Squadron Leader Andrew Clark, 71, has stepped down as Officer Commanding 948 (Haverfordwest & City of St David’s) Squadron after 43 years of service.
Air Vice Marshall Ian Gale, a former cadet on 2508 (St David’s) Squadron, praised Andrew for his decades of voluntary service to the Royal Air Force Air Cadets.
Sqn Ldr Clark has seen thousands of cadets grow into adulthood, with many of those going on to join the RAF – with one being Air Vice Marshall Gale, who is now the Assistant Chief of Air Staff.
When he found out that Sqn Ldr Clark was stepping down from his role of Officer Commanding, AVM Gale said, “Reflecting on how much impact people can have on young lives. Andrew Clark was pivotal to my own career and has been inspiring cadets for over 40 years! Hats off to you sir and happy retirement.”
Sqn Ldr Clark’s commitment to the RAF Air Cadets has also been recognised by the Honorary Group Captain Carol Vorderman, who said “Huge congratulations to a wonderful man Sqn Ldr Andrew Clark who has given 43 years of voluntary service to our Royal Air Force Air Cadets.” “You will be sorely missed.”
Sqn Ldr Clark has thanked all the staff and other volunteers who have supported him over the years for their service and loyalty saying, “Without the support of my team of staff, we would not have been able to take 948 Marching Band around the UK, not only to Air Cadet parades, but also to perform several times in London Lord Mayors Show, Liverpool Lord Mayors Show and Jersey Battle of Flowers.”
Haverfordwest Air Cadets will now be commanded by Flying Officer Tami Richards.