Spen Valley Air Cadet Bound for Ghana
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By Flight Lieutenant Kellyann Martin - 2490 (Spen Valley) Squadron
Local Air Cadet Sergeant Fergus Eakin is celebrating after being awarded a place on the prestigious International Air Cadet Exchange (IACE) Scheme.
Seventeen-year-old Fergus of 2490 (Spen Valley) Squadron, and a sixth form student at Heckmondwike Grammar School is ecstatic to be representing South and West Yorkshire Wing as well the United Kingdom.
He is one of a group of only ten cadets selected from across Britain to undertake a two-week tour of Ghana this July and August.
At a recent pre-trip briefing meeting at Headquarters Air Cadets, RAF Cranwell, Fergus was told details of the planned itinerary. During their IACE tour, they will tour Ghana Air Force bases and other military establishments, eat in the Officers’ Mess, meet local air cadets, visit the rainforest, an orphanage as well as meet the Vice President of Ghana.
Fergus is now excitedly looking forward to the tour. He said “I cannot wait for this experience. It is going to be the highlight of my life, and it has all been made possible by the air cadets.”
Sergeant Eakin’s Squadron Commanding Officer, Flight Lieutenant Kellyann Martin RAF VR(T) said “It is brilliant that a hard-working, polite and positive young man like Sgt Eakin has been awarded this fantastic opportunity. He is a good role model for the younger cadets at our squadron, and an excellent ambassador for the Air Cadets, as well as the country as a whole. We wish him well on his trip and look forward to hearing about his travels on his return.”