Past CIOR President Argent awarded Officer of the Order of the British Empire

Immediate Past President of CIOR, Colonel (Ret.) Chris Argent, UK Army, has been awarded with the title “Officer of the Order of the British Empire” (OBE). Argent receives the award for his dedicated service to the UK Reserve Forces Association (UKRFA) and his Presidency role within CIOR.

By: Roy Thorvaldsen, Lt. Col (R), Norwegian Army/ CIOR Public Affairs

File photo: Colonel (Ret.) Chris Argent, UK Army.

– To have been entrusted to be the President of CIOR for two years, together with the management of our national reserves association, has been a great privilege – and now for that to be recognised by Her Majesty The Queen is humbling, Argent said when asked for a comment.

– In accepting this honour I recognise the enormous support I received from my Presidential Team from 2018 to 2020, he continued – and added:

– I very much hope that as we emerge around the globe from the Pandemic, CIOR can move forward and once again demonstrate its support to NATO with relevant outputs, as the representative body of the Reserves Community.

Buckingham Palace

The award was made public in the UK New Years Honours list. It will be presented at Buckingham Palace in due course by either Her Majesty Queen Elisabeth or another senior member of the Royal Family.

Major role

To recieve the award “Officer of the Order of the British Empire” one must have played a major local role in any activity, including people whose work has made them known nationally.

The order

The Order of the British Empire was established by King George V in 1917 to honour those who had served in a non-combative role and expanded the Order to reward contributions to the Arts, Sciences, Charitable work and Public Service. The Order is comprised of five classes across both military and civilian divisions.

The grades are: Knight/Dame Grand Cross (GBE); Knight/Dame Commander (KBE/DBE); Commander (CBE); Officer (OBE); Member (MBE).

(Source: Wikipedia.)