Worshipful Company of Carmen

scite, cito, certe — skilfully, swiftly, surely
Military Awards 2019

THE CARMEN’S SWORD OF HONOUR
Captain Jake ARDLEY RLC...

for creating a crowning event for the Corps’ 25 year anniversary, conceiving and organising a Corps-wide team ascent of the 25 highest Lake District peaks, leading Corps soldiers at Buckingham Palace, and fulfilling a Captain’s role on exercise in Canada. As one of the Corps’ strongest Junior Leaders, he has been recognised by the RLC Foundation, as an outstanding ambassador for his cap badge, at the heart of his squadron’s and regiment’s success

 THE CARMEN’S ROYAL LOGISTIC CORPS CUP

awarded to the
CARMEN’S SOLDIER OF THE YEAR
Private Chris WEAVER RLC... 

an RLC driver since 2017, currently in 23 General Support Squadron, who was graded as Number One of 199 soldiers in 1 Regiment RLC, instrumental in keeping a major fleet in high readiness as tradesman and in the service bay, additionally mentoring and teaching others including his seniors. As a section 2 i/c on a battlecraft syllabus exercise, he excelled in what was a junior NCO role. Selected for the Army’s Athletics Team, he was exceptional in 1 regiment’s Nordic Ski and Gore Trophy teams. Passionate about sport and inspiring as a soldier, he epitomises the Army’s leadership code

 

THE CARMEN’S RAF CUP
Flight Lieutenant Miranda COPE RAF... 
 

for her remarkable performance in the tactical success of the relief operation for Hurricane Irma, serving as OC E Flight, 1 Air Mobility Wing, deployed on the first UK aircraft into Grantley Adams Airport. She handled three tasks concurrently, identifying air movement capability required, forming an airport movements detachment with personnel working 18 hour days without specialist facilities, working or domestic accommodation, enhancing procedures and conditions, ensuring offloading and despatch across 1,000 nautical miles. She delivered extensive daytime flying, supporting four dispersed bases and other remote locations, coordinating activity for eight aircraft types from three nations, regularly handling four aircraft simultaneously.



THE CARMEN’S RAF MEDAL

Cpl Dan ASHFORD RAF... 

for awe-inspiring leadership of a six-man Mobile Air Movements Squadron team which repatriated a murdered British diplomat from Beirut, Lebanon, when originally deployed on a 14-stage task to move vital equipment in Operation Shader. Suddenly tasked with this time-sensitive, high-profile mission late at night, he offered direction, guidance and reassurance to the Assistant Defence Attache, and unambiguous instructions to international diplomats, undertakers, RAF escort and embassy staff, while calmly leading his team in a high-threat environment, additionally tasked as pall-bearers and security. Throughout, he ensured dignity and faultless execution, earning the Ambassador’s personal thanks.



THE CARMEN'S ROYAL NAVY CUP

Sub-Lieutenant Shelley PROBERT RN ...

as Logistics Officer, 820 Naval Air Squadron, Culdrose, leading three junior rates in multiple tasks, including a station-wide exercise supporting welfare and logistics,with half the Squadron on HMS Ocean in the Mediterranean, then inaugural embarkation of HMS Queen Elizabeth, conducting first flight trials for rotary aircraft, and organising detachment to Exercise Joint Warrior in Stornoway despite no accommodation, with complex support for 24/7 airborne anti-submarine warfare training. She then enabled 820 embarkation on HMS Queen Elizabeth while supporting two aircraft flying the length of the USA to the Caribbean on weapon system trials, proving Merlin anti-submarine attack ability.


THIS AWARD WILL BE PRESENTED TO LT JASON STEELE LATER IN THE YEAR AS HE WAS ON OPERATIONAL TOUR AT THE TIME OF THIS CEREMONY



THE CARMEN'S ROYAL NAVY MEDAL
POLog Christopher Scott RN

one of three Senior Rate logisticians on HMS Trenchant, the only Petty Officer there to qualify for the ship control watchkeeping union, and deputy to the Coxswain, achieving team service and quality through leadership and coaching trainees, during an eight month seaborne operation. Reacting critically to a major incident, he helped Command resolve the issue, minimising impact, and contributed to correction of a significant defect, directly sustaining the submarine at sea, a consummate caterer, exemplary Senior Rate, professional, resilient and utterly reliable.



THE CARMEN'S 19 TANK TRANSPORTER SQUADRON AWARD

Cpl David MORGAN RLC

as Section Commander in the Squadron’s Light Equipment Troop, and chemical, biological and nuclear instructor, who led it in Operation Morlop, responding to the Salisbury nerve agent attack, operating vehicles in protective suits, on full deployment at short notice, with normal routes impassable. With discretion, in confined urban areas with unusual loads, he ensured minimum risk to Falcon Squadron, Royal Tank Regiment. Selected as Trade Manager’s assistant on exercise SAIF SAREEA in Oman, the largest heavy equipment deployment since the Iraq invasion, he enabled movement of an armoured battle group hundreds of miles, extracting vehicle casualties and returning armour to port.





THE CARMEN'S 2 MT SQUADRON RAF AWARD
Cpl Jonny EVANS RAF

for outstanding logistical support, completing several high-profile tasks, meticulously planning the multi-modal move for Operation Biloxi, in support of NATO air policing, dealing with customers of all ranks, including Defence Attaches across Europe. He has delivered well-prepared presentations to driver training students and Squadron visitors alike, working alongside more senor and experienced personnel with impeccable skill, as an Acting Corporal. He represents the Station at rugby, coaching new talent, and will soon deploy to the South Atlantic.


THE CARMEN'S 24 SQUADRON RAF BRIZE NORTON AWARD

Master Aircrewman Timothy UPHAM RAF

for consistently outstanding Air Mobility Force performance, especially with XXIV Squadron and the RAF Hercules Force as Operator, Manager and Ops Planner over 34 years. As Squadron WO he embodies the Squadron ethos, striving for improvement and exceptional standards from all under his command, never more so than when parading down the Mall, escorting the 4th most senior RAF standard – reflecting his pride in leading the Squadron’s support for the RAF100 centenary campaign.


This will be awarded later in the year as the winner was unable to attend the event.


THE FULL AWARD WINNERS PICTURED TOGETHER