After enduring a 4 day expedition in the Bavarian District of Austria and Germany, Civilian Instructor Dan Garlick was awarded his Gold Duke of Edinburgh Award at St James’ Palace, on 14th November 2012.
Dan joined an expedition headed by the Air Training Corps Duke of Edinburgh Officer, Squadron Leader Helen Gerrish, to the beautiful Bavaria. He joined forty other cadets from the Air, Sea and Army Cadet Corps to take on a four day expedition.
Dan who is now a Civilian Instructor at 301 (Bury St Edmunds) Squadron completed his award whilst he was a Cadet with 1181 (Syston) Squadron in Leicester.
The presentation was held at St James’ Palace, on 14th November, with over 300 young people in attendance. The certificates were issued by Air Commodore Dawn McCafferty, before the arrival of the Duke himself. The room was organised into four horseshoes and fell silent as HRH Prince Phillip entered the room. The Duke spoke to each of the four groups, with Dan being lucky enough to speak to him personally about his trip to Bavaria.
After collecting his award Dan said “The whole Duke of Edinburgh scheme has been a great experience. Having started my Bronze Award at fourteen, I have progressed heavily in many areas thanks to the award. The gold expedition was tough at times, as the terrain was hard and often the weather was not kind. Being in the presence of the Duke of Edinburgh and having the chance to speak to him, made the hard times in the expedition worth it!”.
“We at Syston Squadron are very Proud of Dan and all of his achievements. The Gold Duke of Edinburgh award is one of his biggest sucesses and one that we hope that the current crop of cadets will follow in the future!”.
By Flt Lt Andrew Kenyon
OC 1181 (Syston) Sqn ATC