On Tuesday, cadets from 1188 (Coalville) Sqn were visited by a solider that received one of their Christmas Parcels in 2007.
For the last three years cadets from 1188 (Coalville) Sqn, Air Training Corps have joined with Leicestershire Constabulary’s Blue Knights Motorcycle Club sending parcels to police officers serving in both Iraq and Afghanistan during December. Previously the cadets have received thank you letters expressing the troops gratitude but this is the first time a member of the armed forces that received a parcel has visited the squadron.
Warrant Officer Craig Patterson was really grateful for his parcel that he received whilst in Basrah in December 2007. Since then he has been carrying around with him the cadet’s letter from his parcel. It was very emotional for him to come face to face with some of the cadets who had signed his letter.
1188 Sqn with Warrant Officer Patterson
He said, “I was very touched by the fact that the Air Cadets were thinking of soldiers serving on Operation Telic”. He spoke about how for a short time they were like children unwrapping Christmas presents and forgetting they were in a war zone.
Flying Officer Rebekah Harrison RAF VR (T) said, “It is really good the know that the parcels get there in one piece and that they were such a morale boost. We will be continuing to send parcels to the troops for as long as we can.”
By Flying Officer Rebekah Harrison
1188 Sqn Media & Communications Officer