A volunteer has been rewarded for his long service and contribution to the Sea Cadet Corps (SCC) in Wales.
Lieutenant Commander Peter Killick (SCC) RNR, 64, has received the fourth clasp to the Cadet Force Medal following 39 years of service in the SCC.
Clasps are awarded to uniformed instructors in the cadet forces every six years after they have received their initial 12-year service medal.
Once a cadet himself, Lieutenant Commander Killick joined Llanelli SCC Unit as an instructor, later becoming the unit’s Commanding Officer.
In his voluntary role, he has served as Assistant District Officer in South Wales District and then the Deputy District Officer. Last year, he was promoted to District Officer within South Wales, responsible for the district’s seven units.
In his extensive service, Lieutenant Killick has had some extraordinary and special experiences, which have included meeting Her Majesty the Queen and Their Royal Highnesses, the Duke of Edinburgh and Prince Charles, during their visits to Llanelli and received an invitation to the Royal Garden Party.
At Armed Forces Day last year in Caerphilly, Lieutenant Killick met the First Sea Lord, Admiral Sir Philip Andrew Jones KCB ADC, and the Captain Sea Cadets, Captain Philip Russell RN.
Lieutenant Commander Killick said: “It is gives me a lot of pride to have achieved this award. It is something that as a young Petty Officer all those years ago, I never thought I would still be doing a hobby which has turned out to be a big part of my and my family’s life.”
Cadet Force Adult Volunteers inspire Cadets to achieve in the classroom and in their future careers. In doing so, volunteers also gain valuable transferable skills and accredited qualifications, which complement their civilian careers in everything from leadership, communication and teaching, to catering, sports and engineering.
Now retired, Lieutenant Commander Killick is one of many volunteers whose lives and careers have been enriched by becoming a Cadet Force Adult Volunteer. He said: “The skills that I have attained include power boat safety coxswain, Marine Engineering Instructor, Range Conducting Officer to name a few. The most useful was the engineering as this helped me with my first job as a motor mechanic.
“Anyone who has spare time should join the cadet force and see young children become young adults who can do a number of different types of skills which they would not have had if they were not in the cadet forces.”
Would you like to inspire young people to achieve their potential? Click here to find out more about becoming a Cadet Force Adult Volunteer.