Most Outstanding CCF Contingent Commander of the Year

Major Scott Benest, Alleyn’s CCF Contingent Commander, has been awarded the ‘Most Outstanding CCF Contingent Commander of the Year’ by the Reserve Forces and Cadets Association.

Major Benest heard back in May that he would be given the award, but after two Covid-related cancellations the ceremony finally took place last Thursday at Yeomanry House in Central London.

The award was presented by the Lord Lieutenant of Greater London in front of an audience of fellow award winners and Ministry of Defence top brass.

This year the award reflected not only dedicated service to the Cadet Forces - and Major Benest can boast 21 years in total - but it is also awarded for leadership and resourcefulness during the Covid-19 pandemic. Major Benest used his e-learning experience to ensure the contingent remained connected, engaged and motivated during the various lockdown periods.

Major Benest was awarded with a certificate and an engraved tankard, which he is displaying proudly in his office.

While Major Benest is rightly proud he is also thoughtful: “I am especially honoured that our very esteemed colleague, the late Colour Sergeant Kevin Granger, started the nomination process. His support and approval means a great deal to me.”