A new Deputy Wing Training Officer post has been created with the appointment of Flight Lieutenant Lynne Newell.

This new post was created to support the work of each Wing Training Officer who is responsible for delivering training for all cadets.

Flight Lieutenant Newell of 2478 Abergavenny Squadron has been a staff member in the Air Cadet organization for over 22 years. In this time, Flight Lieutenant Newell has carried out several different roles including time in West Mercian Wing, No 1 Welsh Wing and Headquarters Air Cadets.

Flt Lt Newell said, “I am excited about this new opportunity as being able to help and support the Wing as the Deputy Training Officer is a great privilege. We face some very difficult times ahead, returning to face-to-face activities while in this pandemic, however, I am confident that the team, being led by Squadron Leader Jones, can overcome this hurdle and produce training that will ensure there is no wasted potential in any of our cadets. ”

Squadron Leader Robert Jones said, “After an extremely competitive application process and I am delighted that Flt Lt Lynne Newell has been appointed to the position of Deputy Training Officer, for No 1 Welsh Wing. Flt Lt Newell brings a wealth of knowledge, experience and enthusiasm to the team and fresh ideas that will ensure that No 1 Welsh Wing continues its onwards drive in providing not only the best cadet experience possible, but in living up to our training motto for all our personnel #TrainDevelopInspire. Welcome on board – and let the fun begin!”

No 1 Welsh Wing is also pleased to announce the promotion of Flight Lieutenant Richard Edmonds, (pictured below) who is the Wing Adventure Technical Training Officer, to the rank of Squadron Leader.

The role of the Wing Adventure Technical Training Officer is to act as the Wings Subject Matter Expert on adventure training with responsibility for ensuring that all adventurous training or outdoor activities applied for are properly planned, documented, supervised and equipped in accordance with current Air Cadet and national governing body regulations.

Squadron Leader Edmonds now joins the Wing Executive team of No 1 Welsh Wing. One of his main goals for 2021 is to push more senior cadet and adult staff into gaining adventurous training qualifications. These qualifications will help benefit the whole of No 1 Welsh Wing as more opportunities will become available for the cadets.

Squadron Leader Edmonds said “I grateful and honoured to receive this promotion. I have been lucky enough to meet, train and help both cadets and adult staff. Developing their potential and turning them into some of the most exceptional people I have had the pleasure to work with over the years.”

Wing Commander Timothy, Officer Commanding No 1 Welsh Wing said, “Richard Edmonds has given outstanding service to the Royal Air Force Air Cadets for many years and he has a passion for Adventure Training. I was delighted to endorse his promotion as he is a valued member of the Wing Executive team.”

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