Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant of Gwent, Brigadier Robert Aitken CBE CStJ, held his annual awards ceremony in his role as the Queen’s representative for the preserved county of Gwent, to celebrate the Reserves and Cadets who are making a difference in their communities.

Over 100 people attended the event at Raglan Barracks in Newport, 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 adv

enturous training opportunities as well as gaining transferable skills to boost their civilian careers.

Ten individuals were recognised for their outstanding performance and were awarded the Lord-Lieutenant’s Certificate of Merit. The recipients were: Lance Corporal Ian Fife, Lance Corporal Jarad Seale, Sergeant Richard Renshaw, Flight Lieutenant Louis McKie, Civilian Assistant Emma Gudgeon, Civilian Officer Elaine Blackley, Flight Lieutenant Paul Maitland, Adult Under Officer Jonathan Saunders, Elizabeth Walsh, and Sergeant Major Emily Chinn.

The Lord-Lieutenant’s Cadets for 2019 were appointed to their new role and they received their badges of appointment, to mark the occasion. The role includes accompanying the Lord-Lieutenant at official engagements, such as Royal visits and Remembrance Day services, and representing Cadets throughout the county.

The five Lord-Lieutenant’s Cadets for 2019 are Able Cadet Luke Lewis (Sea Cadet Corps), Cadet Company Sergeant Major Joe Walters (Army Cadet Force), Cadet Flight Sergeant Ethan Mallett (Royal Air Force Air Cadets), Cadet Colour Sergeant Toby Pearl, and Cadet Warrant Officer Sophie Rodway.

For carrying out the role in 2018, the Lord-Lieutenant’s Certificate and Badge was presented to Cadet Flight Sergeant Josephine Hurry of No 1 Welsh Wing (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 Reserve Forces and Cadets in Wales, for over 100 years. To learn more about opportunities available, visit: www.Wales-RFCA.org or contact @RFCAforWales on Twitter.

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