It was with great pleasure that OC 1359 Sqn ATC made new cadet SNCO promotions on 18th May 2016 by promoting two new Cadet Sergeant’s and a new Cadet Flight Sergeant.
17 year old Sergeant Kezzia Cannon has served with 1359 Squadron for 2 and a half years and has set her sights on joining the Royal Air Force Police, ultimately becoming a dog handler after completion of her college studies of Photography, Applied Law and Psychology. Sergeant Cannon said “I wasn’t expecting further promotion at this point, so it was a really pleasant surprise!” She considers her best experience so far in the Air Training Corps as Swynnerton Camp 2014 and has sights set on actively participating in leadership at this year’s annual green camp.
Also promoted to Cadet Sergeant was 16 year old Charlie Mather who has for almost 4 years worked hard to gain his third stripe. Like his colleague SGT Cannon, he remembers fondly the events of Swynnerton 2014 and in particular the flight in the Chinook helicopter, perhaps a once in a life time event. Keen on green based activities SGT Mather wishes to gain further range time and obtain his Corps Marksman award and apply for the coveted Junior Leaders. With a career in the RAF at the forefront of his mind, SGT Mather continues to progress in his Uniform Public Service Course.
Completing the worthy trio Cadet Flight Sergeant Ash Ellis is also studying Uniform Public Services with eyes firmly set on ATC career progression, the ultimate aim being promotion to Cadet Warrant Officer. So far, his best experience was attending annual camp at RAF Valley in Wales where he was awarded Best Cadet on Camp. Flight Sergeant Ellis has worked tirelessly on Junior Cadet Development passing on his knowledge and encouragement to those cadets under his training. Also wishing to apply for the RAF, Flight Sergeant Ellis has sights set on flying high as a pilot.
OC 1359 Flight Lieutenant Phil Bannister said “These new promotions reward much hard work by our cadet NCO team and firmly cement our future cadet leadership. I am sure they shall continue to provide shining examples to their peers and go on to further demonstrate their abilities”.
WO (ATC) Rob Phillips