High Flying Air Cadets from Nuneaton have had their personal achievements recognised during a special Awards Ceremony attended by Her Majesty's Lord Lieutenant for the County of Warwickshire , Martin Dunne,
On Friday, 20 th May 2011 , Members of 121 ( Nuneaton ) Squadron Air Training Corps held what was to be their first Cadet Awards Ceremony at the Attleborough , Liberal club in Bull Street , Nuneaton .
Flight Lieutenant Ian Crewe, Officer Commanding 121 ( Nuneaton ) Squadron opened the formal proceedings by welcoming the guest of honour, The Lord Lieutenant for Warwickshire, Martin Dunne. Flt Lt Crewe said, It is an honour tonight to have The Lord Lieutenant for Warwickshire, with us, to present these awards to cadets and staff of 121 (Nuneaton) Squadron, Air Training Corps. Martin has had previous contact with the Squadron through the Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal Awards and in 2010 he selected Cadet Warrant Officer Robert Allan of Nuneaton to act as his Lord Lieutenants Cadet.
Flt Lt Crewe also welcomed the large audience of cadets, parents and friends of the Squadron and expressed his thanks for the support they had given to the unit over the past year.
Then it was over to Mr Len Hardy, the Squadron's Civilian Committee Chairman who acted as master of ceremonies to announce the award categories and winners. Len explained that the Air Cadet Awards Ceremony was being held in order to recognise the work and achievements of cadets and staff both in their personal development and in support of the local community. He said, Every member of the Squadron should be justly proud of their own efforts over the past year and it has been difficult to pick the winners of the awards being given out tonight.
Mr Hardy then invited the Lord Lieutenant to present each of the eight cadet awards in the following categories:
The Most Improved Cadet - This award goes to the cadet who has shown the most improvement across all activities. The award, donated by Mr Len Hardy on behalf of the squadron's civilian committee, was presented to Cadet Corporal Andrusin.
The Music Award - This award goes to the cadet who has shown outstanding musical prowess. The award, donated by Student Music Supplies, was presented to Cadet Corporal Justin Allan
Cadet Sporting Achiever - This award goes to both the Male and Female cadets who have demonstrated the most outstanding commitment and sporting achievement at Squadron, Wing and Regional level. The Winner of The female Cadet Sporting achiever was Cadet Gemma Porter and the Winner of The male Cadet Sporting achiever was Cadet Joe Peffers.
Best Cadet - This award is given to the cadet who has been nominated by the Staff as being the cadet who has consistently shown and demonstrated outstanding commitment and achievement across all areas of Air Cadet Training and Community involvement. The Best Cadet Award was presented to Cadet Sergeant Michael Hadley
Cadets Cadet - This award is different from that of the best cadet in that it is the award given to the cadet that has been nominated by their peers fellow cadets. The Cadets Cadet Award was presented to Cadet Gemma Porter.
Cadet Drill & Turnout Award - This award recognises the cadet who has shown military bearing and excellence in their drill and turnout over the year. The Cadet Drill & Turnout Award, donated by the Bedworth Branch of The Parachute Regiment Association was presented to Cadet William Mott
The Cadet Mentoring Award - Mentoring is an important part of any senior cadets role on the Squadron and it allows them to use their experience to support and help younger cadets who may be struggling or less confident to develop their full potential and get the most out of their time with the Air Cadets. It's a buddy who is always there and always has time for you no matter what the circumstances. Cadet Flight Sergeant Grant Robey who won the Cadet Mentoring Award has shown these qualities in abundance . Former Cadet Flight Sergeant Robey was not available to collect his award as he is currently undergoing his basic training in the Royal Air Force.
High Flying Air Cadets, Achievements Recognised (Left to Right) - Cdt Gemma Porter, Cdt Joe Peffers, Cdt Cpl Andrusin,
Cdt William Mott, The Lord Lieutenant for Warwickshire Martin Dunne, Cdt Kenneth James, Cdt Cpl Justin Allan,
Cdt Sgt Michael Hadley and Lord Lieutenants Cadet for 2010 Cdt WO Robert Allan.
The final award of the night went to a member of the adult uniformed staff, Flight Lieutenant Ian Crewe, Officer Commanding 121 ( Nuneaton ) Squadron. Flt Lt Crewe who has completed eighteen years of uniformed service as a member of the Training Branch of the Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, received the first Clasp to the Cadet Forces Medal .
During his address, the Lord Lieutenant, Martin Dunne, expressed his admiration for the effort and commitment shown by all the cadets and staff of the Squadron. He also thanked the Squadron for the way in which it supports the local community and ex-service charity organisations.
Having had a look at the squadron's website before the event he said that he was impressed by the wide variety of activities and training available to young people through the Air Cadets, particularly the opportunity to learn to fly solo at the age of sixteen.
In closing the Lord Lieutenant thanked the Squadron for inviting him to present the awards to such worthy recipients who continue to set an excellent example, not only to their colleagues within the Air Cadets but also amongst other young people within the wider community.
The formal presentations were followed by a Disco, which had been organised by the Squadrons Civilian Committee as a big thank-you to the cadets for all their hard work over the previous year.
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