In a historic achievement, Stephen Dariddh Nall has become the first Cambodian cadet to graduate from the esteemed Royal Military Academy Sandhurst (RMAS) in the United Kingdom. After completing a rigorous 44-week training course, Nall not only received the prestigious “Sandhurst Medal,” adorned with the cypher of the newly-crowned UK King Charles III but also clinched the highly coveted Bertrand Stuart War Studies Prize.
The “Stuart” prize, personally chosen by the academy commandant after a blind reading of academic work, is a testament to Nall’s exceptional dedication and commitment during his training alongside 154 British and international cadets. The Sanghurst medals, initiated in 2016, aim to recognize the extraordinary achievements of international cadets who successfully complete the Regular Commissioning Course at RMAS.
On December 13, the medals were presented to 24 international cadets, including Nall, in a ceremony overseen by Commandant Major-General Zac Stenning, OBE. The event marked a significant milestone for the Cambodian officer cadet and showcased his exemplary performance on the global stage.
The Royal Embassy of Cambodia in London expressed pride in Nall’s accomplishment, highlighting the momentous occasion for Cambodia. The embassy congratulated the young officer cadet and extended joy to his family for this outstanding achievement.
Among the distinguished attendees at the passing-out parade was Stephen Nall’s father, Mao Havannall, the Minister in Charge of the State Secretariat of Civil Aviation (SSCA). General Vong Pisen, Commander-in-Chief of the Royal Cambodian Armed Forces (RCAF), also graced the ceremony during his two-day working visit to the UK from December 14-16.
The UK embassy in Phnom Penh took to Twitter to express their congratulations, emphasizing Nall’s double win of the Bertrand Stuart War Studies Prize and the Sandhurst medal. This accomplishment not only brings pride to Cambodia but also reflects positively on the global stage as Nall becomes the first Cambodian to graduate from RMAS.
In an inspiring gesture, Cadet Stephen Nall expressed gratitude to the RCAF and the Cambodian government for providing him with the opportunity to represent his nation at one of the world’s most prestigious military academies. Looking forward, Nall announced his intention to continue his studies and pursue a career in military rotary wing aviation, showcasing his determination to contribute to the field.
In making history at RMAS, Stephen Dariddh Nall has not only elevated the reputation of the Cambodian Army but has also established himself as a trailblazer, setting a precedent for future generations. His achievements resonate with the legacy of RMAS, which has educated prominent figures such as Winston Churchill, monarchs, heads of states, and leaders of armies, cementing his place in the annals of both UK and Cambodian history.
Source: The PhnomPenh Post