The Lord Lieutenant of East Sussex Mr Peter Field and the Mayor of Hailsham, Cllr Jo Bentley were guests of honour at the 249 Hailsham Millennium Squadron’s Annual Awards Presentation Evening on July 3.
They handed out awards to cadets who have worked hard to achieve goals throughout the year.
Other guests of honour included Wing Cdr Kevin Tucker, the officer commanding the Sussex Wing, former Commanding Officers of the 249 Squadron and representatives from the Royal British Legion and Royal Air Forces Association local branches.
Squadron Commanding Officer Flight Officer Craig Thomson hosted the presentation.
Cadets were presented with a wide range of awards, including those for Best Cadet, Most Improved Cadet, Best Flight, Best Attendance Record, as well as trophies for community service and fundraising activities.
Cllr Jo Bentley, who is the Vice-President of the Squadron, presented the trophy for Best Sports Flight to Cpl O’ Callaghan of Tempest Flight and the award for Most Improved Cadet, which went to Bethany Moreton.
Cllr Bentley commended award winners, parents and everyone involved in the Squadron.
She said: “Congratulations to the very deserving winners of this year’s Cadet Awards. Every year, the hard work of cadets is recognised with such awards and this year is no exception.
“The awards presentation evening was an excellent opportunity for existing cadets to show parents and other invited guests what they have achieved during the past year, what they get up to on parade evenings and the role the 249 Squadron plays in assisting young people towards responsible adulthood through learning new skills and developing self-confidence.
“I was delighted to be part of the presentation and meet all those who are involved in the 249 Millennium Squadron. It is such a valuable organisation to have in the local community, offering worthwhile activities and exciting opportunities for young people to get involved with.
“I look forward to the continued development of the Squadron in years to come.”
In his opening speech, Squadron Commanding Officer Flight Lieutenant Craig Thomson said: “I am proud to command such an enthusiastic and dedicated group of staff and cadets who are a credit to themselves, their families, their Squadron and their community.”