Commandant Air Cadets Weekly Updates

18th March Update______________________________________________________________________________
Last week was comparatively quiet but still lots to tell you about. For once, I had 3 days in a row in my office at Cranwell so I was able to catch up with some paperwork and spend some time with the HQ staff. 

We held a series of meetings to discuss the state of our non-public fund, the General Purpose Fund that helps support ATC cadet welfare and sport. It's in pretty good shape but the Trus
tees have just initiated some work to determine what our priorities should be for expenditure over the next few years. What do you think we should spend any spare funds on?

During the week, we held a dinner to bid farewell to Gp Capt Brett Morrell who has been Reg Comdt Central and East for almost 5 years. We wish him a long and happy retirement when he leaves the Corps at the end of March.

Later in the week I was privileged to be a guest for dinner with Air Marshal Sir Andy Pulford, currently the Air Member for Personnel but soon to be the next Chief of the Air Staff. It was good to chat with him and fellow guests about plans for the future of the Corps and I am delighted to report that both he and his successor, Air Marshal North, are great supporters of air cadets.

On Sunday, I travelled to RAF Halton to see the CCF (RAF) finals in the annual Air Squadron Trophy.
It was a great day and the standard was very high indeed, with Dulwich College declared worthy winners at the end of the day. As overall winners, their prize is to spend a day at the Shuttleworth Collection, accompanied by the schools that secured 2nd and 3rd places, and hosted by the Air Squadron members who sponsor this competition.
The week was rounded off with a real treat. I went to see a concert by the Military Wives Choirs at St. Albans, supported by none other than our very own Banghra dancers from 1846 (Southall) Sqn. 
They were fantastic and such great ambassadors for the Corps, demonstrating our diversity, teamwork and skill for all to see. I was able to meet the cadets and volunteers in the interval and it was evident just how much they were enjoying this very special opportunity. Well done to all the cadets involved in this amazing experience.
Air Cdre Dawn McCafferty
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