20 members of the Squadron’s Mountaineering Team have just returned from a weeks winter skills training in Scotland. The team received instruction in snow craft (including use of ice axe and crampons) they learnt about setting up belays in snow and took part in ice climbing at the Ice Factor. During the week they summitted two mountains over 4,000 feet high – both in complete white out conditions.
Following the very successful expedition to Ecuador in 2004, the team are currently training to take part in a major expedition to Bolivia in 2007. This week offered the team a chance to develop the specialist winter skills required for such a trip. In addition to mountaineering, on the rest day the cadets visit Fort George and had a great time on the slides of the Inverness Aqua Dome.
Cadets attended Pirbright Ranges on Thursday 31 March to fire the L98 rifle on a 25m Barrack Range. 1800 rounds where dispatched, and congratulations to Sgt Cheah, Cdt Bhadresha and Cdt McGranaghan for achieving their Corps Marksman Badge, and Cdt Thomas on his Region Marksman.
No so many congratulations to Cpl Pisano who ordered the pizza on our return, as not all of us got three pieces!!!!
On Good Friday Cadets attended 614 VGS at Weathersfield in Essex to carry out glider flying training. All four cadets successfully passed their Gliding Induction Course on the Viking glider during the day. They will now be eligable for a Gliding Scholarship when they are 16.
Cdt Brad Davis
Cdt Ryan O’Grady
Cdt Olivia Cocker
Cdt Kourtney Shaw
In addition Flt Lt Godden also had several flights including a low level pass over the control caravan at 50 feet!
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.
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
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.
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!
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.
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!
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.