80 members of staff attended the first ever Dorset & Wilts Wing Presentation Evening which was held in the conference suite at Boscombe Down. Guest of Honour to hand out the awards was Regional Commandant Gp Capt Remlinger.
The evening commenced with a light buffet, laid on by Zoe and Kirsty with a huge range of savoury nibbles, biscuits and cakes and fresh strawberries. Guests took the chance to catch up with fellow staff and meet committee members from across the Wing. There were photo boards set up with pictures of cadets and staff taking part in a wide variety of activities. A rolling slide show of other pictures was displayed throughout the evening.
The formal part of the event started with the ceremonial cutting of a beautiful cake decorated with the Air Cadet logo, created to mark the start of the 75th anniversary celebrations. The awards were then presented with the additional surprise for Mike Webster who was told he had been promoted to Sqn Ldr.
Gp Capt Remlinger rounded off the evening with a short speech before the guests departed.
The award winners were:
Sir Roger Austin Sword for improvement in Duke of Edinburgh participation – presented to Dorset & Wilts Wing
Cadet Forces Medal – WO Janet Lee
5th clasp to cadet Forces Medal – Flt Lt Roger Starling
Dorset Lord Lieutenant Certificate of Commendation – Mr Gary Brennan and CI Michael Lodge
Chief of Air Staff Commendation – Sqn Ldr Richard Courtney
Commandant Air Cadets Certificate of Meritorious Service – Sqn Ldr Steve Goddard and Flt Lt Mike Webster
South West Regional Commandant’s Certificate of Merit – A Sgt Harriet Mulcahy, Cdt FS Philippa Balshaw and CWO Callum Bird
South West Regional Commandant’s Commendation – Sqn Ldr Mark Bodger, Sqn Ldr Nick Watt, Flt Lt Pete Church and WO Adrian Hutchinson
Officer Commanding Dorset & Wiltshire Wing Commendation – Sqn Ldr Ian Bishop, Flt Lt Nigel Winton, Sqn Ldr Mark Bodger, Sqn Ldr Stuart Hodgson, Flt Lt Dave Bell, Flt Lt Nigel Alden-Fenn, Wg Cdr (ret’d) Mark Van Vogt, Mrs Kirsty Evans, FS James Lucas, WO Jamie Green, Flt Lt Ben Evans, Flt Lt Ray Coe and Flt Lt (ret’d) Jenny Child