SHE is an outstanding role model who sets the highest standards even in the face of life’s setbacks.
Now Royal Naval Reservist (RNR) Petty Officer Miranda Cracknell-Burt has been named the best reservist in Hampshire for her dedication to the service.
The 44-year-old, from Portsmouth’s HMS King Alfred, was honoured at a service by the Lord Lieutenant of Hampshire Nigel Atkinson.
She was the only female sailor out of 12 students to pass the demanding senior rates’ leadership course and was praised for her positive attitude and willingness to learn.
But what makes the achievement even more remarkable is that only a week before she began the course, PO Cracknell-Burt had been given the all-clear from doctors after undergoing treatment for breast cancer.
The sailor spoke of her surprise after receiving the award, but said it was also tinged with sadness because her inspirational father Danny was missing from the ceremony.
PO Cracknell-Burt said: ‘One special person was missing, my dad.
‘He was the reason I joined the naval service and he would have been so proud to be here tonight.
‘We lost him to cancer six years ago. But it was wonderful to have my mum and my son Mitchell as they know I go away from home with the RNR but they don’t know everything I do when I’m on duty.’
PO Cracknell-Burt was mobilised to the navy’s Indian Ocean and Red Sea patrols.
Commander Anthony Stickland, the commanding officer of HMS King Alfred, said; ‘PO Cracknell-Burt is an excellent ambassador for the naval service.
‘For triumph over adversity, tireless service and the highest professional standards, she is a very worth recipient of the award for best reservist in Hampshire. I’m immensely proud of her achievements.’
The citation for PO Cracknell-Burt’s award said she is ‘an outstanding role model and mentor who sets the highest standards and possesses the ability to lead in difficult and testing circumstances’.
Service honour for helping diving branch
FORMER submariner Warrant Officer Chris Dello was rewarded for his work in support of the Royal Naval Reserve’s diving branch.
The reservist, who is a former full-time submariner, received the Hampshire Territorial Trust award for notable achievement.
After receiving the award, WO Dello said: ‘I feel very honoured to receive the Hampshire Territorial Trust’s award.
‘But it goes without saying that this achievement would not be possible without the selfless commitment of the diving team around me.’