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2013 Issue 4

S&NI Newsletter Newsletter Date Jun 2013 In this Issue: 1. NI Wing reach new heights



180 Sqn said farewell to Fg Off Nik Wielbo who left 2180 at the beginning of may to join the Royal Navy as a trainee pilot.

Senior staff from Region and Wing joined with staff and cadets at 2180 Galashiels to say farewell to Fg Off Nik Wielbo on his last night in the ACO.

2. W Scot referee clay target comp Nik starts Initial Officer training at BRNC Dartmouth on 6th May as a Direct Entrant Graduate Aircrew (Pilot).

3. 870’s Golden Boys 5. Cadets off for a Paddle 6. Top Brass visits 870 Sqn 7. Lanark stars get hockey call up 8. SE Scot Wg Athletics Comp 9. 470 Learn new field skills 10. Daniel strikes Gold at Palace



eport by WSO7 of NE Scotland Wing - I have just returned from the Regional First Aid Competition, where I accompanied two teams from 2367 (Banchory) Sqn and 1990 (Ellon) Sqn. The results were....... Cadet Competition, 1st - 1990 on 197 points 2nd- 2367 on 196 points 3rd - 287 (South East Wing) on 148 points Young Adult Competition, 1st - 2367 on 172 points 2nd -287 (South East Wing) on 156 points 3rd - 1990 on 138 points Well done to all those that took part, next stop the Nationals in October with 3 teams from the Wing

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adets from 297 (Musselburgh) & 297 (North Berwick) DF attended the Coastal Command commemoration service in North Berwick today to remember those that


served during World War II protecting the Merchant Navy convoys and rescuing those lost at sea.


The Coastal Command Tribute in North Berwick was dedicated in May 2007 to commemorate the Scottish Contribution to Maritime Operations during World War II. Almost 11,000 maritime air crew lost their lives at sea during World War II and for them there were no marked graves. Their names are recorded in a Sacred Book of Remembrance held in Westminster Abbey and a copy of this book can be viewed in the library of the Memorial Chapel in Edinburgh Castle.

Turrif squadron get new HQ


he new 1296 (Turriff) Squadron headquarters were officially opened last night by the Lord Lt James Ingleby.


adets - please make sure you highlight to your Sqn OC when you are aged 17.5, so that a PVG check can be organised and that the BASIC can be completed by you prior to you turning age 18 and receiving your Staff Cadet status. (Remember to also read of ACP 4)

gt Dylan Harley and Cpl Chad Kenney ( 1145 Sqn) were presented with their Lanyards after completing their Instructor presentations. (straight after, Cpl Kenney was Promoted to Staff Cadet Sergeant). Well done guys!


orthern Ireland Wing have received their own Mobile Climbing Tower. Staff across the Wing received training on raising / lower the tower and supervising climbing sessions. The training was supported by the Wg Cdr Davis from HQAC Air Cadets, WO (ATC) Turnbul and the RATTO.

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A Royal date with the golden touch for Fg Off Daniel Holden


undreds of young achievers from across the UK have a date in the prestigious setting of St. James’s Palace on Wednesday, 15th May 2013, including Fg Off Daniel Holden RAFVR(T) from 2267 (Brize Norton) Squadron.

Daniel was a staff member of South East Scotland Wing Air Training Corps where he achieved their Gold Duke of Edinburgh’s Award and travelled to London to receive his certificate from the DofE’s Patron and Founder – HRH The Duke of Edinburgh/Trustee and presented by Michael Palin OBE. The Gold Award Presentation (GAP) is a celebration and recognition of young people’s aged between 18-25 years achievements in completing their Gold DofE programme. The GAP is a unique event and a fitting culmination to mark the hard work, determination and perseverance required. Daniel worked tirelessly through the five sections of his DofE programme over 2 years to achieve his Gold Award. His diverse activities included volunteering at his local Air Cadet squadrons in Dunblane and Crieff, learning skills through Event Planning on a number of different events and managing to achieve his ‘Basic Expedition Leaders Award’ through THE physical section after starting to go Hill

Walking. Throughout their DofE, Daniel was able to prove themselves to be a confident, motivated individual and after completing a tiring expedition in Norway learnt the benefits of patience and teamwork in difficult situations.

Daniel said of their experience “Having been a direct entrant onto the Gold level I had a long journey in order to complete the award and after 4 years from starting to be here at St James’s Palace finally allows you to reflect on everything that I put into achieving the award. Having become involved in the Air Training Corps because of the scheme I challenged myself on many occasions throughout the scheme and one highlight was a week’s expedition of walking and canoeing through Norway which has some interesting stories attached. ” These experiences show what an impact doing your DofE can have, and can develop the skills needed for life. Daniel’s Gold Award helped him to pursue an interest in the outdoor world further by not only achieving his basic expedition leader’s award but organising expeditions for young people involved in the Air Training Corps.

West Scotland Wing Referee Clay Target Competition


n Sunday the 26th of May, 16 Cadets and staff from West Scotland Wing of the Air Training Corps Clay Target Team provided the refereeing for The Scottish National Sporting Clay Target Shooting Competition held at North Ayrshire Shooting Ground. Almost 50 competitors entered the competition and the team operated 12 shooting stands. The cadets were there to provide the targets and scoring for the event, whilst also raising money to support their own team training process and to give their newer members an experience of a sporting competition environment. Cadets from 1740 (Clydebank), 396 (Paisley), 2175 (RollsRoyce), 137 (Ayr & Prestwick), 122 (Maryhill) and 2296 (Dunoon) Squadrons attended the event and many of the competitors commented on the excellent turn out of the cadets and their first class refereeing. Mr Tom Young, a spokesman for the event said “It was a pleasure to have the

Air Cadets here, they were a great help and we’d love to have them back next year.” The team has been training hard for the last 6 weeks and have 2 further training dates planned on the 8th and 9th of June before attending the National Tri-service Cadet Clay Target Competition which will be held from Friday 14th June - 17th June in Cambridge. The team have been the top Air Cadet team at the competition for the past six years and hope to make it seven this year. For three cadets from 1740 (Clydebank) Squadron, it was their 4th year of refereeing the competition. Cadet Warrant Officer Keith Carcary (19) said, “It was great to be able to help out again and to get a reminder of what a big competition is like.” Sergeant Tom White (18) added, “This is perfect preparation for our own competition next month and it was great to see some top class shooters at work, hopefully we’ve picked up a few tips from them!”

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SE Scot’s New BELA Team 870’s “Golden” Boys


he Basic Expedition Leaders, the staff from the Wing who have completed the Sports Leader outdoor qualification from 142, 859, 869, 1019, 1716DF and 2463 Sqn.

CWO Heron and Cpl Lynch with their Gold D of E Awards

Over five weekends and assessed by the WATTO and RATTO. Tutors were Flt Lt Paton, Plt Off Paton and WO Hooper.



he 2013 Leuchars Airshow will offer the general public the chance to see the mighty Vulcan bomber in Scottish skies one more time on 7th September when it joins the flying display at the 2013 Leuchars Airshow. Tickets for the show, already available online, will go on sale at selected Visit Scotland outlets this weekend. One of aviation’s most iconic aircraft, XH558 Avro Vulcan adds to the impressive line-up of RAF aircraft past and present and is sure to be one of the highlights of the day. Other confirmed displays for the one-day event include Royal Navy assets the Sea Fury and the Lynx Black Cat Solo display. For more display and ticketing information visit:

2450 have another Great Day on the Range at Barry Buddon


strange sight greeted us on arrival at Barry Buddon North Range there was a bright button in the sky – the sun, not often seen of late and at last a warmer day instead of what we have come to expect. Sun cream was even applied – well a couple of staff were seen anointing their faces to maintain their youthful complexions. Dudhope Squadron took its largest number of cadets for quite some time and I hope the trend will continue; 8 cadets and 2 staff attended. The day started at 300m to get sight adjustments sorted and things soon got under way. We saw the welcome return to the range of CWO Paul Scott who admitted that it was, “a year and a half since I was last here, but it’s good to be back”, and he quickly got his eye in and was hitting the target well.

The first firer of the day was Cpl Laura Arcari, who is one of the regulars on the range and immediately put all her first 9 rounds straight into the scoring zone at 300m. Other regular range goers where Sgt Jamie Scott and Cpl Jared Duncan,; with a relative newcomer Cpl Connor Donaldson, all made steady progress and were scoring consistently. Also, maintaining a good progress was Cdt Kelvin Stewart. A first time firer was Cdt Calum Anderson who has been, “desperate to fire the L81A2 on the range”, so having completed the necessary training and weapon handling test he had his opportunity. He too was getting most of his rounds on target and together with one of two misses which were not far from the target; he too made good progress once his initial over exuberance of firing almost as soon as he came into the aim had been tamed by his coach. (Continued on page 5)

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he RATTO, Sqn Ldr Barry McAdam and his team have been busy in the last few weeks, given a wide number of squadrons in South East Scotland Wing a taste of kayaking / canoeing in a number of locations such as the Musselburgh lagoons, Forfar loch and the Union canal. The selection of Photos show cadets from 2466 (Loanhead) Sqn, 1756 (Broxburn) Sqn, 383 (Alloa) Sqn, 1370 (Leven) Sqn, 2519 (Strathmore) Sqn and 870 (Dreghorn) Sqn enjoying a day or evening “on the water”. This is a popular activity which the cadets really enjoy. For further info contact Sqn Ldr Barry McAdam via E-Mail.

(Continued from page 4) After lunch teams retreated down The shooting team’s coach Fg Off Brown commented that, “we range to 500m and even this did not phase even the newest of the firers who achieved respectable scoring hits on target. Many were achieving scores into the 20’s until mid-afternoon when severe heat haze and across target breeze was distorting the target image and all were experiencing difficulty in compensating their sights.

Of particular mention was Cdt Alessia Di Ponio who provided the absolutely essential role of buttmarking . So short were we of buttmarkers that at one point she was changed out with her group for a rest and was required to immediately go back to make up sufficient numbers to mark the targets. So a special thanks and very well done to Cdt Di Ponio for spending all day in the butts .

have some excellent marksmen and talented potential marksmen among our cadets and I am confident that if scores continue we will be sending a team to Bisley this year.”

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he Assistant Chief of the Defence Staff for Reserve and Cadet Forces viewed a range of ACO activities in a 2 hour visit to 870 Sqn today Cadets and Staff from Dundee to the Borders demonstrated the wide variety of activities on offer including First Aid, Flight Sim, Gliding and Adventurous Activities (to name but a few). Then he was heading to Edinburgh Castle to cover the Beating of the Retreat involving the ACO National Pipe Band with cadets from Lincolnshire to Inverness and all stations in between performing for the ACDS and of course visitors to the Castle. How could he not be impressed!

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Lt Menzies is a former Air Cadet and was with 1297 (Stonehaven) Sqn.

Cpl Sarah Davies, Cdt Sarah Sharkey and Cdt Paige McLellan competed with the West of Scotland Wing which tied for second place in the regional hockey team event, playing against other wings in Scotland and Northern Ireland.

oyal Navy Lynx Pilot, Lt Bruce Menzies, Area Careers Liaison Officer visited 2180 Sqn to talk about his career in the Royal Navy as a pilot and gave cadets an insight into recruitment and life in the Senior Service.

hree Lanark cadets have been selected to represent Scotland in a national hockey competition.

Although their side did not win the competition, the three girls impressed the selectors enough with their performances that they have been selected for the Scotland and Northern Ireland team. They will compete at the finals competition at RAFC Cranwell next month to see if they can bring the trophy back to Scotland.



n the weekend of 24th-26th May 2013, cadets and staff from 470 attended the first Sector 6 Fieldskills Training Weekend at Garelochhead Training Camp near Faslane Naval Base. They spent 2 days learning basic fieldcraft skills including: - How to patrol as a section - Building basha shelters and living outdoors - Field cooking and ration packs - Camouflage and concealment. This culminated in a night exercise where four sections of cadets had to work together to find a a "predator" drone shot down by enemy forces and recover the hard drive from inside. All the while outwitting the enemy forces (staff) who were patrolling the area in the dark using the skills they had learnt... unfortunately the cadets succeeded!



oyal Navy Officer Cadets Sub Lt Nik Wielbo and Midshipman Olly Leisk - Both are ex cadets at 2180 (Galashiels) Sqn now in training at BRNC Dartmouth and are the only two Pilot Recruits to the RN from the whole of Scotland and Northern Ireland so far in 2013 and are also two of only ten trainee pilots to be recruited in 2013 by the RN


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outh East Scotland Wings Inter Squadron Athletics Championships 2013 saw Thirty two Squadrons and almost four hundred Cadets travelled to Grangemouth to compete in the Athletics Championships. The competition Winners for the past two years, 2180 (Galashiels) Sqn, were pipped to the post by 2535 (Livingston) Sqn who won by a single point. 1716 (Roxburgh / Kelso DF) were placed third. At the Regional Athletics on 26th May the wing was placed second in this competition

Note from the Editor


hat’s all for this Regional Newsletter. If you have any articles that you would like published in the next edition, then send them to Regional HQ for the attention of Sqn Ldr John Walker RAFVR(T).

You can also submit news and photos to the following e-mail address E-Mail - Text in either Word document or plain text files. Photo’s, preferably jpg or png formats (files no greater than 2.5 Mb in Size please) and use E-Mail heading “Regional Newsletter Article” so that it is obvious as to the content. In between issues of the Regional Newsletter, why not keep up to date by logging on to the Regional web site, Indeed we have a number of people who can submit news items directly onto the Regional Website (both staff and cadets). If you are involved in your squadron or Wing in newsletter creation or media comms and would like to become a staff / cadet reporter for your wing or squadron, please get your squadron commander to drop an e-mail to with your relevant details.

Newsletter issue 4 (2013)  

Scotland & N Ireland Air Cadets Newsletter Issue 4