Colour Serjeant Debi Guilbert, Commander of the city’s Hardwicke Platoon, received her Certificate for Meritorious Service from Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant of Gloucestershire, Dame Janet Trotter DBE.
The presentation took place during ceremonies at the Officers Mess, Headquarters Allied Rapid Reaction Corps, Gloucester.
“It all started when I joined the Girls’ Venture Corps, which used to link up with the Army Cadets for various activities,” she said.
“Initially, I was based at Lydney but since then have worked on behalf of units in many parts of the county, including Brockworth, Stroud, Cirencester and Dursley.”
ACF service is now very much a family affair for Debi. Her daughter Emily recently joined Hardwicke Platoon on reaching her 13th birthday. Husband Mick has been an ACF Regimental Sergeant Major.
Hundreds of youngsters have benefited from Debi’s knowledge and experience over the years, particularly in taking on the challenge of the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award.
She is a qualified Duke of Edinburgh’s Award expedition supervisor and recently became an expedition assessor.
The ceremonies included the appointment of ten 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. Representatives from Gloucester are:
-Elin Caine, aged 17, who lives in Gloucester and is an Cadet Flight Sergeant with 186 Squadron, Air Training Corps, at Newent.
-Emerald Dilworth, aged 17, a Leading Cadet with Gloucester Sea Cadet Unit.
-Jack Easton, aged 16, a Cadet Corporal with Gloucester Royal Marine Cadet Unit.