The presentation, which conformed to COVID19 social distancing regulations, took place at the Army Reserve Centre on Edgar Road and was attended by the Lord Lieutenant of Moray, Major General Seymour Munro CBE LVO, members of Sgt Bialkowski's family, Detachment Staff and key members of the Battalion. Although the Elgin Academy pupil had his appointment confirmed back in April, due to lockdown he was unable to officially be presented with his certificate of appointment until face to face training for the detachment had been authorised to take place – which was authorised at the end of October.
In the scaled back presentation the Lord Lieutenant of Moray spoke with Sgt Bialkowski and his family, afterwards Detachment Commander Staff Sergeant Instructor Graeme Wells (28) read out a short citation about Jakub where after which the Lord Lieutenant presented him with his certificate of appointment.
In the citation SSI Wells said he was “a Selfless, committed and an instrumental team player he continues to work hard to not only develop his own skills but also the skills of those of others around him, consistently leading from the front.” He continued to add that “There is no doubt that the efforts of Sgt Bialkowski have significantly contributed towards the development of Elgin Detachment and across the other Moray Company Detachments.”
As the Lord Lieutenant’s Cadet Sgt Bialkowski would normally attend events that Lord Lieutenant of Moray attends in his capacity as the Queens Representative to the County of Moray, however, due to the current lockdown restrictions he has been unable to attend events with the Lord Lieutenant.