Cadet Flight Sergeant Matthew Pearce (aged 17) has been selected as RAF Waddington’s Station Commander’s Cadet for 2018 – the RAF’s Centenary Year. Matthew, who aspires to be a pilot, joins us from 204 Squadron (City of Lincoln) where he has been a member for the last 5 years.
I’m really excited about representing my ATC Squadron and Trent Wing during 2018 as it’s such a significant year for the Royal Air Force. As a cadet, I’ve always enjoyed participating in the ceremonial events so I’m especially looking forward to the Freedom of Lincoln Parade where I’ll be accompanying the Station Commander as he performs his official duties.”
Group Captain Tom Burke (Station Commander RAF Waddington) said: “Congratulations to Cadet FS Pearce who joins us in a year when, as an organisation, we will be celebrating our history and looking forward to an exciting future. His passion for the Royal Air Force showed at interview and it was clear that he had put an awful lot of preparation into his application. Station personnel will now work with him over the next 12 months to help him develop not only in his chosen career path but his leadership and citizenship qualities too.” Matthew takes over from the outgoing cadet Iva Magpantay. Having experienced some of the various trades the RAF offers, Iva now plans to apply to join the RAF as a Physical Training Instructor once she has completed her A Levels in the summer.
“I’ve had some great experiences as the CO’s Cadet and have met some inspiring people who have helped me to make some really important decisions about my future career in the RAF. My advice to Matt is to grab every opportunity you can because the year goes by in a flash. I’d like to thank the Station Commander RAF Waddington for giving me this fantastic opportunity.”
Group Captain Tom Burke said:
“Iva has fully applied herself to the role of the CO’s Cadet and is a credit to the Air Cadet Organisation. I wish her every success in both her studies and future career in the Royal Air Force. She has a very bright future!”