Cadet Corps Awards Presented
His Excellency the Governor, Mr Stuart Jack, CVO recently hosted a function lauding the activities and achievements of the Cayman Islands Cadet Corps.
During the 17 September Government House ceremony, 20 officers and cadets became the corps' first time medal recipients. The awards came in appreciation of a range of activities from the corps' inception six years ago, particularly efforts made during hurricane emergencies.
The presentation of the Caribbean Cadet Medal to Acting Deputy Commandant Captain Ricardo Henry was the highlight of the evening.
Nominated by the Commandants of the Jamaica Combined Cadet Corps and the Trinidad and Tobago Cadet Force, Captain Henry was selected for his "contribution to the development of the cadet corps in the Caribbean and particularly the Caribbean Cadet Training Manual."
Ex-Commandant Philip Hyre who today remains a volunteer with the corps, earned the long service award. Other local awards recognised meritorious service and good conduct as well as service during Hurricanes Ivan (2004) and Dean (2007).
Congratulating the awardees, the Governor said he was pleased by the growing popularity of the corps in Cayman because it was building "a core of dedicated people on whom the country can rely in times of need." Mr Jack also praised Captain Henry for his dedication and energetic approach.
Jamaican Corps Commandant, Colonel Lemuel Lindo was a special guest at the function, together with his Adjutant Training Officer, Lt Colonel Trevor McCurdy.
Colonel Lindo said that he upheld the value of engaging youth in wholesome activities such as provided by the corps, during their early years. This, he said, would encourage them to avoid anti-social behaviour. He added that Jamaica's combined corps would "always be on standby" to assist the Cayman corps.
The small but growing Cayman corps now has nearly 200 cadets, as well as 14 commissioned and 25 non-commissioned officers.
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