BY SIMON KNYVETT
Gore’s own 28 Squadron, Air Training Corps has been awarded national honours.
The unit will be awarded the New Zealand Cadet Forces national trophy for endeavour, the MacPherson trophy, for 2016, by Mayor Tracy Hicks at the community awards today.
Squadron leader Lindsay Young said the unit was judged nationally among Air Training Corps squadrons.
The trophy is awarded to the squadron that makes the greatest improvement in its efficiency and performance while building its relationship in the community.
“The trophy really shows the rate of improvement from the unit throughout the year, and we are proud of how far they have come in comparison with other South Island towns,” Mr Young said.
It is the second time the 28 Squadron has been recognised with the award, which showed the dedication of the officers and cadets to improve the unit, and its links with with the Gore community.
The unit often volunteers at local events and civic occasions in the region.
Through offering training and experiences that translate to NZQA Unit Standards, the 28 Squadron has built on its reputation for youth development in Gore.
The group has ensured its members develop real skills to be successful within the community.
Fellow squadron leader Evan Madden said the unit’s improvement is shown by the fact it was the only air training corps combined with army corps in the country that he was aware of.
At present, the group was on the lookout for an army corps officer.
The 28 Squadron parades every Wednesday night during the school term at the Gore Round Table Hall, Mersey St.