On Monday 8th January, the Lord Lieutenant for Derbyshire, Mr William Tucker, paid a visit to 126 (City of Derby) Squadron.
The Lord Lieutenant and his wife, Mrs Jill Tucker, were invited to visit the successful Derby squadron to understand what the air cadet unit was all about. On arrival at the squadron, the Lord Lieutenant was greeted by his own ATC Cadet for Derbyshire, Cadet Warrant Officer Elodie Marsh. He was escorted to the Commanding Officers office where he was introduced to Squadron Leader Ian Marshall. Sqn Ldr Marshall gave him an update on the status of the unit and briefed him on what he could expect to see on a tour of the squadron.
The Lord Lieutenant was then given the chance to look around the squadron project groups. These included modelling, aircraft recognition, first aid, shooting and media communications. Flight Sergeant Ross, in charge of the Media Communications project, explained to Mr Tucker about the squadron’s efforts to gain a higher profile in and around Derbyshire. This includes developing a squadron website which is targeted for launch in March.
The Lord Lieutenant then watched the squadron display teams. First up was the squadron Corps of Drums. The team, led by Flight Sergeant Samuel Woodward, performed a new routine that includes playing a section of the routine in the dark with special glow in the dark drum sticks. Afterwards, the Rifle Drill Display team performed their latest routine. Mr and Mrs Tucker were impressed when Sergeant David Wray explained that the rifle drill display team was practicing to a new piece of music with 6 new members.
At the end of the evening, the Lord Lieutenant presented a Cadet Communicators Certificate to CWO Elodie Marsh. CWO Marsh earned the rare qualification in January but did not receive her certificate until last night as she had just returned from a 2 week flying scholarship course. The Lord Lieutenant congratulated CWO Marsh for her success in going solo on her flying scholarship and gaining her wings.
Squadron Leader Ian Marshall, Officer Commanding 126 Squadron said, “It was an honour to show the Lord Lieutenant around our squadron. We are very proud of everything we do here at 126 Squadron and we are always happy to show off our achievements and share our experiences with dignitaries from the Derbyshire area.”