ARMED forces reservists from Sheffield who have clocked up decades of service – including deployments in global trouble spots – and dedicated cadet instructors have been honoured by the Lord Lieutenant of South Yorkshire.
Three members of the Territorial Army and two Sea Cadets instructors were handed the Lord Lieutenant’s Certificate – one of the highest honours in the forces, ranking alongside the MBE.
Lord Lieutenant David Moody presented the awards at Manor Top TA Barracks.
Those honoured were Sergeant Julie Moulson, 54, of 38 Signals, who has travelled all over the world with the TA for 25 years.
From tours of duty in Bosnia and Herzegovina during the former Yugoslavia war to her most recent deployment at the London Olympics, Julie has also been on exercises in the USA, Romania, Belgium, Holland and Maastricht.
She said: “I joined the TA because I was keen to do more in life, and wanted to test myself and experience new challenges – and I certainly did that.
“There have been many ups and downs, but undoubtedly the TA has given me some of the very best times of my life. I feel truly honoured to have received this award.”
Her colleague in 38 Signals, Warrant Officer Class Two Baljinder Ross, 38, has been in the TA for 20 years and visited the Balkans, the Falkland Islands, the USA and Canada.
Fellow TA member, Staff Sergeant Peta Bromwich, of 212 Field Hospital, based at Endcliffe Hall, was also given the certificate.
Sea Cadets instructors Lieutenant Commander Stewart Pocock, 69, and Chief Petty Officer Jack Martin, who are based at Stanley Street, near the Wicker, were given awards for their decades of service.
Colonel Snagge, chief executive of the Reserve Forces’ and Cadets’ Association, said: “I am delighted that their service has been commemorated in this way and I have no doubt they will continue to make a great difference to the reserves and cadets.”