84 Sqn ATC Crest

Thursday, 28 May 2015

84 Squadron gets Double Gold Awards

Corporal Lauren Coker & Sergeant Charlotte May
show off their Gold Award
84 (Coventry Airport( Squadron is celebrating not one but TWO Gold Duke of Edinburgh Awards (DofE) which have been awarded to Cadet Sergeant Charlotte May and Corporal Lauren Coker. The awards are the first of several in the pipeline for the Squadron and show off the dedication and hard work of the cadets and staff in achieving the highest DofE award.

On Wednesday 27th May it was a great pleasure to award two cadets with their Gold DofE awards at the Squadron. Both Sergeant May and Corporal Coker have worked continuously throughout their time with the Air Cadets and achieved all three levels of the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award scheme. The Gold Level requires dedication, drive and determination to pass through a series of different elements over a 12-month period. One of the most challenging tasks is the expedition which involves a self-sufficient trek over 'wild country' (rough) terrain lasting for approx 4 days, 3 nights. As well as the expedition the candidates also attend a 4-night long residential camp where they must learn new skills and alongside new people and experience a different aspect of life in the Air Training Corps. 

Cadet Sergeant Charlotte May, now aged 18, started with the Air Cadets back when she was just 13 years old. Since then she has developed through to become one of the most senior cadets on the squadron and as such is an excellent role-model for all the younger recruits. She has offered a consistent and dedicated approach to everything and this is a brilliant example of her achievements. When asked about her experience, Charlotte said “We had to create our own routes, booking the campsites and sorting the transport and money out. We needed to be really good at time keeping and motivating each other to continue especially when we camped on a steep hillside and all slid downhill in the night! All in all it was an unforgettable experience and anyone who can do it should

Corporal Lauren Coker has found the Air Cadets to be her rock throughout the last few years. She has been a regular attendee and really shown her skills in teaching the younger members through her wide knowledge range and now has shown her strive for success with this highest award. Reflecting back on her achievements, Corporal Coker said “Lying beneath the stars, eating dinner next to waterfalls, discovering places that we would never have found alone were all part of the amazing experience. We faced up to the challenge of Gold DofE together and succeeded, and I'd certainly do it all again given the chance!”

Both Cadets will receive a gold-stitched cloth badge to proudly display on their uniforms and will be invited later in the year to attend a ceremony at St James' Palace where HRH Duke of Edinburgh himself will present them with their certificates. We look forward to receiving the invite and hearing all about their experiences having afternoon tea with royalty. 

Flying Officer Rosie Chapman, Officer-in-Charge at 84 Squadron said, "I only recently took over the running of the squadron but have known both these cadets since they joined and I am incredibly proud of their achievements as individuals and for the wider squadron. The hard work they have put in is really inspiring and we hope to see some more awards coming soon".