The Sun Military Awards

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A Night of Heroes: The Sun Military Awards
Sponsor The Sun
Location Hampton Court Palace (2008)
Imperial War Museum (2009–2012)
National Maritime Museum (2013)
Country United Kingdom
Presented by Tess Daly (2008)
Phillip Schofield (2009–present)
Amanda Holden (2009–present)
First awarded 2008
Official website www.thesun.co.uk
Television/Radio coverage
Network Sky1 (2008)
ITV (2009–present)
Runtime 90 minutes (inc. adverts)

The Sun Military Awards (televised as A Night of Heroes: The Sun Military Awards since 2009) is an annual awards ceremony which honours members of the British armed forces and civilians involved with the forces. The awards were created by The Prince of Wales.[1] The awards are organised and sponsored by The Sun newspaper.[2]

During the televised ceremony, awards known as "Millies" are given out. The awards and their recipients are chosen by a select panel of ten judges, made up of national figures and military chiefs.[3] Nominees of all but one of the categories are selected by the general public, with the remaining category winner chosen by the judges.[2]

The first ceremony aired on Sky1 and was hosted by Tess Daly, but since 2009, the awards are televised on ITV and are presented by Phillip Schofield and Amanda Holden.

2008[edit]

The 2008 award ceremony was presented by Tess Daly, taking place on 16 December at Hampton Court Palace[4] and was aired on Sky1 before Christmas that year.

Award Details Recipient(s)
Best recruit For a young recruit, of any rank and service, who has demonstrated outstanding potential in initial training. Able Seaman Jamie Campbell
Best Armed Forces Animal For the most remarkable service from a service animal; to recognise the vital role of animals in the forces; on operations, during ceremonial duties or at home. Treo and Corporal Dave Heyhoe
Life Saver Award For a service individual, whether a member of the medical chain or not, who has performed an extraordinary life-saving act) Lance Corporal Jan Fourie
Most Outstanding Airman For the individual who has made the most outstanding contribution to the RAF over the last year. Warrant Officer Jack MacFarlane
True Grit: Group For a small unit or group of men or women from any service who have together performed a single act of true grit – through courage, determination or self-sacrifice – be it on or off duty. Royal Marines Armoured Support Group
Support to the Armed Forces For a civilian, a civil servant, a contractor or just an ordinary member of the public, who has provided invaluable help to the Armed Forces. Bryn Parry, Emma Parry, Jeremy and Francie Clarkson; Help For Heroes
Most Outstanding Sailor or Marine For the individual who has made the most outstanding contribution to the Royal Navy or Royal Marines over the past year. Leading Seaman Lee Duffy
Most Outstanding Soldier For the individual who has made the most outstanding contribution to the Army over the past year. WO2 Ian Farrell
True Grit: Individual For an individual serviceman or woman who has performed a single act of true grit – through courage, determination or self-sacrifice – be it on or off duty. Captain Simon Cupples
Overcoming Adversity To recognise individuals who have suffered injury or illness, and yet have overcome their significant difficulties with fortitude. Lance Bombardier Ben Parkinson
Best Unit The winner of this award can either be a major or minor unit that has excelled consistently over the year, for example with notable achievements on an operational deployment. The Chinook Force
Judge's Award for Special Recognition For outstanding service by an individual or group, and not recognised elsewhere. Christine Bonner
2nd Battalion, Parachute Regiment

2009[edit]

The 2009 award ceremony took place on 15 December 2009, and was broadcast on ITV on 21 December at 9.00pm. The judges included John Terry, Jeremy Clarkson, Kelly Holmes, Ross Kemp and four ex-Service chiefs.[5]

Award Recipient(s)
Overcoming Adversity Marine Ben McBean, 40 Commando Royal Marines, Plymouth, Devon
Most Outstanding Sailor or Marine Able Seaman Medical Assistant Kate Nesbitt MC, attached to 1st Battalion, The Rifles, Plymouth, Devon
Most Outstanding Soldier Corporal Mark Powis MC, 1st Battalion The Rifles, Weston-super-Mare, Somerset
Most Outstanding Airman Flight Lieutenant John Walmsley, RAF Odiham, from Edinburgh
Best Reservist Able Seaman Edmund Grandison, HMS Forward, Royal Naval Reserve, from Tyseley, Birmingham
Support to the Armed Forces The town of Wootton Bassett, Wiltshire
Life Saver Award Corporal Carl Thomas, 2nd Battalion, The Rifles, Liverpool
True Grit Home Acting Chief Petty Officer David Rigg, Royal Naval Air Service, RNAS Culdrose, Cornwall
True Grit Overseas Sergeant Andrew McNulty, 2nd Battalion, The Mercian Regiment, Catterick, North Yorkshire
Best Unit The 2nd Battalion, The Rifles, Ballykinler, Northern Ireland
Judges' Award for Special Recognition Joint Force Explosive Ordnance Disposal Group & Afghan Heroes

2010[edit]

The 2010 award ceremony was televised on ITV, on 20 December 2010.[6][7] The ceremony was presented by Amanda Holden and Phillip Schofield.

Award Recipient(s)
Overcoming Adversity Corporal Andy Reid, 3rd Battalion, Yorkshire Regiment
Most Outstanding Sailor or Marine Sergeant Major Buck Ryan, 40 Commando
Most Outstanding Soldier Warrant Officer II Karl Ley, 11 Explosive Ordnance Disposal Regiment RLC
Most Outstanding Airman Flight Lieutenant Ian Fortune, No. 27 Squadron RAF
Best Reservist Squadron Leader Sarah Charter
Support to the Armed Forces Denny Wise
Life Saver Award Corporal Ricky Fergusson, 4th Battalion, The Rifles
True Grit Sergeant Keith Best, RAF Search and Rescue Force
Best Unit 1st Battalion, The Mercian Regiment
Judges' Awards for Special Recognition Heroes of Sangin
RAF Bomber Command

2011[edit]

The 2011 award ceremony took place at the Imperial War Museum on 19 December 2011, and were televised on ITV, on 21 December 2011, at 8.30pm. They were hosted by Amanda Holden and Phillip Schofield.

The winners were:[8]

Award Recipient(s)
Overcoming Adversity Private Scott Meenagh, 2nd Battalion, Parachute Regiment
Most Outstanding Sailor or Marine Petty Officer Aircrewman Mike Henson, HMS St Albans
Most Outstanding Soldier Sergeant Ryan McReady, 1st Battalion, Royal Irish Regiment
Most Outstanding Airman Flight Lieutenant Michael Anderson, RAF Odiham
Best Reservist Air Engineering Technician Michelle Ping, Royal Naval Reserve Air Branch
Support to the Armed Forces Walking with the Wounded
Life Saver Award RAF Tactical Medical Wing
True Grit Private Lee Stephens, 3rd Battalion, The Mercian Regiment
Best Unit 42 Commando Royal Marines
Judges' Special Award HMS Liverpool
Judges' Special Award RAF Search and Rescue

2012[edit]

The 2012 award ceremony was again held at the Imperial War Museum on 6 December 2012 and televised on ITV, on 15 December 2012 at 9.00pm and were hosted by Amanda Holden and Phillip Schofield.

Award Recipient(s)
Overcoming Adversity Captain Si Maxwell, Royal Marines
Most Outstanding Sailor or Marine Corporal Justin Morgan, Royal Marines, 771 Naval Air Squadron
Most Outstanding Soldier Lance Corporal Sean Jones, 1st Battalion, Princess of Wales's Royal Regiment
Most Outstanding Airman Sergeant Roy Geddes, No. 51 Squadron RAF Regiment
Best Reservist Private Simon Sunderland, Royal Logistics Corps
Support to the Armed Forces Nikki Scott, founder "Scotty's Little Soldiers"
Life Saver Award Lance Corporal Hayley Ridgeway, 1st Battalion, The Rifles
True Grit Corporal Oliver Kennedy, 1st Battalion, Princess of Wales's Royal Regiment
Best Unit 3rd Battalion, The Rifles
Judges' Special Award Complex Trauma Team, Defence Medical Rehabilitation Centre, Headley Court
Judges' Special Award Operation Olympics (military contribution to 2012 London Olympic Games)

2013[edit]

The 2013 award ceremony took place at the National Maritime Museum on 11 December and televised on ITV on 16 December from 9.00pm. The ceremony was once again hosted by Amanda Holden and Phillip Schofield.

Award Recipient(s)
Overcoming Adversity Corporal Josh Boggi, Royal Engineers
Most Outstanding Sailor or Marine Petty Officer (Naval Nurse) Emily McCullough, Queen Alexandra's Royal Naval Nursing Service
Most Outstanding Soldier Rifleman Josh Dodds, B Company, 4th Battalion, The Rifles
Most Outstanding Airman Sergeant Anna Irwin, 18 (Bomber) Squadron RAF
Best Reservist Lance Corporal Keith Mallon, Royal Yeomanry
Support to the Armed Forces Families' Activity Breaks charity
Life Saver Award Sergeant Rachael Robinson, 22 Squadron, RAF Search and Rescue Force
True Grit N/A
Best Unit 904 Expeditionary Air Wing, Tornado Detachment
Judges' Awards for Special Recognition Veterans of the Battle of the Atlantic.
Camp Bastion's Support to Operations personnel

References[edit]

  1. ^ Dunn, Tom Newton; Martin Phillips, Virginia Wheeler, Tom Wells (17 December 2008). "Best of the best". The Sun. Retrieved 21 December 2008. 
  2. ^ a b "Sun Military Awards return to honour best in Defence". MOD. 22 July 2010. Retrieved 22 December 2010. 
  3. ^ Dunn, Tom Newton (1 September 2008). "Charles: Why I back The Millies". The Sun. Retrieved 21 December 2008. 
  4. ^ "Armed forces awards show to air on Sky 1". Broadcast. 12 November 2008. Retrieved 12 December 2013. 
  5. ^ "The Sun launches Millies 2009". army.mod.uk. 31 July 2009. Retrieved 1 December 2009. [dead link]
  6. ^ Larke, Kaija (20 December 2010). "Forces personnel honoured". British Forces News. Retrieved 23 December 2010. 
  7. ^ "A night of heroes". Metro. 2010. Retrieved 23 December 2010. 
  8. ^ https://www.gov.uk/government/news/armed-forces-honoured-at-the-millies