Captain Ian Packer from Maidstone is the new Officer Commanding for D Company

7 June 2018

Mr Packer is from Maidstone and has previously served in the Army and in the Police Force - he has been a member of Kent ACF for 12 years and is now in charge of D Company (covering the following detachments: Boxley Road, Cranbrook, Ditton, Mascalls, Moncktons, Sevenoaks Snodland, Tonbridge, Tunbridge Wells and Wrotham). He is responsible for 46 Cadet Force Adult Volunteers (CFAV’s) and 264 young people.

He is 35 and a father of four children, including a son who is a Cadet Lance Corporal at Ditton. Ian works as Compliance Manager for Maidstone Borough Council and manages health and safety, environmental management and the vehicle workshops and fleet for the Environmental Services departments.  He is currently studying a Diploma in Occupational Health and Safety.

During his time in cadets he has earnt various qualifications and undertaken personal development including the Adult Leadership and Management, Short Range, Exercise Coordinating Officer and Area Commanders Courses.

He said:

“The Army Cadet Force has enabled me to expand my management skills both within and outside of the organisation as well as allowing me to provide great opportunities for young adults within society.

I’ve seen shy young people join and blossom into confident young adults with leadership qualities and skills for life that they can then pass onto the younger cadets and also use in their personal and work lives.

I have made many great friends for life through the ACF, the kind of friends that you can really rely on when you need them. I am really proud to be the Officer Commanding of my company.  I have the privilege to head a great group of staff and young people”.

Colonel Chris Gilbert, Commandant Kent ACF said:

“It is with great delight that I able to congratulate Captain Packer on his new role as Officer Commanding D Company,  I would also like to thank Major Sean Twyman who has was his predecessor and held the post for the last 5 years.

I would like to thank Ian for his hard work over the last 12 years. This position holds great responsibility in influencing, developing and shaping the lives of many young people and adults across the county, providing excellent opportunities to learn and grow within the ACF family.

Kent ACF offers many life changing opportunities for the youth of Kent including Duke of Edinburgh Awards Scheme (DofE), BTEC qualifications, a summer camp away including activities such as first aid, kayaking, rock climbing, competition shooting and more, visit our website to find out more.”

We are always looking for adult instructors.  You don’t need to have military experience to join as all training is provided and you will be made fully welcome.