Air Commodore McCafferty with Corporal Steph Bidwell, Cadet of the Year and the other award winners
Air Commodore McCafferty Attends her First Squadron Dining In.
100 cadets, staff and parents of 1084 (Market Harborough) Squadron welcomed Air Commodore Dawn McCafferty to her first Air Cadet Squadron Dining in Night at the Kings Hall, Market Harborough on 11 January.
Air Commodore McCafferty chatted informally to all the cadets and looked at the 2012 photograph album as did the other guests Regional Commandant Brett Morrell and his wife Ali, before being accompanied into the dining room by the PMC, OC and Chairman of the Civilian Committee.
The evening is based on a traditional RAF Dining in Night with the focus on the cadets, Cadet FS Tom Barwick was PMC and the newest cadet Jack Marsh was Mr Vice. There was the usual 1084 informality with crackers, party hats and poppers to enliven the evening before the serious part of the speeches and awards.
FS Barwick welcomed the guests, Air Commodore McCafferty, Group Captain Morrell and his wife before asking Flight Lieutenant Smith (OC) to give her final speech to the dining in night prior to her retirement as CO at the end of 2013. FS Barwick commented on the work she had done during the 15 years as CO and that she would be a hard act to follow.
During her speech the CO announced the various award winners who were all presented with their trophies by Air Commodore McCafferty. As usual a sweep was run on the timing of the speech, there were gasps all round when it was announced that a new record had been set – not for the longest speech but the shortest! As a memento of the evening she was presented with a desk clock complete with stop watch recording the time of her speech, which to save any red faces is withheld.
In her response Air Commodore McCafferty outlined some of her hopes for the future of the Corps and praised the OC for her many years of devoted service not only to the squadron but the wider Corps. She said it was clear that the Squadron had a highly productive year and had some great cadets. She concluded by saying how much she had enjoyed the evening and praised the PMC for his role in making it a success.