Royal County of Berkshire Civilian-Military Partnership Board launched

A group of people holding the armed forces flag in front of the British flag on a pole

Throughout history, military units have been based in the County of Royal Berkshire. Armed forces personnel remain respected members of the community. In light of this, the Royal County of Berkshire Civilian-Military Partnership Board (RBCMPB) has been launched. The newly formed board includes representatives from:

  • Berkshire’s 6 unitary authorities
  • 11th Security Force Assistance Brigade & HQ South East and other military representatives
  • The South East Reserve Forces’ and Cadets Association
  • The Royal Berkshire Fire and Rescue Service (RBFRS)

The purpose of the board is to ensure appropriate support for the military community. This includes:

  • serving personnel
  • regular and reservists
  • cadets and their families
  • veterans serving, living and working in Berkshire.

The board will aim to create a joint understanding of each other’s concerns and ways of working. The RBCMPB will work to make sure that the military community is given appropriate recognition and status within the county.

The main functions of the board will be to:

  • maintain and improve the existing ‘military friendly’ position in Berkshire
  • champion the armed forces in Berkshire through developing greater shared awareness of the needs of the military community through events such as Armed Forces Week, Reserves Day and other shared occasions
  • address countywide issues relating to the Armed Forces Covenant in Berkshire
  • to give strategic direction and advice to further strengthen links between civilian communities and the military
  • promote awareness of the support services available to the military communities throughout Berkshire

The Leader of Bracknell Forest Council, Councillor Paul Bettison OBE, said:

"I am greatly honoured and proud to be part of the launch of the Royal County of Berkshire Civilian-Military Partnership Board. The launch of the RBCMPB demonstrates our joint pledge to support the military communities in Berkshire. It also provides another avenue in which we can continue to develop and improve our relationship with this community. We intend to deepen our understanding of how we can best support these communities."

Major General Duncan Capps CBE, Commandant of the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst and a representative for the board added:

"I am thankful for the level of commitment shown across Royal Berkshire to support military communities. As such, I am looking forward to working closely with all of the agencies involved in the board.”