The Annual Awards Ceremony was well held last night and well attended by many cadets and parents to celebrate the achievements of the Squadron over the past year.
For achievement within the Cadet Corps, Sergeant Alfie Mowse received the Squadron Commanders Commendation award with the Meritorius Cup for achievement being presented to Cadet Warrant Officer Finley Bunce.
The Cadet Warrant Officer also went on to pick up the award for sporting achievement having competed at every level within the Corps, peaking as the Corps High Jump Champion for his age category. Corporal Lancaster received a Squadron Commanders Commendation having represented the Wing in Athletics and Rugby.
The Wettone Matthew Crossed Rifles for Marksmanship was presented by Phil du Guy to Corporal James Sawdy having achieved his Wing Markmanship and been selected for the Wing Clay Pidgeon Shooting Team. The Squadron Commanders Commendation went to Sgt Alfie Mowse having developed his marksmanship skills to a level of Wing Marksman.
As the year progresses all cadets claim points for the many activities they participate in. This yearly points competition was a close-run chase with the trophy going to Cpl Daniel Leach having attended almost every cadet related event throughout the previous year. Receiving the Squadron Commanders Commendation for this highly sought after Award was to Cadet Leonard Lintott.
Bob Dalton from the RAFA presented certificates to several cadets who took the time to assist in fundraising activities for the RAFA over the year. Being part of the community and offering their time and energies to supporting good causes is one of the many things our cadets will do throughout the year.
Although a celebration of some magnificent achievements were celebrated on the night from the past year, there was a sad side to the evening with the final handover of responsibility for 613 Alton Squadron from its founder Commanding Officer, Flight Lieutenant L Phillips, to Flight Lieutenant L Yates. The cadets and staff of 613 Squadron would like to thank Flight Lieutenant Phillips again, for all the hard work and dedication she put in to bringing about the progression from Detached Flight to Squadron Status.
The time and commitment put in by Flight Lieutenant L Phillips will be hard to match however the Squadron is looking forward to the new adventures ahead of it under the guidance of Flight Lieutenant L Yates.