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Air Cadets and volunteer staff from across Thames Valley Wing Air Training Corps gathered at RAF Benson for an evening of celebrations during the annual THRIVE awards.
The THRIVE awards were established three years ago to recognise the achievements and successes of the individuals who support the Air Cadets in Berkshire and Oxfordshire. Hosted by RAF Benson and sponsored by five organisations 33 individuals received recognition on the evening for their efforts across several categories. Continue reading
Congratulations to the following individuals who have been nominated for a 2016 Thrive award:
|Inspirational Civilian Instructor – For the Civilian Instructor who has made the most outstanding contribution to the Air Training Corps.
||CI J FITT
CI P SOAR
CI M MRZGLOD
|Valiant NCO – For excellence, through the virtue of hard work, character and quality in service as a Senior NCO.
||FS (ATC) R FENION
WO (ATC) M ROBERTS
FS (ATC) S PEDGE
|Outstanding Junior Officer – To recognise the Junior Officer who has excelled including in their own personal development.
||FG OFF L BAKER RAFVR(T)
FG OFF J PRESTON RAFVR(T)
FLT LT A PYE RAFVR(T)
|Unsung Hero – Awarded to the individual whose contribution often goes unrecognised, but without it the ATC would fail to deliver.
||SGT (ATC) M WIGLEY
CDT FS BIDDLE
FLT LT T CHURNSIDE RAFVR(T)
|Endeavour Award – For consistent and extraordinary efforts in helping others, above and beyond the call of duty and often against the odds.
||CI M ROSE
FLT LT D AZIZIAN RAFVR(T)
FLT LT P BENNETT RAFVR(T)
360 Air Cadets and over 80 adult volunteers from across the Thames Valley Air Cadets came together on Sunday, 22nd May to celebrate the Air Training corps (ATC) 75th Anniversary.
Parading through Windsor and past the Guildhall it was an incredible sight to see the Thames Valley Air Cadets march through the streets and onto the Parish Church in all their splendour. Continue reading
Early notice for activities at Region Activities Day 2016 have been announced. The Region Activities Day will affect what happens on Wing Activities Day. Continue reading
3 Cadets from the wing attended the recent Concert Band Camp at RAF Cranwell. Cpl Tim Moffoot from 381 Reading Squadron attended the camp for the first time, along with Cpl Ben Goodall, 150 City of Oxford Squadron, and Cpl Natasha Gavin, 211 Newbury Squadron, who returned again this year. Continue reading
An ex-officer of Reading, Woodley & Burghfield has recently been presented with the British Empire Medal.
91-year-old Reg Day, from Whitley was presented with the prestigious BEM for services as the custodian of the RAF Dunsfold Museum in Surrey. Continue reading
East & West Sectors of Thames Valley Wing have been training together at Bramley Training Area in Hampshire to undertake a variety of “Are You On Target?” activities. Cadets travelled from across Berkshire to the local ACF Weekend Training Centre to boost their skills and to work with staff and cadets from another Sector and other Squadrons.
Based at the Berkshire ACF Weekend Training Centre almost 40 cadets and 12 staff have provided training in Heartstart, Fieldcraft Introduction, Fieldcraft Development, Fieldcraft Leadership, No 8 Rifle Training, NNAS Navigation Training, Camps and a development package for potential Cadet NCO’s. Continue reading
Each January staff and staff cadets from across the wing gather at RAF Halton to attend the annual Wing Training Day. This provides the opportunity to find out the latest changes on subjects such as the ‘Duke of Edinburgh’s Award’ and syllabus training. Staff also reflect back on the previous year and look ahead to ensure that the cadet experience is been delivered to the best of the ability of squadrons and wing staff within Thames Valley. This year’s training day saw a visit by Gp Capt Cole from RAF Brize Norton who provided an insight into the RAF as it currently stands and updates on RAF Brize Norton with the introduction of the Voyager fleet and upcoming arrival of the Atlas fleet. Continue reading
30 Cadets and 6 Staff members from Burghfield, Newbury, Brize Norton, Woodley, Chipping Norton, Oxford, Reading and Bracknell Squadrons attended a White Water Rafting session run by at Cardiff International White Water Centre.
The morning started with splitting into rafts of 6 people, a brief by our rafting guide. Kit issue of wet suit and personal safety equipment then onto the water. It was rather chilly at around 5 Celsius but this did not stop some Cadets jumping in before we even got into the rafts! Continue reading
In a glittering ceremony held at Reading’s Madjeski Stadium, the Lord Lieutenant for Berkshire, Mrs Mary Bayliss JP, has presented awards to Cadet Flight Sergeant Daniel Honey of 381 (Reading) Squadron and Wing Staff Officer, Flt Lt Richard Andrews.
Cdt FS Daniel Honey was appointed as the Lord Lieutenant’s Cadet and will accompany Mrs Bayliss on a number of high profile visits around the Royal County of Berkshire. Daniel has been a high flying cadet at 381 (Reading) Squadron for five years and is the senior cadet on unit. Continue reading