News & Events
16 January 2012
The 2012 New Year Honours list has been revealed and the Air Cadet Organisation is delighted to announce that four of its members have been recognised.
They are as follows:
MBE (Member of the Order of the British Empire)
Wing Commander D J Chivers MBE RAFVR(T) (Ret’d)
Wg Cdr David Chivers has given remarkable service and dedication to the Air Cadet Organisation for more than 60 years, initially as a Civilian Instructor and subsequently as a VR(T) officer, reaching the rank of Wing Commander and retiring as Officer Commanding Devon Wing in 1990.
David still contributes greatly to the ACO in his capacity as Chairman of 1079 (Tiverton) Squadron Civilian Committee and Deputy Chairman of Devon & Somerset Wing Civilian Committee. Most impressive is that Wg Cdr Chivers still finds time to continue his involvement with a plethora of local charitable activities.
Squadron Leader Terence J Horsley RAFVR(T), 614 VGS (MDPGA Wethersfield)
Sqn Ldr Terence Horsley has been a member of the ACO for more than 40 years. The common thread throughout his service has been his role with 614 Volunteer Gliding Squadron (formerly School), where he has served since 1968 in a variety of appointments, culminating in that of Office Commanding.
Although now retired from that post, Terence still has a variety of duties on the Squadron – including an executive post as an A2* Category Gliding Instructor. Sqn Ldr Horsley is qualified on 10 variants of Service aircraft, with over 1,000 hours airborne and over 10,000 launches – a feat which is quite remarkable.
In his earlier days, Terence served as Officer Commanding 2243 (Basildon) Squadron and latterly 2531 (Woodham Ferrers) Squadron. His personal contribution to the Corps, including having personally given over 200 cadets their first opportunity for solo flight in an aircraft and having contributed in the instruction of countless others, is worthy of the highest praise – even more so having regard to his most demanding ‘day job’ and normal family life.
AOC 22 Gp Commendation
Flt Lt Dennis Price RAFVR(T), OC 2447 (Calder Valley) Sqn, S&W Yorks Wg
Flt Lt Dennis Price has been a dedicated member of the Air Cadet Organisation for well over 30 years, initially as a Civilian Instructor and latterly, following commissioning, in a variety of roles, including those of Squadron Commander, Wing Staff Officer and – for many years – member of the Directing Staff on the Corps Leadership Training Team.
The great variety of leadership and training roles that he has undertaken, in particular in the area of Adventure Training, have added hugely to the personal and professional development of a remarkable number of cadets and adult instructors.
Flt Lt Price’s contribution to the Corps has been unique and fully deserving of the recognition it has been given.
Padre Brian A Anderson, Wg Chaplain, Plymouth & Cornwall Wg
Padre Brian Anderson has been a member of the ACO for over 37 years, initially as a Civilian Instructor with 2309 (University of Plymouth) Squadron and subsequently as its Squadron Chaplain. Since his appointment as Wing Chaplain in 2004, Brian has reinvigorated its chaplaincy branch to the great benefit of both individuals and the Wing as a whole.
Brian’s own recruitment drive has resulted in the wing having the highest proportion of padres in the region and his attendance at camps, training courses and Wing Civilian Committee meetings has been an inspiration to others. Most impressive is the fact that Brian was the principal inspiration for his wing’s 70th anniversary service in Truro Cathedral and the driving force behind its organisation, culminating in parades before and after the service – a service which almost filled the cathedral and which he led.
Mrs Rosemary E Mead, E1/AO, HQ Thames Valley Wg
Mrs Rosemary Mead first joined the ACO back in 1997. Most impressive is the fact that in the last 15 years, Rosemary has developed an encyclopaedic knowledge of ACO procedures, which is no mean achievement given the breadth and depth of tasks in a busy Wing Headquarters. That, coupled with her highly proactive and helpful approach, as well as innovative and enthusiastic use of IT systems, has ensured that Rosemary has provided a remarkable level of service to both adult volunteers and cadets. It is also worth mentioning that Rosemary is a highly competent accountant in terms of her exemplary management of a high turnover Non-Public Welfare Fund!
Mrs Mead has made a unique contribution to the Corps and everyone in the ACO wishes her a long and happy retirement when she leaves us next month. In the meantime, Rosemary can and should be very proud of the recognition that has so deservedly been given.