An experienced ACF Colonel has officially been appointed as Colonel Cadets, 43 (Wessex) Brigade.
Colonel David Carson will be taking up this new position which was created to support the Brigade Commander in the direction and supervision of Army Cadet activity – both ACF and CCF.
The role will become an essential part of the new brigade structure that will take place over the next couple of years.
David served as a Reservist with B (Royal Wiltshire Yeomanry) Squadron, The Royal Wessex Yeomanry during the 1980s.
In 1997 whilst working as the Estates Bursar at Abingdon School, he became the Officer Commanding for the new Army Cadet section at Abingdon School Combined Cadet Force (CCF).
Four years later, in 2001, David was promoted to Major on becoming the Contingent Commander of Abingdon School CCF, and during his time in command he saw the voluntary Contingent rise in strength from 50 to over 100 Cadets.
Between 1998 and 2008 he served as a member of the Assisting Directing Staff (ADS) of the Cadet Training Centre (CTC) Frimley Park, teaching on the CCF Basic Course and the CCF Advanced/ KG VI Course.
David also played an intrinsic role at the UK Land, and Cadet Training Team briefing days on behalf of the CCF.
In May 2008 he stepped down from his position as Contingent Commander of Abingdon School CCF, but remained on the CCF strength until August 2010. Later that year he was awarded the Oxfordshire Lord-Lieutenant’s Commendation.
In September 2010 David was appointed Colonel Commandant, Oxfordshire ACF. He currently works as the Estates Director at Ripon College in Oxfordshire.
Colonel Carson is also a keen historian and acts as the Chairman for the Wiltshire Historical Society, Honorary Curator of The Royal Wiltshire Yeomanry Historic Property Collection, and has worked as an historical Military Advisor to Film and Television.