181 (City of Gloucester) Air Training Squadron, Air Training Corps
On 5 July 2017, the squadron become the first to be formally adopted by our branch. The adoption recognises the mutual benefit to both organisations cementing closer ties for the future. The certificate was presented to the Squadron OC, Flt Lt Dave Middleton by our branch chairman, Mr Ian Beaton who also presented Wings Collection certificates. Lorraine, our Wings Collection Organiser was in attendance and Ray, in his capacity of Branch ATC Liasion and 181 Sqn Civilian Committee member introduced our branch chairman and gave a brief on the purpose of the adoption and the benefits of supporting the Wings Appeal.
Adoption certificate presentation
Three of the cadets who were presented with Wings Collection certificates
RAFA member, Group Captain (Retd) Peter Hodcroft accepting the Squadron Presidency certificate.
The Squadron is one of the oldest squadrons in the corps having been incorporated in 1941; the Air Training Corps first year.
The squadron has cadet members from all over the city and have over 30 cadets on role. The cadets enjoy a wide range of activities including flying, gliding, shooting, Duke of Edinburgh's award and model making as well as the opportunity to progress through classification exams and develop leadership skills through cadet NCO ranks within the structure of a uniformed cadet force.