Last Friday Sir Michael Fallon MP presented soldiers from 1st Battalion The Royal Irish Regiment with shamrocks on St Patrick’s Day in Brecon.
The presentation took place at 160th Infantry Brigade and Headquarters Wales, which prepares 1 R Irish for deployments around the world and also has operational command for 2nd Battalion The Royal Irish, 1st Battalion The Rifles and 6th Battalion The Rifles.
On his visit to Brecon Sir Michael was briefed by Brigadier Alan Richmond OBE, the head of the Army in Wales, about current and most recent commitments in Iraq and Afghanistan. 1 R Irish mascot Brian Boru, an Irish Wolfhound, was also on hand as part of the St Patrick's Day celebration.
The Defence Secretary, who also witnessed live firing manouevres later in the afternoon on the Sennybridge Training Area, said the Infantry Battle School at Dering Lines would remain open, providing world-class training to 3,500 infantry soldiers each year who are preparing to become future Army leaders. He also announced the Regimental Museum of The Royal Welsh is likely to remain in its current location for at least a decade as the Ministry of Defence discusses a long-term lease for the site.
Defence Secretary Sir Michael Fallon said:
“Brecon has a long history with the Army and this will continue for many years to come,” he said. "We are committed to a Defence future in Wales, a country that is so vital to Army training and exercises and a place where many of our Armed Forces are proud to call home.”
Chris Davies MP said:
"I have been campaigning for Barracks to stay in it's current location and will continue to do so. I will continue to try and persuade Mr Fallon to keep the Barracks open as it is a huge asset to our local community.
I thoroughly enjoyed showing Mr Fallon around our beautiful community and hope he returns to discuss the Barrack's future very soon".