The Lord-Lieutenant has a role to play in supporting the military in London: regulars, reserves and cadets. To that end, he is President of the Greater London Reserve Forces’ and Cadets Association (GLRFCA): a non-political, not-for-profit organisation that supports the Volunteer Reserve Forces of the Navy, Army and Air Force, and the Cadets within Greater London. They provide an essential representative link between the military forces and the local community, raise awareness of the benefits and skills gained through part-time military service and assist with recruiting. They also maintain the Reserve Forces and Cadets estate.
Every year the Lord-Lieutenant appoints three Cadets from the Sea, Army and Air Cadets across the city to help him perform his duties.
These Cadets are selected in recognition of the outstanding example and devotion to duty they have displayed, as a Cadet and member of the Community. During the next 12 months they will assist the Lord-Lieutenant in his duties and will attend great occasions.
Able Cadet Alan Sounthararajah
Cadet Warrant Officer Darrell Kovac
Cadet Sgt Raees Mir
Leading Cadet Alan Sounthararajah
West Ham Sea Cadets
Able Cadet Alan Sounthararajah joined West Ham Sea Cadets as a Junior Sea Cadet at the age of 10 years old and he has developed over the years in to a great role model to his fellow Cadets. He has achieved many awards; from Sea Cadet training, to national recognised qualifications, through to the Jack Petchey Award nominated by his comrades and even though these are all treasured, this award is by far his most honoured. He is keen to help others progress whilst quietly developing himself too. He has shown the upmost level of Corps Values throughout his time in the Sea Cadet Corps, an example of a great Cadet and whilst doing so his attitude towards everything is infectious to all who meet him
Cadet Warrant Officer Darrell Kovac’s
31 (Tower Hamlets) Squadron
With over five years of service with 31 (Tower Hamlets) Squadron, Cadet Warrant Officer Darrell Kovac’s comprehensive experience, ethos and approach marks him out as an individual who has risen to the pinnacle of the Royal Air Force Air Cadets. His personal Air Cadet highlights include gaining the Gold Duke of Edinburgh Award, graduating from the Qualified Aerospace Instructor Course, travelling on an International Air Cadet Exchange to Canada, gaining a Cadet50 badge as one of the top 50 marksman in the Cadet Forces and going solo on his flying scholarship. CWO Kovac was also pivotal in the planning and delivery of 31 Squadron’s winning entry in the Lees Trophy competition for the best Squadron in the Corps. CWO Kovac is the senior cadet at 31 Squadron, responsible for the training, welfare and discipline of over 100 cadets with ambitions of joining the Royal Air Force as a multi-engine aircraft pilot.
Cadet Sgt Raees Mir
152 Cobham Detachment the Army Cadet Force
Cadet Sgt Mir has a full and thorough understanding of the ACF’s core values and standards and implements, upholds and practises them in all aspects of his training. He has been a member of the Army Cadet Force since the 19th November 2014 and has already achieved far more than his peers above and within his star level. At the age of 15, He has represented the Sector at a Regional and National competition level for First Aid and shooting. This was a very big achievement for him and the Detachment. Cadet Sgt Mir has a very high attendance record and despite studying for his GCSE’s, endeavour’s to attend every Detachment, Company and Sector event on offer.
At the Detachment, he always supports any reform undergone or implemented and always gives a constructive opinion and insight whenever asked. He often has a tendency to think outside the box which he is never discouraged from doing. His fellow cadets hold him in high regard and he has their trust and respect. Cadet Sgt Mir is a very social person and never struggles to hold a conversation with anyone. He is a bright, intelligent, well-mannered young man.”