Christmas message from the Commandant

19 December 2019

The staff and adults of Kent Army Cadets have had an incredibly busy year, with dedication across the county from Cadet Force Adult Volunteers giving up their valuable free time to help nurture and grow the young people in their charge.

Some of the fabulous community events that we’ve participated in have included:

Bag packing across the county

Beach clean, Deal

Local fetes. carnivals and fayres

Seven cadets from Herne Bay Detachment assisted with the 25th Anniversary Lunch for Tender Loving Carers

Squadron cadets from Walderslade visited Amherst Court Residential Care Home and took part in various events with the residents

Collecting for the Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal 2019

Battlefield tours for the D Day 75 commemorations

New standard donated to Folkestone Detachment

Whitstable cadets enjoyed a great visit to the Whitstable Lifeboat station

Sponsored walks

BBC radio interviews and more!

Special mentions to Cadet RSM Teide Doggett from Herne Bay Detachment on being awarded Lord Lieutenant's Cadet of the Year and Cadet Corporal Harvey Powell on his award for helping out in a road traffic accident. Cadet Mason Nolker from Sheerness (Squadron Royal Engineers) also helped out in an emergency situation using his valuable first aid skills.

We mustn’t forget our CFAV’s so a special mention also for Staff Sergeant Instructor (SSI) Amy-Jane McCann who was awarded the Lord Lieutenant of Kent Junior Leadership Award for 2019.

Our cadets and staff have had opportunities to take part in some fantastic events and international activities including:

Exercise Ski Cadet Austria

The Arnhem March in Holland

I’d like to thank all of the civilian assistants, permanent staff and officers for making all of these events and activities happen throughout the year.

Annual camp was fantastic, feedback was good and there was a high standard of training being delivered to the cadres, we saw a great number of promotions and star passes.

Great news for DofE, this year (Jan to Dec) we’ve had 19 Bronze and 4 Silver passes well done!

I’d like to thank Colonel Chris Gilbert for all his hard work leading the county prior to me taking over, and to Majors Gatter and Elderton for their unerring dedication.

Congratulations also to the senior cadets who have passed four star, and I was very pleased that for the first time in a number of years we have seen 2 Master Cadet passes in Kent, a result which confirms the excellent training delivered by the members of the County Training Team. I look forward to seeing more Kent Master Cadets next year.

Now we break for Christmas and I’d like to wish everyone a Happy Christmas and New Year and look forward to working with you all in 2020.

Colonel Richard Long

Commandant, Kent ACF