A crack unit of ten RAF Air Cadets from 220 (St Albans) Squadron, Air Training Corps (ATC), displayed their skills and fitness to full effect when they emerged triumphant at the annual Wing Exercise.
Organised by the ATC’s Hertfordshire and Buckinghamshire Wing, 30 teams of air cadets from across the two counties took part in the three-day competition, held at the Nesscliffe Training Area in Shrewsbury.
Having achieved third place at last year’s event, the City’s cadet team was aiming to do better and it was the first time that the 220 (St Albans) Squadron had won overall.
The grueling Wing Exercise is designed to put the 300 cadets from both counties through their paces in a range of competitive tests, involving teamwork, leadership, fitness, skill and intelligence.
Commenting on the St Albans cadets’ impressive victory, Officer Commanding, Flight Lieutenant Ben Wilkinson, said:
“Once again, our cadets have triumphed at a major Wing event and this latest success means that the Squadron now looks forward to the possibility of achieving a treble victory at the annual Wing Field Day in July, having won the Overnight Exercise earlier this year. The cadets upheld the honour of 220 (St Albans) Squadron with a brilliant display of teamwork, discipline and endurance and we are extremely proud of them.”