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Top flight role for air cadet

PUBLISHED: 14:00 01 April 2010 | UPDATED: 21:46 02 July 2010

Alexandra Dutch with her award

Alexandra Dutch with her award

AN AIR cadet has been selected from 4,000 young people to accompany the Lord Lieutenant of Greater London, Sir David Brewer, on some of his official engagements, which can include escorting royal visitors, presenting awards, liaising with the Royal Navy,

AN AIR cadet has been selected from 4,000 young people to accompany the Lord Lieutenant of Greater London, Sir David Brewer, on some of his official engagements, which can include escorting royal visitors,

presenting awards, liaising with the Royal Navy, Royal Marines, Army, RAF and their cadets, and going to civic and social events.

Alexandra Dutch, of the Wanstead and Woodford Air Training Corps, Finchingfield Avenue, Woodford Green, was nominated by her commanding officer to serve for a year as one of three cadets for the Queen's

London representative.

She was presented with a certificate and badge at an awards ceremony in London.

Alexandra said: "It is such an honour to be given this opportunity and I look forward to the duties I will be given."

The 19-year-old, of Hermon Hill, Wanstead, joined the corps in 2006 after showing an interest in military activities.

The corps is divided into sections called flights and Alexandra is a flight sergeant.

She is now in charge of 40 cadets and looks after their welfare and attendance, as well as making sure everything is running smoothly.

Alexandra, who is sixth-former at Oaks Park High School, Oaks Lane, Newbury Park, said: "It's a big responsibility and it's great to know I'm helping people.

"I always looked up to the flight sergeant when I was younger and I hope I can be a role model to the other cadets."

Sir David, who is President of the Reserve Forces Cadets' Association, congratulated Alexandra, saying: "Your citations were outstanding to listen to and I am sure your parents are very proud of you.


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