On Friday 7th November 2008 , Adult Warrant Officer Jim Taylor of 121 ( Nuneaton ) Squadron Air Training Corps was presented with his Cadet Forces Medal by the Officer Commanding Warwickshire & Birmingham Wing, Wing Commander Pravin Ladwa.
The Cadet Forces Medal (CFM) is awarded to officers and uniformed adult senior NCO's in recognition of 12 years long and proven service in the Cadet Forces.
Warrant Officer Taylor's CFM is a welcome addition to a chest full of medals which he has previously acquired during his notable uniformed career.
Jim first went into uniform in 1968 at the age of 13 as a Sea Cadet in Exeter . He Joined the RAF in 1973 and retired in 1995 after 22 years of service.
During his service within the RAF Jim couldn't quite shake off his former links with the Navy as a Sea Cadet. He served with the Royal Navy on a loan detachment for 2 years in Helston, Cornwall with the RAF Sea King Training Unit.
After two years he moved on to the RAF Marine Boat Squadron, which disbanded in 1984. Jim is always quick to explain that he had nothing to do with the disbandment of the unit.
Whilst serving at RNAS Culdrose, (HMS Sea Hawk) he was involved in the rescue effort following the Fastnet Boat race disaster when 286 lives were saved by the Sea King Search and Rescue team. WO Taylor and three senior Naval Ratings were awarded the Peter L Dorey Efficiency Award for their contribution to the 3 day rescue mission.
Jim eventually remembered that he had in fact joined the RAF and not the Navy and went on to serve at RAF stations in Northern Ireland , the Falkland Islands , Germany and the UK.
After leaving the RAF Jim joined 121 ( Nuneaton ) Squadron as a Civilian Instructor in 1995 and went into uniform as an Adult Warrant Officer in 1996. He took over as Squadron Warrant Officer in 2001, a post which he still holds today.
As well as his newly acquired Cadet Forces Medal, Jim also holds the RAF Long Service Medal, Accumulative Service Medal, Northern Ireland Medal and Queens Golden Jubilee Medal, all of which go to represent his career spanning some 40 years of uniform service.
On presenting Warrant Officer Taylor with his Cadet Forces Medal, Wing Commander Pravin Ladwa commended Jim on his motivation and drive and thanked him for his dedication to the Air Cadet Organisation over his many years of service.