An army cadet instructor in Sheffield has been honoured for the years of service she has devoted to training others.
Staff Sergeant Stephanie Wade, a member of Humberside and South Yorkshire Army Cadet Force, was presented with the Cadet Force Medal after clocking up 12 years of service.
Staff Sgt Wade joined the Army Cadet Force 1999 and is based at Norbury Hall, Pitsmoor.
She spent two years as a cadet before becoming an instructor in Sheffield.
She said: “When it was time for me to leave cadets as a cadet in 2001, I decided I wanted to pass on my skills what I had learned to other cadets. This is when I decided to become an adult instructor.
“Throughout the years I have been at various detachments, gaining lots of experience, different techniques and skills. In return I’ve been able to pass this on to cadets, to see them grown into confident young adults they are today.”
Staff Sgt Wade, who met her husband, Staff Sergeant Jeremy Wade, who is also an instructor, during her time with the Army Cadet Force, said she enjoys ‘helping other cadets to achieve their dreams’.
She received The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2012.
“I have learned lots of skills and been on lots of courses to gain qualifications, such as short range, long range, first aid at work, mountain biking, tug of war and many more, as well as these courses I have gained more confidence in myself,” she said.
“I feel so proud to be an instructor within an amazing organisation, with amazing people who have helped me achieve the things I wanted to achieve, and will carry on helping me throughout the remainder of my cadet career.”