The West Midlands Reserve Forces and Cadets held its first Autumn Briefing of 2019 at the RAF Cosford Museum on the 19th September, and I was fortunate enough to be able to attend.
The role of this fantastic organisation – one of 13 from across the UK – is to support the Reserve Forces and Cadets within the Royal Navy, Royal Marines, Army and Royal Air Force in the counties of Shropshire, Staffordshire, Warwickshire, Worcestershire, Herefordshire and the Metropolitan Boroughs of Wolverhampton, Walsall, Dudley, Sandwell, Birmingham, Solihull and Coventry.
The Association is mainly made up of volunteers from across the region, including Lord Lieutenants, high-ranking serving and ex-military officers, local councillors and supportive enthusiastic locals with no military experience. This wide variety of members means the Association can work more closely with local communities. One way it does this is by organising, supporting and publicising events that bring the military and civilian populations together in order to foster a better understanding of the Armed Forces and a greater appreciation of service personnel and their roles.
This Autumn Briefing was extremely well-attended and provided the West Midland RFCA with a perfect opportunity to showcase the local Reserve and Cadet Units within our region. It was fantastic to see the amazing the work the Association is doing, and I would like to congratulate it on its achievement in raising awareness of the Armed Forces within our county.