Captain Kevin Weir shares a moment with grandson Dillion
(3) after being surprised with a cadet forces medal for
service to the New Zealand Cadet Forces and the Dunedin
community. Photo by Linda Robertson.
When he saw the chairs set out in neat rows for visitors,
City of Dunedin Cadet Unit commander Captain Kevin Weir knew
something was up.
''I thought, why has Cath [Perriman] got these chairs out
there, hmmm ...''
And he was right.
In addition to the usual cadet promotions, usually awarded
with slightly less fanfare, his cadet leader colleague had
organised for Capt Weir to be presented with the cadet force
medal, recognising his 12 years of service to the New Zealand
Cadet Forces and the Dunedin community.
It was a great surprise, Capt Weir (56) said, and he was
proud to have been awarded the medal, which was pinned on by
Dunedin Mayor Dave Cull.
He had enjoyed his years with the cadets, and a standout
moment had been representing the New Zealand Cadet Forces at
ceremonies around the return of the Unknown Warrior to
Wellington in 2004.
''To me, what that meant to be there was just incredible.''
Capt Weir, a cadet himself with the Air Training Corps in the
1970s, joined the City of Dunedin Cadet Unit as an adult
leader in 2002 and ascended through the ranks, becoming the
unit's commander in 2007.
A citation said he had been a reliable, loyal and dedicated
officer and had put significant effort into the successful
operation of his cadet unit, actively promoting inter-unit
activities with other cadet units in Dunedin, including
Exercise Cadet 150 as part of the 150th anniversary this year
of the New Zealand cadet movement.
The City of Dunedin Cadet Unit has 60 cadet members and is
one of four military cadet units in the city.