Number 3 Welsh Wing Presentation Evening - Headquarters No 3 Welsh Wing - 10th May 2013

Presentation Evening_________________________

Wg Cdr Mike Stones, The Officer Commanding No3 Welsh Wing of the Royal Air Force Air Cadets, welcomed distinguished and honourable guests, parents, wing and squadron staff, and cadets to the annual awards ceremony on 10 May 2013.  

This prestigious event was held in the presence of The Honourable Robin Lewis OBE DL, Lord Lieutenant of Dyfed; Mrs Madeleine Moon, Member of Parliament for Bridgend and Member of the House of Commons Defence Select Committee; Air Officer for Wales, Air Commodore R Adrian "Dai" Williams OBE; two Deputy Lord Lieutenants of Glamorgan; Member of the Air Cadet Council, Regional and Wing Chairman, Flt Lt Andrew Maund retd; and No3 Welsh Wing Vice-President and former Officer Commanding No3 Welsh Wing, Wg Cdr Robert "Bob" Wilson retd.

Wg Cdr Stones was pleased to announce that, "2012 has seen many achievements across a wide range of activities throughout the wing and this reflects well on the scope and diversity offered throughout the Corps.  This ceremony celebrates the achievement of our wonderful cadet and dedicated staff cadre."

Impressively, over 120 awards were made during the ceremony that was held at West Cross in Swansea. 

Awards were made for sporting prowess; for major achievements in the onerous Nijmegen Marches held annually in The Netherlands; for adventure training; for success in the Duke of Edinburgh Awards Scheme; for open water diving achievements; for media communications; for shooting; for aircraft recognition; for aero modelling; for first aid, and for drill.

The evening saw the award of seven Wing Commander's Commendations; seven No3 Welsh Wing Awards of Excellence; twelve Regional Commandant's Commendations; five Commandant's Certificates for Good Service; and extra-ordinarily three Commandant's Commendations for Meritorious Service.

The finale of the ceremony was the award of seven Cadet Forces Medals and clasps.  Amazingly Sqn Ldr Len Protheroe was awarded his 4th clasp to the Cadet Forces Medal and the Gold Rosette.  Sqn Ldr Protheroe has served for almost 40 years as an adult volunteer with the Corps.  Exceptionally he is soon to qualify for his 5th clasp.

The most improved squadron in the Wing is 293 (Cowbridge) squadron (see photo), under the command of Flt Lt Dave Palmer.  Dave Palmer also received the 1st clasp to his Cadet Forces Medal.

Cadet Sgt K Flower of 215 (City of Swansea) Squadron received awards for the Best Sporting Female cadet and as No3 Welsh Wing Small Bore shooting champion (see photo).

360 (Llwchwr) Squadron in Gorseinon won a number of major awards, and was the deemed the best squadron in No3 Welsh Wing during 2012.


The programme of the evening can be found here, for download via PDF.

Award Information kindly supplied by: Flt Lt Stuart Morgan RAF VR(T) retd

Photographs by: Flt Lt Stuart Morgan RAF VR(T) retd & SGT (ATC) Phillip Walker

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