Monthly Archives: March 2013

A Bright New Dawn

Just as you thought Burghfield squadron had gone into hibernation for the winter.

Cadets of 2402 broke the early light to venture to the Madejski stadium in Reading to run and organise the first kit tent for the first 6000 half marathon runners on Sunday 17th March. With pride and enthusiasm as never before they worked through drilling rain and penetrating cold to: Receive, Organise, Store, Guard and Return over 5,500 pieces of personal equipment in record time. Continue reading

East Meets West to get “On target”!

A trial has been held by Thames Valley Wing East & West Sectors to explore how to help Squadrons deliver the Field Craft “Are You On Target” foundation module.

The initial trial was held at Bramley Training Area and focussed on the Foundation level of field craft in which cadets learn how to look after themselves in the field including lessons on hygiene, kit maintenance, cooking, shelter building and basic patrolling. Completing this day long training course means they can now sign up for the Wing’s Tactical Leader Camp’s. Continue reading

Reading Cadets Brush Up Field Skills

Cadets from 381 (Reading) Squadron joined forces with 1039 (Gillingham) Squadron to brush up on their field craft skills recently at Bramley Training Area in North Hampshire.

Under the expert guidance of the staff and older cadets, newer cadets learnt about the basics of personal administration and cooking in the field, right through to camouflage, concealment and patrolling. The skills learnt were put into practice on a navigation based night exercise as well as a team based “capture the flag” day exercise on the Sunday. Continue reading

Newbury Best in the Valley – It’s official!

The cadets and staff from 211 (Newbury) Squadron have narrowly beaten rivals 2507 (Bicester) Squadron in the Marshall Trophy – a competition to find the best Squadron in the Thames Valley. The trophy was collected by Commanding Officer Flt Lt Simon Cragg in his last duty as Squadron boss before moving to become Wing Staff Officer.

Sector Commander, Squadron Leader Mark Trevena, was pleased to see the trophy returning to West Berkshire “Newbury have always performed really well in the Marshal Trophy and I am really pleased they have won the silverware against some really strong competition with Bicester just a single point behind them”. Continue reading

Come On You Irish!

On a very cold Sunday 24 February, 54 cadets and 40 staff and friends, from 10 Squadrons across Thames Valley Wing, attended the Madjeski Stadium in Reading to see London Irish play London Wasps in the Aviva Premiership Rugby.  The event was organised between the RAF Benevolent Fund and London Irish, with the Club offering concessionary tickets to all within the RAF community, with a donation on RAF/ATC ticket sales towards the Fund.

Whilst an RAF Recruiting Trailer, and the Wing’s WASP Media trailer, demonstrated the ‘Light-Blue’ presence outside the Ground, the cadets enjoyed ‘team’ photos on the pitch before the match, and then provided a Guard of Hour, tunnel-lining party, for the teams as they came out for the second-half. Continue reading