Cadets and staff at 378 (Mannock) Squadron in Wellingborough are celebrating, thanks to the arrival of a new adult staff member.
Flight Lieutenant Mike Stock, 50, from Wellingborough, joined the squadron this week after transferring from Towcester where he has spent the last 14 years volunteering.
Mike has been part of the Air Training Corps (ATC) since July 1978 and to mark over 37 years as a volunteer has decided to focus his efforts closer to home.
Flight Lieutenant Mike Stock
Mike said: “The Air Training Corps has been a major part of my life; I even met my wife Julie whilst volunteering. I am excited to be based closer to home and look forward to working with young people in Wellingborough.”
Along with a host of qualifications, gained thanks to his role in the ATC, Mike also brings extensive IT experience to the squadron, with his first assignment being a revamp the computer systems to better support cadets in their education programme.
Flight Lieutenant Will Kellock, 378 Squadron’s Commanding Officer, said: “We are delighted to welcome Mike to the squadron and know that he will bring a wealth of knowledge and experience that will really benefit the cadets.”
Mike’s air cadet career has been varied, with his own highlight being a cameo role in Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade. He said: “I was an extra in the scene where books were burnt. I was volunteered to take part, along with other ATC colleagues, as the film makers were looking for people who could march. It was an amazing opportunity and we even got the chance to meet Harrison Ford and Sean Connery.”
378 (Mannock) Squadron is based at Spring Gardens in Wellingborough. The unit is currently recruiting for adult volunteer staff as well as welcoming new cadets to its ranks. Volunteers or young people interested in learning more about the RAF Air Cadets in Wellingborough can visit: www.378.org.uk or the Squadron’s Facebook page at: www.facebook.com/Mannock