27 November 2012
Members of the Rangitikei Ruapehu Cadet Unit with Area Commander Lieutenant Vince McDonald.
Rangitikei Ruapehu Cadet Unit (RRCU) celebrated the end of the year with a parade and prize giving on Sunday 25 November with family, friends and NZ Defence Force personnel.
The RRCU, based in Waiouru and one of the smallest units in the country, demonstrated how commitment and dedication can turn into results, even against the larger units around New Zealand.
At the prize giving Lieutenant (LT) Vince McDonald, the NZ Defence Force area commander for Cadet Forces presented the unit with the Central Area Leadership Award for the fourth year in a row.
LT McDonald says that with recent success at the October Central Area Skills Competition their end of year Cadet Unit prize giving provided further recognition to those who had done the 'hard yards'.
"Their success is attributable to the calibre of their cadets but it is also important to acknowledge the support from their volunteer Cadet Unit Officers, Support Committee members and local communities.
"Against the New Zealand Cadet Forces core values of respect, integrity, loyalty and discipline, the Rangitikei Ruapehu Cadet Unit continues to develop in strength," says LT McDonald.
For more information, contact Todd O’Hara, Defence Communications Group on 021 626 578.