Colour Sergeant Louise Hughes from Tywyn Detachment has been awarded a Lord-Lieutenant’s Certificate of Merit by Her 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.
Louise joined Clwyd & Gwynedd Army Cadet Force in the summer of 2015. She was instrumental in keeping the Tywyn Detachment open as one of only two volunteers at the unit. Tywyn is the southernmost unit in the County and is far from the hub of activities to be found in more populated areas within Clwyd & Gwynedd Army Cadet Force.
Week in, week out, Louise has turned up on a Monday evening to open the doors to the growing numbers of cadets in her area. Her commitment and dedication are second to none and she does all of this despite leading a busy life as a Gwynedd County Councillor for the Llangelynnin Ward.
Although from a military family Louise has no military experience herself to fall back on, yet she has thrown herself into the ethos of the military-style training and ensures that the cadets in her detachment are always smartly turned out and self-disciplined. Her selfless commitment is an excellent example of one of the Army Cadet Force’s core values. Louise is a well-respected team member in Minden Company. She is often referred to as the ‘Morale Officer’ who brings joy and laughter to the events that she attends.
Minden Company Commander Wendy Thomas said “I am delighted with the award presented to Louise Hughes. She works tirelessly behind the scenes in the role of a detachment commander, has a remarkable ability to encourage and bring out the best in the cadets in her charge, and is a well-deserved recipient of the Lord Lieutenants Certificate of Merit.”
Commandant Col Martin L Craven congratulated Louise for her well-deserved awards and thanked her for her service to the army cadet force.