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Cadet Warrant Officer Stefan Dunkerley has been chosen to act as a cadet Lord Lieutenant

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CWO Dunkerley from 443 (Basingstoke) Squadron Air Training Corps, was chosen to be the Air Training Corps Lord Lieutenant's Cadet for Hampshire and was invested during a ceremony at Winchester Guildhall on 26th September 2014. Stefan, a member of the Cadet Forces for 5 years and currently studying Criminology at The University of Winchester, hopes to join the RAF as an Air Traffic Control Officer on completion of his degree. Stefan said he was honoured when he learned he had been awarded the position of representing the Air Training Corps as Hampshire's Lord Lieutenant Cadet. 'I am proud not only to serve the Lord Lieutenant, but also to represent Hampshire Air Training Corps as their ambassador' he said. 'Each year the Wing nominates a cadet for the role, and Hampshire's Lord Lieutenant selects who will accompany them to functions. It is a privilege to carry out my duties during the coming year' he added.
Each year, the Lord-Lieutenant appoints several young people to serve as his Lord Lieutenant's Cadets. They are drawn from the Air Training Corps, Army Cadets, Sea Cadets, the Combined Cadet Force and from the civil uniformed youth organisations, Scouts, Girl Guiding and the St John Ambulance across Hampshire. When on duty, Lord Lieutenant's Cadets wear a distinctive sash/brassard with the badge of their appointment, to denote their role. They assist the Lord Lieutenant as required often on parade for Royal visits and act as ambassadors for their organisations and the young people of Hampshire. The five Lord Lieutenant's Cadets to serve for 2014-15 come from representatives from each of the three Services. The office of the Lord Lieutenant dates from the 16th century and has its origins in the military, when the holder became responsible for local military defence and the maintenance of order, and is derived from the position of Sheriff.