"This will be hugely disappointing news to members of the Royal Welsh.
"Today's decision by the UK Government means the members of the 2nd Battalion Royal Welsh now face the prospect of losing their jobs. I have already spoken to Brigadier Napier, Head of the Army in Wales, about the implications for our servicemen and women.
"The loss of the Battalion will be a severe blow to serving soldiers and veterans of this regiment, and also to the families of those that have given their lives for our country.
"The Royal Welsh has already been through a major amalgamation in 2006 and I can only imagine the impact that this latest blow will have on the morale of the whole regiment which has always been a source of pride to us citizens of Wales.
"I call on the MOD to make sure it does all it can to help those personnel who will be affected by this decision, by either transferring them to other units or helping them prepare for civilian life.
"In the coming months we will need to work closely with the Army to discuss how the Welsh Government can provide the appropriate support for those servicemen and women, and their families, upon leaving service."