As we head towards the Christmas break, I just wanted to say a heartfelt thank you to everyone involved in South and East Midlands Wing. Be it working tirelessly at Squadron level or as part of the wider Wing and in many cases, Region and Corps teams, the staff and cadets of the Wing continue to grow our standing and reputation across the ACO and wider spheres of other youth groups.
2015 saw us involved in a number of high profile events, ranging from the King Richard III re-internment service to a guard of honour for the Red Arrows at their end of season Guest Night, a Polish cadet from the Wing at the Battle of Britain Service at St Pauls with the President of Poland and the Chief of the Air Staff to our Wing camp where we hosted both Commandant Air Cadets and Group Captain Carol Vorderman, the Honorary ACO Ambassador.
Our activities at unit and Wing level have been many and varied – A Field Day style event known as “Cadet 15”, originally intended to involve the cadet services in Notts but ending up as a competition between the ACF and the ATC and run almost exclusively by our Wing. Sports events where once again the Wing has performed outstandingly well with cadets going on to Region and Corps level events and who can forget the Regional Field Day in September which saw the Wing walk away with the majority of the trophies on offer on the day. This then translated into representation at Corps level events including First Aid, Drill, Banner Drill with outstanding results in Aircraft Recognition (winning 3 classes out of 4) and the Band (4th win in 5 years).
None of the above would be possible without an incredible amount of commitment, effort and sacrifice to ensure that our cadets rank amongst the most capable in the ACO as proven when the Dacre Sword Winner and Brooch runner up originated from the Wing and 1101 made it to the final 6 in the Lees Trophy. We still have the frustrations around Gliding and shooting whilst some units in the Wing are also having to cope with the ordeal of no weekend flying. We hope that 2016 will bring clarity and some resolution to these issues.
I wish you all a very Merry Christmas and hope that you have an enjoyable but safe break over the Christmas period. Thank you all once again.
Wing Commander N C Dickinson OBE RAFVR