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Highest accolade given to Air Cadet squadron

Air Commodore Barbara Cooper presents the Sir Alan Lees Trophy received by the squadrons oldest female cadet, Cpl Sophie Atkinson, and its youngest male, Ben Osbourne. Photo: 0387SB-8

Air Commodore Barbara Cooper presents the Sir Alan Lees Trophy received by the squadrons oldest female cadet, Cpl Sophie Atkinson, and its youngest male, Ben Osbourne. Photo: 0387SB-8

THE commandant for the entire Air Cadet movement paid a visit to Sleaford Air Training Corps squadron to present the boys and girls with their trophy for being judged the best in the country.

Air Commodore Barbara Cooper was there to present 2160 Squadron with the Sir Alan Lees Trophy for the highest achieving squadron out of 1,000 groups around the UK, Germany, Cyprus and Gibraltar.

This comes just a year after Sleaford cadets were judged as the most improved squadron in the corps, winning the Marshall Trophy, and the Air Commodore made a special visit to personally present the trophy as her last duty before stepping down.

Commanding officer Fl Lt Mel Walker only took over three years ago and set about building a new management team with parental support. This has resulted in cadets earning numerous Duke of Edinburgh Awards, BTEC qualifications, first aid certificates and St John Ambulance training as well as many other awards. Mayor Trevor Mayfield and the Lord Lieutenant of Lincolnshire Tony Worth were both among the invited guests at the event on The Drove.

Air Commodore Cooper congratulated cadets, saying they should be justifiably proud, pointing out she was now in charge of a larger force than that of the RAF and Royal Navy put together.

There was then a special presentation of framed medals to Cadet Warrant Officer Ryan Brindley as he leaves to begin his basic training at RAF Halton.

 

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