Caithness cadets bid farewell to Keoni

November 16, 2021
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Army Cadets in Caithness recently said their farewells to one of their cadets.

Cadet Company Sergeant Major Keoni Jones (18), from 1st Battalion the Highlanders’ Castletown Detachment, has reached the upper age limit of the organisation.

All his hard work to the cadets of the area was formally recognised prior to him leaving on his 18th birthday.

CSM Jones has been in the cadets since September 2015. Over the past six years he has taken advantage of everything being an Army Cadet can offer, from representing the Battalion in shooting competitions to taking part in Adventure Training courses.

As the Cadet Company Sergeant Major – the most senior ranking cadet within the company – Keoni was responsible for mentoring his fellow cadets.

By way of a goodbye he received two separate presentations from the company.

Presentation of an engraved plaque for cadet.
CSM Jones (right) receiving an engraved plaque on behalf of Thurso and Castletown Detachments by Detachment Commander SMI Stuart Taggart.

The first was made by Detachment Commander SMI Stuart Taggart of the Battalion’s cap badge on an engraved plaque on behalf of the cadets of Thurso and Castletown Detachments. The second presentation was of a Battalion pennant made by Caithness Company Commander Major Neil Mclean on behalf of Caithness Company.

Following the presentation, Company Training Officer Captain Stephen Mezals said: “It’s always sad when saying goodbye to cadets as they age out, but this was also a proud moment, to see the fine young man that Keoni has become, knowing that he has been such a good role model to the cadets following on behind him.”

Battalion pennant presented to cadet.
CSM Jones (right) receiving a Battalion Pennant from Caithness Company Commander Major Neil McLean on behalf of Caithness Company.