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19 June 2017

Exhibition celebrates the Armed Forces in Wiltshire

We have an important military presence in Wiltshire and we are soon to welcome more of the British Army as part of the Army Basing Programme so it's important people in the county understand more about this

Baroness Scott of Bybrook OBE, Leader of Wiltshire Council

We are hosting a special exhibition this week to mark the contribution of the Armed Forces to Wiltshire and the range of support and community engagement available in the county as part of the build up to Armed Forces Weekend.

The exhibition in the Atrium at County Hall includes:

• Information on the Army Basing Programme
• Employment opportunities for those leaving the Army with Swindon and Wiltshire Higher Futures
• An insight into the Military Civilian Integration Partnership which brings together military and public services to maximise the economic and social benefits of Wiltshire's military presence.
• Information on the Wiltshire Armed Forces Covenant which was reaffirmed back in March with businesses, public organisations, charities, voluntary organisations and ourselves.

On Tuesday Senior Army Officer and infrastructure specialist in the Army Basing Team, LtCol Laurence Quinn manned the Army Basing stand and met with Baroness Scott of Bybrook, OBE, Leader of Wiltshire Council. 

Baroness Scott said: "We have an important military presence in Wiltshire and we are soon to welcome more of the British Army as part of the Army Basing Programme so it's important people in the county understand more about this. If they wish to be involved they can sign the Wiltshire Armed Forces Covenant and support the soldiers, their families and the veterans -  in fact 12% of our communities have served in the Armed Forces." 

Lt Col Quinn said: "Wiltshire is at the heart of Army training and practically every soldier will have been to Salisbury Plain training area at some point, I did and so did my father -  it's a key part of the life of the British Army and has been for the last 100 years. The Armed Forces Day is a manifestation of the public's support for the Army as they have a special place in the heart of the British people."

On Wednesday Baroness Scott of Bybrook, OBE, Leader of Wiltshire Council will be meeting staff who work as reservists as they wear their uniform to work to mark Reserves Day. The Reserves (43 Signal Squadron, 39 Signal Regiment) will also have a stall at the exhibition all week and representatives will be manning this on Wednesday along with Army representatives and partners involves in the Army Basing Programme. The Armed Forces Flag is also flying at County Hall this week.

Armed Forces Day will be marked on 24 June nationwide and in Wiltshire there will be a special Armed Forces weekend on 24 and 25 June at Trowbridge Town Park.

The Army Basing Programme will bring an additional 4,000 service personnel and their families from Germany to Wiltshire. The exhibition includes information on how we are working with the Ministry of Defence to improve the infrastructure on Salisbury Plain to include housing, schools and road improvements.

Last updated: 20 June 2017 | Last reviewed: 20 June 2017

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