7 February 2017
As the Queen’s representative for the area, HM Lord-Lieutenant of Gwent Brigadier Robert Aitken CBE held an evening award ceremony at Raglan Barracks in Newport. During the annual award ceremony which was attended by over 100 invited guests, he admitted he was ‘awed and humbled’ by the county’s award winning members as he marked his first year in the role.
Four teenagers were appointed to the role of Lord-Lieutenant’s Cadets for 2017 and they received a distinctive badge of their appointment. It will be a busy start for them as they will perform ceremonial duties at four royal visits to Gwent in the coming months. The quartet includes a duo from Gwent and Powys Army Cadet Force (ACF); 16-year-old Cadet Staff Sergeant Jack Kavanagh from Newport and Cadet Sergeant Taran Fitzgerald from Monmouthshire.
SSgt Kavanagh was nominated for the appointment due to his standing as a highly competent, and committed senior cadet at Raglan Barracks Detachment. A key member of the instructional team, he qualified as a Senior Cadet Instructor in August 2016, and and delivers training across a broad spectrum of subjects to more junior cadets in his detachment and company. Completing Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Bronze in January 2016, he is now undertaking the Silver Award, and hopes to achieve Gold before he leaves the cadet force. In addition he has completed the National Navigation Award, is a Community Sports Leader, and attended a multi activity Adventurous Training Expediton to Bavaria in August 2016.
Cadet Sergeant Fitzgerald attends Chepstow Detachment of Gwent and Powys Army Cadet Force. She was nominated for the appointment as she is widely recognised as an exemplary cadet, contributing to a wide range of detachment, company, and county events, and with by far the best attendance record in the detachment. A high achiever, she has represented the ACF in the Cadet Cambrian Patrol Competition, contributing to the county retaining the ACF Champions title in 2016, and in soccer at both county and Wales level, playing in the ACF UK finals. By some distance she is considered to be the county’s best soccer player.
Gwent and Powys Army Cadet Force is home to over 750 cadets and 180 adult volunteers in 45 detachments, including the Band and Corps of Drums. We continue to be highly successful in attracting young people from within the Gwent and Powys counties who are interested in taking part in something more. If you'd like to be more like these outstanding cadets, find out more at <https://armycadets.com/county/gwent-and-powys-acf/about-our-county/>