215 (City of Swansea) Squadron's Crest

215 (City of Swansea) Squadron, Air Training Corps

The Air Training Corps Crest

' THE AWARDS ' 2006/2007

'The Most Promising Female Cadet for 2006/2007'
Sergeant Katie Ann Ray

'The Most Promising Male Cadet for 2006/2007'
Sergeant Jordan Prosser

'215 (City of Swansea) Squadron ATC
BEST CADET OF THE YEAR 2006/2007
Sergeant Sarah Theresa Elizabeth Flower

 

Australian Cadets present 215 with 'Award of Excellence'

Adult Sergeant Carol John (f) and Cadet Amy John recently visited Adelaide in Australia and spent a number of evenings
with one of the local Squadron's, No 605 (City of Onkaparinga) Squadron.

The OC of the Squadron was so impressed with the achievements of 215 that they presented a
special commemorative plaque.

'Flight Lieutenant Lorraine Flower Graduates in Style'

At a recent ceremony at the Brangwyn Hall, Swansea, Flt Lt Lorraine Flower
graduated with distinction in 'Business & Management'

' Perhaps the CO will let a professional run the Squadron now ! '

215 Say Goodbye to their President
Her Majesty's Lord Lieutenant Commodore Bob Hastie



Certificate of Merit from the High Sheriff of West Glamorgan 2007/2008 - Mr Martin Trainer



'In recognition of outstanding commitment demonstrated by the Squadron towards the benefit of
charitable organizations and the community'

215 (City of Swansea) Squadron Cadets and Staff were presented the 'very first'
Certificate of Merit from the Shrievalty Office for exemplary work within the Community.




'DARE 215 EXCEL'

 

AIR TRAINING CORPS SPORTS BLUE FOR 16 YEARS DEDICATION


Flight Lieutenant Lorraine Flower was presented with an honorary Corps Blue at the Air Training Corps
Netball Championships at RAF Cosford in January 2008.

She is pictured with her honorary Blue, which was framed by the Cadets of 215 and presented to her on
Friday 1st February 2008 in front of seventy five Cadets.

The Corps Blue recognizes over seventeen years exemplary commitment to sport for
No 3 Welsh Wing, the Wales and The West of England Region and ultimately
THE AIR TRAINING CORPS !

Her Majesty The Queen's Garden Party 2008

Flying Officer Paul Brannigan and Adult Sergeant Terri Brannigan (f) have been selected to attend
Her Majesty's Garden Party at Buckingham Palace on Tuesday 8th July 2008. This accolade rewards their exemplary commitment to the foundation and organization of Singleton Hospital Radio throughout the past twenty years as well as their outstanding service to the Air Training Corps.

Both individuals have been made honorary life members of Hospital radio
for their dedication and commitment.

Squadron Leader Len Protheroe is pictured presenting the Staff with their Official Invitation from
Her Majesty The Queen.

AIR TRAINING CORPS SALUTES WO Terry Bravin & ICWO Sophia John (f)

Commandant's Certificate of Good Service ~ 2008

The Commandant Air Cadets has honoured two of the Squadron's finest with the Cerrtificates of Good Service, which will be awarded in the near future.

Terry Bravin has over 17 years service with the Squadron and is an outstanding member of Staff and Sophia John (f) has set new standards within the past six months with promotion to her current rank,
Lord Lieutenant's Cadet award and IACE selection for the USA for 2008.

Well Done !!!!

44 Years Rewarded to outstanding 'Tate & Lyle Warrant Officer !

Warrant Officer Michael Frederick PRICE (ret'd) was awarded the Certificate for Long and Meritorious Service
from the Chief of the Air Staff ~ Air Chief Marshal Sir Michael Grayton GCB CBE FRAeS
at Royal Air Force Cranwell this year.

WELL DONE MIKE !

Flt Lt Thomas Sidney Fry (ret'd) awarded Commandants Commendation for Meritorious Service


The Commandants Certificate for Meritorious Service will be presented to Flt Lt Thomas Sidney Fry at the No3 WW Presentation Night, which will be held on Thursday 24th April 2007.

Sidney has 49 years Service in the Corps so far !

The High Commission Representatives of Australia and Canada
are welcomed to the City and County of Swansea ~ November 2006

Lt Col Louise Abel is welcomed by the Cadets of 215 who made her feel at home from the very start,
her official escort for the evening was Flt Lt Lorraine Flower.

Lt Cdr Jacques Olivier was also welcomed by the Cadets of 215 and given the VIP treatment for the evening,
his official escort for the evening was Flt Lt Lorraine Flower.


'Staff High Achievers Awarded for Exemplary Service'

The No 3 Welsh Wing Presentation Evening was the final engagement for Group Captain Kiggell before his retiremnt form the Corps after a long and distinguished service.

The Group Captain presented many awards to Cadets and Staff from the Wing, which included no less than ten awards for 215.

Garden Party on the horizon for Squadron's High Achievers

AWO Michael Price and ICWO Rhiannon Prosser (f) are attending a garden party at Buckingham Palace in July 2006 to commemorate their outstanding service to the Air Training Corps.

(More details and photos to follow)

Normandy Veterans Parade, Horse Guards, London.

ICWO Rhiannon Prosser (f) has been awarded the honour of carrying the South West Wales Normandy Veterans Standard at their National Parade at Horse Guards, London on Sunday 11th June 2006. She will be accompanied by I/Sgt Carly-Jayne Schuneman (f) who will escort the National Standard of the Association.

They will be the first female ATC Cadets in Great Britain to attend the Parade.

(More pictures and details to follow)


Cadets honoured with Millennium Stadium Tour for Winning the Lees Trophy



Cadets Play and Enjoy VIP Tour of the Millennium Stadium
July 2006



The Band enjoyed a VIP tour of the Millennium Stadium as well as playing for over 300 Army Cadet Officers, who attended their Annual Dinner.



The Cadets enjoyed a walk down the players tunnel onto the hallowed turf.

 

OC 215, The Adj and the Flowers - all of whom are nearing a joint service of 50 years in the Air Training Corps.

The Squadron has been invited to tour the 'Hallowed Home of Welsh Rugby' and also to play at a Special Army Cadet Force Function during their visit on Saturday 17th June 2006.

(More details and pictures to follow)

Cadets commended for outstanding achievement throughout the year 2005/2006

At the Lord Mayors Inauguration, held at the Brangwyn Hall, Swansea, former Lord Mayor, Councillor Mair Gibbs and the new Lord Mayor, Councillor Christopher Holley paid special tribute to the Cadets of '215', who have continued to set exemplary standards throughout the City & County of Swansea.

The Cadets performed VIP Guard of Honour duties, VIP Escort duties and Marshalling duties before enjoying this highly prestigious ceremony, which was also attended by our President and Lord Lieutenant , Commodore Hastie.

Her Majesty The Queen's Garden Party, Buckingham Palace - July 2006



Adult Warrant Officer and Mrs Michael Price and ICWO Rhiannon Prosser (f) will be attending this years garden party.
(Photos to follow after event)


Normandy Veterans Award Honorary Life Membership - November 2005

The Normandy Veterans Association of Swansea held their Annual Christmas Presentation Evening at the Pines Country Club,
where Lorraine Flower and ICWO Dan Thomas were invited as Chief Guests.

During the evening, Honorary Life Memberships were awarded to Flt Lt Lorraine Flower and ICWO Dan Thomas by the President, Mr Doug Gausden,
which recognised their outstanding support for the Branch and its Members.

 


Lord Mayor of the City and County of Swansea honours 'Lees Trophy Winners' for 2005
Saturday 3rd September 2005

The Lord Mayor of the City and County of Swansea, Councillor Mair Gibbs invited the Cadets and Staff of the Squadron to attend the Guildhall in Swansea,
where she had organized a Civic Reception to commemorate the Squadron's achievement of winning the 'Lees Trophy'.

The Lord Mayor also presented the Squadron with a unique cut glass memento from the City and County of Swansea, which depicted the
Cities Ceremonial Coat of Arms together with an inscription, which read, ' Presented to 215 (City of Swansea) Squadron by the City and County
of Swansea as recognition of their achievement as the Best Squadron in Great Britain 2005 '

 


RED ARROWS 'SALUTE' THE BEST SQUADRON IN GREAT BRITAIN 2005

The Red Arrows have presented the Squadron with a framed print to salute the Cadets 'Ultimate Achievement' in the Air Training Corps.

The Print is individually signed by all of the Red Arrow Pilots and also has a personal message of congratulations from 'Red 10', the Commanding Officer of the Red Arrows Display Team.

 


Her Majesty The Queen's Garden Party, Buckingham Palace -
21 July 2005



Adult Warrant Officer Terry Bravin, ICWO Louise Thomas (f), ICWO Barry Garnham and ICWO Daniel Thomas have all attended
Her Majesty The Queen's Garden Party at Buckingham Palace as a reward for their outstanding achievements as members of the Squadron
and also their commitment to the Community of the City and County of Swansea.

A superb day with excellent weather for the party from 215 to attend the Garden Party. Unfortunately for ICWO Daniel Thomas he had already flown
to Canada on the IACE visit two days before.

The Party stayed at RAF Uxbridge for the duration of the visit.

 


Lord Mayor of the City and County of Swansea to honour 'Lees Trophy Winners' 2005

The Lord Mayor, Councillor Mair Gibbs is to officially recognize the winning of the 'Lees Trophy' by the Cadets
and Staff of the
215(City of Swansea) Squadron with a VIP Lord Mayor's Civic Reception in September 2005.


ICWO Daniel Thomas represents Normandy Veterans of West Wales at
Horse Guards Parade in London - June 2005



The Normandy Veterans Association of Great Britain was approached by the West Wales Branch for special dispensation to be granted for
ICWO Daniel Thomas to parade the Branch Standard at the Association's Annual Parade at Horse Guards, London.

Thirty-Six Standards were paraded at Horse Guards with ICWO Daniel Thomas being the only Air Training Corps Cadet on parade.



Warrant Officer Terry Bravin escorted ICWO Thomas for the weekend, which was hosted by the West Wales Branch.

The Squadron would like to thank Mr Doug Gausden, President of the West Wales Branch for his outstanding support.

 


'SIMPLY THE BEST' - LEES TROPHY WINNERS 2004/2005

215 has just been awarded the coveted and extremely prestigious accolade of

'The Best Air Training Corps Squadron' in Great Britain.

What a year to win it when 'Wales' have won the Grand Slam for the first time in 27 years - Priceless

 

 

'Best Female Cadet' in No 3 Welsh Wing 2004/2005

Flight Sergeant Helen 'The Legend' Davies, has been awarded the accolade of 'Best Female Cadet' in No 3 Welsh Wing for the year 2004/2005. This outstanding achievement rewards her six years exemplary service within the Air Training Corps and recognizes her many accomplishments, such as: IACE Visit to Israel, Course Commander - Frimley Park, Moral Leadership Course, CSLA Award, Millennium Volunteers Award, Lord Lieutenant's Cadet, Tipper Drummer of Smartest Band in the Air Training Corps 2001,2002 and 2003 etc.

 

 

'Best Male Cadet' in No 3 Welsh Wing 2004/2005



Instructor Cadet Warrant Officer Daniel Thomas, has been awarded the accolade of 'Best Male Cadet' in No 3 Welsh Wing for the year 2004/2005. This outstanding achievement rewards his five years exemplary service within the Air Training Corps and recognizes his many accomplishments, such as: IACE Visit to Canada, Parachuting Course, Micro Light Course, CSLA Award and Instructor, Millennium Volunteers Award, Weapons Instructor and Coaching Course, Gold DOE, Gliding Scholarship etc

 

 

45 Years Exemplary Air Training Corps Service

To commemorate 45 years of exemplary service in the Air Training Corps, the Commandant Air Cadets, Air Commodore Chitty, presented Flight Lieutenant Thomas Sidney Fry RAFVR(T) (ret'd), with an original oil painting of a C130 Hercules flying over Worms Head on behalf of all the Cadets and Staff of the Squadron.

The painting also commemorates 70 Squadron's Flight at Fairwood Airport in June 2003, where all the Cadets and Staff were flown as a reward for winning the Lees Trophy in 2001.

 

 

DACRE SWORD 2003/2004 - Instructor Cadet Warrant Officer Barry Conrad Garnham

The Prestigious Award of the Dacre Sword was presented to ICWO Barry Garnham by Group Captain Phil Dacre for being the Best Male Cadet in the Air Training Corps. The Presentation took place at the Squadron Headquarters in January 2005 in the prescence of the Commandant Air Cadets, Air Commodore Chitty and Group Captain Kiggell, the Commandant of the Wales and the West of England Region.

Her Majesty's Lord Lieutenant Commodore RC Hastie and the High Sheriff of West Glamorgan, Mr Byron Lewis also attended this very high profile ceremony, which celebrated seven outstanding years of achievement, which included IACE visits to India & Canada, a Marine Society Training Ship Course, a Flying Scholarship, Gold DOE Award, 200 Hour Millennium Volunteers Award, Lord Lieutenants Cadet Award, Corps Champion at Discus and Javelin for three consecutive years, Cadet Leadership Course, Moral Leadership Course, Mk 8 Shooting Champion for Wales and the West of England Region for three consecutive years to name just a few accolades.

Police Constable Melanie Jayne Davies, who was the winner of the Dacre Brooch in 1996 whilst a Cadet Warrant Officer with 215 Squadron also attended the presentation evening. She was presented with the Dacre Brooch for being the Best Female Cadet in the Air Training Corps in 1996 by Group Captain Dacre at his very first presentation ceremony.

 


Royal British Legion, Swansea Branch Affiliation 2004

215 Squadron became the first Cadet Force to be affiliated to the Swansea Branch of the Royal British Legion in November 2004, which rewarded the Cadets exemplary support throughout the past 20 years. The Cadets have helped raise over £100,000 for the Branch and in the 2004/2005 appeal raised the largest amount by any Cadet Force in whole of Great Britain, raising over £27,000.

The Squadron Band is also affiliated to the Swansea Branch and the RBL Male and Female Standards are carried by 215 Cadets throughout the year.

To celebrate this immense honour the President, Colonel TL Prior DL and the Chairman, Mr Con Fehrman organised a Disco and Buffet for the Cadets to
celebrate their achievements.

 

Her Majesty The Queen's Garden Party, Buckingham Palace - June 2004

Flight Lieutenant Thomas Sidney Fry RAFVR(T) (ret'd) and his wife, Mrs Marjorie Fry, were invited to attend Her Majesty The Queen's Garden Party, which took place at Buckingham Palace in June 2004. Their invitation recognized Flight Lieutenant Fry's 45 years of exemplary service within the Air Training Corps and also his 75th Birthday, which he celebrated in 2004.

 


70 Squadron, RAF Lyneham Pay Tribute to the Lees Trophy Winners of 2001

As a reward for winning the Lees Trophy in 2001, all the Cadets and Staff were flown in a C130 Hercules Transport Aircraft from their Local Airport at Fairwood, Swansea.

2001 was a very special year to win the ultimate accolade in the Air Training Corps as it was the 60th Anniversary or the Formation of the Air training Corps and
the Golden Jubilee Presentation of the Trophy.


 

'HIGH ACHIEVERS' Meet Her Majesty The Queen - Margam Park 2002

Members of 215 (City of Swansea) Squadron were invited to meet Her Majesty The Queen at the Orangery, Margam Park, Port Talbot in June 2002, as a reward for their outstanding successes within the Community of South Wales.

The Four Cadets: Flight Sergeant Louise Thomas, Flight Sergeant Rachel Ace, Flight Sergeant Emma Neville and Cadet Warrant Officer Barry Garnham were accompanied by Flight Lieutenant Lorraine Flower and Flight Lieutenant Sidney Fry.

The party also had the honour of meeting the Duke of Edinburgh, who discussed the Squadron's Achievements with the Cadets and Staff.

 

 

Grant of the Dignity of an Ordinary Member of the Military Division
of the Order of the British Empire



Officer Commanding 215 (City of Swansea) Squadron ATC

Flight Lieutenant Phillip Charles Flower
Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve (Training)
15th June 2002


 

'SIMPLY THE BEST' - LEES TROPHY WINNERS 2000/2001

The Lees Trophy was won in the 60th Anniversary Year of the Formation of the Air Training Corps and

the Golden Jubilee Presentation of the Trophy.

215 (City of Swansea) Squadron wins the coveted 'Lees Trophy' as the 'Best Squadron In The Air Training Corps' after a breathtaking year of achievement.

Commandant Air Cadets, Air Commodore Kennedy presented the Squadron with the Lees Trophy.



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DACRE BROOCH 1996/1997 - Cadet Warrant Officer Melanie Jayne Davies (f)

 

 

The Prestigious Award of the Dacre Brooch was presented to Cadet Warrant Officer Melanie Jayne Davies by Group Captain Phil Dacre, for being the Best Female Cadet in the Air Training Corps in 1996. The Prestigious Award Ceremony was attended by the Commandant Air Cadets, Air Commodore Ford and Group Captain Kiggell, the Commandant for the Wales and the West of England Region.

Melanie's outstanding seven year career included such honours as an IACE visit to Australia, the award of a GI Glider Pilot Qualification, a Hang Gliding Course, a Micro Light Course, a Lord Lieutenant's Cadet Award, RAF Germany and RAF Cyprus Overseas Camps, to name just a few.

Melanie is now a serving Police Officer with the South Wales Police and is an active member of the Squadron's Civilian Committee.

History of the Dacre Sword and Dacre Brooch

Mrs Elizabeth Dacre MBE TD JP presented the Dacre Sword to the Corps in memory of her late husband, Air Commodore GB Dacre CBE DSO DL RAF, which is presented annually to the Best Male Cadet in Great Britain.

When girls joined the Air Training Corps in 1982, Mrs Dacre then donated the Dacre Brooch to the Air Training Corps, which is presented to the Best Female Cadet in the Corps.

The original awards are on permanent display at HQ Air Cadets, RAFC Cranwell, while the miniatures are loabed to the winner's Regional or Wing HQ for general display.

 

 

Grant of the Dignity of an Ordinary Member of the Military Division
of the Order of the British Empire



Officer Commanding 215 (City of Swansea) Squadron ATC

Squadron Leader David Thomas Edmunds
Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve (Training)
15th June 1979

History

Flight Lieutenant at 215 Squadron - 1968 to 1972
Squadron Leader and OC 215 Squadron - 1972 to 1982
Squadron Leader Wing Staff No 3 Welsh Wing - 1982 to 1985
Wing Commander No 3 Welsh Wing - 1985 to 1995
Chairman No 3 Welsh Wing & President No 3 Welsh Wing Sports Council - 1995 to present day


Grant of the Dignity of an Ordinary Member of the Military Division
of the Order of the British Empire



Officer Commanding 215 (City of Swansea) Squadron ATC

Squadron Leader Kenneth George Davies
Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve (Training)
15th June 1990

History

Squadron Leader and OC 215 Squadron - 1959 to 1972


 

'SIMPLY THE BEST' - LEES TROPHY WINNERS 1969/1970

215 (City of Swansea) Squadron wins the coveted 'Lees Trophy' as the 'Best Squadron In The Air Training Corps' for the first time in the Squadron's history.

 

 


British Empire Medal

Civilian Instructor with of 215 (City of Swansea) Squadron ATC

Mr Jack Hall
Awarded for Services to the Air Training Corps
8th June1969



British Empire Medal

Chair Person of Ladies Committee of 215 (City of Swansea) Squadron ATC

Mrs Florrie Evans
Awarded for Services to the Air Training Corps
8th June1962


   
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