Swadlincote Air Cadets wrap up another successful year with a ceremony to celebrate their awards, accolades and activities.
The 1211 (Swadlincote) Squadron ATC, one of the best of a thousand Squadrons internationally, presented over fifty awards to its Cadets and staff in the two-hour ceremony.
Guests travelled from afar to join the Squadron, made up of over one hundred cadets and twenty staff, in their celebrations. Guests included representatives from the South Derbyshire District Council and numerous charities including the Magic Attic, Rainbows, Restoration of Hope, Help for Heroes and the Royal British Legion.
CVQO BTEC Co-ordinator Wing Commander Giles commented: “I am responsible for well over three hundred Squadrons and their BTEC syllabus and I can say with confidence that 1211 is one of the very best Squadrons for successfully guiding and training Cadets through their coursework to Distinction level. The Squadron Training Officer, Flying Officer Morgan, deserves a special mention for her unfailing and concerted efforts throughout the year. Well done to you all for your hard work.”
South and East Midlands Wing Commander Dickinson added: “A lot of the driving force behind the development and overall success of Cadets at 1211 is their competition with other local Units during events throughout the year. 1211 continues to shine as a growing and passionate Squadron; their winning formula is their positive and constructive atmosphere and dedicated staff team.”
Cadet Sergeant Ryan Haynes, presented with three awards during the ceremony, said: “Air Cadet activities and training, the leadership experience and recognised qualifications will provide me an excellent employment reference. Best of all, I’ve made hundreds of friends through the Corps. I put a lot of work into the Squadron and I’m honoured to have had my efforts recognised in this way.”
Squadron Commander Flight Lieutenant Thompson summarised: “This year has seen the Unit grow considerably with a successful recruitment campaign and open day; we are therefore a relatively ‘young’ Squadron. Our Cadets have done exceptionally well to achieve so much in this short time. We have a full training program ready for the new year and have great hopes for their continued development and enjoyment.”
CI O Sartain-Berry