December 28th 2015

A successful year for cadets and reserves in the East Midlands

From being awarded at Buckingham Palace to taking part in in the Reinternment of King Richard III, cadets and reserves from across the East Midlands have had a busy 2015. Below you can find out more about some of the highlights from 2015.

In January, a Reservist from Nottinghamshire was awarded with a Queen’s Volunteer Reserve Medal (QVRM) after being recognised in the New Year’s Honours list.

Mick HancockWarrant Officer Class 2 (WO2) Mick Hancock, aged 54, from Mansfield Woodhouse, received the award for his outstanding service with the Army Reserve.

Speaking in January, Mick said, “A limited number of QVRM awards are presented each year so I’m very proud and appreciative of my nomination and now receiving the honour.”

The awards theme followed suit through 2015 with a number of East Midlands employers receiving an Employer Recognition Scheme Silver Award for their support of the Armed Forces community in business.

Read more about Mick Hancock here.

One Leicestershire employer also received a Gold Award which is recognition of their significant support to the Armed Forces nationally.

M-EC, an Engineering Development Consultancy, based in Ibstock, currently employ one Reservist and will be presented with their award at a London-based ceremony in early 2016.

Read more about M-EC here.

Cadets from across the region have also had the chance to get involved with numerous opportunities throughout the year, from attending annual camps, to taking part in an air race experience, and travelling to Canada.

Cadets are briefed about the helicopter flightCadets from Nottinghamshire had the chance to fly in a helicopter as part of a combined cadet competition, which took place in August.

40 young people from the Army Cadet Force (ACF) and Air Training Corps (ATC) took part in Cadet 15, which included a variety of challenges including a First Aid scenario and flying in a Griffin helicopter.

Talking at the event held at Chetwynd Barracks in Chilwell, Cadet Lance Corporal Jess Atkin from Nottinghamshire ACF’s Beeston detachment, said: “Cadet 15 sounded exciting and I thought a great way to spend some of my summer holiday time. The helicopter ride really appealed to me, as it was a rare opportunity to experience flying around Nottinghamshire.”

Read more about Cadet 15 here.

This year also saw the renovation of a Grade II listed Army Reserve Centre in Northampton.

Clare Street Army Reserve Centre, which is home to both HQ 104 Battalion and 118 Recovery Company Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers (REME), is now complete with new classroom and recruiting spaces, as well as a newly decorated Officer’s Mess and a modernised drill hall.

Works began at the centre in May 2015.

Clare Street Army Reserve CentreSpeaking in October, Martin Capewell, Head of Estates at East Midlands Reserve Forces and Cadets Association (RFCA), said: “I am pleased to announce that renovation works at Clare Street are now complete, and the project has been delivered both on time and on budget.

“It is really important that soldiers who train in the centre have up-to-date facilities to work in as this enables modern training methods and helps to both retain personnel and attract new people to join the Reserve Forces.”

Read more about Clare Street here.

To find out more about what Cadets and Reserves have been up to in 2015, visit out What’s going on page here.