Cadet Warrant Officer James Jelinski – Retires

372 Squadron collecting at Barry Train Station – Corporals James Jelinski & Sam Smith
James Jelinski (2nd right) in front of an F16 fighter jet

Cadet Warrant Officer James Jelinski (20) of 372 (Barry) Squadron recently retired as an Air Cadet after 7 years in an action-packed career; with the Royal Air Force Air Cadets.

James has risen through the ranks to the highest rank of Cadet Warrant Officer.  James’s, long, distinguished and action-packed; has included flying in military aircraft, gliding, sport, shooting, expeditions, leadership courses, adventurous training, attending camps in the UK and overseas as well as fundraising for the Royal Air Forces Association and numerous other community organisations.   

The highlight of James’s career was successfully completing the 100-mile, 4 day Nijmegen March in the Netherland; whilst carrying 10 kilograms of equipment and his appointment as Lord Lieutenants Cadet in 2019. 

James said “I have really enjoyed my ATC career, learning many new skills and undertaking many new experiences I would never have dreamed of doing.  I would encourage all the air cadets to fully grasp the amazing opportunities which are available to them; especially on such a busy squadron. I am looking forward to becoming an adult instructor and giving something back to the next generation of Air Cadets”.

Squadron Leader Jason Horton, Commanding Officer 372 Squadron, paid tribute to James for his years of dedicated service to the Squadron saying “James has risen to the challenges available to him; James has worked hard and gained many new skills, experiences and confidence which will stand him in good stead for the future.  I am looking forward to James becoming an instructor and passing on his skills and knowledge to my air cadets”. 

The Air Cadets are now looking forward to an action-packed training programme including flying, gliding, shooting, adventurous training, sports, field craft training, the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme, summer camps, air shows and overseas visits.

If you have a spirit for adventure, 372 (Barry) Squadron has vacancies for boys and girls between 12 (in School year 8) -17 years old.  The Squadron parade on Mondays & Wednesdays 7 – 9.30pm, behind Adams Funeral Parlour; for more information about joining or the Royal Air Force Air Cadets email or visit 

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