Tro­phy for ATC squadron

Stratford Press - - News - By ILONA HANNE

Strat­ford’s No 48 Squadron Air Train­ing Corps has been awarded a na­tional hon­our.

The unit has been named the 2018 re­cip­i­ent of the New Zealand Cadet Forces na­tional tro­phy for en­deav­our, the MacPher­son tro­phy.

The tro­phy is pre­sented an­nu­ally to the ATC unit which has made the great­est im­prove­ment in ef­fi­ciency and per­for­mance de­spite min­i­mal ameni­ties.

In his let­ter to Strat­ford cadet unit com­man­der Flight Lieu­tenant Sharon Clarke, Lieu­tenant Colonel Grant Mor­ris, com­man­dant of the New Zealand Cadet Forces, says the award also recog­nises the strong re­la­tion­ship No 48 Squadron has de­vel­oped with the Strat­ford com­mu­nity.

“This year, the tro­phy recog­nises the over­all im­prove­ment and main­te­nances in your unit’s per­for­mance, and the work that has oc­curred on the fa­cil­i­ties utilised by No 48 Squadron over the last year. It has been par­tic­u­larly pleas­ing to note the in­crease in cadet num­bers and the strong re­la­tion­ship that you have de­vel­oped with the Strat­ford com­mu­nity”.

Cadets from the unit are of­ten seen vol­un­teer­ing at lo­cal com­mu­nity events.

Sharon says re­ceiv­ing the award is “awe­some”, ad­ding it’s the ic­ing on the cake af­ter 13 months of hard work.

“I’m a very happy unit com­man­der right now.”

The nom­i­na­tion iden­ti­fies the unit’s chal­lenges, with the tran­sient na­ture of the sur­round­ing com­mu­nity af­fect­ing cadet num­bers.

“48 Squadron has come through some try­ing times over the last 13 months, where lesser squadrons would have had dif­fi­cul­ties with what had hap­pened and may have gone down the route of re­cess­ing the unit.” The Squadron wel­comes new mem­bers and meets at the ATC train­ing hall on Tues­day from 6.30pm, term time.

Mem­bers of the No 48 Squadron Air Train­ing Corps at a re­cent camp.

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