New Commandant for Cumbria ACF


Col Anthony Steven has been appointed Commandant of Cumbria Army Cadet Force following the retirement of former Commandant Col Tom McMullen OBE DL.

Anthony was born in Cumbria at Crosby-on-Eden and regards himself as very much a local. He left Cumbria aged 18 in order to attend university where he joined the Officers’ Training Corps (OTC) and took a very active role in training.

On leaving university, he was commissioned into the 13th/18th Royal Hussars (Queen Mary’s Own).His duties were centred on armoured reconnaissance and he saw service in Norway, Turkey, Denmark, Germany and Northern Ireland. He was appointed Deputy Commandant of Cumbria ACF four years ago and, using the expertise of his day job as an IT trainer, has encouraged greater use of the information and communications technology by the County both to keep all levels of command informed and to enhance the image of the organisation.

He describes his new role as “an amazing privilege and a challenge,” and states that “my personal mission is to make a quantifiable improvement to the life outcomes of a generation of Cumbria’s young people who choose to serve as Army Cadets”.

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