New army chief says reserves are ready

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The newly appointed commander of the army in the North West says he is convinced the region’s Army Reservists can step up to the demands of an increasingly bigger role in the Armed Forces.

Brigadier Chris Coles, 47, is the new Commander of 42 (NW) Brigade at a time when much is being expected of the Reserve Forces.

By 2020, Reserve units will be a fully integrated part of the ‘Whole Force’, routinely deploying as part of all military operations.

Brig Coles, a former Commanding Officer of the Queen’s Royal Hussars who has served in the army for 28 years, said: “The Army is deliberately constructing itself around an integrated force and I am clear that here in the North West we have the ingredients for early success.”