WILSEY, Robert Patrick Willasey

3 Commando Bde. Air Squadron
'3 Commando Brigade, Royal Marines'
Royal Marines
Royal Navy
Major Robert Patrick Willasey Wilsey received The Queen's Commendation for Valuable Service in the Air during operations in Northern Iraq and Southern Turkey [1]
  • His Q.C.V.S.A., was announced in February 1992 in recognition of his valuable services in the air and leadership of 3 Commando Brigade Air Squadron during Operation Haven. His personal contribution was highly significant, choosing to lead many of the most dangerous missions himself, in particular the frequent armed air reconnaisance patrols over the many Iraqi Army positions [1].
  • May 1992 name change from Robert Patrick WILLASEY-WILSEY to Robert Patrick Willasey WILSEY [2].
  • 1 February 1994 (Major)(Local Lieutenant Colonel) promoted Lieutenant Colonel effective from 31 December 1993 [3][4].
  • Commanding Officer Comacchio Group [5].
  • 12 February 1996 (Lieutenant Colonel) assumed the appointment of Chief Operations Officer and Commander British Contingent (COMBRITCON) of the United Nations Observer Mission in Georgia (UNOMIG) [5].
  • 2 September 1999 (Colonel) awarded Legion of Merit (U.S.A.) [2].
  • 3 February 2000 (Colonel) to Retired List [6].
Extract from the Globe and Laurel Sept - Oct. 1982 edition.
"Many of you who saw the excellent displays by Lynx helicopters of the Army Air Corps at their recent silver jubilee celebrations, may be surprised to learn that their leader is Capt. Rob Wilsey of 3 Commando Brigade Air Squadron, on exchange service with the Army Air Corps at Middle Wallop.
The son of Maj. Gen Pat Willasey·Wilsey, a former CO of 43 Commando and 3 Commando Brigade Commander, Rob joined the Corps in 1969 and qualified as a helicopter pilot in 1976. He said 'We chose the name 'SlIver Eagles' because it is the AAC's Silver Jubilee and the eagle is their Corps motif." He has over 2,300 flying hours to his credit and led the flypast over SS 'Canberra'."
[1] London Gazette 52833, page 2577.
[2] Colonel R.P.W. Wilsey
[3] London Gazette 53562, page 1516.
[4] Globe and Laurel Jan-Feb. 1994.
[5] Globe and Laurel Jan-Feb.1996.
[6] London Gazette 55756, page 1334.

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