The sky’s not the limit for Grangemouth cadet Jack

Lord Lieutenant Marjory McLachlan with her cadet for Falkirk and Stirling Jack Gray
Lord Lieutenant Marjory McLachlan with her cadet for Falkirk and Stirling Jack Gray

A high-flying teenager earned top honours for his dedication to his cadet squadron and a pilot’s licence for his commitment to his future career.

Former St Mungo’s High School pupil Jack Gray (18) attended a special ceremony at Grangmeouth TA Centre last week and was the subject of three separate presentations which highlighted the tremendous contribution he has made to 1333 (Grangemouth Spitfire) Squadron.

Lord Lieutenant Marjory McLachlan was on hand to present the Falkirk youngster, along with 1333 colleague Shaman Gohar, with a certificate of promotion to cadet warrant officer.

Jack then received a certificate proclaiming him the Lord Lieutenant’s Cadet for Falkirk and Stirling – one of the highest honours a cadet can achieve.

Officer in charge of 1333 Squadron Jim McFarlane said: “This has been a great year for Jack Gray. It was his outstanding skills and achievements that led him to be selected as the Lord Lieutenant’s Cadet.”

As if that was not enough, Jim Watt of Tayside Aviation then presented Jack with a Private Pilot’s Licence and wings.

Over the years Jack has worked hard to complete his cadet methods of instruction, cadet leadership, pilot scheme and qualified aerospace instructor qualifications and also participated in an unforgettable exchange visit to Alabama.

Jack, who wants to pursue a career in commercial flight, received support from the Air League and the Robertson Trust to help him earn his pilot’s licence over the summer.

He is starting a BSc Degree with Honours in Professional Aviation Pilot Practice with Tayside Aviation in October.