Air Cadets from Corby have been commended for their achievements throughout 2010 in an awards ceremony on Sunday 2nd January 2011. The Cadets were presented with a vast range of awards ranging from certificates of competence to special commendations for exceptional achievement.
The evening commenced with a bagpipes demonstration from a number of Cadets who have been training to play in the Air Cadet Squadron´s pipe band. This was followed by displays of marching drill and banner drill from teams of Cadets who regularly demonstrate their marching skills both competitively and on formal parades.
The Squadron´s Commanding Officer, Flight Lieutenant Rob McKellar, then gave a review of the past year before initiating the awards ceremony. Among the awards presented were certificates for First Aid training, radio communications, powered flying and engineering, as well as Bronze, Silver and Gold Duke of Edinburgh´s Awards and badges for exceptional proficiency in target shooting.
This was followed by the presentation of various special honours including trophies for Citizenship, Marksmanship, Aircraft Recognition and Academic Results. The evening culminated in the presentation of a commendation for “Cadet of the Year for 2010” along with various promotions of Cadets to higher ranks in recognition of their leadership abilities.
Cadet of the Year, Corporal Georgina Stedman (17) said, “I was thrilled to receive the award but also totally shocked. I would like to join the RAF in a few years´ time and being an Air Cadet has really helped me to develop all the right skills for this.”
Flight Lieutenant Rob McKellar said, “It is always a tremendous pleasure to recognise the hard work and achievements of our Cadets. Organisations such as the Air Training Corps have a very important place in our society and allow young people to contribute positively to their own personal development and to the wider community.”
The highly successful Air Cadet Squadron in Corby has recently increased its capacity fourfold and is continuing to recruit in Corby and the surrounding area.
The Air Cadet Organisation provides its members with thousands of pounds worth of flying, gliding and target shooting training every year absolutely free of charge. This is in addition to adventure training, the prestigious Duke of Edinburgh´s Award, seven major sports and BTEC Vocational Qualifications.