On Tuesday 21 st April the Cadets and staff of 121 ( Nuneaton ) Squadron Air Training Corps faced a rigorous 'Lees Trophy' inspection by their Regional Commandant, Group Captain Brett Morrell .
The Lees Trophy is a nation-wide competition, which is held annually to find the best squadron in the country, the first stage of which is held at local wing level. 121 Squadron which has its base on the Ribbonfields in Attleborough, Nuneaton has been selected from 26 other Squadrons within the Warwickshire and Birmingham area to represent their Wing thus joining small group of only 36 other squadrons nation-wide to reach this stage of the competition.
The formal inspection of the Squadron by Group Captain Brett Morrell was the next phase of the competition. If they are successful they will then go on to compete against the winning squadrons from the 5 other regions in the final stage of the competition to find the best squadron in the country.
Having reviewed a formal parade and march-past by the Squadron, Group Captain Morrell had an opportunity to see the squadron in action. During his tour of the unit the Squadrons Band put on a display which included a selection of new music which has recently been added to their repertoire for the 2009 season. He also saw cadets undergoing Navel Field Gun display team training and a group of cadets taking part in an Air Traffic Control radio exercise.
Group Captain Morrell also made the following presentations:
- Cadet Sergeant Robert Allan received a St John Ambulance Young First Aider of the year Award, in recognition of his effective and prompt first aid actions when he came to the assistance of a member of the public during the R.A.F.A Wings Appeal street collection in Nuneaton on Saturday 27 th September 2008.
- Cdt Thomas Newton and Kane Dickens received their Bronze Duke of Edinburgh Awards
- 121 ( Nuneaton ) Squadron received the Regional Commandant's Certificate for exceptional performance in the field of Media Communications.
During his final address to the cadets and staff of 121 Squadron Group Captain Morrell covered a wide range of subjects including the introduction of the new Air cadet Regional Activity Centers which he saw as a significant improvement in training resource available to cadets. He also went on to outline some of the latest initiatives to boost the number of both Green and Blue camps as well as increase the number of overseas camps.
Group Captain Morrell said “This is the second time I've visited your Squadron, the first time being when you invited me to join you for your 70 th Anniversary celebrations, but this was my first chance to visit your Squadron's headquarters and see the unit in action and I have been impressed by what I have seen tonight.”
More 'Lees Trophy' inspection images