Forty Air Cadets drawn from four Herts & Bucks Wing ATC Squadrons recently had the honour of providing a route lining party at the RAF High Wycombe dining out night for Air Vice Marshall Mike Lloyd CBE RAF.
The Cadets, from 332 (High Wycombe), 871 (Penn), 1365 (Aylesbury), and 1811 (Marlow) Squadrons, supported by Wing Staff, gathered at RAF High Wycombe in their No 1 uniforms on a warm and sunny Thursday 19 June for their initial briefing.
The nature of the task was a surprise to the Cadets, who were incredibly excited to learn that they would be representing the whole of the Air Training Corps in the presence of a number of senior Army, Navy, and Air Force officers who had gathered for the occasion. The Air Force senior personnel present included the entire Air Training Corps upward chain of command: Air Chief Marshal Sir Andrew Pulford KCB CBE ADC RAF (Chief of the Air Staff); Air Marshall Barry North OBE RAF (Deputy Commander Capability & Air Member for Personnel and Capability); Air Vice Marshall Lloyd (Air Officer Commanding 22 (Training) Group); and Air Commodore Dawn McCafferty (Commandant Air Cadets).
Due to the relaxed nature of the event, all four senior officers took time to personally stop and talk to every single one of the Cadets lining the route up to the Officers Mess and ask about their Air Cadet careers. This act was greatly appreciated by the Cadets who were thrilled that senior officers were genuinely interested in their experiences.
Following the arrival of AVM Lloyd, the assembled guests gathered on the lawn to watch the flypast of an RAF Tutor and a Puma helicopter in honour of AVM Lloyd. The opportunity was also taken to present AVM Lloyd with a desk shield as a reminder and in appreciation of his association with the Air Cadet Organisation.
The final task for the Air Cadets was to form a guard from the lawn up to the door of the Officers mess, through which all of the assembled guests processed into dinner. Many of the officers congratulated the Cadets on their appearance and demeanour as they passed.
Following the task, Wing Commander Paul Mimpress RAFVR(T), OC Herts & Bucks Wing ATC, thanked the assembled Cadets and Staff for their attendance and said: “I am very proud of you all for your conduct this evening – on behalf of the whole of the ATC and, in particular Herts & Bucks Wing, you have upheld the finest traditions of the Air Cadets in full view of the senior staff of the RAF.”
Photo 1 – The Air Cadet route lining party in position
Photo 2 – ACM Sir Andrew Pulford chatting to one of the lining party
Photo 3 – AVM Lloyd arrives for his dining out night
Photo 4 – Presentation to AVM Lloyd
Photo 5 – The proud ATC team