Buckinghamshire Air Training Corps Citations
Thursday 1st November 2012 saw the annual investiture of the Lord Lieutenants Cadets and the presentations of Reserve Forces Commendations for Buckinghamshire.
Each year a cadet is appointed from the Air Training Corps in order to assist the Lord Lieutenant at a variety of Royal and civic functions held throughout the county.
This year’s presentations were again held at the Oculus AVDC Chambers, Aylesbury.
The badges of office and commendation being presented by Sir Henry Aubrey-Fletcher, Bt DL.
Herts & Bucks Wing member who received a Lord Lieutenants Commendation was –
Flight Lieutenant Ray ROSSITER RAFVR(T) – OC 2532 (Milton Keynes) Sqn
The Bucks ATC Lord Lieutenants cadet representative for 2012/13 was awarded to Cadet Warrant Officer Alex FINDLOW of 871 Penn Sqn with a belated award being presented to Cadet Flight Sergeant Rebecca DAVIES of 1365 (Aylesbury) Sqn who was the nominated cadet during the busy year of 2012 at various Queens Diamond Jubilee functions.
After the Commendation Ceremony, Squadron Leader Davies said:
“It is worthy that our staff members are honoured for the large amount of work that they complete throughout the year, much of this work goes un-noticed and without any formal recognition. Without the work that they do, be it with administration, teaching, leadership, sports or expedition training, we as an organisation would not be so successful and provide the great opportunities that we do for our young cadets. The certificates of merit for staff and the badges of office for the cadets are a fitting tribute to their many years of dedicated service to the Corps”.
Flight Lieutenant Ray ROSSITER RAFVR(T)
Ray’s association with the ‘blue’ uniform has been since he joined the Air Training Corps as a cadet at the age of 13 years and 3 months in 1963, a truly amazing 49 years.
He enlisted into the Royal Air Force in 1967 and served at various units within the UK together with three overseas tours, namely Germany twice and a 12 month tour in Goose Bay Canada. He duly rose to the Senior NCO Rank of Chief Technician.
Whilst in the RAF, Ray was responsible for various projects which included team leader on the Puma fleet modification in preparation for Gulf War 1and project managed the relocation of the Electrical Training Sqn from RAF Halton to RAF Cosford. Whilst serving at RAF Halton, he filled the role of Deputy Air Cadet Liaison Officer for 4 years, during which he relocated the ATC camp accommodation to an improved block with better facilities. He continued his support for the Cadet Organisation as an RAF service helper when his daughter joined 610 Chester Sqn in 1989. He then later moved to 2409 Halton Sqn upon posting and then onto 2457 Tring Sqn.
F/L Rossiter’s commitment to the Air Cadet organisation over a great many years is truly commendable. He is a highly motivated, committed, friendly person who is eager to assist where and when he can and is willing to step up to the mark and to take on the extra responsibility as Officer Commanding. He is a great source of military information gained through his many life experiences and gives sound and solid advice when called upon
Air Training Corps group photo with Flt Lt Ray Rossiter holding his certificate.
Cadet Warrant Officer Alex FINDLOW – 871 (Penn) Sqn
CWO Findlow is currently the Best Male Cadet in Herts & Bucks Wing. The road to this significant achievement has not always been an easy one and is a real testament to his determination, effort and commitment to the aims and ideals of the Air Training Corps.
Always striving for success, CWO Findlow led the squadron to victory in two of the three major Wing competitions of 2011 and narrowly missed victory in the third. These results are a tribute to the leadership, skill and energy of CWO Findlow and he can be justifiably proud of his role.
Having been selected for prestigious Junior Leaders course in September 2011, he graduated in April 2012 with a continued desire to join the armed forces. His other achievements in shooting, paragliding, fieldcraft, drill and other areas – in addition to his excellent performance on the Junior Leaders course – all speak well of his ability to succeed in a military career.
CWO Findlow is a truly outstanding cadet and is the very embodiment of what the ATC looks for in its most senior cadet leaders. Herts & Bucks Wing is therefore proud to nominate CWO Findlow as Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant’s Cadet for Buckinghamshire.
CWO Alex Findlow and FS Rebecca Davies.
Cadet Flight Sergeant Rebecca DAVIES – 1365 (Aylesbury) Sqn
Cadet FS Davies is currently the senior female cadet on 1365 (Aylesbury) Squadron and reaches the culmination of her cadet career in January 2012 when she will become an adult Civilian Instructor.
Having left the Aylesbury High School, she regularly returns to the Squadron from Bristol University where she is in her second year studying Forensic Biology.
FS Davies has attended 7 annual camps during her career both in the UK and at RAF Akrotiri, Cyprus and RAF Gibraltar. She was judged as the Best Cadet at RAF Waddington in 2009 and was the Best Cadet NCO at RAF Valley in 2012 where she was rewarded with an hour flight in a Hawk T Mk1 jet.
Upon completion of her initial glider training at RAF Halton in September 2009, she was selected to continue as a flight staff cadet and gained further flying training to advanced level including 5 further solo flights. Continuing her love of flying, she was one of only four cadets selected from the Herts & Bucks Wing in July 2011 for a flying scholarship at Tayside Aviation, Dundee. There she undertook training on the Grob 119 Heron light aircraft and soloed within 10 hours on the aircraft type. She underwent further flying training and was the only cadet from the Wing to be selected for the pilot navigation scheme at Boscombe Down. In August 2012 she completed 8, navigation and cross country exercises on the Tutor aircraft and was again successful.
Cadet FS Davies is an outstanding cadet who has achieved a great deal during her long and illustrious career. She is a friendly, committed and mature young lady who was a worthy nomination and replacement as Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant’s Cadet for Buckinghamshire earlier this year. She represented the Corps at the Henley Business School for the visit of Her Majesty The Queen and His Royal Highness the Duke of Edinburgh
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