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Hazel Hammond receives Imperial Service Medal

Hazel Hammond, a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints from the St. Albans, Hertfordshire area, was recently awarded the Imperial Service Medal, a prestigious honour given to civil servants deemed worthy through having contributed long, zealous and meritorious service.

Hammond was awarded the honour for her thirty-two years of service at RAF Henlow. She began her service in 1979 in the local purchase branch of the supply section of the Royal Air Force’s Signals Engineering Establishment. She later joined the Joint Arms Control Implementation Group in 1996, where she provided all aspects of administrative support for training flights. During this time Hazel came in contact with several people from North Atlantic Treaty Organization countries whom she assisted.  

Because of her faith, Hazel said she lived with the belief that she should treat each person, regardless of where they came from, with respect as a child of Heavenly Father. She devoted herself to helping them in any way she could.  “Throughout my working life, I feel I have been blessed with the strength to be able to work and to be able to look after myself and my children,” Hammond said.  Hazel Hammond is the mother of two, the grandmother of three and the great-grandmother of two.  

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