Cumbria army reservists and cadets honoured by Lord-Lieutenant

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Army reservists and adult volunteers supporting Cumbria's cadet have been honoured for their service by the county's Lord-Lieutenant.

In total 19 adults and young people from the county were commended at the Lord-Lieutenant’s Award with presentations made by Claire Hensman during a ceremony held at Levens Hall, Kendal.

Among the recipient were 17-year-old Ryan Black, from Carlisle, who was appointed Lord-Lieutenant’s Cadet for Cumbria, one of the highest honours a cadet can achieve.

Cadet Sergeant Major Black joined the Castle Detachment of Cumbria Army Cadets in 2012.

An awards spokesman said: "Initially very shy, Ryan has grown to become a confident and outstanding cadet.

"On a cadet summer camp, a visiting army officer watched Ryan deliver a lesson to other cadets. He was so impressed he remarked that many instructors on the army’s senior courses would struggle to match Ryan’s competence.

"During his time with the cadets Ryan has travelled to Cyprus, participated in an exercise at RAF Spadeadam and completed the gruelling senior cadet instructors’ course and cadet leadership course.

"In 2015 Ryan was a senior cadet during the visit of Her Royal Highness the Princess Royal to the Quintinshill Centenary. As Lord-Lieutenant’s Cadet for Cumbria, Ryan will assist the Lord-Lieutenant during formal duties including Royal visits."

Ryan, who attends William Howard School in Brampton, said: "I was initially surprised but also very proud to be able to carry out duties as Lord-Lieutenant’s Cadet.

"I’m planning to take a degree apprenticeship with the intention of working in nuclear research, especially fusion technology."

An award was also forthcoming for Captain Mark Armstrong, 4th Battalion The Duke of Lancaster’s Regiment.

The 58-year-old form Workington received the Lord-Lieutenant’s Commendation in recognition of his actions during Storm Desmond.

He joined the army as a private soldier in 1982 with 1 Kings Own Royal Border Regiment.

He rose quickly through the ranks and commissioned as an officer reaching the rank of captain.

After 30 years of service he retired from the regular army and joined army reserve on a full-time basis as permanent staff administration officer for C Company based in Workington.

In response to the flooding caused by Storm Desmond, Mark reported for duty at Workington Army Reserve Centre outside his contracted hours in anticipation.

When the storm hit the county regular soldiers were deployed across Carlisle, Workington and Kendal to support the emergency response.

The spokesman continued: "Mark took it upon himself to relieve as much of the administrative and logistical burden as he could from the deployed soldiers, opening Workington and Carlisle Army Reserve Centres as bases from which they could operate."

Mark said: “It was a surprise to receive this award. I’m just one part of an excellent team.

"All the team pulled together during the floods to accommodate the police and the army in Workington and Carlisle."

Also awarded were: Sergeant Major Instructor David Yeomans, Cumbria Army Cadet Force, from Carlisle, Warrant Officer Phillip Barnard, 1030 (Whitehaven) Squadron Air Cadets, 56, from Egremont, Cadet Flight Sergeant Robert Henderson, Cumbria & Lancashire Wing Air Cadets, 18, from Carlisle, and Major Su (CORR) Wilkinson, Cumbria Army Cadet Force, 54, from Workington.

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