At least 5 years of hard work and dedication has finally paid off for Cadet Flight Sergeant (FS) Jamie Hurrell (18) of 1211 (Swadlincote) Squadron (Sqn) Air Training Corps (ATC) as he has been awarded a place on the International Air Cadet Exchange Scheme (IACE) which will see him travel to Germany for 3 weeks in July.
The IACE scheme links Air Cadets from around the world, with the first exchange taking place in 1947, between cadets from the UK and Canada. Whilst the UK 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.
Flight Lieutenant Ruth Morgan, Squadron Training Officer says – “I shall be in London for FS Hurrell’s final briefings before he flies out of Heathrow Airport. There are very few IACE places for Air Cadets and Jamie has shown that the cadets from South Derbyshire are amongst the best in the UK”
Flight Sergeant Hurrell says: “When Squadron Commander, Flight Lieutenant Alyn Thompson asked me to fill in the application form to apply for such a camp I believed my chances of being awarded a place on such a prestigious scheme would be very slim as in the previous 2 years, 3 cadets from our Squadron have also been awarded places which has seen them travelling to Turkey, Singapore and Canada – so I feel honoured and excited about the prospect of being chosen over so many other outstanding cadets across the Wing.”
During the three week trip to Germany, FS Hurrell will be taking part in a wide range of sporting and adventure training activities alongside spending time with a host family gaining an insight into the culture and background of the country itself and meeting his air cadet equivalents from around the world enhancing his skills and experiences even further.
CI C Tildesley