Lord Lieutenant’s award for Dorset Army Cadets instructor who championed parachuting

13.11.2019

An outstanding Dorset Army Cadets instructor whose tenacious efforts have enabled parachuting to be restored to the many activities available to senior cadets has been honoured by Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant of Dorset.

Captain Lisa House, received the Certificate of Meritorious Service from the Lord-Lieutenant, Angus Campbell, during a ceremony at Kingston Maurward College, Dorchester.

Lisa, from Marnhull, near Sturminster Newton, was commissioned as an adult volunteer in 2013 and is now second-in-command of Normandy Company.

When Lisa became Training Officer for B Company early last year, cadet parachuting had become almost impossible to organise, as the risks were perceived to be high, a number of different military organisations were involved, and the burden of paperwork was immense. 

Despite all the obstacles, she managed to obtain the necessary clearances to allow eight senior cadets and one young adult instructor to complete a two-jump course at Netheravon in May 2018. 

The citation for her Certificate read: “As a direct result of her efforts, parachuting is a recognised activity in the ACF once more and she has opened the doors for the sport to be pursued nationwide.”

Others to be awarded the Certificate of Meritorious Service, which is only one level below national honours such as the MBE, were:

  • Sgt Major Instructor Deborah Doherty, who is commander of the Guernsey detachment and also Company Sergeant Major of S (Channel Islands) Company, Dorset Army Cadet Force. That she maintains such a well administered, happy and thriving detachment is tribute to her dedication and application. She also takes every opportunity to attend activities on the mainland.
  • 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.


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