The excellence of the Armed Forces and supporting civilians were recognised last night at the second Sun Military Awards, organised by The Sun newspaper in close association with the Ministry of Defence.
Their Royal Highnesses The Princes William and Henry of Wales were guests of honour at the event held at the Imperial War Museum, London, on Tuesday 15 December. They were joined by military Chiefs, senior government and political figures, and stars from the worlds of entertainment and sport to pay tribute to these unique individuals.
The ceremony, including unique footage of shortlisted individuals and teams on operations, plus reconstructions of the acts of heroism that were nominated, will be televised on Monday 21 December at 9pm on ITV1.
SUN MILITARY AWARDS 2009 WINNERS
1. Overcoming Adversity Marine Ben McBean, 40 Commando Royal Marines, Plymouth, Devon
2. Most Outstanding Sailor or Marine Able Seaman Medical Assistant Kate Nesbitt MC, attached to 1st Battalion The Rifles, Plymouth, Devon
3. Most Outstanding Soldier Corporal Mark Powis MC, 1st Battalion The Rifles, Weston-Super-Mare, Somerset
4. Most Outstanding Airman Flight Lieutenant John Walmsley, RAF Odiham, from Edinburgh
5. Best Reservist Able Seaman Edmund Grandison, HMS Forward, Royal Naval Reserve, from Tyseley, Birmingham
6. Support to the Armed Forces The town of Wootton Bassett, Wiltshire
7. Life Saver Award Corporal Carl Thomas, 2nd Battalion The Rifles, Liverpool
8. True Grit Home Acting Chief Petty Officer David Rigg, Royal Naval Air Service, Culdrose, Cornwall
9. True Grit Overseas Sergeant Andrew McNulty, 2nd Battalion The Mercian Regiment, Catterick, North Yorkshire
10. Best Unit The 2nd Battalion, The Rifles, Ballykinler, Northern Ireland
11. Judges’ Award for Special Recognition
Joint Force Explosive Ordnance Disposal Group