Change of Command for Chichester Air Cadets

Chichester Air Cadets

Chichester Air Cadets has seen a change in it’s leadership over Christmas, with the departure of their previous Officer, a new Commander has taken over the rains and is now set to make Chichester Air Cadets the best it has ever been.

Parents, Cadets and Staff were able to witness the handing over ceremony of the Squadron Banner from Flight Lieutenant Emma Swatridge-Webb to Flight Sargent Kerry Harnes. This is a tradition that all RAF units observe when they change Commanders which the Air Cadets also observe.

This was coupled with another great moment, as twelve new Air Cadets were officially enrolled onto the Squadron by the Chaplain. For these Cadets this was the culmination of months of hard work and training. They are now officially recognized as members of Royal Air Force Air Cadets and can now take part in the many activities that are on offer.

Royal Air Force Air Cadets have the chance to do many activities including Flying, Shooting, visits to RAF Stations, Adventure Training, Sports, First Aid & the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award plus much more. All the activities are recognized by our Parent Service – the Royal Air Force.

Newly appointed Squadron Commander of 461 (Chichester) Air Cadets, Flight Sergeant Kerry Harnes said: “The Air Cadet Organisation provides great opportunities to young people, and I am so proud to be able to be leading this unit. I have been involved in the Air Cadets for 15 years since joining as a Cadet myself in 2002. I would like to thank Emma for all her hard work and I am looking forward to putting Chichester Air Cadets back on the map. ”

Chichester Air Cadets is recruiting! If you are interested in joining the other 56,000 Air Cadets across the country, and are aged between 12 & 18, come and visit us for our open night on Tuesday 6 February 2018 – contact us on [email protected] for full details and to register your interest. We also welcome applications for adult volunteers, who can contact us on the same address.


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