OC’s New Year Message

As usuual at this time of year I take this opportunity to reflect on the year gone by and look forward to year ahead. 2013 was another busy year for the Squadron and one whch was crammed full of activities and opportunities for our cadets.

The Sqn won the Marling Trophy at the Inter Service Cadet Skill at Arms Meeting in October, the first time the Sqn has won silver in this competition, and achieved 2 Corp Blues for Shooting for CWO Raj and Sgt Lungu in .22 and Full bore shooting. This was on top of three Cadet 100s at ISCRM, and a Cadet 50 at CISSAM.Additionally the Sqn provided half of the Wings winning shooting team at the Region Field Day.

At Wing Level the Sqn participated in every competition and won the Banner Drill competition and came second in the Cross Country and Aircraft Recognition as well as partcipating in the Lord Mayors Show and the life of the local community with Armed Forces Day and Remberance weekend.

Cadets went international with CWO Hulbert visiting Australia on IACE, CWO Raj visiting Kenya with the John Thornton Foundation and CWO Mandalia visiting France with IACE, Additionally 3 Cadets attended overseas camps in Gibralter, with another 3 visiting Cyprus and three others Germany.

CWO Mandalia and Sgt Cooney went solo on Flying Scholarships, as did FS Puzrikova, Cpl Outzen and Cpl Spence on Gliding Scholarships, whilst CWO Mandalia was the wing representative for the Dacre Sword and reached the final 22 candidates in the Duke of Westminsters Award, as well as being appointed as the Lord Lieutenants Cadet for London.

4 Cadets passed Air Cadet Leadership Courses at Cranwell and Frimley Park, with Cpl Richards wining the Kriegie Trophy and FS Puzrikova the Cubby Sword as the best cadets at each location. CWO Raj passed out of the Junior Leaders Course, the Sqns 7th graduate of this demanding course and FS Goldsmith became the Sqns 2nd Qualified Aerospace Instructor Cadet.

Duke of Endinburghs Awards were to the fore with 7 Golds, 9 Silvers and 23 Bronzes and the Sqn also gained Young Life Saver First Aid Awards,Radio Certificates (Full and Provisional), BTEC’s in Public Service and BTEC’s in Aviation Studies

Cadet attended Corps and Wing shooting camps, Bisley Shooting Camp and several weekend camps at Crowborough, and we also worked with cadets and staff from other Squadrons and Wings. Cadets also raised money for charities including the Royal British Legion, raising over £6000 for the poppy appeal.

The Sqn now has a band, which had progressed a long way in the 4 months it has been formed and we look forward to the band leading the Sqn on Remberance Day 2014.

I have missed much out in the cause of brevity. However it can be seen that this was another busy and successful year. Our aims for this forthcoming year include competing in all Wing events to the best of our ability, new cadets to bring forward and perhaps the most difficult and ongoing task of all, to maintain our high standards and ethos!

I would like to close by stating the Sqn never stands still and is always looking for the next challenge whilst reinforcing on our successes. I would like to especially thank the Staff for their outstanding hard work and dedication without whom nothing happens! (and their wives and partners, who’s support is vital and much appreciated!). I would also like to thank the cadets for their hard work and enthusiasm, and to the Committee for their hard work in providing support and excellent catering at our events. Happy New Year!