Following seven years of service to the Air Training Corps, Lauren Arnold has retired from cadet life.
After joining 1220 (March) Squadron in early 2006, Lauren’s talent for sport soon became clear. Over the next 6 years Lauren gained medals at Squadron, Wing and Region level. After achieving top positions in athletics, cross country and swimming in 2008, she was consequently awarded the Wing Sports Cadet of the Year trophy.
Lauren also joined the squadron band, having never played an instrument before. Her chosen instrument was Trumpet. She eventually became the winner of the Wing Solo Bugle competition and in addition was part of the winning Fanfare team two years in a row, competing at Region level in both disciplines.
Lauren reached the rank of Cadet Flight Sergeant and gained the highest classification – Staff Cadet – after passing numerous exams and many hours of project work. She attained all three BTEC qualifications available to those in the Air Training Corps: Aviation Studies, Public Services and Music, as well as all levels of the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award.
Not satisfied with her achievements on the ground, Lauren completed a Gliding Scholarship at VGS Wethersfield. She also took the opportunity to fly solo to gain her silver wings.
All these achievements and skills were put to good use in her final years. Lauren mentored cadets new to the squadron, lead the trumpet section of the squadron band, and was the squadron’s first aid trainer.
Lauren was presented with a glass goblet on her last night in uniform as a cadet to thank her for her service. Lauren has returned to 1220 as a Civilian Instructor, passing on her skills and knowledge to younger cadets in the subjects she loved as a cadet.
Since Lauren has become a staff member at 1220 Squadron, her application to join the RAF has been successful and she will start her basic training at RAF Halton in June to become a driver in the Mechanical Transport section.