The atmospheric setting of the Officer’s Mess, RAF Cottesmore, was the venue for the South & East Midlands Wing 10th Anniversary Officers Dining in Night.
Hosted by Wing Commander Nigel Dickinson, Officer Commanding the Wing, over fifty serving and retired officers, and honoured guests sat down to an excellent evening of good food, good wine and amusing company.
The guest of honour was Air Chief Marshal Sir Jock, and Lady Kennedy, with other guests including Air Commodore Jon Ford, past Commandant Air Cadets and Region Commandant, Central & East Region and the Station Commander of RAF Cottesmore, Group Captain Gary Waterfall.
After the Dinner, Wing Commander Dickinson spoke of the Wing’s outstanding performance during this, the tenth year since it’s formation and thanked Gp Capt Waterfall for the excellent support given by RAF Cottesmore that has helped the wing achieve so much. Air Commodore Ford, reflected on his feelings when, both as Commandant Air Cadets and as Region Commandant, he had to oversee the disbanding of the then East Midlands Wing and South Midlands Wing and the subsequent formation of South & East Midlands Wing.
Wg Cdr Nigel Dickinson presents gifts to ACM Sir Jock Kennedy.
In the absence of a Wing Tie, the Wing Commander was pleased to present the new Wing Cummerbunds to Sir Jock, Air Commodore Ford and Station Commander.
Sir Jock and Lady Kennedy were also presented with gifts and flowers to celebrate there 50th wedding anniversary.
Squadron Leader George Brady RAFVR (T) Rtd, was, unfortunately unable to attend so the Wing Commander asked Air Cdre Ford to present the George Brady Quaich for outstanding achievement to Flt Lt Alyn Thompson (for the second time) who has done a magnificent job keeping the squadron together and in winning form during a very difficult year that included the working up to and award of the Morris Trophy.
Flt Lt Alyn Thompson receives the Sqn Ldr George Brady Quaich from Air Cdre Jon Ford.
In addition, Squadron Leader Mark Richards was also presented with his personal copy of the Air Officer Commanding 22 Group’s Team Commendation on behalf of the Wing’s Cadet Development Team.
By Allan Munns – Wing Media & Communications Officer, South & East Midlands Wing