The Squadron held its first formal dinner in recent history at the Sheldon branch of the Royal Air Force Association. Forty Guests, Staff, Civilian Committee Members and Cadets joined for a three course dinner and disco. The dinner marked the achievements of the Squadron through the past year, the departure of Cadet Warrant Officer Tom Rees and the departure of Flight Lieutenant Slade. The dinner was kindly hosted and served by the members of the RAFA. Each attendant received a commemorative glass. The dinner really was a memorable occasion which the Squadron plan to repeat on an annual basis.
Tom Rees has been a cadet on the Squadron since 2012, Tom advanced through the ranks to be a Flight Sergeant and the most senior cadet on the Squadron. Tom is leaving the Squadron to pursue a career in the armed forces, and was presented his appointment to Cadet Warrant Officer as well as a momento by Flight Lieutenant Slade, who wished Tom well in his future career.
Flight Lieutenant Glyn Slade, who after nearly two years as Officer Commanding 2030 Squadron has decided to retire from the Royal Air Force Air Cadets. Glyn joined the Squadron in December 2015 following a time as OC 496 (Balsall Common) Squadron, as a Squadron Officer previously at 2030 Squadron and at 1289 (Stratford-upon-Avon) Squadron. The Squadron Staff presented Glyn with an embroidered heraldic badge with the names of the staff, the cadets presented Glyn with a selection of teas, novelty drink glasses and a camouflage bear, complete with MTP uniform. Glyn has overseen some momentous occasions in the Squadron history, namely the change of name of the Squadron to Birmingham Airport Squadron, and will be missed as a member of staff by the Squadron.