Annual Presentation Evening

1239 (Broxbourne & Hoddesdon) Squadron Air Cadets recently held its Annual Presentation evening, with over 50 awards and certificates being presented to the cadets and staff at the Squadron.


The Squadron Staff, Cadets and Civilian Committee with Deputy Lieutenant, Colonel Kevin Fitzgerald TD DL.

The evening started with a formal parade, with all the cadets being inspected by Colonel Kevin Fitzgerald TD DL, one of the Deputy Lieutenants for Hertfordshire, and Squadron Leader Andy Baker, the Squadron's Wing Staff Officer.

After the parade, Colonel Fitzgerald presented First Class Cadet certificates to a number of cadets in recognition of them having completed their recruit training.
                        Cadet Robert Stapleton with Colonel Kevin Fitzgerald after being
                                     presented with his First Class cadet certificate.
These were followed by the presentation of over twenty Heartstart certificates for cadets and staff who had successfully completed the Heartstart training course, covering basic first aid and emergency life support training.

In addition to the Heartstart certificates, nine cadets were also presented with their Youth First Aid certificates and badges. The Youth First Aid award is accredited by the St John Ambulance, and recipients have to undertake 12 hours of training and assessment to demonstrate competence to the required standard to successfully achieve the award.
Cadet Ben Sugarman is presented with his Youth First Aid certificate and badge by Deputy Lieutenant, Colonel Kevin Fitzgerald TD DL, watched by Cadet James Pickering, who also received his Youth First Aid certificate and badge.
Further presentations included Air Cadet CV's which detail some of the key activities that the receiving cadet has successfully undertaken and completed. To achieve an Air Cadet CV, a cadet will have flown in a RAF training aircraft under instruction, taken part in target shooting, achieved a bronze Duke of Edinburgh award and have attended a residential camp. These are all activities that demonstrate commitment, organisational skills, the ability to interact and work with others, following precise instructions and showing motivation and persistence, all of which are key skills required in the workplace.rior to the award of the annual trophies, the Deputy Lieutenant presented a number of bronze Duke of Edinburgh awards and a staff cadet certificate.
After the presentation of the above certificates, the silverware followed with a number of annual trophies being presented as follows:
Best New Recruit - Cadet Corporal Alexander Francis
Hallas Trophy for Exercise & Expeditions - Cadet Flight Sergeant Sheldon Gray
Mark Coram Shield for Best Sporting Cadet - jointly awarded to Cadet Corporal Zoe Pickering and Cadet Shannon Metin
Best Cadet Non-Commissioned Officer (NCO) - Cadet Sergeant James Wingate
Hoddesdon Royal British Legion Trophy for Most Improved Cadet - Cadet Jacob Sapsford
The Royal Air Force Association Trophy for Best Overall Cadet - Cadet Sergeant James Wingate
Inter-Flight Competition Shield - No 1 Flight (Commanded by Cadet Sergeant James Wingate)
                    Cadet Sergeant James Wingate is congratulated on being named as the
              Best Overall Cadet by Mr Roy Howe, Secretary of the RAFA Nazeing Branch,
                        who presented the trophy on behalf the RAFA Nazeing Branch.
After the cadet presentations, Squadron Warrant Officer, Warrant Officer Barry Lynn was presented with his first clasp to the Cadet Forces Medal, signalling 18 years of uniformed service to the Air Training Corps.
Squadron Leader Baker also made a number of important presentations to Squadron personnel in recognition of their efforts and contribution to both the Squadron and the wider Air Training Corps.
Mr Les Harpin, the Squadron's Civilian Committee treasurer was awarded the Commandant's Certificate of Long & Dedicated Service in recognition of over 24 years voluntary service to the Air Training Corps.
In addition, both Warrant Officer Barry Lynn and Civilian Instructor Sarajane Marchant were awarded the Commandant's Certificate of Meritorious Service in recognition of outstanding and dedicated service to the Air Training Corps.

After the presentations, Colonel Fitzgerald addressed the members of the Squadron and parents who were in attendance complimenting the cadets on their smartness and turnout, congratulating the recipients of the awards and thanking the staff for giving up their time to support the development of cadets. Afterwards, the parade was formally dismissed, followed by light refreshments at the Squadron Headquarters where parents and cadets had an opportunity to talk to the Deputy Lieutenant and Squadron staff.

At the end of the evening, Flight Lieutenant Mark Richards, OC 1239 Squadron commented "tonight was a great occasion for us to formally recognise the cadet's achievements in front of their peers, families' and friends. The cadets have done really well over the last twelve months and they didn't make the Staff team's decision in selecting the recipients of the trophies an easy one - the final winners were chosen after much deliberation - this reflecting the quality of the cadets that we have at the Squadron.

I felt that the evening went very well and I am proud of the recipients of the awards and indeed very proud of the whole Squadron who turned out in force - they looked extremely smart and were a real credit to themselves and to 1239 Squadron. Finally, I'd like to thank Colonel Fitzgerald for being the Reviewing Officer and presenting the majority of the trophies and awards tonight and also thank the parents for supporting the evening and both the Royal British Legion and Royal Air Forces Association for their involvement and the presentations of their respective trophies".