Long service award for cadet volunteer Sergeant Barry Bickley
A DEDICATED Kent Cadet Force member has been awarded a medal for 12 years service.
Colour Sergeant Barry Bickley, of Shornecliffe Detachment, began his cadet force career in the Air Training Corps at 354 Dover Squadron in 1997 as a civilian instructor.
He then went on to complete the Warrant Officers course at RAF Cranwell.
The Dover healthcare assistant was bestowed a Lord Lieutenants' award for meritorious service for keeping a squadron open in the face of possible closure.
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Colour Sgt Bickley said: "I enjoy teaching young adults interpersonal skills like communication, leadership, how to look after themselves in the field, map reading, first aid and weapon skills.
"I am currently learning Nepalese.
" I would encourage people to join as it is a rewarding hobby – it really does open up a new path of learning new skills for all ages."
The Commandant of KACF Colonel Jeremy Wilson TD congratulated Colour Sgt Bickley and thanked him for his contribution to the KACF.
He said: "Without dedicated adult volunteers like Colour Sgt Bickley the young people of Kent would be lacking role models and examples of good citizens to look up to and I would like to formally like to thank him for his hard work and dedication over the years."
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