On 1st November 2016, FS Jack McClelland of 992 (Malmesbury) Squadron and FS Lauren Cuggy of 2189 (Calne) Sqn attended aninvestiture ceremony to become Wiltshire Lord Lieutenantâ€™s Cadets for 2016-2017.
Accompanied by proud parents, Jack and Lauren were presented with official certificates and badges in front of honourable audience of significant military personnel and cadet force volunteers. Detailed citations outlining all of Jack and Laurenâ€™s successes to date both inside and outside their cadet careers confirmed the reasons why they have been selected for this special role.
After the ceremony, FS McClelland said, â€˜once Iâ€™d calmed my nerves, it was a really enjoyable evening! Iâ€™m so proud to be given this opportunity to represent the Air Training Corps, and I cannot wait to wear my no1 uniform to assist the Lord Lieutenant with her duties, and promote the Armed Forces and the ATC.â€™
On Thursday 27th October, 2016, Cadet Warrant Officer George Timms, of 2182 (Dorchester) Squadron Air Training Corps, assisted the Lord-Lieutenant of Dorset, Mr Angus Campbell Esq, during the visit of Her Majesty The Queen, The Duke of Edinburgh, the Prince of Wales, Duke of Cornwall, and the Duchess of Cornwall as they visited Poundbury, Dorchester, to unveil the statue of Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother on Queen Mother Square.
The Lord-Lieutenant received the Royal Party at Dorchester South Train Station soon after 11:00AM on Thursday where Her Majesty greeted dignitaries, including Mayor of Dorchester Tim Harries, and two Lord-Lieutenant’s Cadets for Dorset; including CWO George Timms.
Seventeen-year-old air cadet Lauren Simms was overwhelmed this week after receiving the Royal Air Force Charitable Trust Flying Excellence Award.
The award, which represents one of the highest individual honours that can be won by an air cadet, was presented at a ceremony in London by Andrew Linstead, Head of Corporate Business Development (Air) at Lockheed Martin UK.
Air cadets compete nationally for the trophy, which this year was accompanied by a substantial flying bursary generously donated by Lockheed Martin. This bursary will contribute to developing Lauren’s piloting skills as she continues her journey towards achieving a private pilot’s licence.
Cadet Sergeant Lauren Simms, from 992 (Malmesbury) Sqn, said: “The award came as a complete surprise. I attended the Air Cadet Pilot Scheme at Tayside Aviation earlier this year, but unfortunately didn’t quite make solo standard, so I thought I wouldn’t be offered any further funding through my cadet career.
“I was delighted when I heard I’d been nominated and then went on to win the award. I am so grateful as this money should ensure that I can reach solo standard and beyond when I return to Tayside Aviation next year.”
Lauren, who is studying at Hardenhuish School in Chippenham, where she is head girl, plans to join her local university air squadron (UAS) as she continues her studies and pursues a career in aviation.
She continued: “I’ve attended 992 (Malmesbury) Squadron ATC since October 2012, and for the past year I’ve been the Lord Lieutenant’s Cadet for Wiltshire. I’ve recently taken more of a mentoring role on the squadron, helping to teach younger cadets the BTEC in Aviation Studies, enabling me to pass on my knowledge and experience of aviation related subjects.”
Staff at Tayside Aviation, which delivers cadet flying training, praised Lauren for her great flying ability and approach to flying training, which has set the benchmark for other cadets to follow, as well as her personal and leadership qualities. She was described as an “outstanding cadet with infectious enthusiasm that stood out head and shoulders above others . . . epitomising the very best of the Air Training Corps.”
RAFCT director Amanda Butcher added: “Lauren’s contribution to the air cadets is exceptional and she truly is a deserving winner of this award. Providing young people with opportunities and invaluable experience within aviation-related fields is a huge part of what we do at the Trust and we hope this award will be a significant boost towards paving the way for Lauren’s future in flying.”