Lieutenant Mark Evans received his Certificate for Meritorious Service from Dame Janet Trotter DBE, during a ceremony at the Allied Rapid Reaction Corps headquarters, Imjin Barracks, Gloucester.
The Certificate recognises service of an exceptionally high order by people connected with the Reserve Forces or uniformed cadet organisations.
Mark is Second-in-Command (Training Officer) of C Company, which covers seven Platoons in the Forest of Dean and Gloucester. He was previously commander of the Coleford Platoon, having signed up as an adult instructor three years after leaving the Army.
The Pembrokeshire-born PC is married with three children – all of whom are currently in the ACF.
But he gets just as much satisfaction from seeing other people’s children making the most of the Cadet experience. Mark said: “I just enjoy seeing their achievements, blossoming from when they first come in as a shy 13-year-old to leaving as a confident cadet, with the potential to get jobs.
“We get them from all backgrounds. It’s too easy for some people to put the youngsters down but in the Cadets we try to gain their confidence.”
The ceremonies included the appointment of young people as the Lord-Lieutenant’s Cadets for the next year, a role which includes attendance at a number of official engagements.
They were chosen on their merits within their respective Cadet forces, but also for their dedication and work within the local community. Representing the Forest of Dean will be:
-Nathan Bailey, aged 17, of Lydney, Sergeant in 614 (Lydney) Squadron of the Air Training Corps, whose ambition is to join the RAF.