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Honour bestowed on local Cadet

Article posted: Dec 06, 2011 by Sqn Ldr Utting

Sounds of celebration could be heard ringing out today (Monday 28th) as Kettering Air Cadets announced that one young person would jump a rank and be promoted to Cadet Sergeant in recognition of their work at the Squadron.

Cadet Petersen-Buckley was bestowed the honour of moving directly to Cadet Sergeant and skipping the rank of Cadet Corporal during a visit from Group Captain Brett Morrell, head of the Central and East Region Air Training Corps.

Cadet Sergeant Petersen-Buckley joined the Kettering Air Cadets in October 2010 and since enrolling has taken part in a wide range of Air Training Corps activities including the Bronze Duke of Edinburgh Award, swimming competitions and the annual Remembrance parade. He has also helped the local community by selling raffle tickets for good causes, taking part in charity shopping bag packing and attending village fetes representing Kettering Air Cadets.

Group Captain Morrell, said: “I have always been impressed by Kettering Air Cadets work ethic and their drive to enable Cadets to become highly qualified. The Squadron is determined to build up numbers and it has a target of bringing the number of Cadets to 100 in the next two and a half years. We will continue to expand the Air Cadet Organisation so long as there is space to accommodate Cadets in the facilities we have. Being a Cadet is a wonderful experience for any young person and I would recommend it to all.”

The Group Captain spent the evening with staff and young people at Kettering Air Cadets during his annual visit. As well as carrying out a review of the Cadets he spent time touring the facilities on offer at the Northampton Road site.

Kettering Air Cadet Commanding Officer, Guy Slack, said: “It is wonderful to be able to honour the hard work and dedication of our Cadets in such a fitting way. Group Captain Morrell’s visit really goes a long way to highlight and acknowledge the excellent work that we do in Kettering and the fact that our Cadets are some of the best.”

Kettering Air Cadets is currently recruiting for new members aged between 13 and 17. To find out more please visit: www.ketteringaircadets.org or telephone 01536 481 999. The Squadron meets every Monday and Wednesday evening from 7pm.