Congratulations go to Officer Commanding 1211 (Swadlincote) Squadron, Flight Lieutenant Alyn Thompson who has been promoted to the rank of “Squadron Leader” (Sqn Ldr).
In front of an assembled Wing at the recent Athletics Competition in Leicester, Alyn Thompson, one of the most respected Officers in the Wing, was presented with his Squadron Leader rank by Deputy Wing Commander, Sqn Ldr Andy Pass.
Through Alyn’s leadership, hard work and dedication over the last 30 years as OC1211, the Squadron has grown in strength and numbers and now has 120 enrolled cadets. It is fitting for someone with this length of service, with an esteemed track record (see very short Biog below) and in Command of a unit of this size, to be bestowed with the rank of Squadron Leader.
The Staff and Cadets at 1211 (Swadlincote) Squadron are immensely proud to slave away serve under the Command of Sqn Ldr Thompson and are united when they say “Congratulations Sir on your promotion!”
Sqn Ldr Alyn Thompson RAFVR Biography
• Originally joined the ATC as a Cadet in 1970 at 1211 Squadron.
• Was promoted through the ranks to become the Squadron’s first Cadet Warrant Officer.
• On leaving the Cadet ranks commissioned into the RAF Volunteer Reserve in 1980.
• In September 1984, became the Squadron’s seventh Unit Commander.
• Commenced the recruitment of girls in the ATC as one of the first Units in the Wing to do so.
• While retaining command of 1211 Squadron he also undertook roles in the former East Midlands Wing as Deputy Sports Officer and later on as the Media or Press Officer.
• Received Commendation, as one of the 1211 Staff Team presented by AOC 22 Training Group RAF listed in the Queen’s Birthday Honours
• Won the Morris Cup in the 2008/2009 competition, hosting Sir Stephen Dalton (Chief of the Air Staff at the time) at the Morris Cup presentation ceremony.
• Forming strong links with the Local Authority and supporting Chairmen of the Council, the Squadron was presented with a Certificate of Merit for the work done within the community.
• Joined the International Air Cadet Exchange Hosting Team in 2003, becoming the Project Officer and Camp Commandant for the visiting London Phase in 2012.
• Gained Licentiateship in Youth Leadership and Training (LCCGI) and Graduateship Award in Youth Management & Training (GCGI).
• He has formed a partnership between the Squadron and an African orphanage in Burundi, sponsoring numerous youngsters with their education as part of the organisation’s community aims.
• In 2014 after 30 years as OC1211, he became the Corps’ longest serving Squadron Commander.
During his time as Officer Commanding 1211 Squadron some of his highlights have been:-
• Walking the length of the Pennine Way
• Meeting several members of the Royal Family including the Queen, Prince Philip and Princess Diana
• Flying with the Special Air Service
• Being awarded the Queen’s Golden and Diamond Jubilee Medals
• Meeting Sooty
Flight Lieutenant Rob Moore RAFVR
1211 (Swadlincote) Sqn