October 23rd 2020

MBE for Cadet Force Adult Volunteer Sqn Ldr Thompson after 40 years of dedication

Sqn Ldr Thompson

Squadron Leader Thompson, recently awarded an MBE

Squadron Leader Alyn Thompson, an adult volunteer with Royal Airforce Air Cadets (RAFAC), has received an MBE in the Queen’s birthday honours list.

Squadron Leader Thompson, South & East Midlands Wing RAFAC, commissioned into the RAF Volunteer Reserve (Training) branch 40 years ago, and four years later became the 7th Officer Commanding of 1211 (Swadlincote) Squadron. Following Squadron Leader Thompson having been at the helm for 35 years, Swadlincote is a jewel amongst the Corps’ 950 units, having attracted multiple awards for excellence. Swadlincote won the Morris Trophy for best large unit in the Corps in 2009 and then replicated this feat in 2017, an unprecedented achievement.

Squadron Leader with the Morris Cup

1211 (Swadlincote) Squadron with the Morris Cup

During his time in charge of 1211 (Swadlincote) Squadron was heavily involved in supporting a variety of local, national and international projects. This notably included setting up a partnership with an African orphanage in Burundi and supporting Aqua Box, water purification systems for third world countries. As part of this support, Squadron Leader Thompson has raised £27,000 for these various causes over the past 10 years.

Alongside his squadron commitments, he has played a vital role on the spring Camp, as Flight Liaison for more than 20 years. In this role he ensures the welfare and morale of the 300 Cadets on the camp, enabling it to run smoothly and to ensure all Cadets have a great experience. Squadron Leader Thompson has also been heavily involved in the International Air Cadet Exchange Programme. Joining the programme in 2003, initially as an Escorting Officer, he now acts as the Lead Officer for the UK element of the programme, a role he very much enjoys.

Already acting as a mentor to generations of Cadets and Adult Volunteers, due to his vast experience and professionalism, Squadron Leader Thompson accepted the Wing post of Sector Commander. A role which enables him to lead and motivate six squadrons with 400 Cadets and 70 Adult Volunteers across Derbyshire and North Leicestershire, allowing him to continue to pass down his experience to the next generation of Commanding Officers.

Member of Derbyshire County Committee

Squadron Leader Thompson

Squadron Leader Alyn Thompson MBE

In addition to his role with Cadets, Squadron Leader Thompson is also a member of the East Midlands RFCA Derbyshire County Committee.  On accepting the MBE, he said: “The work that the Volunteers do within the Air Cadet Organisation is exceptional, and I feel most honoured to be the individual to have been granted this honour.  I have been a member of the organisation since joining as a Cadet 50 years ago and find it gratifying to be granted this for something which I thoroughly enjoy.”

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"I have been a member of the organisation since joining as a Cadet 50 years ago, and find it gratifying to be granted this for something which I thoroughly enjoy." Sqn Ldr Thompson