I have been involved with the Air Cadets since the age of 14 when I joined as a cadet. l enjoyed many wonderful years as a cadet after which I moved on to be a civilian instructor, before being awarded a commission in the Royal Air Force Air Cadets in 2003. I have been the commanding officer at 1249 (Dereham) Squadron since 2010 and in my ‘civilian’ life I work as a Community Development Officer for a charity called Community Action Norfolk.
I have had many highlights over the years, including visiting Buckingham Palace as part of the RAF 100 celebrations, flying in RAF helicopters, and leading my squadron to be nominated as the Best Squadron in Central & East region in 2017.
I would encourage anyone to get involved as a volunteer with the Air Cadets. This organisation has a huge amount to offer people from the most amazing experiences to meaningful qualifications that can support your career, and most importantly the chance to make a huge difference to the lives of young people in your community. The role of being a Royal Air Force Air Cadets Officer is sometimes challenging and you hold a lot of responsibility, but the rewards and the sense of achievement far out way the hard work, and to be able to see our cadets grow into fine young people who are such a credit to our society is truly amazing.
The Air Cadets is a massive part of my life, (so much so I met my husband there!) and I feel honoured and privileged to have worked with so many wonderful young people and adult volunteers over the years.