Congratulations go to Cadet Flight Sergeant Herman van Rooyen on graduating from the RAF Air Cadets Junior Leaders training course. The Junior Leader course is one of the hardest and top courses to pass in the RAFAC.
594 (Thame) Squadron
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Cycling for Charity
On Saturday the 5th of March cadet Flight Sergeant Herman Van Rooyen of 594 Thame Squadron cycled from Aylesbury to John Thornton’s old Air cadet squadron in Dorset. He is raising money for JTYAF charity (https://www.jtyaf.org/) because in his words “they are such an amazing foundation that have done so such to help young people achieve their dreams.”
He cycled to J.Thornton’s old air cadet squadron because he wanted to push himself physically and show people that with commitment and resilience you can achieve anything.
Radio and Cyber Success
During the recent lock down period, Thames Valley Wing of the RAF Air Cadets moved to using online platforms to continue activities for our cadets. 217 of our air cadets have completed radio communications and cyber security training courses during this time and we even trained 10 adult volunteers as instructors.
The radio communications and cyber security training is highly beneficial to the cadets, as it improves their knowledge of cyber security, social media safety and how to protect themselves and their devices from malware and viruses. Continue reading
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 goes maritime!
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.
Not Just About Flying
Thames Valley Wing Air Cadets are not just about flying and gliding! Our cadets were out in force this weekend shooting the L144 .22 target rifle polishing their marksmanship skills
Thame Go Carol Singing
We joined our neighbours for carol singing. We brought along tea and cakes. Everyone had a great time. It was great to for the cadets and staff to get to know our neighbours and we look forward to next year’s event.
Tactical Leadership Course Success
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
Arnhem Airborne March 2018
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
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