126 (City of Derby) Squadron have been nominated as the Lees Trophy representative for Central and East Region following a successful inspection by Group Captain Brett Morrell this week.
Grp Cpt Morrell visited the squadron headquarters on 26th April. He was greeted by CWO Elodie Marsh who invited the Group Captain to inspect the 103 cadets on parade. Grp Cpt Morrell took the time to speak to many of the cadets about their experiences in the Air Training Corps.
Following the inspection and march past, Grp Cpt Morrell was given a guided tour around the squadron to look at the Projects on offer to cadets. First of all he visited the Media Communications project where Flt Sgt Leon Aldred demonstrated the new squadron website. This was followed by a chat with the Trak Nav Challenge team. Grp Cpt Morell was shown the plans for this year’s entry into the national Land Rover Trak Nav competition. CWO Marsh accompanied the Group Captain to watch the first aid group practice bandaging techniques. He also spoke to members of the Aeropark project who are helping to restore aircraft parts for the local Aeropark Museum. He then watched performances by both the Corps of Drums and the Rifle Drill Display Team. On the range, the Group Captain chatted to Flt Sgt Taisiya Marsh about the squadron’s recent success in winning the national WJ Taylor competition. Flt Sgt Marsh also told Grp Cpt Morrell about her forthcoming trip to the Channel Islands with the UK Cadet Rifle Team.
The highlight of the project tour came when Grp Cpt Morrell met the Catering Support project group. They had prepared three different dishes for the Group Captain to taste. The favourite dish proved to be the spaghetti with home made meatballs.
On final parade, Grp Cpt Morrell addressed the squadron and congratulated the cadets on the diverse range of projects that they were involved in. He also congratulated them on their enthusiasm and dedication to the squadron.
126 Squadron will now compete against representatives from the five other Regions in the country to become the best squadron in the Air Training Corps. They will be inspected in May by the Air Officer Commanding, Air Commodore Ian Stewart.
Squadron Leader Ian Marshall, Officer Commanding 126 Squadron said, “We are delighted to represent Central & East Region in the final of the Lees Trophy competition. We are very proud of our squadron and everything we do. The cadets are highly motivated and determined to put on a fantastic inspection night for the final of the competition.”