A civilian forces broadcaster has been awarded a Commander Joint Forces Command Commendation for his ‘tireless’ support of the Armed Forces in Cyprus and his ‘passion for the whole community’.
Anthony Ballard, a voice that will be known to many across the forces world, has received the accolade for his role as Station Manager in RAF Akrotiri since June 2015.
As a broadcaster for Forces Radio BFBS Anthony has also entertained military audiences for twelve years in the UK, on Ops in Iraq and Afghanistan, and overseas in Germany and the Falkland Islands, reinforcing vital connections with home and spreading morale to the forces and their families.
"We sometimes go above and beyond and do things as a BFBS family, that's our ethos and we go out and we do events, we try and cheer people up.
"I feel quite humble that I've been given this but it's probably more for the teams I work with and my family for schlepping around the military world with me."
The ceremony took place deep in the idyllic Hertfordshire countryside, at Northwood Headquarters home of Joint Force Command (JFC) which oversees and allocates tri-service capabilities.
After receiving his award, Anthony spoke of his pride in the work Forces Radio BFBS Cyprus has put into fundraising for the Big Salute, raising vital funds for armed forces charities.
“We've managed to raise some phenomenal amounts of money for a lot of deserving forces charities and some of the work we've done with that has been really, really good.
"But that's down to the community getting involved, getting on board with us, with our crazy ideas of parties and functions and doing stuff."
Anthony’s citation describes the ways in which he approaches his work with ‘passion and integrity, always conscious of the trusted position that BFBS has and of the responsibility to serve commanders, units, personnel and dependents alike’.
His ability to lead a team which has gone ‘above and beyond’ is also applauded.
General Sir Chris Deverell, Commander Joint Forces Command presented the awards and was keen to highlight the importance of rewarding both military personnel and civilians in this way.
"We are absolutely desperately keen to make sure that everyone in the command gets a chance to be recognised for their service."
Awards were given to teams as well as individuals from JFC in recognition for excellent work in a number of areas. This ranged from work in the mental health field, quartermaster duties to fire fighting and also in recognition of displays of exceptional courage in the line of duty.