Samantha Twyman from Ashford has recently been promoted to the rank of Major and Officer Commanding B Company for the Kent Army Cadets. She is the first female to achieve these accolades in the County. She will be responsible for 38 adult volunteers and over 160 army cadets in seven detachments: Ashford Detachments Alamein and Tobruk, Aylesham, Dover, Folkestone, St Mary’s Bay and Tenterden.
She is an Assistant SENCO at The North School and has worked there for 15 years.
Sam started her army cadet career 20 years ago this year as a cadet and has completed 17 years as an adult instructor.
She has spent 11 years as Detachment Commander of Ashford Alamein, organised two residential battlefield tours for Alamein detachment (the only DC in Kent to do this). She was awarded highly competent on her Initial Officer Training, spent four years as B Company Training Officer (the longest serving TO in B Coy in living memory).
She played a vital role in managing Company training through Covid and assisted in planning and implementation of first (and hopefully only) virtual camp, with her husband Sean who is also a Major and the County Training Officer.
Major Sam Twyman said:
“Having been a member of B Company for the past 16 years, I am delighted to now be able to lead this amazing team of Cadet Force Adult Volunteers and Cadets. I am looking forward to the challenge of making B Company bigger and better than it already is.
Commandant Colonel Richard Long, TD said:
“We are delighted to announce the appointment of our first female Major and Area Commander in Kent ACF.
Sam has shown great dedication to the young people of Kent through her years of volunteering and mentoring and will no doubt lead B Company from strength-to-strength.
I’d also like to place on record my thanks to the outgoing OC Major Matt Lehman on his contribution to the organisation.
We offer a wide range of activities across the county, including DofE and BTEC for both young people and adults alike and are always looking for new people to join us”.
Left to right: Left to right: Colonel Richard Long, TD, Commandant Kent ACF, Major Sam Twyman, OC B Coy and Colonel Paul Edwards, 11 Brigade.