Several Army Reservists from 217 EOD and Search Squadron, part of 33 Engineer Regiment (EOD) (Explosive Ordnance Disposal) based in Southend were honoured on 8th July 2014 at a special medal ceremony hosted at the Army Reserve Centre based in Gordon Fields.
Mayor of Southend, Cllr. Chris Walker was on hand to award Sapper Sherman his Volunteer Reserve Service Medal (VRSM) for 10 years continuous service as a reservist. Sapper Palmer was also awarded his Overseas Service Medal (OSM) for complete a tour of Afghanistan where he was part of Operation HERRICK.
Lieutenant Colonel Eldon Millar MBE RE, Commanding Officer of 33 Engineer Regiment based in Wimbish, Cambridgeshire, was delighted to host the occasion which celebrated more than 80 years’ worth of combined reserve service.
He said “This has been a wonderful opportunity to recognise the considerable dedication, commitment and service of our Reservists and we were particularly pleased to have the support of so many distinguished guests from our local communities.
All the members of the squadron provide a tremendously valuable contribution to the Army’s specialist EOD & Search capability and consistently demonstrate their first-class training when working alongside their regular colleagues on operations.”
Main image: Picture from left to right; Major Smith (Officer Commanding 217 Field Squadron), Sapper Sherman (Awarded VRSM), Cllr Chris Walker (Mayor of Southend), Sapper Palmer (awarded OSM), Lt Col Eldon Miller MBE RE (33 Engineer Regiment Commanding Officer)