Gong for Hatfield, Potters Bar and St Albans cadet leader
PUBLISHED: 13:57 09 January 2017 | UPDATED: 13:57 09 January 2017
A highly regarded and devoted air cadet officer has received an MBE in Her Majesty’s New Year’s honours.
Squadron Leader Andrew Crichton, better known as Tim, has been honoured for his services to the military and Air Training Corps (Air cadets) as a uniformed Volunteer officer.
His voluntary service began in 1977 with the Royal Observer Corps.
By the time the organisation had been disbanded in 1990, he had risen to the rank of Observer Lieutenant and had been awarded an Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief Strike Command’s Commendation for his outstanding contribution.
Mr Crichton then joined the Air Cadet Organisation, initially serving as a Squadron Officer with 57 (Potters Bar) Squadron, but he went on to work his way through the ranks.
Pilot Officer Troy Ratcliffe, of 2203 (Hatfield and de Havilland) Squadron, said: “Sqn Ldr Crichton works tirelessly with local air cadet squadrons in the Hertfordshire and Buckinghamshire Wing specifically looking after several in our local area including Hatfield, Potters Bar and St Albans amongst others.
“In his current role he is our Wing staff officer, providing support and guidance to not just the cadets in our squadrons but the staff who look after them.”
Wing Commander Ross Gilbert added: “He is a highly respected senior staff officer.”
Mr Crichton supervises seven squadrons and also devotes his time to the broader range of cadet activities.
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