On Saturday 27th November, 5 cadets from Wantage Air Cadets won the National Banner Championship at RAF Halton in Buckinghamshire. This win places the Wantage team first out over 1000 squadrons around the UK.
The reviewing officer, Air Commodore Andy Hall MBE, Commandant-General of the RAF Regiment said afterwards, "with their performance the cadets exemplified the RAF core value of excellence".
The Banner Drill competition is a sequence of drill movements completed without orders which demonstrate the ceremonial handling of a squadron / wing banner (i.e. a flag). A full sequence takes about 10 minutes and includes casing and uncasing of the banner, an individual demonstration of pike movements by the Banner Bearer, a march-past and an inspection of the team. Perfecting the sequence requires many months of practice and hard work learning continuity drill movements as a team and immaculate personal foot-drill and uniform presentation.
The Wantage team reached the final after also winning the Thames Valley Wing competition in September and the South West Region competition in October.
- Sgt Casey – Banner Bearer
- Cpl Eatwell – Banner Warrant Officer
- Cpl Beckett – Banner Escort
- Cdt Webster – Banner Escort
- Cdt Whittaker – Banner Orderly
- Sgt Clark – Reserve