51st Infantry Brigade is an Adaptive Force Brigade, based in Stirling and is the most senior headquarters in Scotland. It is the formation responsible for the operational command of a combination of Regular and Reserve units in the country and acts as a regional administration HQ for other Regular and Reserve Units who are based in Scotland, but are under the command of Brigades elsewhere.
On 31 March 2014, it was renamed 51st Infantry Brigade and Headquarters Scotland, and transformed from a Regional to an Adaptive Force Brigade as part of the Army 2020 reorganisation.
Today, the Brigade is a part of 1st (United Kingdom) Division and is the largest of the British Army's Adaptive Force Brigades. Its responsibilities include preparing units for operations, providing regional support for resilience and community engagement, and Defence Engagement in the Arabian Gulf.
It maintains close links with the Gulf region, with regular exchange programmes and units regularly taking part in multinational exercises with partnered countries, which take place both here in the UK and in the Gulf.
As Headquarters Scotland the Brigade looks after all Army units in Scotland and is responsible for providing logistic and administrative support, engagement with employers, communities, and society, and to maintain the Firm Base support for all Regular, Reserve and Army Cadet Force units in Scotland as well as four University Officer Training Corps.
It also maintains strong links with local government, emergency services and the community to provide resilience in times of need.
In 2014 the Brigade HQ commanded all troops deployed on Op COMET, the UK military contribution to support the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow. It leads on military Defence Engagement with the Arabian peninsula.
Recent operational deployments by 51 Brigade units, both Regular and Reserve, include:
Scots soldiers deploy in vital Middle-East training and support role to counter Daesh.
35 soldiers from The Royal Regiment of Scotland recently paraded at Redford Barracks in front of family and friends after passing a gruelling six week leadership course.