1359 (Beeston) Squadron has recently celebrated the appointment of its new Cadet Warrant Officer (CWO) to the role of HM Lord Lieutenants Cadet for the County of Nottinghamshire.
Eighteen year old CWO Jade Cox received the news of her prestigious new position on 16 September and shall hold the post for 12 months.
With a history that can be traced back to the 1500s, the Lord Lieutenant is the personal representative of Her Majesty The Queen in each county of the United Kingdom. Responsible for maintaining the link between people and Monarch, other responsibilities placed upon the Lord Lieutenant include managing arrangements for royal visits and presenting medals and awards on behalf of The Queen.
As the personal cadet of the Lord Lieutenant, Sir John Peace; CWO Cox will accompany Sir John on numerous commitments throughout the county where she shall not only provide support to Sir John but also represent the Air Training Corps (ATC).
CWO Cox joined the ATC in 2011 rapidly gaining promotion through the cadet ranks and soon demonstrated high performance in cadet examinations finally passing the Master Cadet qualification in August 2015. Jade has continuously demonstrated a deep interest in adventure training and after taking part in an Adventure Training Week at Windermere in 2011 she went on to receive a Bronze NNAS Award. In 2014 she attended an Overseas Adventure Training Camp in Cyprus and has participated as a flight commander at the annual Wing Camp at MOD Swynnerton, going on to assist as Directing Staff in Fieldcraft. With an obvious interest in field based activities it was only natural that Jade apply for and successfully pass the Junior Leaders Course in 2016.
The winner of the Best Overall Cadet of South & East Midlands Wing in June 2016 Jade also holds important Wing post’s as directing staff on Cadet Senior Non Commissioned Officer (NCO), Advanced NCO and Staff Cadet Courses enabling her to cascade her skills to her fellow cadets in a conscientious and meticulous manner. Continuing to demonstrate impeccable dress and personal appearance this has enabled her to become one of the South & East Midlands Wings’ most recognisable and highly respected cadets amongst her contemporaries and staff alike.
Upon her appointment CWO Cox said “I’m thrilled to have been appointed as the Lord Lieutenants Cadet for Nottinghamshire. It has always been a personal goal since I joined the Air Cadet Organisation. I look forward to my upcoming year in post, as I have a lot to learn, and a lot of new and exciting experiences ahead.”
Officer Commanding 1359 Squadron, Flight Lieutenant Phil Bannister, said “CWO Cox is a not only a credit to the Squadron, Wing and Corps but a shining example of the dedication of modern youth. Her determination to enhance the light blue footprint of the ATC in the public arena has resulted in this fantastic opportunity.”
WO (ATC) Rob Phillips