South West Reservist and Cadet News - March 2015
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New RAF Reserve squadron for the South West

The Royal Air Force has opened a new Reserve squadron in the South West. 505 (Wessex) Squadron is a brand new Royal Air Force Reserve squadron based at RAF St Mawgan, in Newquay. Previously, the nearest RAF Reserve squadrons were in Cardiff and RAF Brize-Norton, both of which are over 200 miles away! The new squadron will be led by Commanding Officer, Squadron Leader David Mann.  
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Torquay Air Cadet wins first 'Cadet of the Week'

Air Cadet Corporal Dan Teasdale from 200 (Torquay) Squadron, has been announced as the very first Cadet of the Week by British Forces Broadcasting Service (BFBS).

Dan is the lead drummer of the Devon and Somerset Wing Band, and has also been part of the National Marching Band of the Air Cadet Organisation.

The Cadet of the Week competition is a new BFBS feature, and is open to all Cadet Forces.  Read more.

Help for Heroes recovery centre receives employment accolade

The Help for Heroes Recovery Centre Tedworth House has been recognised for the high level of support it offers reserve employees. Help for Heroes, a charity which offers lifelong support to wounded, injured and sick servicemen and women has seen all four of its recovery centres across the UK presented with a Silver Award under the Employer Recognition Scheme by SaBRE (Supporting Britain’s Reservists and Employers). Read more.

Army Cadet Force rebranding

The Army Cadet Force has recently been rebranded.  The reduced colour palette consists of four greens and four brights that can be used to accentuate and colour code leaflets.  With the new ‘Going Further’ strapline and new imagery, expect to see eye-catching but consistent new materials popping up throughout the region in the near future.  As well as the brand, the online brand centre has also been overhauled.  New templates are being added that will allow counties to produce professional looking, brand compliant materials with more options for customisation than before with just a few clicks of a mouse.  The new logos and colours are shown below.

New Portishead Cadet Centre named after local war hero

Tommy Broom, one of Britain’s most decorated war heroes, has been honoured with a permanent memorial after the new purpose-built Portishead Joint Cadet Centre was officially opened in his name.

The Squadron Leader Tommy Broom Centre in Station Road, developed at a cost of £420,000 by Wessex Reserve Forces & Cadets Association, provides state-of-the-art facilities for the town’s Air Training Corps and Army Cadet Force.

The building is on the site where the units struggled for years in portable buildings.  Read more.  To see the North Somerset Times's photo gallery click here.

Hundreds gather to pay respects to 'legendary' Air Cadet Instructor

A service of thanksgiving was held for the life of Warrant Officer (Air Training Corps) Gary Tonks at the Parish Church of All Saints, Martock on Monday 16 February 2015.

The service was attended by family, friends and colleagues. Group Captain Mike Remlinger (Regional Commandant for the Air Cadets in the South West) represented Air Commodore Dawn McCafferty (Commandant Air Cadets).

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Applying military intelligence to the engineering skills deficit

The following is an article by Atkins Global that looks at how Reservists and military veterans are well placed to address the UK engineering skills gap.

Any company operating in the engineering industry knows that their success is built upon the quality of their people. But if high calibre engineers are the backbone of our businesses, how will we fare in the face of the looming UK engineering skills shortage?

There’s no doubt that the imminent skills deficit has come about as a result of too few students studying STEM subjects combined with the Baby Boomer generation of engineers rapidly approaching retirement age. With this in mind, it is critical that we not only maintain but also increase the country’s pool of engineering talent. Without them, we will not have the engineers required to support the major domestic infrastructure projects that underpin the economic recovery and continued growth of the UK.  
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Reservists Share Skills With Senior Cadets

Army Cadets from across the South West took part in a training exercise run by Reservists from 6 Rifles. Senior Cadets from Devon, Somerset, Dorset, Wiltshire and Bristol attended the Advanced Fieldcraft Challenge, which took place at Okehampton Camp, Dartmoor.  Read more.

Falmouth and Penryn Sea Cadets honoured at annual presentation evening

Story and pictures are taken from The Falmouth Packet:

Falmouth and Penryn's sea cadets have been rewarded for their efforts in a ceremony which highlighted their achievements over the past year.The cadets of TS Robert Hichens were handed awards at the group's annual presentation evening on Thursday, February 19, during an evening which also marked the completion improvements to their headquarters.

The event was attended by a number of local dignitaries, the families of the cadets, and Falmouth and Truro MP Sarah Newton, while the unit president, retired Royal Navy Commodore Peter Fish, CBE, gave a short introduction and welcomed all the guests.  
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Sea Cadets Newsletter

The Sea Cadets February newsletter is now available.  For news about the Sea Cadets throughout the country click here.

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About Wessex RFCA

The Wessex Reserve Forces' & Cadets' Association is an independent, non-for-profit organisation dedicated to supporting and promoting the 3000 tri-service Reservists and 14,000 Cadets across the South West of England.

The RFCA is also required to assist the Defence Council and all three services at any level. To find out more about the RFCA
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Reservists come from all backgrounds, regions and jobs and get paid to train in their spare time. The Reserves cover all three services - The Royal Naval Reserve, Army Reserve, The Royal Marines Reserve and the Royal Air Force Reserve. Find out more.


The aim of the UK cadet forces are to contribute to the development of young people. Cadets have the chance develop new skills and qualities needed to ensure they become the next generation of responsible citizens. Find out more.

Alternative Venues

Alternative Venues Wessex has a range of interesting buildings available to rent across the South West - from fully equipped Cadet and Territorial Army Centres to beautiful listed buildings dating back hundreds of years. Find out more.

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