Monday marked the final parade of the officer commanding 422 (Corby) Squadron Royal Air Force Air Cadets after he earned a promotion.
Flight Lieutenant Kev Ritchie RAFVR(T) has has moved to wing staff, taking up the new role of Wing Sector Commander supporting squadrons in Northamptonshire and Market Harborough.
Over the past five years as commanding officer, Flt Lt Ritchie has turned around the fortunes of the squadron.
It has grown to be one of the largest in the corps with more than 100 cadets, experiencing all the opportunities on offer and also recently being selected as the Central and East region nomination for the Marshall Trophy, the most improved squadron.
Flt Lt Ritchie said: “I would like to thank all the staff, civilian committee, parents and ultimately the cadets for the support they have shown me as their CO.
“They are a super squadron and I will miss them all dearly.
“I wish Paul every success in his new role as officer in charge and look forward to seeing the squadron develop in the future.”
Flt Lt Ritchie’s inspiration and desire to succeed rubbed off on the squadron with cadets going on to achieve all manner of qualifications and awards, including the Lord Lieutenant’s Cadets of Northamptonshire and RAF Wittering Station Commander’s Cadet, both in the same year.
He officially handed over the squadron keys to Flying Officer Paul Ferguson RAFVR(T), who now assumes command as officer in charge.
On leaving, he was presented with gifts from the staff, civilian committee, parents and cadets.
The squadron added that they wish Flt Lt Ritchie all the best in his new role and thanked him for everything he has done as the ‘boss’.