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