Lieutenant Colonel Marvin (Manny) Manfred – Chair of MLT
Manny joined the Parachute Regiment as a soldier in May 1971. After several operational tours of duty in Ireland he was promoted to Sgt in 1978; to WO2 in 1985 and to WO1 (RSM) in 1989 as RSM (I) of the Infantry Signal Wing in Warminster, where he had made his home in 1978.
In 1992 Manny was commissioned; his first post being Unit Families Officer with 3 PARA. After a tour of duty at the Infantry Trg Centre, Warminster, he returned to 2 PARA as Mechanical Transport Officer. This duty included a 6 month Operational tour in South Armagh, Northern Ireland as officer in charge of Europe’s then busiest Heli-port at Bessbrook Mill.
In 1997 Manny successfully applied for the post of Adjutant/Quartermaster at the University of Wales Officers Training Corps in Cardiff where he remained until April 2006. Whilst serving with the UOTC he was awarded the Commander in Chief Land Command’s Award for Meritorious Service for services to Reserve Army Recruiting and Wales UOTC. He was then selected for the post of Officer Commanding 160 (Wales) Brigade Recruiting Advisory Team in Brecon, in the rank of Major.
Manny retired from full time service in August 2011 at the age of 60 having completed over 40 years with the Parachute Regiment – something he is very proud of. On retiring he transferred his commission to Dyfed & Glamorgan Army Cadet Force where he served as the Area Commander for Ceredigion. In 2015 he was appointed as a Deputy Cadet Commandant in the rank of Lieutenant Colonel with responsibility for Dyfed. He retired fully in August 2017.
During his service, Manny has been deployed in many areas of the world including North and Central America, S E Asia, most European countries and, most notably in 1982, to The Falklands where he saw action as a Platoon Sergeant in A Coy 3 PARA, taking part in the Battle for Mount Longdon. He has given many presentations on his experiences during the Falklands Conflict, his largest audience to date being to 400 passengers on a P&O cruise ship during a South American cruise.