A mother-of-two from Hucclecote has been honoured by the Lord-Lieutenant of Gloucestershire with a Certificate for Meritorious Service after completing exactly 25 years’ unbroken commitment to the Army Reserve.
Corporal Tracy Millard, who was mobilised to Iraq in 2003 and now has a busy role at Eastern Avenue Army Reserve Centre as an administrator with 6 Rifles, said the accolade came as “a lovely surprise.”
She continued: “I joined up originally because my brother served in the Territorial Army (now the Army Reserve) and was always coming home from weekend activities full of the exciting things he had done.
“I wanted the same sort of experiences – but with a different unit. So I went along to an open day and joined the infantry.”
Tracy, who also runs a childminding business, says she could not have managed it all without the support of husband Malcolm and sons Kieron, now aged 19, and 13-year-old Callum.
“I have enjoyed it so much. Army life has made me a more confident person – it is all about working in a team and with people you can trust. But there are so many small things that come together to make it a success.”
Her Majesty’s Lord Lieutenant, Dame Janet Trotter DBE, presented the Certificate to Tracy during ceremonies at Allied Rapid Reaction Corps Headquarters, Imjin Barracks, Innsworth.
The Certificate for Meritorious Service was also awarded to:
Andrew Barraclough, Gloucestershire Army Cadet Force instructor.
Warrant Officer Tammy Curwen, Bristol & Gloucestershire Air Training Corps.
Capt Jane Jowett, Pates Grammar School Combined Cadet Force.