The joint Professional Engineering Institutions (PEIs) Churchill Medal Award ceremonial lunch saw Sergeant Kevin Cuthbert REME awarded for his achievements in engineering in support of military operations.
The joint PEI's* Churchill Medal Award ceremonial lunch was held at IET Birmingham: Austin Court on Thursday 9 October, 2014.
The medal is for an individual or small team for achievement in engineering and technical advancement in support of military operations, and is awarded jointly by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET), Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE), Institute of Marine Engineering (IMarEST), the Royal Aeronautical Society (RAeS), the Institution of Royal Engineers (InstRE), the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) and the Society of Operations Engineers (SOE).
Sergeant Kevin Cuthbert of the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers (REME) was awarded this prestigious prize for his outstanding professionalism and leadership during Operation HERRICK in Afghanistan.
After engaging keynote speeches and a formal lunch, BAE’s Director Flight Operations Paul Stone, AVM Tim Bishop and IET Chief Executive Nigel Fine presented Sergeant Cuthbert with the Churchill Medal, and the four runners up with certificates on behalf of all of the PEIs.
During his deployment on Operation HERRICK 18 in Afghanistan, Sergeant Cuthbert’s primary role was specialist repair of vehicles and he completed a broad spectrum of tasks from Improvised Explosive Device (IED) blast assessment and bar armour repair to fabrication of vehicle modification solutions.
Sergeant Cuthbert became a master of innovation, which was not just limited to his trade. He examined damaged or defective vehicles when they came in from operations, assessed the problem, designed and manufactured a solution, then tested it prior to returning the vehicle to the unit. He faced technical challenges on a daily basis, including locating and repairing sheered mounting bolts on the HUSKY vehicle; strengthening repetitive hull damage on unmanned vehicles and manufacturing covers for stowage bins on MAN SV recovery vehicles to prevent tools being lost or stolen on Combat Logistic Patrols.
The medal was awarded to Sergeant Cuthbert for the significant difference his endeavours made, both to the soldier tradesmen under his command and to the lives of the Afghan people that he helped.
IET Head of Membership Mark Organ said, “I am delighted that Sergeant Cuthbert has been awarded the Churchill Medal. His work in Afghanistan proves he is a hardworking, influential and truly deserving winner. I hope his work inspires others and highlights the exciting range a career in the Armed Forces provides.”
Generously sponsored by BAE Systems, the event was a huge success. Paul Stone said “It was a pleasure to represent BAE Systems at such a prestigious award ceremony. Crucially the Churchill Medal recognises how these talented men and women have made the connection between Engineering and the delivery of a front line capability. It is really important that their hard work and great skill has been recognised and I hope their achievements inspire others into careers in the Armed Forces and the Defence Industry. I am proud that BAE Systems has sponsored today’s event.”
*Consisting of the Institution of Engineering and Technology, the Institute of Marine Engineering, Science and Technology, the Royal Aeronautical Society, the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, the Institution of Royal Engineers, the Society of Operations Engineers and the Institution of Civil Engineers.