Sussex Lord Lieutenants’ Awards Ceremony 2016 – Cadet Force’s Medals


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Passing on the knowledge of aviation

Flight Lieutenant Dave Emsley, has been awarded the Cadet Forces’ Medal for his 11 years of long and efficient service to the ATC.   Dave, a former ATC Cadet, commissioned in 2005 and became a Cadet Forces Adult Volunteer to pass on his knowledge of aviation to others, within his local community.   Working as a Certifying Engineer fixing and inspecting Virgin Atlantic 747 and A330s at Gatwick Airport, Dave spends his spare time as a volunteer instructor commanding 172 (Haywards Heath) Squadron, Sussex ATC.  He said “Through my ATC Training I’ve gained management and presentation skills and I’ve joined the Royal Aero Society and hold an Affiliate membership of the City and Guilds Institute.”  He added “I love seeing the cadets grow and develop from all the opportunities that the ATC offers”.

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A Strong Volunteering Spirit

Warrant Officer Tina Calvert, 58, has been awarded the Cadet Forces’ Medal for her 12 years of long and efficient service to the ATC.   Tina, who lives in Hailsham, is a Cadet Force Adult Volunteer with 249 (Hailsham) Squadron fulfilling the role of adjutant, drill instructor and East Sector Warrant Officer and is also responsible for Cadet NCO Training at Wing level.  Tina, juggles her ATC commitments with her civilian job as Company Receptionist at Collins Honda, a long-established family car dealership in Herstmonceux.  With a strong volunteering background; Tina spent twelve years volunteering in the Guiding Movement, and seeking a new challenge, she joined the ATC as her daughter and husband were both involved with the squadron.  Tina was thrilled with her award and said “I feel it is an honour to have my time served officially recognised”.

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A Strong Spirit in Volunteering

Chief Petty Officer Kim Sullivan, 56, has been awarded the 1st Clasp to the Cadet Forces’ Medal for her 19 years of long and efficient service to the Sea Cadet Corps.   Kim, who lives in Hove, is a Cadet Force Adult Volunteer with Sussex District SCC.  Kim, now retired, has enjoyed her volunteering experience. She said “I get an immense pleasure from watching our young people grow into great adults.  Since joining the Corps I have become a rowing instructor and coach and have earned qualifications in kayaking, powerboating and sailing.  I am a catering and stewarding instructor, as well as a First Aid instructor.”  She added “There have been lots of highlights but the one that springs to mind is being a part of the London Trafalgar Day Parade and paying homage to the Royal Navy’s greatest Admiral”.

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Thirty-seven years of volunteer service in Eastbourne  

Lieutenant (SCC) Alan Simister RNR, 49, has been awarded the 2nd Clasp to the Cadet Forces’ Medal for his 37 years of long and efficient service to the Sea Cadet Corps.   Alan, whose family has been involved with the cadet forces for many years, joined TS Eastbourne in 1979.  Working and encouraging young adults to achieve and learn new skills has been the highlight of his volunteer service.  Alan juggles his SCC commitments with his job as Head Porter and Fleet Manager at Eastbourne College.

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Thirty-seven years of volunteer service in Hove and Adur 

Commander (SCC) Maureen Copelin RNR, 66, has been awarded the 3rd Clasp to the Cadet Forces’ Medal for her 32 years of long and efficient service to the Sea Cadet Corps.   Maureen is a Cadet Forces Adult Volunteer with Hove and Adur Sea Cadets, fulfilling the role of Exercise Officer and Admin.  She said “I’m honoured to receive my long service award.  I enjoy seeing cadets achieve and seeing young people become good citizens.”

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A sense of duty to the Cadets

Lieutenant (SCC) Steve Wilks RNR, 49, has been awarded the 3rd Clasp to the Cadet Forces’ Medal for his 31 years of long and efficient service to the Sea Cadet Corps.   Stephen, a field service engineer for RICOH UK Ltd is also a Cadet Forces Adult Volunteer with Hove and Adur Sea Cadets.  He joined the Corps to give bac the enjoyment and experience he had received as a Cadet.  He said “I have a sense of duty to the Cadets and the will to give them the best experience possible.  I’ve had many highlights but the biggest reward is always when you help a cadet achieve what they felt was impossible”.

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Time seems to be flying by!

Flight Lieutenant Patrick Bryder RAF VR(T), 55, has been awarded the 3rd Clasp to the Cadet Forces’ Medal for his 33 years of long and efficient service to the Sea Cadet Corps as a Volunteer.   Stephen, a former air cadet is the Officer Commanding 225 (Brighton No. 1) Squadron ATC.  A sales assistant at South Dows Garden Centre in Hassocks, Patrick began his cadet experience in 1975 with 1087 (Arun Valley) for something to do with his time.   He said “I feel old but didn’t realise how long I have been in the Corps.  Time seems to be flying by!  I’ve enjoyed seeing different people progress onto very different opportunities and to see young people achieve goals that were beyond them when they first joined the Cadets is a great motivator”.

 

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