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Annual Inspection for 348 Ilkeston Squadron

Article posted: May 23, 2011 by Flt Lt Waplington

The cadets of 348 Ilkeston squadron have much to be proud of following their Annual Inspection held on 14th April 2011.

Wing Commander Nigel Dickinson, the Commanding Officer of South and East Midlands Wing was met by a full parade by the squadron, who showed off their immaculate turn out. The cadets were then inspected and questioned about their achievements with the squadron, being congratulated on their successes so far, and encouraged to work hard in the year ahead.

Captions shows OC with inspecting officers

In the run up to the inspection, the cadets had worked hard to perfect their drill, clean the HQ and make sure that every aspect of the squadron’s appearance was pristine. This didn’t go unnoticed by the Commanding Officer as the cadets were praised for the condition of their uniforms and overall excellent turnout of the squadron.

The evening was rounded off with a series of awards and was one of success for the following cadets:

Best Cadet: Cdt Ghislanzoni Best Sports Person: FS Whitehead Citizenship: Sgt Smedley Cadet of the Year: Cdt Horsley NCO of the Year: Sgt Ratcliffe Inter Flight Competition: Last years B Flight Squadron Shooting Award: Cpl Bryan

With Wing Field Day fast approaching and numerous activities to look forwards to, the cadets are keen to continue their hard work through the rest of the year.

348 Ilkeston Squadron parades on Tuesday and Thursday evenings 19.00-21.00 at the Cadet Centre, Albert Street, Ilkeston. Anyone interested in joining should call 0115 9440848 or email

Flt Lt Bateman
OC 348 Sqn