Former 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.
1220 (March) Squadron have been judged the best squadron in the Bedfordshire and Cambridgeshire Wing for 2017!
Being awarded the Walker Trophy recognises the performance of the squadron in all aspects of the cadet experience and reaffirms that 1220 consistently provides and performs at the highest level in all areas.
This is the 6th time in 8 years that 1220 has been judged best in the Wing . The squadron will be presented with the trophy at the annual Wing Review in June.
Well done to all the cadets and staff who commit themselves week in, week out to make 1220 a squadron to be proud of.
Christmas saw us say goodbye to CWO Katie Mowatt who reached the upper age limit for a cadet on Christmas Eve.
To mark the occasion she was presented with an engraved COs goblet.
We wish her luck as she continues her time with the Air Cadets as a member of staff.
On Sunday 12th November we took part in Remembrance Parades in both March and Chatteris. There were also local services at some of the town war graves.
1220 Parading in March
The Civilian Committee provided hot breakfast and lunch to ensure we were fuelled for the busy day.
Everyone had prepared well and showed their respect for those who gave so much.
We will remember them..
Five Air Cadets from 1220 (March) Squadron Air Training Corps recently completed a four day expedition in the Lake District as part of their Gold Duke of Edinburgh’s Award . They were joined by a member of 272 (Wisbech) Squadron to make up a team of six. The expedition is one of five sections required to earn a Gold Duke of Edinburgh’s Award.
While on expedition the team were self-sufficient, carrying everything they would need for the four days. This included their clothes, tents, and cookers to cook their favourite exped menu of pasta and sausages.
Their route started at the youth hostel in Troutbeck, South Lakeland, Cumbria from where they journeyed north over a mountain called ‘High Street’ and descended to a wild camp among the fells at Boredale Hause. Day 2 took them on a lower level route along the edge of Ullswater and day 3 took them over the Old Coach Road to Legburthwaite. On the final day they walked along Thirlmere before ascending to Grisedale Tarn and finally descending to Patterdale in the afternoon sun.
The team worked well and managed to stay on the correct route throughout. Their planned checkpoint timings were accurate which helped keep morale high despite their aches and pains.
Cpl Josh Pickersgill (16) said ‘I really enjoyed the adventure, living outdoors and the challenge of working with others.”