A volunteer with almost a quarter of a century’s service was presented with a retirement gift via the online meeting room – zoom!

Major Robert (Bob) Maxwell retired after 24 years of service in the ACF earlier this year, but current restrictions meant that it was not possible to make a face-to-face presentation to thank him for his service.

Instead when an opportunity arose during a recent zoom meeting, Bob was presented with a special compass from all in Minden Company in Gwent and Powys ACF and thanked for his service.

For a number of years, Bob was the Company Commander of Minden Company, in addition to being County Navigation Officer and National Navigation Award Scheme liaison officer for North Wales for two years.

Current Minden Company Commander Major Tracey Cooper said, “Due to the current restrictions it has not been possible to make the formal presentation but an opportunity presented itself during a recent company adult zoom conference.  We offer our grateful thanks to Bob not just for his many years in the ACF but particularly for his time with Minden Company.  We wish him a very happy retirement.”

Bob joined Clwyd and Gwynedd ACF in 2014 having transferred from Cambridgeshire ACF. Following an initial appointment as Company Second in Command Bob was appointed Company Commander of Minden Company in 2015. He moved to oversee Crecy Company in 2019. Bob was awarded the Cadet Force Medal in 2008 and a clasp in 2014 and second clasp in 2020.

Major Jon Hurst with over 10 years service also hung up his boots this year.

Jon joined the Clwyd and Gwynedd ACF in 2010 combining the ACF with his Army Reserve role. Jon held a number of posts including a short period as Deputy Commandant, Officer Commanding of Adult Training and Company Commander of Somme Company and finally Company Commander of Crecy Company the Senior Cadet Company. Jon was awarded the Cadet Force Medal in 2019.

Commandant Colonel Martin Craven said “I accepted the retirement resignations with some regret and I wish Jon and Bob all the best in their well-earned retirement. Both will certainly be missed by all members of Clwyd & Gwynedd ACF. Their years of dedication are greatly appreciated.”




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