148 (Barnsley) Squadron

Royal Air Force Air Cadets


Sqn Ldr Andy Williams

Sqn Ldr Andy Williams has been in and around the Air Cadets for over 20 years as a cadet and staff member over that time. 

He joined 366 (King Ecgbert) Squadron in 1986, being introduced to this great organisation by a friend who was already attending.  Having stayed as a cadet for over 6 years, becoming the most senior cadet NCO on Squadron, he left the organisation to join the Coldstream Guards. 

On leaving the Army, he had a small time away doing various jobs, before going back to visit the old Squadron one night.  As all OC’s do best, when he was there he was lured into becoming a uniformed member of staff at 366 (King Ecgbert) Squadron, going on to become a Warrant Officer for 10 years.  During this time he became the Deputy Wing Adventure Training Officer and trained and delivered many activities in walking, expeditions and mountain biking. 

Realising that he wanted to one day run a cadet Squadron, he applied for a RAF VR(T) Commission and was successful. Around this time he was appointed as South and West Yorkshire Wing Duke of Edinburgh Officer, a post he still holds today.  In 2011 he transferred to 370 (North Sheffield) Squadron, where he was directly involved in cadet training and the involvement in the DofE award scheme. 

In 2012 he was offered¬†the role of Officer Commanding 148 (Barnsley) Squadron, taking over officially on the 1st February 2013.  This was too many roles at the same time so he stopped the Deputy WATTO role on taking over the Squadron. 

Current activities are still very focussed on the Squadron and the complete training and total experience for every cadet at Barnsley. This is coupled with the Duke of Edinburgh being a big part of what he does.  He also is directly involved with many other areas of cadet training, but still believes in the “Air” in Air Cadets and wants to ensure the cadets at Barnsley are trained accordingly.