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NCA2016 MOD Awards - short summaries

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awarded to Andrew Currie Rush Couriers, Sgt. Dean Channell and Peter Greatorex

MOD Awards


Military to Civilian

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Andrew Currie receives his award from Lt Colonel Brett Duxbury with Master Carmen Stephen Britt and Master Farrier John Peacock

Andrew Currie

Employer: Rush Couriers, Call Sign: C390

Andrew Currie C390 joined Rush Couriers following a short break away from the courier industry in September 2014 and previous to his career as a courier he spent 10 years as a Grenadier Guard.  All of the military skills that he had learnt as a Guardsman have been utilised in his new career such as map-reading, problem solving, discipline and organisation. Andrew started in a small company Nemo van, but soon transferred to a Luton van, due to the fact his ability and application really made him stand out from his peers in the control team. He quickly became the selected team member for customers and controllers alike.  If a task was awkward in time, size or location, Andrew would be despatched to deal with it. He approaches difficult situations with the same calm “can do” attitude that customers appreciate even when under considerable pressure.

Andrew was selected to become a multi-drop driver in EC2 for the APC Network Same day control and as expected Andrew tackled this challenge with usual determination ensuring the commercial success within his postcode areas.  A regular customer and high volume user of our service commented that there could be no amount of money spent on technology that could replicate Andrew’s outstanding local knowledge.

 Andrew is a natural courier, organised, reliable, helpful, knowledgeable and fully deserves this award.


Army Reservist Award

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Sgt. Dean Channell receives his award from Lt Colonel Brett Duxbury with Master Carmen Stephen Britt and Master Farrier John Peacock

Sgt. Dean Channell - 562 (Southall) Squadron 151 Regiment RLC

Sgt Channell is awarded the Army Reserve Award 2016 in recognition of his long term dedication and commitment to both the Army Reserve in general and 562 Transport Squadron 151 Regiment, the Royal logistic Corps (RLC) in particular.  This Squadron is a high readiness Military unit committed to supporting 10 Queens Own Ghurka Logistic Regiment in any immediate overseas deployment.

Sgt Channell is acting as a Troop Staff Sergeant, responsible for commanding the drivers and truck deployments for the lead A Troop in 562 Transport Squadron based in Southall London.  He joined the Corps of Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers (REME) at 562 Brigade Support Squadron RLC on 04 Mar 1988, became a Vehicle Machine and Tactical Storeman and was promoted to lance corporal.

In Sep 1992 Sgt Channell passed his HGVlicence and was promoted to Corporal and was awarded the Volunteer Reserve Service Medal (VRSM) for 10 years’ service to the Army Reserve.  In 2004, he deployed to Iraq on OP TELIC and was awarded the Iraq Medal and in 2009 he had completed 20 years’ service and awarded bars to the VRSM.

Sergeant Channell transferred to 562 Transport Squadron RLC in Feb 2014 and was promoted to the rank of Sergeant. He is an instructor in many subjects including Land Navigation, CBRN and First Aid, he has also recently passed his Fork Lift Rough Terrain, Recruit Management and Train the Trainer Courses. Sgt Channell is an outstanding example to his peers and subordinates alike and an excellent Army Reservist.  He thoroughly deserves this award. 


 Military Award of Distinction

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Peter Greatorex receives his award from Lt Colonel Brett Duxbury with Master Carmen Stephen Britt and Master Farrier John Peacock

Peter Greatorex

Job Title: Postal and Courier Operator for the British Forces Post Office.

During his service as a Postal and Courier Operator, Mr Greatorex has undertaken a series of duties collecting and delivering mail within the UK and overseas. A number of tasks have been to difficult locations and have involved overcoming challenges in order to successfully deliver and collect items of mail for the many British Forces Post Office customers.

Mr Greatorex is highly proactive and diligent with exceptional interpersonal and communication skills. He has a calm, professional and efficient persona that allows emerging situations to be resolved amongst airline staff, customs and immigration officials and customers around the world. He provides exemplary service for military duties overseas and in the UK and is an excellent ambassador for the British Forces Post Office.  He was graded as the top Operator on a moderation panel this year and should be extremely proud of his achievements throughout his service in the British Forces Post Office.  He is wholeheartedly recommended for the Institute of Couriers Award in the Military Category.




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