The efforts of fourteen people, including seven young cadets, from across Mid Glamorgan have been recognised by the Queen’s representative for the county
Able Cadet David Morgan of Porthcawl Sea Cadet Corps, Cadet Corporal Nyah Pope of Dyfed and Glamorgan Army Cadet Force, Cadet Flight Sergeant Garyn Kiff of No 1 Welsh Wing RAF Air Cadets and Cadet Flight Sergeant Corey Luke of No 3 Welsh Wing RAF Air Cadets have been appointed as Lord-Lieutenant cadets for Mid Glamorgan for 2022.
The Vice Lord-Lieutenant of Mid Glamorgan, Colonel Phil Hubbard OBE appointed the four on behalf of the Lord-Lieutenant, Professor Peter Vaughan QPM CStJ at an awards ceremony at Pontypridd Army Reserve Centre.
Around 100 people attended the event on April 7, to mark the new appointments and celebrate high achievers from the reserve and cadet communities.
The role of Lord-Lieutenant cadet lasts for one year and includes attendance with the Professor, who acts as the Queen’s representative, at a number of official engagements such as Remembrance events, Royal visits and parades.
The four will follow in the footsteps of Able Cadet Aaron Thomas from Pontypridd of Rhondda Sea Cadet Corps, Cadet Flight Sergeant Morgan Hunter-Smith from Merthyr Tydfil of No 1 Welsh Wing RAF Air Cadets and Cadet Warrant Officer Maddison Parkhouse from Bridgend of No 3 Welsh Wing RAF Air Cadets who were awarded the Lord-Lieutenant’s Certificate and Badge for being the 2021 representatives.
Seven adults were also recognised for their outstanding service and devotion to duty and awarded the Lord-Lieutenant’s Certificate of Merit.
They were Warrant Officer First Class Mark Edwards of HMS CAMBRIA, Colour Sergeant Andrew Jones of 3rd Battalion The Royal Welsh, Sergeant Jonathan Wood of No 2 Flying Training School RAF, Flying Officer Matthew Hackett of No 1 Welsh Wing RAF Air Cadets, Warrant Officer Ian King of No 1 Welsh Wing RAF Air Cadets, Civilian Instructor Karen Gough of No 1 Welsh Wing RAF Air Cadets and Mr Richard Jones of Porthcawl Sea Cadet Corps.
There are nearly 5,000 cadets in Wales who gain skills and qualifications through working with local communities, charities and taking part in a variety of practical activities. The cadet syllabus is delivered by 1,500 volunteering adult Instructors and civilian assistants, who give up their spare time on weeknights and weekends.
The virtual awards 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.