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Last Friday saw the release of the most recent Operational Honours and Awards List* which recognises the bravery, commitment, leadership and commendable service of those within the military.

An array of awards have been received by personnel who went ‘above and beyond’ for the country, providing an outstanding service through acts of courage and dedication while on operations. Included in this list are two soldiers and two officers of The Royal Logistic Corps.

Major Schultz
Photographer: WO2 Steve Blake RLC

Major Kerry Schultz (27 Regiment RLC) received the Queen’s Commendation for Valuable Service for her efforts throughout her United Nations Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus (UNFICYP) tour, during which she shone as the Chief Military Observation and Liaison Officer (MOLO) and Deputy Commander of 238 personnel in the UK’s Sector 2 – appointments usually assigned to two officers.

Working with armed opposing forces, she ensured the tension between the two sides remained low to prevent a recurrence of fighting and used the utmost diplomacy to liaise and best influence Commanders.

Her citation states: “The scale of Major Schultz’s contribution cannot be underestimated…her ability to achieve so much under a great deal of pressure has been truly remarkable. For her standout devotion to duty, commitment to the UNFICYP Mission and brilliance as a British Army officer in a multinational environment, she is the most deserving of national recognition.”

Captain Williams
Photographer: WO2 Steve Blake RLC

Captain Karl Williams (27 Regiment RLC) was awarded the Queen’s Commendation for Bravery for his heroic actions when apprehending an individual with a firearm who was threatening the lives of others during an off-duty shopping trip in April 2019.

Captain Williams heard screaming nearby and upon investigation, observed a highly agitated man brandishing a firearm towards a crowd of civilians. He decided to calmly observe from a distance and engage the aggressor as he began to back away from the crowd. When the aggressor stopped to reach into his bag, Williams seized the opportunity to apprehend him, taking the aggressor to the ground, disarming and restraining him.

His citation explains: “The quick thinking and selfless commitment demonstrated by Captain Williams was truly remarkable and inspirational. For acting so impressively in the face of danger, and with complete disregard for his own safety, Captain Williams exemplifies the standards of the British Army to the highest degree; he is unequivocally deserving of formal and public recognition for his bravery.”

SSgt Cockburn received the Queen’s Commendation for Bravery

From 11 EOD & Search Regiment RLC, Warrant Officer Class 2 Ben Wright was also awarded the Queen’s Commendation for Valuable Service and Staff Sergeant Steven Cockburn received the Queen’s Commendation for Bravery, both of whom showed outstanding service during bomb disposal duties.

Congratulations to all 13 soldiers and officers who received awards for their outstanding service.

*Armed Forces Operational Awards List Number 54 was published in the London Gazette on 27 November 2020. It includes awards in respect of worldwide operations for the period from 1 October 2019 – 31 March 2020.

The Royal Logistic Corps

The Lifetime Achievement award goes to....Lt Col Fiona Gordon’s sporting career spans nearly 30 years where she has represented both the RLC and Army, as well as her running club, at cross country, athletics and trail running. Such achievements are worthy of recognition but, equally impressive, has been her dedication, energy and leadership that has inspired, encouraged, and mentored hundreds of athletes, particularly women, to participate in sport. These factors epitomise the very essence of the Lifetime Achievement Award.During her career Col Fiona has won over 60 individual titles (from unit to national master’s level) in all running disciplines ranging from 400m to an 86-mile ultra-marathon; as well as multi-terrain duathlons. In her younger years, she was twice selected to represent the Army at the Inter-Services, at a time when there was only one team of six. As a Corps sportswoman, there can’t be many (if any) athletes who, not only still finish in the top five in their Corps, but then go on to represent their Corps at the Inter-Corps Championships every time. Perhaps equally unique, she is also possibly one of the few left in the Corps that were awarded their Corps colours (for both cross country and athletics) following its formation in 1993. And, remarkably at age 51 she still finished 4th RLC female at the Corps and Inter Corps Championships. ... See MoreSee Less
The Hemming Belt is awarded to.....This season has been a Royal performance from LCpl Megan Reid culminating in her being crowned as the Scottish National Champion. She began boxing after joining The RLC in 2013 and she won an RLC title in her first season as a boxer. Thereafter, she entered the Army Individuals' Championships that same year where her natural talent shone through and she was crowned champion. Given her Scottish heritage, the following season she entered the Scottish Championships, and was narrowly beaten in the final, no mean feat for her third boxing season. Her performance in the final was outstanding and resulted in her first international call up, representing Scotland in the Great Britain Championships. LCpl Reid returned to the English Championships in 2017, this time going one step further and gaining a Silver medal. Since then she has represented The RLC, Army, UK Armed Forces and Scotland at the highest level in the European Championships and twice at the World Championships. LCpl Reid has represented the Corps and the Army with a style that most boxers and other sportsmen and sportswomen aspire. She is a credit to her Unit, The RLC and the Army and a role model for all aspiring athletes and soldiers. She has achieved so much in such a short space of time where, looking to the future, her Gold at her National Championships means that she is the unrivalled queen of RLC Boxing and is duly nominated for the award of the Hemming Belt. ... See MoreSee Less
The Lifetime achievement award goes to.....Cpl Keleni Drummond has been a Corps and Army sportswoman since she joined the Army in 2001 at the age of 21. Her military sporting career began on the Rugby pitch, but it did not take long for Basketball and Netball players to scout her for their respective teams; she has played all three sports at Corps level from inception. By the time of her assignment to 17 Port and Maritime Regiment in 2007, Cpl Drummond had represented the Army at Rugby, Netball and Basketball. Sadly, during an Army Rugby fixture against the Farnborough Women's Team she was badly injured and had to take a break from the pitch to focus on rehabilitation. Dedicated and focused to recuperate, by 2009 she was back fighting fit and switched her focus to both Netball and Basketball. Cpl Drummond’s sporting successes are numerous and varied where, in addition to representing the UK Armed Forces Basketball Team from 2016 - 2018, she captained the Corps Netball Team from 2012 - 2014 leading the RLC to Inter-Corps victory three years in a row, including representing the Army during this period. In spite of her previous injury Cpl Drummond put her rugby boots back on in 2019 to re-join the Corps Team in winning the Inter-Corp Rugby 10s, 15s and the Palestine Cup. She continued her successful leadership streak and captained the Army Masters Netball Team to success at the 2020 Inter-Services Championships. Corporal Drummond is one of the most decorated multi-sport sportswomen in the Corps. In her 20-year career to date she has competed at Regimental level in countless sports, but has truly flourished as a Corps, Army and UKAF player in Rugby, Netball and Basketball. Cpl Drummond represents the very best of her generation and fully deserves recognition for The RLC Sports Awards Outstanding Achievement category. ... See MoreSee Less