Air Cadets Enjoy Praise From the Top
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By Flt Lt G G Richards - 2344 (Longbenton) Squadron
Group Captain Mark Leeming – the North Region boss for the RAF Air Cadets – went through the keyhole of Longbenton Air Cadet Squadron to celebrate the achievements of the young people over the past 12 months.
Group Captain Leeming attended the squadron’s annual awards ceremony, and joined other VIPs, including North Tyneside MP, Mary Glindon, on a panel for the squadron’s take on Through The Keyhole.
‘Through The Key-ish-Hole’ saw the panel identify activities that the young air cadets have enjoyed; including flying, STEM, expeditions, fieldcraft, music, radio and visits to RAF bases around the world – all of which goes towards numerous internationally recognised qualifications.
New members of the squadron were officially enrolled and over 70 qualifications were presented; including BTEC Diplomas and CREST Awards – both equivalent to G.C.S.E’s and A Levels – as well as Duke of Edinburgh Awards.
"I have thoroughly enjoyed my visit to Longbenton Squadron and learning about and sharing in the achievements of a fantastic group of young people and staff,” said Mark.
He added; “The leadership and adult volunteer support is very impressive as is the clear enjoyment everyone has in eachother’s achievements. I wish the squadron continued success as it is clearly a huge benefit to the community.”
Corporal James Douglas, 15, of Forest Hall, was awarded the Cadet of the Year Award. "I was really surprised when my name was read out as the top performing cadet,” he said.
“I love being an air cadet and having the opportunity to do realistic activities that are fun and help me to learn; like working on a car engine, going flying and doing water sports. Joining Longbenton Squadron is the best thing I’ve done,” said James.
If you’re in Year 8 or above and wish to join Longbenton Squadron, please visit www.2344.org.uk for further information.
For more information please visit the Squadron website