Two Army Reservists from 124 Squadron, Royal Logistics Corps, Maidstone, were awarded with their 1st clasps last night at an award ceremony attended by VIP’s and dignitaries from across the county.
The first clasp is an addition to a long service medal and is recognition of 15 years loyal service.
Corporals Michael Marshall and Lisa Ingram, both of West Malling were awarded their citations and clasps by Mr Trevor Sturgess, Deputy Lieutenant of Kent.
Other guests included: The High Sheriff of Kent, Paul Barrett MBE; Councillor Marion Ring, Mayor of Maidstone; Mike Angell Past. KCC Chairman Deputy Commandant Colonel Richard Long Kent ACF (and councillor for Kent County Council and the families of the reservists.
Major Paul Herlihy Officer Commanding 124 Squadron said:
“Our Reservists come from all walks of civilian life, many recruited from the Local Borough of Maidstone and the County of Kent. It is therefore important that we open our gates to show the local Borough what we do. Much of our training is nationally recognised, so it is possible to integrate these skills in the workplace benefitting employers. We are proud to be part of Maidstone and our reservists are always ready serve with absolute commitment”.
He also presented the Mayor with a RLC shield.
Both recipients have seen combat in Iraq and travelled the world on other duties and training.
Corporal Marshall is currently employed as the Squadron chef and is a driver for Shakespeare Transport as his day job, he said:
“I am doing something I love and have been given so many great opportunities to travel the world and learn new things whilst getting paid for it!
I qualified as a class 1 chef and am instructor qualified, I’ve also completed my driver’s course and become a chef production supervisor – there’s just so much variety.
This is also a career and I feel fulfilled - if you have any spare time on your hands and want to learn a trade and escape the rat race this could be for you”. Contd…//
Corporal Lisa Ingram is a laboratory manager by day and said:
“I have been to some amazing places, it’s definitely changed me as a person – I’m a qualified class 1 driver, summer mountain leader, combat marksman as well as a battlefield casualty drills trainer.
It’s far more than a hobby and you have to juggle your commitments but the values and standards I have learnt carry through in my personal life – it’s so rewarding.
If you’re interested in finding out more please visit: https://www.army.mod.uk/who-we-are/the-army-reserve/