West Midlands, UK—Captain Makand Singh of the Royal Logistic Corps, Territorial Army was bestowed with an MBE Award by HRH Queen Elizabeth II in the New Years Honours list for 2011.
Last year Captain Singh also won the Chief Executive award at the British Asian Hafta Awards held at the ICC in Birmingham during December. This award is aimed at celebrating the success and contributions of the Asian community to Britain.
He has also been awarded the Meritorious Service Medal for long and loyal service and All Party Parliamentary Group cultural award for his contribution to promotion of Punjabi culture in Britain.
Captain Singh is currently serving as the Regimental Operations Support Officer in a 159 Supply Regiment with Headquarters based in the West Midlands.
Born in Malaysia, Captain Singh came to the UK at the age of 14, after completing his secondary education he then followed his father’s foot steps and joined the British Army at the age of 17.
His father Mr Baldev Singh is thought to be the first Sikh to join the British Army wearing a dastaar and maintaining all his Kes. Captain Singh himself has encouraged an increase to the number of Sikhs serving in the British Army.
Captain Singh spent 16 years in Germany serving in a variety of units covering Ammunition, Transport and other Logistics disciplines. He also served in Belize, Bosnia, Hong Kong and in the UK in various management roles.
He has devoted a number of years to working as a Community Liaison Officer for Sikh and other Ethnic communities predominately covering the West Midlands area.
Sikhs have a very long history with the British Army and to have a Sikh recognised for his achievements and service to this country with such a prestigious award is truly a great pride for the Sikh Community.