An Army Cadet Captain from Bishops Cleeve has been honoured for her outstanding work by being awarded the Lord-Lieutenant for Gloucestershire’s Certificate for Meritorious Service.
Although Angela Brady, 57, served in the Women’s Royal Army Corps in her early years, she says she would never have become involved in the Cadets without the influence of her son, Michael.
“Back in 2002, Michael was leaving the Cadets to join the Regular Army and I wondered what I’d do now that he was going away. I asked him if I would make an Army Cadets instructor and he promptly took me along to his platoon.”
Angela joined with the rank of Serjeant Instructor. She was commissioned in 2004 and subsequently commanded platoons at Tewkesbury and Innsworth.
Now, she is Second-in-Command of Gloucestershire ACF’s Aexandra Company – an appointment that will have delighted Michael, just back from deployment with the Royal Engineers in Afghanistan.
Her ACF work includes training youngsters for the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award and in first aid. She supports the A Company on Ten Tors adventures and for the past two years has accompanied Cadets to the Stampersgat Memorial event in the Netherlands.
Angela works for the Department of Work and Pensions in Cheltenham and Tewkesbury. “I am extremely proud of all the young people in A Company and throughout Gloucestershire ACF,” she said. “They are well-rounded kids who are very focused and enjoy all the varied activities they undertake.”
She was presented with her certificate by Gloucestershire’s Lord-Lieutenant, Dame Janet Trotter DBE, at a ceremony held in the officers’ mess at Allied Rapid Reaction Corps headquarters in Gloucester. The awards are made annually and recognise the dedicated service of individual members of the Reserves and of the Cadet organisations in the county.
The ceremony also included the appointment of ten young people as the Lord-Lieutenant’s Cadets for the next year, part of their role being to accompany her on official engagements. They were chosen on their merits within their respective Cadet forces, but also for their dedication and work within the local community.