South West Region

Learning to Lead at Devon Somerset Wing Camp

[caption id="attachment_7317" align="alignleft" width="300"]Photo 1 – Lord Lieutenant visits Photo 1 – Lord Lieutenant visits[/caption]               From a press release by Squadron Leader Dave Rolfe, Media Communications Officer, Devon Somerset Wing Air Cadets from Devon & Somerset Wing have returned from Exercise Phoenix Griffin where volunteer cadets and adult staff deployed to Swynnerton Camp in Staffordshire for a training week. Activities included first aid training and realistic casualty scenarios, initiative and military skills, target shooting, and a visit from the RAF Motivational and Leadership Team, all designed to develop team leadership and personal confidence. Volunteer staff from a wide variety of civilian backgrounds including: paramedics, police officers, businessmen, engineers and teachers, give up their time to support the cadets. VIP visitors included Lady Elizabeth Gass, the Lord Lieutenant of Somerset, and Air Chief Marshal Sir Peter Squire, who enjoyed seeing the activities on offer. Dave Rolfe said, “The camp is a fantastic experience for the cadets, many of whom have not stayed away from home before. They become self-reliant, motivated and confident in their own abilities, as well as having a lot of fun, but none of these activities could take place without the adult staff." There are staff vacancies at several squadrons in Devon Somerset Wing - prior military service is not a prerequisite but, of course, former service personnel will be welcomed. [caption id="attachment_7318" align="alignleft" width="300"]Photo 2 – Learning the principles of flight Photo 2 – Learning the principles of flight[/caption]                 Air Cadets is open to young men and women aged between 12 and 20. Flying, gliding, sports and adventure training are just some of the major activities. For further information contact Wing Headquarters on 01392 275173 or visit www.aircadets.org. ENDS [caption id="attachment_7319" align="alignleft" width="300"]Photo 3 – Practical leadership exercise Photo 3 – Practical leadership exercise[/caption]               Photo 1 – Lord Lieutenant visits Exercise Phoenix Griffin Photo 2 – Learning principles of flight Photo 3 – Practical leadership exercise

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