A soldier from Swansea has been appointed MBE for his contribution during military support to the Welsh Government’s response to Covid-19.
Warrant Officer Class 1 Jamie Hutch, 40, from Penlan, helped keep a roof over the heads of hundreds of soldiers deployed across Wales on Operation Rescript and kept them well fed.
It has been described as “the largest UK military operation ever in peacetime” by the Ministry of Defense (MoD), involving up to 23,000 personnel in a specialist task force.
His outstanding work as a member of the Care For Homeless charity was also recognized.
Jamie has also supported various other charities, including Cancer Research UK, where he was part of a world record-breaking marathon team which raised over £100,000.
“I was totally shocked when I was informed of the award, I am very humbled, honored and surprised to be recognized for the work I have done, but also proud to have been able to make a difference.”
As part of the Covid-19 response, soldiers from various British Army units, under Joint Military Command Wales, have been deployed to support civil authorities in a number of tasks from April 2020, including the deployment of vaccination, management and distribution of PPE. , being part of the teams of the Welsh Ambulance Service and many others.
Jamie added: “The Towers Towers Hotel and Spa in Swansea were instrumental in accommodating soldiers who helped run ambulances for Morriston and Singleton Hospital so I want to say a big thank you to them.”
Jamie joined the Army in 1998 aged 16 and has served in Afghanistan, Canada, Norway, Germany, Poland, Kenya and was recently posted to the 160th (Welsh) Brigade, based in Brecon, as a food service mandate. Wales officer.
He is now based in Warminster in Wiltshire and said: “I have always struggled for perfection, or as close to it in my career, but I see it as doing my job and not anything beyond that.
“I have been given the mandate to enhance the lived experience of our service personnel on the Defense training estate and I have taken this to heart and made it my mission for the past 18 months to make the most of it.
“I also tried to reduce the carbon footprint while doing it by replacing any equipment with sustainable energy source equipment.”
Jamie’s Citation of Honor reads: “WO1 Hutch planned and implemented the rapidly evolving and continuously evolving accommodation and food plan for Defense support to the Covid-19 response of the Welsh government.
“His most recent work with the Defense Infrastructure Organization and industry was instrumental in ensuring Defense quarantine facilities were in place, without which UK service personnel could not deploy to operations.
“Somehow he still finds time to care for the less able and the most unfortunate.
“He is a member of the Care for Homeless charity and takes part in a regular program of activities to support them, including in 2018 when he ran six marathons in six days to secure sponsors.
“His charity work has also included fundraising for the Nepal Disaster Relief Fund, various children’s charities and he was part of a world record marathon team which raised over £100,000 for research on the cancer.”
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