150 years of volunteering service celebrated

Air Cadet volunteers from across Bedfordshire and Cambridgeshire gathered at RAF Wyton to receive Cadet Forces Medals and clasps for service totalling 150 years!

The Cadet Forces Medal was established on the 1st February 1950 and is awarded to an individual following 12 years’ qualifying service with the cadet forces. The obverse side of the medal shows a crowned effigy of the sovereign with the reverse showing a depiction of a flaming torch which represents knowledge. A clasp is awarded for every 6 years qualifying service thereafter.

The ceremony was held in the Officers’ Mess at RAF Wyton with medals being presented by Group Captain Dave Boreham, Regional Commandant Central and East Region, in the presence of the recipients families and friends.

Group Captain Dave Boreham said; “I was delighted to attend the Honours and Awards Ceremony for Bedfordshire and Cambridgeshire Wing and see volunteers come together to celebrate their achievements along with proud family members.”

Cadet Forces Medals for 12 years’ service were awarded to: Flight Lieutenant Andy Bierton, Flight Lieutenant Adam Kelly, Flight Lieutenant Andrew Kyprianou and Flight Lieutenant Nathan Young.

Clasps were awarded to: Warrant Officer Graham Williams (18 years’ service), Flight Lieutenant Haley Fisher (24 years’ qualifying service), Flight Lieutenant Andy Mason (24 years’ qualifying service) and Flight Lieutenant Philip Chapman (36 years’ qualifying service).

Also being recognised was Squadron Leader Jayne Treutlein who is leaving the Wing at the end of the year after nearly 27 years’ adult uniformed service. After her cadet service, Jayne went into uniform in 1996 as a squadron officer at 2331 (St Ives) Squadron and took command in 2005. Over 8 years, Jayne developed and led a strong unit producing several Lord Lieutenant’s Cadets, Wing Cadets of the Year and a Dacre Brooch winner. In addition to her squadron responsibilities she undertook various project officer roles at wing level, including Easter Camp Adjutant, Wing Field Weekend coordinator and President of the Wing Mess Committee. In 2013, Jayne took over as Western Sector Commander where she has led several squadrons through significant periods of organisational change and the COVID-19 pandemic. Most recently she has stepped up into the role of Deputy Officer Commanding Bedfordshire and Cambridgeshire Wing.

Wing Commander Rob Bradshaw, Officer Commanding Bedfordshire and Cambridgeshire Wing, commented “it was a privilege to see the service of volunteers acknowledged in this way and I am grateful to both the Regional Commandant and RAF Wyton for supporting this event. Combined service of 150 years is a fantastic achievement and shows the selfless dedication shown by our volunteers across two counties.”