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S&NI Newsletter Newsletter Date Mar 2013 In this Issue: 1. Rolls Royce Dining In Night 2. Isle of Bute Hike 3. BTEC success for Bathgate 5. IACE to Canada 6. Rotary Youth Leader Award 7. Bathgate Burns Supper 8. Presentation of Parchment 9. Olympic Torchbearer Story

Exciting Comic Relief Project in the Pipeline

Regional Pipe Band Achieves National Status I t is hardly surprising that Scotland and Northern Ireland should have a Pipe Band as their regional band. What is surprising is that the band draws members from four of the six Air Training Corps Regions. The band, which regularly performs at National events within Scotland and, along with pipers from the other cadet forces, often takes part in key events, and last year performed as part of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Garden Party at Balmoral. The Scotland and Northern Ireland Regional Pipe Band is, therefore, a National band in all but name – until the 1st of January 2013 when they officially became a National band: The Pipes and Drums of the Air Cadet Organisation.

Wing Commander Colin McCrae, the Band’s chairman, was delighted with e are delighted to announce that the Air the news: Cadets have been invited to join an exciting Comic Relief project involving Blue He said: “This is welcome recognition Peter’s Helen Skelton and the Royal Air for a group of exceptionally talented Force’s Red Arrows. young musicians and the adult staff who have supported the development Although the project is still in the early of Highland Piping and Drumming in planning stages please stand-by for an the Corps. It also recognises the exciting announcement in the New Year. tremendous support and encouragement we have received from In the meantime start thinking of exciting and Scotland & Northern Ireland Region, novel ways to raise money for Comic Relief HQ Air Cadets, the RFCAs in Scotland which you can submit after January’s and not least from our colleagues in announcement. ACF Piping and Drumming.”


You never know, you and your squadron may “This is excellent news for not only the be included in the Comic Relief celebrations current pipers and drummers but also on TV!! for the staff and supporters across the Corps who over the years have encouraged, nurtured, borrowed, begged and cajoled to get to where we are today,” agreed Gp Capt Jim Leggat, Regional Commandant for Scotland & Northern Ireland. “In my short time in post, I have witnessed the pipes and drums performing at Balmoral Castle for the Watch the website for further details as soon Queen and at the Cadet National Pipes as they become available. and Drums Competition. On these and other occasions, they have clearly

demonstrated they are force to be reckoned with. They already have contributors and supporters from most of the ACO Regions and I am certain the granting of National Band status will further enhance the standing of the band and assist in bringing further performers and supporters from across the Corps.” Principal Director of Music for the Air Cadets, Wg Cdr Gil Singleton, also welcomed the decision. He commented: “I am delighted that this unique area of National and Military Music has been added to the ACO’s portfolio of musical excellence.” Scotland, although part of the United Kingdom, has its own traditions – including its music. This is an element of diversity that has been accepted on both sides of the border since the Acts of Union of 1706 and 1707. Even before the Acts of Union there were pipe bands in the British Army – the Royal Scots have records referring to pipers dating back to the early seventeenth century – and there are examples of pipers leading troops into action in the 20th Century – for instance at El Alamein, Dieppe and on the Normandy beaches. This military tradition is not limited to the Army; RAF Apprentices used to march to work behind the RAF Halton Pipe Band - and there are still Voluntary Pipe Bands in the RAF today – including two outside Scotland: at RAF Waddington and RAF Halton. (Continued on page 2)

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Indeed the Air Marshall Sir Dusty Miller has recently contacted Commandant ACO on behalf of the Halton Apprentices Association (HAA). The HAA have a pipe band which they call “The Golden Oldies” – none of the members are in their first flush of youth. They are keen to keep the tradition of pipe music outside Scotland alive and may be able to offer practical help at a local level. There are already a number of active pipe bands and individual pipers throughout the country but if your squadron is interested in introducing pipe music as a new activity speak to your squadron commander – who can then contact the relevant officer at Headquarters Air Cadets through the chain of command.

RAFA Flying Scholarship Scheme F

or more than eight years, the RAF Association (RAFA) has been running its Flying Scholarship programme for the Air Cadet Organisation (ACO) and the Girls Venture Corps Air Cadets (GVCAC). The Flying Scholarship award is presented each year as a thank you to members of both the ACO (which includes the Air Training Corps and the Combined Cadet Force) and the GVCAC for their continuous support to the RAF Association. Winning candidates are rewarded with a course of 35 hours flight training in a light aircraft, and the course covers all or part of the tuition needed to obtain a National Private Pilot Licence (NPPL). Four runners-up receive 12 hours training each.


SNI Region Status…..

We've opened some more roles for applications. Gen Tech Electrical Gen Tech Workshops Gen Tech Mechanical RAF Police All now available to apply for. Call 0845 605 5555 to start your application today.

Unit OCs have the info links in their email box with a deadline set for the applications and CCFs to Wg HQ - 25 Jan 13

SNI Region Status…… Any CFAV interested in the SJA Activity First Aid (Green Badge) Trainer Assessor Cse, please speak to your OC who has the info in their mail box for a selection Cse to be held in Mar 13. Deadline for applications - 15 Feb 13

RAC Radio Cse 2 - VHF Cse 1 - 3 Feb 13 - Info/application form on the Regional Bader Sharepoint Site. The only prerequisite is that you must be a Leading Cdt. You need this Cse to apply for any other RAC Radio Cse......last chance this year to get on a VHF Cse as Cse 1 is already set up for next weekend and all the other Trg weekends help cadets gain the other modules required for the Communicator Badge.

2466 (Loanhead) Sqn Status…… Intense times in the war room as team loanhead (minus Wallace) get a whooping in exercise airstrike during the VHF course.

To be eligible for the award you need to have been a member of the ACO or GVCAC for at least 12 months on 1st January. The closing date for the RAF Association Flying Scholarship Scheme is Thursday 31st January 2013. To enter and be in with a chance of winning a fantastic Scholarship, simply download the Application Form and Terms & Conditions via the RAFA website ( ). Alternatively, these are available by post from Anne Henson (Services Liaison Manager) at the RAF Association, Central Headquarters, 117½ Loughborough Road, Leicester, LE4 5ND, by calling 0116 268 8752 , or contacting Anne on

2175 (Rolls-Royce) Dining In Night 2

175 (Rolls-Royce) squadron held their annual dining in night at the end of last year. The ceremony was held at the Watermill hotel in Paisley and was attended by cadets, staff, civilian committee members, visiting staff and cadets from other squadrons as well as 2 ex-commanding officers. After a three course dinner, commanding officer Flt Lt Suzanne Callan presented awards to those cadets who had excelled throughout the year. Master Training Trophy - CWO McKenzie Senior Training Trophy - Cpl Bradley

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S&NI Regional News We also got taken to another spot where we bumped into the practicing team for the Duke of Edinburgh, however on our way to meet them, the Flying Officer managed to get the bus stuck so everyone had to get out and push the bus!

Isle of Bute Hike F our Cadets were chosen to stay a night camping in Rothesay along with RollsRoyce and Clydebank Squadrons. We had the wonderful company of Flight Lieutenant Callan and Flight Sargeant Gladwell. Flying Officer Miller and Flight Lieutenant Quinn accompanied us also.

32F were to meet outside the squadron at 7am with all our stuff ready to go onto the bus. We picked us the RollsRoyce cadets at their squadron then made our way to the ferry. Everyone got acquainted on the ferry. The ferry journey wasn't long and we arrived at Rothesay. We were taken to a beach were we got to enjoy the view of the beach and some of the Rolls-Royce cadets cooked their first meal of the trip using a small gas stove. We also got to watch a special Air Show.

We eventually got taken to the camp site where everyone set up their tents and unpacked a bit. The camp site had a small wooden cabin with toilets and a games room. The Flt Sgt showed everyone how to cook and we all cooked our dinner. Everyone had fun playing about the camp site.

the Rolls-Royce and Clydebank squadrons had cadets who were doing their bronze Duke of Edinburgh award. This meant that they were to plan out a hill walk and set times for when they should be at a certain spot which would be the end of the walk. Once they had arranged everything they would be sent off to start their walk. 32F cadets were practicing and gaining the map reading skills that they would need so that they could eventually go and try for their Duke of Edinburgh. This trip was one of the best trips the squadron had arranged all year, it was a great success. The cadets had an amazing time! The flying officer achieved his BEL award and Rolls-Royce cadets achieved their Duke of Edinburgh award! Over all it was a great weekend ! Hopefully the squadron will arrange another!

This trip was arranged so that Flying Officer Miller could achieve his Basic Expedition Leaders award, this means that we will have one member of staff that is trained Thank you to to take other cadets on their Duke of Edinburgh. Some of Flying Officer Miller Flight Lieutenant Quinn Flight Lieutenant Callan Flight Sergeant Gladwell

(Continued from page 2) Drill Efficiency - Cpl Rae Recruit of the Year & Attendance - Cdt McEwan S Sports - Cdt Cunningham Junior Cadet of the Year & Marksmanship Trophy - Cdt Rae (F) NCO of the Year - Sgt Hewitt Cadet of the Year - Cpl Adam Bank of Scotland Quaich for Outstanding Achievement - CWO Claire McKenzie

for making weekend amazing!

Senior Cadet Training Course


t the latest Senior Cadet and Civilian Instructor Training Course 28 Cadets and 11 Civilian Instructors sucessfully passed out as adult members of the Air Training Corps. The course is essential for all cadets who wish to stay beyond 18 years old as a Staff Cadet and for all newly appointed Civilian Instructors. Candidates learnt about the ATC, RAF, Health and Safety and Child Protection. They also prepared and delivered group presentations and took part in discussions, leadership exercises and drill sessions. At the end of the weekend, Cadet Sargeant Gavin Hewitt from 2175 (Rolls-Royce) Squadron was awrded the ASTRA Cup as the best cadet of the course. He was presented with the Trophy by Course Director, Squadron Leader Brian McCotter. (pictured below)

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661 VGS UPDATE Many of you may have heard various rumours about 661 VGS, the airfield and current flying states. To keep you all in the loop I can advise you of the following: A Message from 661 VGS - HQAC have allocated funding to the VGS and firstly, an investment of ÂŁ750K is being made in the glider runways to bring them back up to the required standard. This investment will secure the site as a VGS for the next 25 years and will involve both drainage, new grass and runway repairs. Secondly, HQAC have allocated sufficient funding, in this year, to replace the Male accommodation. The new accommodation will provide DDA compliant facilities and proper segregation of under 18/over 18 Male Cadets and Adult Instructors and Officers, allowing an increased staffing numbers by 16. There are also plans to improve the female accommodation blocks although (Continued on page 4)

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Gliding Scholarship - My Own Story I

was given the opportunity to complete my Air Cadet Gliding Scholarship course at RM Condor, in the Viking aircraft, shortly before the start of November in 2012. The Gliding Scholarship course consists of 40 launches for the Blue Wings and further launches are awarded if you are deemed to be suitable for a solo Flight. On the 10th of November, my first weekend at 662 VGS, I had to start some of the theory work behind the course so that when I did get into the Viking for some flying the principles would already mean something to me.

launches with exceptional weather for the time of year. The weather as usual saw the following weekends weather be really poor meaning I got 5 launches in the whole weekend. This did not halt my progress though as good headway was made in this time. The next weekend I was up was the first weekend of the New Year. The weather was not great on the Saturday which meant we didn't think I would make much progress but after a good day at the controls we were proved otherwise after fine tuning circuits and mastering both Low-level and Medium-level launch failures with only one attempt at each.

It made the learning process a lot simpler. I only spent the Saturday morning doing the theory and I got 8 launches The Sunday would see me my Gliding that afternoon which was 47 complete Scholarship and be ready to fly minutes of flight time. solo the next time I was up. Yet I progressed quickly in this first again though, good progress day but was sad when there on the Sunday morning meant was only enough staff to fly the that my competency was GIC Cadets on the Sunday assessed on the Sunday which I meant I would help out afternoon for flying solo. that day in launching and Nobody had expected me to retrieving aircraft. go solo this weekend, Sadly I did not get back up to including myself, but I grasped 662 for nearly a month after at the opportunity when it was this weekend. This was for given to me. The staff at 662 were many different reasons from a members staff members wedding to the absolutely brilliant with me and horrific weather that we were supported me every step of the faced with at the end of 2012. way. My next weekend up was the 1st and 2nd of December. The weekend didn't get off to a brilliant start as a new winch did not arrive until after 11 o'clock on the Saturday. We spent until half past one checking all of the winch cables but due to something breaking on one of the winch drums the checks took a lot longer than normal and we were one cable down.

The tuition and general atmosphere when there always kept me motivated even when tired. I would say to any cadet that ever got the opportunity to go on to your Gliding Scholarship to take it no matter what and enjoy every moment as my scholarship lasted for four weekends and they were by far and away the four best weekends of my life so far.

These series of unfortunate Cpl Craig Smith events meant I only got 5 1271 (Bathgate) launches on the Saturday but ATC the Sunday saw me get 13

BTEC Success for 1271 (Bathgate)


ig congratulations to Cdt Robbie Clarkson (aged 14) from 1271 (Bathgate) Air Cadets who was recently awarded a BTEC Level 1 certificate in Teamwork and Personal Skills for Cadets Award. Cdt Clarkson was the first cadet in West Scotland Wing to be awarded this award, complementing his recent completion of his first class classification. To achieve this award, Cdt Clarkson has undertook training in map reading, expedition skills as well as physical fitness.

for Cdt Clarkson who has matured greatly whilst competing this. The award will equip Cdt Clarkson with skills and knowledge which will prove invaluable throughout his cadet career as well as enhancing his employability in future years." BTEC Diploma in Public Service hones your skills in

leadership, teamwork, communication, problem solving and fitness, doing a mix of theory and practical work. Continuing on their BTEC successes, Cdt Sgt Emma Farrell and Cdt Cpl David Fleming were presented with their Diploma at Distinction Star Level - the equivalent of four standard grades at Level 1.

Squadron Commander Flt Lt Greer commented on this success saying "It has been a highly rewarding experiencing

Cdt Sgt Farrell, Cdt Cpl Fleming, pictured with CI Tony Holloran, Squadron BTEC Officer.

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At the moment flying has been suspended at RAF Kirknewton due to the groundwork’s that have already started. We are currently opperating along side 662 VGS at RM Condor to increase the number of cadets flying each weekend. To stay up Squadron to date with the progression of the airfield, you can follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Search for 661 Volunteer Gliding Squadron to find us or visit (Continued on page 7)

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Air Cadet Exchange to Canada A s I sat on the train down to London, I couldn't belief that IACE was finally happening. When I received my itinerary in May it all seemed so far away and so unbelievable - I couldn't believe that I was going to be lucky enough to do everything on the itinerary and that everything there could be crammed into two and a half weeks.

All the UK cadets met at Brunel University, London, where we were given a welcome brief and then free time to socialise and meet the people who we would be spending the best part of the next three weeks with, before heading to bed early-ish as breakfast was at 6am prompt. Following that we were transported in our respective groups to Heathrow. This was particularly exciting as Heathrow was the main airport for the Olympic Games which were taking part in London over the summer. We even managed to spot a few Olympians, although unfortunately none of which we recognised. The plane journey to Toronto was long, but we had a good time, there were numerous films and TV programmes to watch and it gave us a chance to get to know other members of the group. On arrival at

Toronto airport we sampled our first "Tim Horton's", a coffee shop and bakery chain that is a Canadian icon - it has more stores across Canada than McDonalds, and is something we grew very accustomed to during our time there! We then had a short connecting flight to Ottawa where we were met by Captain Martine LeMieux, one of two Canadian Escorts for our trip. We then had a short coach journey (the first of many) to our accommodation for the night, a university in Ottawa. This is where we were introduced to our fellow exchange cadets and were given a welcome brief before going pretty much straight to bed (we had been awake for nearly 24 hours).

and wigwams, how they survived and we were given a meal of buffalo and took part in traditional dancing. The next morning we were up early to go white water rafting on the The next day we were given Ottawa River, which was another brief before a visit to incredible, if a little scary. the Canadian Parliament. We were given a VIP position in We then travelled to Canadian the parade ground for the Forces Base Trenton where changing of the guard, I we attended a Canadian air graduation parade particularly found this cadet leaving to visit interesting because the band before that were playing were a pipe Hamilton, however we would band, complete with bagpipes be returning to Trenton a few and kilts. We then were given days later. In Hamilton we had a tour of parliament, which was a tour of the Canadian actually similar once inside to Warplane Heritage Museum the UK parliament at and had dinner under one of Westminster. Then after lunch only two surviving airworthy we went to the "Aborigine Lancaster Bombers in the Experience" where we were world, the other being from the shown all about aboriginal life, Battle of Britain Memorial based at RAF how they build their tepees Flight Coningsby. The next morning was the visit I was most excited about - a trip to Niagara Falls and a cruise on the "Maid of the Mist". Visiting the falls was awe-inspiring, it was truly an unforgettable experience and, in my opinion, one of the most beautiful views in the entire world. The next day we visited Fort George, a historic military fort that was the site of some of the battles of the War of 1812. We were guided on our tour by a "British redcoat soldier" before seeing a display of rifle firing. We

visited Niagara-on-the-Lake before arriving at our hotel for the night, where we endured another huge meal. The following morning we visited "Canada's Wonderland" a theme park which housed the scariest rides I'd ever been on, as well as a water park and a laser quest arena, one of the games of which I surprisingly won, winning a toy light up gun for my efforts. We then returned to Trenton where we visited 8th Wing Trenton National Air Force Museum and were given a chance to go gliding. This was a fascinating experience as the Canadian cadet gliders are very different from ours, they are wooden and are launched by aerotow an aeroplane which hauls the glider into the sky before releasing the cable. I was even given a chance to fly the glider since I had completed my Gliding Scholarship in the UK. We then visited the Trenton Air Cadet Summer Training Camp and attended a party thrown for us by the Canadian cadets. We then had a 3 hour bus journey to visit Quebec and the Canadian Space Agency which was very interesting, even if it did remind me slightly of something from a Hollywood space film. Our bus then (Continued on page 6)

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(Continued from page 5) travelled to Montreal whilst the others travelled to Quebec City. Whilst in Montreal we were given a guided tour of the Montreal Old city and visited the Biodome and the Olympic Tower, the site of the 1976 Summer Olympics. We then visited a "Sugar Shack" traditionally a place where maple syrup is produced but now it hosted an evening's entertainment for us, we had bacon, eggs, potatoes and pancakes with (with maple syrup poured on top for the adventurous ones) desserts made with maple syrup, and when we couldn't eat anymore, we played games and danced. When we were leaving we were given iced maple syrup on a lolly stick - I felt positively sick on the bus ride to our hotel for the night. The next morning we travelled to Saint-Hubert where we had the incredible opportunity of flying in a Griffon helicopter with 438 Sqn, I was lucky enough to get the seat facing the door, which was left open for the whole journey. We then visited Arbre-en-Arbre, a high

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ropes course, before travelling to meet our host families. This is the part of IACE I was most nervous about, not only would I be staying with a family of strangers for a whole weekend, they were from Quebec so I didn't know if they would even speak English. It turned out that only the mother spoke any English, so she translated and we had fun trying to converse in my attempt at French which I hadn't studied for four years. They didn't laugh at me too much. We had a great weekend with our host family, visiting the sights of Quebec, seeing a light and fireworks show, having a lakeside barbeque and on the Sunday evening our host family held a party which most of the other cadets attended. We said our farewell's to our host family on Monday morning, aware that our trip was now almost over. We returned to Montreal and rejoined the other bus before visiting the International Civil Aviation Organisation. Then we travelled back to the hotel and got ready for the Farewell

Dinner, a formal dinner where we were given the chance to thank everyone who organised the trip and made it such a success. We then had a disco before returning to our hotel to start getting packed, in total disbelief that we had only one day left. On the final day we were given the chance to go shopping and started to say our goodbyes as some people would be leaving in the middle of the night. We then had a long flight home, excited to see our families and friends but disappointed it was all over. I still keep in contact with some of the other cadets, through Facebook and e-mail it's incredibly easy and the UK cadets are planning a meet up in London sometime soon. Overall I would say IACE was easily one of the best experiences, not just of my ATC career, but in my life. I was given the opportunity to visit another country and see and do things that I would probably never have been able to. It gave me the chance to learn more about different Air Cadet organisations and aviation in general, but also about different cultures and nationalities which probably taught me to be more tolerant and respectful. It also gave me the opportunity to be an ambassador, for the Corps and for my country. I would greatly encourage any cadet to apply, as I believe it is one of the most worthwhile and rewarding opportunities the ATC offers us. I would also like to express my thanks to everyone who made the trip possible, including our escorts, host and the Air Cadet League of Canada and the Department of National Defence.

ROTARY YOUTH LEADERSHIP CAMP Recently Cadet Flight Sergeant Jillian Reid of 2519 (Strathmore) Squadron,was presented with her certificate for attending the Rotary Youth Leadership Camp at Nethybridge near Aviemore by Liz Mason, who is the Secretary of Blairgowrie Rotary Club.

Jillian thoroughly enjoyed the “RYLA” Camp (Rotary Youth Leadership Awards) which is Rotary's leadership training program for young people, ages 15-18, in which she recently had the honour of being invited to participate and attend which covered the Theory of Leadership, Teamwork, SMEAC, (Situation, Mission, Execution, any Questions, Check Understanding). The Camp was run by Rotarians and Professional Trainers Cadet Flight Sergeant Jillian Reid stated that if any young person gets the chance to participate in a ”RYLA” Camp they should grab the chance with both hands as it is a life changing

Bathgate hold Burns Supper


271 (Bathgate) Squadron recently hosted their first Burns Supper Evening which was a fantastic success. On Saturday 26th January at the Royal British Legion in Bathgate 90 people - cadets, squadron staff, civilian committee members, family and friends, attended to celebrate the squadron, cadets and staff successes over the past year. Wing Commander (Rtd) Eddie Ireland (now a CI at 1271) assumed the role of PMC. To commence the festivities, Cdt Hannah Wood recited the Selkirk (Continued on page 7)

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Presentation of Commissioning Parchment On 15 February 2013 Air Cdr Gerry Mayhew, Station Commander RAF Leuchars and Air Officer Scotland, presented Sqn Ldr Tony McClelland RAFVR(T) with his commissioning parchment.

S&NI Regional News NEW STATION COMMANDER AND AOS AIR COMMODORE G M MAYHEW ADC MA RAF Raised and educated in Warwickshire, Air Commodore Gerry Mayhew was commissioned into the RAF in 1988. After a tour as an Air Traffic Controller at RAF Laarbruch, he re-mustered as a pilot and, having trained on the Jet Provost and Hawk, was subsequently posted to the Jaguar and 6 Squadron at RAF Coltishall. He become a Qualified Weapons Instructor on the Jaguar in 1996 and returned to Coltishall and 41(F) Squadron. He was then posted to an exchange tour with the United States Air Force flying the F16C from Hill Air Force Base, Utah.

The presentation took place at the Air Cadet Regional Headquarters (Scotland & Northern Ireland) at RAF Leuchars where Tony, in his primary role as Major McClelland Small Arms School Corps(Volunteer) was supporting a Skill at Arms Instructor Course for volunteer staff of the Air Training Corps hosted by the Scottish Small Arms Training Team and taught by the Air Cadet Organisation Central Training Team. His task was to validate the course and award qualifications to the successful students on behalf of Director Combat.

Promoted to Squadron Leader, Air Commodore Mayhew returned to 41(F) Squadron as a Flight Commander in 2000. In 2003 he moved to the Personnel Management Agency at RAF Innsworth to become responsible for the career management of the RAF’s fast jet junior pilot cadre.

He then attended the Joint Services Command and Staff College at Shrivenham and graduated from the Advanced Command and Staff Course with an MA in Defence Studies in 2005. He was subsequently posted to the Joint Doctrine He and Air Cdr Mayhew recognised each other in the officers’ and Concepts Centre as Wing Mess at RAF Leuchars having met originally while serving Commander Offensive Air. overseas though neither can remember exactly where. Air Cdr Mayhew was delighted to have the opportunity of making a After a short ground-based presentation to a former colleague who is now in such a unique operational tour in central Iraq, Air Commodore Mayhew dual appointment. assumed command of XIII Squadron in 2007, flying the Grace and our new Sgt (ATC), (Continued from page 6) Craig Fleming, escorted the piper Tornado GR4 from RAF to Wg Cdr Ireland who provided a traditional address to the Marham. He flew the final operational RAF fast jet sortie haggis. Tony was commissioned into the RAFVR(T) in November 2012 to support the work of Headquarters Air Cadets Ground Training Branch as Staff Development Manager and Deputy Officer Commanding the Air Cadets Central Small Arms Training Team which has responsibility for shooting training standards in the Air Cadet Organisation.

Following a superb meal, 1271 squadron band and Bandmaster: Cdt FS Welsh took to the stage for their first public appearance (Trombone: Cdt Jamie Hamilton; Tuba: Cdt Jack Oliphant; Flute: Cdt Hannah Wood; Trumpet: Cdt Chloe Whetham; Side Drum: Cdt Callum Noer and Bass Drum: Cdt Iain Meek), playing a collection of Scottish and traditional songs which were well received. Mr (Continued on page 8)

over Iraq in May 2009, drawing nearly 20 years of Tornado operations in the region to a close. At the end of 2009, he was posted to the Ministry of Defence as the Senior Appointments Team Leader and was promoted to Group Captain. Staying in the Ministry, he spent 18 months as Assistant Director Joint Strike in the Directorate of Joint Capability, before becoming the Deputy Principal Staff Officer to the Chief of Defence Staff, General Sir David Richards. Having been promoted to Air Commodore and completed a Typhoon conversion course at RAF Coningsby, he assumed command of RAF Leuchars and took up the position of Air Officer Scotland in Feb 2013. Air Commodore Mayhew has amassed nearly 3000 flying hours and has logged over 200 operational sorties over the Balkans and Iraq. He is married and his interests are music, gardening, skiing, and keeping fit.

(Continued from page 4) Depending on site issues, progress and weather, 661 VGS could be back flying at Kirknewton as early as September/October 2013, fingers crossed!

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Craig Macduff - My Olympic Torchbearer Story


y passion in the Air Cadet's is competing in Sports, whether that is Football, Cross Country, or Athletics. I have been in the Air Cadets for 5 Years now, and for the past 4 years I have competed in Sports. And those past 4 years have been the best years of my life. Whenever I compete in sports with the cadets, I am representing my squadron, my wing and my region which could lead to me representing the corps which I have been lucky enough to do multiple times. Guaranteed every time I would go and compete in a sport, I would bring back a Medal and make my squadron proud.

confused by this and didn't know what to expect. So you can imagine my surprise when the following night I opened up my emails to fine one from Coca Cola saying I had been nominated to carry the 2012 Olympic Torch. At first I thought it was a joke as I would never have though that I could ever have the chance to do something so amazing. Then I started to panic as I realised I had to write something about myself and why I should be given this opportunity.

Almost a month had passed and I just assumed that nothing had come of my submission. By the Christmas eve I had put it to the back of my mind. However, by dinner time I received a phone call, I answered it and it was a woman called Denise Robertson telling me that I was accepted to Be an London 2012 Olympic Torchbearer.

I just froze then Denise said "Mr Macduff" and I thought it was a wind up so I told her An option for the reply was to "whoever this is, stop calling make a video showing why I me" and then I hung up the should be nominated. But I phone. Thankfully she phoned my mum back 10 minutes later. My mum then came sprinting through to my bedroom and shouted "OH MY GOD CRAIG , you are going to carry the Olympic Torch" it was then when I realised that Sports have given me a lot of it wasn't a wind up. opportunities and have made a huge impact on my Air Cadet After months of waiting my day career. My success didn't go finally arrived and on Friday unnoticed by the staff at my Squadron, and especially not was unable to upload a video the 8th of June 2012 I became by my CI's who secretly showing why I should be given part of the Olympic Torch nominated me to be an the opportunity as well as Relay. My 300m run through Olympic Torchbearer after filling out my little statement. Maybole was the proudest seeing the Coca Cola adverts Therefore I thought that my moment of my life. I made my chances on being successful family, friends and cadets on television. were vanishing before my proud as I ran past them all When they realised I had type eyes. I didn't want to click with the glowing torch in my a bit about myself they got a Send because that would be hand. When I looked up at the hold of my email and the start of the waiting game, flame during my 300m of forwarded me the details. I still but I crossed my fingers and happiness a tear came to me had no idea I was nominated pressed send. I didn't expect to eye. It just goes to show you when they came up to me and hear anything else about it but that nothing is impossible. said "check your emails". I was I was wrong.

(Continued from page 7) Williams recited a Burns poem before Cdt Cpl Craig Smith reflected on the life of Robert Burns during his immortal memory. Cdt Flt Sgt Dean Welsh provided a wonderful toast to the Lassies which had the whole room laughing with Cdt Sgt Emma Farrell providing the reply, putting the gents quickly back into their place! A final few words (as she always has the last word!) from the squadron commander Flt Lt Greer, hailing the event a huge success, thanking the support from local community businesses for providing raffle prizes; the civilian committee for organising the event; and cadets and staff for their hard work and support. After the formalities of the evening, a ceilidh band provided a traditional collection of Scottish music. Cadets had been practicing their steps at the squadron on the lead up to the event and danced the night away with cadets, staff and guests. Cadets were complemented on contributions and conduct, and parents have requested this be an annual event!

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.

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