Congratulations are due to to Cadet Warrant Officers Jess Forde (18) and Josh Harris (19) from Hawarden Air Cadets have been named as No 2 Welsh Wing’s Best Male and Female Cadets for 2019.
The pair came top from a field of about 450 cadets throughout North and Mid Wales. They have been cadets at 2247 (Hawarden) Squadron based on Manor Lane for five and six years respectively and have risen through the ranks together, representing different elements of the Air Cadet Experience. Both have achieved the Air Cadet Pilot Scholarship – consisting of 12 hours of flying training in Dundee and whilst Josh represented the RAF Air Cadets on the International Air Cadet Exchange to Canada last summer, Jess will do so this year.
Flight Sergeant Liam Ellis, Training Officer at 2247 (Hawarden) squadron, said:
“Both Cadet Warrant Officers have proven themselves to be assets to the Squadron during their time with us. Holding the most senior rank available to our cadets, Josh and Jess have proven their ability as leaders and we look forward to them joining the Staff Team as they age out as cadets over the next year or so.”
Josh was selected as one of the Lord-Lieutenant’s Cadets for Clwyd in 2017, and his high-profile duties including visits to the region by members of the Royal Family. He is also currently taking part in the prestigious Air Cadet Junior Leaders course – one of the toughest on offer to cadets.
Jess’ highlight was at last year’s National Marching Drill Championships where she led the winning team made up of cadets from both 2247 (Hawarden) and 2480 (Holywell) Squadrons also being named the best Drill NCO in the RAF Air Cadets. She was also part of the Wales & West Regional team which won the National Arms Drill Competition.
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