Monthly Archives: October 2016

Berkshire ACF Honorary Colonel’s Award Ceremony – Bramley Training Area – Nov 2016

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Staff Sergeant Instructor Samuel Vince has been a member of The Royal County of Berkshire Army Cadet Force for over 10 years. As a loyal and dedicated instructor he can always be relied upon to assist in Company and County. A total professional who works hard to gain extra instructional qualifications and keeps his existing qualifications up to date, and is always willing to go the extra mile for the youth of Berkshire. He is respected by instructors and cadets alike. His dedication and determination to serve the Army Cadet Force and the youth of Berkshire has been particularly noteworthy which has earned him a reputation as an extremely hard working and resolute instructor.

His loyalty and hard work are worthy of recognition today he is awarded The Honorary Colonels Award for Outstanding Service by Cadet Force Adult Volunteer.


High Achiever and last year’s Lord Lieutenant Cadet Holly chamberlain, receiving her Gold Duke of Edinburgh Award.

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For the second year running the Award of Champion Company was presented for the best overall achieving Company within the Berkshire ACF.  ‘C’ Company beat their other rivals – A and B Company for their overall achievements throughout the year and were judged on: Training, Attendance, Course attendance, and Sports.   Major Oakley who is the Company Commander said, “I am so proud of all my Cadets and Instructors – well done!”

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Cadets were presented with certificates for sporting achievements throughout 2016.

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The county has had an outstanding year in 2016 taking part in various shooting competitions.  National colours were presented to Cadets for representing the ACF in the tNational shooting competition which included 2 teams of 4 at the Inter Services Cadet Rifle Meeting in July of this year.

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Berkshire Army Cadets Achieved 8 Gold Awards, 15 Silver and 33 Bronze Awards.

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Business and Technology Education Council (BTEC): The cadets have gained this qualification have needed to put in extra work on top of everything else they do in cadets.  This was done by attending CVQO training days held at weekends over the year and finding time to fit in work at home around an already busy school homework timetable. This qualification is widely recognised by schools, colleges and employers.

The BTEC level 2 in Teamwork & Personal Development in the Community, hones their skills in leadership, team building, communication, problem solving and fitness.  This is achieved by doing a mixture of theory and practical work including adventurous training activities and first aid. The qualification is the same as 4 GCSEs at grade A* to C and the cadets come away with really useful skills too which they are able to use when looking for their first job.  These skills include: How to write a good CV, Interview techniques, communication, First Aid skills training, adventurous training and health and fitness disciplines.


MTS Cleansing Services Ltd shows its support to the Armed Forces

MTS CLEANSING SERVICES LTD has joined an ever growing list of leading companies and organisations in signing up to the Armed Forces Covenant, a promise from the nation that those who serve or have served in the Armed Forces, and their families, are treated fairly.

The signing took place at the company’s Headquarters in Rochester with Antony Crust, Managing Director signing on behalf of MTS Cleansing Ltd and Captain Paul Herlihy, Officer Commanding 124 Transport Squadron 151 Transport Regiment RLC one of the County’s Army Reserve Units, signing on behalf of the Armed Forces.


Members of the MTS Senior Management Team and local Kent Army Reserves celebrate as Mr Antony Crust, Managing Director of MTS Cleansing Limited signs the Armed Forces Covenant on behalf of his business with Captain Paul Herlihy, Officer Commanding 124 Transport Squadron 151 Transport Regiment RLC signing on behalf of the military.


MTS Cleansing Services Ltd, the largest independently owned liquid waste management company in the UK is still a family run business which has been established for more than 30 years.  The company, which has a network of depots across the South East and Midlands and employs more than 10 reservists from all three services, joins more than one thousand organisations who have publicly pledged their support to the Armed Forces Community.  By signing the Covenant, which has been in existence since 2013, they have also been awarded a Bronze Award in the Ministry of Defence’s Employer Recognition Scheme in recognition of their commitment to the Armed Forces.

Jonathan Darrington-Slegg who represented the South East Reserve Forces’ and Cadets’ Association for the South East of England said “said “Signing the Armed Forces Covenant has provided an opportunity to establish a solid relationship between MTS and the Armed Forces Community. Co-signing the Covenant with 124 Transport Squadron has provided an opportunity to create local links with a regionally based Army Reserve Unit.”

Antony Crust said; “MTS was founded in Kent and is still based here so we’re looking forward to building on our links with our local Kent Army reserves. We’re proud to be a forces friendly employer supporting the Armed Forces Community.”


L-R: Mr Antony Crust, Managing Director of MTS Cleansing Limited receives the Ministry of Defence’s Employer Recognition Scheme Bronze Award from Captain Paul Herlihy, Officer Commanding 124 Transport Squadron 151 Transport Regiment RLC .

128 Field Company REME VRSM Medal and Clasps Awards Ceremony


Staff Sergeant John O’Callaghan, 44, has been an army reservist for eleven years and is based with 128 Field Company in Hilsea, Portsmouth, part of 103 Battalion REME.   He was awarded his Volunteer Reserve Service Medal for ten years of committed service at a special ceremony presided over by the Lord Mayor of Portsmouth, Mr David Fuller.    David is a Tech storeman by trade and deployed to Iraq on OP TELIC in 2010 and on OP OLYMPIC in 2012.  David works full time at the Army Reserve Centre as the Tech Quartermaster.


WO2 Albert Johnson, 55, has been an Army Reservist for 37 years and lives in Clanfield.  He serves in Portsmouth with 128 Field Company part of 103 Battalion REME, and is a Class 1 Vehicle Mechanic by trade.  Albert works for Pall Life Sciences as a manufacturing engineer for bioreactors and chromatography machines for making medicines and juggles this with his reserve commitment.  Albert was awarded the 3rd Clasp to his Volunteer Reserve Service Medal by the Lord Mayor of Portsmouth, Mr David Fuller, acknowledging his incredible service and commitment.  He said “Having joined at a very young age, the service has shaped my life both as a soldier and as a civilian.  The benefits are that I’ve always had something to look forward to in my calendar year.  My confidence grew quickly as a reservist and it has given me ambition to better myself in my civilian career, as well as giving me experiences that I would never have had”.


Sergeant Alan Greatbatch, 52, has been a member of the Army Reserve for 25 years.  He serves in Portsmouth with 128 Field Company part of 103 Battalion REME and is a Class 1 Metalsmith by trade.  Alan was awarded the 2nd Clasp to his Volunteer Reserve Service Medal by the Lord Mayor of Portsmouth, Mr David Fuller, acknowledging his incredible service and commitment.  Alan works at the Ministry of Defence in Abbey Wood in Bristol n the Armoured Vehicle Programmes Office as a Logistics specialist.  He said “The Army Reserve has made good use of my skills and knowledge gained as an apprentice and has given me many opportunities.  It has helped me develop my man-management skills, to become a better problem solver and to become more delivery focused”.


Sergeant John Baverstock, 46, has been a member of the Army Reserve for 19 years and was presented with the 1st Clasp to his Volunteer Reserve Service Medal by the Lord Mayor of Portsmouth, Mr David Fuller, acknowledging his service and commitment.  John, who also works full time for the Army Reserve, is a Class 1 Vehicle Mechanic by trade and has spent the past three years, both in the Portsmouth Careers Office and now in the Army Reserve Centre, dealing with new recruits.  Prior to that John deployed to Iraq on OP TELIC in 2004.  He said “Being a Reservist has helped with my fitness.  I’ve gained confidence and have a great social life and life-long friends”.


Staff Sergeant Ian Parker, 46, has been an Army Reservist since 1995.  Originally a regular army infantry soldier having served in both Northern Ireland and Cyprus, Ian joined the Army Reserve’s Royal Logistics Corps as a petroleum operative and transferred to the REME as a Tech Support Specialist and now fulfils the role of Company Quartermaster Sergeant (CQMS) at the Peronne Road Army Reserve Centre.  A self-employed electrician, Ian was awarded the 2nd Clasp to his Volunteer Reserve Service Medal by the Lord Mayor of Portsmouth, Mr David Fuller, for his 21 years of service to the Army Reserve.


Sergeant Andrew Baxter, 52, has served with the Army Reserve for 29 years. In his civilian life he is an HGV Driver with MTS Cleansing Services.  Andrew who is a recovery mechanic by trade has deployed to Iraq on OP TELIC in 2003/04 and serves with 150 Recovery Company who are now based in Croydon.  Andrew was awarded the 3rd Clasp to his Volunteer Reserve Service Medal by the Lord Mayor of Portsmouth, Mr David Fuller, for his long and committed service to the Army Reserve.


Lance Corporal David Madgwick, 47, is a recovery mechanic by trade and serves with 150 Recovery Company in Croydon.  He has been a member of the Army Reserve for 15 years.  David is an HGV Driver and Crane Operator in his civilan life and deployed on two operational tours to Afghanistan in both 2008/9 and 2011/12.  He said “My experience as a Reservist has given me a more confident outlook as an individual and has given me more understanding of the world, plus more varied employment options.  I got my HGV licence and crane operator certificate through the Reserves.”  David was awarded the Volunteer Reserve Service Medal by the Lord Mayor of Portsmouth, Mr David Fuller, to honour his commitment and service to the Army Reserve.


WO2 Howard Watson, 45, has been a member of the Army Reserve for twenty years.  He joined initially to learn the trade of vehicle mechanic because he was tired of garages telling him his vehicles needed extensive work and didn’t know what they were talking about.  He has since become a Class 1 Vehicle Mechanic and serves with 128 Field Company, part of 103 Battalion REME as the Company Sergeant Major.  In his civilian life, Howard is the National Sales Manager for the UK’s leading provider of occupational health software, Warwick International Computing Systems Ltd.  He said “My company is very supportive of my Reserve Service and I do not think that I would have gained the job I have with them today if it had not been for my army training and discipline.  They pay me for my annual camp commitment, and have signed up to the Armed Forces Covenant.”  Howard has deployed to Iraq on OP TELIC 2 where he ended up running the Light Aid Detachment at the “stadium” in Al Amarah.   In my time with 128 Field Company I have travelled the world and have learnt many life skills”.  He added “I am so much more confident now and am far more time efficient and with the Reserves you are part of a group of diverse individuals with a wide variety of skills”.  Howard was awarded the 2nd Clasp to his Volunteer Reserve Service Medal by the Lord Mayor of Portsmouth, Mr David Fuller, to honour his service and commitment to the Army Reserve.


Arqiva extends commitment to the Armed Forces Community


Arqiva, the UK’s largest independent towers company and communications infrastructure group, has reaffirmed its commitment to supporting the UK armed forces community by re-signing the Ministry of Defence (MoD) Armed Forces Covenant.

The covenant is a voluntary pledge signed by businesses and charitable organisations who wish to demonstrate their support for the over 20,000 skilled and experienced individuals who leave the armed forces ready to enter the civilian workforce every year.

Many will face challenges in their transition from military service to civilian life however, particularly in the job market, where they may lack a comparable employment history and qualification record.

Arqiva first signed up to the covenant in June 2014 but has been developing its support for those leaving the armed forces for many years. The company holds ‘Industry Insight Days’ where attendees can find out more about Arqiva, talk with employees working in specific roles and hear about current job opportunities that are available. Individuals who attend insight days are also given the chance to shadow an Arqiva employee.

Arqiva has also taken steps to ensure it truly understands the key attributes of an armed forces skillset and how they can be applied to civilian workplaces.

In recognition of its ongoing efforts to adhere to the values of the covenant, in July 2016 Arqiva was presented with a Silver Award by the Defence Employer Recognition Scheme.

The covenant was jointly signed by Simon Beresford-Wylie, Arqiva CEO and Major General Tyrone R Urch CBE, General Officer Commanding Force Troops Command, at a ceremony held at Arqiva’s head office in Crawley Court, Winchester on Thursday, 20 October, 2016.

“Arqiva is responsible for delivering millions of connections that are vital for people’s everyday lives, whether it is television and radio broadcasts or mobile coverage. Our towers and other infrastructure help provide those connections, but so does having the right people on board and together they are critical to our ongoing success.

“Armed forces personnel have a number of unique skills and traits developed during their military career, but very often the difficulty is in them identifying where those attributes are best put to use in a business environment. Arqiva has long understood these challenges and has created a culture of hiring ex-service personnel as a result.

“Signing the Armed Forces Covenant in 2014 was a formal recognition of that culture and I am delighted to extend our commitment to the forces community by re-signing for 2017 and beyond.”

“Military competencies and qualifications often use terminology that is unfamiliar to many outside of the Armed Forces; this can result in a lost opportunity for both employer and employee.

“It is therefore important to get businesses and ex-military personnel together as often as we can to ensure their potential can be realised. Activities like those undertaken by Arqiva can make a real difference to a transition from the Armed Forces to civilian life; I am delighted to see us reaffirm our commitment here today at this Covenant signing.”

Surrey Lord Lieutenant’s Awards Ceremony Part.2

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Being a cadet has given me confidence and discipline

Cadet Corporal Devon Walker, 16, has been awarded the ACF Certificate of Good Service for his outstanding effort and commitment to the ACF.  Devon is a student at Farnborough College of Technology studying ICT Level 3 BTEC and has been a cadet for five years.  He said “I am deeply happy and proud to have received this award.  Being a cadet has given me confidence and discipline and has helped me to make lots of great friends.”

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The cadets gave me training, friendship and a purpose

Lance Corporal Peter Turner-Wells, 18, has been awarded the ACF Certificate of Good Service for his outstanding effort and commitment to the ACF.  Peter was an Army Cadet parading with Addlestone Detachment until recently when he turned eighteen and is now joining Surrey ACF as a volunteer adult instructor.    Peter, who is a student at St George’s School in Weybridge, volunteers with St John Ambulance and  is also the Poppy Appeal organiser for Cobham – the youngest in the ninety year history – and has a poppy fundraising target of £20,000.     He hopes to join the Royal Army Medical Corps and become a paramedic with the British Army.  He said “The cadets gave me training, friendship and a purpose.  My proudest moments have been when I have paraded in uniform to remember those who have fallen.”

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Gold Duke of Edinburgh Award Winner

Cadet Corporal Jack Turrell, has been presented with his Duke of Edinburgh Gold Award.  Jack, 18, attends Carshalton College studying Public Services and is an ATC Cadet parading with 350 (Carshalton & Wallington) Squadron.  He joined on his Dad’s recommendation after hearing about the new skills, new friends and really good experiences to be had in the Corps.  Jack’s greatest achievement has been his promotion to Corporal and he believes the ATC is responsible for him becoming a much more confident person.  So much so that last year he went to Florida for a week to work at the second biggest airshow in America where he was marshalling aircraft.  He said “I’m feel very happy and proud that I have received my Duke of Edinburgh Gold Award from the Lord-Lieutenant this evening”.

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A rewarding and enriching process

Corporal Florence Budge, 17, has been presented with her Duke of Edinburgh Gold Award.  Florence is an air cadet with 450 (Kenley) Squadron and is a pupil at Woldingham School.   She joined the Corps in 2013 as an out of school activity with a wider group of people and the opportunity to take part in varied activities.  She said “I am thrilled to be receiving my Gold Duke of Edinburgh Award after lots of hard work and look forward to using the skills I have learned later in life.  I relished the opportunity to work within my community, and found the whole award a rewarding and enriching process”.  She added “Being a cadet has made me more disciplined and also more resilient.  I like the enjoyable activities, the friends I have made and the feeling of being part of a tight-knit community”.

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“Green Shot” Medal Winner in International Shooting Competitions

Corporal Sam Franklin, 16, is an Army Cadet with Addlestone Detachment and has been awarded the Canadian Shooting Exchange Award following his participation in this year’s Royal Canadian Army Cadet and UK ACF bilateral exchange programme.  A small group of UK Army cadets attend the six-week long Cadet Leadership and Instructor Marksmanship Course in Canada and then participate in the Canadian National rifle Shooting Competition.  Sam, who is a student at Farnborough Military College, is a keen Target Rifle Shooter and won a “Green Shot” medal in the 135th Ontario Rilfe Association Meeting and came 1st in the MacDonald Stewart 600 yards Match.  He has since been selected as a member of the UK “Athelings” Team and will return to Canada in 2017 to represent the UK ACF.   He said “I feel very proud for my detachment and for myself.  I have been given some great opportunities in the ACF and it is nice to achieve something at this sort of event”.  He added “By being a cadet I have real sense of achievement.  It has given me greater confidence and new skills; I feel able to deal with anything now”.

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The Pinnacle of my Cadet Career

Cadet Company Sergeant Major Sophie Verrinder, 18, has been awarded the Master Cadet Badge and Certificate.  Sophie, who has now aged out of cadets, paraded with Mytchett Detachment ACF for five years.  Before she left, she attended the Master Cadet Course whose aim is to broaden and further develop the training of 4-Star Cadets with the intention of making better use of their abilities.  Sophie is now a student at the University of Portsmouth doing a degree in Law with International Relations and is joining the University Officer Training Corps in Southampton.  She said “Becoming a Master Cadet in the pinnacle of my cadet career and has proved to me that I can achieve anything if I put my heart and soul into it.  I’m incredibly proud of myself for achieving this”.

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The biggest achievement in my life

Surrey Army Cadet Regimental Sergeant Major Shauna Lawless, 18, who parades at Caterham Detachment ACF was presented with the coveted Claire Shore Trophy which is awarded to the Army Cadet Force’s Champion Cadet 2016.

Each year ACF County Commandants are asked to nominate their best Master Cadet to compete in the annual Champion Cadet Competition.  Following a series of events and challenges, the best three cadets are interviewed, and then one of the cadets is announced Champion Cadet for that year.  The competition, which lasts just under 48 hours, tests both physical and mental aptitude, and requires the cadets to compete against each other both individually and as members of a team in a range of activities.  These include command tasks, weapon handling, map and compass skills (including night navigation), foot drill, first aid, logical problem solving and a comprehensive test of the entire ACF Army Proficiency Certificate syllabus.  There is also a panel interview if you make it to the top three.

Throughout the competition the assessors are looking for signs of leadership, teamwork, self-discipline and unselfishness. The winner of the competition is the cadet deemed by the selection committee to be the year’s most inspiring example of the ACF Master Cadet.

Cadet RSM Lawless said “Winning Champion Cadet has been the biggest achievement in my life and I am extremely proud of myself for winning the trophy. I couldn’t have done it without the amazing support and belief from all of the adults from Surrey ACF.”  She continued “The ACF has made me a more confident and well developed person, which has helped me to increase my job opportunities. It has given me life skills, qualifications and friends I never would have met if it wasn’t for the ACF.  Of all the experiences I’ve had at Surrey ACF, including going to Australia on a three week exchange, being awarded the trophy and becoming Champion Cadet is fantastic, I’m at the very top.”

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A credit to the youth of surrey

Cadet Sergeant Jake Lomas has been appointed Lord-Lieutenant of Surrey’s Cadet 2016/2017.  Jake, 17, is a Royal Marines Cadet at Guildford Unit Sea Cadet Corps, and joined because he wanted to do something different.  He said “I chose the Marine Cadets because I enjoy shooting”.  Jake is qualified in boating and first aid and has participated enthusiastically in camps, competitions, ceremonial, fund raising and charity events.  A most determined cadet, he even completed his Bronze Duke of Edinburgh Award on crutches.  A keen rower he is an Assistant Rowing Instructor and has repeatedly coxswained unit rowing teams to success and was the second-in-command of the successful Gibralter Cup Competition Team – the most prestigious competition for Royal Marines Cadets.  He said “I feel very honoured to have chosen for this position.  I see it as the pinnacle of my cadet career”.

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The Greatest Honour that a Cadet Can Achieve

Cadet Colour Sergeant Dearbhla Doyle has been appointed Lord-Lieutenant of Surrey’s Cadet 2016/2017.  Dearbhla, 16, who parades at Felbridge Detachment ACF, is a student at Sackville School Sixth Form in East Grinstead, studying for her A-levels.  She said “I saw the ACF at a Remembrance Day Parade.  I loved the uniform and the drill and instantly wanted to join”.  Since joining the detachment just over three years ago, Dearbhla has completed the Army Proficiency Certificate at 4-star Level, the Senior Cadet Instructor Course and has been promoted to Cadet Colour Sergeant.  Registered for the Gold Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme, she also aspires to pass both the Master Cadet and the Cadet Leadership Courses.  A member of a local rowing club and considering a career in the armed forces or in aviation as a pilot, Dearbhla is keen to travel and hopes to be selected for Exercise Southern Cross in 2017, an exchange to Western Australia with the Australian Army Cadet Corps.  On receiving her Award she said “For me this is the greatest honour that a cadet can achieve.  It is the peak of my cadet career so far.  I am excited and look forward to supporting Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant of Surrey at events throughout the year”.

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A great future ahead!

Cadet Warrant Officer Jake Moore has been appointed Lord-Lieutenant of Surrey’s Cadet 2016/2017.  Jake, 19, is an Air Cadet with 1349 (Woking) Squadron ATC and joined the corps in 2011 as a way of establishing a bigger interest in HM Forces and has recently been promoted to the highest cadet rank, reflecting his achievements.  Aspiring to be a military pilot, Jake has passed the Junior Leaders Course demonstrating that he is a highly committed team player and leader and is currently working towards the Silver Duke of Edinburgh Award. He has attended numerous UK camps, a camp in Cyprus, has completed the Nijmegen March in Holland and represents the squadron and wing at a variety of sporting events and drill competitions.  His squadron was recently selected as the “Best in Corps” – an outstanding achievement.  On receiving his award Jake said “It is certainly a pleasure and an honour to be receiving an award from the Lord-Lieutenant.  It means a great deal and is something which tops my five years in the ATC.  I certainly feel privileged to have been nominated for such a prestigious award”.

Surrey Lord Lieutenant’s Awards Ceremony Part.1

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An outstanding role model for new recruits

Colour Sergeant Neil Herbert, 38, has been awarded the Lord-Lieutenant of Surrey’s Certificate for Meritorious Service for his outstanding loyalty and commitment to the Army Reserve.  Serving with A Company 3 PWRR in Farnham, Neil is the Company Sergeant Major and the most senior of the non-commissioned officers, having served as a Reservist for 19 years.  His responsibilities are for administration, standards and welfare and discipline.  Neil is currently retraining to be a carpenter at Guildford College.  When he’s not at college, Neil works at the unit as the Senior Recruiter ensuring recruiting is maintained.

Since joining the Army Reserve, Neil has deployed to Kosovo, Afghanistan and has also taken part in an exercise with the US National Guard.  In addition he has contributed significantly to the recruiting effort and is an outstanding role model for new recruits who he trains and mentors.  Neil works closely with the local Farnham and Surrey communities and has helped to raise £40K for the Army Benevolent Fund and the Breast Care Appeal Frimley Park Hospital, including cycling in the Tour-de-Frimley 1000km event.  He said “I am honoured to receive this award after many years of dedicated service.  It means a great deal to me and is recognition for my time served and commitment to the reserve forces”.  He added “I keep serving as it gives me opportunities that I would not get in my civilian life.  I have great friendships and these grow with every exercise and deployment”.

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A great sense of purpose and duty

Captain Jon Tully, 54, has been awarded the Lord-Lieutenant of Surrey’s Certificate for Meritorious Service for his outstanding loyalty and commitment to the Cadet Forces.   Jon is a Senior Housemaster at Charterhouse School and is also the officer in charge of the Royal Marines detachment of the Charterhouse CCF which he took over ten years ago when it was in terminal decline.  Through his energy and determination he has brought the detachment national honours and is now so successful that there is a waiting list to join and demand for places is 6:1.  These honours include winning the Sir Steuart Pringle Trophy three times, which is the defining activity for Royal Marines Cadets.    He said “It means a great deal to receive this award.  I’m very happy to be a cadet officer just for the benefit of the cadets but it’s very rewarding to be recognised”.     He added “I joined to put something back into society; to put my experience and military qualifications to good use.  It’s also kept me very fit and given me a great sense of purpose and duty.”

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A most committed officer

Lieutenant (SCC) Peter Bishop RNR, 50, has been awarded the Lord-Lieutenant of Surrey’s Certificate for Meritorious Service for his outstanding loyalty and commitment to the Cadet Forces and a 2nd Clasp to the Cadet Forces’ Medal to recognise his 24 years of service.  Peter is the ICT Director at Bishops Move Group, managing all aspects of information, communication and technology and in his spare time he volunteers as a Sea Cadet Instructor at the Reigate Unit.  This entails teaching 10-18 year olds life skills, including loyalty, self-discipline, commitment, honesty and respect.   A sailing enthusiast, Peter’s role with the Sea Cadets has allowed him to pursue his hobby; gaining RYA Yacht Master and becoming a senior sailing instructor.  Peter is the Executive, Training and Courses Officer, nurturing the development of volunteers and is also a Piping Assessor.  The highlight of his career to date has been taking a group of cadets to live on board HMS Ark Royal for a week and parading in front of HM The Queen Mother for the rededication ceremony.  He said “I feel honoured and privileged to have been nominated for this award and it is extremely gratifying to be recognised for doing something I love to do”.

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The ACF helped me so much as youngster

Captain Chris Mansfield has been awarded the Lord-Lieutenant of Surrey’s Certificate for Meritorious Service for his outstanding loyalty and commitment to the Cadet Forces.  Chris, 35, has volunteered as a Cadet Force Adult instructor since 2007 and as a Company Commander manages a group of approximately 25 volunteer instructors and more than 150 cadets.  He is also the County Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Officer, planned and completing numerous expeditions which have resulted I a surge in passes for the County’s Army Cadets.  A former cadet with Banstead Detachment ACF and then a Royal Marines Commando, Chris missed the military way of life when he resigned his post and, remembering the organisation that helped him so much when he was a youngster, he decided to become an adult instructor with the Army Cadet Force.  He said “It is a great honour to be nominated for this award.  The ACF instructors give up a lot of their time to help and develop our young people and it really makes a difference.  It’s nice to be recognised for your efforts but it’s something I couldn’t have achieved on my own so I hope my fellow instructors take some of the credit.”

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Mrs Jo Bentinck, 61, has been awarded the Lord-Lieutenant of Surrey’s Certificate for Meritorious Service for her outstanding loyalty and commitment to the Cadet Forces. Jo has been the Administration Officer for Surrey ACF for more than sixteen years and until 2010 was the sole administrator more some 900 personnel.  Efficient and highly effective, Jo, with her wealth of knowledge, has become a subject matter expert, invited to participate within National “Best Practice” Panels, advising on new standardisation for enlistment and induction procedures across the whole Army Cadet Force.  Jo is very approachable and readily offers friendly advice and encouragement to those often nervous cadets attending courses.  She said “I am extremely proud that my 16 years as Admin Officer for Surrey ACF has been recognised. It provides me with inspiration to continue in my role to the best of my ability”.

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It’s great seeing the cadets reaching their potential

Lieutenant Philippa Neale, 30, has been awarded the Cadet Forces’ Medal to recognise twelve years of long and efficient service.  Philippa, who commanded Mytchett Detachment for eight years is now the County Public Relations Officer, responsible for social media and content generation which has turned her commitment into a 24/7 on-call role.  She works full time for Dimension Data as a European Sales Operations Analyst and juggles her family life as Mum to two small children, along with her ACF volunteering responsibilities.  Philippa joined the ACF as a cadet in 1999 with a group of friends and on turning 18 decided she couldn’t leave and became an adult instructor within a matter of weeks.    Philippa’s cadet experience has had a huge impact on her; personally she wouldn’t have met her husband who is an Army Reservist.  She said “Twelve years of service is a long time.  This is my second award in two years, but one I am very proud of.  It shows the commitment that not only I make but so does my family in supporting me in doing this for the ACF.”  She added “I do this to see a change in young people.  Seeing any of my cadets leaving as RSM or Lord-Lieutenant’s Cadet or Master Cadet and reaching their potential is hugely rewarding”.

Buckinghamshire Lord Lieutenant’s Awards Ceremony 2016 Part.2


Squadron Leader Andrew Warman from the Air Cadets Shooting Development Team.


Flight Lieutenant Rennie lives in Twickenham and is stationed at RAF Halton near Wendover in Buckinghamshire.  Cameron who is an RAF Reservist works as a Media Operations Officer ensuring that the great work of the RAF is told. In his civilian life Cameron works as a Senior Advisor for BP, and joined 7644 Squadron RAF Reserves in 2011, the media professionals of the RAF, because it was a good match for his background. Some of the highlights of his career has seen him being deployed to Estonia and working with the Estonian Air Force.  Lieutenant Rennie has also serviced on operations in Afghanistan.

The award is presented to the Reservist who is considered to have achieved the most or to have made the greatest contribution to the Reserve Service during the year.


Lord-Lieutenant Cadet Award marks the achievement of outstanding service by an individual to their Cadet movement and is recognised by their appointment as a Lord Lieutenant Cadet.  Each year the Lord-Lieutenant appoints a Cadet from each of the community cadet forces and a cadet from the Combined Cadet Force, to support them on official engagements.  In their role they will have the opportunity to escort the Lord-Lieutenant on their duties within the County and to meet members of the Royal Family who visit Buckinghamshire.

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Cadet Petty Officer Craig Underwood who lives in High Wycombe said, “I feel hugely honoured and proud, I am also very excited to take on all aspects of this role since it is a rare, once in a lifetime opportunity.”  Craig has been in the Combined Cadet Force since 2013 and has risen quickly to the rank Cadet Petty Officer.  He is a full time A level student studying English, French, Biology and Ancient History.  He continued, “Since being in the CCF I have done things that I would never normally have tried and have grown as a person, I have learnt how to motivate and lead a team and have become personally more self- disciplined, especially in overcoming challenges I am faced with.”

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Jamie who lives in Wolverton Milton Keynes has been a Cadets for over 5 years and is a member of the Royal Marine Section. He said, “I am really honoured to be appointed and my parents are very proud of me, I am excited and looking forward to the year ahead.”  He added, “It is also an honour for my Sea Cadet unit as this the 5th year in a row that a Sea Cadet from the unit has been appointed a Lord-Lieutenant Cadet.”

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Emma who lives in Princes Risborough is a member of the Hawkslade Detachment of the Buckinghamshire Army Cadet Force.

Emma said “I am honoured to be nominated, I joined the Cadets to make friends and gain personal skills, and the unit was close to where I live and has a great circle of people.”


James who lives in Chalfont St Giles is a member of 2313 Squadron of the Air Training Corps based in Chalfont.

James said, “I am really excited about my appointment and am looking forward to seeing what the year will offer.”

James is currently on a Gap year and has just left Dr Challoner’s Grammar School in Amersham.  James hopes to go to University and then join the RAF.

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Winners of the Coronation Cup presented by Mr Steve Kingsford from the Royal British Legion. Members of the High Wycombe Sea Cadets were presented with the award for collecting the most monies for the Royal British Legion during last year’s Poppy Appeal.

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Presented to the Cadets who were runners up in collecting the most monies for the Royal British Legion in last year’s Poppy Appeal. Army Cadets from 2nd High Wycombe Platoon Buckinghamshire Army Cadet Force collected the runners up Evett Cup from Mr Steve Kingsford from the Royal British Legion who said, “A huge thankyou to all the Cadets throughout the County, we could achieve what we do without all your help and hard work.”

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The Rose Bowl was awarded to 2366 Squadron Bletchley Park Air Training Corps for their role in collecting monies for the Royal British Legion during last year’s Poppy Appeal.

Buckinghamshire Lord Lieutenant’s Awards Ceremony 2016 Part.1


An inspiring evening of awards held at The Gateway in Aylesbury during the evening of the 11 October 2016. Wing Commander Peter Clarke, Chairman of South East Reserve Forces’ and Cadets’ Association for Buckinghamshire, welcomed the guests to this years’ Buckinghamshire Lord- Lieutenant’s Awards Evening.

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The Lord-Lieutenant of Buckinghamshire, Sir Henry Aubery-Fletcher, arrives at The Gateway in Aylesbury for this years’ awards ceremony.

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Staff Sergeant Graham Neave from 871 Postal & Courier Squadron Royal Logistic Corps. Graham who lives in Bracknell works as a maintenance engineer for Thames Water and as a member of the Army Reserves he works as a postal and courier operative, and when on operations would run a field post office delivering civil and official and diplomatic mail.  Graham enlisted into the Army Reserve in 1985 and is a veteran of Afghanistan completing two tours of duty in 2007 and 2010.  He said, “Being a Reservist has taught me to prepare properly for anything I attempt – like the saying goes, “Fail to prepare – you prepare to fail.”

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Squadron Leader Sheila Jane Bardoe from Royal Grammar School in High Wycombe Combined Cadet Force (CCF) has been a Cadet Force Adult Volunteer with the CCF at the Royal Grammar School since 1998, and works as a patient services co-ordinator at the Royal Surrey County Hospital in Guildford Surrey.

Sheila spent 4 years in the RAF in Air Traffic Control and now enjoys spending her time as a Volunteer Officer in the CCF teaching youngsters. She said, “Being an Adult Volunteer has made me more competent and confident, and I am so proud of what I do.” Shelia added, “Seeing youngsters turn into confident young man and women if reward enough.”

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Lieutenant Paul Riley who lives in Newport Pagnell, is a member of the Sea Cadets and part of Zulu Company Royal Marine Cadets in Milton Keynes. Paul works for Western Power Distribution as an Engineer. In his role as an Adult Volunteer with the Sea Cadets he is the Company Training Officer for Zulu Company Royal Marines which operate in the South of England. Paul said, “Being a volunteer with the Royal Marine Cadets has certainly benefited me in my civilian career with the Management qualifications that I have gained have helped me to get to the position I am now in at work.”

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Lieutenant Conway who lives in Aylesbury is a member of the Oxon Bucks Southern Area Sea Cadet Corps and runs all the Cadet Marine Detachments throughout Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire. Paul is also a Police Officer with the Hertfordshire Constabulary working as a 999 Intervention Officer. On receiving his award Lieutenant Conway said, “I am thankful for the recognition of my volunteer work over the years.” Paul joined the Cadets when he was 15 and became a Cadet Sergeant by the time he was 17.  He enlisted as an Adult Volunteer in 2000, and has enjoyed the challenge ever since. He added, “I get a sense of pride and achievement in developing the Adults and the young Cadets within the organisation.”

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Squadron Leader Cook who lives in Hughenden Valley in Buckinghamshire, has been a member of the Air Training Corps (ATC)  since 1988.  He first joined as a Cadet and then in 1996 became an Adult Volunteer. Simon works for Telegenic Ltd an outside broadcast facilities organisation based in High Wycombe. Squadron Leader Cook on receiving his award said, “I am both humbled and touched at being recognised and respected for the years of dedication I have given to the ATC.” Simon who is the Sector Commander responsible for operational oversight and development of the Squadrons in the South Bucks area firmly believes that being an Adult Volunteer with the ATC has benefited his civilian career.  He said, “I would not be where I am today had it not been for my experiences, courtesy of the Air Cadets.  Confidence, drive, leadership and ambition all being harnessed and encouraged.” 

Hastings Sea Cadets oldest cadet turns 90


Training Ship Hastings (TS Hastings) celebrated their oldest cadet’s birthday last week when he turned 90 years of age. Bernard Mallion was a cadet in 1939 the year the unit was first formed in Hastings.

On the evening Mr Mallion toured the classes, where the cadets were practicing Drill, Seamanship, leadership skills and map reading. Following this he had a birthday tea with the cadets and then fielded questions from them on how the unit has changed over the years.

When he first started parading the unit was based at the Bathing Pool and he was on one of 30 but within a few months there were over 130 cadets. Not having enough instructors some of the cadets including Mr Mallion were turned away. Devastated he mulled it over for a while and realised that the instructors hadn’t taken any names, so chancing his luck he returned the following evening only to allowed back in. He remained a cadet for a few years before joining the Royal Navy and serving on board HMS Ramillies.


Mr Mallion has kept his ties with the unit and been a loyal supporter even to this day as he still carries out regular maintenance at the unit every week, even on the day of his 90th Birthday. MR Mallion a retired firefighter was even climbing the 30ft mast only a few years ago, however we have now banned him from this practice.

Our youngest cadet Junior Sea Cadet Maisie Bridges said “I had an amazing evening and it was interesting to find out about what the unit was like when it first started. We still do activities that they learnt about then plus a whole lot more.”

Whether on land or at sea the Sea Cadets offer an environment where young people can find new confidence and inspiration. Across the UK 14,000 young people are challenging themselves and learning new skills through nautical adventure. Help us to keep inspiring the next generation and giving them the best possible head start in life. Hastings Sea Cadets is open two nights a week, for further information please email or visit


HMS King Alfred Training Weekend Part.2


Lieutenant Sharon Brown who lives in Winchester has been in the Royal Naval Reserve for 4 years after serving for 24 years in the Regular Royal Navy.  Sharon runs her own business and is HM King Alfred’s First Lieutenant she said, “I wanted to stay within the Maritime community and keep a foot in the camp, I had a career that I loved for 24 years with the Navy and joining the Reserves just allows me the diversity between my day job and my role with the Royal Naval Reserve.


Able Seaman Stuart Harland lives in Havant and works as a computer programmer for LIVELINK Technology in Havant. Stuart has been in the Reserves for 7 years and said, “It is entirely different from my day job.”


With a scenario to recover a black box from an air crash – the Reservists were tasked with building a raft and recovering the box. But with a surprise attack coming from a few rouge Vikings, and enemy gun fire, the task was not quite so simple.

Petty Officer Matthew Blundy who was running the exercise ordered “We want the enemy dry and captured”.

The team definitely captured the enemy, recovered the Black Box, but the exercise lived up to its name – ‘Drowning’.


Able Seaman Will Pook who is an IT teacher was taking part in the weekend training at Jersey Camp. Will has just returned from a deployment in Dubai with the Royal Navy working on Maritime Trade Operations in the Gulf.


David Grist is a Nursing Officer working in the Medical Branch of the RNR and his full time job is working for the MOD at the institute of Naval Medicine in Gosport specialising on Survival and Thermal Medicine.

His wife Elaine is a trained theatre nurse and is currently doing full time Reserve Service assisting with recruitment in the Royal Naval Reserve medial branch.


Journalist Frances Birkett who lives in Andover and works at the Andover Times also takes on the role as media officer for her Royal Naval Reserve Unit, Frances who has been in the Reserves for over three years works within Maritime Trade Operations and last year was awarded as HMS King Alfred Reservist of the year.

Frances, as well as her day job and being the unit press officer also runs the unit bar. She said, “I enjoy all the aspects of being a Reservist especially the diversity and the challenge”.