Cadet instructor honoured for her outstanding effort and service at the Lord-Lieutenant of Gwynedd’s awards ceremony in Caernarfon.
Colour Sergeant Kelly Murray-Jones from Amwlch Detachment has been awarded a Lord-Lieutenant’s Certificate of Merit by His Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant of Gwynedd, Mr. Edmund Bailey Esq. CStJ FRAgS. The award is in recognition of her outstanding contribution, dedication, commitment, and selfless service.
Kelly is a cadet force adult volunteer who began in the Army Cadet Force as a non-uniformed volunteer and a much valued member of our welfare team. Having decided to convert into a uniformed role she has overcome her initial lack of confidence to become a highly valued adult volunteer. Over the past few years she has supported a range of activities above and beyond her core role as a detachment instructor. She has completed a number of courses in order to better support her cadets’ training. In February 2019 she took on the role of Detachment Commander in Amwlch where she has provided a steady presence to grow detachment numbers. In 2022 she has also taken on the additional role of Detachment Commander in Holyhead and due to recent loss of CFAVs within Burma Company. Until recently she has also been running a third detachment on a temporary basis. This demonstrates her commitment to the Army Cadet Force and to supporting our cadets.
Kelly has been an active supporter of the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award, encouraging cadets to enrol and supporting them to progress through their sections. As a result, all three of the detachments that she is running have now got cadets actively participating in the scheme where previously there was no engagement. This has extended to her support for younger adults, who she has encouraged to enrol for their Gold Duke of Edinburgh’s Award with the Army Cadet Force.
Kelly has been an active supporter of County Expeditions over the past 5 years, taking on a variety of roles including safety vehicle driver and Company Quartermaster Sergeant for the events and directly supporting the Officer Commanding the event with a range of background tasks such as developing the county-wide transport plan for participants and she continues to contribute a significant amount to Burma Company, and to C&G Army Cadet Force more generally. She is always willing to assist with tasks and events when help is needed, and her selfless commitment typifies the values and standards of the Army Cadet Force.
Burma Company Commander Tracey Cooper said” I am thrilled that Kelly is receiving this incredibly well-deserved award. She gives a huge amount of volunteer time to the cadets, and is well respected by cadets and adults alike. It is my privilege to be her OC.”
Commandant Martin L Craven said” This award is a justified recognition of the effort and commitment shown by Kelly supporting cadets across North Wales well done”