Flight Lieutenant Mark Wardley received the award from Colonel Edward Bolitho OBE during ceremonies in the Great Hall, at Truro’s Alverton Hotel. It also recognised his outstanding leadership as Commanding Officer of the Hayle-based 1900 (West Cornwall) ATC Squadron.
Mark, who works as an engineer at RAF St Mawgan and lives in Redruth, joined the ATC in 1994 as a civilian gliding instructor at 626 Volunteer Gliding School in Predannack, where he still spends many weekends and holidays as an instructor.
He took command at 1900 Squadron when the unit was in the doldrums and “going nowhere, with a small number of cadets and staff.”
“We have changed things by taking part in lots of activities – including a recent flying experience at RNAS Culdrose – and discovering where the interests of each cadet lies. Once this is established, it’s possible to channel youngsters into one or two of the 13 subjects available to cadets and develop new skills and confidence from there.”
The Lord-Lieutenant of Cornwall’s Certificate for Meritorious Service was also awarded to:
Penryn’s Mayor, Mrs Gillian Grant, who as chair of Training Ship Robert Hitchens Sea Cadets management team led efforts to raise more than £85,000 for refurbishment of the unit’s headquarters.