20 May 2013
Cadets, AIs and ACF Officers from B Company, Ashford Detachment of Kent Army Cadet Force were honoured to have a visit from The Rt Hon Damian Green MP, local MP for Ashford and Tenterden and Minister of State for Policing and Criminal Justice on a parade night this April.
He watched cadets practising their drill and turnout, learnt about cooking in the field with ration packs and successfully found a cadet in full camouflage hiding in the field!
The Minister also took part in a Skill at Arms lesson and enjoyed talking to the cadets and adult volunteers about the activities they had been taking part in. Speaking on the evening Mr Green said:
“Kent ACF is obviously providing wonderful opportunities for young people and adults to get involved in a worthwhile hobby which will give them skills for later on in life. I have been really impressed with their enthusiasm, levels of energy and would encourage them all to stick at it. They should all be proud to wear the uniform and I wish them every success for the future”.
Mr Green also presented a number of awards and promotions.
Newly promoted Cadet Corporal Francesca Barnes, 15, has been a cadet for a year and said: “I am very proud to have had my promotion awarded to me by an MP; I really enjoy cadets and would encourage any young person to find out more. There are so many activities to get involved in, weekends away and a summer camp – there are opportunities to get relevant qualifications like the BTEC which will help later on in the world of work. “Cadets has boosted my confidence, given me a sense of self discipline and taught me leadership and teamwork skills”.