New OC for Kent ACF Squadron RE

New OC for Kent ACF Squadron RE

3 October 2023

  • Kent ACF

Major Paul Butler has recently been appointed as Officer Commanding of Kent ACF Squadron RE. Paul joined Kent ACF in 1995, and has held various positions from Company Sergeant Major, Sergeant Major Instructor, to Staff Officer 2ic. He was commissioned as an Officer in 2014.

He has given over 28 years’ loyal service to the organisation in total. Paul also volunteers as a Special Sergeant with Kent Police and lives in the Medway Towns.

This senior role allows Major Paul Butler to carry forward the Squadron's rich traditions and build upon the inspirational work of Major Ryalls, who has been instrumental in shaping the lives of our cadets across the Medway Towns. Including Detachments in: Dartford, Gillingham, Gravesend, Rochester, Strood, Swanley and Walderslade. Kent ACF Squadron RE 56 adults and 261 cadets which Paul will be responsible for.

Colonel Richard Phillips, Commandant Kent ACF, said:

“I would like to congratulate Major Butler on his promotion and wish him well in leading the adults and young people under his charge. Without dedicated volunteers we wouldn’t be able to offer such a wide variety of life changing opportunities for the young people of Kent.

He has many years of loyal service and experience to be able to lead from the front and make a positive difference to the organisation.”

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Major Paul Butler expressed his enthusiasm and commitment to the role and said:

"I'm delighted to have been given the privilege of leading Kent ACF Squadron RE, upholding its strong traditions and building on all that Major Ryalls has done to inspire our cadets to achieve.

"I'm looking forward to working with all our cadets and adult volunteers, providing opportunities and life skills for young people. Our goal is to enable them to be and do their best in the Army Cadet Force, setting them up for lifelong success.