A LOCAL army cadet has been honoured for devoting more than 10 years to the organisation.
Staff sergeant instructor Leonard Cowieson (65), from Forres-based 1st Battalion the Highlanders, was presented with the Cadet Forces Medal by Battalion’s Commandant, Colonel Iain Cassidy, recognising 12 years of service. After the presentation, Captain Ryan Dey, Forres detachment commander, said: “The cadets and adults are always appreciative of his work and advice. I was delighted to see the Colonel come through to Forres to present his medal to the cadets he teaches.”
SSI Cowieson joined the army cadet force in October, 2006 as an instructor with Moray Company’s Nairn detachment, later transferring to Elgin detachment in 2008. In October that year he was appointed to Moray’s cadet administrative assistant. His duties included requesting uniform for the cadets of the company’s six detachments, ensuring each detachment’s building was maintained, and ensuring equipment for training events was available.
In 2010, he took a step back and become an instructor again, this time at Moray’s Culloden detachment.
In 2013, the company was restructured and SSI Cowieson was transferred to teach in Forres detachment.
SSI Cowieson is also a qualified adventure training instructor through the cadets and holds qualifications in skiing and hillwalking. He makes shares his knowledge at the adventures training weekends the battalion holds.
1st Battalion the Highlanders Army Cadet Force is a youth organisation which meets every Tuesday from 7-9.15pm at the Drill Hall on Forres High Street.