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.
Daniel Goldman came second in the competition and as such wins the Pat Butler spitfire award. Another very good achievement.
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!
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.
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 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!
Cadets attended a shooting practise at Pirbight Ranges on 20 Feb 05. After a bad start as the range had been doubled booked we were able to get two ranges up and running including a Falling Plate practise.
In spite of the biting wind it didnt snow and a number of Cadets achieved the following Marksman:
20 Cadets from the Sqn visited RAF Lyneham in Wiltshire, home of the RAF’s Hercules Fleet on Thursday and Friday of the Feb half term.
They visited 30 Sqn and were given a guided tour of the new C130 J model Herc by two pilots, the Tactical Medical Wing and medics, UK Mobile Air Movements Sqn, 47 Sqn Air Dispatch RLC (an Army unit who prepare parachute loads) who showed some spectactular footage of when it all goes wrong! Air Traffic Control, Fire Section and others.
Cadets also gained work experience in the Engineering Section, Armoury, and with the Aircrew. Some cadets were also able to ‘fly’ on simulator missions.
In the evening the cadets went bowling and to Laser Quest, where we were joined by some Scouts who where younger and much better at getting ‘kills’!