The Army Cadet Force’s busy Crediton detachment celebrated a very special double success when the Lord-Lieutenant of Devon’s annual awards took place at Dartington Hall, Totnes.
Lieutenant Nigel Cooper, aged 55, the Commander for the past five years, received the Certificate for Meritorious Service, recognising his outstanding achievements with the unit.
And to Nigel’s great delight, one of his young charges, Sergeant Jordan Bridgeman, was among a small group of youngsters honoured by their appointment as Lord Lieutenant’s Cadets for the coming year.
Nigel, a retired police officer, was himself a cadet in the former Broadclyst detachment back in the 1970s. Since then, he has served the ACF in various adult roles for 20 years.
He joined the Crediton unit 12 years ago and the detachment has thrived under his enthusiastic leadership, with cadet numbers more than doubling to 40.
“We attract youngsters from many different backgrounds,” he said. “A lot of them won’t necessarily be high achievers at school. But we show that we believe in them – and get a positive response.”
Also awarded the Certificate for Meritorious Service were:
- Colour Sergeant Simon Tucker, of Honiton, Army Reservist and full-time signalling skills instructor with 6th Battalion, The Rifles
- Corporal Jack Daniels, of Plymouth, a Section Commander in 8 Platoon, Millbay, with 6th Battalion, The Rifles
- Lt-Colonel Peter Lewis, of Torpoint, Commander, Plymouth College Combined Cadet Force.
- Staff Sergeant Instructor Mark Sanders, Tiverton Detachment, Army Cadet Force.
- Corporal Lee Woodfield, of Newton Abbot, a physical training instructor with the Royal Wessex Yeomanry (Army Reserve).