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The ceremony at Gillingham Town Hall: Back Row Left to Right:
Emily Kadoch – Employer Engagement Director for Wessex Reserve Forces’ and Cadets’ Assoc, Cllr Donna Toye, Cllr David Walsh, Dennis Griffin, Chair Royal British Legion Gillingham Branch, Matt Adams, Royal British Legion Gillingham Branch Committee Member, Cllr Belinda Ridout, Cllr Rupert Evill.
Front Row Left to Right: Jon Walden, Lt-Col Andrew Edwards, The Rifles,  Cllr Barry von Clemens, Mayor of Gillingham, Commander Colin Kiernan, Executive Officer RNAS Yeovilton.


Gillingham Town Council has reinforced its allegiance to the armed forces community by signing the National Armed Forces Covenant.

The covenant is a national promise that ensures that those who serve or have served in the military, along with their families, are treated fairly and are not disadvantaged due to their military service.

The signing of the covenant took place at a ceremony held on Thursday 22 February 2024 at Gillingham Town Hall.
The covenant was signed by Commander Colin Kiernan, Executive Officer RNAS Yeovilton on behalf of the Ministry of Defence, and by Councillor Barry von Clemens, Mayor of Gillingham.

The ceremony was attended by armed forces representatives, councillors and representatives from local businesses and organisations.

Emily Kadoch, Employer Engagement Director for Wessex Reserve Forces’ and Cadets’ Association said: ‘On behalf of the armed forces and the Ministry of Defence, I wish to thank Gillingham Town Council for their support.’

Councillor Barry von Clemens said: ‘This is a very special moment which reinforces Gillingham Town Council’s support for military personnel, veterans and their families.’

Any  organisation  interested in partnering with Defence through signing the Armed Forces Covenant can contact the defence point of contact Emily Kadoch, the Employer Engagement Director at Wessex Reserve Forces & Cadets Association, via  wx-reed2@rfca.mod.uk

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