Reserves and Cadets from Neath and Swansea have been recognised by the Queen’s representative for West Glamorgan.
Last night, HM Lord-Lieutenant of West Glamorgan, D. Byron Lewis Esq. CVO KStJ FCA, honoured members of the Cadet and Reserve communities at his 11th annual awards ceremony, attended by nearly 60 people in Ty John Chard, Swansea.

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 Certificate of Merit records the Lord-Lieutenant’s gratitude and recognition for outstanding Service and Devotion to Duty. This year, there were two certificates that were awarded to Captain Danielle Thomas from Gwent and Powys Army Cadet Force, and Staff Sergeant Instructor Louise Norman from Dyfed and Glamorgan Army Cadet Force.

The Lord-Lieutenant Cadets for 2019 were appointed to their new role and they received a distinctive badge to mark the occasion. Cadets are nominated for their outstanding contribution to their respective cadet units. 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; Able Cadet Taryn Grant-Matthews (Port Talbot Sea Cadet Corps), Able Cadet Samantha Hardy (Neath and District Sea Cadets Corps), Cadet Staff Sergeant Luke Hazell (Dyfed and Glamorgan Army Cadet Force), and Cadet Flight Sergeant Kathryn Fisher (No 3 Welsh Wing RAF Air Cadets).

The Lord-Lieutenant’s Cadet Certificate and Badge are awarded to members of the Cadet Force in recognition of those individual Cadets’ performance during the previous year in support for the Lord-Lieutenant. For carrying out the role in 2018, this award was presented to Adult Under Officer Brandon Jones (Dyfed and Glamorgan Army Cadet Force), and Cadet Warrant Officer Emily Linley (No 3 Welsh Wing RAF Cadets).

There are over 4,400 active Cadets at 210 locations across Wales, who are helped by more than 1,200 volunteers, providing 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: or contact @RFCAforWales on Twitter. Follow our new Instagram page: @rfcawales

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