Officer Cadet Chris
In the hillsides and in the vales from Cowbridge to
Aberystwyth, shouts of “Well done Officer Cadet
Chris Lewis!” are re-sounding, loud and clear.
Staff and cadets of No3 Welsh Wing of the Royal
Cadets are enthusiastically congratulating Chris
Lewis, who has been selected for a Queen’s
commission in the Royal Air Force Volunteer
Reserve (Training) branch after a successful
board at RAF College Cranwell’s Officer Aircrew
Selection Centre in Lincolnshire.
Chris, a volunteer instructor with 2117 (Kenfig Hill)
Squadron, is the first adult in the Wing to successfully
complete the new selection procedures. These measures
were introduced last year to bring the Air Cadet
Organisation into line with those arrangements used by
the parent organization, the Royal Air Force. Pilot
Officer Rhys Thomas of 293 (Cowbridge) Squadron, who was
the last officer in the Wing to be commissioned under
the old arrangements said, “This is a first for No3
Welsh Wing, so now Chris can share his secrets on how
it's done! Massive congratulations to Chris.” Already
other aspirants for a Queen’s commission are queuing up
to ask Chris to share his experiences and to give them
the benefit of his wisdom.
Chris joined the Air Cadets as a fourteen year old with
275 (Nantyglo and Blaina) squadron. As an adult, on
walking past the recruitment stand at the Swansea
airshow in 2011, he remembered the fun he had had as a
cadet. He asked for an application form to become an
adult volunteer and he applied to join the staff of 2117
(Kenfig Hill) squadron.
His other duties on the
squadron include such as matters as making visits to RAF
stations, attending annual camp, and taking part in
other exciting adventure training opportunities, and
undertaking skills development in a number of areas.
Last year Chris was asked to consider a uniformed
role, with the suggestion being that he should apply to
become a commissioned officer.
was offered more roles in the squadron, and having
successfully completed a number of training courses, he
was selected to attend a board at the Officer Aircrew
Selection Centre, which he did last December.
Chris told your correspondent, “I was fortunate enough
to be in a position with my full time employer to be
able to attend every Squadron parade night. After a
short time I was asked to become Health Safety and
Environment Officer for the squadron. I had always
enjoyed hiking and I joined the Basic Expedition
Leadership course too. This course is designed to enable
senior cadets and adult staff to achieve a nationally
recognised qualification, and provides certification for
leading cadets on day walks and expeditions.”
Having always being interested in the RAF, Chris is
absolutely delighted and proud to be a representative of
the Royal Air Force, the Air Cadets, No3 Welsh Wing and
especially of 2117 (Kenfig Hill) Squadron. He hopes to
be an inspiration for others looking for similar
responsibilities and excitement.
Article kindly supplied by: Flt Lt S
Morgan (RETD) - Deputy Wing MCO
Pictures kindly supplied
by: 2117 (Kenfig Hill) Squadron