At the recent wing swimming event, it wasn't just the cadet's achievements that were recognised, but also one member of 2418's staff team. Warrant Officer(WO) Martin Bates joined 2418 in 1991, totalling an incredible 27 years of service to the Royal Air Force Air Cadets! (RAFAC).
Throughout that time, WO Bates has been on numerous camps and courses including: 26 visits to the wing annual camp at MOD Swynnerton, 3 overseas camps to the RAF's HQ in Germany, a variety of blues camps to RAF stations such as RAF Lossiemouth and RAF Northolt, 16 visits to the two RAFAC adventure training sites at Windermere and Fairbourne as well as being a qualified Basic Expedition Leader and Duke of Edinburgh's award assessor. On the squadron, WO Bates takes on the role of the Squadron Warrant Officer, responsible for drill and discipline. The WO has become infamous for his stern warnings on the length of haircuts, ensuring the squadron always look their best!
In recognition of his service, Commandant Air Cadets Air Commodore McCafferty awarded WO Bates a certificate of meritorious service, presented to him by OC South and East Midlands wing, Wing Commander Pass.
On behalf of the squadron, congratulations Sir, and thank you for all the commitment, time and hard work you have put into the squadron over the past 27 years!