Lieutenant James Coates, a Reservist with 131 Commando Squadron Royal Engineers and civil servant with the Ministry of Defence has been awarded the London Pride - Reservist of the Year Trophy for 2018. Nominations are open to all three services and the honour is awarded to the Reservist who is deemed to have shown outstanding service and commitment to the Reserve Forces. The award was presented by the Lord-Lieutenant of Greater London, Kenneth Olisa OBE at the Greater London Reserve Forces and Cadets Association Spring Meeting.
Lt James Coates was deployed on Operation TRENTON as Adjutant to a 400 strong UK contingent in support of the United Nations mission in South Sudan. Described by his Commanding Officer as dynamic and engaging, James was promoted to Acting Captain rank in recognition of his role.
Reservist of the Year - Lt James Coates, 131 Commando Squadron Royal Engineers.
Runner up awarded to SAC (T) Jonathan Rymel - 600 (City of London) Squadron RAuxAF
Lord Lieutenant's Certificate for Meritorious Service to the Reserves
Commander Kate Brazier - First Aid Nursing Yeomanry (PRVC).
Sergeant Carl Crane - 265 Support Squadron, 71st (City of London) Signal Regiment.
WO2 Michael Pentelow - 124 Transport Squadron, 151 Regiment RLC.
Lieutenant Matthew Saunders - Command and Support Squadron, The Royal Yeomanry.
Sergeant Jason Taylor - 131 Commando Squadron RE.
Cfn Andrew Thomas - 133 Recovery Company REME.
WO2 Tim Wates - F (RIFLES) Company, LONDONS.
Sergeant Gary Wells - 210 Squadron, 151 Regiment RLC.
LCpl Tony Witt - 144 Parachute Medical Squadron.
Lord Lieutenant's Cadets
SCC Leading Cadet Katherine Nowotarska - Edgware & Mill Hill Unit SCC
ACF Cadet Sergeant Junior Brito - 74 Cadet Detachment ACF
ATC Cadet Flight Sergeant Yasmin Sachdev - 241 (Wanstead & Woodford) Squadron ATC
Lord Lieutenant's Certificate for Meritorious Service to London's Cadets
SSI Delroy Bryant - 131 Cadet Detachment, SW London ACF
SSI Michael Fulcher - 98 Cadet Detachment, SE London ACF
Captain Paul Levitt - 10 Company, SE London ACF
Lt Cdr (SCC) RNR Anthony Loveridge - London Area SCC
Captain Peter Murray - 238 Cadet Detachment, Middx & NW London ACF
Sqn Ldr Raj Patel - HQ London Wing RAF Air Cadets
CPO Joyce Porter - Richmond Unit SCC
The Association's Certificate for Meritorious Service for Adult Instructors of London Cadets
Captain Dileepa Bennett - 15 Company SW London ACF
Lt (SCC) Scott Hanlon RNR - Greenwich, Deptford & Rotherhithe Unit SCC
Lt Jade Haron - 3 Company City & NE London ACF
Fg Off Alison Johnston - 862 (Sunbury) Squadron ATC
SI Ben Quilliam - 151 Detachment ACF
SI Jay Russell - 107 Cadet Detachment ACF
WO (RAFAC) Adrian Trent - 1159 (Edmonton) Squadron ATC
The Associations Certificate for Meritorious Service for Civilian Instructors of London Cadets
Cl Alison Bently - Croydon Unit SCC
Cl John Fort - 291 (Westmisnter & Chelsea) Squadron ATC
Cl Melanie Franklin - 358 (Welling) Squadron ATC
Cl Gillian Macdonald - 358 (Welling) Squadron ATC
Cl Michael Reed - 114 (Ruislip) Squadron ATC
SCC Unit Commander of the Year
Chief Petty Officer (SCC) Dean Hagger - Edgware and Mill Hill Unit SCC
Best ACF Detachment Commanders
South East Award: SMI Michael Clarke - 94 Cadet Detachment ACF
South West Award: SSI Allister Notridge - 131 Cadet Detachment ACF
North East Award: Lt Martin Whitfield - 33 Cadet Detachment ACF
North West Award: SI Shane Unwin - 218 (Barnet) Cadet Detachment ACF
Best RAF Air Cadets Squadron Commanders
Kent Wing Award: Flying Officer Mark Sullivan - 359 (Bexleyheath) Sqn ATC
London Wing Award: Flt Lt Terry McCarty - 27F (Chingford) Sqn ATC
Middlesex Wing Award: Flt Lt Kevin Redman-Brown - 86 (Heston & Isleworth) Sqn ATC
Surrey Wing Award: Sqn Ldr Joseph Mulae - 39F (Barnes) Squadron ATC
CCF Contingent Commander of the Year
Major Anthony Norrington - Mill Hill School ACF
Greater London ACF Citizenship Award
195 (Staines) Cadet Detachment ACF
Jubilee Sailing Trust Award
Cadet Corporal Alicia Sheargold - 152 Cadet Detachment ACF