Following months of training and assessment, thirty-seven Air Cadets from South Derbyshire have been presented with awards in recognition of their academic and practical achievements.
The young men and women from 1211 (Swadlincote) Sqn, were rewarded for their hard work and efforts through the presentation of certificates and badges by the Squadron Commander, Flight Lieutenant (Flt Lt) Alyn Thompson, during an awards parade at the units’ Eureka Park headquarters recently.
The first certificates to be presented were to the Squadrons newest cadets, who have only been with the unit for 2 months. As well as undergoing basic training in how to be an Air Cadet, these Junior members have also undertaken and passed practical radio and swimming assessments, which resulted in them being awarded the Air Cadet Provisional Radio Operators certificate and the Air Cadet Basic Swimming Competency certificate.
Thirteen cadets were presented with ‘Leading Cadet’ certificates and badges in recognition of the successful completion of 25 hours of project work, plus training and examinations in the topics of basic navigation, principles of flight and airmanship.
Over the past 12 months, the cadets have also been involved in the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme, which has seen them carry out hiking and camping expeditions, voluntary work, learning new skills and developing themselves physically, mentally and emotionally. For their commitment, enthusiasm and achievement within the scheme, eight cadets were presented with Bronze level awards and badges.
Other awards presented were Air Cadet Full Radio Operators Certificates, Certificates of Appreciation for supporting the Royal British Legion’s Poppy Appeal, British Heart Foundation “Heartstart UK” certificates for completing a course which teaches emergency life support techniques and Air Cadet CV certificates, for those cadets who have completed a wide range of activities including flying in an RAF aircraft, completing the Duke of Edinburgh’s award and attending a residential camp away from home.
Swadlincote’s Air Cadets with their Certificates and Awards
Cadet Corporal Emily Woolford (16) who received her Bronze DoE Award and Cadet CV certificate said, “Air Cadets is brilliant, we have so much fun and do so many different things, it really is a great experience. I am very proud to receive my Bronze DoE and I’m already working towards my Silver which I aim to complete in the next few months”.
Flight Lieutenant Thompson said, “It has been a privilege to present these awards to our cadets, they have all worked so hard and deserve these accolades. All of our cadets have achieved, from our newest recruits to our most senior cadets. We have further awards to present including BTEC’s in Aviation Studies and Public Services, Silver Duke of Edinburgh’s Awards, Air Cadet Communicator Badges and a certificate for our newest Glider Pilot. We plan to make these presentations in April, when we will be visited for the first time by our Regional Commandant, Group Captain Brett Morrell from RAF Brampton in Cambridgeshire”.
1211 (Swadlincote) Sqn has been selected to represent the South and East Midlands in the Lees Trophy competition, which aims to find the most successful Air Training Corps Squadron in the whole of the UK. The visit in April by the Regional Commandant of Central & East Region, forms part of the Lees Trophy assessment process. During the visit Group Captain Morrell will formally inspect the cadets, see them at work and will learn of their achievements from the last 12 months.
By Flt Lt Rob Moore RAFVR (T) – 1211 (Swadlincote) Sqn