Foreword by Garrison Commander
Foreword by Lt Col Caroline Lewin MBE, York Garrison Commander and Commanding Officer 2 Signal Regiment
A very warm welcome to York Garrison, home to a number of diverse Defence organisations and to a significant number of military families. York really is a very special place and I hope that you will soon discover how lucky we are to be living in one of the most beautiful and historical parts of the country.
The Garrison itself has a considerable history and dates back to AD 71 where it was home to the IX Roman Legion and whose Fort became the very foundations of the City of York that we live in today. Since then the Garrison has played an important local role be that in a ceremonial sense with parades and Royal Salutes or in an emergency response role when the Rivers Ouse and Foss have tested the communities of York by flooding.
The Garrison comprises two Stations, one in Fulford and the other in Strensall. This year we have seen a further increase to the Garrison footfall with the addition of the Specialised Infantry Group and a number of additional Logistics and Support staff to 1st (United Kingdom) Divisional Headquarters. The Defence Infrastructure Organisation (DIO) has been working extremely hard to ensure that the growth across the Garrison is provided for and I'd like to thank them on your behalf for all their support to new building works, renovations and general upkeep and maintenance.
Your welfare, our facilities and our sense of community are deeply important to me and I hope that together we can ensure that you and your families feel included, supported and provided for. Please get involved and make full use of the welfare facilities and don't hesitate to let me know what else we can do to help. This Guide is designed to introduce you to the area and I hope it is helpful. It also offers advice on the facilities available and other useful sources of information. Please be reassured that the Defence Infrastructure Organisation Operations Accommodation (DIO-OA) and the Army Welfare Service (AWS) aims to offer the best housing and welfare support they can and the Chain of Command is stood by to help with issue resolution.
I truly hope that you enjoy your time here in York and please get in touch if you have any ideas for improvements or worries to share.