Crowborough & Courses

The Squadron deployed to Crowborough Training Camp to carry out field leadership in the Pippingford Park area. In spite of the glorious weather on the Saturday (it should have been raining!), various levels of training and testing were carried out with the cadets putting into practice lessons taught on the Squadron.

Whilst this was happening Sgt Michelle Cheah passed her Basic Coaching Course with 5 Small Arms Training Team and is now qualified to coach cadets whilst they are live firing. She can now progress onto a Range Conducting Officer course.

Cpl James Grant attended a NCO Course run by London Wing at Whipps Cross TA Centre, and came away with a highly placed pass. The course covered leadership, drill & uniform, presentations and the role of the NCO.

Exam Success

In the recent ATC National Exam the Sqn once again scored notable successess.

6 Cadets have passed their Staff Part 2 exam and have been awarded their Yellow Lanyard

11 Cadets Passed Staff Part 1 and are now eligable for a BTEC in Avaition Studies (worth a GCSE)

13 Cadets passed their Senior Exam
23 Cadets passed Leading

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23 Cadets passed Navigation and Airmanship in their Leading, and will complete by taking Principles of Flight in May

Full details are in the forum.

Adult Promotion

CWO Nic Hanson has now been offically promoted to the rank of Adult Sargent and joins the staff team of the Sqn after 7 years as a Cadet. WO Wright already has a few duties lined up for him!

A Very Social Weekend

The Squadron held its annual dinner and dance at Chigwell Police Club on Friday 11 March. Organsised by CWO Holly Brogden-Knight, a 140 Staff, Cadets, Ex Cadets, and committee members danced the night away after a first rate meal and some very short speeches!

On the Saturday the Committee held it annual Quiz Night at Trinity School and raised £780 towards the minibus fund.

Congratulations

A big congratulations to CWO Holly Brogden-knight who has been selected by London and South East Region Air Cadets as their top female cadet of the year. She now goes forward to the Corps competition for the best female cadet in the Corps. Well done Holly.

Daniel Goldman came second in the competition and as such wins the Pat Butler spitfire award. Another very good achievement.

More Flying Scholarship Success

Cpl Andy Webb has just gone solo at Dundee Airport after 7 hours of flying training. This is the third FS the Sqn has gained in the last month in spite of the Winter Weather!

Football Success

Whilst the Recruits were at Crowborough AWO Morris lead the Sqn’s Teams to the Annual Wing 5 a Side Footbal Tournament. Whislt the Junior Boys were soon knocked out the Senior Boys and the Girls went through to the finals, and whilst the Boys lost the Girls won. Well done to all participants.

Recruit Crowborough

Recruit Course 48 attended Crowborough Training Camp in Sussex over the weekend of the 25 – 27 Feb 05 for their attempt to gain the Sqn’s Black Witch Badge. The Cadets took part in a variety of activities, including Drill, Camp Assault Course, Natural Obstacle Course, Navigation Trg, and a Night Navigation Exercise on the Training Area. The weahter was grim, with both of the early morning runs being in snowy conditions, and several miniblizzards were experienced on Sunday.

However all Cadets passed the Course and were awarded their Black Witch Badge. Special congratulations go to Cdt Pierce who was selected as the Best Cadet of the Course. He will recieve his Trophy from the CO tonight.

Lord Lieutentant Cadets

Congratulations to CWO Holly Brogden-Knight who has been appointed as a Lord Lieutenants Cadet for Great London. This honour is for her outstanding service to the ATC over the last seven years.

The Lord Lieutentant is the Queens Offical representative in Counties and Cities, and appears on her behalf at many ceremonies and investitures. Holly will spend the next year assisting him at these events, and will be awarded a special badge to indicate her status.

In addition FS Paul Fothergill has been appointed a Deputy Lord Lieutenants Cadet for the Borough of Redbridge, which has a similar role at Borough Level. He will recieve his award in March at Redbridge Town Hall.

CWO Hanson Success

CWO Nic Hanson has just passed a Wing Board for promotion to Adult Sergeant. This means he will some be joining the Adult Staff of the Sqn and will become offically responsible for training the Cadets on the Sqn. Well done!