Cadets best in squadron history at competition weekend

Sandy Air Cadets Banner Drill Team with the trophy, from left, Cpl George Arnold, FS Ian Mansion, Cdt Elliot Croucher, FS Peter Hessey, Cpl Foster
Sandy Air Cadets Banner Drill Team with the trophy, from left, Cpl George Arnold, FS Ian Mansion, Cdt Elliot Croucher, FS Peter Hessey, Cpl Foster

Air Cadets and staff from 22 (Sandy) Squadron recently returned from their most successful Wing Field Weekend competition in squadron history.

The annual event held at RAF Wyton brought together all 30 Squadrons and Detached Flights in Bedfordshire and Cambridgeshire Wing, camping out on base from Friday, June 24 until Sunday, June 26.

The cadets compete in a number of exercises to test leadership and teamwork, as well as drilland banner drill, aircraft recognition, ensemble, aero modelling, code breaking and the media and photographic competitions.

On the Sunday morning the cadets took part in the Wing Parade and Review, with the reviewing officer this year being the RAF Assistant Chief of Air Staff, Air Vice-Marshal Richard Knighton. For a second year Cadet Warrant Officer Laura Dorrell had the honour of carry the Wing Banner on the parade, and six cadets represented the Squadron in the Escort Squadron to the banner.

During the parade the Squadron Civilian Committee came runner-up for the Wg Cdr Lang Civilian Committee Shield for their hard work over the last year, and Civilian Instructor Jeffrey Henshaw was a runner-up for the Davies Cup. Also during the Sunday, five cadets from the Squadron took part in the Armed Forces Day parade in Huntingdon in support of RAF Wyton.

This year the Squadron achieved a new first by winning the banner drill competition, and becoming only the second Squadron to win the event since its inception eight years ago. The Squadron also managed to take 5th place in the Drill competition, 11th at Ensemble, and a new best of 8th overall to make this the Squadron’s most successful Wing Field Weekend.

Cadet Flight Sergeant Peter Hessey said: “After months of training and practice It’s fantastic to see that hard work translated into results. All the cadets have worked exceptionally hard, and we hope to continue this into the future.”

If you would like information on how to join as a Cadet, a member of Staff or Civilian Committee member please call 01767 691681, email recruitment@sandy-aircadets.org.uk or visit www.sandy-aircadets.org.uk