South West Region

News from South West Air Cadets for 12/30/2014

View the HTML Version   The latest news from Air Cadets in the South West ------------------------------------------------------------[UNIQID] Updates from ** South West Air Cadets ------------------------------------------------------------ Contents: * Cadets Christmas Charity events * 2 QAIC students for QAIC 7 * New Sector Officer for South West Sector of Wing * Cadets Perform a Musical Tribute to Christmas Day Truce. * Rugby Personality Puma Flight Day * Cowley Training Weekend * THE Devon & Somerset Wing MERCURY * Three Jersey Air Cadet’s become the first Governor’s Cadets! * Cadet delivers Christmas Single to Number 10 * Junior Leaders Founder Trek the Falklands for Charity. ** Cadets Christmas Charity events ------------------------------------------------------------ By RAF Air Cadets News on Dec 21, 2014 12:12 pm Royal Air Force Air Cadets from all over the Country have been taking part in various charity events, from bag-packing, delivering Christmas presents to a Santa Dash to give something back, to their local community. Read in browser » ([UNIQID]& ** 2 QAIC students for QAIC 7 ------------------------------------------------------------ By Deputy B&G Wing Media Communications Officer on Dec 20, 2014 10:47 am This year sees two cadets from Bristol & Gloucestershire Wing on the Qualified Aerospace Instructors Course at MoD Boscombe Down. The QAIC Course runs from September to Easter and culminates in a graduation ceremony held in the Officers’ Mess at RAF Linton on Ouse, Yorkshire. Cadet White aka callsign CASPAR from 1245 (Cirencester) and Cadet Woodrow aka callsign WALDO from 2442 (Westbury on Trym) are both very committed cadets and both work brilliantly in their syndicates. However, over Christmas they will be working hard on their Air Power essays and also on their 45 minute presentations which they present to an … Continue Reading → ( Read in browser » ([UNIQID]& ** New Sector Officer for South West Sector of Wing ------------------------------------------------------------ By Deputy B&G Wing Media Communications Officer on Dec 20, 2014 10:46 am Since the recent promotion of Squadron Leader Nigel Roebuck to his new job as Wing Executive Officer, South West Sector has found itself needing a new Sector Officer. Flight Lieutenant John Radford RAFVR(T) the Officer Commanding 2467 (Nailsea) Squadron Air Cadets has recently been promoted to the rank of Squadron Leader and he now takes on the role of Sector Commander for the South West Sector of Bristol and Gloucestershire Wing. Squadron Leader Radford will in the immediate future continue to command Nailsea Squadron whilst also becoming line manager to Clevedon, Portishead, Speedwell and Bristol Airport Squadrons. Comprising nearly 200 … Continue Reading → ( Read in browser » ([UNIQID]& ** Cadets Perform a Musical Tribute to Christmas Day Truce. ------------------------------------------------------------ By RAF Air Cadets News on Dec 19, 2014 12:12 pm Cadet marching band and choir collaborated to perform to more than 17,000 football fans to remember the World War One Christmas truce. Read in browser » ([UNIQID]& ** Rugby Personality Puma Flight Day ------------------------------------------------------------ By CI Mark Gray on Dec 18, 2014 09:59 am Hot on the heels of his 100th cap as Captain of the New Zealand All Blacks and a convincing 34-16 win over Wales, Richie McCaw took to the skies with RAF Spitfires Rugby 7s player Flight Lieutenant Steve Mills in an RAF Puma 2 before honouring his heritage with a tour of the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight at RAF Coningsby. McCaw, who is also a qualified pilot, became an honorary Squadron Leader with the Royal New Zealand Air Force (RNZAF). CWO J Dove 2477 (Britwell) and FS A Gibbs 2507 (Bicester) Squadron were chosen to accompany Ritchie McCaw on his Puma flight and both of whom are members of the wing rugby team. CWO J Dove provides Thames Valley Wing media with an account of the day. “Flt Lt Mills, a RAF pilot and captain of the Puma 2, showed the most-capped All Blacks Captain the capabilities of the newest Support Helicopter in the RAF fleet. The Puma 2, capable of carrying the All Blacks team or up to 16 fully equipped troops, picked up McCaw during a routine training sortie to demonstrate the aircraft’s capabilities and share insights into how qualities such as teamwork and leadership exist in both flying and rugby. The day started with a 4:30 wake up to get ready set to leave for RAF Benson at 5:15. We arrived at the guardroom at 6:15 to check in Get security passes for the cars. At about 6:30 we were at the hanger ready for our safety brief as the hanger began to light up with the RAF personnel scrambling around for the final preparations of the pumas before takeoff. We received our safety briefs, got our helmets and were ready to go. There was some doubt about the weather as there was a low fog coming in which worried the Aircrew but fortunately the sun came up just in time to stop the fog from being a hazard and we were ready for takeoff. At this point in time myself and FS Gibbs had not been told who the Rugby star was and waited in anticipation to find out. We had a few names flying around like, Johnny Wilkinson the Hero behind England’s defeat of Australia in the 2003 world cup final. Or maybe was it one of the Underwood brothers as one of them had served in the RAF themselves so would have close ties to the Armed forces still. Five minutes before take-off the Media Officer from RAF Benson informed us that the celebrity was one of the single greatest rugby players of all time, captain of the All Blacks team, Riche McCaw. I hadn’t even met the man yet and I was already nervous. We lifted off at 0800 precisely as the RAF always is and in no time at all we was already at RAF Northolt. The Loadmaster Jump off the puma to collect Riche and bring him to the aircraft quickly and safely. He got into the aircraft with a short sharp hello and then went and sat in the cockpit of the aircraft with the two pilots. Before we knew it we had taken off again and were on our way to RAF Conningsby. After about an hour flight we landed at Conningsby where Riche was whisked off into a car and very quickly disappeared. This was a problem…. me and FS Gibbs were supposed to be taken to the car and off with Riche but the whole speed that the situation was taking place set up some confusion. The media officer with us tried to get a hold of somebody to get us back to Riche but nobody had a clue where he was or where he was going first. Luckily we were escorted by an RAF officer who worked in Air traffic control so we were able to get a tour around the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight and the Air Traffic control tower. At 1300 we knew Riche would be back and in 29 squadron’s crew room and right on queue he was. The stations rugby team was there to greet him along with a few more rugby enthusiast and he was swarmed with people wanting photos and him to sign shirts, rugby balls and all sorts. News came in that the helicopter would have to leave earlier because bad weather was coming into Benson so everything began to move a lot fast. A mad rush and Riche was gone again to meet with local schools’ rugby teams to give a talk on the importance of fitness. After a fairly rushed talk and meet and greet we were off again to meet with the puma. Time a quick snap in front of the Puma then straight on and dust off. The sun was setting and it was beginning to get cold but Riche sat there un-phased as he read threw his spitfire magazine he had collected from somewhere or other. We dropped him off at Northolt once again and said a quick goodbye and what a pleasure it had been to meet him and that was it he was off and we continued our journey back to Benson. We arrived back to Benson to the sun just about to fully set on this action packed but heavily tiresome day. We landed thanked the aircrew for their friendliness and obviously for being our personal chauffeurs for the day. Read in browser » ([UNIQID]& ** Cowley Training Weekend ------------------------------------------------------------ By CI Mark Gray on Dec 17, 2014 09:26 pm During the weekend of 13-14 December cadets from 2210 Squadron of the Royal Air Force Air Cadets, based in Sandy Lane West, Oxford attended training courses at RAF Halton. Cadet Sergeant Karen Furlong and Cadet Priyank Gandhi completed and passed their St John's Ambulance Youth First Aid qualification, while Cadet Corporal Lilly August and Cadet Nic Nanthacumar competed their Expedition First Aid Course. Cadet Andrzej Chmielewski, meanwhile completed his provisional radio operator training at RAF Halton the same weekend. All passed with flying colours. Flight Lieutenant Nigel Furlong, the officer commanding 2210 Squadron praised the cadets participation in their training courses "Our cadets give up their time not just for activities such as flying, sports and adventure training but also learning skills important to life and gaining real qualifications relevant to employers." 2210 Cowley Squadron is part of the Royal Air Force Air Cadets and is based in Sandy Lane West, Blackbird Leys and is the largest and most active of the three air cadet units in the Oxford Area. The squadron is open to new cadets all year round and meets on Monday and Wednesday evenings each week, every week other than the week between Christmas and New Year. The squadron can be contacted on Telephone: 01865 777055, email: ( or visit our website at: Read in browser » ([UNIQID]& ** THE Devon & Somerset Wing MERCURY ------------------------------------------------------------ By Region Media Communications Officer on Dec 17, 2014 10:04 am . TAKE A LOOK! now available on facebook …. THE MERCURY is THE PR MAGAZINE with masses of news about the huge range of AIR CADET activities across DEVON SOMERSET WING. Always a good range of interestingly written contributions from squadrons and sectors as well as about wing-wide events, and full of great images of staff and cadets […] Read in browser » ([UNIQID]& ** Three Jersey Air Cadet’s become the first Governor’s Cadets! ------------------------------------------------------------ By Wing Webmaster on Dec 16, 2014 01:39 pm In the summer of 2014 cadets from Jersey were given the chance to apply, for the first time, a position as Lieutenant Governors Cadet. The position would require cadets to help His Excellency the Lieutenant Governor of Jersey with Royal Visits, special military parades and other important events. This would be awarded to the six […] Read in browser » ([UNIQID]& ** Cadet delivers Christmas Single to Number 10 ------------------------------------------------------------ By RAF Air Cadets News on Dec 10, 2014 12:12 pm A lucky air cadet was on hand to help present the RAF Benevolent Fund single to the 10 Downing Street, Read in browser » ([UNIQID]& ** Junior Leaders Founder Trek the Falklands for Charity. ------------------------------------------------------------ By RAF Air Cadets News on Dec 04, 2014 12:12 pm The founder of the RAF Air Cadet Junior Leaders leads a 120km trek across the Falklands for the RAF Benevolent Fund. 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