Historic Squadron has a bright future

146 (Northwich) Sqn ATC

It has been a busy year at 146 (Northwich) Squadron ATC. Not only have the staff and cadets enjoyed the numerous events and activities involved in being a member of the Air Training Corps, but have also seen, and celebrated in style, the 75th Anniversary of the squadron which was formed in June 1939 as an ADCC (Air Defense Cadet Corp) unit.

Whilst the past was rightly celebrated, the squadron continues to look to the future, with the recent promotions of four of the future leaders of the unit. All three were previously cadets themselves.

Pilot Officer Martin Moores RAFVR(T), 27, and Pilot Officer Sarah Ross RAFVR(T), 25, are from Barnton.  Both became Civilian Instructors at the squadron after 7 years of being cadets. After being successful with the selection process they then received their Commissions from RAF Cranwell in June. Although part of the RAF Volunteer Reserve, the selection process is the same as the regular RAF.

Martin said: “We are extremely proud and delighted to have been awarded commissions”. Sarah added: “It was a daunting process. Although we have both been involved with the Air Training Corps for many years, the interviews and tests are really tough and standards are very high”.

146 also welcomed Sgt Ian Quayle of Northwich and Sgt Louise Carroll of Barnton, also former cadets, who have both been accepted as adult Sergeants, non-commissioned officers.

The Commanding Officer of 146 Squadron, Sqn Ldr Paul Thompson, RAFVR(T) said: “It is extremely satisfying to welcome ex-cadets back as staff members. They recognise what they achieved and the opportunities they were given during their time as a cadet and now they want to give something back. 146 has benefited thousands of young people in Northwich over the last 75 years – and with continued support from adult staff, some of which are ex-cadets, this will continue for many more years to come.”

For further details of 146 Squadron, Air Training Corps, go to their website www.theaircadets.org or call in and speak to one of the staff team, who will be delighted to give you more information. Parades are Tuesday & Friday evenings from 7pm until 9.30pm.


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