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CADET FORCES PIPING AND DRUMMING COMPETITIONS SATURDAY 19TH OCTOBER 2013
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On Sat 19th October, I attended the Cadet Pipes and Drums Competition held at the Army Schoo [ ... ]
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Applications are now being accepted for the RAF Association Flying Scholarship scheme. The scheme is open to members of the ATC, CCF (RAF) and GVCAC
Air Cadets and Staff at 115 (Peterborough) Squadron Air Training Corps are celebrating after being awarded the Freedom of the City of Peterborough.
617 Dambusters survivor Squadron Leader "Johnny" Johnson guest of honour at Parade
Air Cadets from (1188) Coalville Squadron are supporting the troops abroad by sending them shoeboxes full of gifts for Christmas
1. With some minor exceptions, there is no MTP-PCS scaling for the ACO. However, as this clothing has become more readily available from commercial suppliers and through Army/ACF sources, this document clarifies the regulations for wearing MTP-PCS. 2. Scaled MTP-PCS. MTP is scaled for some units in the ACO (SATTs and JLs) where this type of clothing is considered appropriate for ‘normal working dress’. Scaling is on a minimum to meet the task. 3. Part Worn MTP-PCS. Limited stocks of part worn, serviceable MTP-PCS are becoming available from Service sources but will be in short supply for some time in both quantity and sizes. It may be made available to units and individuals as and when available. MTP-PCS may also be available though local contact with Army/ACF units. 4. MTP-PCS Bought from a Commercial Supplier. MTP-PCS is now freely available from commercial suppliers at a cost to the individual. This clothing, which is similar in design and colour to the Service MTP-PCS, may be worn. However, the quality of this clothing might not always be up to the same standard as the Service-issue equivalent. This should be born in mind before any purchase. 5. Gore-Tex MTP-PCS. MTP-PCS Gore-Tex waterproof clothing is in very short supply and is unlikely to be issued to individuals or units; therefore CS95 Gore-Tex may be worn in adverse weather conditions. 6. Wearing of MTP-PCS in the ACO. Regardless of origin, MTP-PCS is to be worn as a full suit – ie trousers and shirt, plus jacket as required. It can be worn with either a green or brown Tee Shirt as an under garment. Apart from Gore-Tex (para 5), there is to be no mixing of MTP and CS95 clothing. However during the transition from CS95 to MTP-PCS it is accepted that units undergoing field-type training will have staff/cadets in both CS95 and MTP-PCS. 7. Boots. May be of either the Black or Brown Service issue pattern, or obtained by private purchase but which conform to the same safety requirement, style and colour of the standard service issue boots. 8. AP 1358(C) - ACO Dress Regulations will be amended in due course. THE ROUTINE, STANDARD DRESS FOR THE ACO REMAINS ‘BLUES’ FOR ALL STAFF AND CADETS.
Royal Air Force Air Cadets were on cloud nine at the weekend, as six-time Olympic gold medallist Sir Chris Hoy attended his first air cadet event since being appointed as the uniformed youth organisation’s Honorary Ambassador. The Olympic hero was guest of honour at the Scotland & Northern Ireland annual Regional Field Day in Fife, which saw him proudly parade in his RAF uniform for the first time. Sir Chris, or Group Captain Hoy of the Volunteer Reserve (Training), came face-to-face with hundreds of cadets, who were visibly delighted to meet their new ambassador and took the opportunity to tell him about their many achievements and activities, including flying any gliding, Adventurous Training, first aid, aircraft modelling and recognition, sport, music, Duke of Edinburgh Awards and drill. Sir Chris paid tribute to the work of the thousands of adult volunteers who support the Air Cadet Organisation and welcomed the opportunity to inspect his first parade and present prizes to the top cadets from across the Region. Reflecting on his day with the cadets, Sir Chris explained why he had accepted the role: "My first visit with the RAF Air Cadets has confirmed just how much these amazing young people are able to achieve with the support of highly motivated volunteers. I have been really impressed by the standards of discipline shown by the cadets, their team spirit and the strong sense of friendly competition." Regional Commandant for Scotland and Northern Ireland, Group Captain Jim Leggat, told of his delight at hosting Sir Chris for his first air cadet event. He said: "Sir Chris has truly inspired our cadets and volunteers today and we are proud to have had the opportunity to introduce him to the Air Cadet Organisation. We thank him for taking time out of his busy diary to spend time with us and allow cadets and staff to ask him questions about his inspirational career." Air Commodore Dawn McCafferty, Commandant of the Air Cadet Organisation, hopes to welcome Sir Chris to further cadet events in 2014 and hopes he will inspire others to join the organisation, as cadets or adult volunteers, allowing more young people to experience all that is on offer in this world class uniformed youth organisation.
On Sunday 22nd September 2013 cadets from 379 (County of Ross) Squadron , Air Training Corps, based in Alness, Ross-shire represented the Highland Wing at the Scotland & Northern Ireland Regional Competition Field day held at HMS Scotia, Rosyth. Cadets were participating in the regional competition for aircraft recognition and model making. The day was made special by having the new Air Cadet Ambassador, Honorary Group Captain Sir Chris Hoy in attendance. Sir Chris has close family ties to the RAF, has flown in a Typhoon aircraft at RAF Leuchars, and has already demonstrated a very keen interest in the Air Cadets organisation. With an excellent reputation as a hardworking, high-achieving sportsman and an outstanding team player, Sir Chris is seen as an ideal ambassador for the Corps, complementing the cadets’ core values of teamwork and excellence. His pedigree as one of the most successful, iconic British Olympians makes him the ideal role model for young people and the adult volunteers who support them. This was the first cadet event that Sir Chris has attended in his new role as Air Cadet Ambassador. During the day he took time to view and speak to cadets participating in the various competitions undergoing and he presented prize winners with trophies and medals during the competition winner’s ceremony. He went away very impressed with our cadets and staff that make up Scotland and Northern Ireland Region. The model making competition saw a third place prize in the aircraft category for Cadet Alex Wright, from Dornoch. In the aircraft recognition competition Highland Wings under 16 team came runner up, the team consisting of Cadets Bethan Recce, from Alness and Andrew Bannerman, from Newmore. Cadet Andrew Bannerman secured top individual spot in the under 16 competition with an impressive score of 28 out of 30. The open aircraft recognition competition saw more success for 379 (County of Ross) Squadron taking top prize in the team - Flight Sergeant Tristan Dobson, Cadet Drew Mackay, both from Invergordon and Cadet Andrew Bannerman making up the team. Flight Sergeant Tristan Dobson also went on to take top individual prize with Cadet Drew Mackay coming runner up. This results sees Highland Wing represented by 379 (County or Ross) Squadron, for an unprecedented 7th year in a row attending the Corps Finals for aircraft recognition, this year taking place in November at RAF Cosford. Flight Lieutenant Dobson, Commanding Officer for 379 (County of Ross) Squadron said, ‘The staff and I at the squadron are extremely proud of our young adults and the achievements they have made. Without the dedication of the cadets and that of our aircraft recognition trainer, Civilian Instructor Eddie Wallace, these results could not be realised and we are proud again to have the chance of representing the Wing and Region at the National competition in November. For such a small squadron these results are phenomenal and if there are young people who want to become part of our story they should come along to the squadron and take up the challenge of becoming an air cadet.’
On the 14th September 2013 at Skydive St Andrews, Glenrothes, Fife, Cadet Flight Sergeant Alex Smith from 379 (County of Ross) Squadron based in Alness carried out a Tandem Sky Diving Challenge jump from 10000 feet. The jump was carried out to raise money and awareness for the UCL Amyloidosis Research Fund in memory of her Grandad who passed away from this horrible disease in January this year. University College London is the only centre in the UK dedicated to research, diagnostic testing and providing advice on treatment of this rare disease from which about 3,000 people in the UK suffer. It is a very complex, poorly understood disease caused by an abnormal protein in the bone marrow and often takes some years to diagnose due to doctors not recognising the symptoms. By the time patients are referred, the disease can be quite advanced because amyloid deposits have settled in major organs causing damage to their structure and function. There is no treatment or cure as such. Cadet Flight Sergeant Smith along with her father, Paul Smith, who also carried out the jump, raised over £1000 towards the charity and she can still accept donations if anyone is interested which can be done on-line at the JustGiving web site on the following web address—http://www.justgiving.com/Alexandra-Smith8 All monies raised will help in research into Amyloidosis and will hopefully at some stage save lives. Although this project was undertaken by Cadet Flight Sergeant Smith under her own initiative, it was fully supported by the Squadron and joint fundraising events throughout the summer were undertaken at local community events, where raffle type stalls were utilised to raise funds and awareness.
The Battle of Britain was marked by a parade and church service in Stornoway on 15th September 2013. Despite the forecast of gales and rain and the threat that the parade could be scuppered by the poor weather, a lull in the gales allowed the event to go-ahead. Taking part were veteran RAF servicemen, members of the local Royal Air Forces Association, a contingent from RAF Benbecula radar station, and Air Cadets from 1731 ( Isle of Lewis) Squadron as well as representatives from the local Merchant Navy Association. A parade took place before and after the service in Martin’s Memorial Church in Stornoway which was also attended by Isles’ MSP Alasdair Allan and Lord Lieutenant Sandy Matheson. Wing Commander Brian Munro, Highland Wing, stressed the event was of “high importance as it commemorates the fact that in September 73 years ago there was a huge armada of German aeroplanes intend on attacking our islands. We only had about 650 planes to repel them so it was a David and Goliath task. We were successful and we want to commemorate that we lost about 600 airmen during the battle. We meet to think about them and about the huge commitment by the Royal Air Force to secure our country.” Wing Commander Munro pointed out that the Western Isles played a “significant” role in Britain’s air defences. He highlighted that Stornoway throughout the war years was very important for air cover in securing the sea lanes to and from America. The RAF continued to be stationed at Stornoway airport, also used as a NATO base, until recently. Article and picture courtesy of the Hebrides News.