Keith Savage, a member of the Civilian Committee at 2248 (Rutland) Squadron, who is an ex-Warrant Officer (ATC) has been awarded an MBE (Member of the Order of the British Empire) in the 2010 New Years Honours List for his services to the Air Training Corps and voluntary work in his local community.
For over the last the last 40 years Keith has made a truly outstanding contribution to the local community through his voluntary work, including a hugh contribution to the cadet forces.
A former Air Cadet, Keith served in the Royal Air Force from 1958 to 1970. In 1971 he joined the Army Cadet Force (ACF) as a volunteer instructor and during his time with the ACF he attained the rank of Staff Sergeant.
On leaving the ACF in 1979 Keith joined the ATC as a Civilian Instructor and it didn’t take long for his potential to be recognised and he was soon enlisted as a Warrant Officer (ATC). During this time his continued enthusiasm, commitment and energy justifiably earned great respect from both staff and cadets alike.
After 20 years of loyal service, Keith retired from the ATC in 1999 but he later re-joined 2248 (Rutland) Squadron as Civilian Instructor (CI). He has recently retired as a CI and has now joined the Civillian Committee at 2248 Squadron.
Keith Savage who was awarded a MBE in the 2010 New Years Honours List.
During his ATC career Keith has helped tutor cadets with special needs and has also used his fostering skills to mentor troubled cadets through difficult times. He has been involved in numerous ATC activities, especially in the field of drill and as the Parade WO for numerous parades in and around the local communities across Rutland County. Whilst a uniformed member of staff, Keith also worked as a member of the then North-East Region (Now North Region) Small Arms Training Team and he even ran a Squadron for a period of time as the acting CO.
However, Keith’s voluntary work has extended beyond the cadet forces. He and his wife Ann have fostered nearly 300 children betwen 1987 and 2007, many of them who had special needs. Keith is an active member of the British Red Cross and the Royal Air Force Association and he serves on the committee of the Royal British Legion in Rutland County and is also their Standard Bearer. In his local village he helps his wife in her role of as the Church Warden and he is also a volunteer with Voluntary Action Rutland.
Keith commented “I’m a proud member of the Air Training Corps and it it is a real honour and a privledge to be recognised in this way”.