Founded in 1517 the 77th Livery Company of the City of London

Worshipful Company of Carmen

Miltary Awards presented in 2015

THE CARMEN’S SWORD OF HONOUR
Lieutenant RACHAEL ALLEN RLC...

who commanded Forward Troop on outside-the-wire operations in Afghanistan, deconstructing forward operating bases in extreme shadeless heat, motivating and unifying her troops, and adroitly managing the contractor interface. As Close Support Troop Commander, in back-to-back exercises Bavarian Charger and Prairie Thunder, she executed combat logistic patrols with rare leadership. Captaining the Gore Trophy regimental team to success, she also led the regimental netball team to glory, and a novice snowboarder group in competition at the Army Championships. A fixture in the Army and Combined Services teams, she is humble, selfless, and totally committed to her soldiers, an exemplary troop commander 

 THE CARMEN’S ROYAL LOGISTIC CORPS CUP

awarded to the
CARMEN’S SOLDIER OF THE YEAR 2015 
Private EMMA DREW RLC...

for the outstanding way in which she has started her Army career.  Within 6 Regiment, she deployed on Bavarian Charger as part of the national support element of an armoured battle group exercise, contributing significantly to a flagship Army exercise. She then deployed with 1 Logistics Support Regiment within the Operation Herrick Theatre Logistic Group, fulfilling a Lance Corporal’s role, as accounts 2i/c in a fuel detachment, briefing regimental ops and technical officers regularly with statistics and requirements, also helping others and reducing stock levels. A 2013 novice member of the Regiment’s female Nordic ski team, she became the strongest performer, in 2014 represented 6 Regiment and the Corps; and she is now part of the Great Britain Nordic Skiing Development Squad.

              

 
THE CARMEN’S RAF CUP
Flight Lieutenant RICHARD RAY RAF... 
 

who completed Phase 3 training and then rapidly overtook his peers at the Joint Movements Sqn RAF Akrotiri, identifying and implementing improvements across the Squadron, including an electronic load control and cargo system, replacing a 20 year old manual approach. He adapted and developed utilisation of Brize Norton units at Akrotiri and was deeply involved in the unique Akrotiri safety-first turn round plan for Voyager aircraft.  Whether cold calling unit areas, monitoring paper work, developing trade-specific answers to complex questions, or instigating enhancements, his efforts in achieving squadron and station goals have been outstanding, especially for such a junior movements officer.

THE CARMEN’S MOVEMENTS TRADE TRAINEE AWARD
Aircraftswoman REBECCA BAXTER RAF...

a direct entrant who completed basic movements training in August 2014 as the best overall student. She performed strongly throughout the course, with determination and maturity, such that she received the Movement Control Association Award against stiff competition. At the start she was appointed duty senior student and proved an invaluable link between instructors and students, mentoring and guiding younger course members. She demonstrated throughout that she has the ability and attitude of an undoubted future achiever


THE CARMEN'S ROYAL NAVY CUP
Lieutenant GARY TURNER RN ...

who, as SO3 Sealift Operations within defence support chain operations and movements, delivered the pivotal redeployment of mission-critical equipment from Afghanistan, sustaining permanent joint operating bases and supporting exercise programmes worldwide. Responsible for financial management and administration of the strategic roll-on roll-off vessel PF1 contract, worth £1billion, his approach will save £15million over ten years. He also worked with key stakeholders to create new communications to support the Sierra Leone Ebola mission and, elsewhere as Battle Captain, he was the vital link between coastguard and shore, coordinating a rescue effort which saved 150 lives. Founder of the Bristol Military Wives Choir, he is also Hon Treasurer to the RN Winter Sports Association.

THE CARMEN'S ROYAL NAVY MEDAL
Warrant Officer 1 GAVIN WHITE RN

for his ground-breaking achievement of innovative storage and information .systems to support the supply chain at the start of his service, for HMS Queen Elizabeth, as her first Warrant Officer Supply Chain. Before that, he helped ensure HMS Defender was successfully brought into service from build, and was also instrumental in ensuring all three remaining Type 45 destroyers in build were in the best possible material state.  Subsequently at HM Naval Base Clyde, he provided a new outlook on assurance, dealt with manpower reductions, and was key in the commissioning of Astute building, driving infrastructure requirements for submarine logistics.