New Commanding Officer appointed at Rutland Air Cadet Squadron

After 16 years, Flight Lieutenant Jackie Lawrence RAFAC has handed over command of Rutland Air Cadet Squadron to Warrant Officer Ian Coates, the newly appointed Commanding Officer.

In April this year, Jackie was promoted to Sector Commander 3 of the South & East Midlands Wing and has since been managing the two roles, she said ‘It has been a rewarding, but challenging time as I have taken on wider responsibility at a time when Covid-19 has had a significant operational impact. I feel confident that Rutland Sqn is in good hands and look forward to working closely with WO Coates, who was previously a staff member on the Sqn.’

Ian Coates said ‘Flt Lt Lawrence has done a remarkable job at Rutland Sqn and I have learned a lot from her. I am excited to take on my new role and further contribute to the success of the squadron.’

Jackie has been a commissioned officer with the Air Cadets for over 30 years and previously commanded two other squadrons in Melton Mowbray and Chester-Le-Street. During this time she has been awarded a Defence Council letter of appreciation and has been presented the Worshipful Company of Framework Knitters Annual Trophy, a Wing award presented to an outstanding member of staff. Rutland is one of seven squadrons Jackie will oversee in her new role.