On Thursday 7th March, HM Lord-Lieutenant of Dyfed, Miss Sara Edwards, welcomed more than 100 people to her annual awards ceremony in the Picton Barracks in Carmarthen, in her role as the Queen’s representative for the area to celebrate the high achievers from the Reserve and Cadet communities. 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.
The Lord-Lieutenant’s Certificate of Merit records the Lord-Lieutenant’s gratitude and recognition for outstanding Service and Devotion to Duty. This year, the Certificate of Merit was awarded to Warrant Officer Class 2 David Lloyd and Lance Corporal Mario Coppola from 157 (Welsh) Regt RLC, Mr Bernard Taylor from Aberystwyth SCC and Sergeant Major Instructor Michael Powell from Dyfed and Glamorgan ACF.
The Lord-Lieutenant has a number of cadets each year nominated by the Sea Cadet Corps, the Army Cadet Force, the RAF Air Cadets and the Combined Cadet Force. Cadets are nominated for their outstanding contribution to their respective cadet units.
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 Corporal Max Thompson (Milford Haven SCC); Able Cadet Amy Thompson (Fishguard SCC); Cadet Sergeant Charlie Richards (Dyfed and Glamorgan ACF); Cadet Flight Sergeant Luke Webbon-Thomas (No 3 WW RAF Air Cadets); Cadet Sergeant Catrin Maynard (No 3 WW RAF Air Cadets); Cadet Sergeant Joshua Keogh (No 3 WW RAF Air Cadets); and Cadet Sergeant Kyle Cook (Llandovery College CCF).
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 Petty Officer Cadet Courtney Jones (Llanelli SCC); Petty Officer Cadet Duncan Parry (Milford Haven SCC); Cadet Squadron Sergeant Major Natasha Schoeman (Dyfed and Glamorgan ACF); Cadet Warrant Officer Daniel Ramsbottom (No 3 WW RAF Air Cadets); Cadet Flight Sergeant Carwyn Lloyd-Jones (No 3 WW RAF Air Cadets); and Cadet Colour Sergeant Oliver Trigg (Llandovery College CCF).
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 us on Instagram! @rfcawales