Dedicated Vale volunteers with the cadets, military reserves and local communities received official public recognition last night (Monday).
Buckinghamshire’s Lord Lieutenant, Sir Henry Aubrey-Fletcher, the Queen’s personal representative in the county, and top military brass from the region attended the event in Milton Keynes.
Sir Henry said: “Most messages throught the media are negative but we have seen the best tonight. At last there is a good news story to savour.”
Buckinghamshire County Council’s chief executive Chris Williams received the SaBRE employer support certificate for its policy on supporting reservists. SaBRE supports Britain’s reservists and employers and the certificate is signed by the secretary of state for defence and the chief of the defence staff.
Lieutenant Colonel Chris Booth praised the county council for its policies of supporting the military. It signed a community covenant in July 2012.
Four cadets from the county were chosen to accompany the Lord Lieutenant on official business, including Royal visits. These Lord Lieutenants cadets include Cadet Warrant Officer Nicholas Wong, from Aylesbury and RAF Halton’s air cadet unit, who is studying at Loughborough University. He is cited as being an “excellent leader and motivator” who “challenges instructions in a positive way”.
Captain Lynn Ansell, who is based at the Aylesbury Territotial Army centre, received a Lord Lieutenant’s Meritorious Service Award. She is a volunteer involved in the training of Buckinghamshire’s Army Cadet Force.
The commander of the RAF Halton air cadets, Flight Lieutenant Stuart Buckland, also received a meritorious service award for his leadership.
Carolyn Cumming, who lives on the border of Aylesbury Vale and Milton Keynes, received a commission as a new Deputy Lieutenant. She is a champion of greater cohesion and is vice chairman of the Buckingham Society.