A number of cadets attended the Royal British Legion Awards on Thursday 26 May. Having been thoroughly grilled by members of the RBL a few weeks previously, FS Ewers and Cpl Godfrey were aware that they were contenders for Cadet of the Year. In the end, because of the high standard, the judges couldn’t decide who should get the Cadet of the Year award, so it was presented jointly to FS Ewers and Cpl Godfrey for services to the community and 966 Squadron. Various other awards were presented to members of the Legion and the Army Cadet Force. Congratulations to both for an outstanding performance!
Following the awards there were two presentations by Flt Lts from RAF Benson. The first presentation was by a Puma helicopter pilot who described the helicopter, the role it played in Iraq and the way training is carried out in Kenya. He also said the Puma was being updated as it is 40 years old this year and interestingly he informed us the original Puma engine type is the same as used in the original French high speed train.
The second presentation was by a Merlin pilot who focused on the differences between the Merlin and the Puma. These were mainly in technology as the Merlin is only 10 years old. He then went on to describe the many different roles the helicopter plays in Afghanistan. He finished with a film of a typical day of a Merlin helicopter pilot in Afghanistan.
After the presentations there was a buffet put on by the RBL during which a number of air cadets took the opportunity to question the two helicopter pilots about their jobs.
Finally, the Chairman thanked the air cadets for coming to the presentation and congratulated them on their smart turnout.
By Cpl Evans & Off Cdt Lee