Warrant Officer Class 1 Andrew Bannister from Woodbridge, Suffolk has been awarded the Royal Logistic Corps (RLC) Conductor’s Parchment in a ceremony at Deepcut.
The Conductor’s Parchment is awarded to the most senior soldier in the Corps and has a long and honourable history within the Armed Forces, dating back as far as the sixteenth century.
Andrew is one of three WO1s to be awarded the Parchment on this occasion and, with only nine Conductors in the British Army, this important award gives those appointed seniority within their trade profession.
The 42-year-old said: “It is a fantastic honour to have been selected for such a prestigious appointment. It is something I have been working towards for several years and the competition was strong.”
Andrew currently serves in Aldershot, Hampshire working in the Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) & Search Group.
On completion of basic training at Pirbright in 1997, he qualified as a Supply Specialist and started training as an Ammunition Technician. He has gone on to serve on operations in Northern Ireland, Iraq and Afghanistan.
With his new appointment as Conductor and Head of the RLC Ammunition Technician Trade, he said, “I am looking forward to helping create more of the opportunities that I have had during my time so far, for the soldiers I now represent.”
Andrew spends time with his daughter, Ellie (11) and supports military charities that involve taking wounded service personnel and veterans on motorcycle trips to Europe and the USA.