AN HONOUR ranked alongside the MBE has been presented to David Waters, from Market Rasen, for his voluntary work with the air cadets.
Mr Waters, 45, has been awarded the Lord-Lieutenant’s Certificate – an achievement recognised as one of the highest honours in the forces.
The certificate was presented by the Honourable Mrs Susan Cunliffe-Lister, the Lord-Lieutenant of East Riding of Yorkshire, at a private ceremony held at the Defence School of Transport in Leconfield in recognition of his outstanding contribution and dedication to the Air Training Corps (ATC).
Flight Lieutenant Waters has worked tirelessly for his unit, 152 (City of Hull) Squadron, and the Air Cadet Organisation in general for 22 years, having first been introduced to the Air Training Corps as a cadet himself in 1979.
Leaving the cadets in 1983, David joined the Royal Air Force as an Avionics Technician, but remained committed to the ATC and became a Service Instructor to two squadrons for more than seven years. On leaving the RAF in 1996, he took up the post of civilian instructor in the ATC, serving through the ranks to his present position as Commanding Officer of 152 (City of Hull) Squadron.
A prolific supporter of cadets, David’s service background, eagerness and hard-working nature has greatly benefited not only the cadets themselves, but the ATC in general.
David, who in his civilian life is a senior controls engineer at Siemens in Lincoln, said: “I joined the ATC to help give young people the same positive experience and help in achieving their goals as I did when I was a cadet – I never imagined then that I would still be part of the corps 33 years later.
“But I still enjoy every aspect of working in the ATC, and I’m extremely pleased to be presented this award in recognition for the hard work and commitment I have given over the years.”