The annual awards presentations for 2160 Sleaford Squadron ATC were moved this year from the squadron’s headquarters on the Drove to St Denys’ Church.
The cadets and their parents and family were joined by Mayor of Sleaford, Coun David Suiter and representatives of the RAF, HQ Air Cadets, RAFA, Royal British Legion and Sleaford and District Lions.
Inspecting officer was Sqn Ldr Mark Daffey, a former RAF pilot and now Air Cadet Staff Officer with Trent Wing. Sqn Ldr Daffey has connections with the Sleaford squadron as a number of his children were members of 2160 in the past.
Flight Lieutenant Dave Peacock, Officer Commanding Sleaford Air Cadets, announced each cadet’s achievements and awards as they were presented by Sqn Daffey.
Once again the awards reflected the squadron’s involvement in a variety of activities, from Duke of Edinburgh’s awards to sporting successs.
The academic side of the cadets’ training was recognised with numerous certificates and badges awarded for success in ATC exams and BTEC diplomas, while many cadets also qualified as radio operators and first aiders.
As the awards reached their finale, trophies were awarded to Cadet Ella Hansford for sporting achievement and Cadet Cpl Daniel Balicki (most improved shot). Flt Sgt Alex Myers was awarded the shooting achievement trophy, while Staff Cadet Clague received the award for Improved Cadet and Cadet Mayers the trophy for Best Cadet. The top flight award went to D Flight and was collected by four cadets from the winning flight.
A new trophy for this year went to Sgt Will Fovargue for his entry in the Bomber Command Association essay competition.