The atmospheric setting of the Officer’s Mess, RAF Cottesmore, was the venue for the South & East Midlands Wing officers Dining in Night.
Hosted by Wing Commander Nigel Dickinson, Officer Commanding the Wing, fifty five serving and retired officers, wing headquarters staff and honoured guests sat down to an excellent evening of good food, good wine and amusing company.
The guest of honour was the Commandant Air Cadets, Air Commodore Ian Stewart with Group Captain Brett Morrell, Regional Commandant, and Officer Commanding No 504 (City of Nottingham) Squadron, Royal Auxiliary Air Force, Squadron Leader Burton as the other principle guests.
After the Dinner, Wing Commander Dickinson presented Wing plaques to the Air Commodore, Group Captain and Squadron Leader Jan Burton. The Wing Commander said how sorry he was that the wing does not have any ties, a reference to the presentation of Region Ties to the guests at the recent Region Dining In Night.
Sue Joy and Louise Wright received Regional Commandants Commendations for their hard work running the administrative side of Wing Headquarters.
Squadron Leader George Brady RAFVR (T) Retd, was on hand to award the George Brady Quaich for outstanding achievement to Flt Lt James Roberts who has done a magnificent job of resurrecting the fortunes of No 378 (Manock) Squadron as well as the work he has carried out for the wing.
Sqn Ldr George Brady RAFVR (T) Retd presenting the Quaich he donated on his retirement to Flt Lt James Roberts
Flt Lt Allan Munns was presented with the Cadet Forces Medal to mark his twelve years uniformed service to the Air Training Corps. This award will complement the Long Service and Good Conduct Medal that Allan was awarded during his twenty five years in the Royal Air Force.
Commandant Air Cadets Air Commodore Ian Stewart presenting the Cadet Forces Medal to Flt Lt Allan Munns
Squadron Leader Andrew Kerr and Flt Lt Liz Kerr were presented with gifts from the wing to mark their forth coming departure from the Wing to set up a new life in the Southern Hemisphere. Liz was praised for her running of No 1101 (Kettering) Squadron and for her work over the years in Cadet Development and running the “NAAFI” at Swynnerton. Andrew was thanked by The Wing Commander for bringing his CESATT Training team to run courses for the Wing at Swynnerton.