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VIP Visit From South Africa to 2425 Sqn

Article posted: Aug 20, 2011 by Sqn Ldr Wilson

2425 Squadron was visited by Major General Msimang, Chief Director Air Policy and Plans for the South African Air Force as part of the South African Air Force’s fact finding mission on what makes a good youth organisation.

The general and his staff were escorted by Sqn Ldr McNeill MBE, from HQ Air Cadets, RAF Cranwell and Wing Commander Dickenson OBE, OC South and East Midlands wing.

The General was interested in how a Squadron is run and how the volunteers came into the organisation and spent time with both uniformed and civilian instructors. When asked what makes the Squadron work, Flt Lt Frost CO 2425 Sqn said “A healthy Squadron is reliant on volunteers being well trained and able to commit time to the running of the unit and providing the cadets with adventurous activities and training that they would not find elsewhere.”

As part of his visit Major General Msimang was asked by the Squadron commander to present Cadet Major with his Sergeant tapes. “I’ll never forget getting promoted by a Major General” said Cdt Sgt Major. On departing the Squadron Major General Msimang said “In my country an organisation like the Air Training Corps would not only change lives but probably save them too, you young people are very lucky and a credit to your Squadron, organisation and country”.