Attainments marked at squadron’s final parade

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Air Training and Cadet Corps No 28 Squadron Gore celebrated the year’s achievements at its final parade for 2017.

Awards and promotions were also announced at the parade, which was held at the Gore RSA on Wednesday.

Squadron Leader Lindsay Young said the final parade went well.

“Overall, it was good,” Sqn Ldr Young said.

He was pleased with the turnout.

“There were about 50 people there.”

The parade started with a drill outside, then the awards were given out in the Gore RSA function room, Sqn Ldr Young said.

Promotions in rank were also announced, he said.

Moving up . Flying Officer Mike Buick Turnbull (left) and Pilot Officer Shane Mulqueen present Ricky Young (18) with his under-officer stripes. PHOTO: LAURA SHIPLEY

Warrant Officer Ricky Young (18) was promoted to under officer, Sqn Ldr Young said.

“It [promotion to under officer] is a major goal for them.”

Under officer was the highest rank a cadet could achieve, Sqn Ldr Young said.

“They have to go through four or five years of courses.”

UO Young put in a lot of work, Sqn Ldr Young said.

“It’s highly recommended. I have only had four or five under officer promotions in my unit in the 20 years I have been there.”

Inspection .. Gore Mayor Tracy Hicks (second from right) and Squadron Leader Lindsay Young inspect the cadets. PHOTO: LAURA SHIPLEY

Corporal Emma Meikle (16) was awarded the RSA Flying Scholarship, he said.

The $1500 scholarship, run in conjunction with the Gore Aero Club, was to be put towards flying lessons, Sqn Ldr Young said.

“It is handed out every year.”

The scholarship winner was decided after the annual flying camp at Taieri Airfield, Sqn Ldr Young said.

“I sat down with the instructors after the camp and they decided who to give it to.”

All the cadets had done well this year.

“They worked hard towards their goals and achievements.”