Kriegie Trophy Presentation

Sargeant Kiran McDonald-Seran (17) from 62 (2nd Glasgow) Squadron was presented with the Kriegie trophy on Saturday the 17th of March by Mr George Thompson, Royal Air Force (Retired) and Ex-Prisoner of War Association. (pictured below)

Mr George Thomson And Cdt Sgt Mc Donald Seran WEB File

Also in attendance was Wing Commander Jim Haley (pictured below left), Officer Commanding West Scotland Wing and Baillie Phil Greene from Glasgow City Council (pictured below right).

WC J G Haley CDT Sg Kiran Mc Donald -Seran Baillie Phil Greene Web Use

In addition, local MSP for Strathkelvin and Bearsden, Fiona McLeod, lodged a motion at the scottish parliment on the 13th of March to congratulate him on his achievement, which was supported by several other MSPs.

Every year, selected Air Cadets attend Cadet Leadership Courses at the Cadet Training Centre (CTC), Frimley Park. The Kriegie Trophy is awarded to the Cadet who, in the opinion of the Commandant and the staff officers of CTC Frimley Park, was the best of the Air Cadets who attended the course in that particular year.

The Kriegie trophy was introduced July 1981 when the Royal Air Force Ex-Prisoner-of-War Association presented the Air Cadet Organization with a trophy in memory of the late Group Captain Day, to be known as 'The "Kriegie" Trophy'.

Kriegie Trophy Web

Group Captain H M A Day GC DSO OBE RAF, who died in December 1977, served in both World Wars but spent most of World War II in Prisoner-of-War camps, where he became famous as "Wings" Day, Senior British Officer of Stalag Luft III. This camp was built specially to prevent RAF personnel from escaping but was, in fact, the scene of many famous escapes. Some of the events that took place at the camp were later made famous in the movie "The Great Escape"

Kiran, who attends Boclair Academy, is the first member of the ATC in
Scotland to win the Kriegie Trophy. (picture below: Kiran with Mr George Thompson and his parents)

Mc Donald -Seran Family And Mr George Thomson With Kriegie Trophy Web

Kiran also has two older brothers in the RAF, Martin is a Flight Lieutenant and Zaran is an officer cadet. (pictured below)

WC J G Haley And Mc Donald - Mc Donald -Seran Brothers Web

After joining 62 Squadron, Kiran progressed through the rank structure to Sergeant, achieved his Bronze Duke of Edinburgh Award in 2009 along with his Youth First Aid Badge and Corps marksman. In 2011, he achieved his Advanced Gliding Training badge at RAF Kirknewton (where he is now a staff cadet attending most weekends), Master Cadet Badge and best senior athlete at the West Scotland Wing Athletics Competition.

He was recently selected for the position of the active schools captain of Boclair Academy which is awarded to the Senior male pupil who promotes and encourages physical activity and excellence amongst all year groups, as well as organising sporting events at school level.

Kiran told the Wing Media Team, "The first time I had ever heard about the cadet leadership course at Frimley Park, was the previous year. I was intrigued when the information was read out on final parade by my Commanding Officer. However, I was too young and one of the places was allocated to my superior NCO, which happened to be my older brother."

"Finally it was my turn to apply. When I heard that my application was successful I was over the moon. When my brother returned from his week at Frimley he had told me all the ins and outs of the course, so I had a rough idea of what to expect."

"When my course commenced it was in the height of summer, and the weather was to be the hottest of that year. When I first arrived, the Directing Staff were very precise and firm. This made me quite nervous and uneasy. However, I learned that if everything such as my own kit, bed space and uniform were up to scratch I would be okay."

"Overall the course was very physically and mentally challenging, but also worthwhile and enjoyable. The highlights of the course for me were being allocated the position of Platoon Sergeant for two days whilst we were on exercise and completing the assault course at Royal Military Training Academy Sandhurst."

"The course did not just teach me about battle drills and fitness, but how to communicate with a large amount of different personalities, encourage the less able members of the platoon and build upon my confidence and people skills."

"I was extremely pleased to hear I had won the Kriegie trophy and felt a great deal of self-achievement." (pictured below, Kiran with his squadron; cadets and staff)

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Kiran's Commanding Officer, Flight Lieutenant Colin Wardle told us, "Kiran's course report was excellent, but to be the best Air Cadet over all 4 weeks is an amazing result. I am very proud of his achievement and to be his Commanding Officer. Kiran has a very bright future to look forward to."

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