The head of Milton Keynes Air Cadets handed over the ‘wings’ of the squadron at a special ceremony last week.
Flight Lieutenant Roy Rossiter was described as an inspiration at his last parade night on Thursday.
All the Air Cadets formed up in 2532 (Milton Keynes) Squadron’s new headquarters in Wolverton, while Squadron Leader Peter Norton praised Mr Rossiter’s career in the Royal Air Force.
An audience of around 50 people heard how Mr Rossiter had been an Air Cadet himself in the Kent Wing, joining in 1963 and remaining in service until the bright lights, scooters and girls caught his attention in 1966.
After joining the RAF in February 1967, he served at various stations both in the UK and abroad and got involved with the cadets again in 1995 in Telford. He eventually joined the MK Squadron in 2008.
Under his leadership, the squadron increased cadet numbers and new headquarters were built. He has also been awarded the Lord Lieutenants’ commendation for service to RAF and ATC.
Squadron Leader RAFVR(T) Jerry Davies said: “His contribution has been inspirational and has provided guidance to not only his staff but also a good number of cadets.”
Mr Rossiter passes control of the squadron over to Flight Lieutenant Frank Liney, who will take over in the late summer.
But he will not be far away as he will be joining the Civilian Committee at the Squadron.
The formal part of the evening was preceded by a show of skills and projects carried out by the cadets, including first aid procedures, music skills, drill, the use of various equipment and much more.
Air Cadets meet every Tuesday and Thursday from 7.15 to 9.30 pm in the headquarters by Millmead Hall, Haversham Road, Wolverton.