Army

New Year Honours list: 68 Army soldiers receive awards

The troops were chosen for a range of reasons, including medical excellence and a lifetime of dedication to the British Army.

A total of 68 British Army personnel have been recognised in the 2022 New Year Honours list.

The troops were selected for a range of reasons, including outstanding leadership, medical excellence and a lifetime of dedication to the British Army.

Colour Sergeant Roger Coates, of the Coldstream Guards, is to be awarded an MBE for support to the wounded, injured and sick personnel from all three services.

His citation states he has 'devoted the past 35 years of his life to military service' and 'is a constant source of inspiration with an unbounded work ethic and limitless energy'.

CSgt Coates said being recognised for the award "bowled" him over.

"Playing a part in the recovery of some of the most vulnerable troops is the most humbling and rewarding role I have ever fulfilled," he said.

"The Personnel Recovery Centre Team have made my success possible by supporting me through every challenge. This is the highlight of my years in uniform."

Watch: Colour Sergeant Roger Coates was 'totally bowled over' on hearing of his MBE.

Major Jamie Carrahar, of the Adjutant General's Corps (AGC (ETC)) and Chair of the Army's LGBT+ Network, will also receive an MBE for his advocacy of all LGBT+ personnel.

His work has 'directly improved the lived experience of Army personnel and supported the Army's national reputation' and he has 'personally improved positive inclusion across the Army, including supporting increased recruit inflows from LGBT+ candidates', his citation said.

"It's a real honour to be recognised; the veterans who fought against the ban on LGBT+ people being able to serve have given me a career and provide the inspiration for me to continue championing our inclusion," he said.

"I have been privileged to meet so many soldiers and officers who serve proudly and authentically, the barometer of progress. 

"The Army is an LGBT+ inclusive organisation and the network exists to continue supporting personnel and their families."

Watch: A British Army Brigadier was awarded a CBE for services to military nursing in December.

Lieutenant Colonel Lucinda Butler of the Royal Logistic Corps worked on the COVID-19 response in the UK Overseas Territories.

She was a key part of the Security Assistance Team on the Turks and Caicos Islands. She is to be made an MBE.

She told Forces News: "I was really shocked when I got a phone call from my boss giving me what was exciting and happy news.

"A little bit surprised but, more than anything, really, really delighted."

Corporal Joseva Vakacokaivalu, of the Specialist Weapons School, is being recognised for his continuous selfless commitment to the welfare of others over the last 20 years.

Throughout his career he has played a key leadership role in the Fijian military community, establishing the Fijian Methodist Fellowship for the south of England, which he leads in his free time with six volunteers. 

His core role of providing logistical support to seventeen Tri-Service tactical command courses is also recognised as flawless, the Army said.

"It is indeed a privilege to be recognised with a state honour. I feel honoured and grateful to God, my family and the defence forces as a whole," he said.