Seven members of 303 (Worksop) Squadron were among those honoured at the Trent Wing’ Air Cadets presentation evening at RAF Digby.
Trent Wing is one of the largest in the RAF Air Cadet Organisation, spanning five counties across the East Midlands and the Humber.
In surrounds of one the original RAF Officers Mess at RAF Digby, the RAF’s oldest station, cadets and staff were presented with their awards, recognising their, dedication and effort in obtaining formal qualifications, appointments and dedicated service.
The seven Worksop recipients were Cadet Flight Sergeant Georgia Mason, Cadet Corporal Harriet Esperger, Cadet Corporal Connor Blades, Cadet Kayleigh Turton, Cadet Connor McEwan, Cadet Pawel Kowalski and Cadet Thomas Ashmore, who all received their Silver Duke of Edinburgh’s Awards.
A Silver Duke of Edinburgh’s Award was also made to Sergeant (ATC) Robyn Stanney of 203 (Gainsborough) Squadron.
After the Cadet presentations had been made, it was the turn of the Staff to take the stage with Warrant Officer Roger Durham of 203 (Gainsborough) Squadron one of two men promoted to the rank of Warrant Officer (ATC).
Presentations of five Cadet Forces Medals were also made to current Squadron Commanders, who have achieved 12 years continuous uniformed service within the RAF’s Air Cadet Organisation.
Seven members of staff who have made an added contribution to the Air Cadets over a period of time were also recognised with the Commandant’s Certificate of Meritorious Service.
The final presentation of the evening was made to Squadron Leader John Fallon (Retd) who, after retiring from uniformed service as a Wing Staff Officer, left in September 2012, only to return as a civilian instructor.
Sqn Ldr Fallon had earlier received his second clasp for his Cadet Forces Medal, signifying 24 years in uniform.
Squadron Leader Mel Walker, Wing Duke of Edinburgh Awards office, who organised the evening said “I’m delighted to be able to see so many cadets being awarded their Silver Award.
“I am also thrilled that so many have already begun to work towards their Gold too.”