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Syston Air Cadets meet Commandant

Article posted: Feb 23, 2013 by Sqn Ldr Pass

As well as being part of a fantastic day in support of Comic Relief, 9 air cadets from 1181 (Syston) Squadron were lucky enough to get the chance to meet the Commandant Air Cadets, Air Commodore Dawn McCafferty.

Whilst the young people from Syston spent their day on Tuesday 12th February supporting BBC Blue Peter presenter, Helen Skelton, in completing one of her challenges for comic relief – the commandant was there to support all 400 air cadets that were at RAF College Cranwell for the day. As the new boss of the Air Cadet Organisation (ACO), the commandant has thrown herself into her own challenges in helping to promote the work of the ACO and champion the opportunities that it gives to young people across the country. She spends her time meeting staff and cadets as well as attending important meetings with many influential people including MPs and senior RAF officers who can help to further the experiences that are available to the young people.

The commandant greeted everybody first thing in the morning before the BBC began their filming. She emphasised how impressed she was with such a large turnout of air cadets and expressed her thanks to them all for taking a day out to support Comic Relief. Air Commodore McCafferty went on to thank all the staff volunteers who give up their time in order to keep the organisation running and making such events possible. Later in the day, she spoke to as many cadets as possible including air cadets from 1181 (Syston) Squadron whilst they waited in the snow for the Red Arrows to fly overhead.

Pilot Officer Daniel McGlynn RAFVR (T), 1181 (Syston) Squadron Adjutant accompanied the cadets on the day and commented, “It was brilliant for the cadets to get the opportunity to meet the Commandant. Her enthusiasm for the organisation shone through and it was great to see her interacting with everybody who was there to help. The cadets were really happy to get to talk to her and they particularly liked the fact that she was happy to get into a group photo with them.”

By Flt Lt Andrew Kenyon
OC 1181 (Syston) Sqn ATC