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Military Awards Reviewed

In a week (ending October 18) when the IWFM Awards' winners were announced, it seemed a good moment to look back at September's Worshipful Company of Environmental Cleaners Military Awards ceremony.

September 17 at Ironmongers Hall saw over 150 guests recognise that  military environmental health technicians and cadets consistently demonstrate high levels of skill, knowledge and dedication whatever challenges they face.

The awards pay special recognition to the work of Environmental Health Technicians (EHTs) from the Royal Army Medical Corps (RAMC), the RAF Environmental Health Cadre and the WCEC’s affiliated Cadet Units, for their work at home and abroad. 

This year, the Master of the WCEC, Barrie Torbett, addressed the attendees and his speech focused on the long-standing relationship with Royal Army Medical Corp and environmental health sector. He specifically highlighted their outstanding achievements whether in service in the UK or overseas. He also commended the Cadet Corp for their outstanding achievements in training and discipline - making sure to point out the dedication of 17-year olds, already prepared and able to undertake exceptional leadership responsibilities.

Torbett ended by encouraging the WCEC to cultivate a close and solid relationship with the cadet corps and environmental staff, especially when they leave the services.

"The cleaning industry is actively looking for leaders of tomorrow and the military environmental staff have outstanding experience," he said.

The special guest of the event was Brigadier Tim Hodgetts CBE QHS OStJ.  Very highly regarded in the NHS and RAMC, Brigadier Hodgetts focused on the importance of the RAMC in conflict situations and post-conflict care. He expressed his appreciation of the connections with all the Livery Companies. He also praised the work of the cadet corps, training officers and young people who benefit, in particular the support of the WCEC.

 

The trophies, medals and purses awarded on the day included:

 

Junior NCO Award

Winner - Acting Sergeant James Hodges

Citation by - Lieutenant Colonel Gareth Moore, Defence Specialist Advisor, Environmental Health.

 

Senior NCO Award  

Winner - Sergeant Steven Redding, (Currently Serving in New Zealand)

Award accepted by Major Paul KInvig,Officer in Command, Environmental Health Training and Education.

Citation by - Lieutenant Colonel Gareth Moore.

 

Reserves EHT Award 

Winner - Captain Steven Gorniak     

Citation by - Lieutenant Colonel Gareth Moore.

 

Post Graduate Medical Officer

General Practice Prize , Winner - Captain Adrian Hucks

Citation by - Lieutenant Colonel Gareth Moore.

 

RAF Environmental Health Technician Prize

Winner - Sergeant Dean Crook

Citation by – Squadron Leader Gary Moyes.

 

Best Sea Cadet Prize

Winner - Marine Cadet Corporal Ryan Aldred

Citation by - Commander James Nisbet, Regional Commander.

Cadet Aldred was also presented with a cheque for £2,500, representing funds raised by WCEC members to help pay for his overseas exchange to Borneo for jungle training.

 

Best Army Cadet Prize

Winner – Cadet Staff Sergeant Chantae Bambury

Citation by – 75 (RAMC) Detachment SELACF Commanding Officer Keisha Bambury.

 

Best Air Cadet Prize

Winner – Cadet Flight Sergeant Diliana Porteros

Citation by - Flight Lieutenant Leroy Smith  Commanding Officer, 50F (Camberwell and Lambeth) Squadron.

 

Supporting the services

If you would like to find out more about the Worshipful Company of Environmental Cleaners or their initiatives or events, Email clerk@wc-ec.com, t. 020 8224 6122 or visit www.wc-ec.com

Picture: WCEC Master with Brigadier Hodgett.

 

Article written by Brian Shillibeer

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