This week at Ely we welcomed a new member of uniformed staff to 1094 Squadron when Sergeant Jean Donoghue donned her uniform on the first parade night of 2020.
As a cadet in her youth Jean was a Cadet Warrant Officer with 444 (Shoreditch) Squadron and a Gold Duke of Edinburgh Award holder who went on to become a Civillian Instructor in the three times Lees Trophy Winning Squadron as well as a Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme Leader in Hackney East London.
Jean joined 1094 (City of Ely) Squadron Air Cadets four years ago as a CIvillian Instructor and relaunched the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme leading to dozens of Bronze and Silver Awards.
This year she will attend The Palace in London with four cadets she mentored who have achieved all three DofE awards when they collect their Gold Award Certificates.
Since rejoining The Corps, Jean has taken on the post of Ely Squadron’s DofE Officer, Stores Officer and Adventure Training Officer.
Sergeant Donoghue also qualified as a road marching leader and is a staff member on The Bedfordshire and Cambridgeshire Wing Road Marching Team.
Jean leads the Ely Squadron road marching team each year on the Spitfire and Nijmegan Marches and this summer she hopes to participate in The 100 mile Nijmegan Road March in Holland.
Jean joins a growing staff team at Ely and two other Civilian Instructors who have joined recently have made their intentions clear that they wish to follow in her footsteps and go into uniform as soon as possible to help lead the Ely Cadets to even greater success.
To join as a cadet or adult volunteer please click on the link to find you’re nearest Squadron to where you live: https://www.raf.mod.uk/aircadets/want-to-join/
Press release from 1094 Ely Squadron Royal Air Force Air Cadets