As is my custom at this time of year I take this opportunity to reflect on the year gone by and look forward to year ahead. 2012 was another busy year for the Squadron and one whch was crammed full of activities and opportunities for our cadets. We maintained our presence in London Wing, winning the Wing Field Day, the Cross Country (for the 19th year running), the Wing Banner Drill Competition, the Aircraft Recognition Competition, the Wing Service Rifle Competition, the Wing Falling Plate Competition, and a very close second in the Innes Sword competition, as well as partcipating in the Lord Mayors Show and the life of the local community with Armed Forces Day and the Remberance weekend.
We also celebarated the Jubillee with 50 cadets paradeing for her Majesty The Queen at Valentines Park in March for her visit to Redbridge, and cadets attending the Jubillee River Pagent and Concert. Cadets travelled overseas to camps in Cyprus, Altanta in the USA and Tanzania as part of a London Wing expedition, and the annual camp at RAF Wittering was a highligh for the cadets who attended.
We also celebrated sucess with CI Alex Dutch recieving the Dacre Broach for the Best Female Cadet in the ATC from the Commandant Air Cadets, WO Phil Wright having served for 40 continous years in the ATC and CI Trevor Roberts having served for 50 continous years in the ATC.
Cadets also achieved:
1 Qualified Aerospace Leader (QAIC) – FS Akshay Mandalia – the first member of the Sqn to achieve such a qualification
1 Flying Scholarship; FS Akshay Mandalia
3 Gliding Scholarships : Sgt Goldsmith, Sgt Chaver, Cdt Hartley
Over 25 GIC Gliding Courses and over 100 flights in Tutor Aircraft
Two Cdt 50 Shooting Awards at CISSAM (FS Raj and Cpl Lungu) and three teams at ISCRM
Young Life Saver First Aid Awards,Radio Certificates (Full and Provisional), BTEC’s in Public Service and BTEC’s in Aviation Studies
We have also revitalised provision of the Duke of Edinburghs Award scheme with 78 cadets gaining Bronze, Silver and Gold level in 2012, with 12 cadets qualifying for their Gold awards, an outstanding achievement.
Cadet attended Wing shooting camps, Bisley Shooting Camp and several weekend camps at Crowborough and 2 cadets are halfway through the top courses in the ATC at Junior Leaders and Qualified Aerospace Leaders Course.
We also worked with cadets and staff from other Squadrons, including 27F, 1838 and 2324, and the Middelsex Wing Shooting team. Cadets also raised money for charities including the Royal British Legion was also high on our priority list and we raised over £6400 for them.
I have missed much out in the cause of brevity. However it can be seen that this was another busy and successful year. Our aims for this year include regaining the Innes Sword, and defending the Cross Country and Wing Field Day. Finally we have new cadets to bring forward and perhaps the most difficult and ongoing task of all, to maintain our high standards and ethos!
I would like to close by stating the Sqn never stands still and is always looking for the next challenge whilst reinforcing on our successes. I would like to especially thank the Staff for their outstanding hard work and dedication without whom nothing happens! (and their wives and partners, who’s support is vital and much appreciated!). I would also like to thank the cadets for their hard work and enthusiasm, and to the Committee for their hard work in fund raising and providing excellent catering at our events. Happy New Year!