Four Volunteer staff at 121 (Nuneaton) Squadron have been awarded Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme Adult Recognition Certificates in appreciation of over 90 years' commitment to the Scheme.
Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme Adult Recognition Certificates for 30 years service were awarded to Flt Lt Paul Hincks and Civilian Instructor Doug Watson with a certificate for 20 years going to Flt Lt Ian Crewe and a 10 year award for WO Jim Taylor.
This is the 50 th Anniversary year of the Award Scheme and the Air Cadets have been participants since its creation in 1956 and are currently the largest single participating youth organisation. The Nuneaton Squadron is one of 26 Squadrons within the Warwickshire & Birmingham Wing which in the last 12 months alone has enabled over 230 of its cadets from across the wing to attain Bronze, Silver or Gold level awards and is presently the best performing wing within the corps.
The Duke of Edinburgh's Award is a voluntary non-competitive programme of practical, cultural and adventurous activities. It is designed to support the personal and social development of young people aged 14-25 years. It offers an individual challenge and encourages young people to undertake exciting constructive, challenging and enjoyable activities in their free time.
Flt Lt Ian Crewe Officer Commanding 121 ( Nuneaton ) Squadron said, "The Scheme is open to all cadets over the age of 14 and is widely recognised by employers and people involved in education. It has helped many of our young people develop their self-confidence, leadership skills and given them a sense of achievement and responsibility. During my time as Commanding Officer I have presented so many of our cadets with Award Certificates but this time it makes a bit of a change for the staff who manage and train our cadets to be on the receiving end of Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme Certificates".
The Wing's Duke of Edinburgh Awards officer, Squadron Leader Bryan Coats Who presented the Award Certificates said, "We are extremely proud of the effort that our squadron staff have put into the Scheme". "These awards come on top of the Warwickshire & Birmingham Wing's recent achievement in winning the Sir Austin Sword for being the best performing wing within the corps".
For more information about the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme see
HQ Air Cadet web site - Duke of Edinburgh Award section
Duke of Edinburgh Award web site