Recently March air cadets and staff welcomed new members to the squadron and said goodbye to those leaving. Those attending enjoyed a formal dinner consisting of four courses at the Conservative Club in March, and was attended by over 50 members of the squadron.
The attendees, led by Commanding Officer Flight Lieutenant Kirsty Burnham, made toasts to the many members who had joined in the past twelve months and to one member of staff and three cadets who have left the unit over the past year.
Flt. Lt. Burnham introduced distinguished guests Officer Commanding Beds and Cambs Wing Wing Commander Kelly, Wing Commander Bower and Sector Commander Sqn. Ldr. Bradshaw.
Flying Officer Colin Arnold left the squadron last year to become the Commanding Officer of 272 (Wisbech) Squadron. Having recently completed his squadron commander’s course, Flt. Lt. Burnham was pleased to announce his promotion to the rank of Flight Lieutenant.
Ex-cadet Warrant Officer Alex Ogden, and Ex-cadet Flight Sergeants Daniel Lowe and Lauren Arnold were all toasted; the squadron wishes them the best of luck with their future endeavours. Alex and Daniel now study at university and Lauren has joined the RAF as a mechanical transport driver and is currently undertaking her trade training.
The evening featured an overview of the cadets’ achievements over the past year, which included a win at regional level for shooting, national representation for trumpet-playing and representation for sports. Personal achievements such as Duke of Edinburgh’s Award at bronze, silver and gold level, BTEC awards in aviation studies, public services and music, and St John First Aid qualifications were also congratulated. A pair of submariner’s dolphins insignia was presented to Corporal Aline Johnson in recognition of her efforts at a recent swimming competition.