Worshipful Company of Carmen

scite, cito, certe — skilfully, swiftly, surely
Military Awards 2018

THE CARMEN’S SWORD OF HONOUR
Lieutenant LOUISE TESTER RLC...

for outstanding leadership as Troop Commander, managing 40 Port Operators.at home and abroad, in support of defence shipping, especially as detachment commander on Atlantic Patrol Task, North, for six months commanding 30 individuals across many cap badges on RFA Mounts Bay, delivering disaster relief to Virgin Islanders, following two devastating category 5 hurricanes, in the glare of international media, fielding competing priorities from Whitehall, and direct interest of both Foreign Secretary and Defence Minister. She also delivered an ambitious overseas adventurous training exercise, organised a charity bike ride round the Isle of Wight and at all times kept her soldiers engaged and motivated, their welfare her constant concern.

 THE CARMEN’S ROYAL LOGISTIC CORPS CUP

awarded to the
CARMEN’S SOLDIER OF THE YEAR 2017 
Private JOBY BARRICK RLC... 

of 47 Air Despatch Squadron, a B2 driver and air despatcher who volunteered for the Motor Transport Department, uniquely maintaining flying currency, attending all exercises, including collective training, as enemy on the regimental potential NCO cadre, highly commended as acting section commander, one of few completing the basic parachute course, and voted the best air despatcher of the year. Extra taskings included the Arnhem battlefield study, the Regimental Gore trophy team, families’ day committee, rugby union and league, football, and mountain biking as a trail leader. Recently qualified as a PT instructor, he has completed mechanical handling and defence instructional technique courses. He raises money for charity in his spare time. 


 

THE CARMEN’S RAF CUP
Squadron Leader GARETH ELLIOTT RAF... 
 

who overcame warfare, flood, stultifying local bureaucracy, and lack of infrastructure in South Sudan, to establish UK movements support to UN operations, with virtually no air transport options. The deployment would not have been achieved without his personal intervention, direction, expert oversight, patience, resilience and creative solutions. Charged with moving the force into theatre, he faced roads flooded half the year, a cap on personnel and tight cost constraints. Innovation was imperative to get the Force in, and then move it forward. He applied relentless pressure on UN apparat to achieve UK priorities; under his scrutiny, the Force crept into and throughout South Sudan.


THE CARMEN’S RAF MEDAL

SAC THOMAS PICKERING RAF... 

for exemplary work in the sustainment of 51 Squadron Rivet Joint on inaugural deployment to Naval Support Activity Souda Bay, where he forged relationships with local contractors and the host nation, to ensure successful UK freight acceptance and recovery, and processed multi-modal freight in support of RN vessels and two RAF units. During a brief lull, he singlehandedly planned the recovery of over 90 tonnes despite uncertainties of recovery dates, deployment location and availability of transport, ensuring the right material went to the right destination by the correct means in a compliant manner. Given his inexperience, his achievement was exceptional, and recognised at station, AOC and now Carman levels. 


THE CARMEN'S ROYAL NAVY CUP

Lieutenant JASON STEELE RN ...

who, as Logistics Officer within the Navy’s premier helicopter attack force, with 500 personnel deployed globally in 16 flights across warships and support vessels, single handedly achieved logistic capability as it moved from Lynx to Wildcat, despite complex manning, morale and welfare issues, transforming the Force Logistics department. He reorganised the stores chain, innovated spares capacity, and enabled Wildcat deployment in theatre in the desert, overcoming an immature stores chain, unreliable air bridge and flights unfamiliar with Oman, achieving maximum serviceability and increased operational hours. Lt Steele also managed RNAS Yeovilton Brickwoods Field Gun Team, and the RN Rugby League Team, the year’s inter-service champions.

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
Leading Supply Chain JASMIN JACKSON-TSHUMA RN

whose professionalism, dedication and unsocial hours ensured air and sea freight delivery and returns were efficiently achieved and accounted, including a complex operational support update, enhancing stock levels of critical gear, improving operational capability of deployed vessels, especially at Duqm despite lines of communication across numerous countries. Direct liaison with commercial shipping companies, maritime chandlers and naval stores onboard and ashore highlighted her abilities, tenacity and inter-personal skills, and she willingly remained in theatre for three more months, resolving findings of fleet logistics inspections, mentoring less experienced juniors and ensuring the support warehouse team reached a peak of efficiency, with procedures which will long outlast her assignment



THE CARMEN'S 19 TANK TRANSPORTER SQUADRON AWARD

Staff Sergeant DANIEL KERR RLC

a dedicated and driven Mechanical Transport Senior NCO, pivotal in deploying and commanding the Heavy Equipment Transporter (HET) detachment in Operation CABRIT, the NATO enhanced forward presence in Estonia, where he was first in, last out, voluntarily separated from his family for a year. HETs were a late addition to the order of battle, and he coordinated pre-deployment training, overseeing receipt, inspection and readiness of six HETs and personnel. On deployment he surmounted convoluted supply chain and operational uncertainties, initiating theatre-specific HET tactics, techniques and procedures, implementing management checks, and supporting 5 Rifles Quartermaster, maintaining morale and cohesion despite political, military and practical uncertainties, as the British footprint was established.




THE CARMEN'S 2 MT SQUADRON RAF AWARD
Flight Sergeant BRIAN AITKEN RAF

for consistent professional excellence throughout 30 years’ service and exemplary leadership, for mentoring, and for extraordinary services to charity. Deployed to Al Udied (Qatar), mainly as Detachment MT Officer, responsible for Minhad, Mussanah, Al Udied, Riyadh, Bahrain and Operation SHADER in Iraq, he received multiple letters of appreciation, including from the UK Ambassador. A Samaritan for over 16 years, he is a duty leader, responsible for eight volunteers, publicity and fundraising officer, in the outreach team, often responding to emergencies, especially threatened suicides, and instrumental in training prison inmates.. He is Easter Area welfare officer for the RAFA, and intrinsic to fund raising which saw the Station raise the most money of all stations for the RAFA.



THE CARMEN'S 24 SQUADRON RAF BRIZE NORTON AWARD

Sergeant TINA VICKERS RAF

who is responsible for administration, accounting, human resource and welfare for the Squadron, one of the few personnel with a daily impact, key to its training and operational delivery to the entire Air Mobility Force in support of UK defence logistics. Headhunted by the CO, No 38 Expeditionary Air Wing, she was urgently deployed to the Caribbean as deployed adjutant, vital to the RAF’s 2017 hurricane relief mission, coordinating the UK air effort in extremely testing conditions. She is the focal point for most of the Squadron’s extra-curricular  activities, including expeditions, social events and fundraising, and the essence of a Senior NCO, leading from the front, with grit and determination.



THE FULL AWARD WINNERS PICTURED TOGETHER