Local Councillors Attend Army Engagement Reception

Local Councillors Attend Army Engagement Reception

I was recently invited along with Councillors Marjorie Chambers and Caroline Ball to attend a special Reception and briefing hosted by The Army Engagement Team at NCEA Duke's Secondary School.

The event provided an opportunity for the councillors and other prominent members of the community to learn more about the British Army's role in the local community directly from army personnel and cadets.

During the Reception, I had the opportunity to talk with Army Cadets Holy and Hannah from the Northumbria Cadet Force based at County HQ Fox Barracks in Cramlington. The cadets, aged 12-18, participate in a wide range of activities including adventurous training, community engagement, weekend camps, competitions, drill, Duke of Edinburgh Award schemes, expeditions, first aid training, navigation, shooting, sports and more.

An insightful presentation was given to attendees to help gain a deeper understanding of the various functions carried out by the Army both at home and abroad.

I also had the chance to speak with Lance Sergeant Ally Hutton and Becky Keel about Project STEPS, an initiative highlighting the sporting opportunities available in the military. The programme aims to showcase how service members can achieve greatness on the athletic stage, even reaching Olympic-level status through proper training and dedication.

Photos were captured of Cllrs. Chambers and Ball posing alongside Corporal Daniel Swales and Sergeant Gareth Lawson from the 5th Fusiliers regiment.

The engagement event offered a unique glimpse into modern military life and the multitude of roles the Army fulfils to serve the nation and local communities.

For more information visit; Meet the Army | The British Army (mod.uk)




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