Military Award - Georgina Chiplin
Georgina (George) Chiplin was presented with the Military Award, sponsored by The River Practice Specialist Centre.
George was nominated by her husband David for what she does in and out of the Royal Navy. He describes her as a ‘long-suffering’ wife who always puts the greater good before herself:
“George joined the Navy when she was sixteen, and almost two decades later, is still a vital asset at RNAS Culdrose, having done two tours of Afghanistan even though she says it felt like she was abandoning her family.
“As well as this, she’s a member of the Girl Guides, runs a Rainbow unit in Helston and the swimming club at Culdrose pool.
“Not to mention being a qualified teacher and lifeguard there and being a mum to two teenage daughters.”
Talking about her tours of Afghanistan, George said: “We had a couple of days, especially on the second tour where we had no contact back home, so I was worried that the family would be concerned that they weren’t getting any contact from me. But we were under some very heavy rocket attacks on the barracks at the time. It was then that we knew ‘wow, this is real!’.
“When I was told I’d won, I thought ‘no, I can’t be entitled to it.’ I don’t do anything to be nominated, I just get on with my job and my stuff in the evenings. It was unreal that someone had taken the time to nominate me, and even more so that it was my husband.”