Air Cadets celebrate at Enrolment & Passing Out Event

Posted by: Belinda Hargreaves

Wed 1st November 2023

Alfreton & Ripley Air Cadets recently held their 1401 Squadron Enrolment & Passing Out event at the David Nieper Academy in Alfreton.

A spokesman for the Air Cadets said: “October 26 saw 1401 Sqn, Civilian Committee members, parents and family attend David Nieper Academy in Alfreton to see the enrolment of new Hawk Flight members and the passing out of existing Hawk Flight members.

Just under 100 people saw 13 new recruits take their Cadet’s Promise, a tradition dating back to 1941 and something that every enrolling cadet has done since the organisation’s inception. The new Junior Cadets were congratulated on their smart turnout and drill.

Four Cadets officially passed out from Hawk Flight and upon being confirmed as First Class Cadets will now join either Typhoon or Lightning Flight to continue their cadet career.”

The spokesman continued: “Officer Commanding, Flt Lt Pimbororugh was pleased to award the Best Recruit trophy to Cadet Sanderson who, through his first month’s of being with 1401 Squadron had personified the RAFAC values.

Further awards followed for First Aid, Radio and Duke of Edinburgh.

Squadron staff keenly articulated the key aspects of the Progressive Training Syllabus to parents who could see the clear transition that happens from first joining the squadron to achieving First Class Cadet and beyond.

This was none more so exemplified by an energetic presentation by Cadet Harris who, at the age of 13, was able to talk for 15 minutes about her experiences since winning Best Recruit in 2022 and keenly pursuing her interests in shooting, sport, leadership and now road marching.

CWO Shedden was then in a solid position to end the evening by talking about her near six years as a Cadet having progressed through every rank and attended prestigious events such as the Nijmegen International Road Marches, become a Flight Staff Cadet at 644 Volunteer Gliding Squadron and finally as Derbyshire Lord Lieutenant’s Cadet.”

The spokesman added: “Closing the event, Flt Lt Pimborough paid tribute to the staff, cadets and parents and finally the Civilian Committee who managed to raise £175 for squadron funds and £62 for the RBL Poppy Appeal.

Well done to everyone involved and thank you to David Nieper Academy for their hospitality.”

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