Cadets, NCO’s and Staff of 1936 (Newton) Squadron have bid a fond farewell to CPL Tom Haywood (17), as he leaves the Unit to embark on his chosen career as a MT Technician in the Royal Air Force.
Tom has been with 1936 Squadron for two and a half years, and during this time he has embraced all that the Air Cadet Organisation has to offer. Most notably, Tom has enjoyed considerable success on the sporting field, amongst the many highlights has to be him being part of the South & East Midlands Wing team that took first place at last years Regional Cross Country Championships. Always keen to participate in a wide variety of activates, Tom has accrued some four hours AEF and AEG, achieved Squadron Marksman standard in shooting, the Bronze Duke of Edinburgh Award, and Provisional Radio Operators Certificate, to name just a few of his accolades. Tom has attended various camps across the UK, including spending a week at the National Air Cadet Adventure Training Centre, Windermere.
At the Squadron’s Annual Presentation Evening & Dinning in Night 2008, held last September, Tom was presented with the Best Cadet of the Year Award, recognising his outstanding performance as a member of 1936. Tom’s popularity amongst Cadets and peers, and his ability to motivate and inspire, will mean that his presence at the Squadron will be sadly missed.
Marking his formal exit from the ATC, 1936 Squadron’s Staff and NCO team look on as CPL Tom Haywood receives his signed F3822 from OC 1936, Flt Lt Jodi Hudson.
The Squadron presented Tom with leaving gifts that will be useful as he moves on to pastures new, including an engraved, personalised set of shoe brushes. The Unit gratefully received the kind gift of a photo board from Tom, something that will ensure he is not forgotten for some time! Tom will commence recruit training at RAF Halton shortly, and is due to pass out on 25th March 2009.
Speaking about Tom, the Squadron Commander, Flt Lt Jodi Hudson, said: “During my time at 1936, Tom has been a real asset to the team and has always impressed. His sense of humour, loyalty, and his boundless enthusiasm has been an example to Cadets and Staff alike. The Squadron will certainly miss him. We wish him every success for his future, and a long and happy career in the Royal Air Force. I have no doubt that Tom has the makings of a fine Airman and will be a real asset to the Service”.
By Flt Lt Jodi Hudson
Officer Commanding 1936 (Newton) Squadron