Nuneaton Air Cadet, Flight Sergeant Grant Robey gets a Golden handshake as he leaves the Air Training Corps to join the Royal Air Force.
Eighteen year old Grant of Whitestone, Nuneaton, who joined 121 (Nuneaton) Squadron Air Training Corps at the age of thirteen, has always been at the forefront of his Squadrons activities, making a significant contribution to the Squadrons band, sporting and community service activities, but true to form he couldn't end his cadet career without adding the Gold Duke of Edinburgh Award to his extensive list of personal achievements.
Squadron Leader Bryan Coats, Duke of Edinburgh Award coordination Officer for Warwickshire & Birmingham Wing said, “I am delighted to be able to present Grant with his Gold Duke of Edinburgh Award. This is a real achievement for any young person and it's fitting that I have been able to give him what could be described as a Golden handshake as he leaves the cadets to start his adult service career in the RAF.”
The Duke of Edinburgh Award is a scheme for young people to challenge themselves and test their teamwork, perseverance and confidence. There are three levels of the award to complete; Bronze, Silver, and finally, Gold.
To qualify for the Gold Award Flight Sergeant Robey completed a four-day expedition, journeying 50 miles on foot across rugged terrain in Llanbedr, North Wales , he also attended a one-week residential course at sea aboard the tall ship T.S Royalist. Grant said, “The expedition in Llanbedr was tough but for me the most daunting thing I did was being at sea, climbing the rigging up to the top of the mast on the Royalist, a breath taking experience I will always remember, with some amazing views.”
Grant also spent time helping to train many of his Squadron's younger cadets as part of the Service section of the award, took up horse riding for the physical section of the award and learnt to cook up some culinary delights in the kitchen under the skills section.
Grant said, “The Duke of Edinburgh Gold award requires a lot of commitment, willpower and determination to complete. It is more than worth it just for the fantastic chance to do some really worthwhile things that most people just never get the opportunity to do. I'm glad I have managed to complete my Gold award before I leave to join the RAF. I'm sure that everything I've done during my time in the Air Cadets including my Gold will stand me in good stead in my future career in the Royal Air Force”
Flight Lieutenant Ian Crewe Officer Commanding 121 ( Nuneaton ) Squadron said, “Flight Sergeant Grant Robey will be leaving the Air Cadets on 11 th May to start his Royal Air Force basic training at RAF Halton. On behalf of all the cadets and staff I would like to wish him all the best in his future service career”.