7 Overseas (Jersey) Squadron secured the Morris Trophy for 2018. They were named the best squadron within the Air Training Corps. It was a huge coup for the unit on the Island as there is over 900 units across the UK who were vying for the top spot.
The competition started at the beginning of 2018; when the squadron submitted a detailed report on how the unit is managed and how the twelve core activities are carried out.
Their core activities included Flying, Gliding, Adventure Training, Syllabus of Training (Including BTEC Studies), Military Engagement, Shooting, Sport, Fieldcraft, Leadership Training, Camps, Drill, First Aid and Duke of Edinburgh Award.
There are thirty six squadrons within the Dorset and Wiltshire Wing and the unit was nominated in May by Regional Commandant, Group Captain Eddie Cole MBE, following a thorough inspection. The Health and Safety team from RAFAC HQ also carried out a full day of inspections.
The squadron were put forward to the final stage and were then visited by Commandant, Air Commodore Dawn McCafferty CBE in July who carried out a two hour inspection.
A personal “passport” was made for the Commandant and presentations were produced. The team of cadet and staffs enthusiasm were praised and the Commandant was extremely complementary about the squadron.
Officer Commanding, Flight Lieutenant Victoria Atherton MBE said
“ this is a vindication of the hard work that staff and cadets have been putting in for the past few years, it’s an incredible achievement and not only does it mean a huge amount to me, but I know that the cadets and staff are so proud to be the best in the UK”.
Training Officer, Flight Lieutenant Leighton Jenkins said:
“ this has been a huge team effort which started 45 years ago when the Squadron was formed. I would like to thank the staff and commitee who started the squadron at the time and had a vision which we have developed over the years.”
The presentation took place in the hangar at Gama Aviation in the presence of the Commandant, supporters, parents and His Excellency the Lieutenant Governor.