19 February 2017
Shropshire Army Cadet Force has appointed a new leader with the retirement of the current Commandant, Colonel Marius Coulon, as he reaches the end of his five-year appointment with the County. Colonel Coulon handed over to his successor, Colonel Gary Newbrook, on the 3rd February 2017.
Colonel Newbrook has been the Deputy Commandant since 2012 and will assume the responsibility for the 600 cadets and 100 adult volunteers upon this handover. All adult positions within the Army Cadet Force are volunteering roles, each with very different responsibilities. The Commandant’s role includes the functional management of the County Army Cadet Force, the training and administration of both its cadets and adult volunteers, ensuring that all resources and training fall within the Army’s Safe System of Training, which results in the cadets benefiting from a well delivered enjoyable experience.
Colonel Newbrook says:
"I am absolutely thrilled with this fantastic opportunity to lead Shropshire Army Cadet Force and to build on the foundations that Colonel Marius and I have developed over the past 5 years. The opportunities that we offer our cadets are designed to develop their life skills whilst following a military themed syllabus. I will continue to ensure that all activities are well planned and structured in addition to being enjoyable, achievable and most of all safe for all who participate. I am very conscious that the Army Cadet Force would not be able to survive without its adult volunteers who give up so much of their free time. It is their drive and support that encourages the cadets to meet on a regular basis in addition to making this, what I believe to be, the best voluntary youth organisation in the country".