On Thursday 24th October 1996 (Earley) Squadron saw the opening of its new squadron building by the Mayor of Earley, Councillor Linda Chambers with a blessing by the squadron padre, Reverend Derek Spears. To celebrate the official opening and mark a key occasion in the squadrons history saw a formal parade of the thirty cadets from 1996 Sqn along with Wing Commander Chris Fisher VR(T), Officer commanding Thames Valley Wing, accompanied by Wing Warrant Officer, Scott Anderson.
Representatives of the Earley Lions attended the evening and Tony Milne presented Warrant Officer Miller a cheque for £350 in recognition of the efforts made by squadron cadets in assisting in their fundraising activities. This highlights the close link between the squadron and the local community.
1996 (Earley) Squadron Air Training Corps was formed in 1996 and has had three HQ locations before moving in to its current home, sharing with 1st Earley St. Peters Scouts. The squadron is commanded by Warrant Officer Seb Miller and is staffed by a number of Civilian Instructors. Cadets can join from the age of 13 and have the opportunity to learn skills such as airmanship, map reading, camp craft, self-defence, as well as having opportunity to fly and glide from local airbases. If you live in the local area and looking to join click here to find out more information.