A new face has taken over the Army Reserves in the region.
Lieutenant Colonel Karl Mace has been given the new role as Commanding Officer of the 5th Battalion, The Royal Regiment of Fusiliers.
Colonel Mace currently commands more than 300 members of the Army Reserve, which includes bases at Ashington, Alnwick and Newcastle, and is looking to recruit up to 100 reserve soldiers over the next two years.
He said: “I have served with regular soldiers from the north east throughout my 20 years with the Fusiliers and I have always been impressed with their professionalism and good humour and so I am delighted to have been given command of 5RRF.”
Apart from basic military training, Fusiliers have the opportunity to specialise in a number of jobs including communications and IT, clerks, on and off-road drivers, medical assistants, chefs, battlefield construction and demolition specialists, reconnaissance, sharp-shooter skills and heavy support weapons.