Sussex Lord Lieutenants’ Awards Ceremony 2016 – Lord Lieutenants’ Cadets

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An excellent role model for younger cadets

Cadet Corporal Kurt Smith has been appointed Lord-Lieutenant of West Sussex’s Cadet 2016/2017.  Kurt, 17, joined the Worthing Unit Sea Cadets in 2011 and then the Royal Marines Cadets in 2013 and was swiftly promoted to Corporal for his dedication and hard work.  Influenced by his family’s Naval background he decided to join the SCC to give himself a head start in life and to gain experiences and opportunities he wouldn’t be able to achieve outside of the organisation.  Kurt’s most notable achievement has been attending the SCC Gold Wings Aviation Course, after excelling at both Bronze and Silver levels.  He is a keen fundraiser and supports many veteran activities including the Queen Alexandra Hospital Home for elderly and disabled ex-servicemen and women.   He said “I feel extremely honoured and privileged to be appointed as the Lord-Lieutenant’s Cadet, a role which I’ll do to my best ability and with immense pride”.

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A shining example to all female cadets

Cadet Colour Sergeant Olivia Walton has been appointed Lord-Lieutenant of West Sussex’s Cadet 2016/2017.  Olivia, 16, who is currently studying A-Levels at Steyning Grammar Sixth Form is a cadet with No. 22 (Steyning) Detachment ACF which she joined in 2012 at the age of 13, following a recruitment assembly at school.    Since joining, her attendance, commitment and enthusiasm across all ACF activities have been exemplary.  Highly dedicated and focussed, she quickly completed the cadet military training syllabus and was promoted into a cadet non-commissioned officer post, proving that she is a very effective cadet leader.  She is particularly good at managing junior cadets and is also a very good instructor.  She said “I feel honoured that I have been recognised for this award because the ACF has had a positive impact on developing my skills as a leader over the past four years and I am proud to represent this organisation”.

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Cadets has taught me discipline and perseverance

Cadet Warrant Officer Hannah Crosby has been appointed Lord-Lieutenant of West Sussex’s Cadet 2016/2017.   Hannah, 18, lives in East Grinstead and is a member of 1015 (East Grinstead) ATC.  She joined the squadron in 2011 and has become a valued and enthusiastic member, encouraging other younger cadets to become involved.  She dreamt of flying for as long as she can remember and so completing her two-week flying scholarship in Scotland and flying solo has been a real highlight of her cadet experience.  Hannah attends all annual camps and willingly supports Wing events, demonstrating excellent leadership skills in the training of the other Wing NCOs.  Hannah possesses the highest standards of dress and drill and attends all major parades, setting an exemplary example for the rest of the Squadron and Wing.  She said “I am hugely excited to be nominated for this award and honoured that my staff feel I would be deserving of it.  It is hugely rewarding as I have given a lot to cadets and this shows that my staff recognise and appreciate that commitment”.

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Dependable and Trustworthy

Leading Cadet Olivia Farmer has been appointed Lord-Lieutenant of East Sussex’s Cadet 2016/2017.  Olivia, 17, joined Brighton Unit Sea Cadet Corps in 2012 as she was told it would be an enjoyable way to spend her free time and threw herself into all the activities; sailing, kayaking, rowing, ceremonial and specialist training.  She is extremely committed to the Unit and has become a very capable and respected leader.  Dedicating a huge amount of effort to achieve promotion to Leading Cadet, she has become, the smartest and most seamanlike cadet in the Unit and is a great motivator, completing all tasks to the highest of standards.  She said “I feel honoured to have been nominated for this award.  It feels good to be recognised for the hard work I have put into Sea Cadets.  Being a cadet has made me a more confident and outgoing person and I’ve become more punctual as well as reliable”.

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A very popular and well-respected Sergeant

Cadet Sergeant Thomas Robinson has been appointed Lord-Lieutenant of East Sussex’s Cadet 2016/2017.  Thomas is a sixth form student at Lewes Old Grammar School, studying A-levels and parades at No. 24 (Burgess Hill) Detachment ACF.  He became a cadet in 2012, when he was 13, after seeing Army Cadets poppy selling and speaking to them about their cadet experiences and opportunities.   Thomas commits to all Company Training Weekends and County activities and hasn’t missed an Annual Camp since he joined.  Thomas has recently achieved the 4-star Award which he found mentally and physically challenging but an experience that he says has profoundly influenced his ability to manage a team.  He said “I am very proud to have achieved this award.  I believe that it symbolises the culmination of my progression, experiences and skills that I have attained through the ACF”.



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