Mid Glamorgan’s Reserves and Cadets who are making a difference in their communities have been celebrated by Her Majesty’s representative for the area.

Last night, HM Vice Lord-Lieutenant of Mid Glamorgan Peter Vaughan held the awards ceremony to recognise local youngsters and adults who have gone the extra mile to help others.

Nearly 100 people attended the event at the Pontypridd Army Reserve Centre 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.

Petty Officer Paul Rabone, Staff Sergeant Instructor Mark Viner, Staff Sergeant Instructor Christopher Headon and Flight Lieutenant Huw O’Connell were awarded the Lord-Lieutenant’s Certificate of Meritorious Volunteer Service in recognition for their dedication, commitment and outstanding performance

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; Able Cadet James Jones (Rhondda SCC), Cadet Sergeant Cian Adams (Treorchy School CCF), and Cadet Sergeant Kieran Smith (Treorchy School CCF).

For carrying out the role in 2018, the Lord-Lieutenant’s Certificate and Badge was presented to; Dyfed & Glamorgan Army Cadet Force’s (ACF) Cadet Sergeant Imogen Hinett from Aberdare, No 1 Welsh Wing RAF Air Cadets’ Cadet Warrant Officer Katie Thomas from Merthyr Tydfil, and No 3 Welsh Wing RAF Air Cadets’ Cadet flight Sergeant Casey Marchant from Bridgend.

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.

Images: Nick Treharne.

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