Published 22 February 2017
A civic reception is being held to recognise two Council employees being promoted to top jobs in the Reserve Forces.
Employees Jim Easton and Danny Rainey have clocked up 77 years between them as reservists and the Council is delighted to publically thank them for their achievement and commitment to the armed forces.
Waste Services driver Jim was appointed to Regimental Sergeant Major (RSM) of Army Training Unit (ATU) (Scotland), and with 26 year service, is the only Reserve Regimental Sergeant Major in Scotland.
Jim served with the 51st Highland 7th Battalion the Royal Regiment of Scotland on operations in Iraq and Afghanistan and spent time training the Afghan National Army while on operations in Helmand Province.
Jim left his position as Company Sergeant Major of Delta Company 7 SCOTS in 2012 and successfully secured a post to run teams who train Army Reserve Recruits in both Scotland and the North of England as Company Sergeant Major of I Company ATU (Sc) when he was promoted to take up his current position.
Out of hours support assistant Danny joined the Army Cadet Force in Helensburgh detachment in 1966 when he was just 14 years old. Danny rose to the position of Company Sergeant Major with Dumbarton West Company and was promoted to Regimental Sergeant Major Instructor, a position he had held twice in his career.
Danny has served for an incredible 51 years and received two Jubilee Medals for his service during the Queen’s reign.
Danny regularly goes on tour with the cadets and in the 70s travelled to Germany three times with the Cadets.
Provost Douglas McAllister hosted the reception in Clydebank Town Hall to mark Jim and Danny’s achievements and to thank them for their commitment to keeping the country safe.
Provost McAllister said: “This is a remarkable achievement by both our employees and a great example of how the actions of two men can benefit not only West Dunbartonshire but the whole country. Jim’s 26 year commitment and Danny’s astonishing 51 years is truly commendable and I am delighted to host this reception in their honour.
“We are very fortunate to have individuals like them who are willing to put themselves in danger for the protection and freedom of others and also give up their free time to benefit others. I am proud we have that calibre of staff working for the Council.”
Jim said: “I thoroughly enjoy my work with the Reserves and I would like to thank my colleagues at the Council for their continued support, which allows me to maintain my position within the forces.
“I am delighted with my new post which includes the “Leadership Code” champion and offering advice to the Commanding Officer on welfare matters for recruits under training and staff for the Army Training Unit. The job also includes development of recruit training and to ensure the ethos values and standards of the army are upheld. The position will include a fair bit of travel as my headquarters is in Pribright and also need to visit other Army Training Units in the UK.”
“I am very proud to serve my country and I am delighted that I am being publically recognised for doing a job I thoroughly enjoy.”
Danny said: “I have had a great time over the last 51 years and met some wonderful people along the way. The organisation has changed over the years, mainly with the drop in the entry age to 12 and allowing girls to join. The organisation has more than 41,000 young people between 12 and 18 years old and 9,500 adults across 1,600 battalions, so we constantly need volunteers to help these young people progress in the Cadets.
“In many ways we’re helping young people by teaching them life skills that they’ll benefit from regardless what they decide to go on to do in the lives. I personally get great satisfaction in helping and I have thoroughly enjoyed the last 51 years. I would urge anyone who would like to join us to come along and see how enthusiastic and keen our young people are to learn new skills.
“I feel very honoured to be given this recognition by the Council as to me I’m just doing something I really enjoy and I cherish every minute of my time that I spend with the Cadets.
“The Army Cadet Force will continue to go from strength to strength, not just because there are more people like me who have many years service but more importantly it’s the young people who keep joining. By far the most important person in the Force is not me with all my years of service but the last recruit who joined, as without them, we cannot continue.
“I hope all the new recruits get as much out of the organisation as I do. The best thing I ever did was walk into the Cadet Hut in Latta St in Dumbarton and I remember it like it was yesterday. Little did I know then what was ahead of me for the next 51 years. I’ve had a lifetime experience and the experience of a lifetime.”