Scilly Cadet Officer Awarded Long Service Medal

colonel chamberlain
 
The most senior officer in the Territorial Army and Cadets in the South West has awarded a member of the islands’ group a long service medal.

Colonel Oliver Chamberlain, Chairman of the Wessex Reserve Forces & Armed Forces Association, presented the decorative bar to Julie Smith in recognition of her 18 years volunteering.

Julie has previously had a certificate to mark her service to the community and a medal for 15 years in the cadets.

She’ll wear the decoration on her new uniform on the November Memorial Service. The cadets were are all being issued with replacement clothing in the new Army Multi-Terrain Pattern Camouflage.

It was the Colonels’ first visit to Scilly and his trip on Wednesday was the final viewing of cadet buildings and premises around the region.

He was impressed with the islands’ cadets and their facilities, which simply need painting, he says.

Oliver says the St Mary’s cadets don’t require equipment or meeting space, unlike some groups.

But they do need more volunteers.

He’s appealing for more adults to get involved in the weekly sessions and says over 12s would benefit greatly from joining the cadets.



2 Responses to Scilly Cadet Officer Awarded Long Service Medal

  1. Liz September 20, 2013 at 4:47 pm

    Well deserved Julie.

    • Ian T. September 21, 2013 at 8:40 am

      Yes, indeed, Julie. My son (age 43) joined the ACF about five years ago with no previous experience and is now a Sergeant. He really enjoys teaching the youngsters and whilst doing his day job as a chef, recently saved the life of a lady who was choking, as a result of his own training.