Ilkeston Air Cadets “Boss” has eventually received his Accumulated Campaign Service Medal (ACSM) from the Officer Commanding South & East Midlands Wing twenty two years after qualifying for it.
Wing Commander Dickinson presenting the medal to Flight Lieutenant Ralph Bateman
Flight Lieutenant Ralph Bateman, Officer Commanding 348 (Ilkeston) Squadron, Air Training Corps, qualified for the medal during his time in the Royal Air Force (RAF). The ACSM is awarded to those who have served in an operational environment (where a General Service Medal is awarded) for a period of 1,080 days. In Ralph’s case, he served for over four years in Northern Ireland between December 1984 and July 1989.
After seven years as a cadet with 1312 (Southend on Sea) Squadron (where he rose to the rank of Cadet Warrant Officer), Ralph joined the RAF in 1980 as a Telecommunication Operator. Ralph’s 12 years service was mostly spent in the United Kingdom with the exception of a year at RAF Goose Bay in Canada.
After six years as a RAF Regular Reserve Ralph joined 126 (City of Derby) Squadron serving as Civilian Instructor and ATC Sergeant before taking The Queen’s Commission in 2006. Ralph took over Ilkeston squadron in November 2007.
On Presenting the Medal to Ralph, Wing Commander Nigel Dickinson, Officer Commanding South & East Midlands Wing expressed his pride in being able to present this hard won medal to Ralph.
By Flt Lt A Munns
S&E Mids Wing MCO