On Saturday 19th October, Vale of White Horse District Council held the ‘Chairman’s Community Awards’ to recognise and celebrate the achievements of individuals across the district for their efforts and success. Flt Lt Joan Smith, OC 2121 (Abingdon) Squadron attend the celebrations after been nominated for an award for her commitment and contribution with the squadron based in Abingdon.
Quoting the nomination “Flt Lt Smith and her cadets regularly help out at Public and Community Events in the area (many on an annual basis) and include the following: Abingdon Airshow, Dragon Boat Racing, the annual Abingdon Mayor Making Ceremony, Abingdon Clubs and Societies Day, Abingdon Fun/Music in the Park, Abingdon Horse Show, Abingdon Marathon, Abingdon Christmas lights and other events.
Flt Lt Smith runs a busy and vibrant Cadet Unit, whose numbers have remained steady at around 30 cadets (aged 13-20 yrs) and is assisted by about 10 volunteer staff. The unit meets on 2 evenings per week and there are also many weekend activities. Flt Lt Smith delivers a varied, interesting and exciting programme to the male and female cadets which includes; flying (at RAF Benson), gliding at Abingdon Airfield, fieldcraft, adventure training (including Duke of Edinburgh Awards), shooting, leadership training, project work and aviation and military knowledge and skills.”
Congratulations to Flt Lt Smith and all the staff at 2121 (Abingdon) Squadron and the continued success at the squadron to ensure cadets are achieving the full cadet experience.