Cornerstone of county cadet force honoured

Lt Col Ray M Ogg being presented with his retirement present by Col I Sackree.who described him as a 'cornerstone of Lincolnshire Army Cadet Force'
Lt Col Ray M Ogg being presented with his retirement present by Col I Sackree.who described him as a 'cornerstone of Lincolnshire Army Cadet Force'

A CORNERSTONE of Lincolnshire Army Cadet Force – that was how a Market Rasen man has been described.

Lt Col Ray M Ogg has recently retired from the post of Deputy Commandant (admin) with Lincolnshire ACF after 35 years service and Colonel Sackree praised the work done by this cadet force stalwart at his Dining Out night at Prince William of Gloucester Barracks, where he presented Ray with his retirement statuette.

Over the years, Ray had held numerous posts within the ACF, having trained hundreds of cadets.

Having been a cadet from the age of 13 with the ATC, attaining the rank of Cadet Warrant Officer and Staff Cadet, Ray was faced with retirement from the cadet forces.

However, a chance meeting in Louth with an old colleague, Major Tim Hayday, of King Edward School Combined Cadet Force, led Ray to apply for a CCF Instructors post at the School.

Ray was successful in his application and is now a Lieutenant with them, undertaking the cadet activities he so wished to devote his spare time too.

And Ray now also has the rare distinction of having served in all three Cadet Volunteer organisations - the ATC, ACF, CCF.

Major Hayday said: “Ray has much knowledge of cadet training and I felt Kings School CCF could benefit from his experience.”