2418 Sherwood Squadron has had one of its best years yet with a huge list of incredible achievements. The year began with cadet Burrows bringing home a gold medal in the 14-16 year old 4×750 speed skating relay from the youth Winter Olympics in Austria. This was followed by a fantastic performance at Wing athletics by the whole squadron finishing 4th over all and three cadets excelling in their events to go forward and represent South and East midlands Wing. Cadet Ubido also went on to represent the region in the 100m’s. Moving on through the year the squadron also had a very successful Annual Wing inspection where the OC Flt lt Bates received a well deserved commendation from the Commandant Air Cadets for her meritorious service on the squadron as well as for the Wing over the last 19 years.
Into June and more cadets were achieving great things. Cadet Burrows was then given the honour of carrying the Olympic torch in recognition of his achievements in speed skating. Cadet burrows said that the best moment was “when the torch was handed over with everyone cheering” also saying that it was a very “inspirational moment”. Plus Flight sergeant Grant took part in the HM Queens visit to Nottingham making up the Honour Guard which stood outside awaiting the HM Queens arrival. Grant summed the day up as “a very proud moment” for him and his squadron. However his successes didn’t end here as recently he aged out of his cadet career but successfully passed his Wing board to become an adult sergeant in the ATC, and even more recently received the long awaited news that he would soon be starting his basic training for a role in the Royal Navy as an Observer.
The cadets also picked up a vast array of qualifications with 30 collecting their Bronze National Navigation Award plus 47 cadets also achieving a very recently introduced Entry Level Award in Health and Safety. Two more cadets also struck gold completing their Gold Duke of Edinburgh’s Award and are now looking forward to collecting their certificates at the palace soon.
Following this the squadron achieved its best performance in 10 years at South and East midlands Wing field day. The squadron did very well all in various events, best of which included 7th in leadership, 5th in drill and an amazing 5th overall out of 29 squadrons. This amazing achievement strongly reflected all the hard work that the cadets had put into all their training. Ex-Cadet Warrant officer Kahla also received an award on the day, with him winning ‘Best male cadet for South and East Midlands’ and also ‘Best overall Cadet’ for 2012. He said “I was hugely proud to win these awards and owe a huge thank you to all the staff on my squadron and in the wing that have helped my achieve this”.
Over all 2418 has had a golden year full of successes across the board, all of which is down to the very hard work and commitment of all the cadets plus the staff, who are all very proud of the squadron and looking forward to more successes on the unit.