Corporal Andy Webb and Cadet Richard Hall have passed their Staff 2 Exam under the beady eye of Sqn Ldr Hale from London Wing HQ, and are now fully fledged Staff Cadets. They able to instruct and train other cadets on a wide variety of topics and to assist the staff in the running of the unit.
The Squadron now has a fully operational Air Rifle Range in the main hall. The 4 Lane range and firing plinths were built by staff and cadets, and has now been approved by Headquarters Air Cadets. Training for the Cadets to operate Air Rifles will commence shortly, and this will undoubtedly become an asset for Shooting on the Sqn.
The Sqn Shooting Team takes part in a number of competitions each year organised by the Council for Cadet Rifel Shooting (CCRS)on both small bore and full bore rifles. These competitions are shot between Cadet units of all 3 services in the UK and the Comonwealth.
The results are now in:
Fennell A (Target .22) – 6th
Fennell B (Service .22) – 5th
C (7.62mm Target Rifle) – 6th,20th and 24th
D (L98 5.56mm) – 1st, 2nd and 5th
Gold Medals to Charles Barnes , Tom Burgess and Alex Hanson (and a medal in the post to James Lopez Wickers!) and Silver Medals to Rudi Bustamantee, Yusif Lallo, Hardeep Marwah and Kyle O’Donovan.
E (Earl Roberts) – 2nd and 5th. Bronze Medals for Kris Pisano, David Zealander, Rudi Bustamante and Jay Bhadresha. (I dont know why these are not Silver Medals but there you go!)
This is the first time we have ever won a CCRS Competition, and opens our 2005 Season on a high note.
FS Daniel Goldman, his parents and the CO attended the presentation of the Pat Butler Award by the Spitfire Society on Saturday. The award is made by the Society to the two cadet selected by the Officers Commanding London & South Eastern Region and Central and East Region Air Cadets. This year FS Goldman was from our Squadron was selected to receive the award.
The ceremony took place at Old Warden Airfield, on arrival FS Goldman was met by the Chairman of the Society, Dennis, who very proudly pointed out the Squadron badge he was wearing on his blazer. By a remarkable coincidence Dennis was a member for 241 Squadron flying Spitfires in Italy and he lives just 20 miles from the Squadron. The CO has invited Dennis to visit the Squadron and meet the cadets and Dennis agreed to bring down several items of Squadron memorabilia.
FS Goldman received a cheque from the Society to help him in his aviation career he also received membership of the Society a great honour indeed. On behalf of the RAF and the Corps, Group Captain Ford, the Regional Commandant for Central East, thanked the Society for the generous awards
Following the presentation Peter Cunningham gave a very interesting talk on his flying career which commenced with him flying Spitfires in North Africa. The day concluded with lunch and allowed time to meet and talk to other members of the Society.
This was an exceptional day on all respects and one that FS Goldman, his family and the CO will never forget. The Squadron looks forward to the evening when it can welcome and host a wartime member of our parent Squadron of whom we have great pride in being associated with.
The following promotions took place on the presentation parade of the McGrath Trophy on Sunday, in front of over 120 cadets and staff.
Transferred to Headquarters Flight to take command and become the Senior Cadet NCO on the Squadron CWO Jason Reuben
Promoted to Flight Sergeant Head of Admin FS Michelle Cheah
Promoted to Corporal – Cpl Patrick McGranaghan
Promoted to Flight Sergeant as Flight Commander FS Anthony Makins
Promoted to Sergeant as 2 IC Sgt Tom Burgess
Promoted to Corporal as a Section Commander Cpl Caroline Dent
Promoted to Flight Sergeant as Flight Commander FS Laura Molen
Promoted to Sergeant as 2 IC Sgt James Grant
Promoted to Corporal as a section commander Cpl Kirsty Troy
Appointed Year One Head of Training & Development FS Paul Fothergill
Promoted to Flight Sergeant as Flight Commander Tom Henry
Promoted to Sergeant as 2 IC Sgt Kristina Pisano
Promoted to Corporal as Section Commander Cpl Carl Gheho
Appointed acting Section commander Cdt Daniel Smith
Congratulations to all those cadets who have been promoted they are all dedicated cadets who have worked hard for the benefit of Squadron and justly deserve their promotions.
On the third anniversary of AWO Norman McGrath BEM passing away, 106 cadets of the Squadron took part in the McGrath Trophy competition at Crowborough on Sunday. Norman gave 51 years unbroken service to the Squadron as adult staff, after 6 years in the Army during the Second World War, including active service in France and Germany.
The competition has been running for five years and is fiercely fought over by the 9 sections of the main Squadron. Led by their Corporal’s the sections train all year to become winners of the coveted trophy. The competition is a test of leadership and military skills and this years winner are:
Drill – 11 Section led by Cpl Troy
Shooting – 3 Section led by Cpl Cross
Steeple Chase – 6 Section led by Cpl Rice
Obstacle Course – 1 Section led by Cdt Lalloo
First Aid – 6 Section led by Cpl Rice
Leadership Skills – 1 Section led by Cpl Burgess
General Service Knowledge – 9 Section led by Cpl Grant
Camouflage and Concealment – 1 Section led by Cdt Lalloo
THE OVER ALL WINNER – 9 SECTION LED BY CPL JAMES GRANT
– 2nd 3 Section Led by Cpl Mike Cross
– 3rd 2 Section Led by Cdt Ali Lalloo
THE BEST FLIGHT – ONE FLIGHT
Many Congratulations to the winners but also to everyone who took part. The spirit and effort of the cadets on Sunday was outstanding and showed the true spirit of the Squadron and the Corps. I am sure Norman McGrath would be very proud of his Cadets and his Squadron.
I would like thank all of the SNCOs and Staff who helped run the event and also Dr Davies for judging the first aid competition.
By Sqn Ldr Chris Day, Officer Commanding.
In just a few days Ian Rogers, an ex cadet of the Squadron will heading off for Everest. Ian started his climbing career as a member of the Squadron’s first mountaineering team who summitted Mont Blanc in 1981. This trip will fulfil a dream of Ian’s which started as a cadet on the Squadron. We have received the following mail from Ian updating us in his expedition.
In a few days time I shall be heading for the Himalayas and joining an expedition to climb to the North Col of Everest. At just over 7000m/23,000ft the North Col is the gateway to Everest’s North Ridge and the key to an ascent of Everest from the North. It is reached by way of a 2,000ft headwall of snow and ice that rises from the basin of the East Rongbuk Glacier in Tibet. The climb to the North Col is one of the steepest and most physically demanding sections of the North Ridge route on Everest.
The expedition will itself be part of the larger Jagged Globe Everest North Ridge Expedition and we will join the main summit team at Advance Base Camp. This team is one of the strongest and most experienced on the mountain, with three of the team having previously summited Everest from the more traditional, southern side of the mountain in Nepal. Most notably, the summit team also includes the legendary polar explorer Sir Ranulph Fiennes, who aims to add Everest to his already extraordinary list of achievements.
For me, to climb on Everest is the realisation of a long-held dream and it would be great if I could also use the opportunity to raise a little money in aid of a very good cause – Cancer Research UK.
The North Col is a tough challenge. At these altitudes there is just 40% of the oxygen normally found at sea level and the rarefied air makes even the simplest of tasks a huge effort. Contrary to popular belief, there are no easy ways up Everest. Only one climber in ten reaches the summit and for every five that do reach the top, one will die trying. It is a pretty harsh environment!
Your sponsorship would be greatly appreciated and undoubtedly give me a much-needed boost during my breathless flog up the mountain!
To pledge/donate, please visit http://www.justgiving.com/ianrogers
Cpls Natalie Ali and Tommy Rice have just returned from a two week camp at RAF Akrotri in Cyprus. Full details to follow.
3 more Cadets have completed their Gliding Induction Courses at 614 VGS Weathersfield on Saturday 16 Apr 05, and can now go onto their Gliding Scholarships.
Cdt Ashton – Griffiths