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16 November 2018
Llandaff North Detachment officially affiliate with 203 (Welsh) Field Hospital
The Army Cadet Force’s (ACF) Llandaff North Detachment has officially affiliated with 203 (Welsh) Field Hospital, Royal Army Medical Corps. A ceremony was held on Saturday to formalise the association – the first of its kind in Wales – at...
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16 November 2018
Exercise Northern Black Maple
Welsh reservists from 4th Battalion The Parachute Regiment have enjoyed and endured an eventful training experience on Exercise Northern Black Maple in the Canadian Rockies. After a busy period of activities that took them from Battle Camp in Sennybridge to...
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16 November 2018
Woody’s Lodge has new ‘farmily feel’ for Welsh veterans
Veterans in Wales now have a new social hub with a unique ‘farmily feel’ where they can receive specialist help and support. Since opening its doors in 2017, Woody’s Lodge had been based in Sully at HMS Cambria. However, the...
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13 November 2018
2018 ERS Gold Awards
Last night, four Welsh employers were presented with prestigious Employer Recognition Scheme (ERS) ‘Gold Awards’ at a special ceremony. The Ministry of Defence’s awards were presented by Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex, and The Rt Hon Gavin Williamson CBE MP...
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12 November 2018
Vacancy – Cadet Quartermaster
A vacancy has arisen for a Headquarters Cadet Quartermaster (Crown Servant, Pay Band D). The post covers the counties of Gwent and Powys and the successful applicant will be based at the Army Cadet Force (ACF) Headquarters office at Cwrt...
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12 November 2018
How Wales remembered
As it does every year, the Armed Forces community came together last weekend to remember those who have made the ultimate sacrifice. There was a particular poignancy to 2018 as it marked the centenary of the end of the First...
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19 October 2018
New independent report praises impact of cadet organisations
Joining the cadets offers a range of benefits to individuals and the wider community, according to a new independent report published by the University of Northampton. The research was carried out across all of the cadet organisations and the report...
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19 October 2018
Cadets encouraged to apply for Sea Kayak Expedition
Army cadets and their volunteers in Wales have the opportunity to take part in a ‘once in a lifetime’ Sea Kayak Expedition. The Cadet Centre for Adventurous Training (CCAT) will welcome cadets to the stunning location of the Sandvika Fjord,...
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19 October 2018
Exercise Cambrian Patrol underway in Mid Wales
The annual Exercise Cambrian Patrol is underway in Mid Wales. It’s known as the toughest patrolling test in the world and more than 1,000 soldiers will take part in the demanding challenge. Teams from the British Army and 37 international...
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19 October 2018
Plaque unveiled to remember last recipient of blue ribbon Victoria Cross
A plaque has been unveiled to commemorate the recipient of the last Victoria Cross to be awarded with the blue Royal Naval ribbon. More than 80 people gathered in Gilfach Goch, a small village in the Rhondda valleys, to remember...
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19 October 2018
Exercise Dragon Corsica
Adventurous training allows service personnel to enhance their everyday lives through challenging experiences, equipping them with the skills to thrive in and out of uniform. Officer Cadet Dale Warrener, a member of Wales Universities Officers’ Training Corps (WUOTC), recently embarked...
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19 October 2018
Cardigan Castle to mark First World War centenary
A ceremony will be held at Cardigan Castle to mark the centenary of the First World War. Lieutenant Colonel Manny Manfred, a member of the Reserve Forces’ and Cadets’ Association (RFCA) for Wales, will compère the two-hour event. It will...
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8 October 2018
What is the Armed Forces Covenant?
The Armed Forces Covenant is a promise from the nation that those who serve or have served, and their families, are treated fairly. Almost 120 employers in Wales have signed the Covenant to ensure the Armed Forces community has the...
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8 October 2018
What is the Defence Employer Recognition Scheme?
The Defence Employer Recognition Scheme (ERS) recognises those who have gone above and beyond the call of duty in their efforts to support the Armed Forces community. It’s the Ministry of Defence’s (MoD) prestigious badge of honour for organisations that...
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5 October 2018
RFCA for Wales welcome 130 guests to Annual Briefing
The Reserve Forces’ and Cadets’ Association (RFCA) for Wales welcomed more than 130 guests to its Annual Briefing. Yesterday’s event took place at the St David’s Hotel in Cardiff Bay and marked RFCA for Wales’ 110th anniversary. The diverse audience...
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25 September 2018
2480 (Holywell) Squadron win RAF Air Cadets’ prestigious Lees Trophy
2480 (Holywell) Squadron has been awarded the prestigious Lees Trophy and confirmed as the best Royal Air Force Air Cadet (RAFAC) squadron in the United Kingdom. The recognition comes after cadets and volunteers took part in an extensive evaluation process...
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25 September 2018
Welsh RAF Air Cadet enjoys Asian ‘trip of a lifetime’
A teenager from Merthyr Tydfil has returned from an 18-day ‘trip of a lifetime’ to Asia with the International Air Cadet Exchange (IACE). Cadet Warrant Officer Katie Thomas joined 35 other young people from around the world, including Switzerland, the...
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25 September 2018
Royal Navy appoint first Indian origin Honorary Lieutenant Commander
The Royal Navy has appointed the first Indian origin Honorary Lieutenant Commander. Raj Aggarwal OBE DL, a prominent businessman and public health expert, was appointed by Admiral Sir Phillip Jones KCB ADC following approval from Her Majesty The Queen. The...
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25 September 2018
Multimillion pound Royal Navy project commences in Cardiff Bay
Construction of a brand new bespoke facility for Royal Naval Reservists has officially begun in the heart of Cardiff Bay. Commodore Martin Quinn ADC FCIS FIoD held a commencement ceremony to break the first ground at the brownfield site, which...
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19 September 2018
Welsh Army Cadet Force members experience ‘amazing’ Canadian exchange
48 cadets and eight volunteers from across the United Kingdom have returned from an ‘amazing’ international exchange trip to Canada. Four courses were run in Canada by the Cadet Training Centres (CTC) at Whitehorse, Rocky Mountain and Argonaut to focus...
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19 September 2018
‘Forces in Construction’ careers event to be held in Deeside
Members of the Armed Forces community from across North Wales are being encouraged to attend the uniquely themed ‘Forces in Construction’ event. The event will provide valuable guidance, information and genuine career opportunities for past and present members of the...
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19 September 2018
Ceremony celebrates Cardiff and Vale College’s affiliation with 157 Regiment RLC
A ceremony has been held to celebrate Cardiff and Vale College’s affiliation with 157 Regiment Royal Logistic Corps (RLC). Cardiff and Vale College (CAVC) have joined the Cadet Expansion Programme and their Combined Cadet Force (CCF) unit is aiming to...
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19 September 2018
Exercise Dragon Feet: Reservists test themselves in stunning Snowdonia
30 Welsh reservists have put their navigation skills to the test while on Exercise Dragon Feet in the stunning Snowdonia National Park. Reservists came together to navigate a 12-mile circuit in the Corris Valley by foot. They completed four manned...
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3 September 2018
Welsh reservist receives medal in mid-air for service
Bydd cyfieithiad o’r erthygl hon ar gael yn fuan. A reservist from Wales has had an unrivalled opportunity to return to skydiving after a 14-year break. Second Warrant Officer Andrew Briscoe, 52, has been a reservist with 160 Field Company...
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3 September 2018
Army Cadet Force in Wales celebrates historic commission at Cardiff Castle
Caiff yr erthygl hon ei chyfieithu yn fuan The Cadet Force Commission was celebrated by more than 100 members of the community at the weekend. The Army Cadet Force (ACF) in Wales held a black tie dinner at Cardiff Castle...
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29 August 2018
Welsh employers awarded silver for supporting the armed forces
19 Welsh employers have received Employer Recognition Scheme (ERS) ‘Silver Awards’ from the Ministry of Defence (MoD) for their support of the armed forces community. The winners include local authorities and private sector employers, ranging from micro-employers to small and...
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23 August 2018
Ceremony held in Cardiff for final leg of Round Britain Challenge
12 injured service personnel and 24 cadets are about to board the Lord Nelson ship for the fourth and final leg of the Lord Dannatt Round Britain Challenge. The ship arrived in Cardiff Bay yesterday after sailing from Belfast. Earlier...
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20 August 2018
Cardiff teen to call time on glittering cadet career with special sail
A Cardiff teenager will call time on a glittering cadet career by sailing from his hometown to London and in the company of royal newlyweds, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. 17-year-old Bradley Cartwright, from Llandaff, will sail aboard the Lord...
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20 August 2018
220 cadets spend summer holidays embracing outdoor training on annual camp
Caiff yr erthygl hon ei chyfieithu yn fuan 220 young people from across Gwent and Powys have packed their bags with kit and embraced the outdoors to spend their summer holidays building teamwork and leadership skills. Members of Gwent and...
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16 August 2018
Cardiff Sea Cadets embark on sailing adventure to Holland
11 adventurous Sea Cadets from Cardiff have recently returned from an exciting voyage, where they spent six days honing their seamanship skills and sailing to Holland. The cadets, who are all members of Cardiff Sea Cadet Corps (SCC), set sail...
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16 August 2018
North Wales cadet sets sights and sails on “opportunity of a lifetime”
A North Wales teenager is looking forward to “an opportunity of a life time” when she sets sail from Cardiff to London. Next week, Cadet Corporal Rhian Tyne from Pwllheli will be on board the Lord Nelson ship as it...
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15 August 2018
Newtown cadets receive honours for their life-saving first aid actions
Three Royal Air Force Air Cadets (RAFAC) from Newtown have received a Commandant’s Commendation, the highest honour of its type, for their actions in dealing with separate incidents that required life-saving first aid. Barnaby Jones-Evans, Henry Barnes and Josh Vaughan...
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14 August 2018
URNU: Not your average university society
Joining university societies as a student can open up all kinds of doors for you. They can offer you everything from trips, new friendships and a taste of what you might want to do once you finish your degree. But...
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10 August 2018
Pontyclun air cadets awarded Marshall Trophy
2077 (Pontyclun) Royal Air Force Air Cadet (RAFAC) Squadron has won the 2018 Marshall Trophy. The trophy is awarded by Commandant Air Cadets, Air Commodore Dawn McCafferty, to the squadron that has been most successful in achieving consistent and sustained...
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9 August 2018
Lord Dannatt Round Britain Challenge begins
The Lord Dannatt Round Britain Challenge has begun and will host 48 injured Service personnel and 96 cadets over its 40 day duration. The voyage will sail from Edinburgh to Belfast and then on to Cardiff, before it finally completes...
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8 August 2018
100 North Wales teens enjoy special outdoor experience at annual camp
Over 100 teenagers from across North Wales have enjoyed a special outdoor experience with a week of challenging fieldcraft activities. Members of Clwyd and Gwynedd Army Cadet Force (ACF) travelled to Wretham Camp in Norfolk for their annual camp and...
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3 August 2018
50 employers awarded gold for supporting the armed forces
Britain’s top supporters of the Armed Forces have been revealed with a record number of businesses, charities and public sector bodies winning awards. The Ministry of Defence (MOD) has today announced Employer Recognition Scheme (ERS) ‘Gold Awards’ for 50 businesses...
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27 July 2018
Veterans’ Gateway records over 10,000 enquiries as it celebrates its first year in service
Veterans’ Gateway, the 24-hour service that helps former service men and women to navigate their new lives as civilians, has recorded over 10,000 enquiries and 183,420 website users since its launch a year ago. Designed to offer a one stop...
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27 July 2018
Clwyd & Gwynedd Corps of Drums strike a chord in Gibraltar
10 members of the Clwyd & Gwynedd Army Cadet Force (ACF) Corps of Drums have recently returned from a special trip to Gibraltar, where they joined select groups from Cadet Force Music for the Cadet Force Bands overseas tour. The...
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26 July 2018
Wales meets the military at the Royal Welsh Show
The Royal Navy, British Army and Royal Air Force (RAF) have spent the week meeting members of the public at the Royal Welsh Show, the hugely popular four day event that will come to a close this evening. Tri-Service representatives...
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26 July 2018
Welsh air cadets complete “phenomenal” Vierdaagse challenge in Nijmegen, Holland
Cadets from Number 1 Welsh Wing Royal Air Force Air Cadets (RAFAC) have just completed Nijmegen Vierdaagse, the largest multiple day marching event in the world. The Nijmegen Vierdaagse is an annual road marching challenge, which sees tens of thousands...
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25 July 2018
Welsh cadets embark together on Operation Aberhout Cent 2018
Tri-service cadets from North Wales have just returned from a commemorative visit to France and Belgium. Army cadets from Llandudno, Conwy and Colwyn Bay detachments joined sea cadets from TS Aberconwy and TS Rhyl, and air cadets from 418 (Aberconwy)...
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24 July 2018
Penarth Sea Cadets hold annual commemoration evening
Penarth Sea Cadets, TS Glamorgan, recently held their annual commemoration evening to commemorate the day when an Exocet missile hit HMS Glamorgan during the Falklands conflict. The evening, which was held last month, included several special presentations from important local...
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20 July 2018
Welsh Sea Cadet Corps volunteer rewarded for long service
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...
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19 July 2018
Army Cadets Complete NSPCC Snowdon Moonlight Challenge
29 cadets from Dyfed & Glamorgan and Gwent & Powys Army Cadet Force (ACF) have completed the Snowdon Moonlight Challenge – an attempt to scale Wales’ highest peak under the cover of darkness to raise money for charity. The Honorary...
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18 July 2018
Cadet Expansion Programme approves two Welsh colleges
The latest approval round of the Cadet Expansion Programme has seen two Welsh colleges approved. The decision will see Combined Cadet Force (CCF) units open at Cardiff and Vale College (CAVC) and Llandarcy Academy of Sport. Credit: Combined Cadet Force...
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17 July 2018
Employers and veterans kick to connect communities at football tournament in Merthyr
The World Cup hasn’t been the only football event to take place this summer as a tournament was held to connect veterans and employers. Earlier this month, a six-team series of matches was organised by Dai Rees and invited teams...
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30 June 2018
Machynlleth army cadet praised for quick thinking first aid assistance
A teenage army cadet from Machynlleth has been praised for her quick thinking reactions to help casualties in a serious high speed collision. Holly Vincentelli used the first aid skills she’s learned with the Machynlleth Detachment of Gwent and Powys...
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28 June 2018
New build development for reserves and cadets receives support from AM
A significant investment in facilities for reserves and cadets in North Wales has received support from Darren Millar AM. The development at Kinmel Camp, Bodelwyddan, near Rhyl, will provide new offices, stores and a briefing room for 203 (Welsh) Field...
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28 June 2018
Welsh air cadet takes top prize at CVQO Westminster Award ceremony at House of Lords
Alex Anderson from 1367 (Caerleon) Squadron has been named the CVQO Westminster Award winner 2018. The Royal Air Force (RAF) Air Cadet was presented with the award at a special ceremony at the House of Lords in London and will...
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28 June 2018
HM Lord-Lieutenant officially opens No 415 Squadron as Merthyr cadets name new building after local WW1 hero
Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant of Mid Glamorgan has officially opened the new building that will house No 415 (Merthyr Tydfil) Squadron Royal Air Force (RAF) Air Cadets. Last night, Dame Kate Thomas DCVO attended a special ceremony, where the squadron named...
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27 June 2018
Student serves up success with Army Reserve service
A second year college student from Newport has found the recipe for successful studies by becoming a chef with the Army Reserve. When not in full-time education, Camilla Olsen has used her spare hours to boost her CV and learn...
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27 June 2018
Pencoed powerlifter advises athletes to spot opportunities as armed forces reservists
An army champion weightlifter from Pencoed has called on more sports enthusiasts to follow suit and join the reserves to reach their athletic potential. As a reservist with the 211 Battery of 104th Regiment Royal Artillery, Natalie O’Shea has won...
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27 June 2018
Aberystwyth airman thankful for support in achieving lifetime ambition
An Aberystwyth man has thanked the National Library of Wales for their support of his lifelong ambition, a role in the Armed Forces. Daniel Owen Field spends his days as their Head of Software Development and in his extra time,...
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27 June 2018
Ford supports machine foreman as country celebrates Reserves Day
Machine foreman Lee Phillips knows more than most about the importance of being all present and correct. Outside his working life at Ford on Sigma head machining, Lee is serving with the Army Reserve, who fulfill an essential role in...
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27 June 2018
Pharmacy technician wears uniform to work to celebrate Reserves Day
A pharmacy technician at Neville Hall Hospital is wearing his army uniform to work today as the country celebrates the role of reservists in the Armed Forces. Jarad Seale’s time in the Army Reserve has taken him from Abergavenny to...
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27 June 2018
RCT reservist to hold coffee morning to mark national celebrations
An army reservist employed by Rhondda Cynon Taf County Borough Council will hold coffee morning to talk about her journey from Abercynon to Afghanistan. Karen Spencer-Jenkins is using today’s event to talk to colleagues and mark Reserves Day, a nationwide...
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27 June 2018
Reservist proud of Llandudno as town he polices welcomes armed forces community
An army reservist who works as a police officer in Llandudno is proud to see the town open its arms to welcome past and present service personnel this week. Adam Sergeant, a Detachment Commander with the Wales Universities’ Officer Training...
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27 June 2018
NHS analyst credits Army Reserve specialist service for civilian success
Today, a senior NHS analyst from Cardiff will join thousands of part-time service personnel taking special steps to mark Reserves Day in the workplace. Dhilushka Maheswaran works for the NHS Wales Informatics Service by day but away from his office...
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27 June 2018
Rhondda teacher praises lessons learned as a reservist
An army officer from the Rhondda has praised the lessons he’s learned as a reservist and the impact it has had on his teaching career. Jordon Nathaniel Owen has been a member of 157 (Welsh) Regiment Royal Logistic Corps for...
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25 June 2018
Armed Forces Week 2018: Salute and celebrate your armed forces community for their contribution to the country
Every year, Armed Forces Week is an opportunity for the nation to appreciate and recognise the service and sacrifices undertaken by the armed forces around the world. 2018 is an especially significant one to the armed forces in Britain, marking...
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14 June 2018
Winning cadets presented with awards at Welsh Assembly RAF centenary celebrations
Royal Air Force (RAF) Air Cadets from Pembrokeshire delivered a presentation and received awards at an event held at the Senedd yesterday. In April, 948 (Haverfordwest and City of St Davids) Squadron were announced the winners of the ‘Wales Air...
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6 June 2018
Welsh cadets visit London to Witness the Major General’s Review
Cadets and volunteers from A Company (The Royal Welsh) Dyfed & Glamorgan Army Cadet Force (ACF) have recently returned from an exciting trip to London, where they attended the Major General’s Review of the First Battalion Coldstream Guards’ Trooping of...
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4 June 2018
#VolunteersWeek: Cadet Force Adult Volunteers help change lives for the better
4-10 June 2018 marks Volunteers’ Week – an opportunity to celebrate and recognise the valuable time that people contribute to further good causes across the world. In Wales, the cadet organisations offer over 2,200 young people opportunities to access life-changing...
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2 June 2018
Cadets experience special STEM themed event
Over 50 Welsh cadets spent their Saturday in a special sailing setting. A STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) themed session was held at the Volvo Ocean Race Village in Alexandra Dock, Cardiff Bay. The Wales-wide group of teenagers included...
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2 June 2018
The Queen’s Coronation marked with gun salute at iconic Welsh location
A gun salute has been held in Cardiff Bay to mark the 65th anniversary of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II’s Coronation. Reservists from 104 Regiment Royal Artillery fired the gun salute outside the iconic Pierhead Building. Members of the public...
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2 June 2018
Military Festival of Music wows crowds in Cardiff
Earlier today, visitors to Cardiff Bay were treated to excellent entertainment from the Military Festival of Music. The annual outdoor event, which features some of the military’s finest bands, culminated at the Oval Basin opposite the Wales Millennium Centre. The...
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26 May 2018
Cadet community invited to witness royal wedding
Cadets and volunteers from all corners of Wales received the experience of a lifetime at the recent royal wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. Representatives from the Sea Cadet Corps (SCC), Army Cadet Force (ACF) and Royal Air Force...
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25 May 2018
Army Cadet Force volunteers on 1000 mile cycle challenge across Britain cheered through Wales
Last week, army cadets from Brecon Detachment welcomed two Cadet Force Adult Volunteers (CFAV) to 160th Infantry Brigade and HQ Wales as the pair were undertaking a mammoth fundraising expedition across Britain. Major Richard Walton and Colonel Terry Hayter, who...
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25 May 2018
Find us at the Vale of Glamorgan’s Armed Forces Day
The Reserve Forces’ and Cadets’ Association (RFCA) for Wales will attend the Vale of Glamorgan Council Armed Forces Day Festival and Parade this summer. On Saturday 9 June 2018, RFCA for Wales will hold a stall in the military village...
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17 May 2018
​Exercise Dragon Capel 18: a week of adventure for Welsh reservists
Reservists from 203 (Welsh) Field Hospital have recently returned from a five day annual camp based at Capel Curig training camp in the heart of the mountains of Snowdonia. The aim of the adventurous training Exercise was to push participants...
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17 May 2018
Royal recognition for Llanelli cadet
A teenage cadet from Llanelli has received royal recognition of her achievements. 17-year-old Courtney Jones has been appointed to the prestigious role of Lord-Lieutenant’s Cadet by Her Majesty’s representative for the county. Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant of Dyfed Miss Sara Edwards...
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20 April 2018
RFCA for Wales appoint new President
The Reserve Forces’ and Cadets’ Association (RFCA) for Wales has appointed a new President. Dame Shân Legge-Bourke DCVO, who held the role of President of RFCA for Wales for the last five years, handed over to HM Lord-Lieutenant of West...
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