Awards presented at ATC enrolment ceremony

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A FORMAL enrolment evening was held by 2449 (Carnoustie) Squadron Air Training Corps in the squadron headquarters, Dundee Street, last Monday evening.

Instructor in charge, Andy Swierczek, gave a brief outline of the Squadron’s successes over the past year.

He revealed that, for the first time in many years, the squadron had entered the North-East Scotland Wing Aircraft Recognition Competition and the team of Cadet Flight Sergeants Tom Podger and James Parker and Corporals Jack McGillivray and Andrew Young achieved a highly creditable third place.

Following this the squadron took 10 cadets to the Wing Athletics competition gaining four silver and four bronze medals.

More success followed when the team of Corporals McGillivray and Young and Cadets Jamie Spall and Jack Gates won the Junior Boys’ Trophy at the Wing Swimming Championships. Corporal McGillivray and Cadet Gates were selected to represent the Wing in the ATC Scotland and Northern Ireland Championships.

The latest success on the sporting front came on Sunday, February 3, when the youth team of Corporal Young and Cadets Jack Gates and Ben Salmond took second place in the Wing Cross-Country competition held in cold and icy conditions at Hazelhead Park, Aberdeen.

During the year there were also some notable individual achievement particularly Flight Sergeant James Parker who gained his Advanced Gliding Training Award and awaits completion of his G2 instructor training. He was also awarded a Cadet Pilot Scheme Award when he undertook flying training with Tayside Aviation up to his solo level. A physics student at the University of Dundee, James hopes to put these skills to good use by pursuing a career in civil aviation.

A small piece of squadron history was created when two cadets were selected by North-East Scotland Wing to attend a selection board at Headquarters Scotland and Northern Ireland Region for places on the International Air Cadet Exchange. This is a scheme with member countries spread worldwide where cadets from a range of countries with aviation-orientated youth organisations spend two weeks with host families in their selected country. While Flight Sergeant Tom Podger was nominated as first reserve, Flight Sergeant James Parker was selected to join the group going to Canada later this year.

Proceedings were then handed over to the Squadron Padre, the Rev. Canon G. Grant Mackintosh, to conduct the enrolment service. Five new cadets - Thomas Doig, Greg Fleming, Jack Lamb, Stefan Riddock and Martin McColgan - made their Cadet Promise and were presented with their enrolment certificates.

Two further presentations were made when Flight Sergeants Tom Podger and James Parker were awarded their Cadet Warrant Officer badges and certificates thereby achieving the highest cadet rank possible in recognition of their commitment to the squadron and the Corps.

After a short break for coffee and biscuits the parents and cadets were given a presentation on the Nijmegen Four Day Marches by Corporal Andrew Young who, with Cadets Jamie Spall and Jack Gates, is heavily involved in training for this event during which competitors have to march a total of 100 miles over the four-day period.

Anyone aged between 13 and 17 who might be interested in joining the squadron to share in these activities should contact the instructor in charge, Andy Swierczek, at the squadron any Monday or Tuesday evening between 7.30 and 9 p.m. or telephone 01241 856767 or 01241 859821 outwith these times.