A party of cadets and staff from Thames Valley Wing joined Hants and IOW Wing on a trip to the WW1 sites around Ypres in Belgium this weekend. The trip included visits to several WW1 cemeteries where the cadets were able to lay crosses and pay their respects. With the approach of the 100th Anniversary of the end of WW1, it was a particularly poignant time. The highlight of the trip was the participation in the Menin Gate Last Post cemetery, during which the Wing laid a wreath. Continue reading
2402 (Burghfield) Squadron
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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
Flight Sergeant Will Slater of 2402 (Burghfield) Squadron has recently completed a week long cyber course at No.1 Radio School at RAF Cosford. The prestigious course, which qualifies for a Gold PTS badge, is delivered by regular RAF Instructors over three weeks each summer. The course is the top level Cyber qualification in the RAFAC and has been running for only a couple years, meaning that FS Slater is one of less than 100 in the whole Corps to have this award. Continue reading
CWO Lauren Rynsburger and CWO Dom Perry-Brewer have completed the Junior Leaders Course which is arguably the most arduous and most challenging course offered across any of the cadet forces. Over a 7-month period, students are trained in conducting reconnaissance patrols, offensive fighting patrols, civilian handling, fighting in built up areas and other military skills. 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
Woodley Air cadets have been crowned Athletics champs after an action packed day of competitions Abingdon’s Tilsley Park stadium. In taking the win they narrowly beat Slough and Britwell units from a field of almost 200 cadets from 14 Squadrons from right across Berkshire and Oxfordshire. The winners in each of the competitions will now go forward to represent Thames Valley Wing at the South West Region championships. 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
Exercise Falcon II was a progressive training weekend held recently at Crowborough Training Camp and was attended by 40 cadets and 14 instructors from 1996 (Earley) Squadron, 459 (Windsor) Squadron, 447 (Henley on Thames) Squadron, 155 (Maidenhead) Squadron, 2402 (Burghfield) Squadron, and 1116 (Woodley) Squadron. This skills camp saw the cadets and staff take part in a range of core activities including Shooting, Fieldcraft, Map Reading & Navigation, Radio skills, and Leadership. 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
On an overcast Sunday, cadets from Earley and Burghfield Squadron arrived early to lend a hand to the organisers of the Reading Half Marathon. The squadrons were helping out with collecting, organising and returning the first 3,000 runners bags before, during and after the race. Continue reading