Officer Commanding (OC)
Major M. Ewart
I assumed command of W Company on the 6th May 2010, having previously held the post of 2IC for 18 months. Prior to this I spent time as the Company Training Officer.
I began my ACF career in November 1995, initially as a Sergeant Instructor at Alnwick Detachment. After approximately two years I moved to the Officers Mess as an Adult Under Officer, before successfully attending the Territorial Commissions Board at Chilwell, Nottingham and being Commissioned in September 1998.
I had the privilege to first command Alnwick Detachment as Detachment Commander for some five years, followed by three years as Detachment Commander at Berwick Detachment, before taking up appointments at Company HQ.
As OC W Company I am responsible for all aspects of cadet and adult training, welfare, discipline and the management of the Company's resources. To this end I am assisted by my 2IC, Training Officer, CSM and CQMS.
I am privileged to command W Company and my mandate is to provide a safe environment in which every cadet can develop personally through a variety of mentally and physically challenging activities, whilst experiencing and learning new skills and developing their self-respect and self-confidence. In order to do this we concentrate on both stimulating and practical training and above all ensure that both Adults and Cadets have FUN!
We are continually reminded in today’s press and media of the problems in society linked directly to our younger generation. The Army Cadet Force stands out as a beacon to just what our young people can achieve with the appropriate guidance and encouragement. That it does so owes much to the dedicated group of adults who give freely of so much of their time to plan and prepare activities that offer the excitement and opportunities required to inspire our cadets to achieve. Without them the organisation would simply be unable to function.
I am proud to be a part of the success story that is W Company, and look forward with anticipation to further success in the future.
Second in Command (2IC)
Training Officer (TO)
I assumed the roll of W Company training officer at the beginning of Annual Camp 2012.
I served in the Royal Engineers for 13 years, attaining the Rank of Sergeant on discharge where my last posting being a Military Training Sergeant at the Army Apprentice College Chepstow. Whilst with the Engineers I saw service in Northern Ireland, The Falkland Islands, Germany and Canada.
I have been involved with Army Cadets since April 2002, when I became the detachment commander of Duns, Lothian & Borders Battalion, initially as an AUO (Adult Under Officer), gaining my commission as a Second Lieutenant in August the same year.
Whilst with Lothian & Borders I was promoted to Lieutenant & was involved with the training of Senior Cadets during which time I also took part in an exchange trip to Latvia.
I transferred to Northumbria ACF in April 2009, taking up the roll of Detachment Commander of the Berwick Upon Tweed Detachment, although I handed over the Detachment 2Lt Jerdan in 2011. During this time we took the detachment on a trip to the WW1 battlefield sites, camping in Ypres.
I believe strongly in the ethos of the ACF, having had two daughters been part of the organization & seen what opportunities it has given them & the many cadets I have had the privilege to know over the past decade or so, the majority of whom have gone on to be good citizens.
In my roll as Training Officer, I like to bring challenging military training to the cadets in a safe manner, with no two camps being the same.
Company Sergeant Major (CSM)
Details to follow
Company Quarter Master Sergeant (CQMS
Details to follow
Where we are
Company HQ is located at:
We parade on a Wednesday evening, 1900 - 2100 hrs.
Our telephone number is 01665 606785 (during parade time only).
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