Bethany Burton MBE

British personnel from across the three services have been rewarded for going the extra mile in the 47th operational honours list.

48 members of the Armed Forces have been cited for their exceptional service between April 1 and September 30 last year. One non-operational award for gallantry has also been awarded.

British Army

David Stead

22 Army members are being recognised, with soldiers and officers having taken part in various high-level missions from Africa to the Middle East including Somalia, Jordan, Syria, Afghanistan and Iraq. One civil servant is also included on the list. See it below in full...

OBE (Officer of the Order of the British Empire)

Colonel Angus MacGillivray MC

Colonel James Martin DSO MC, Princess of Wales's Royal Regiment

Colonel Geoffrey Minton MBE, Princess of Wales's Royal Regiment

MBE (Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire)

Acting Major Thomas Goodall, The Royal Logistic Corps

Lieutenant Colonel David Lee, The Parachute Regiment

Colour Sergeant William Thomas, The Parachute Regiment

QGM (Queen's Gallantry Medal)

Captain Giles Moon, The Royal Lancers

MiD (Mention in Dispatches)

Private Dominic Hopkinson, The Parachute Regiment

Colour Sergeant Steven Nixon, The Parachute Regiment

QCB (Queen's Commendation for Bravery)

Sergeant Paul Byrne, The Parachute Regiment

QCVS (Queen's Commendation for Valuable Service)

Corporal Jamie Calvert, The Parachute Regiment

Corporal Mahesh Gurung, The Royal Gurkha Rifles.

Major Edward Harris, Corps of Royal Engineers

Colonel Robert Howieson, Army Headquarters

Major Edwin Oldfield, Royal Gurkha Rifles

Major Colin Oliver MBE, The Rifles

Sapper Philippa Proud (Reservist), Corps of Royal Engineers

Staff Sergeant Christopher Rhodes, Royal Corps of Signals

Acting Brigadier James Roddis DSO MBE

Major David Stead, Corps of Royal Engineers (pictured above)

Miss Lisa Wain, Joint Force Command

Non-Operational Gallantry - QGM (Queen's Gallantry Medal) 

Acting Corporal Samuel Butler

 

Royal Navy

 

The Royal Navy list includes servicemen and women from across the Naval Service who displayed bravery, commitment and meritorious service on a wide variety of operations across the globe.

The sailors and Royal Marines on it demonstrated exceptional skill and commitment in a variety of missions, from taking part in counter-Daesh operations in the Middle East to helping prevent people smuggling in the Mediterranean. See below for the list in full...

Commander Stephen Higham, 42, from Oxfordshire - appointed an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) 

Stephen Higham OBE

Commander Stephen Higham was the Commanding Officer of Type 45 destroyer HMS Defender during her recent deployment to the Middle East supporting international counter-Daesh operations.

Despite the stresses and strains that a nine-month deployment puts on any complex warship, not a single day of operational tasking was lost due to defects under Cdr Higham's leadership.
 
The result was that HMS Defender regularly supported US and French carrier groups launching strikes on Iraq and Syria to counter the threat from Daesh. The Portsmouth-based ship was also responsible for tackling drug smuggling, at one point seizing over a tonne of hashish being trafficked across the Indian Ocean. Cdr Higham said:

"I am hugely proud to receive this honour on behalf of the men and women who worked alongside me over the course of our deployment. The success of our time away was hard fought and hard won and it was a huge team effort."

"The average age of my ship's company during the deployment was in the low 20s, and they proved themselves to be a resilient, professional group of people who worked tirelessly to get the job done.

"We pushed the boundaries of what a Type 45 destroyer can do, something which our sister ship HMS Daring is now continuing to do on their deployment in the Middle East today."
 
Commander Mark Vartan, 47, from Fareham - appointed an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE)
 
Commander Vartan was the Commanding Officer of HMS Enterprise, which returned home to Plymouth this week after a three-year deployment sailing across the globe and saving thousands of lives at sea.
 
Enterprise was at the heart of operations to prevent people smuggling in the Mediterranean. She evacuated more than 200 British citizens from Libya, rescued 9,180 people attempting to undertake deadly crossings of the Mediterranean and destroyed 117 unseaworthy vessels used by people traffickers.

Forces News was at the dockside as Enterprise came into Devonport on Tuesday...


 

Cdr Vartan, who is originally from Poole, led the Plymouth-based ship from July 2014 until September 2016, guiding his team through the wide variety of tasks and operations they were called upon to perform. He said:

"Hearing I had received this honour was a real ray of sunshine. I feel honoured to have been chosen to receive this award which goes to show the exceptional results of HMS Enterprise and all those who have served on board over the last three years." 

"Although I no longer have command of the ship, I was really pleased to see them return home to Plymouth this week at the end of a job very well done."
 
Petty Officer Engineering Technician (Marine Engineering) Bethany Burton, 30, from Filey in North Yorkshire - appointed a Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) - pictured at top of article
 
PO Burton was the senior rating in charge of diesel generators - the ship's engines - on board Portsmouth-based HMS St Albans during her recent deployment to the Middle East on maritime security operations.
 
In May 2016, one of the ship's four generators suffered a catastrophic failure and initial assessments suggested the engine would need to be replaced. But PO Burton worked with her team in temperatures above 45 degrees Celsius to strip the engine down to its component parts and rebuild it.
 
A job which should have taken three weeks, the engine repair was completed in just 10 days thanks to PO Burton and her team. Motivated by her cheer and determination to succeed, the team avoided any delays to the ship's programme during their vital work to patrol shipping lanes in the Gulf and protect Britain's economy. PO Burton said:

"I am absolutely gobsmacked to have been appointed an MBE and couldn't quite believe it to start with. What we did while on deployment was a big task, and for some of the younger guys it was the first time they had done anything like it. But it was an exciting challenge, and the feeling of relief and satisfaction when we started the engine and it worked after all our efforts was immense.

"That kind of engine failure was extremely rare but with the hard work of our whole team and thorough training we managed to pull it through and keep the ship on task. It was a hugely rewarding experience and I am honoured to receive this award."
 
Marine Mark Wheeler - awarded the Queen's Commendation for Bravery
 
Marine Wheeler was part of a detachment of Royal Marines on board the MV Vos Grace, a vessel chartered by the UK Border Force to assist with the mission to counter people-trafficking in the Aegean Sea.
 
Able Seaman (Seaman Specialist) Sarah Griffiths - awarded the Queen's Commendation for Valuable Service
 
AB Griffiths served on board HMS Enterprise during the ship's three-year deployment. 
 
Commander Richard Hutchings - awarded the Queen's Commendation for Valuable Service
 
Cdr Hutchings is the former Commanding Officer of HMS St Albans, who led the ship during its recent nine-month deployment to the Gulf. During that time, the ship had joined the US and French navies in the fight against Daesh.
 
The ship also had major success tackling the problem of drugs smuggling, seizing 320kg of cannabis with an estimated value of £1m just days into her deployment. Cdr Hutchings was credited for working with several different nations while on operations in the Middle East, enhancing the Royal Navy's reputation and leading to multiple operational successes.
 
Leading Seaman Craig Jacobs - awarded the Queen's Commendation for Valuable Service
 
LS Jacobs served as a communications technician on board Type 45 destroyer HMS Defender during her recent deployment to the Middle East supporting international counter-Daesh operations.
 
Corporal Edward Main - awarded the Queen's Commendation for Valuable Service
 
Cpl Main was team commander of a detachment of Royal Marines on board the MV Vos Grace, a vessel chartered by the UK Border Force to assist with the mission to counter people trafficking in the Aegean Sea.
 
Chief Petty Officer Peter Muir - awarded the Queen's Commendation for Valuable Service
 
CPO Muir is the lead trainer for firefighting and damage control on board Portsmouth-based Type 23 frigate HMS St Albans. He served on board the frigate during its recent nine-month deployment to the Middle East. CPO Muir is credited with being an outstanding coach and mentor to the ship's junior sailors.

 

Royal Air Force

 

Companion of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (CBE)

Air Commodore Martin Elliott SAMPSON – DSO

Officers of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (OBE)

SquadronLeader Emily Elizabeth RICKARDS

Distinguished Service Order (DSO)

Wing Commander James Robert Edward WALLS

Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC)

Flight Lieutenant (now SquadronLeader) Roger Alexander CRUICKSHANK

Mention in Despatches (MiD)

Flight Lieutenant Niall PAIRMAN

Lieutenant Alex Fraser VAUGHAN

Queen's Commendation for Bravery in the Air (QCB)

Corporal Antony Luke COLLINS

Queen's Commendation for Valuable Service (QCVS)

Acting Flight Lieutenant (now Flight Lieutenant) Alex JosephDouglas BAMBER

Flight Lieutenant George LE CORNU

Joint Commanders Commendation (JCC)

Corporal Gareth Alwyn JONES, RAF CONINGSBY

Sergeant Abigail ELLIS, RAF HIGH WYCOMBE

Flight Lieutenant Rory John DENMAN, RAF LOSSIEMOUTH

Senior Aircraftman Lee DUNNETT, RAF LOSSIEMOUTH

Flight Lieutenant Benjamin CURTIS, RAF MARHAM

Flight Lieutenant Xan Tadeusz GLOWCZYK, RAF MARHAM

Flight Lieutenant Simon TOFRIK, RAF MARHAM

Flight Sergeant Alison Frances FISHER, RAF MARHAM

Flight Lieutenant David Alan LEIGHTON,RAF WADDINGTON

Sentry E-3D Mission Crew TEAM AWARD, RAF WADDINGTON

Flight LieutenantSimon James CHAPMAN

Flight Lieutenant Simon Richard EVANS

Flight Lieutenant Oliver Andrew FULLER

Flight Lieutenant Adam Michael GRANT

Flight Lieutenant Paul-Henry HOBSON

Flight Lieutenant John Paul JONES

Flight Lieutenant Duncan James MACNIVEN

Flight Lieutenant Gary SETTERY

Flight Lieutenant Lee SHEARER

Master Aircrew David Neil STINTON

Flight Sergeant Richard Edward BULL

Flight Sergeant Douglas Anthony GREENHALGH

Flight Sergeant James Joseph JOYCE

Flight Sergeant Sean WEBSTER

Sergeant David EASTWOOD

Sergeant Mark Edward KERSLAKE

Sergeant Marc MCGLASHAN

Sergeant Stacey Maxine TUDOR-SMITH

Sergeant Benjamin James WILKINSON

Sergeant Martyn John WOOD