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West Bridgford Success

Article posted: Sep 16, 2008 by Sqn Ldr Pass

A successful 6 months at 209 (West Bridgford) Sqn was reflected by Cadets receiving promotions and certificates for their hard work and efforts.

Corporal Nathan Armstrong’s performance since the beginning of the year was recognised in his promotion to Sergeant as were the efforts made by Anthony Hicks, Emily Tring, Gareth Hughes and James Greenhalgh who were all promoted from Cadet to Corporal.

Nathan Armstrong, Gareth Hughes, and James Greenhalgh received certificates for completing the RAF Provisional Radio Operators Award as did Cadet Adam Wright. To complete a hat-trick of presentations Anthony Hicks and Gareth Hughes received their National Navigation Award Bronze Certificates.

A further 11 Cadets received RAF Basic Swimming Proficiency Certificates and Cadets who had been to the Swynnerton Wing Adventure Training Camp and Overseas camps in Germany over the summer were given official commemorative photographs.

209 Cadets with their awards & certificates

Squadron Leader Andy Pass RAF VR (T), acting Commanding Officer of 209 Sqn said “over the last six months the new staff team have been working hard to maximise the opportunities for the Cadets, and these awards is a reflection of that team effort. The Cadets have attended many courses and camps and to their credit have successfully passed with flying colours. The recent Cadet promotions now lay the foundation for the Squadron to go from strength to strength, and with the new permanent Commanding Officer due to take post later this month, the future of 209 Squadron is looking secure”.

Flying Officer Steve Richards RAF VR (T) will soon take command of the Squadron and together with the existing staff team will look to build upon the recent success of the Squadron.

By CI Richard Vincett
209 Sqn Media & Communications Officer