Six teenagers from Dyfed have been appointed as the Lord-Lieutenant Cadets for 2021 at a virtual awards ceremony attended by nearly 100 people.
Leading Cadet Matthew Coburn from Tenby; Leading Cadet Alfie Anderson from Haverfordwest ; Petty Officer Cadet Chris Harries from Dinas Cross; Cadet Warrant Officer Josh Richards from Haverfordwest; Cadet Warrant Officer Sarah Greenshields from Cardigan and Cadet Sergeant Sam Barrett from Ammanford (pictured below in chronological order)were appointed by Her Majesty’s Lord Lieutenant of Dyfed, Miss Sara Edwards at her first ever virtual awards ceremony.
The six were selected for the prestigious Lord-Lieutenant’s cadet role, which will last for one year, after being put forward for nomination by cadet group leaders and the Reserve Forces’ and Cadets’ Association for Wales.
The role includes attendance with Miss Edwards, who acts as the Queen’s representative, at a number of official engagements, including Remembrance events, Royal visits and parades.
Matthew of Tenby Sea Cadet Corps, Alfie of Milford Haven Sea Cadet Corps, Chris of Fishguard Sea Cadet Corps, Josh, Sarah and Sam all of No 3 Welsh Wing RAF Air Cadets were all presented with their badge of appointment.
Miss Edwards said, “The Cadet Forces are truly amazing organisations, where the mixture of military training, youth work, civilian qualifications and community work helps develop our young people ready to take their place in society.”
She continued by praising the work of the Cadet Force Adult Volunteers – seven of which received special recognition for their outstanding service and devotion to duty and were presented with a Lord Lieutenant Certificate of Merit during the ceremony.
“Of course the Cadet Forces is not only down to the young people themselves. The Cadet Forces would not operate but for the superb dedication and commitment of the officers and adult volunteers who give up their free time to make the organisations work.”
The seven adult volunteers awarded certificates were Petty Officer (SCC) Deborah Farrow of Milford Haven Sea Cadet Corps; Major Dan Priddy and Mrs Angela Richards both of Dyfed & Glamorgan ACF; Sergeant Alecia Jackson, Flying Officer David Folder, Civilian Instructor Mrs Susan Davies and Civilian Instructor Mrs Michaela Webster all of No 3 Welsh Wing RAF Air Cadets. (pictured below in chronological order)
In addition 157 (Welsh) Transport Regiment employee Mr Stephen Coombs was also awarded a Lord Lieutenant Certificate of Merit.
The six cadets for 2021 will follow in the footsteps of Petty Officer Cadet Tegan Styles of Tenby Sea Cadet Corps; Leading Cadet Rhys Hughes-Phillips of Milford Haven Sea Cadet Corps; Cadet Staff Sergeant Joshua Cozier-Bowen of Dyfed & Glamorgan ACF; Cadet Sergeant Mylissa Schoeman of Dyfed & Glamorgan ACF; Cadet Warrant Officer Mathew Clark of No 3 WW RAF Air Cadets; Cadet Sergeant Jemima Clements of No 3 WW RAF Air Cadets and Cadet Colour Sergeant Katherine Fear of Llandovery College CCF.
Tegan, Rhys, Joshua, Mylissa, Mathew, Jemima and Katherine were all awarded the Lord-Lieutenant’s Certificate and Badge for being the 2020 representatives.
There are more than 1,200 volunteers across Wales who help over 4,400 active Cadets. They provide opportunities and inspiration to the next generation. This is often delivered through life changing experiences, skills and qualifications.
The awards ceremony was organised by RFCA for Wales – an organisation that has supported the Armed Forces for over 100 years.