Gold Duke Of Edinburgh's Award holder Cadet Sergeant Alex Ward from 146 (Northwich) Squadron, has followed in the footsteps of his father, Richard exactly 30 years later.
Alex completed his Gold award by volunteering as an senior cadet NCO, leading younger cadets, he also completed weekly fitness sessions for his physical section and learned to play the side drum as his skill element.
He undertook a residential week with North Region RAFAC marching band and a gruelling four day expedition in some very wet weather in Snowdonia.
Both Alex and his father, completed all levels of their Duke of Edinburgh's Award.
Newspaper clipping from Alex's father, Richard Ward completing his DofE in 1990
The DofE Award is available to 14-24 year-olds, who can undertake three progressive levels which, when successfully completed, leads to a Bronze, Silver or Gold Duke award.
There are four sections to complete at each Bronze and Silver level and five at Gold.
They involve helping the community/environment, becoming fitter, developing new skills, planning, training for and completing an expedition and, for Gold only, working with a team on a residential activity.