Fourteen Air Cadets from South Derbyshire have swapped their flying boots for walking boots and following months of training and assessment have been rewarded with National Navigation Awards.
The young men and women from 1211 (Swadlincote) Sqn, who are taking part in the National Navigation Award Scheme (NNAS), were presented with their Bronze level Certificates and badges by Squadron Commander Flt Lt Alyn Thompson at a recent awards ceremony at the units’ Eureka Park headquarters.
The National Navigation Award Scheme was launched from the Royal Institute of Navigation in London in 1994 as an incentive for individuals to develop their navigation skills to be able to find their way safely around the countryside. Since then thousands of awards have been gained countrywide.
Cadet Sarah-Jayne Barrett (14) from Church Gresley, Swadlincote said “ The scheme was good fun with lots of practical activities including the assessment walk which I had to do solo. I had to learn about map symbols and scales as well as the Country Code and what to do in an emergency.”
10 of the 14 Award recipients with their NNAS Certificates Back row left to right: Cdt Becky Ball, Cdt Emily Woolford, Cdt Sarah-Jayne Barrett, Cpl Lianne Clamp, Cpl Sarah Robinson, Front row left to right: Sgt Adam Bayley-Bligh, Cpl James Galliers-Parker, Cpl Alex Moss, Sgt Richard Gaskell, Sgt Simon Webster
Course trainer Fg Off Rob Moore (33) from Chellaston, Derby said “It is great to see so many youngsters taking part in the scheme and to be rewarded for the hard work and effort that the team have put in over the last few months. Most of these cadets will be taking part in 30 and 50 mile expeditions later this year as part of the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award scheme and the skills the cadets have developed through the NNAS will stand them in good stead for these up and coming outdoor activities.
By Fg Off Rob Moore RAFVR – 1211 (Swadlincote) Sqn – South & East Midlands Wing