Praise for high-performing cadets

The cadets marching past the reviewing officer, Flt Rob Eyres leading the march past EMN-151113-112931001

The cadets marching past the reviewing officer, Flt Rob Eyres leading the march past EMN-151113-112931001

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Cadets from 17 (Coningsby) Sqn ATC achieved a high performance grading at their Annual Formal Parade.

The reviewing Officer was Sqn Ldr Mike Lewis who was treated to the Parade being in 41 Sqn’s Hanger with Typhoon aircraft forming the backdrop.

Reviewing Officer Squadron Leader Mike Lewis with the cadets EMN-151113-112953001

Reviewing Officer Squadron Leader Mike Lewis with the cadets EMN-151113-112953001

The Sqn Ldr spoke individually to most of the 29 cadets on parade and then gave a highly praiseworthy speech to all of them saying how well 17 Sqn had performed over the last year and how good it was to see so many young cadets to take the squadron forward.

The parade was followed by a slide show presentation from the cadets of all the activities the squadron had been involved with over the last 12 months.

These included a four-day trip to HMS Bristol in Portsmouth to visit military museums, various Duke of Edinburgh expeditions, a weekend ‘greens’ camp at RAF Wittering and Annual Camp at RAF Brize Norton.

One cadet had also taken part in an overseas camp to RAF Akrotiri.

17(Coningsby) ATC group in front of Typhoon aircraft EMN-151113-112942001

17(Coningsby) ATC group in front of Typhoon aircraft EMN-151113-112942001

There were also numerous parades for Battle of Britain, Remembrance and a special parade at Screddington with the Royal British Legion to commemorate the crew of a Lancaster that died on a training sortie near Sleaford in 1943. All this in addition to Wing Sports - cross country, Wing athletics, Wing swimming and Wing field day, where the cadets achieved their highest ranking ever, 9th of 31 squadrons.

It was also the night previous Officer Commanding (Flt Lt Rob EYRE VRT) stood down to be succeeded by Flt Lt Francine Mahmud VRT.

Flt Lt EYRE was presented with an engraved tankard with the 17 Sqn Crest and the largest cake ever seen on the Squadron.

Photographs by Colin Murray