Our New Staff Officer: Major Wells

Our New Staff Officer: Major Wells

2 May 2023

  • Cambridgeshire ACF

Major Colin Wells is joining Cambridgeshire ACF as our new Staff Officer. In this role he will be helping our Commandant with a wide variety of duties, taking an important role between the Commandant and Regimental Sergeant Major, Cadet Executive Officer and others.

Major Wells brings a wealth of experience to the role. Starting as a cadet himself, with what was then Leicestershire and Northamptonshire ACF, he went on to join The Royal Corps of Signals (RCS) in 1986. He has served in Krefeld, Germany, and the School of Signals in Blandford, where he was an instructor. He deployed to the Persian Gulf in 1991 as part of Operation Granby. He became a Junior Non-Commissioned Officer, his service ended with the Army reducing numbers in “Options for Change” and was made redundant in 1994. He said: ‘I loved being in the Army. I would have spent my career in it if I could. I went in as a boy from a rough council estate, but I quickly grew up and learned to have more respect for others, and to see the world differently. I loved the friendships, the camaraderie, and the opportunities it gave me.’ This included playing all sorts of Sports/AT and courses, completing The Regimental Medical Assistance Course (Combat Medic equivalent) before leaving.


During trade training, 1986, & in the Gulf, 1991.

After this, he joined Leicestershire Northamptonshire and Rutland (LNR) Army Cadets as an instructor, with whom he has served for eighteen years. He said: ‘I wanted to give something back to the ACF. It’s a fantastic organisation, treating everyone the same whatever their backgrounds, we give them all the same great opportunities.’ As well as obtaining a commission, he completed many courses, becoming qualified to run a shooting range for rifle and shotgun and qualifying as an instructor for the Dismounted Close Combat Trainer (digital shooting simulator). He became a Westminster (digital database) trainer and completed the King George VI Leadership Course at Frimley Park. He took part in the centenary commemoration of the First World War, taking a group of cadets to the battlefields in France in 2018, and again for the 75th anniversary of D-Day the following year, an experience he described as: ‘Inspiring, humbling, and emotional.’ He took on greater and greater responsibilities with the County, eventually becoming Area Commander (Officer Commanding) B (Tiger) Squadron.

1st few days in Saudi Op Granby 1991

First days of Operation Granby.

Major Wells will continue his role with LNR as well as being tasked by the Commandant with some smaller tasks to start and will play an important role in our Annual Camps, including this years’. He will be officially with Cambs ACF as of 1st September 2023. He said: ‘I’m really pleased to join you. I’m looking forward to working with the cadets and adults and helping to push the county forward to bigger and better things.’

1st Annual Camp as an Officer

1st Annual Camp as an officer.

Our Commandant, Colonel Deacon, said; ‘I am really pleased to welcome Major Wells to Cambs ACF. He brings a great deal of knowledge and experience from regular and cadet service. He has a passion for the wider cadet experience and the development of CFAV's. He will be a real asset to myself, the senior command team and the whole county.’

Text by SI Doug Stuart