Air Cadets Warrant Officer promoted to national role
Burnham-On-Sea Air Cadets warrant officer has been promoted to
the top job in the organisation.
& Somerset Wing of the Air Training Corps has congratulated
Warrant Officer Tony Bird, who has been appointed as the Drill
and Ceremonial Warrant Officer for the whole of the Air Cadet
who lives in Burnham-On-Sea, first joined the Air Cadets organisation
as a cadet in 1979 and he later became an adult volunteer instructor.
relocated to Somerset in 2006, Tony became an active member of
Devon & Somerset Wings Drill and Ceremonial Team where
he was responsible for organising banner and rifle drill courses
for air cadets throughout Devon and Somerset. He became the Wing
Warrant Officer in 2011.
told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "My new appointment as the Air Cadet
Organisations Drill and Ceremonial Warrant Officer will
be very demanding, as 2016 is the 75th Anniversary of the formation
of the Air Training Corps and there are a number of high profile
parades and events taking place throughout the country."
an adult volunteer, Warrant Officer Bird has also been responsible
for organising and leading air cadets on overseas expeditions
including Mongolia, Ghana, Ecuador and Borneo.
particular highlight has been his participation in the Nijmegen
Marches which are held each year in the Netherlands and consists
of civilian, military and cadet forces marching teams. Tony is
also one of the current committee members at the BoS branch of
the RBL, who succeeded in saving the branch from closure.
& Somerset Wings Commanding Officer, Wing Commander
Brian Wills-Pope, added: "Tony is employed full time with
British Telecom and gives up many hours of his spare time to help
train other volunteer staff and teenage air cadets. We wish him
well in his new role."