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Dunblane Cadet Competes in Junior Commonwealth Fencing Championships

By RAF Air Cadets News on Sep 28, 2015 01:09 pm

Cadet Corporal Louis Bryson from 2284 (City of Dunblane) travelled to South Africa with the Scottish Fencing Team.
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RAF cadets play leading roles at Cheltenham Battle of Britain Parade

By Wing IT Officer on Sep 25, 2015 12:10 pm

Sixty RAF cadets took part in the 75th Anniversary Battle of Britain Parade in Cheltenham. Commanded by Squadron Leader Ken Bennett RAF VR(T), the Parade was led by 1329 (Stroud) Squadron band and included veterans, regular RAF personnel and two flights of RAF cadets. After an Act of Commemoration at the Cenotaph, the Parade marched past civic dignatries including the Mayor of Cheltenham and Air Vice Marshall Mason. A gallery of pictures was published in the Gloucestershire Echo newspaper: http://www.gloucestershireecho.co.uk/pictures/Battle-Britain-commemoration-parade-Cheltenham/pictures-27833650-detail/pictures.html
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2467 in Jersey

By Deputy B&G Wing Media Communications Officer on Sep 23, 2015 02:05 pm

2467 in  Jersey
This years Jersey Camp was plagued by rain for the first half, luckily the island was bathed in beautiful sunshine for the second half.  This weather ,however, did not deter our young adventurers in their quest to have fun.   This year we joined forces with 1446 (Clevedon) Squadron and we were supported by Fg Off Christopher Callaghan RAF VR(T), CI Matthew Gardiner and one of their cadets, Cdt Sgt Marsh. This year, regrettably, we only had 10 cadets from 2467 (Nailsea) Squadron, but the Commanding Officer was joined by other staff new and old to support him.  This year … Continue Reading →
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RAF St Mawgan Summer Camp 2015

By CI Mark Gray on Sep 20, 2015 09:45 pm

A report by Sgt McAleese of 2267 (Brize Norton) Squadron.

We started our journey to RAF St Mawgan on the 18th July, trekking amongst the hills and scenery of Cornwall and surrounding areas. When we arrived we were shown our rooms, and got the chance to freshen for dinner. The meals were fantastic, and although the juice looked like something nuclear; it was still tasty.
During the week we visited the Eden Project, where many of us took the opportunity to go right to the top of the rainforest dome, taking group pictures and absorbing the 35 degree heat. We also managed to see the new dinosaur exhibition in the Mediterranean zone, after our visit to the domes we all tried the Eden ice cream, and explored the grounds a bit more. We also visited a very interesting museum situated on an ex RAF airfield, RAF Davidstow, where a very nice man and his staff took us round; explaining to us how the RAF, Army and Navy used to be, what happened during World War II, and why.

Another place we visited during the week was Newquay, where we had an inter flight 'navigational selfie' competition, where we had to visit points in Newquay and take selfies with specific landmarks.

As like most camps we had a drill competition, only this time we did it “St Mawgan style” by putting a theme into continuity drill sequence, this would be the theme of 'tribal'. At a point during the week we got the chance to visit Falmouth and do some climbing, and take a visit to the maritime museum; this offered a good chance for some cadets to make props for their drill sequence! The winners of the drill competition were Red Flight!

A lot of cadets got the chance to go flying in Grob Tutors; and test out their aerobatics, and also got to try out shooting and the regional simulators! We had a lot of marksman badges awarded, with one cadet even gaining a Corps Marksman!

I think it was safe to say that St Mawgan was a fantastic camp that if you ever get the chance to go on, should go! Thank you to the Camp Commandant Flt Lt Cragg, Flt Lt Boxwell  Flt Lt Smith, Flt Sgt Pick, Flt Sgt Robinson, CI Jacob, CI Jewett, CI Doyle and all the RAF personnel that made it such an amazing week with so many activities and laughter!

 


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Burghfield Cadets Stride the Blue Footprint

By CI Mark Gray on Sep 20, 2015 09:39 pm

2402 Burghfield Squadron were again in the field, building community relations with the surrounding villages. This time at Spencer’s wood south of the M4 Junction 11. From early morning setting up and running a recruiting stand, to closing down the carnival ground and helping stall holders load their vehicles. During the day there were various competitions and displays of which the cadets of 2402 took an active part. Altogether a great day team building.

As a reward for the work in the community the squadron went Go Karting at Reading Team Sport  in conjunction with 2403 Aldermaston Squadron, as appreciation from the squadron staff and committee.


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Royal visitor surprises cadets

By Wing IT Officer on Sep 20, 2015 02:30 pm

649 (Dursley) Squadron enjoyed the unexpected company of HRH Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex last Sunday when he visited their stand at the Frampton Fair. The cadets were spending the day promoting the squadron by use of the WREV with its ...
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Honourary Ambassador Greets Cadets at Goodwood Revival

By RAF Air Cadets News on Sep 18, 2015 01:09 pm

Group Captain Carol Vorderman MBE, took time out from a private visit to Goodwood Revival to meet cadets from Hants & Isle of Wight and Sussex Wings.
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Chief of the Air Staff Commendation to Top RAF Air Cadet Officers

By RAF Air Cadets News on Sep 17, 2015 01:09 pm

Three Air Cadet VR(T) officers have received a Chief of the Air Staff Commendation in a presentation at RAF Northolt.
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An exceptional career-enhancing opportunity in Montreal

By Region Media Communications Officer on Sep 16, 2015 10:03 pm

  . An exceptional career-enhancing opportunity in Montreal from late Feb16, on the “Young Aviation Professionals Programme” of the International Civil Aviation Organisation. Deadline 08Oct15, are you talented, 32 years old or younger, with advanced university qualifications, over 2 years of professional working experience in aviation-related regulatory activities and/ or in the aviation industry, and interested […]
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Cowley Air Cadets Visit Arnhem

By CI Mark Gray on Sep 14, 2015 05:34 pm

Air Cadets from 2210 Cowley Squadron have visited Arnhem in the Netherlands as part of the annual commemoration of the Battle for Arnhem in 1944.
Where soldiers and airmen from the Airborne Forces and Royal Air Force attempted to liberate Arnhem and capture the bridge crossing the Rhine river by glider and parachute drop.
 
The cadet participated in the Airborne March which is a 15 kilometre march following the route taken by the 2nd Battalion of the Parachute Regiment and undertook a battlefield tour with ended with cadets visiting the Oosterbeek War Cemetery were allied personnel are buried. This year was personal to our cadets as they visited the grave of a former Oxford Air Cadet Sergeant Malcolm Gwinn of the Glider Pilot Regiment who was killed at the battle
 
Flt Lt Nigel Furlong, officer commanding 2210 Cowley Squadron said "we not only train and educate our cadets in aviation but also aviation related history and the Battle of Arnhem touches our community whether its individuals such as Sgt Gwinn a former air cadet or local army regiments such as the Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry who fought at the battle to local air field such as RAF Harwell where the flew from. The cadets were superb ambassadors for both Oxford and the Royal Air Force Air Cadets"
 


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