Cadets from 378 (Mannock) Squadron have recently had the honour of welcoming the Regional Commandant to their headquarters in Wellingborough.
Group Captain Brett Morrell was inspecting the squadron as the South and East Midlands Wing representatives in the Sir Alan Lees Trophy and Morris Cup competitions, which are awarded annually for the best squadrons in the Air Training Corps.
Following a formal parade which saw the Group Captain inspect all the cadets on the squadron, he was then shown a presentation about the unit by Cadet Flight Sergeant Jacob Hinson and Cadet Corporal Jacqui Wong. The cadets then demonstrated the type of training that they implement on a weekly basis. He was able to observe cadets completing a variety of activities which included first aid, field cooking, aero modelling and leadership.
Gp Capt Morrell was particularly interested in the group having a conversation using British Sign Language which the cadets having been learning over the last few months. Mannock Squadron has recently had cadets with hearing impairment and it is hoped that by learning this new skill, taught by CWO Ben Gilbert, it will enable other young people with hearing impairment to join the squadron.
The squadron was selected out of 29 units to represent South and East Midlands Wing after a successful twelve months. The nomination reflects the achievements of the cadets over the past year, with the squadron seeing success in all areas such as the Duke of Edinburgh Award, sports, shooting, BTEC Awards and flying.
During the inspection of the formal parade Gp Capt Morrell took the time to speak to every cadet whether they had been in the Corps for four years or four weeks.
The commanding officer of Mannock Squadron, Flight Lieutenant James Roberts, said after the inspection “The cadets have worked hard over the last year and have taken part in an extensive range of activities. This is a great recognition of their achievements.”
The Commandant was thoroughly impressed with the achievements of the squadron and following the inspection commented “Your cadets are a splendid group of people, in very good heart and a credit to everyone associated with them. ” pOnce the other five top Squadrons across the region have been inspected, Mannock Squadron will find out if they have been successful in getting through to the next stage of the competition.