Award for long-serving Exmouth Air Training Corps officer


151029WX-PR-IMG_9301An Exminster man has been honoured for outstanding service to the Air Training Corps, which he joined as a cadet in the early 1980s – and never quite left!

Flight Lieutenant Richard Bagnall, 44, received the Certificate for Meritorious Service from the Lord-Lieutenant of Devon, David Fursdon DL, during ceremonies at the Council House, Plymouth.

The Certificate recognises service of an exceptionally high order by people connected with the Reserve Forces or uniformed cadet organisations.

Richard’s early experience as a Cadet was in Exeter at the age of 13. When the time came to leave, he became an adult instructor. “They never really let me go,” he says.

His long service continued until he took over his current role commanding 299 (Exmouth) Squadron.

The ATC is now very much a family affair. His elder son Daniel, aged 18, has recently taken part in Operation Global Dragon, an ATC adventure training expedition to the Drakensberg Mountains in South Africa. Younger son Matthew, aged 15, parades with the Exmouth Squadron.

The Certificate for Meritorious Service was also presented to Chief Petty Officer Neil Gregory, aged 38, of Exmouth, Officer Commanding, 3395 (Exmouth) Sea Cadet unit and Deputy District Officer for Devon Sea Cadet Corps.

The ceremonies in the Lord Mayor’s Reception Room 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, including royal visits.

They were chosen on their merits within their respective Cadet forces, but also for their dedication and work within the local community. The line-up includes:

  • Kia Brockway, aged 16, of Exmouth, Leading Cadet, Exmouth Sea Cadets.

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