The Reserve Forces’ and Cadets’ Association for Wales welcomed more than 100 guests to its first ever virtual Annual Briefing.

Due to Covid-19 restrictions the event was staged via zoom webinar and featured both pre-recorded and live input from hosts and guest speakers.

The audience included members of the Armed Forces community, partner organisations, employers and other key stakeholders.

Chief Executive of RFCA for Wales, Colonel Nick Beard TD DL, welcomed guests saying he hoped they would enjoy the briefing and note the successes the Association had enjoyed over the past year, despite the very different ways of working.

Colonel Beard along with Brigadier Russ Wardle OBE DL, Chairman of RFCA for Wales, gave an update on the past year detailing the secretariat’s achievements in its key outputs.

The audience was updated on several specific areas including the completion of Project Cardiff and the handing over of the new home for the RNR in Wales, HMS Cambria in Cardiff Bay; the achievements in the Engagement arena and the move towards all RFCAs becoming a Non Departmental  Public Body with an enhanced head office, in support of regional delivery, following a review by the Cabinet Office.

The key note address for the event was given by Brigadier Andrew Dawes, CBE, Commander of 160th (Welsh) Brigade, the Army’s senior serving representative in Wales.

Recognition for the Lord-Lieutenant Awards for Mid Glamorgan and Clwyd followed, including a short video input from Cadet Warrant Office Jessica Ford, one of the Clwyd Lord-Lieutenant cadets for 2020.

Video segments followed from reserves and veterans including:

  • How I can do the three things that mean the most to me – being a mum, farmer and military musician’

Corporal Tracy Llewellyn, of the Royal Welsh Band

  • ‘Memories of my service in the Far East during World War 11’

Far East veteran Duncan Hilling, 94, who served with 2nd Battalion The Royal Welch Fusiliers and witnessed the results of the atom bomb on Hiroshima

  • ‘Celebrating VE Day 75 years ago in Algiers while serving in the RAF’

In conversation with Welsh Royal Air Force veteran Ray Taylor, who served as a gunner and parachutist during World War II, completing 48 missions including 12 with Bomber Command.

The event was closed by the Chairman, Brigadier Wardle, who thanked the audience for taking the time to join us for the Briefing.

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