1936 (NEWTON) Squadron recently bid farewell to long serving commanding officer, Flt Lt Jodi Hudson RAFVR (T) and welcomed current squadron officer, Pilot Officer Helen Day RAFVR (T) as new Officer In Charge, effective from 10 January 2012.
A former regular RAF Airman, Flt Lt Hudson has been a tower of strength and encouragement to staff and cadets at Newton since he took over the reigns in 2008, steering the squadron to a highly motivated and determined close knit team, while maintaining his demanding position on the South and East Midlands Wing Cadet Training Team staff.
Amongst highlight of his term at Newton was steering the close ties between the local Bingham Branch of the Royal British Legion and 1936 Squadron, and the introduction of a new squadron President, Sir Edward Nall, who graciously permits the use of his estate for squadron activities.
Pilot Officer Day, a full time teacher, and long time member of the ATC has taken over command of the unit with a zeal and determination that easily rubs off on staff and cadets alike. Plt Off Day first joined the ATC in the early 1990’s serving at 504 Detached Flight in Nottingham.
With a full calendar already penciled in at Squadron and Wing level, Plt Off Day has embraced the challenge of squadron command and has immediately set to briefing and encouraging the squadron staff to ensure that the future not only remains bright, but shining!
In a farewell parade, Flt Lt Hudson was presented with a beautiful cut glass decanter to mark his valuable service and dedication to the squadron. Attending the parade were members of the Royal British Legion and Wing Staff Officer, Sqn Ldr Pass.
By WO R.C. Phillips
1936 SWO & MCO