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West Hampstead beautician who serves as Army bomb-disposal expert awarded medal

PUBLISHED: 14:00 01 August 2014 | UPDATED: 14:11 01 August 2014

Cllr Ashley Kissin, Mayor of Redbridge, presents Sapper Rene Coba-Castillo with the Volunteer Reserve Service Medal for more than ten years’ exemplary Reserve Service. Picture: Stewart Turking

Cllr Ashley Kissin, Mayor of Redbridge, presents Sapper Rene Coba-Castillo with the Volunteer Reserve Service Medal for more than ten years’ exemplary Reserve Service. Picture: Stewart Turking

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A West Hampstead beautician who serves as a bomb-disposal expert for the Army Reserves has been decorated for giving more than 10 years’ “exemplary service” to her country.

Sapper Rene Coba-Castillo, who serves with Ilford’s 217 Explosive Ordinance Disposal and Search Squadron, was awarded the medal in front of a number of dignitaries at the Army Reserve Centre in Ilford.

The 42-year-old has been a reservist for 16 years and has taken part in numerous exercises both in the UK and overseas.

Lt-Col Eldon Millar, Commanding Officer of 33 Engineer Regiment, was host of the awards ceremony which celebrated more than 80 years of combined reserve service.

He said: “This has been a wonderful opportunity to recognise the considerable dedication, commitment and service of our reservists.”

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