1220 (March) Squadron Air Training Corp recently held its Annual Review and Presentation of Awards at the Neale-Wade Academy. In the presence Wing Commander Tony Kelly, Officer Commanding Bedfordshire & Cambridgeshire Wing, his predecessor Wing Commander Paul Bower OBE and Principal of Neale-Wade Academy Jason Wing. Flight Lieutenant Kirsty Burnham covered the activities and achievements of a Squadron already holding the title of best squadron in the Wing.
1220’s activity list in 2015 was impressive. Six cadets completed their bronze Duke of Edinburgh’s Awards, another 5 their silver and 7 achieved the covert gold award. Fifteen cadets completed the Heartstart emergency first aid course with 5 others going on to do the St John Youth First Aid and one to Activity First Aid level.
Cadets grabbed every opportunity to go away on camps with 11 attending UK RAF Stations, 6 the Stanta training area and 4 heading to the warmer climes of RAF Akrotiri in Cyprus. Other cadets headed for the mountains of Llanbedr and Windermere on adventure training camps.
Leadership and knowledge training were well represented. The squadron based training saw 29 cadets passing their classification exams with Flight Sergeant Kyle Maclean (17) reaching the top level of Instructor Cadet. He then went on to pass the prestigious Air cadet Leadership Course at RAFC Cranwell.
March are well known for their sporting prowess and cadets took part in nearly all that were available. Four cadets also represented the Wing at sport and two of those (Cadets Hana Howsam and Brandon Casson-Rennie) went on to compete for the Region against the rest of the Country.
Target shooting was as popular as ever with shooting on squadron, at RAF Honington and DISC Chicksands. 16 cadets gained marksman badges through the year including 3 at the top Corps level.
As ever 1220 continue to support our town and local area with attendance at all the major events and well as helping in the background such as bag packs and wrapping presents for Santa’s grotto at the Christmas lights switch on.
Highlight of the evening was the announcement of the awards. These were presented by Wing Commander Kelly and Jason Wing.
|Bower Challenge Trophy for best cadet||Sergeant Katie Mowatt|
|Best junior cadet||Cadet Stacey Stimson|
|Caldwell Lodge trophy for the most improved cadet||Corporal Ewan MacRae|
|Best new recruit||Cadet Lauren Thompson|
|C&G Coaches award for contribution to the Corps resulting in a personal achievement.||Corporal Josef Pankhurst|
|Mayors Diamond Jubilee trophy for adventure training||Corporal Frasier Casson-Rennie|
|George Cross Memorial trophy for community work||Sergeant Katie Mowatt|
|Readshaw Cup for sport||Cadet Hana Howsam|
|David Turner Memorial trophy for contribution to the band||Corporal Josef Pankhurst|
|Best shot from the inter-flight competition||Flight Sergeant Kyle McLean|
|Best overall shot from all competitions and shoots||Flight Sergeant Kyle McLean|
|Most improved shot||Cadet Tony Pepper|
|Jason Wing Shield for best exam results||Corporal Ewan MacRae|
|Squadron Commander’s attendance cup||Sergeant Katie Mowatt|
|Table tennis competition winner||Corporal Frasier Casson-Rennie|
|Darts competition winner||Corporal Frasier Casson-Rennie|
1220 are now recruiting. If you are aged between 13 and 16 why not come and join the best.
There will be an open evening on Wednesday 10th February at 7:30pm. This will be at the Squadron building on Gas Road, March. All prospective cadets and their parent are welcome to attend. Intake night will be Tuesday 16th February at 7pm.