Monthly Archives: February 2013

Alpine Adventure 2013

Fifteen cadets and staff from Thames Valley Wing have just returned from the 2013 Alpine Adventure ski trip in Bavaria, Germany. Alpine Adventure is a well established ATC activity that has been running for nearly 20 years and provides the opportunity for up to 80 cadets to either learn to ski, or to improve their skiing techniques.

The Thames Valley Wing cadets formed part of the South West Region contingent, staying at a 14th Century Mill in Wertach, along with cadets from Region, as well as others from Manchester, Middlesex and Kent. Continue reading

Aldermaston take to the Field

Cadets and staff from 2403 (Aldermaston) Squadron have been busy brushing up on Field Craft skills at their local Wasing training area. After an overcast and foggy start to the day the cadets and staff were blessed with the first rays of Spring sunshine later in the day.

After a revision session the cadets, led by Squadron boss Flight Lieutenant Penny Palmer, Flight Sergeant Chris Randall and Civilian Instructor Mark Beddoes, spent the rest of the day learning new skills working in small teams to complete a number of tasks which became more complex during the day. Continue reading

Newbury Archery Success

Cadets throughout Oxford, Berkshire and Hampshire will now be experiencing the fun and thrills of Archery following 11 staff and cadets completing ArcheryUK’s Leader Award.

Hosted by 211 (Newbury) Squadron, the 4 day course allowed staff from various Air Cadet Squadrons from Thames Valley Wing and Hampshire & Isle of Wight Wing to learn about delivering safe and enjoyable archery sessions to their cadets. Continue reading

Success breeds success for Commandant

Air Commodore Dawn McCafferty, boss of the entire Air Cadet Organisation, has visited Thames Valley Wing’s annual Training Day and Conference held at RAF Halton.

She gave a keynote address, briefing the staff and Staff Cadets on her first 100 days in command and her ambitious plans for the future. Addressing the Wing she said “success breeds success – I am blown away by the commitment you make!” She continued by saying how much her new role means to her “people are amazed when they hear that this role is the biggest command in the Royal Air Force – this is a massive job and the biggest challenge of my career – it’s the best job ever!” Continue reading