The Air Cadet Organisation has recognised 121 (Nuneaton) Squadron's Civilian Instructor, Doug Watson and six other members of the Warwickshire & Birmingham Wing's longest serving volunteers at an award presentation held at the Royal Air Force College Cranwell.
The presentation event hosted by the Commandant Air Cadets, Air Commodore Ian Stewart was also attended by Air Commodore Barbara Cooper who will be taking up the post of Commandant Air Cadets on the 1st of June 2010.
The following collective group of the seven Warwickshire & Birmingham Wing Meritorious & Long Service Certificate recipients had amassed an amazing 301 years worth of Voluntary service with the Air Cadet Organisation:
- Civilian Instructor, Doug Watson 38 years
- Wing Commander, Pravin Ladwa 39 years
- Warrant Officer, John Parker 40 years
- Flight Lieutenant, Barry Broom 42 years
- Flight Lieutenant, Roger Smith 42 years
- Civilian Instructor, Ivor Mohamed 49 years
- Flight Lieutenant, Tony Bennett 51 years
301 Years of Voluntary Service Recognised
Flt Lt Roger Smith 42 years, CI Doug Watson 38 years, Flt Lt Barry Broom 42 years, Wg Cdr Pravin Ladwa 39 years,
WO John Parker 40 years, Air Cdre Ian Stewart, CI Ivor Mohamed 49 years, Flt Lt Tony Bennett 51 years
Air Cdre Ian Stewart thanked all of the volunteers who received awards for their long standing support and commitment to the Air Cadet Organisation. He went on to say how much he valued the service of everyone who gave up their own valuable time to help young people and make the Air Cadet Organisation such a success within our local communities.
Flt Lt Ian Crewe Officer Commanding 121 (Nuneaton) Squadron who accompanied Doug Watson to the presentation said, “Doug has been a Civilian Instructor with 121 Squadron for the last 38 years but his involvement with the Air Cadets actually goes back much further than that. Doug originally joined 121 (King Edward VI School) Squadron as a cadet in 1941 so his involvement with the Air Cadets actually goes back some 69 years, no wonder we call him the ‘Oldest Air Cadet in the world'. We all had an excellent day; the presentations, a wonderful tour of the Royal Air Force College Cranwell and the opportunity to meet both Air Cdre Ian Stewart and the incoming Commandant Air Cadets, Air Cdre Barbara Cooper”.
He added, “I would like to extend my congratulations to Doug and the other members of the Wing who received awards today and I think it only fitting to thank Doug's wife Margaret and the other recipients wives and families for supporting them in their Air Cadet activities for so many years”.
38 Years of Voluntary Service Recognised
Flt Lt Ian Crewe, Margaret Watson, CI Doug Watson (38 years), Air Cdre Ian Stewart,
121 ( King Edward VI School ) Squadron on camp at RAF Madley in 1943.
Front row. 2 nd from left Cpl Doug Watson who later became a Civilian Instructor with the squadron
and is to this day serving with the squadron as the ‘Oldest Air Cadet in the world'.
More Images from the award presentation held at the Royal Air Force College Cranwell