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RAF100 Apprentice of the YearFormer 1220 cadet Lauren Arnold has been awarded the prestigious RAF100 Centenary Apprentice of Year. SAC Lauren Arnold (25) was presented with her trophy by Chief of the Air Staff, Air Chief Marshal Sir Steven Hillier. The event took place at the RAF Museum, Hendon, where winners and guests dined under the Lancaster bomber. There were 24 winners across all the trade groups in the RAF. Lauren spent almost 7 years at 1220 before joining the RAF in 2013.

She is a Logistics Driver currently based at RAF Coningsby and alongside being able to drive almost every vehicle the RAF operates she is currently responsible for ensuring that 3500 military and civilian personnel are provided with the required driver training courses and that currency on MT orders and licensing is maintained.

Lauren has also maintained contact with her cadet roots as a Service Instructor at March Squadron and assisting with cadet visits to Coningsby.


Wing Commander Bower with the Cadets

Wing Commander Bower with the Cadets

Air Cadets at 1220 (March) Squadron recently spent the evening in the company of Wing Commander Paul Bower OBE. The purpose of the visit was to share the experience of Paul’s day at Buckingham Palace.

Wg Cdr Bower explained to the cadets what an OBE is and how anyone can be nominated to receive an award. He described how when he first heard that he was to receive an OBE he didn’t know whether to believe the news and it only felt real when the Queen’s birthday honours list was published. He was overwhelmed with congratulatory messages he received by post, telephone and sociaL media.

Paul briefly described his day at Buckingham Palace and was proud to be able to take four members of his close family with him. The squadron then watched a DVD of his presentation. He was presented with his medal by HRH Prince Charles.

After the DVD the cadets were given the opportunity to ask questions and to see his medal. Paul was able to describe the subtle differences between a military and civil awarded medal.

The cadets thoroughly enjoyed the evening and found it interesting to see what actually happens at the investiture ceremony. They are very proud of Wg Cdr Bower’s achievement particularly as he started his Air Cadet career as a cadet at 1220.


ex-1220 cadets

ex-1220 cadets now in HM Forces. L-R  Joe Williams, Alex Ogden, John Cornell

Three former members of 1220 (March) Squadron Air Cadets have joined HM Forces. Joe Williams, John Cornell and Alex Ogden have each passed their initial training and are now embarking on the next stages of their careers.

Joe Williams has joined the Royal Air Force and completed his basic training course at RAF Halton. He was selected as best recruit on his intake and was presented with his award during his passing out parade. He is now in training to become an Aircraft Mechanic at RAF Cosford.

After completing his university studies and taking some time out to travel John Cornell applied to join the Army as an officer. He recently graduated from Sandhurst and has begun serving with the Royal Logistic Corps.

Alex Ogden is on his way to making his lifelong dream a reality. He graduated from RAF Cranwell as an Officer in the Royal Air Force at the end of May and now moves on to phase two training to become a pilot.

Flight Lieutenant Kirsty Burnham, the Squadron Commander at 1220 for all three, commented ‘it’s great news to hear that the three have pursued a career with HM Forces. It gives me an enormous sense of pride to know that the Air Cadet Organisation has played a part in helping them achieve their goals.’


A 1220 (March) Squadron Air Cadet has successfully completed a week long Air Cadet Leadership Course at RAF Cranwell in Lincolnshire.

Cadet Flight Sergeant McLean shows off his certificate of completion

Cadet Flight Sergeant Kyle McLean, 17 years old, attended the ILM Level 2 course completing a number of modules, including both practical and theory work. All of the Cadets who took part were allocated a “flight” (team) and had the opportunity to lead and manage several differing tasks, lasting 15 to 45 minutes, as well as a full 24 hours managing the whole flight.

The final physical task of the week saw all of the Cadets involved in an exercise spending two nights outside in the wilds of Lincolnshire. Sleeping under “bashers” and surviving on ration packs. This contributed to the practice for three modules of the workbook, including “Developing yourself as a Team Leader”, “Understanding discipline in the workplace” and “Understanding the organisation and its content”.

Cadet Flight Sergeant McLean spent the subsequent weeks as home study completing the further theory sections of the workbook in order to pass the course successfully.

Cadet Flight Sergeant McLean said “The Course was rigorous and challenging, and it really pushed me beyond the limits I thought I was capable of – but it pushed us to be at our very best in each section, and it was great to lead and be led by others doing the same.”