Last night, Mrs Tia Jones, held her first awards ceremony in her role as the Queen’s representative for the area and celebrated the Reserves and Cadets achievements.

Nearly 90 people attended the event at the Elephant and Castle Hotel in Newtown to celebrate the high achievers from the Reserve and Cadet communities at the event.

Reserves from all services are vital and valued members of the UK’s Defence family. They enhance their everyday civilian lives through exciting adventurous training opportunities, also gaining transferable skills to boost their civilian careers.

Lance Corporal Stewart McDonald (53 Sig Sqn RSigs); Sergeant Major Instructor Jason Walters (Gwent and Powys ACF); Civilian Instructor Alex Long (No 2 WW RAF Air Cadets); and Civilian Instructor Vivienne Reynolds (No 2 WW RAF Air Cadets) were awarded the Lord-Lieutenant’s Certificate of Meritorious Volunteer Service in recognition for their outstanding Service and Devotion to Duty.

The Lord-Lieutenant Cadets for 2019 were appointed to their new role and they received a distinctive badge to mark the occasion. The role includes accompanying the Lord-Lieutenant at official engagements, such as Royal visits and Remembrance services, and representing Cadets throughout the county.

The line-up of Lord-Lieutenant’s Cadets for 2019 include; Cadet Colour Sergeant Kyle Chaplin (Gwent and Powys ACF), Cadet Colour Sergeant James Ryan (Gwent and Powys ACF), Cadet Warrant Officer Sam Dykes (No 1 WW RAF Air Cadets), Cadet Flight Sergeant Barnaby Jones-Evans (No 2 WW RAF Air Cadets). These Cadets will support the Lord-Lieutenant on special occasions such as Royal visits, remembrance parades and civic events.

The Lord-Lieutenant’s Cadet Certificate and Badge are awarded to members of the Cadet Forces in recognition of those individual Cadets’ performance during the previous year in support of the Lord-Lieutenant. For carrying out the role in 2018, the Lord-Lieutenant’s Certificate and Badge was presented to Cadet Regimental Sergeant Major William Webb (Gwent and Powys ACF), Cadet Flight Officer Callum Hadwen (no 2 Welsh Wing RAF Air Cadets).

There are over 4,400 active Cadets at 210 locations across Wales. They are helped by more than 1,200 volunteers, who provide opportunities and inspiration for future generations to gain life changing experiences, skills and qualifications.

The event was organised by the Reserve Forces’ and Cadets’ Association (RFCA) for Wales – an organisation that has supported the Armed Forces for over 100 years. To learn more about opportunities available, visit: www.Wales-RFCA.org or contact @RFCAforWales on Twitter. Follow our new Instagram page! @rfcawales.

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