The Queen’s representative for South Glamorgan honoured the Reserves and Cadets’ work in their local communities for their dedication and commitment, last Thursday.

Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant Mrs Morfudd Meredith was speaking at her annual Awards Ceremony, where she singled out members of the Armed Forces Community for their outstanding achievements over the last year.
Nearly 100 people attended the event at the Ty Walter Cleall, Maindy Barracks in Cardiff 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.

Lieutenant Commander David Thomas RNR (HMS Cambria); Warrant Officer Class II Julian Symmonds and Lance Corporal Morgan Ryan (157 (Welsh) Regt RLC); Signaller Ryan Wall (53 Signal Squadron); Sergeant Major Instructor Christian Curtis (Dyfed and Glamorgan ACF); and Flight Sergeant Gareth Ballinger (No 1 Welsh Wing RAF Air Cadets) received the Lord-Lieutenant’s Certificate of Meritorious Service for their efforts, in recognition for 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; Able Cadet Benjamin Price (Penarch SCC); Cadet Sergeant Bethan Harris (Dyfed and Glamorgan ACF); Cadet Flight Sergeant James Jelinski (No 1 Welsh Wing RAF Air Cadets); and Cadet Petty Officer Faris Malik (Fitzalan School CCF). 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 Able Cadet Mathew Staite from Penarth Sea Cadet Corps; Cadet Regimental Sergeant Major Bradley Cartwright from Dyfed and Glamorgan ACF; and Cadet Sergeant Rhys Horton from No 1 WW 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: or contact @RFCAforWales on Twitter. Follow our new Instagram page! @rfcawales.

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