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Over 40 Years Dedicated Service Recognised

Article posted: May 19, 2008 by sl1

Wing Commander Dickinson RAFVR (T),Officer Commanding South and East Midlands Wing was the reviewing Officer at the annual formal inspection of 1461 Wigston Squadron Air Cadets in Tigers Road, Wigston.

After the parade and march past a presentation of the Meritorious Service Award was made to the recently retired former Officer Commanding Flt Lt Neil Liquorish RAFVR (T). This prestigious award was issued by the Commandant Air Cadets, Air Commodore Gordon Moulds in recognition of over 40 years outstanding service to the Air Cadet Organisation. The Squadron also honoured Neil’s achievement by presenting to the Wing Commander two trophies in his honour for the Best Male and Best Female Cadet in the Wing which will be awarded annually at the Wing Field Day


Wing Commander Dickinson, presenting Flt Lt Neil Liquorish RAFVR (T) retired, former Officer Commanding 1461 Squadron his certificate of Meritorious Service Award

Also on hand to receive these trophies was Squadron Leader Hill the Wing Administration Officer based at RAF Wittering who said ” It is a fitting tribute in recognition of the outstanding service Neil did for the Air Cadets in our Wing”.


Wing Commander Dickinson and Flt Lt Neil Liquorish with the two trophies he is presenting to the South and East Midlands Wing. These will be known as the Neil Liquorish award and awarded annually at Wing Field Day to the best male and female cadet in the Wing

The Wing Commander also made a presentation to Cadet Flight Sergeant Ed Beckingham as this was his last parade with the Air Cadets. A junior leader who put this skills to good use and passed the Officer and Aircrew selection at RAF Cranwell to start training as a RAF Regiment Officer.

Article written by Flt Lt Clive Weston RAFVR (T) OC 1461 Sqn