Massive congratulations go out to two of 121 (Nuneaton) Squadron’s Civilian Instructors (CI’s) who have successfully passed their wing Senior Non-Commissioned Officer (SNCO) boarding.
As a result CI’s Karl Whopples and Peter Hadley will soon be hanging up their civvies and parading with the Squadron as uniformed SNCO’s.
Flight Lieutenant Paul Hincks presents Karl Whopples with his certificate of appointment as a Civilian Instructor.
Flight Lieutenant Paul Hincks presents Peter Hadley with his certificate of appointment as a Civilian Instructor.
Karl and Peter originally had their first taste of military life as Air Cadets with 121 (Nuneaton) Squadron where they both reached Cadet SNCO status before joining the regular forces.
Karl served with the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers (REME) reaching the rank of Warrant Officer Class 1 (Artificer Sergeant Major). Peter served in the Royal Air Force as an Airframe and Propulsion Technician, reaching the rank of Sergeant.
Both served as regulars for 22 years being deployed to various locations throughout the world in support of military operations and engagements including Germany, the Gulf, the Falkland Islands and Afghanistan.
On leaving regular service, Karl and Peter returned to Nuneaton re-joining 121 (Nuneaton) Squadron as CI’s in December 2014.
On hearing the result of the boardings Flight Lieutenant Paul Hincks, Officer Commanding 121 (Nuneaton) Squadron, said, “Following their military careers both Karl and Peter came back to re-join the Squadron as Civilian Instructors, bringing with them a wealth of experience and knowledge, making a very much needed addition to the Squadron staff. “
“With over 1000 Squadrons and Detached Flights throughout the country the Air Cadet Organisation is always looking to recruit new members of staff from all walks of life, especially former cadets like Karl and Peter who have completed their regular service and are now prepared to give up their time to put something back into the organisation that launched them into their own careers.”
“On behalf of the whole Squadron I would like to congratulate Peter and Karl on having completed their SNCO board and say how delighted we all are that they will soon be back in uniform using their vast military experience to further improve the standards of training that we are able to provide to the next generation of Royal Air Force Air Cadets.”