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To all staff, committee members and cadets

As we reach the end of 2015 and look forwards to 2016 I am taking this opportunity to send this end of year message.

Firstly, I would like to thank all of the adults who as volunteers give up so much of their time as staff, committee members and chaplains and to all of their partners who support them. Without the incredible amount of time you give there would be none of the fantastic opportunities that the cadets enjoy, so on behalf of all of the cadets a massive thank you.

Secondly, to all of the cadets of London wing you never cease to amaze me with your enthusiasm and dedication to both your squadron and the wider cadet organisation. We in London are in the unique position of providing many cadets often at short notice for a wide range of ceremonial duties in the capital city of our country. You always deliver, you are smartly turned out and take part with a smile and great enthusiasm. We are on many occasions the light blue footprint in London a visible sign of our parent service the RAF. To all of London’s cadets thank you and a massive well done.

We have had some notable successes this year including the lees trophy for the best squadron being awarded to a London wing squadron and the Dacre brooch for the best female cadet being awarded to one of our cadets in London. One of our squadrons made it to the final 6 for the Marshall trophy for the most improved squadron.  Our sports teams continue to improve and we have had much success in shooting competitions.

To all of the members of the wing staff team, thank you for all you have done this year, in particular during the change of command and the support you have given to me since I assumed command of the wing.

Looking forwards to 2016, as many of us are aware, it is the 75th anniversary of the formation of the Air Training Corps and there will be a number of high profile activities taking place starting with ATC Sunday on 7 February and including events such as a torch relay across the United Kingdom including 2 days in London during the summer. We will keep you informed as the events are confirmed and I know that you will as always rise to any of the challenges that we are given.

I am confident that the opportunities for the cadets will continue to be exciting and varied and that our cadets will as always demonstrate just how good they are.

I do hope you will all enjoy a well earned break during this festive period and that you will return in January 2016 fully refreshed and ready to enjoy what promises to be a busy year.

With very best regards,
C Gale
Wing Commander RAFVR(T)
Officer Commanding
London Wing ATC