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Written by Jerry Godden   
Friday, 11 July 2014 19:41

Three Teams from the Sqn were selected to attend the Inter Service Cadet Rifle Meet from 03 - 06 Jul at the national Shooting Centre at Bisley. This is the most prestigious shooting event of the cadet calendar and saw 109 Teams from the Sea, Army and Air Cadets competing for the Cadet 100 Award and other trophies. In addition there were teams present from the Canadian Cadet Forces. We had both blazing sunshine and rain over the four days of shooting. The Cadet 100 is awarded to the top 100 shots of the competition, out of the around 500 cadets firing in the event. The L81 7.62 Target Rifle is used at ranges of 300, 500 and 600 yards, and the cadets also shot in the Bisley V Competition at 900 and 1000 yards.

This year 2 Cadets qualified for their Cadet 100s - Sgt Max Lungu and Cpl Stephen Raj; being in the 100 best shots from all 4 cadet services, an excellent achievement!

 
Award of BEM to WO Phil Wright PDF Print E-mail
Written by Jerry Godden   
Friday, 13 June 2014 22:27

The Sqn is pleased is announce that Her Majesty the Queen has honoured Warrant Officer (ATC) Phillip Wright with the award of the British Empire Medal (BEM) in the Birthday Honours List for his 42 years of service on and to 241 Squadron. Phil, who is only the second Squadron Warrant Officer we have had since 1952, has followed in the footsteps of WO Norman McGrath who was also awaded the BEM in the 1970s.

Phil's service to the Squadron, Corps and local community of Wanstead and Woodford and beyond has been outstanding and has included being the ATC WO at the Royal Albert Hall for the Festival of Remberance coordinating the ATC contingent, training the Sqn Drill Team to win the Wing Drill Trophy 7 times, running the Sqn recruit courses, at times single handedly, organsing his team of Cadet NCOs and cadets to induct and train new recruits (averaging around 100 recruits a year), and ensuring hundreds of cadets have taken to the air by staffing weekday flying sorties amongst many, many activities, events, facilitation, training and unseen hard work to further the young people on the Squadron.
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A well deserved honour to a stalwalt of the Squadron, Wing and Air Training Corps.

Last Updated on Friday, 13 June 2014 22:34
 
Cadets learn new skills PDF Print E-mail
Written by Jerry Godden   
Friday, 13 June 2014 19:08

Over the last few weeks cadets from the Squadron have been learning new skills in a wide variety of area. Mountain skills in north Wales where on the menu for cadets practising for their Silver expeditions with navigation, weather and fitness to the fore. Other cadets have been training on the L98 rifle and firing on the electric DCCT system and will soon be live firing on an external range, and Cdt Sgt Sadler has qualified as an Archery Leader (courtesy of 31 Sqn) and will now be instructing cadets in a different kind of marksmanship with the bow and arrow!

 
The Sqn remembers PDF Print E-mail
Written by Jerry Godden   
Thursday, 22 May 2014 09:41

On Monday the Squadron unveiled a permament memorial to ex Cadet Tom Curry who was killed in Afghanistan in 2007 whilst serving with 42 Commando Royal Marines. Martin Curry, Toms father was present, as were a large number of ex cadets and staff who had served with Tom on the Sqn. Tom won the Commando Medal during his training, having been voted by his peers as the man whose character best reflected the Commando qualities of unselfishness, leadership, determination, and cheerfulness in the face of adversity. He was also awarded a postumous Mention in Dispatches for his bravery in Afghanistan. We will remember him.

Last Updated on Thursday, 22 May 2014 09:54
 
Cadets pass out PDF Print E-mail
Written by Jerry Godden   
Tuesday, 27 May 2014 19:37

On Monday 19 May Recruit Flight 75 formally passed out of their recruit training. After a packed 6 - 8 months of training the cadets were posted into the main 2 Flights on the Sqn. Their training has consisted of learning about the ATC and RAF, Weapon Training, use of radios, Expedition Training, Drill, Sport, and Airmanship, having the opportunity to take part in powered flying and rifle shooting, and completing a recruit training weekend at Crowborough Training Camp.

Their proud parents watched a drill display by the cadets and were then given a presentation of what their young people had achieved and the opportunities open to them in the future by Plt Off Myles Webb and the Flight Commander, FS Tom Bean. The Flight was then marched onto the Sqns Final Parade and the cadets welcomed to the main Sqn by the OC, Sqn Ldr Jerry Godden, and then posted to their new Flights, where a bright future awaits them. A number of cadets were presented with awards; for Shooting - Cdt Hulbert, Best Cadet - Cdt Walton, Best Drill - Cdt Hutchinson, Best Exams - Cdt Holder, Best Sport - Cdt Hercules

 

Last Updated on Tuesday, 27 May 2014 19:45
 
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