Melton cadets earn stripes for year’s achievements

Squadron Leader Mark Richards inspects the cadets 'PHOTO: Supplied
Squadron Leader Mark Richards inspects the cadets 'PHOTO: Supplied
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Air Cadets from 1279 (Melton Mowbray) Squadron, were visited by Squadron Leader Mark Richards RAFVR(T) and Squadron Leader Andrew Pass RAFVR(T) for their annual formal inspection.

This was a very important inspection for the squadron as it allowed members of the wing staff team to see and hear what they had achieved over the last year.

One of the squadron’s strongest areas is drill, so cadets showed off what they could do as a banner drill team.

Cadet Sergeant Jason Blackshaw said: “The night was very difficult as all of the cadets had to be on top form, but the results were worth it.”

The squadron received praise for achievements such as being invited to attend the Red Arrows’ end of season guest night, for being the best squadron that the regional health and safety advisor has seen, and for the increase in both cadet and staff numbers over the year.

Squadron Leader Mark Richards presented staff and cadets with certificates, Wing Blues, classification badges, swimming proficiencies and promotions.

Anyone who is aged 12 and in year eight or above at school, and is interested in seeing the wide range of activities on offer, can visit the 1279 Melton Mowbray Squadron on a Tuesday or Thursday night from 7.15pm at the Cadet Centre, Asfordby Road.