Dromore woman, Major Deidre Green, a nursing officer with 204 Field Hospital and Lieutenant Commander Robert McMurran, who serves with the Royal Naval Reserve with HMS Hibernia at Thiepval have been honoured at a formal ceremony at Hillsborough Castle, each receiving one of the highest accolades that can be conferred on members of the Reserve Forces and Cadet movement.
Major Green received the Lord Lieutenant’s Certificate for Outstanding Meritorious Service Above and Beyond The Call of Duty from Colonel David Lindsay, Her Majesty’s Lord Lieutenant for the County of Down.
Major Green was praised at the ceremony for having given thirty years of loyal service to the Army Reserves and the Citation which accompanies her Award, recognised in particular her service on deployment to Afghanistan in 2008 where, in addition to her nursing role, she also trained and mentored trainee Health Care Assistants.
Her commitment to training has made significant impact on her unit’s capabilities and, says the Citation, has ‘improved the ongoing partnership development between the Health Service and the Army Medical Reserves.’
Dame Mary Peters, Her Majesty’s Lord Lieutenant for the County Borough of Belfast, presented Lieutenant Commander McMurran with the Lord Lieutenant’s Certificate for Outstanding Meritorious Service Above and Beyond The Call of Duty – an award which is second in importance only to one presented by Her Majesty The Queen.
The Citation which accompanies his award praises Lieutenant Commander McMurran for twenty three years of volunteer service with the Royal Naval Reserve, ‘during which time he always sought duties beyond his expected remit, such as qualifying as a mountain leader and subsequently organising and leading expeditions. He has been an excellent mentor to junior members of the unit and is an exceptional officer.’