Lord Lieutenant Appointment for Flt Sgt Butler
On Tuesday 3rd September I attended the South Yorkshire Lord-Lieutenant’s Awards at Endcliffe Hall where I had the honour of being appointed as HM Lord-Lieutenant’s Cadet for the next year. The Lord-Lieutenant’s Cadet is a prestigious position that very few cadets achieve, involving ceremonial duties accompanying the Lord-Lieutenant on his duties around the county. The appointment is granted to 1 cadet from each cadet branch each year.
The appointment process began earlier this year when I was nominated by my Squadron Commander in March, following the completion of nomination papers. After this stage myself and 2 other 148 (Barnsley) Squadron cadets, who had also been nominated, had to deliver a presentation to a panel made up of Wing Commander Daniel, OC South & West Yorkshire Wing, Squadron Leader French, Wing Chief of Staff, as well as Warrant Officer Burbridge, Wing Warrant Officer. This presentation was about our cadet careers so far, as well as what we hoped to achieve both in and out of the Air Cadets in the future, followed by questions.
After the interview process was complete there was a waiting period, during which the panel heard from other nominees across the Wing, before I was notified that I had been successful in June. I was then briefed on what would be required of me both on the presentation evening and over the course of the year.
On the 3rdSeptember I attended the presentation evening where I delivered another presentation to the Lord-Lieutenant and over one hundred other distinguished guests, detailing my time and experiences in the cadet program and helping to share what we do. It was great to have the opportunity to speak at length with the Lord-Lieutenant about his views on the Cadets, an area he is personally very passionate about, as well as other guests including Air Commodore Stewart, Chair of RFCA for Yorkshire and the Humber and former Commandant Air Cadets, Group Captain Leeming, current regional commandant for North Region Air Cadets and several other service, community and business leaders from across South Yorkshire.
I am very proud to have been nominated for this appointment and look forward to executing its duties over the next year. I am particularly proud to be following on from CWO Copeland, also from 148 (Squadron), who held the post last year – it is very rare that two cadets from the same Squadron are selected to hold the post for two consecutive years, highlighting the quality of training and cadet experiences that is delivered at 148 Squadron.
By Flt Sgt Bulter