Cadet Warrant Officer Darrell Kovac, from 31 (Tower Hamlets) Squadron, today represented London & South East Region in the final stages of the national Dacre Sword Competition. The Dacre Sword is a competition to identify the top male cadet in the Corps, and this year CWO Kovac was selected as the overall top candidate by Commandant Air Cadets.

CWO Kovac has a long and impressive cadet career. He was recognised this year by Tower Hamlets Council for his outstanding contribution to youth opportunities in the borough. He has also completed a flying scholarship, International Air Cadet Exchange to Canada, and gained a Cadet 50 for representing the Air Training Corps at a national level in marksmanship at CISSAM. CWO Kovac has been awarded his Gold Duke of Edinburgh Award, graduated from the RAFAC Qualified Aerospace Instructors Course, earned radio, road marching and cyber badges, won sporting blues, undertaken a static line parachuting jump, and passed his Silver First Aid Badge. In 2017, he travelled to Ypres to represent the Air Training Corps at the Mennin Gate, and has since been selected as the Lord Lieutennant’s Cadet for Greater London. As part of this role, he has undertaken speaking engagements at the Houses of Parliament, at the MOD Employer Engagement Conference, to the Lieutenancy and on many other occasions to promote the Air Cadet Experience.

Flt Lt Rex Nicholls (RAFAC), OC 31 (Tower Hamlets) Squadron, said “Everyone at the squadron is incredibly proud of what Darrell has achieved. Darrell helped form 31 Squadron from its beginning, lead on our winning Lees Trophy entry, inspired scores of young people from across our community to join the Air Training Corps and is an ambassador for it.”