HUDDERSFIELD air cadet Greg Coles has been appointed Lord Lieutenant's Cadet for West Yorkshire.

Greg, 18, of Bradley, is a Cadet Warrant Officer with 59 Squadron in Huddersfield.

He beat off competition from across the county to achieve this top honour. He will attend events with the Lord Lieutenant over the next year.

The appointment was confirmed at the Cadet Centre, Hunger Hill, Halifax.

Greg said: "It's a great honour for me and for the squadron. I'm looking forward to taking part in a range of events."

Greg's commanding officer, Flt-Lt Emma Leech, said: "We're all really pleased for Greg. He's worked exceptionally hard for this award and we know he'll keep to the high standards in his duties that he sets for himself when with the squadron."

It is the latest highlight in a busy year for Greg.

He was promoted to Cadet Warrant Officer in June and gained A-levels in maths, physics and geography at Greenhead College.

This summer, Greg spent three weeks in Canada on an air cadet exchange.

During his six years with 59 Squadron, he has gained his silver Duke of Edinburgh Award and Staff Cadet Award.

He is now looking forward to studying aeronautical engineering at Salford University. He eventually wants to join the Royal Air Force as an engineering officer.

The 59 Squadron is looking for new members. Anyone between 13 and 17 can join the group, which meets at St Paul's Street Drill Hall in Huddersfield on Monday and Friday nights.

For more information on the Air Training Corps call 01484 535779 between 7pm and 9.30pm on Mondays or Fridays or visit