A new flag is flying outside the Ramillies Building at Army Headquarters in Andover today, 23 Nov 15, signifying the beginning of a new chapter in the history of the headquarters and the Army as a whole. As part of the Army Command Review, a new Headquarters Field Army has been established.
Commander Land Forces (CLF) Lt Gen James Everard becomes Commander Field Army (CFA) with immediate effect and will head up the new headquarters in the Ramillies Building.
Overseeing the ceremony General Everard said: “Today’s flag raising marks an important benefit of the Army Command Review. The new Headquarters Field Army will act as a single, empowered ‘one stop shop’ for the fighting formations of the Army, bringing new coherence and unity to the way in which the Field Army does its business.
“It’s taken a great deal of hard work from many to reorganise and relocate staff against a demanding timeline to form the HQ and I’m delighted to see Headquarters Field Army already operating from the Ramillies Building here in Andover, with two of our branches continuing in Warminster.”
The establishment of HQ Field Army, which reaches initial operating capability by 30 Nov 15 is an important part of the ongoing Army Command Review. The new HQ will enable CFA to command all the formations of the Field Army and its collective training and tactical doctrine organisations. This totals 93,000 people and includes the vast majority of the Army’s fighting equipment.
The HQ will consist of a Command Group plus four one-star branches: Commitments and Support, based in Ramillies, Warfare and Training, based in Warminster. In line with the new Army Operating Model, the HQ aligns CFA’s responsibility, accountability and authority for commanding a substantial part of the Army.