8 cadets recently passed out at 2502 Hamilton squadron in front of proud parents and grandparents on Thursday 24th February. The cadets have gone through training to give them basic skills in map reading, airmanship and Initial Expedition. They also understand the history of Royal Air Force and the Air Cadet Organisation. After many months of study and training, the 8 cadets passed out and collected their first class badges and certificates from Air Commodore Andrew Griffin.
Air Commodore Griffin, a former Station commander at RAF St Athen, said “It was great to see these cadets passing out and joining the squadron”
“These cadets have made a wise decision to join one of the best youth organisations in the UK today, the training and experiences they will have will be second to none.”
The evening started with Air Commodore Griffin inspecting the soon to be passed out cadets. A short award ceremony was held in front of the squadron, committee, proud parents and grandparents. After presentations, Flight Sergeant (ATC) Rob Gardner Dismissed Course 01/11 for the final time. The cadets whooped, cheered and berets were through up in the air.
With the evening not yet over, the squadron with the new first class cadets then fell in for Presentations. A number of awards were presented by Air Commodore Griffin and the Squadron President, the Deputy Lord Lieutenant of Leicestershire Freda Hussain. With a number of flying awards and shooting awards being given out, many cadets received an award during the evening.
The Squadron President, Deputy Lord Lieutenant said “I am very proud to be part of the squadron and the organisation, It’s always a pleasure to visit and recognise the cadets achievements”
With the awards and passing out parade finished, it was time to get in out of the cold February weather. Parents and grandparents were then shown around the squadron with staff and cadets giving presentations on Fieldcraft, aviation and training.
OC 2502, Flight Lieutenant Andy Faulkner said, “The evening was a great success and with the new intake of recruits just starting, the next parade with undoubtedly be bigger and better.”