Cadets from 1181 (Syston) Squadron have this week had the opportunity to meet former cadet, Group Captain Paul Higgins ADC MA BA(Hons) RAF, Station Commander of RAF Wittering. Group Captain Higgins, a former cadet of 1181Sqn, accepted the invitation given to him at last year’s Wing Field Day, to visit the Squadron Headquarters and meet the staff and cadets.
Joining the Squadron in 1977, Group Captain Higgins progressed through the Air Training Corps to the rank of Cadet Flight Sergeant before joining the Royal Air Force. After a variety of different roles in both the RAF and the Ministry of Defence, he took command of RAF Wittering in June 2008.
Gp Capt Higgins on final parade addressing the cadets of 1181 (Syston) Sqn.
Group Captain Higgins praised the cadets and staff of the Squadron saying “as an ex member of 1181, I thoroughly enjoyed my visit to the squadron earlier this week which reminded me also why I had such a great experience as a cadet myself. The enthusiasm, commitment and quality of the cadets shone through in whatever I saw them doing – be it in their preparations for the Wing Field Day, their drill or simply in their general conduct. Flt Lt Faulkner and the adult staff have much to be proud of and as I said at the end of the evening, don’t forget that it is their dedication and selflessness that firmly glues the Squadron together; they are most fortunate though since it was clear to me that they have a cracking bunch of cadets with which to work. Thank you very much for the invitation to come along for the evening and I hope to see you at RAF Wittering before not too long.”
Group Captain Higgins spent the evening being shown around the Squadron Headquarters and being introduced to cadets, who were in preparation for Wing Field Day. Group Captain Higgins was extremely interested in 1181’s new flight simulator, discussing the technical aspects of the project with the staff. On final parade he gave a motivational speech to cadets, before awarding cadets for recent exam results.
By Cdt Sgt Dan Garlick – 1181 (Syston) Sqn