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143 (West Midlands) Brigade

143 (West Midlands) Brigade is the Army’s regional formation in the West Midlands. Our headquarters is based in Shrewsbury and we cover the counties of Shropshire, Herefordshire, Worcestershire, Warwickshire, Staffordshire and the Birmingham conurbation.

African Union Mission in Uganda

A Short-Term Training Team from 4 MERCIAN deployed to the Peace Support Operations Training Centre Singo, Uganda, for the period 29 Jul - 12 Aug 13. The Short-Term Training Team was tasked to deliver a confirmatory field exercise to a contingent of the Ugandan People’s Defence Force, Ugandan Battlegroup 12, ahead of its deployment to Somalia in Sep 13.

Our role

Our role is to provide adminstrative support for the roughly 6,000 Army personnel who are based in the region, as well as forming a vital link between the Army and our local communities.

In addition, we have command responsibilities for the Army Cadet Forces and some of the Army Reserve units in the region.

143 (West Midlands) Brigade is able to offer support to those leaving the services and seeking to settle in the region.

Long-established links with the local community have been given a boost in recent months through the Armed Forces Covenant.

Birmingham Poppy Day

Five military bands plus soldiers, airmen, cadets, students and volunteers from business in Birmingham and the Midlands took part in Birmingham Poppy Day, on 5 November.

More than 300 volunteers took to the streets with their collection tins for the Royal British Legion fundraiser. While the Poppy Appeal runs from 26 October til 11 November, The Royal British Legion and 143 Brigade made everyone in Birmingham think about the Poppy Appeal.

Birmingham Poppy Day soldier with collection tin

Build A Buggy project

A group of Staffordshire youngsters who took part in a pioneering Army-led project to build all terrain buggies saw all their hard work pay off as they road tested the vehicles for the first time recently. The project at Stoke College’s Burslem campus, is designed to teach young people engineering, team work and life skills and is part of a wider project being run by the Prince’s Charities to regenerate the Burslem area.
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Soldiers train for UN peacekeeping mission

Fifty-eight soldiers from Army reserve unit, 4 MERCIAN, have taken part in riot training ahead of deploying as UN peacekeepers in Cyprus, in support of Op TOSCA 18.

4 Mercian riot training