The Lord-Lieutenant may be called upon to carry out a variety of duties connected with the Armed Forces. For example he may be commanded by The Queen to present colours. He may be invited by the Commander concerned to inspect troops on parade including taking the salute on arrival or during a march past; to inspect guards of honour; to attend funerals of servicemen killed abroad; to receive units on their return from overseas; to present campaign medals; and to take part in other ceremonial functions.
The Lord-Lieutenant has a close working relationship with the South East Reserve Forces’ and Cadets’ Association and is President of the County Association.
Each year the Lord-Lieutenant appoints 4 senior cadets as Lord-Lieutenant’s Cadets – one each from the Army Cadet Force, the Sea Cadet Corps and the Air Training Corps and one from the Combined Cadet Force. These cadets support the Lord-Lieutenant in his work during their year of office, accompanying him to royal visits, awards ceremonies, and similar official events.
Each year Lord-Lieutenant’s Certificates are presented to members of the Reserve Forces for meritorious service.
There is a special Annual County Presentation Ceremony at which the Lord-Lieutenant’s Cadets are invested and the Lord-Lieutenant’s Certificates are presented.
Lord-Lieutenant's Cadets 2017 to 2018
Cadet Corporal Jamie Whitehall
Cadet Corporal Jamie Whitehall joined Milton Keynes Unit in September 2010. Even as a junior cadet exhibited all the qualities of an outstanding individual.
Jamie completed a year as a Sea Cadet, and was quickly promoted to Ordinary Cadet. At 13 Jamie joined the Royal Marine Detachment and swiftly rose to the rank of Cadet Corporal.
Jamie has worked hard to gain many qualifications including First Aid, Seamanship, rowing, canoeing, kayaking and full bore shooting.
As a senior cadet Jamie is at the fore front of the Unit, conducting and managing much of the Royal Marine Recruit training, and is a pivotal member of the Detachments training team, also assisting in the instruction of boatwork and is currently working towards instructional qualifications in both rowing and kayaking.
Jamie is a keen sportsman and has always been an eager participant in competitions at a District, Area, Nationals and Tri-Service level, disciplines ranging from kayaking and football to first aid.
However, Jamie is generally more than just a competitor in these events and often forms part of the coaching team.
Jamie is a dedicated cadet who is respected and held in high esteem by his peers; Jamie leads by example and is a good role model for other cadets.
Cadet Serjeant Max Boothby
In his almost 5 years in the Army Cadet Force Cadet Serjeant Boothby has progressed through the APC syllabus with enthusiasm and a great deal of personality. He takes great pride in his uniform and the standard of his turnout and manner are always high.
Serjeant Boothby embraces the ACF and all of the opportunities it presents, taking a full and active role in Platoon and Company events as well as representing the Battalion in sports and military skills competitions. He is developing into a very capable leader with a natural ability to make people smile and feel at ease in his presence.
Serjeant Boothby represents the ACF in his local town of Buckingham by assisting with community and charitable activities. As the son of a retired Army Officer Serjeant Boothby has a particular interest in the activities of the RBL and for the last two years has volunteered as a poppy seller both with his fellow cadets in Buckingham and also in his home village of Nash. Cadet Serjeant Boothby learned banner drill in his own time in order to carry the Buckingham branch standard at Remembrance Sunday in 2016.
Serjeant Boothby has recently stepped in as the Lord-Lieutenants Cadet at short notice carrying out formal duties including Armed Forces Day in Aylesbury.
Cadet Warrant Officer James Walker was nominated for Best Cadet in 2015 and continues to demonstrate strong leadership, team working skills and remains committed to developing himself and those around him.
James takes an increasingly active role in managing the Squadron and demands high standards for himself and his NCO team.
James excels in a number of areas, most notably in his ability to lead the cadets under his charge and build rapport with cadets of all ages. He is a valued member of the NCO team and is well liked and respected by cadets and staff alike.
As the most senior cadet on the Squadron, he works closely with both the Officer Commanding and the Training Officer to manage and organise the teaching of cadets as part of the training programme. He oversees the development of the NCO’s and plays a significant role in the teaching and assessing of First Class cadets. He is an exceptional role model.
CWO Walker shows dedication and aptitude in this role overseeing the development of the Squadron and he works extremely hard to ensure the Squadron is presented in the best possible light at Wing events. He is keen on welfare and motivation issues and has organised numerous social events for cadets and recruitment activities including seeking to arrange school assemblies.
CWO Walker has been successful at DofE working to complete Silver, and is a frequent Wing Camp and Wing Expedition attendee and he has recently taken part in the Corps organised Scotland sailing trip. He regularly takes part in sports events representing the Squadron and Wing - captaining both the junior and senior rugby teams and representing the Wing at Region Hockey and Rugby.
Outside of the Squadron, the local RBL rely on CWO Walker to carry their standard at the Remembrance Day Parade. He has liaised with his local church to volunteer to maintain a pilot’s grave. At school he assists Year 7’s with science and assists at a local scout group.
It is testament to Petty Officer Underwood's abilities that he balances a full diary, including his musical and dramatic activities, voluntary work and senior prefect obligations, alongside his exemplary commitment to the Combined Cadet Force.
In the three years PO Underwood has been with the CCF he has taken every opportunity afforded him: attending courses (Navy Junior and Senior Leadership, CCF Central Band) and supporting RN events. His excellent communication skills, positive rapport with cadets and adults have resulted in his promotion within the CCF.
PO Underwood planned and coordinated a team of NCOs from all services, to deliver Bonding Day for 200 Year 7 students. He has taught lessons to the whole RN section using the new training programme and will lead the Contingent at this year's Remembrance Parade.
PO Underwood escorted Commadore Bath on a recent visit to the Royal Grammar School, demonstrating a natural ability as a host. He is personable and presentable, making him suited to the role of Lord-Lieutenant’s Cadet.
He comes with the highest recommendation from the Royal Grammar School. He is an archetypal cadet whose innate sense of duty and service deserves recognition.