A Leicester teenager from 1461 Wigston squadron Royal Air Force Air Cadets has been named as the best male cadet in the UK, winning the Coverted Dacre Sword for 2015.
He is a young man with very high standards. As well as being an active member of the Air Cadet Unit, he volunteers his time as a senior flight staff cadet at 644 Volunteer Glidng School at RAF Syerston where he has achieved graded pilot status on the Viking glider. He has undertaken not one but two flying scholarships in the last 12 months and is a graded glider pilot at 644 VGS. He has already been awarded a further scholarship and £400 towards flying training this year also. David also has a ceremonial role, supporting Lady Gretton the Lord Lieutenant of Leicestershire at appearances and functions, and earlier this year was involved in the reinterment of King Richard III. He has achieved good results in all his Air Cadet subjects, BTEC and wing courses. He was one of the first cadets at 1461 in recent times to achieve the full communicators badge.. As can be seen by a uniform full of award and qualification badges, he aims his sights, works hard and achieves his goals.
Officer Commanding 1461 squadron, Flight Lieutenant Tim Hargraves said ‘We are incredible proud of David. He is a well rounded, experienced young man that is a credit to himself, 1461 Squadron and the wider Air Cadet Organisation, he is the epitome of what an Air Cadet can be.’
The Dacre Brooch is the national award for the best female cadet in the Air Cadets, and a special mention goes out to Cadet Warrant Officer Grant over at 2418 Sherwood squadron for coming a runner up in her competition.
Flt Lt T Hargraves RAFVR
OC 1461 Sqn