Christmas Message from 1239 OC Squadron

As we all get ready to stand down for Christmas to spend time with our families and friends, it is right for me to reflect on the last six months and the progress that 1239 Squadron has made.

I joined 1239 as the Officer Commanding in July this year and these last six months have been busy to say the least, but also very productive and worthwhile. I am continually impressed by the enthusiasm and energy that the cadets display for all things 1239. The Squadron has enjoyed a number of successes this year, most notably continued success on the sporting front and in particular the Swimming championships.

We have enjoyed an increased profile within the community and have supported Service charities in terms of collections and parades, raising over £1100 for the Royal Air Forces Association and the Royal British Legion, receiving very complimentary feedback on the cadets; their smartness, politeness and professionalism.

So, as we prepare for the Christmas break, we should also take time to remember those who cannot be at home at this important time. Our thoughts are, of course, particularly with HM Forces; the soldiers, sailors, airmen and marines serving around the world and those civilians deployed on operations in support of the military.

Most sadly of all, our thoughts are with the families and friends of those who have made the ultimate sacrifice. This season is one when we all would like to be with our close families and for some it will be a moment when the pain of loss will be felt more keenly than ever.

As 2012 draws to a close and with an eye on next year, I firmly believe that 2013 will be a year that is an exciting one, filled with opportunities for the cadets to experience the full spectrum of ATC activities and for the Squadron to continue to progress.

Thank you to all the cadets, staff, civilian committee and parents for both your support and hard work this year; next year will continue to be a busy and demanding one. I hope that you all enjoy a peaceful Christmas break and that you come back fully rested and ready for 2013!

Finally, may I take this opportunity to wish you and your loved ones, a safe and very merry Christmas and best wishes for 2013.

Flt Lt Mark Richards

Officer Commanding, 1239 (Broxbourne & Hoddesdon) Sqn