PRESENTATION OF AWARDS FOR MARCH AIR TRAINING CORPS

1220 (March) Squadron ATC celebrated another year of success when they held their annual presentation evening. Friends and family of squadron members were invited to spend the evening with the squadron to recap the year’s activities.

1220 award winners

1220 award winners

The evening was held in St Peter’s Church and consisted of an overview of the year alongside a picture slideshow presented by the Officer Commanding 1220 Squadron ATC Flight Lieutenant Kirsty Burnham. Many achievements were earned through the year and some of those highlighted were the number of Duke of Edinburgh awards at Bronze, Silver and Gold Level, Marksman Awards earned on three different rifle types, First Aid Awards, and Bandsmen badges earned.

Flt Lt Burnham also shares stories of some of the activities participated in while on various camps through the year. These were varied and included flying at RAFC Cranwell, sailing off the coast of Scotland, and climbing the Rock of Gibraltar.

Some of the trophies awarded to the Squadron during 2012 were on show and these included the Walker Trophy for the best squadron in Beds & Cambs Wing, the Nolan Cup held by Cadet Warrant Officer Alex Ogden for the best male cadet in Beds & Cambs Wing and the Brackenborough Bowl held by Cadet Warrant Officer Alexa Ferguson for the best female cadet in Beds & Cambs Wing.

After a short break came the part all of the cadets had been waiting and working for throughout the entire year: the annual presentation of trophies. These were presented by Officer Commanding Beds & Cambs Wing, Wing Commander Paul Bower,who was a former member of March Squadron. Some of the awards presented were: Best Senior Cadet – Corporal Chanel Ogden, Best Junior Cadet – Cadet Kyle McLean, Most improved Cadet – Sergeant Scott Goodall and Best new recruit – Cadet Joe Goodman

After the presentation of awards Wing Commander Bower addressed those present and congratulated the squadron on its achievements during the last year and also congratulated the evening’s award winners. He finished off by announcing that 1220 Squadron were to be awarded the Walker trophy for a third year running – a fantastic achievement.