Naval nurse’s ‘outstanding commitment’ is recognised

Rear Admiral Jonathan Woodcock presents Commendation to Naval Reserves Warrant Officer Elaine Grist
Rear Admiral Jonathan Woodcock presents Commendation to Naval Reserves Warrant Officer Elaine Grist
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Exceptional loyalty and diligence from a naval reservist nurse was rewarded at a ceremony.

Elaine Grist, of Alverstoke, was given a personal Commendation from Rear Admiral Jonathan Woodcock at an event at the National Museum of the Royal Navy.

She received the commendation in recognition of her outstanding commitment to medical specialist recruiting, military operations, and her significant contributions to supporting outreach and recruiting at HMS King Alfred.

‘I was delighted to be recognised for my work which I enjoy doing. It has been a challenging year but also very rewarding,’ said Elaine, 49.

After the ceremony a reception was hosted at Admiralty House in Portsmouth Naval Base.

In both her civilian life and in the Naval Service, Elaine is an operating theatre nurse.

She has deployed twice to the busy military hospital in Camp Bastion, Afghanistan in 2009 and 2011 and to Iraq in 2003.

Her husband David is a navy medic and the pair were in Afghanistan together on deployment in 2011.

Having already received accolades for her work, such as Queen Alexandra’s Royal Naval Nurse of the Year in 2004, Elaine has continued to promote opportunities within the Reserve Force’s medical service. She joined the Royal Naval Reserve in 1988 and has helped train volunteers for the military response to the Ebola crisis in West Africa.