On Sunday 9th of May 2010 at the Wing Athletics meeting at Saffron Lane Stadium in Leicester, Wing Commander Nigel Dickinson presented Flight Sergeant Joanne Fowler with a Commandant Air Cadets Commendation for Meritorious Service. This is one of the highest awards that a member of the Air Training Corps (ATC) can receive.
The citation for the award is as follows:
Joanne Fowler served as a cadet at 348 (Ilkeston) Squadron and transferred to 504 Squadron in 2003 from 348 Squadron as a Cadet Warrant Officer. At 504 Squadron she was appointed to Sergeant (ATC) in 2005, her duties were to organize and run the Squadron Sports and assist with squadron discipline under the mentorship of the Squadron Warrant Officer.
Joanne transferred to back 348 (Ilkeston) Squadron in 2006 and took on the role of Squadron Senior Non-Commissioned Officer (SNCO) which involves overseeing all of the squadron drill and discipline activities. Joanne has attended and passed her Staff SNCO Instructors Course and a Staff SNCO Drill Instructor Course at the Adult Training Facility at RAF College Cranwell and in 2009 was promoted to Flight Sergeant (ATC).
Joanne has taken effective control of the squadron cadet Non-Commissioned Officer’s and developed them into an efficient and effective team. She has also taken on the roles of, Sports Officer, gaining the squadron awards in swimming, football and rugby, First Aid Instructor, training most of the cadets to pass their Young Life Savers and Heart Start Awards, Basic Expedition Leader Award training instructor assisting and organising adventure training weekends, Social Event Coordinator, organising squadron Dining In Nights and almost any other job given to her. She also teaches syllabus subjects, and has been responsible for helping to organise and run most of the major fund raising activities that have taken place and has helped to raise in excess of £4000 for the squadron funds.
Joanne Fowler is a nurse by trade and works in the very busy Accident and Emergency department at the Royal Derby Hospital. This is a very demanding job and involves a lot of long hours and shift work, and yet Joanne devotes the majority of their spare time to the ATC.
In addition to the work Joanne does for 348 squadron, she is the Assistant Wing Sports Officer, a job that she has carried out with the same amount of enthusiasm and commitment as she has with her squadron duties.
Her duties have involved assisting the Wing Sports Officer to organise and run of all of the various sporting events and trials for the wing and attending and assisting with the running of Regional and Corps sporting events, she has also helped to organize wing social events.
This work involves a lot of prior preparation which she does at home and as the events take place mainly at the weekend it has meant that when not working as a nurse, nearly every one of Flight Sergeant Fowler’s weekends have been taken up with either squadron or wing activities.
Joanne’s commitment is one hundred percent and she can adapt to any role or situation that is given her and always delivers top quality results. Joanne has dedicated her free time to the ATC and she is one of the members of the team who has driven 348 squadron to be as successful as it is. There are many times where she has gone into the unit at weekends or during the day when she was not on shift as a nurse to let subcontractors attend the unit and for other unit to us the squadrons facilities when required.
The commanding Officer, Staff, Civilian Committee and Cadets of 348 (Ilkeston) Squadron would like to congratulate Flight Sergeant Fowler, and thank her for her continued work and support to the squadron. Joanne is soon to go on maternity leave and we wish her and her husband well for the future.