Nuneaton based Royal Air Force Air Cadet, Connor Little of 121 (Nuneaton) Squadron has been formally appointed as Lord Lieutenant's Cadet for Warwickshire.
During the presentation ceremony held in the Warwick, Shire Hall Council Chamber on 14 May 2013, Her Majesty's Lord Lieutenant of the County of Warwickshire Timothy Cox, formally appointed two of Warwickshire's finest cadets, Flight Sergeant Connor Little of 121 (Nuneaton) Squadron and Staff Sergeant Thomas Butcher of the Rugby Detachment of the Army Cadet Force, to act as Lord Lieutenant's cadets.
The Lord Lieutenant Timothy Cox, who was conducting his first formal presentation event as the newly appointed Lord Lieutenant for Warwickshire expressed his admiration for the outstanding achievements of his newly appointed cadet representatives. He said, “Connor and Thomas have set an excellent example to other young people and I am delighted to be able to recognise their outstanding service within the cadet forces by making these appointments today. They are a credit to themselves, their units and now their County”.
As Lord Lieutenant's cadets, their duties will include accompanying the Lord Lieutenant Timothy Cox at special civic and military engagements throughout Warwickshire.
Following the formal investiture of Flight Sergeant Connor Little by the Lord Lieutenant the outgoing Lord Lieutenant’s Air Cadet, Flight Sergeant Michael Hadley also of 121 (Nuneaton) Squadron was on hand to congratulate Connor as he took over the post.
Flight Sergeant Connor Little joined the Air Training Corps in November 2008 at the age of 13 and has consistently strived to work his way through the training classifications and rank structure and currently holds the Master Cadet classification the rank of Flight Sergeant and most recently became the first cadet on his Squadron to complete the Method of Instruction course thus earning himself the Instructor Cadet lanyard.
In addition to the normal academic training activities generally expected of an Air Cadet, Connor has completed his Bronze D of E Award and is well on his way to completing the Silver level award. He is also taking full advantage of the opportunity to gain further academic qualifications via the Cadet Vocational Qualifications Organisation and is working towards his Level 2 BTEC in Public Services.
Flight Sergeant Connor Little has indeed shown that he has a creditable activity and academic training record, however, it is Connors commitment to the Squadrons Band and his drive to support the unit’s work within the local community which demonstrates the fact that he is a worthy candidate for the post of Lord Lieutenant’s Cadet.
Connor is the senior cadet percussionist within the band and helps to train and encourage the younger members of the group to support our ex-service community. Most notably Connor has been proactively engaged in street collections for the Royal Air Forces Association and the Royal British Legion.
Connor has also shown a great interest in the Squadrons joint activities with the Nuneaton based Veterans Contact Point and its work in support of the Armed Forces Covenant and he was a member of the band which led the parade through the streets of Warwick in 2012 for the signing ceremony of the Covenant in Old Shire Hall.
Officer Commanding 121 (Nuneaton) Squadron, Flight Lieutenant Paul Hincks said, “Flight Sergeant Connor Little has shown consistent determination to achieve his individual goals and has always supported his Squadron in its community activities. I am pleased to say that Connor has truly demonstrated that he is an outstanding example to other young people within our Squadron and the community as a whole”.
He added, “Connor has most certainly demonstrated his total commitment to one of the most important aims of the Air Cadet Organisation throughout his cadet career, namely, ‘To foster and develop the qualities of leadership and citizenship.’ As such I had no hesitation in recommending his appointment as Lord Lieutenant's cadet for Warwickshire”.
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