18 March 2014
Captain Paul Draper stepped forward proudly on Thursday (13th March) to receive the prestigious Lord Lieutenant’s Meritorious Service Award at a special ceremony in central London. Based at the Heston Unit, where for many years he was Officer in Charge, Paul is now responsible for adult training across the Middlesex and North West London ACF region.
The Award made personally and presented by Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant Greater London Sir David Brewer CMG JP recognised “outstanding service and devotion to duty to the Cadet Movement of Greater London.
The citation read: Captain Paul Draper is highly motivated, commited and enthusiastic and is second to none in ensuring that cadet have the broadest range of opportunities.
In his role as the Training Officer he has ensured that training has been fully delivered by motivating and directing such activities as Duke of Edinburgh’s Award, First Aid, Shooting and Community service. He has ensured that all teams for military and sporting competitions have been fairly selected and fully prepare for the event. Over the last twenty years he has planned and delivered a skiing week for cadets and adults.
Captain Draper has been an integral part of the organisation’s success over many years and continues to fully deliver in his thirty second year as a committed army cadet force commissioned officer.
About the award Paul says: “This is a real honour, but I have gained a huge amount from Army Cadets. I’m currently studying for my City & Guilds Membership in Leadership and Youth Management. The skills and experience I have gained in the ACF have shaped me into the person I am today and what really motivates me as a member of the Army Cadet Force is to see cadets and staff achieve and make real progress.”