1407 (Newton Aycliffe) Squadron Air Cadets recently held their annual presentation evening at the RAFA Club. The squadron continues to provide excellent opportunities for the cadets as was evident by the number of awards and certificates given out. The event began with the presentation of badges for academic achievements within the Corps and nationally recognised awards such as Heartstart first aid certificates and BTec Diplomas. These were followed by the presentation of Bronze, Silver and Gold Duke of Edinburgh’s Awards.
The second half of the evening saw the awarding of the squadron’s trophies for 2018 by Sector Commander, Sqn. Ldr. Gavin Houghton, and the squadron’s former Commanding Officer, Sqn. Ldr. (rtd.) John Scott.
The recipients were:
Scott Trophy for Citizenship:
Cdt. S. Williams;
Crabbe Trophy for Aircraft Recognition:
CWO. J. Hastie;
Sedgefield Veterans Trophy for Attendance:
Sgt. Paul Ughra;
Tom Downs Trophy for Endeavour:
Cdt. J. White;
Scott Shield for Most Improved Cadet:
Cdt. G. Nadin;
Simon Drill Award: Cpl. J. Tinkler;
Sports Trophy: Cdt. L. McAndrew;
Mess Tin Trophy: Cdt. E. Johnson;
Best Junior Cadet: Cdt. W. James;
Boddy Trophy for Best NCO:
Sgt. Paul Ughra;
Fryer Shield for Best Cadet: Cdt. A. Stride.
To round off the awards five cadets were promoted in rank. Well done to Cpl. Stride, Sgt. Tinkler and Sgt. Newbery, Flt. Sgt. Ughra and Flt. Sgt. Lakey!
The evening was a celebration of the achievements of all the members of 1407 squadron. The range of awards on offer and the high calibre of the cadets shows why the squadron is still amongst the top squadrons in Durham and Northumberland Wing. Flt. Lt. Scott would like to thank everyone involved with the squadron for their continued support.
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Award recipients 2019