In this Edition: ● Gala Cadet saves the Day ● Lees Trophy Representatives ● Marching Band Camp ● A Veterans Tale ● Andrews Sash Winner ● Brize Norton Camp Report ● Arbroath celebrate Anzac Day ● 107 support Erskine Hospital ● Regions Latest “Radio” Heads
REGIONAL NEWSLETTER No 2 (2014)
QAIC CANDIDATES GRADUATE
he Qualified Aerospace Instructors course graduated at RAF Linton on Ouse last week. The QAIC attendees from SNI were CWO Parker 2449 (Carnoustie) Sqn, FS Hall 2466 (Loanhead) Sqn and Sgt Gray 1333 (Grangemouth Spitfire) Sqn. The team did very well with CWO Parker winning the Overall Top Cadet, Top Cadet in the Linton-on-Ouse Group and the NATS Air Traffic Control Prize. Also, FS Hall was a member of the Best Syndicate operating from Linton-on-Ouse. The images show: 1.
CWO Parker receiving the NATS Air Traffic Control Prize from a NATS representative. (Top Left)
FS Hall (second from left) as member of Best Syndicate being congratulated by AVM Martin Clarke, Director Technical, Military Aviation Authority. (Top Right)
CWO Parker receiving the Top Cadet Linton-on-Ouse prize from Air Cdre Rick Peacock-Edwards, Master of the Honorable Company of Air Pilots. (Bottom Left)
CWO Parker receiving the Overall Top Cadet Prizes from Air Cdre Rick Peacock-Edwards, Master of the Honorable Company of Air Pilots. (Bottom Middle) 5. Group photo showing from L to R, CWO Parker, RC SNI, FS Hall and Sgt Gray. (Bottom Right)
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GALA CADET SAVES THE DAY On 24th April one of our ex cadets was the victim of a hit and run incident. Sgt Michael Birtwistle was present when this happened and intervened giving appropriate first aid to the injured party until the emergency services arrived . He treated the injured leg , treated for shock and immobilised the victims head/neck . Michael was also interviewed by the Police and gave a full witness statement about what the saw happening. I'm sure you will all join me in saying a BIG WELL DONE to Michael
LEES TROPHY REPRESENTATIVES
n recognition of their outstanding achievements, 1271 (Bathgate) Squadron we representatives for 2014 Lees Trophy.
The Lees Trophy is one of the most distinguished national awards available in the squadron judged to be the best in overall achievement and efficiency. It is awa inspection.
The squadron had the pleasure of hosting their formal inspection, conducted by Commandant for Scotland and Northern Ireland, Group Captain Leggat and supporte Commandant, Squadron Leader Carr.
The evening programme got underway with cadets meeting the staff car and Cdt F with a fanfare, written especially for the occasion. After a health and safety briefing from Cdt Noer, the inspecting officers moved to the adjoining Army Reserve Centre to carry out a formal inspection of the squadron, consisting of two flights and a banner party, led by Cdt FS Smith. The Group Captain remarked on how well the cadets had turned out and the efforts that had been made in preparing their uniform. The cadets, under the direction of Cdt Cpl Wood then presented a seamless drill display including continuity drill and command exercise. Back into the squadron building, eleven cadets from the squadron band provided a performance where Cdt Cpl Hamilton conducted The Dambusters. Sgt (ATC) Dean Welsh invited the regional staff to join in the next piece of music. They enthusiastically accepted and participated in the performance of the James Bond theme!
An opportunity for cadets to share their learning experiences and recent achievements - cadets demonstrated their proficiency in using the squadron's VHF/UHF radio system in conjunction with the radar box under guidance of Cdt Sgt McKay who had recently achieved his communicator badge; a combined multi-player sortie navigated the skies with flight simulator (including Air Traffic Control) in the squadron's IT suite guided by Cdt McNaught; Cdt Waldron showcased the mechanics project including the Haynes models they had constructed and the Briggs & Stratton single cylinder engine that they have been servicing and finally Cdt Cpl McCabe steered the robots around an obstacle course in preparation for o
Over some home baked treats prepared by Cdt FS Smith, Cdt Brown and Cdt Clarkson th speak with the squadron's staff and civilian committee members learning of their experience
An insightful presentation was delivered by Cdts Meek, McMath, McGarrell and Whetham w a cadet so far at 1271 (Bathgate).
Finally, the evening was drawn to a close with a question and answer session with the Gro of being a cadet at 1271 (a few years ago ..) and the improvement in the squadron since hi a mug bearing the new squadron crest, a framed manuscript of the fanfare and a collage of m (including camp photographs and his gifts to the squadron following a successful IACE vis presented Flt Lt Greer with the Wing Representative Certificate.
Squadron Commander remarked that the evening had been a fantastic success and showed th providing an insight into a typical activity packed evening at the squadron.
Erskine Hospital collections PROMPT ACTION RECOGNISED
o commemorate the centenary of the First World War, Aberdeen Opera Company performed "Oh What a Lovely War" at the Aberdeen Arts Centre from 4th to 8th March. Throughout the week cadets from 107 (Aberdeen) Squadron and 102(Aberdeen Airport) Squadron attended the performances to collect on behalf of Erskine Hospital. Erskine cares for over 1,400 ex-Service and Serving men and women each year, providing unrivalled rehabilitation, nursing and dementia care in their homes throughout Scotland.
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qn Ldr Roberts, the Wing Executive Officer for South East Scotland Wing, popped by 2180 (Galashiels ) Squadron this evening in order to present Sgt Michael Birtwistle with a Certificate of Merit on behalf of Group Captain J Leggat, Regional Commandant, Scotland and Northern Ireland Region. Sqn Ldr Roberts spoke about how impressed all the staff at both Wing and Region were with Sgt Birtwistle's actions regarding the hit and run incident last week, and passed on his personal congratulations for outstanding conduct.
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GALA “TRAIN” FOR HAZARD AWARENESS
ir Cadets from Galashiels have been awarded a £250.00 cash grant to run a project under the Borders Railway Project. The award was made by the Scottish Community Safety Network, on behalf of Network Rail As part of the community engagement process the Border Railway project has provided a local grant fund and the Cadets of 2180 (Galashiels) Squadron have been successful in their bid for funding. Cadets will be offered the Entry Level Award in Workplace Hazard Awareness which is awarded by the British Safety Council. Staff have been trained and are ready to deliver the course. Cadets will complete the course over a period of time and produce posters and “Do and Don’t” Guides relating safety issues relating to the new railway as the theme of the project. British Transport Police visited the Squadron at its HQ in Old St Peter’s Church Hall Abbotsford Road Galashiels on 23 April to undertake a presentation briefing the Cadets on safety and security issues relating to the construction of the new railway and give the project a kick start
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Air Cadet, SAC Lauren Hogarth secures a French EASTER CAMP REPORT Exarmoured vehicle ahead of it's C-17 journey to Bangui, Central African Republic.
She is from the Joint Air Delivery Transport Evaluation Unit (JADTEU) based at RAF Brize Norton. “I work in the Airportability Team, where our job is to look at new kit that hasn't been flown by the RAF before. We check the weight, measure dimensions and monitor the loading before carefully securing the vehicle – it can't move in flight and it has to be safe to carry alongside other freight and passengers. I really feel like I'm playing part in providing support to this Operation– if the JADTEU staff weren't here these vehicles couldn't be moved, it's a satisfying feeling to know I have helped.”
Marching Band Camp
uring April Sgt Ross Ewing from 1743 (Crieff) Sqn attended the ACO National Marching Band Camp at RAF Halton. The week concluded with two performances at HMS Portsmouth and Twickenham rugby stadium. This week the band will be playing at Downing Street for the Prime Minister. Sgt Ewing - keep up the good work!! Fancy attending the next camp ? Then if you play an instrument suitable to the concert band, marching band or Pipes and Drums - ask your staff to keep you informed of the local/Regional and National events.
NEW WEBSITE www.142sqn.org.uk Welcome to the website of 142 (2nd Edinburgh) Squadron, Air Training Corps, based in the North of Edinburgh. This site is designed to let you see some of the activities that our Cadets get involved...
Regions Latest “Radio” Heads
ell done to the Cadet’s that have just completed their HF course 14/04 & 14/05 last week and passed the Provisional HF Certificate and now just need the work on the their Hours to gain the Full HF Certificate.
RAC RADIO COMMUNICATIONS TRAINING COURSE 2014 DATES FOR YOUR DIARY
1: HF operating Hours weekend “Exercise Longest Day” (Make up your hours for your Full HF Certificate).
Course 14/06. 09 -11 May 2014 Data Comms Course 2: HF certificate Course to run at the same time. Course 14/07. 20 - 22 June 2014 Two Courses this weekend:
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WEST SCOTLAND BANDSMEN BEAT RETREAT AT EDINBURGH CASTLE
est Scotland Wing band members joining in the Beating Retreat at Edinburgh Castle. Sgt (ATC) Welsh, Cdt Callum Noer from 1271 and Cdt Cpl Kristofer Shaw from 396. Well done!
161 PAY TRIBUTE TO EX CADET VETERAN
n 27 Apr, 161 Squadron cadets cadets had the great privilege of performing a guard of honour and paid our last respects to one of our ex-cadets. Once an Air Cadet, always an Air Cadet! 91 year old Alec Sutherland was a founder member of our Squadron back in 1941 and was our first ever Flight Sergeant. So it was an honour for our current Flight Sergeant to carry the Squadron banner in the church. Following his time as a cadet Alec joined the RAF and served in Bomber Command from 1942-46 as a navigator and wireless operator on Lancasters. Our thoughts are with his family and friends at this difficult time.
A VETERANS TALE Fred White is now 103 years of age and resides at the Torry Care Home. In 1938 Fred and his wife ran a ship chandlers business in Aberdeen. Fred had a slight impairment in that his left arm was shorter than the other. In spite of this he took flying lessons at Dyce Airport and after solo gained hours to acquire a pilotâ€™s licence. He then joined the Civil Air Guard as a pilot and when war broke out he applied to join the RAF as a pilot. He was turned down due to his left arm problem but was offered the opportunity of becoming a Link Trainer instructor teaching pilots the rudiments of instrument flying. On qualifying he was posted to India and there was responsible for the training of pilots in instrument flying on simulators. At the end of hostilities Fred returned to Aberdeen and his business but was instrumental in training air cadets in flying gliders at Dyce. Among cadets trained who subsequently became pilots in the RAF was George Black, later Air Vice Marshall, RAF Rtd and Sandy Reid, later Squadron Leader Rtd, both of 107 Squadron ATC. Sandy trained as a Transport Command pilot and on demob returned to join Fred in 1956 as a glider instructor at Dyce. In 1962 Fred and Sandy were selected to attend an advanced course at RAF Swinderby where they flew several flights on long distance cross country flights in which they landed in suitable fields in which the aircraft were dismantled and recovered to base in trailers. Fred and Sandy returned to Aberdeen and Fred decided that this experience could be put to good use by training instructors to carry out extended cross country flights. The only drawback was lack of a suitable trailer. Nothing ventured Fred applied to the MacRobert Trust for funding to build a suitable trailer which could transport the Sedbergh
gliders which the school used. Mr W i l l i a m Heughan, the Administrator of the MacRobert Trust decided that rather than authorise a grant for a trailer, the Trust would purchase a suitable high performance glider and trailer to match and give it to 662 Volunteer Gliding School commanded by Fred. This wonderful gift was handed over to Fred and his team in March 1963 and immediately put to use in training the instructors in greater skills and was extremely valuable in raising the standard of staff of the school. The project was so successful that the Trust decided to donate a further two similar gliders with trailers. The MOD were so impressed that they also purchased two more. The three MacRobert Trust aircraft bore the names of Lady MacRobert and two of her sons, Sir Iain and Sir Roderic, who had been killed flying as RAF pilots in WW2. The acquisition of these aircraft were instrumental in raising the standard of flying instructor throughout the Air Cadet movement. In 1991 the entire Air Cadet fleet was disposed of and replaced by modern fibre glass machines both powered and conventional. At that time Squadron Leader Sandy Reid who was Officer Commanding of 663 Motor Glider school at RAF Kinloss had the names of Lady MacRobert and her two sons embossed on the wheel spats of the three Vigilant motor gliders of the unit. In 2012 it was decided to mark the debt owed to the Trust by having the names transferred to three dedicated gliders based at Central Gliding School, RAF Swinderby and have the history inscribed (Continued on page 6)
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ANDREWS SASH WINNER C(Rolls-Royce) Squadron, Air Training Corps has been adet Flight Sergeant Jennifer Adam (17) of 2175
awarded the “Andrew’s Sash” which is given annually to the female cadet deemed best in Scotland and Northern Ireland. Jennifer is the fourth cadet from Rolls-Royce to win this prestigious award in 13 years. Jennifer has excelled in her time as an air cadet, representing the squadron well at various camps, sports events and ceremonial parades. Jennifer won our recruit of the year trophy in her first year at the squadron, followed the next year by our drill efficiency trophy before graduating to our cadet of the year in 2012. She has achieved a Bronze Duke of Edinburgh’s Award, a Sports Leaders award, a Regional Marksman Badge and she completed the demanding Air Cadet Leadership course last year. She recently represented the UK on an International Air Cadet Exchange to Hong Kong where she relished in the once in a lifetime experience of sharing our culture with those from other countries.
Jennifer has accepted her unconditional offer to study pharmacy at the University of Strathclyde later this year and currently works as a Healthcare Assistant in Lightburn Hospital in Glasgow. Flt Lt Suzanne Callan, Commanding Officer of Rolls-Royce Squadron, said “I’m extremely proud of Jenni’s achievements, she is an inspiration to everyone at 2175 (Rolls-Royce) Squadron.” Jennifer herself was delighted with her award, “I’ve thoroughly enjoyed my 3 years as an air cadet with 2175 (Rolls-Royce) squadron and this award simply reminds me of all the good times and achievements as well as all the friends I’ve made along the way.”
Aberdeen Modellers Society visit
wo members of the Aberdeen Modellers Society spent the evening talking to the cadets of 107 Squadron about model making and the detail they go into to end up with excellent examples of aircraft that they brought along to show. They discussed the variety of precision tools and techniques used, for example in cementing the parts together or prepainting parts as part of the assembly process for a professional finish. Between them they had many years of experience and instead of just gluing and painting a model they took it to the next level by installing lights and other examples of customisation. The importance of research for photographs from books or the internet was emphasised as key part of the planning to give ideas of finishes for added realism. The Squadron will be buying enough Spitfire model kits for each cadet to practice with a view to them developing their interest and skills.
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On Wednesday 9th April, 2014, at a ceremony in the Torry Care Home, Aberdeen, Air Commodore Robert Joseph, RAF Rtd and now the Administrator of the MacRobert Trust was presented with the the ‘MacRobert Legacy’ history by Fred. Presented were Mrs Jan Joseph, wife of A/C Joseph, Eric and Betty White, son and daughter in law of Fred and Squadron Leader Sandy Reid RAFVR Rtd.
REGIONAL NETBALL FINALISTS AT RAF CRANWELL
icture of the Scotland & Northern Ireland Junior Netball at RAF Cranwell . Photo Courtesy Sgt ATC Hannah Wielbo Not a good day for S&NI Netball despite the enthusiasm of the team played 4 lost 4 so far North 9 - 0 WW 11-0 SW 5-1 Laser 7-6
327 (Kilmarnock) Raise Money for Nicole
27 (Kilmarnock) Squadron have been involved in fundraising for various cancer charities on behalf of Nicole Millar.
Nicole Millar from Peterhead ,in North East Scotland was diagnosed 1 year ago with Cancer. The Neuroblastoma which which was in her spine, paralysing her below her waist. This was partially removed at Royal Aberdeen Children's Hospital, where she also underwent multiple courses of Chemotherapy. Nicole is cancer free now, but her mobility is still affected. Her Dad, David Millar, was a member of 327 Kilmarnock Squadron Air Cadets before joining the Royal Air Force, and her grandmother is Warrant Officer in Kilmarnock Squadron. On hearing about Nicole, staff members, Flight Lieutenant James Downie, Officer Commanding the Squadron, Pilot Officer Craig Johnstone and Sergeant Michael Docherty along with Cadets did the Santa Dash in Glasgow to raise funds for The ARCHIE Foundation at Royal Aberdeen Children's Hospital. ARCHIE provided on site accommodation for the family while Nicole was in hospital, this was a blessing for the family. ARCHIE also provide play equipment in the hospital for children to keep them occupied during their stay. Nicole is seen here with the cadets receiving a £500 cheque to present to ARCHIE, and Presenting the cheque to ARCHIE. The Cadets also raised £500 for the Royal Air Force Association (RAFA) and £300 for CLIC Sergeant, both of which also provided support and assistance to the family. Cadet Sergeant Sheilds is also seen here being presented with a gift by Nicole and her Dad David for raising the most
(Continued from page 4) Course 14/08. 12 - 14 September 2014 HF Course - Exercise Last Call on HF Course 14/09. 11 - 17 October 2014 Crossed Flags with Barry Buddon 13 - 16 October Course 14/10. 21 - 23 November 2014 Foundation Course
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ARBROATH CADETS HELP CELEBRATE ANZAC DAY
422 Cadets participating in the 2014 Anzac Remembrance at the Western Cemetery Arbroath - taken by CI Walton
RAF Brize Norton
AF Brize Norton, like all other camps, was an unforgettable experience for its own unique reasons. The coach journey was long, but we grasped the chance to ploy on it as our first session to get to know one another. The coach was filled with humour and music, a lot of music. The first day was relatively relaxed and ambient, but as the next day dawned on us the camp truly began, at a rapid pace that did not slow down ranging from a great deal of events on par to the size of the RAFs biggest base. The timetable was completely filled with activity after activity, section visit after section visit. Beginning with my first experience on shooting a no8 and L98 A2 rifle which I did so impressively if I do say so myself (OCs note he was awarded a Regional Marksman on L98). The camp progressed to visiting such sections as the fire and rescue services, RAF police and police dog units, the air traffic control unit, medical units, airport security and an impressive amount of other sections. One of these sections allowed us each to explore, work and rev the engines (always fun) of important vehicles and developed our leadership skills by building a pallet, this resulted in the unit's generosity of giving each cadet a 100l Bergin and a basher to be used for DofE . Visiting the parachute training school allowed us a chance to use their fan descent, which although completely scared us, allowed us a starting point to appreciate their squadron motto, "Knowledge Dispels Fear", a philosophy I hope will stay with me for a long time. Free time off base allowed us to visit the village adjacent to the RAF base, leading to a game of football with the locals, of Scotland against England resulting in Scotland winning due to an obscure away goal rule or something. A highlight of the week was flying in a Hercules which was an experience that left our minds overwhelmed and butterflies in our stomachs, for some people these butterflies decided to fly out (not a pretty sight). It was an amazing opportunity with fantastic views and a priceless experience. The camp concluded with a couple of games of bowling, tying up the experience nicely and allowing a social conclusion to a wonderful camp. Being a senior NCO, I was delivered a completely different view point to the camp experience. This meant more leadership and management was required of me. I hope and believe I lived up to the staffs expectations and was a positive role model for the other cadets. The staff were, as always, phenomenal. Flt Sgt Donnelly especially who cunningly got the majority of Cadets MTP PCG kit free of charge and the Hercules flight. The best experience of the camp was, as with all camps for me, meeting all the new cadets and staff, building new friendships and evolving older ones. Brize Norton was extraordinary and remarkable made by both staff and opportunities, I would without hesitation recommend any cadet or staff to grasp the opportunity, as soon as it hits their CO's desk. FS I Khan 2452 (Shawlands) Squadron ( See Photos on Page 6 )