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New Commanding Officer flies into Eastleigh Air Cadets

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A new Commanding Officer, Flight Lieutenant Michael Lee, flew into Eastleigh Air Cadets earlier this month. He takes over command from Flight Lieutenant David Barker who, after 12 years at the helm, is now moving on to be the Hampshire & Isle of Wight Wing Shooting Officer.

Around 50 guests, including past and present staff and cadets, bid a fond farewell to David and presented him with a replica RAF sword and engraved piece of crystal in recognition of his dedication to the Squadron and the success it has seen during his time in command.

Michael Lee, himself an ex-Eastleigh Air Cadet and a Supernumery Officer on the Squadron for 8 years, said “I am looking forward to the challenges that being a Commanding Officer will bring. Eastleigh Squadron has, and will always be, very special to me. I am already working closely with the Squadron’s Civilian Welfare Committee who are made up largely of ex-staff members and Cadet’s parents, to shape the future direction and priorities of the Squadron. My vision is quite simple, to make Eastleigh the premier Air Training Corps Squadron in Hampshire”.