On the evening of 9 February 2012 Civilian Instructor Alex Dutch recieved the Dacre Brooch as the best female Air Cadet in 2010/11 from Group Captain Dacre, the nephew of the orginal donator of the Dacre Sword and Brooch Mrs Elizabeth Dacre, wife of Air Commodor Dacre RAF. This honour for Alex was a result of her hard work and unsurpassed acheivements as a cadet over the last five years, as regular readers of this website will know well! She joins a very select band of less than 30 cadets awarded the Broach, the highest award the ATC can bestow on a female cadet, since 1982.
Also present where Alex’s family, Commondant Air Cadets, Air Commodore Barabara Cooper, Lee Scott MP, the Sqn President, The Mayor and Mayoress of Redbridge, Colonel Acda, Lord Lieutenants representative for Redbridge, Regional Commandant Group Captain Hakin, and Wg Cmdr Naeem. Despite the fall of snow from 7pm the night was a an excellent showcase of the Sqn with the current cadets mounting a chilly Guard of Honour for the Commandant, and showing our guests the opportunities available for young people in the Air Cadets, as exemplified by Sgt Mandalia manning the flying/gliding stand. The Squadron has now achieved the Lees Trophy for best Sqn in 2007/8, Dacre Sword in 1992, the Duke of Westminsters Award in 2005 for the best cadet from all 4 cadet services, and the Brooch completes the quartet! The Sqn intends to maintain its high standards and continue to develop the best of British Youth for the future.