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GOC 1(UK) Div Yuletide message

Maj Gen James Chiswell, GOC 1(UK) DivisionChristmas is an opportunity to enjoy a well-earned break and a chance to spend valuable time with family and friends.

It has been a particularly busy year for us all and I have been immensely proud of the ‘can do’ attitude that I have seen wherever I go.

In Afghanistan over the last year both 7th and 20th Armoured Brigades, and supporting units from across the Division, have played the central role in bringing the UK military presence in Helmand and Kandahar to a successful conclusion. It has been a fantastic effort through a most complex period.

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Christmas message from GOC BFG

GOCI would like to take this opportunity to reflect on what I had thought would be a fairly quiet year, but has in fact been proven to be far from it.

The business of drawdown and the path to Army 2020 has continued apace over the past 12 months with the closures of Hameln, Rinteln and Detmold, the re-designation of 1st (UK) Armoured Division to 1st (UK) Division and the celebration of the rich history of 7th Armoured Brigade prior to the resubordination of the Brigade units.  

We are now set for 2015, the most significant year of change prior to the eventual withdrawal towards the end of the decade.

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