Monthly Archives: March 2014

Central Sector Land at Henlow

24 cadets and a number of staff from Thames Valley wing attended the second in a series of weekend camps which Central sector visiting RAF Henlow. The majority of the cadets were new to their squadrons and this was their first camp with the ATC (Air Training Corps) and for some their first time staying away from home. Arriving on Friday evening all the cadets were briefed about the weekend by Sqn Ldr Senft who has organised the camps and everyone went off to their accommodation to get ready for a busy two days ahead. Continue reading

Over and Out – Cadets On The Air

Air Cadets from 2499 (Wokingham) & 1116 (Woodley) Squadron have successfully completed the Foundation Amateur Radio course at the HQ of 2499 Squadron. Joined by a candidate from Reading Sea Cadets the Cadets were tutored in a range of radio theory from antennas and transceivers to Electro-Magnetic Compatibility.

Practical training and assessments were also completed in preparing radio equipment for use, tuning antennas and operating on the air on both the VHF and HF bands. Additionally each candidate completed an appreciation of Morse code sending and receiving. Continue reading

Running to Success at Reading Marathon

Each year many squadrons from across the wing will take party in charity events to raise funds or support their local communities. 26 cadets from 1996 (Earley) Squadron were joined by colleagues from 2402 (Burghfield) & 1116 (Woodley) Squadrons’ and ran a left-kit marque at the Reading Half Marathon on Sunday 2nd March. Despite the cold, the wind and the drizzle there were smiles a’plenty for the 10,000 runners who left their gear in the tent, as well as congratulations. Continue reading

Alpine Adventure for Thames Cadets

On 14th February 2014, 33 Air Cadets and 9 staff from the South West Region, including the Thames Valley Wing Contingent of 3 staff and 10 cadets, set off for Alpine Adventure in Bavaria, Germany. The trip has been running in various forms for over 20 years, and provides cadets with the opportunity learn to ski or improve on their current level of skill, under the supervision of qualified ACO Alpine Ski Leaders. The coach made pickups in Exeter, Dorchester, Eastleigh, Chieveley, Langley and Maidstone en route to Dover. Continue reading

Behind the Scenes at RAF Brize Norton

2267 (Brize Norton) Squadron were recently given the opportunity to visit some of the sections on a normal working day to see all elements that sit behind running a busy RAF station.

During school half-term local cadets from 2267 (Brize Norton) Squadron ATC were taken around a variety of sections on station to see what they do and how it affects the role of the RAF. Continue reading