The commander of the Army Cadets detachment in Guernsey has received the prestigious Certificate of Meritorious Service from Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant of Dorset for her unwavering commitment to the cadets.
Being 90 miles from Dorset and a significant distance from other ACF detachments on Jersey, the Guernsey detachment is semi-autonomous, led by Sergeant Major Instructor Deborah Doherty with enormous drive and energy.
No other detachment in Dorset ACF, or indeed nationally, is less able to call on external assistance. “That she maintains a well-administered, happy and thriving detachment is tribute to her dedication and application,” reads her Certificate citation.
Deborah, who joined the ACF in 2010, is also Company Sergeant Major of S (Channel Islands) Company of Dorset ACF and takes every opportunity to attend activities on the mainland, particularly camps.
She received her Certificate of Meritorious Service from Her Majesty’s Lord Lieutenant of Dorset, Angus Campbell, during a ceremony at Kingston Maurward College, Dorchester.
Others to be awarded the Certificate of Meritorious Service, which is only one level below national honours such as the MBE, were:
- Captain Lisa House, an outstanding adult instructor who is second-in-command of Normandy Company, Dorset ACF. As a direct result of her tenacious efforts in organising a jump for eight cadets and a young adult, parachuting in the ACF is a recognised activity once more and she has opened the doors for the sport to be pursued nationwide.
- Warrant Officer Alan Mitchell, for his support to hundreds of Air Cadets over the last 40 years. On transferring from Uckfield in East Sussex to 130 Bournemouth Squadron in 2015, he has taken on roles including Training Officer and Adjutant and continued to give up his own time to support cadets’ extracurricular activities.
- Warrant Officer Jamie Green, who has devoted 30 years to supporting the Air Cadets of 130 Bournemouth Squadron, eight of them as Commanding Officer. His specialty is drill and ceremonial and he was instrumental in the organisation of the RAF Air Cadets 75th Anniversary Wing Parade in 2015.