The 2016 new Oxfordshire Lord-Lieutenant Cadets.
Lord Lieutenant’s Cadet Award marks the achievement of outstanding service by an individual to their Cadet movement and the achievement is recognised by their appointment as a Lord Lieutenant Cadet. Each year the Lord Lieutenant appoints a cadet from each of the community cadet forces and the Combined Cadet Force to support them on official engagements. In their role they will have the opportunity to escort the Lord Lieutenant on his duties and also meet members of the Royal Family who visit Oxfordshire.
With the Lord-Lieutenant L-R
Cadet Flight Sergeant Sebastian Berger from Radley College Combined Cadet Force
Cadet Corporal Abigail Collier from Calais Company Oxfordshire Army Cadet Force
Cadet Warrant Officer Johnny Roberts from 2210 Squadron Air Training Corps and
Cadet Under Officer Otto Bodycombe also from Radley College Combined Cadet Force Royal Naval Section.
Cadet Warrant Officer Matthew Soar from 2507 Squadron Air Training Corps, Bicester. Last year’s outgoing Lord-Lieutenant Cadet gave a brief presentation on his year as a Lord-Lieutenant Cadet.
Matthew said, “This year is one I will never forget, and to the newly appointed Cadets the memories and experiences of your time will stay with you for ever.”
Cadet Flight Sergeant Sebastian Berger from Radley College Combined Cadet Force (CCF)
Sebastian Berger who lives in Thame in Oxfordshire was appointed one of this year’s Lord-Lieutenant Cadets. Sebastian said, “It was a great surprise, I didn’t think I could achieve such an honour, it was really exciting especially when I realised how many new experiences and opportunities the appointment will give me.”
Sebastian is a student at Radley College and has been in the CCF since 2013. He added, “The leadership skills gained as a cadet has allowed me to become a prefect in my house at school, as well as build my confidence.” When asked what motivates him to be a Cadet he said, “Making the most of the opportunities around me as well as being able to pass on some of my knowledge to younger Cadets.”
Cadet Under Officer Otto Bodycombe from the Royal Naval Section of Radley College Combined Cadet Force (CCF)
Otto Bodycombe enlisted into the CCF in 2013, he joined the Naval section of the Combined Cadet Force as he had always had an interest in the Military especially as there had been a family connection with the Royal Navy. The highlight of his Cadet career was a week spent on HMS Bulwark one of the Royal Navy’s Ships, which gave him an amazing experience and an eye opener into the work of the Regular Royal Navy.
On his appointment Otto said, “This is a huge privilege and I am honoured to be chosen.”
Cadet Corporal Abigail Collier from Oxfordshire Army Cadet Force
Corporal Abigail Collier who lives in Banbury joined the Army Cadet Force, Banbury Detachment in 2014. Abigail is a 6th Form student at The Warriner School , Bloxham, studying for her A Levels. Abigail said, “Being nominated for this award is both a privilege and honour. I feel immensely proud that I have been recognised and I believe it has motivated me to continue working hard.”
Abigail joined the Cadets as she had always aspired to have a career in the Army, and she knew that it would give her some good experience.
Cadet Warrant Officer Johnny Roberts from 2210 Squadron Air Training Corps
Warrant Officer Roberts who lives in Blackbird Leys in Oxford, is currently studying for his A Levels at the City of Oxford College. His ambition is to join the RAF to become a Pilot, Johnny said, “I am honoured to be nominated for this role and looking forward to some great events.”
Johnny has recently been accepted by the RAF to be sponsored through University and will join the University Air Squadron at Kingston University.