day

Salisbury Journal:

10:39am Thursday 3rd July 2014

IN the lead up to Armed Forces Day, reservists were encouraged to wear their military uniform to work to demonstrate to their colleagues their commitment to the forces.

Soldiers hold medals parade to mark final homecoming from Afghanistan

Salisbury Journal:

10:36am Thursday 3rd July 2014

AROUND 80 soldiers from the 57 (Bhurtpore) Battery of 32nd Regiment Royal Artillery (The Wessex Gunners) marked their final homecoming from Afghanistan by holding a medals parade in front of family and friends at their regimental home at Robert Barracks, Larkhill.

New urn rest is built

3:34pm Thursday 26th June 2014

A PARTY of sappers from the Recce Troop of 6 HQ and Support Squadron of Perham Downbased 22 Engineer Regiment spent a week building a new urn rest at Tidworth Cemetery.

Games and then Crete

Salisbury Journal: Games and then Crete

3:33pm Thursday 26th June 2014

NOW that the pressure of an almost continuous cycle of operational tours has eased, units on the plain can begin to restart some of the traditional activities that have been on hold for over a decade.

Lectures to commemorate war

3:26pm Thursday 26th June 2014

AS part of the First World War commemorations, Tidworth Netheravon and Bulford Garrison is hosting a series of military history lecturers.

Busy month of exercises on plain

3:25pm Thursday 26th June 2014

JULY will be a very busy month on the plain, with four major armoured exercises – starting with the Land Warfare Centre Armoured Division Exercise on July 2 and 3, with Challenger tanks training on the Imber and Larkhill ranges.

Charity launches new TV channel

12:36pm Thursday 19th June 2014

A NEW television channel all about the armed forces has been launched.

Hot dinners for soldiers

Salisbury Journal: Hot dinners for soldiers

12:35pm Thursday 19th June 2014

SOLDIERS will have their mealtimes spiced up with the introduction of a new hot sauce created by a former submariner for their combat ration packs.

Training on the plain

Salisbury Journal: Sean 'Johno' Johnson

4:12pm Wednesday 18th June 2014

AN instructor from Netheravon took part in a major Reservist exercise on Salisbury Plain Training Area.

Yacht team to raise funds for SSAFA

Salisbury Journal: Yacht team to raise funds for SSAFA

3:35pm Wednesday 11th June 2014

A TEAM of scientists, managers and military advisers from the Porton-based Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl) are taking to the seas as part of the Three Peaks Yacht Race to raise money for SSAFA.

Eagle is mascot

Salisbury Journal: Eagle is mascot

3:12pm Wednesday 11th June 2014

COMMONLY referred to as The Hawks as a result of their cap badge, the King's Royal Hussars (KRH) have now solidified their reputation through the adoption of an eagle.

Americans join exercise

Salisbury Journal: Paras in Normandy drop tribute

3:08pm Wednesday 11th June 2014

AIRBORNE Reservists from 4th Battalion The Parachute Regiment (4 PARA) on Exercise Airdrop Warrior conducted joint parachute training alongside American counterparts on Salisbury Plain last week.

Marksmen take part in contest

Salisbury Journal: Marksmen take part in contest

4:56pm Thursday 5th June 2014

SOLDIERS from across 1 Mechanized Brigade have been testing their marksmanship skills during an Operational Shooting Competition at Bulford ranges.

Final plain training

Salisbury Journal: Final plain training

4:54pm Thursday 5th June 2014

WHEN not practising clearing minefields and launching armoured bridges on Salisbury Plain, soldiers from 26 Engineer Regiment turned to the River Avon to produce drinking water.

Plain training

3:22pm Thursday 29th May 2014

* LEVELS of training on the plain will increase significantly due to armoured units training during June.

Prince Harry's games

3:20pm Thursday 29th May 2014

TICKETS for Prince Harry's international sporting event for wounded soldiers are now on sale.

Salisbury soldier part of training mission in Mali

Salisbury Journal: Lance corporal Michael Davis

3:19pm Thursday 29th May 2014

LANCE Corporal Michael Davis has recently returned Mali where he was part of a 21-strong training team from 1 Rifles, sent as part of a European Union-led mission to help train the Malian Army.

Teams triumph at Ten Tors

Salisbury Journal: Teams triumph at Ten Tors

7:20am Saturday 24th May 2014

TWO Salisbury teams joined more than 2,000 teenagers from across the south west to battle tiredness, rain, wind and freezing conditions to take part in the annual Ten Tors challenge on Dartmoor.

Troops ready to deploy

Salisbury Journal: Mark Francois meets the troops

6:30pm Wednesday 14th May 2014

MORE than 4,000 troops from 20 Armoured Brigade and 102 Logistic Brigade have completed their mission rehearsal exercise, Pashtun Dawn, on Salisbury Plain as they prepare to deploy to Afghanistan.

Website traces soldiers

Salisbury Journal: Richard Broadhead

9:43am Friday 9th May 2014

WILTSHIRE military historian Richard Broadhead has built a website that traces almost every soldier with Wiltshire connections who was killed in the First World War and allows relatives or anyone who is interested in that period to find where these soldiers are buried or where they are commemorated on a memorial.

Charity walk finishes at Menin Gate

9:35am Friday 9th May 2014

AS part of a series of events to mark the 100th anniversary of the start of the First World War, ABF The Soldiers Charity have partnered with Ancestry.co.uk to create The Frontline Walk.

Contract for a Missile system

9:26am Friday 9th May 2014

THE MoD has announced a £36m contract to explore what capabilities a land version of an air defence system could offer the UK armed forces The future local area air defence system (FLAADS) is a ground-based missile system whose missiles can travel at 1,000 metres per second and is able to simultaneously defend UK territories against a number of threats, including jets or cruise missiles travelling at supersonic speeds.

Tournament comes to an end

4:08pm Thursday 1st May 2014

THE British Military Tournament is to close its doors after four years, ABF The Soldier’s Charity has announced.

Bands to deliver more relevant tunes

Salisbury Journal: Bands to deliver more relevant tunes

4:07pm Thursday 1st May 2014

THE army has announced changes to the Corps of Army Music (CAMUS), which it says will mean the army’s bands will deliver more relevant music more frequently both at home and abroad.

Military charity still going strong

4:05pm Thursday 1st May 2014

The UK’s oldest military charity, SSAFA, is in good heart and continues to serve the service and ex-service community across the county.

High levels of training

4:04pm Thursday 1st May 2014

LEVELS of training on the Plain during the whole of May will be very high.

Veterans will need accreditation for Normandy sites

Salisbury Journal: Children at Arromanches

3:01pm Wednesday 23rd April 2014

SECOND World War veterans who are planning to attend commemorations to mark the 70th anniversary of the D-Day landings in June are being asked to contact the Royal British Legion to make sure they can gain entry to the sites they wish to visit.

1914 project

Salisbury Journal: A postcard of Camp No 3 at Codford St Mary, posted in 1917

2:58pm Wednesday 23rd April 2014

THE Wylye Valley 1914 Project is planned to commemorate the outbreak of the First World War and the effect it had on villages in the Wylye Valley The activities will centre on Codford, which expanded from a sleepy village of some 300 inhabitants to a huge military encampment when, in late August 1914, thousands of Kitchener’s volunteers arrived eager to be trained.

Report shows reduction in size of forces

1:38pm Wednesday 16th April 2014

THE MoD has just published its annual personnel report for the year 2012/13 and it makes fascinating reading.

Lab unveils new robotic recruit

Salisbury Journal: Porton Man

1:37pm Wednesday 16th April 2014

THE MoD’s newest recruit is named Porton Man after the home of the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl), at Porton Down.

Dstl to support SSAFA

1:24pm Wednesday 16th April 2014

THE Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl) has decided to choose Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Families Association (SSAFA) as the charity it will be supporting in the year ahead.

Hundreds take part in historic parade

Salisbury Journal: The Colour Party marches past the Colonel of the Regiment with regimental goat Lance Corporal Taffy V.

3:34pm Wednesday 9th April 2014

THE proud heritage of two Welsh infantry battalions has been recognised at a ceremony to mark a historic merger.

Force Troops Command is largest army formation

Salisbury Journal: Major General Tim Radford

2:55pm Wednesday 2nd April 2014

APRIL 1 saw the launch of Force Troops Command (FTC), the first major implementation of Army 2020.

Red Caps raise funds

Salisbury Journal: Soldiers from 158 Pro Coy, 3RMP hand over the money they raised from a 24-hour cycle ride and row

4:20pm Wednesday 26th March 2014

SOLDIERS from 158 Pro Coy, 3RMP in Bulford have raised £2,404 for the Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Families’ Association (SSAFA), presenting the money to Dr Minnie Cowan, chairman of the local SSAFA committee.

Rebasing move details

4:18pm Wednesday 26th March 2014

AS Army 2020 begins, the following re-basing moves will take place in 2014: 1 R Welsh will arrive from Chester to join 2 R Welsh; 1 RTR will arrive from Honnington to join 2 RTR; 2 RRF will arrive from Cyprus to join 1 RRF; 215 Signal Squadron moves from Tidworth to Corsham; 1 R Anglian will move from Bulford to Woolwich and will be replaced by 1 Mercian from Catterick.

Riders set to cycle for heroes

4:14pm Wednesday 26th March 2014

THE now-traditional Hero Ride, which raises funds for Help for Heroes, will be taking place over the weekend of June 7 to 8.

Reduction of activity on the plain

4:10pm Wednesday 26th March 2014

ACTIVITY on the Plain will be significantly reduced in April.

Reservists back to training after aiding flooding efforts

Salisbury Journal: Trooper Harry Waddington

3:44pm Wednesday 19th March 2014

FRESH from playing an important role in supporting the military response to the multiagency flood relief effort in Dorset, it has been back to Salisbury Plain Training Area for army reservists.

Live firing stopped after shell goes astray

3:29pm Wednesday 19th March 2014

THE army stopped all live firing on Salisbury Plain and launched an investigation after a farmer in Patney, near Devizes found a 2m deep crater in a cornfield just 300m from the main Paddington to Penzance railway line.

Officers take part in tactics course

Salisbury Journal: Officers take part in tactics course

12:46pm Wednesday 12th March 2014

OFFICERS and non-commissioned officers from seven regiments have been taking part in a Brigade Reconnaissance and Light Cavalry Tactics course, which teaches them the basics of being a reconnaissance vehicle or troop commander.

Fund set up in Lee's memory

12:43pm Wednesday 12th March 2014

AIMEE West, the fiancée of Drummer Lee Rigby, who was tragically killed outside Woolwich Barracks in May 2013, has set up a fund in memory of Lee with all donations coming to SSAFA.

Brigade change

Salisbury Journal: Brigadier Roly Walker

12:42pm Wednesday 12th March 2014

AS Army 2020 becomes a reality, there are big changes to Bulford-based 12 Mechanised Brigade.


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