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Newton Welcomes New Civilain Instructors

Article posted: Feb 28, 2011 by Sqn Ldr Pass

1936 (Newton) Squadron has recently been pleased to welcome two new members of staff in to it’s ranks, Civilian Instructor Darren Lenton and Civilian Instructor Mike Phillipson.

CI Darren Lenton came to the squadron when his son, Oliver, joined. After seeing what the ATC has to offer, Darren decided to give up his spare time and has become a much valued staff member. Darren currently works as part of the Squadron’s Adventure Training and Fieldcraft staff. CI Lenton also has a keen interest in marksmanship and shooting, which is a reflection of his full time employment of over 25 years as a Police Officer with Nottinghamshire Police.

CI Mike Phillipson attended the Squadron for a reception evening, given as part of the Squadron’s affiliation with the Bingham & Orston Branch of the Royal British Legion. He was impressed with what he saw and decided to take on the challenge of becoming a member of staff. Mike works at the Unit in the role of Squadron Adjutant & Administration Officer and has already made a large impact on everyone at 1936. Along side his staff role at 1936 Squadron, Mike is also the local Royal British Legion ATC Liaison Officer. He recently organised the presentation of a new portrait of Her Majesty The Queen to the Squadron, which is now in place on the wall in the newly decorated parade hall. The picture was kindly donated by the Bingham & Orston Branch of the Royal British Legion, to mark our affiliation.

Mike served for 23 years in the Royal Navy as an Aircraft Artificer. The highlight of Mike’s career in the Navy was his time as IC of a team of Artificer’s, working on a Lynx helicopter on board the Type-21 Frigate, HMS Alacrity.

Officer Commanding 1936 Squadron, Flt Lt Jodi Hudson said, “The addition of both Darren and Mike to the Squadron staff team has been a huge benefit to the Unit as a whole. Their joining as CI’s at 1936 is not only positive for our Unit, but also the wider ACO, as staff of their caliber are a real asset to have within the ranks of the Corps. The skills, experience and knowledge they each bring to the staff team at 1936 will make a very positive impact on our Cadets. I wish Darren and Mike every success in their ATC career’s”.

By WO R.C. Phillips
1936 Squadron MCO & WWO