A Mold teenager has become the highest-ranked army cadet in North Wales.
Multi-talented Matteo Molica-Franco has been appointed to the most senior rank of cadet Regimental Sergeant Major (RSM) by His Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant for Clwyd Mr Henry Fetherstonhaugh Esq. OBE FRAGS at a surprise addition to the proceeding at the Lord Lieutenant Awards in Wrexham.
The promotion means the 16-year-old will now lead and give guidance to over 400 youngsters in the Clwyd and Gwynedd Army Cadet Force (ACF).
The Lord-Lieutenant said “I was delighted to be able to make this promotion to this talented young man”
Matteo from Mold and Buckley Detachment said he was thrilled with his new rank and added: “the promotion was a total surprise and I did not see it coming but though still in a state of shock I was very pleased to receive this promotion. I am looking forward to supporting other cadets as RSM.”
Matteo has been a cadet for four and a half years and in addition to playing a key role in his detachment and company has represented Clwyd and Gwynedd in the Cadet Cambrian Patrol and shooting competitions. He successfully completed the Master Cadet Course in 2022. Matteo is also a keen member of the Corps of Drums.
Former Detachment Commander Barrie Reid said ”Matteo has always shown loyalty and commitment to both his Company and Detachment he is a well-presented cadet on all occasions showing a maturity we wish all cadets would grow into. This appointment is a just reward for his hard work and commitment”
Cambrai Company Staff Officer Alex Elliot added “Matteo has been an exemplary cadet and has worked tirelessly during his time in cadets. He is an example of what can happen when you work hard. He is thoroughly deserving of this promotion.”
Commandant Col Martin L Craven said “I congratulate RSM Molica-Franco on his well-deserved appointment he is an excellent role model for other cadets”
Honorary Colonel Nick Lock added his congratulations saying “My congratulations to Cadet CSM Matteo Franco on his new appointment as C&G ACF’s Cadet RSM. This is a fitting recognition of Cadet CSM Franco’s commitment and leadership to the Army Cadet Force. Well done!”