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CSgt Peter Wooldridge RM & Capt M Briers RN, CO Commando Helicopter Force
CSgt Peter Wooldridge RM & Capt M Briers RN, CO Commando Helicopter Force

Personal Commendation for Junglie Royal Marine

Published: 06 Aug 2012

A Junglie Royal Marine reservist has been awarded a Personal Commendation by Air Vice Marshal CW Dixon CB OBE RAF, Commander Joint Helicopter Command.

Colour Sergeant (CSgt) Peter Wooldridge received the Commendation from Captain Matt Briers RN, Commanding Officer, Commando Helicopter Force (CHF) at a small ceremony at RNAS Yeovilton.

Whilst serving in CHF, Peter was responsible for coordinating helicopter operations for Sea King and Lynx helicopters on Exercises and Operations throughout the UK. He also volunteered to use his professional camera skills on Exercises within the UK and on Operations in Iraq and Afghanistan; his subsequent film footage has been used extensively by both BBC and ITV.

On completion of the presentation Captain Briers said: “Colour Sergeant Wooldridge has been responsible for processing a multitude of helicopter tasking requests. His work requires commitment, attention to detail and effective liaison with many agencies and units – he has met every challenge with flare and aplomb. Incredibly hard working and totally dedicated his commitment to the Force has been nothing but superb. His performance reflects the ‘can-do’ ethos of the Fleet Air Arm and his media contributions have increased the public’s awareness and perception of the CHF both regionally and nationally.”

After receiving his commendation Peter added, “It’s a great honour to receive this award. I’ve really enjoyed my time as the Tasking Senior on CHF and it presented a whole raft of challenges and difficulties which by using my “Junglie cunning” I think I’ve overcome and been successful in promoting the CHF within JHC.”

Peter is currently employed as the Public Relations Officer at RNAS Yeovilton.

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