A veteran who served with the Royal Marines for 23 years is looking forward to learning new skills and trying out new activities, through his role as a Sea Cadet Volunteer.
Geoff Abbey, aged 53, has taken over the new Sea Cadet unit in Brackley which, when fully commissioned, will be known as TS Tidespring.
Geoff, who runs a sub-contracting business in his civilian life, completed operational tours of Bosnia, Iraq, The Falklands and Northern Ireland during his time in the armed forces, and now proudly wears his Royal Marines Commando green beret as part of his Sea Cadet uniform.
The father-of-one said: “I am proud and honoured to wear my green beret in my new role and hope that my 23 years of experience in the military will help me to lead the detachment as well as inspire cadets to reach their personal goals.
“I have not looked back once since joining the new detachment in my home town and look forward to helping cadets make the most of the experiences on offer.
“I believe you’re never too old to try something new, so I am looking forward to learning to drive a powerboat.”
Geoff was seeking an opportunity to get involved with a community project when he heard about the new unit.
Since opening in June 2015, the detachment has doubled in size and now has 12 cadets enrolled. It is looking for more cadets and adult volunteers to join.
Geoff said: “I am excited about continuing to lead this new unit and seeing it grow into an established part of the Sea Cadet community while watching the cadets develop and learn new skills through challenging activities which will give them a good start in adult life.”
To find out more about joining the Sea Cadets, visit www.sea-cadets.org