Sep 11. Belize: Memorial Unveiled. Soldier Magazine (September 2011) reports that a new memorial to those who died while serving in Belize has been unveiled by the Commander of the Belize Defence Force. Thousands of troops have been stationed in Belize during the past 60 years and 59 lost their lives there.
Comment: There has been a British military presence in Belize, formerly British Honduras, since the late 17th Century. The British Army Training Support Unit Belize (BATSUB) was established in 1994, but the last Infantry Exercise ended in July 2011. Although routine training is “temporarily suspended”, BATSUB is to remain open with a small staff of British and Belizean personnel following consultation with the Government of Belize.
12 Sep 11. The Association of the United States Army (AUSA) is pleased to announce that the Honorable Leon Panetta, U.S. Secretary of Defense, will address the attendees of the upcoming 2011 AUSA Annual Meeting & Exposition held in Washington, DC. Secretary Panetta is scheduled to speak from 8:00 am – 9:00am EST on Wednesday, October 12th in the main ballroom of the Walter E. Washington Convention Center.
Gen. Gordon R. Sullivan, (Ret.), President of AUSA, said “Secretary Panetta’s presentation will be one of the highlights of this important, Army-focused professional development forum. The Secretary joins a powerful roster of leaders who will share their thoughts and vision on the most current and pressing issues facing the Army and the nation.”
14 Sep 11. UK servicemen and women, veterans and their families will haveaccess to specialised help from the award-winning online support network – Big White Wall. This is a further commitment from the Department of Health and the Ministry of Defence – in a partnership with Help for Heroes – to support the mental health needs of the Armed Forces community. The website, www.bigwhitewall.com, is a pioneering online wellbeing service, staffed by professional counsellors, that has already helped many other people. The Government has committed £250,000 to fund a one-year pilot of the Big White Wall online support network specifically for serving personnel, veterans and their families. This is supported by a commitment of £100,000 from Help for Heroes for the first year with additional funding after this.