At the start of the year, the Squadron had a full and busy calendar of activities to look forward to through 2020. Unfortunately, the impact of COVID-19 has prevented us from doing these activities though everyone on Squadron knows that this is the correct thing to do to protect each other and the NHS.
However, our Squadron crest bears the motto ‘Ad Augusta per angusta’, which translates from Latin to English as ‘Through difficulties to honours’ and so we remember this as we change the method of training delivery with the staff facing the difficulties in order to ensure the Cadets can be honoured with continued training.
Well done to all cadets and adult volunteers who took part in the South West Region sports day covering rugby, netball, football and hockey and congratulations to all who were selected for the South West region teams.
Thames valley Wing undertook a multi activity training weekend staying onboard HMS Bristol, a Royal Navy destroyer docked in Portsmouth and used as a training facility. Our cadets participated in training for first aid, leadership, instructional techniques, NCO command training for Junior and Senior NCOs and weapons handling and safety training.
In the months from September to October, a little more than 100 cadets took part in Thames Valley Wing Air Cadets’ fieldcraft courses. Also known as the ‘Tactical Leadership Courses’, they culminated in a blank firing exercise with cadets, a first for the Wing. Throughout, cadets were given progressive opportunities to learn and demonstrate skills from camouflage and concealment to section-level tactics with training ammunition, all whilst developing their communication, teamwork and leadership skills. Continue reading →
Thames Valley Wing participated in this year’s Airborne March, which is part of the commemorations of the Battle for Arnhem in the Netherlands in 1944. The Airborne March is in memory to the 1750 plus British and Polish soldiers who lost their lives in the Battle of Arnhem in September 1944 and who are buried in the War Cemetery at Oosterbeek. The March takes place on the first Saturday in September each year. The first march was held in 1947. Further information on the Airborne March is available from: http://www.airbornewandeltocht.nl/en/airborne/44-background_airborne_march
Thames Valley Wing had 79 cadets and volunteer staff participate in 10 and 15 KM route marches as part of this event.
Thames Valley Wing’s objectives for this event were:
for cadets and adult volunteers to participate in the Arnhem March representing the Royal Air Force Air Cadets;
to learn about the Battle of Arnhemby visiting significant locations of the battle, the Airborne Museum Oosterbeek and to commemorate the Battle of Arnhem paying their respects at the War Cemetery Oosterbeek;
Should you be interested in participating next year, there are places available with Thames Valley Wing’s contingent. Please contact Flt Lt Nigel Furlong, Contingent Commander and Officer Commanding 2210 Cowley Squadron via our contact form
On Thursday 26th April, Earley Squadron had it’s Annual Formal Inspection. This annual event was our opportunity for the Squadron’s cadets to showcase their skills, talents and achievements to both parents and wing staff. This year, the inspecting officer was Deputy Wing Commander Thames Valley Wing, Squadron Leader Trevena, who was accompanied by Warrant Officer Twigg as the inspecting Warrant Officer. Continue reading →
Cadets and staff have recently undertaken two fieldcraft weekends with almost 90 cadets and staff being trained.
The first weekend focused on cadet fieldcraft skills with some of the cadets even sleeping under the stars in bivouacs with none of their normal luxuries. That alone is tough enough but to then add two days of intense and relentless training makes their achievement all the more significant. Continue reading →
Thames Valley Wing played a lead role when over 700 RAF Air Cadets and Adult Volunteers from across the South West Region proudly celebrated RAF100 with an unprecedented parade through the streets of Windsor. With the iconic Windsor Castle in the background, the parade drew hundreds of people onto the streets to watch as a sea of light blue took over the Royal Berkshire town for the day. Continue reading →
Thames Valley Wing has been judged the runner up at the prestigious south-west Regional Activities Day held at HMS Raleigh in Cornwall. The strong team was drawn from across Oxfordshire and Berkshire competed against hundreds of other cadets from five other Wings. Continue reading →