At least five years of hard work has finally paid off for two of Swadlincote’s most successful air cadets. Following a gruelling selection process Instructor Cadet Flight Sergeants (FS) Bradley Tallett and Joy Wakeling, (both 18), have been awarded places on the prestigious International Air Cadet Exchange (IACE) scheme.
The IACE scheme links the Air Cadets with the world, with the first exchange taking place in 1947, between cadets from the UK and Canada. Whilst the Air Cadet Organisation is made up of almost 45,000 cadets and adult instructors, places are very limited with around 90 air cadets from the UK taking part annually.
FS Tallett will be visiting Singapore and FS Wakeling will be visiting Canada. Where they will be spending fifteen days with a host family gaining an insight into the culture and background of their respective countries. They will also be meeting their air cadet equivalents from around the world enhancing their experiences even further.
FS Tallet & FS Wakeling at the Sqn HQ preparing for their two week, once in a lifetime oppurtunity.
Flight Lieutenant Ruth Morgan, Squadron Training Officer says – “I shall be in London for their final briefings before they fly out of Heathrow Airport. There are very few IACE places for Air Cadets and Joy and Bradley have shown that the cadets from South Derbyshire are amongst the best in the UK”
CI C Tildesley