Success for Fareham Air Cadets in regional drill competition

WINNERS The Royal Air Force Air Cadets from 1350 (Fareham & District) Squadron
WINNERS The Royal Air Force Air Cadets from 1350 (Fareham & District) Squadron

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Fareham Air Cadets have enjoyed success in the south-west regional foot drill contest.

The 16 Royal Air Force Air Cadets from 1350 (Fareham & District) Squadron represented Hampshire and the Isle of Wight Wing at the activities day.

The cadets’ entries into the band, shooting and drill competition ended in success – a proud moment for everyone involved.

With two wins in their respective band competitions and one first place in the shooting, the drill squad was ecstatic to also hear it had won its section.

It also took the award for having the best non-commissioned officer in charge overall.

Having never previously won, for the cadets of Squadron 1350, the drill competition was heavily sought after and they were even more determined this year following their previous disappointments.

Having been practicing non-stop since they won the wing competition in July, the victory was a sweet one.

Commanding Officer Flight Lieutenant Debbie Herniman said: ‘I am immensely proud of all of the cadets who took part.

‘Their determination, hard work and effort has finally paid off.

‘It was an honour to represent our wing, but to now to get a chance to represent the region at corps level is something else entirely.’

The drill sequence, comprising 51 movements, is not only marked for the accuracy of orders and movement, but is followed by an inspection of uniform, which is crucial to pass in order to place highly.

The activity day consisted of various competitions, including first aid, drill, shooting, aircraft modelling, photography, aircraft recognition and band.

The end of the day saw a formal parade held to commemorate the festivities and to announce all the winners of the day’s events.

The drill squad will now go on to represent the south-west region in the national drill competition to be held on November 21.

They will be competing against five other squadrons for national honours.