1220 (March) Squadron Air Training Corp recently held its Annual Review and Presentation of Awards at the Neale-Wade Academy. In the presence of Wing Commander Tom James, a consultant in emergency medicine based at the Royal Centre for Defence Medicine and an ex 1220 cadet and retired Officer Commanding Bedfordshire & Cambridgeshire Wing, Squadron Leader Paul Bower OBE, Flight Lieutenant Kirsty Burnham covered the activities and achievements of a Squadron already holding the title of best squadron in the Wing.
Flight Lieutenant Burnham with help from the cadet NCO team showed what keeps 1220 at the top and as popular as ever.
Supported by the RAF cadets flew from RAF Cranwell and Wittering with 15 getting the opportunity in 2016 and one cadet gaining a flying scholarship to train up to solo standard.
Staying on the ground activities include the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award with 5 Bronze, 6 Silver and 1 Gold award completed in 2016. Safety first for cadets with 18 Heart start awards and 13 Youth first Aid. Target shooting both on squadron and at nearby RAF Stations saw 6 cadets gain marksman badges.
Fieldcraft and adventure training featured highly with 8 cadets spending a week at the Stanta training ground learning fieldcraft and others trekking and rock climbing in the mountains around Windermere. RAF Station visits featured heavily with 8 cadets spending a week experiencing life at RAF Stations across the country.
1220’s sporting prowess continued with cadets taking part in in athletics, cross county, football, rugby, hockey and netball. 5 cadets went on to represent the Wing and one the Region (and a gold medal) at their chosen sport. Recently 1220 has been involved in orienteering, where navigation skills and speed combine, as cadets try and locate markers in a forest as fast as possible.
Highlight of the evening was the announcement of the awards. These were presented by Wing Commander James.
|Bower Challenge Trophy for best cadet||Sergeant Callum Manze|
|Best junior cadet||Corporal Lauren Thompson|
|Caldwell Lodge trophy for the most improved cadet||Corporal Josh Pickersgill|
|Best new recruit||Cadet Kieran Palmby|
|Mayors Diamond Jubilee trophy for adventure training||Flight Sergeant Katie Mowatt|
|George Cross Memorial trophy for community work||Flight Sergeant Katie Mowatt|
|Readshaw Cup for sport||Cadet Liutaurus Puckorious|
|David Turner Memorial trophy for contribution to the band||Sergeant Callum Manze|
|Best overall shot from all competitions and shoots||Cadet Tony Pepper|
|Most improved shot||Corporal Jordan Mayes|
|Jason Wing Shield for best exam results||Cadet Natasha Parsons|
|Squadron Commander’s attendance cup||Flight Sergeant Katie Mowatt|
|Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Gold badge||Sergeant Ewan MacRae|
Cadets from 1220 (March) Sqn are ready to come to the rescue should you find yourself in need of first aid. The entire squadron have not only completed the Heartstart emergency first aid course but have recently been trained in the use of the AED or Defibrillator.
Matt Brown from the March Defib’ Charity kindly gave up his evening to take all the cadets through the finer points of using an Automatic External Defibrillator (AED)
The squadron is rightly proud of its record with 42 cadets and all staff holding as a minimum the British Heart Foundation Heartstart Award. The majority of those cadets and staff have now undertaken training with Automatic External Defibrillator (AED).
The training covered how to locate and access the town’s AEDs, of which there are over twenty, as well as hands on use and maintenance of the devices.
Flying Officer Colin Arnold one of the first aid trainers on Squadron said “Although the AED doesn’t necessarily need any training, getting hands-on experience means that cadets will have the confidence should they be called upon for real. March town is particularly well equipped with the devices.”
Many of 1220’s cadets and staff have gone on to gain further first aid qualifications including 25 with St John Youth First aid. Two members of staff and one staff cadet hold the Activity First Aid or First Aid at Work award and are also authorised to teach both Heartstart and Youth First Aid.