On Tuesday the 22nd of March, 1279 (Melton Mowbray) Squadron, Royal Air Force Air Cadets, were visited by Squadron Leader Mark Richards RAFVR(T) and Squadron Leader Andrew Pass RAFVR(T) for their Annual Formal Inspection. This was a very important night for the squadron, as it allowed the members of the Wing Staff team to see what the squadron has achieved over the last year.
For the first part of the night, the cadets were formally inspected by Squadron Leader Richards; some were even asked about their experiences so far in the Air Cadets. Cadet Amy Healey, aged 14, commented: “It was a very nerve-wracking night for the squadron, as it was our opportunity to showcase what we can do, and why we are an incredible squadron.”
One of the squadron’s strongest areas is drill, so a team of some of our best showed off what they can do as a banner drill team. Cadet Sergeant Jason Blackshaw, aged 17, was the squadron’s banner bearer, a huge accolade. He said that the night was “Very difficult, as all of the cadets had to be on top form, but the results will be worth it.”
The squadron received praise for achievements such as being invited to attend the Red Arrows End of Season Guest Night, for being ‘the best squadron that the regional Health and Safety advisor has seen’ and for the increase in both cadet and staff numbers over the year. Praise was also forthcoming for the way in which the squadron has been leading the way in such initiatives as ‘Heartstart in the Community’.
The final parade was rounded off by Squadron Leader Richards who thanked the adets and staff for all of their efforts over the year. He presented certificates and badges to both cadets and staff including Heartstart certificates, Wing Blues, classification badges, swimming proficiencies and a promotion to Cadet Corporal for Cadet Josh Davidson, who was ‘very surprised and delighted’.
Article by Cadet Corporal Joe Roper