WO Knights Receives the Certificate of Meritorious Service
The Countess of Euston presented the Lord Lieutenant’s Certificate of Meritorious Service to Warrant Officer Michael Knights from 432 (Woodbridge)Squadron at a ceremony on Wednesday 24th February, at the Army Reserve Centre in Ipswich.
The Awards Ceremony was hosted by the EA RFCA’s Major Keith Humphrey, CEO of Suffolk ACF. Guests included Wing families of award recipients and association members representing the Cadet Forces.
Warrant Officer Knights joined the Air Training Corps as a cadet reaching the rank of Cpl. Initially serving as a Civilian Instructor from 1 November 1991. He applied for and was successful in being appointed a Warrant Officer on 9 September 1992 and posted to 432 (Woodbridge) Squadron. WO Knights has continued to serve at 432 Squadron and is now the longest serving Warrant Officer in Norfolk and Suffolk Wing.
Warrant Officer Knights is a diligent and hardworking member of the Wing who carries out his duties effectively with the minimum of supervision. He is a keen shooter holding his RCO and weapons instructor tickets in addition to his interests in all things aviation. He has a keen interest in aircraft recognition an also holds a flying licence. He has participated in the Road marching training events in connection with WARMA and Nijmegen in addition to providing logistical support.
He has worked tirelessly for the benefit of the cadets within the Wing, often without public recognition and notably in the shooting arena, where he has trained cadets across the Wing as well as provided them with live firing opportunities over the years he has been an adult member of the Corps. In addition, his willingness to provide support and supervision to cadets from his own Squadron and from the Wing is admirable and very well received.
Wing Cross Country 2016
Cadets from 432 Woodbridge Sqn ATC took part in the Norfolk and Suffolk Wings Cross Country competition today held at RAF Barnham.
Competition against some 140 Cadets our 12 managed to take first prize in the Senior Boys, and with a 4th and 5th in the Youth Boys meant we won 1st place in the team event for their age group.
OC 432 Sqn Flt Lt Simon Turner said “it was great to see the cadets put in the effort to run round the course, and to win some medals for the Sqn too. A big well done to all those who took part.”
Sgt Luke Wood who came 1st in the Senior boys said “it has been a great day for the Sqn, and for me, and I look forward to competing in the region event for the Wing”.
Air Cadets 75th Anniversary Parade
Cadets from Ipswich, Manningtree, Woodbridge and Wattisham joined the squadron from Felixstowe as they paraded from Crescent Road to St John’s Church, while in Bury St Edmunds cadets from the town along with squadrons from Thurston, Stowmarket and Sudbury made their way from the Abbey Gardens to St Mary’s Church.
Flight Lieutenant Emma Dixon said: “It was a really well turned out parade. There was lots of support from the local community.
“We filled the church out and despite the cold weather it went very well.”
Flt Lt Dixon said around 100 cadets turned out to parade.
She added: “It was a very special occasion and the beginning of a year of celebrations.”
Wing commander David Miller said: “It was an extremely good turnout of cadets in our region and one that everyone watching was proud to have witnessed what was a fitting start to our 75th anniversary.”
Rowan Saunders, civilian instructor and squadron adjutant of Bury’s 301 Squadron, said: “It went very well.
“There was a great turnout of just under 150 cadets and all seemed to enjoy themselves.
“There was a good mix of people spectating – people who were there for the parade and tourists who stayed to watch.
“I spoke to one of them very new cadets, who joined us just before Christmas, said he was excited and that it was quite a moment for him to march through the centre of his home town.”
Woodbridge Sqn Presentation evening
432 Woodbridge Squadron recently held their Annual prize giving night at the Woodbridge Community centre. The event was attended by over one hundred people including Cadets, parents and special guests from the Norfolk and Suffolk Wing of the ATC, past cadets and officers of the squadron and the Woodbridge Town Mayor Councillor Josh Sayles.
It was a very successful evening and the displays and presentations gave the Cadets a great opportunity to show the parents and guests the huge range of activities, awards and events they had participated in during the previous 12 months. The Commanding Officer Flt Lt Simon Turner reflected on the year and said “I am extremely proud of the cadets, staff and committee for all there efforts in making another fully packed and successful twelve months including being presented with the Potters Community Cup for outstanding work in the community . In addition we have also had other great successes with cadets securing their gliding wings, representing the Wing in sports and also winning a number of awards for shooting. All this is in addition to the other activities in the local area and in Scotland.”
There were a number of awards for the cadets;
Adventure Training – Corporal Wood
Community – Cadet Keane
Sports – Cadet Fletcher
Shooting – Cpl Kay
Most promising cadet – Cadet Gubbins
Fieldcraft - Cadet Long
Flying - Flight Sergeant Page
Cadet of the year - Sergeant Risebrow
The Mayor of Woodbridge then went on to thank the Cadets for “their support to Woodbridge and the community” and went on to say “ I have seen the cadets at a number of events throughout the year looking smart and helping with the events such as the Woodbridge Carnival but would particularly thank them for their support at the Remembrance Day Parade. There is a huge range of opportunities for the Cadets and I wish the squadron every success in the coming year”