84 Sqn ATC Crest

Sunday, 5 February 2017

Celebrating Another Successful Year of 84 Squadron

On Friday 20th January the Cadets, Staff and invited guests joined together at the Newbold Comyn Arms to celebrate the successes of 2016 at the Annual Awards Evening and Dining-In Night.

This annual event is the highlight of the Squadron's social calendar each year and cadets look forward to finding out who has received the top trophy awards for the year just gone and to see if there were any resulting promotions! The meal is also part of their cadet experience as it is run in similar fashion to a traditional military dinner. The cadets are expected to wear evening dress and the youngest cadet is nominated as Mr Vice to lead the Loyal Toast to The Queen.

The Guest of Honour this year was Lieutenant Colonel (Retd) Paul Foutaine who was an ex-84 Squadron member and son of the Squadron Chairman. His key message during his speech was for all the cadets to value the special membership in the 84 Squadron 'club' and the Air Training Corps as a whole. He spoke fondly of his time with the unit and his subsequent career in the Army which no doubt had been influenced by his time in the ATC.

After the speeches the main awards ceremony began with trophies for Academic Excellence, Aviation and the well-coveted Best Cadet award to name just a few. There were also presentations of promotion to Cadet Sergeant Dylan Chauhan and Cadet Corporal Jack Johnson.

In the days following the event the Squadron received a letter from Lt Col P Foutaine thanking them for the invitation saying "All the team clearly feel part of the special club that is 84....it was wonderful watching all the surprised faces on this year's winners - some very happy young people".

All the cadets are to be celebrated and commended on their achievements. As such, they all received a gift from the Squadron of personalised dog-tags to celebrate their involvement during the Corps' 75th Anniversary year.

For all the photos, please see the 84 Squadron Facebook page.

Written by Flight Lieutenant Rosie Robinson RAFVR(T), Officer Commanding.