Lieutenant General James Bashall retired from the Regular Army in October 2018 after 34 years of service. During his career Lt Gen Bashall commanded the 2nd Battalion of the Parachute Regiment, the 1st Mechanised Brigade, and the 1st (UK) Armoured Division, deploying to Germany, Afghanistan, South Armagh, Iraq and Libya to name a few. As part of the MoD, he later held positions as Chief of Staff at Permanent Joint Headquarters, and Director Personnel at Army Headquarters. His final post was Commander Home Command, overseeing the Army’s main support elements from training and recruitment to soldier welfare. He currently serves as the National President of the Royal British Legion.