On Sunday 5 February 2017, Greater Manchester Wing wished Squadron Leader David Rimmer RAF VR(T) all the best for the future when he retired from active service in the Air Training Corps. He chose 5 February for retirement, as it is also the anniversary date of the ATC’s formation.
Squadron Leader Rimmer served as Greater Manchester Wing from its formation on 1 November 2011 as Media and Communications Officer. His duties as a Wing Staff Officer also included working closely with a number of squadrons.
Squadron Leader Rimmer began his service as an SNCO (ATC), rising to the rank of Warrant Officer in 2002; he received his commission in 2004, was promoted to Flight Lieutenant in 2005, and to Squadron Leader in 2013. He was also Commanding Officer of 1263 (Rochdale) Squadron from 2000 to 2011.
As with all other Cadet Forces Adult Volunteers, Squadron Leader Rimmer has given so much of his time to deliver an excellent cadet experience and to organise activities to benefit the community. As a Wing Staff Officer, he has been in charge of organising many public parades and raising the profile of the Air Cadets through many and varied media opportunities.
One charity which has benefitted from his involvement is Broughton House, a home for ex-servicemen and women based in North Manchester. Every year, the East Lancashire Railway holds a “1940s Weekend” during the second May Bank Holiday weekend, and the Air Cadets are involved in raising money in many different ways. ( http://www.bhch.co.uk/ )
In 2007, 2009 and 2012, Squadron Leader Rimmer received the Air Commandant’s Certificate of Meritorious Service; and in 2015, he received a further commendation, “The Defence Letter of Appreciation”, for which he and his wife, Vicky, were invited to a Garden Party held at Buckingham Palace in summer 2016.
One of the last public events Squadron Leader Rimmer was involved in was the Olympian and Paralympian Parade in Manchester in October 2016. Here are some of the Wing’s cadets meeting some of the medal-winning athletes:
One of the squadrons with which Squadron Leader Rimmer has been closely involved, 80 (Bolton), invited him on Friday 3 February 2017 to their parade to take 10 of their Junior Cadets through their Cadet Promise, marking his final squadron visit as a Wing Staff Officer by setting a new intake of young people on their exciting journey as Air Cadets.
In addressing all the cadets on Final Parade, he had three, straightforward pieces of advice for them:
- To seize every opportunity offered: try everything, even if just once.
- To look up to the cadet NCOs and aspire to become one; and for NCOs to treat those in their charge in way that will inspire.
- To remember that as Air Cadets, you wear the RAF uniform. For many of the public, the Air Cadets are the only representatives of the RAF they will meet. Wear your uniform with pride!
A big “thank you” to Squadron Leader Rimmer! The staff and cadets of Greater Manchester Wing wish you and your wife, Vicky, a long and happy retirement!