One of the highlights of this year’s Communicators Company Military Affiliations Dinner was a series of awards presented to communicators who had distinguished themselves from each of the three services. The awards were presented by Major General Gwyn Jenkins OBE, Assistant Chief of Naval Staff.
The first of these went to Lieutenant Commander Bruce Foster of the Royal Naval Reserve who has mobilised three times in the past year, including to HMS DUNCAN as the media advisor on the Channel 5 documentary ‘Warship:Life at Sea’. Meanwhile his articles and videos for the ship’s social media feeds led to DUNCAN winning the Desmond Wettern Fleet Award 2018. Heading up the media team of the Amphibious Task Group on Exercise Saif Sareera 3, Bruce used his media understanding to enable high profile coverage of the exercise’s maritime element and included the production of a 13 minute 'montage' video capturing UK-Omani Maritime activity, amphibious raids, special to arms training and Defence Engagement events. He used innovative capture techniques, including drone footage, to produce a video that will stand for years and saved the Navy thousands in production costs.
Major Levison Wood, serves in the Operational Media & Communications Group of the Army’s 77 Brigade. In September 2018 he deployed with the HAC to Japan for Ex VIGILANT ISLES, where he captured images and video which appeared in the Daily Mail, Telegraph and international media and later went to Croatia with 16 Air Assault Brigade, capturing stunning images which were again used by national media. He has been responsible for driving forward the high readiness reserve combat camera team capability development in 77 Brigade and has also provided support and advice to CAPITA and Recruiting Group ahead of their recruiting campaign launch. Lev supports the Centre for Army Leadership and has delivered of motivational presentations to young recruits and Sandhurst officer cadets, also finding time for the Ulysses Trust, the Soldiers Charity and Endeavour Fund (Royal Foundation) and is a charity ambassador for UNICEF. Since neither Lev, nor his CO were able to attend, his award was collected by Lieutenant Colonel Tom Purbrick of 77th Brigade Cultural Property Protection Unit.
Squadron Leader Andy Pawsey planned and executed the opening leg of the high profile RAF100 Static Aircraft UK city tour, which launched in Cardiff with a civic gala dinner, static aircraft display outside the city hall and flypast by the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight. Andy’s highly successful PR campaign provided a template for the five other city centre events that followed, during which thousands of people dropped in to city centre RAF “villages” for a chat and selfies with the aircraft. Last Autumn Squadron Leader Pawsey led the successful PR campaign for the RAF Apprenticeship awards. Early this year he planned and ran the media facility at RAF Marham for the arrival of the first operational F35 Lightning aircraft, weaving in outstanding air to air footage to the video, filmed by another RAF Media Reservist during the delivery trail over the Atlantic. In June 2019 Andy delivered a very effective media event, centred around the centenary of the first Alcock and Brown trans-Atlantic flight.