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Former Hockerill Anglo-European College head boy salutes Armed Forces cadets at the Bishop's Stortford school

Hockerill Anglo-European College's Combined Cadet Force (CCF) welcomed a former head boy from 1992 to their 9th biennial inspection.

The corps at the Dunmow Road state secondary was launched in 2001 and has grown to more than 60 cadets regularly parading on a Tuesday evening.

Lieutenant Colonel Mark Genko, Commander of 13 Air Assault Support Regiment, praised the contingent on their drill, turnout, commitment and enthusiasm.

Hockerill Anglo-European College cadets (20621159)
Hockerill Anglo-European College cadets (20621159)

He had fond memories of his time at Hockerill more than a quarter of a century ago and said: "The cadets' turnout reflected their evident pride in the CCF. The training stands put on for their parents were full of content, variety and enthusiasm."

During the inspection, which was attended by joint acting principal Alasdair Mackenzie, governor Robin Saunders, CCF staff and parents, the cadets performed a range of activities such as drill, air rifle shooting, living in the field, RAF command and leadership tasks, as well as a parachute demo and an infantry weapons stand led by 3 Royal Anglian Regiment.

A number of senior cadets were promoted at the event, notably Max Balestra O'Dare and Theo Clark to cadet staff sergeant rank, by contingent commander Captain Nicola Ashlee-McCrae.

She reflected on how proud the CCF and the school was of its cadets and their ability to manage the demands of GCSEs or the International Baccalaureate programme in the sixth form and a dedicated attendance at CCF.

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