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2012 Issue 4

S&NI Newsletter Newsletter Date Apr 2012 In this Issue: 1. Go Mountain Biking 2. WAC at Galashiels 3. What A load of Rubbish 5. Gav’s Marathon Challange 6. Top Guns 7. CWO Lauren McNulty Retires 8. 1271 Sqn DOE Awards 9. A Muddy Day Out

Latest News from 107 Change in command


lying Officer Gregory Sinclair, Officer Commanding 107 (Aberdeen) Squadron, left this role in April to take up a career in the Royal Navy. He spent twelve years with the Air Cadets rising from a fresh faced cadet at thirteen to be in charge of one of the largest squadrons in the North East Scotland Wing. We wish him well for the future and thank him for his significant contribution to the success of the Squadron. The new Officer Commanding is Flying Officer Paul Bond who has been with the Squadron for over a year. He held this role in a previous squadron and has brought with him a wealth of experience. Flying Officer Bond is looking to continue the development of opportunities for male and female cadets and expand the Squadron further. Sports Cadet Sergeant Andrew Smith received the Jack Mansfield trophy which is the annual award to a cadet in Scotland with the best overall sporting achievements.

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n November 2011 the British Heart Foundation released to their affiliated groups details of the proposed TV advert that was going to be broadcasted for three weeks during January 2012 - ‘Hands only CPR’, with Vinnie Jones, where the full two hour Heartstart Course was advertised as the gold standard. South East Scotland Wing First Aid Instructor (Training) Officer, Sqn Ldr Hilda McAdam took this as a fantastic opportunity to capture the Wings attention to providing the skills of Basic Life Support by facilitating a Wing wide Heartstart Initiative in Feb/Mar 2012.

Just over half of the Sqns within the 36 Unit South East Scotland Wing participated in the event and over the course of a month saw 277 ACO personnel trained to the required standard. Sqn Ldr Hilda McAdam was impressed with the support of the Sqn Trainers and the enthusiasm of the Cadets and Cadet Force Adult Volunteers trained, but was extremely pleased that Units not participating had either not long since ran a Heartstart Course, or were concentrating on an a St John Ambulance Youth First Aid Cse. Picture – 2284 (Dunblane) Sqn with their Heartstart certificates with Heartstart Trainer Plt Off Katrina Mulkerrins,

Gold Health & Safety Award


271 (Bathgate) Squadron recently hosted a visit from Mr Jim Lauder, Regional Health and Safety Officer for Scotland and Northern Ireland Region. During his visit he carried out inspections on the squadron, health and safety records before witnessing a fire evacuation drill. Mr Lauder in recognition of our practices presented the squadron the highest possible achievement, the Gold Award rating, commending staff and cadets on their positive and pro-active attitude to Health and Safety. Well done.

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Future Wing Adventure Training Officer Maybe ? Berwick Law – Abseiling T


aking advantage of the late hree Cadets from 2466 (Loanhead) Squadron, have joined nights cadets from 297 a unique club by completing four Adventure Training (North Berwick) Detached competency certificates in four different disciplines. Flight took part in abseiling of Cpl Sawicki, the 25 Metre crag on Berwick Cdt Clouston Law at the seaside town of and Cdt North Berwick in East Lothian This is just one of six areas Mcintosh completed the that have been block land cleared for the Air Cadets to Scottish Cycling, Go undertake climbing activities in Mountain Bike South East Scotland. Level 1 adding to their collection of certificates also holding the following :National Indoor Climbing Award Scheme Level 2 Bronze National Navigation Award Scheme British Canoe Union Paddlesport Start South East Scotland Wing Training Centre was used for the delivery of the Go Mountain Bike Level 1 where cadets learnt and practiced skills before going on a 10 mile Cycle to Balerno in Edinburgh. During the cycle they stopped in Currie at the dismantled railway where Dougal Haston (First British ascent of Mount Everest) practiced his bouldering skills. Deputy Officer Commanding, South East Scotland Wing was present to hand over the certificates to the cadets.

(Continued from page 1) The annual NE Scotland Wing sports competition is approaching and 107 Squadron hope to continue their good results at this event. Rampaging Chariots Our current project evenings are concentrating on the construction of two radio controlled robots which we will enter against other youth groups at the Scottish Robotic Games in June. These robots are built from identical kits and give the cadets experience in wood and metal working, radio and electrical engineering skills, which then compete in Football, Sumo, Assault Course and Tug-of-War events.

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ixteen cadets from South East Scotland Wing completed the Scottish Cycling Go Mountain Bike Level 1 at the South East Scotland Wing Training Centre. Learning skills on how to weight the bike on different terrain and braking were taught. Cadets then undertook an obstacle course and 10 mile cross country trek to complete the award. Cadets were from 38F, 869, 1145, 1739, 2180 and 2463 Squadrons. The Wing First Aid Officer, Deputy Officer Commanding South East Scotland Wing delivered the training and were supported by Sgt L Paton, 2466 (Loanhead) Squadron.

The South East Scotland Wing Training Centre will see twenty cadets next weekend attend the Go Mountain Bike Level 1 from across the Wing.

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WAC - Galashiels


Yair which is less than a 30 minute drive and an hour away is the St Mary’s Loch Sailing Centre. Glentress and its mountain biking courses are less that 45 minutes away. Much of the surrounding area So what exactly is the WAC? is approved for ACO activities. Well it might be the answer to the increasing difficulties we A 25 metre indoor small bore face in providing camp type range with 4 firing points is activities for more than a few located at the TA Centre which cadets from one Squadron at a is a mere 5 minute walk from the walk and arrangements time can be made to book the for marksmanship The WAC is the Wing Activity facility Centre and it’s the perfect base training. Qualified range staff for a wide range of activities and the necessary equipment ranging from an HQ for can be arranged. expeditions to sports training weekends and first aid courses Sports facilities in the area are first class less than a five to leadership courses. minute drive away is The WAC is situated on the Netherdale the home of upper floor of the building that Galashiels RFC and Gala houses 2180 (Galashiels) Fairydean FC. Fairydean now Squadron and is a few boast a FIFA/IRB standard full minutes’ walk from the town size 3g and a smaller 5-acentre, major shopping centres sidepitch which is available for and leisure facilities such as hire. It can accommodate ou have probably never heard of a WAC but did you know that situated less than one hour south of Edinburgh in the Borders town of Galashiels is the WAC?

nearby. Sleeping Kitchen – fully equipped accommodation can accommodate 24 Cadets in Showers and Toilets in all two rooms and 8 staff in two rooms rooms. Secure Locker for each bed The facility is available to book space throughout the year and at the moment is free of charge. A Vacuum cleaners – use of fully equipped kitchen is compulsory! available to use. There are no clothes washing The great Abbeys of Melrose, facilities Jedburgh Dryburgh are close by as is the home of Sir Walter Vehicle parking Scott at Abbotsford. Visiting Squadrons would be responsible for making all of their own arrangements relating to sourcing and booking the various facilities availble in the area that they might wish to use and disposal of waste. WAC Bookings can be made via OC 2180 who will pass on requests to the WAC manager.

swimming pool, cinema and sports fields. The Centre boasts up to date sleeping accommodation and its own high standard kitchen. There is adequate parking and many other facilities can be made available on request. The Southern Upland and St Cuthbert’s Way passes through Galashiels and the Four Abbeys Cycle Route passes close by. Canoeing and kayaking can be done on the Tweed in Galashiels and at

2180 Sq can make available their premises which include HF/VHF Radio equipment, internet connection, flight sim, o matter the result, they aviation library, resuscitation were absolutely great mannequins, classrooms and leadership exercise sports! As you can see this young man says it all. equipment.

football rugby and hockey. Beside that are many acres of back pitches if you still hanker after real grass. The town also has a swimming pool suitable for RAF Swimming proficiency training WAC Accommodation All rooms have bunk beds, lockers showers and toilets. There is a large dining room/classroom and a walk in wet shower room which caters for individuals with a disability. There is adequate parking outside the building and

Room 1 – 14 Bunks Room 2 – 10 Bunks Room 3 – 6 Bunks Room 4 – 2 Bunks

SNI Senior Hockey Team


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What a load of rubbish!


unday, 1st of April saw 18 Cadets and 5 staff from 2535 (Livingston) Squadron take part in the inaugural event of the West Lothian's Spring Clean-up Campaign of 2012. They took part in litter picking duties around the Civic Centre collecting over 15 bags of rubbish as well as a discarded bicycle, assorted bottles and broken glass and half a car tyre! West Lothian Environmental Warden Michael Grady who organised the event was extremely grateful for the Squadron’s participation yet again (2535 have taken part for the past few years) and had high praise for their hard work and professional attitude to what many consider a thankless task. Squadron Commander Flt Lt Mel Fairley said “We are really pleased to be able to help out the Council as they are great supporters of the Squadron. Taking part in a community event like this is something that is easy to do and the satisfactions of knowing you have made a difference, albeit a small one, is something our cadets should be proud of”. More information on the West Lothian Spring Clean-up, part of the Keep Scotland Beautiful spring clean which runs from 1 April to 31 May can be found on the West Lothian website at the following address


n the 21st of April 2012, 26 cadets and 12 Staff (and 1 dog!) from 2535(Livingston), 62 (2nd Glasgow), 439 (Linlithgow) and 2463 (Currie & Balerno) Squadrons attended a basic Fieldskills Training Day (lead by 2535) at the Dreghorn training area on the Pentland Hills, near Edinbrugh. Building on the theory lessons recently delivered in the classroom, practical lessons on bivouac construction, personal hygiene in the field, ration pack cooking, hand signals and movements and formations as well as some radio procedures were the order of the day. A long day starting at 0730 and finishing at 2200 culminated with a 3 hour navigation and multi point OP exercise using a multi-channel radio net! The teams were to gather intelligence from their observations, pass this to a central control point which would give them details of a location for a final “mission” to recover some essential “equipment” – in the form of chocolate bars! As usual the weather was not great but that did not affect the hard work and determination of both the cadets and the staff to make this a successful day. Gorse bushes and mud were abound and a few midges all tried to spoil their endeavours but with varying degrees of success all mission objectives were achieved – with a greater or lesser extend of mud! For many this was their first taste of a practical fieldskills activity and EVERYONE is keen to do more. Roll on August when 2535 will again be visiting Otterburn DTE for another Lupus deployment where they will again be joined by 62, 439, and 2463 Squadrons for an even bigger and better fieldskills adventure!



AF Leuchars’ own 6 Squadron Typhoons in front of Hawk aircraft from 100 Squadron and French Alphajets from 2/2 Cote d'Or Squadron. These aircraft have been operating out of RAF Leuchars all this week as part of Europe's largest tactically-focused military exercise - Joint Warrior. The 100 Squadron aircrews from RAF Leeming have been joining with their French counterparts based in Dijon to provide 'enemy forces' on the exercise.

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2519 Easter Camp




our cadets and two members of staff from 2519 (Strathmore) Squadron had a successful weeks easter camp with 20 other cadets and six staff drawn from 1145 (Dunfermline), 571 ( Cupar), 1192 ( Kirkcaldy), 2435 ( St. Andrews) 2284 ( City of Dunblane), 2311 ( Glenrothes), 1370 ( Leven) , 775 ( Burntisland) and 859 (Dalgety Bay) Squadrons at Royal Air Force Linton-on-Ouse in Yorkshire

C 2435 (St Andrews) Sqn, Flt Lt Gavin McDonnell completed the London Marathon on Sun 22nd April - Well Done on behalf of everyone in the Region.

On Sunday the cadets started their camp with a visit to Eden Camp, The only Modern WW2 History Theme Museum of its type in the World which covers six acres.

exercises on two of the high ropes areas followed by all the cadets undertaking the assault course which was used for the Krypton Factor a number of years ago.

Sixteen cadets went flying at RAF Church Fenton in the Grob Tutor T1, cadets Rea Bloice, Aidan Preston and George Simpson were the three cadets from 2519 (Strathmore) Squadron who flew.

They also had an afternoon at 26 Miles and he can still Elvington Air Museum where smile‌. What a hero! they saw many of the aircraft that the Royal Air Force flew in the past, and also a visit to the National Railway Museum in York followed by them all exploring York such as York Minster, the Shambles and some of the shops. On Friday evening the cadets started their packing ready for returning home before the presentation of various prizes and awards gained during the week followed by a fun night. The cadets returned home the following Saturday, all tired but having had a very enjoyable week and having made new friends from other squadrons.

photo shows cadets and staff from 2519 (Strathmore) Squadron at Linton: (L-R) Flt Lt Michael Kay, Cadet Aidan Preston, Cadet Rea Bloice, Four cadets were lucky to Cadet Ashton Dobie, Cadet allocated a gliding flight in the George Simpson and Flt Lt Vigilant which is a self Roy Kemp, propelled glider that is based at RAF Linton-on-Ouse.

The Strathmore Cadets were Ashton Dobie, Rea Bloice, Aidan Preston and George Simpson and the staff were Flight Lieutenants Roy Kemp and Michael Kay. The photograph was taken in front During the rest of the week the of the gate guardian a Tucano cadets had numerous section visits to the Squadrons and T1 . Units which are based at The cadets arrived at R.A. F. Linton-on-Ouse, such as the Section, Survival Linton-on-Ouse on the Fire Saturday afternoon and after Equipment Section, 72 being allocated their Squadron which fly the Tucano accommodation and flights the and Air Traffic Control. cadets were given a security brief from a member of the They also undertook training Police Flight followed by a for the Mk 8 .22 rifle or the health and safety brief by a 5.65. mm Cadet L 98 rifle and member of the Fire Section firing of the rifles on the and were also introduced to all barrack range during their the camp staff members. After camp. their evening meal the cadets carried out a familiarisation They all undertook Leadership exercise in their flights to learn Exercises at Adrenalin, a wooded area in Yorkshire their way round the station. where they carried out


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Top Guns S

Gliding at 662 (Arbroath)

tation personnel from RAF Leuchars joined forces with Cadet Force Adult Volunteers (CFAVs) from West Scotland Wing Air Training Corps recently, to undertake a Clay Pigeon Shooting Association (CPSA) Safety Officer qualification. The course was held at RAF Leuchars over the weekend 23rd - 25th of March and this civilian qualification will allow the holders to conduct a clay target range. The nine participants were trained and tested in their shotgun handling skills as well as in all aspects of range safety in the sport.


liding is one of the best activities you can do as an air cadet. It is right up there with flying, shooting and camps.

able to assist in training the air cadets for the annual Triservice Clay Target Competition to be held in June, in which West Scotland Wing have been the ATC champions for the past 5 years. The course was delivered by Flt Lt Allan J White and Flt Lt Derek McIlroy from 1740 (Clydebank) Squadron who both recently completed their training and qualifications to deliver this course through the Army Rifle Association (ARA) and the CPSA. They are the first ATC personnel in the country to be qualified in delivering this course. Also assisting them during the course was Flt Lt Marise Hawthorne who is also a qualified Safety Officer. Flt Lt White said, "Over the years, myself and other ATC instructors have benefited from training by the RAF, it was great to be able to return the favour by training them!"

For the RAF Leuchars personnel it means that they will now be able to run their own range on the base and develop interest in the sport further amongst station personnel. This in turn will have the benefit that cadets on camp at the station will hopefully also be able to access the sport. The ATC course photograph instructors who successfully The passed the course will now be (below) shows the Instructors and candidates in front of a 6

Squadron Typhoon. (Left to right - Flt Lt McIlroy, WO Salter, Flt Lt MacMillan, Flt Lt Hawthorne, FS Donnelly, SAC Graham, Flt Lt Pollock, CI Forsyth, CI Black, Sqn Ldr Sinclair, Flt Lt Gibson, Flt Lt White) It is planned that future courses will be delivered at locations throughout the country. Anyone interested in future courses should contact Flt Lt White at

The day started very early, meeting at the squadron at 0600 hrs. Once all arrived, we got a small brief from the staff before being transported to the gliding squadrons. When we arrived at the Gliding Squadron, we were given a brief, shown the safety videos and looked at the weather reports. The weather is a big player in gliding, if it is sunny then you can be up in the air for anything from 20 minutes to 45 minutes. The first practical lesson of the day

showed us how to use the parachute. We then had to demonstrate to the instructors that we had listened, understood and could put on, use or remove it. The day went very fast. We were taken onto the airfield and prepared for gliding, including an introduction to the glider and how to get in and out without kicking the console and instruments. We were weighed to identify if any ballast was needed and fitted with a parachute. Then, I got in as instructed. The rest of the cadets helped prepare the glider for take-off, as I did for them. I was very nervous at first but soon relaxed and enjoyed it. The instructor completed the launch preparation and soon we were being winched into the air! The instructor talked me through the controls and asked me to 'follow him through', explaining what he was doing and the effect it had on the glider. I was put in complete control of the glider, following instructions. When everyone had finished, we took the aircraft back to the hanger to wash it down and prepare for the next day. It was amazing. I'd like to get more experience to enable me to go forward for my gliding scholarship. Cadet Corporal David Fleming, 1271

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Cadet Warrant Officer retires after 7 years service C

adet Warrant Officer (CWO) Lauren McNulty from Kilmarnock was presented with a leaving gift after 7 years as a cadet with


BTEC Diploma Services




rom the 13th – 15th of April, 44 cadets and 10 staff from three local squadrons, 449(Lanark) Leadership for Life - Moral squadron, 498(Wishaw) Leadership Course at Stirling squadron & 2166(Hamilton) squadron, attended Junior Non Commissioned Garelochhead Training Camp Officer Training Course near Helensburgh for a weekend of Field Craft. Instructor Cadet Training Course at Rosyth The weekend camp was organised by Flight Activities Lieutenant Sutherland, Commanding Officer of 449 Gliding at Syerston near RAF (Lanark) squadron and his Cranwell staff, who invited cadets and staff from 498 sqn and 2166 Flying at Glasgow sqn to join them.

Bronze & Silver Duke of Courses Edinburgh Award

Clay target Cambuslang



Kayaking, canoeing and raft building at Llandbedr, Wales Lauren is in her final year of an engineering apprenticeship with Rolls Royce at Inchinnan Lauren has now become a civilian adult member of staff with the Squadron and has applied to become a uniformed member of staff.

327 (Kilmarnock) Squadron. Newest cadet Darren Shields presented CWO McNulty with an aeroplane charm and Flt Lt Jamie C P Downie, Officer Commanding 327 Squadron presented Lauren with a bouquet of flowers. Lauren, a former pupil of St Joseph's Academy, joined the cadets in 2005 when she was 13 and achieved the highest rank of Cadet Warrant Officer. She is the first female to reach the rank of CWO in the Squadron for over 20 years. During her 7 years, Lauren gained a number of awards, qualifications and training and has taken part in a wide range of activities:

Cadets Learn New Skills at Garelochhead

After arriving on the Friday evening the cadets took part in ice breakers where they all got to know each other and had fun doing so. For several cadets this was their first camp, and they were quite excited meeting cadets and staff from other squadrons and were looking forward to starting the activities on the saturday.

The majority of saturday was spent out on the ground, Bronze National Navigation teaching the cadets Patrolling, Bush craft & Bivvies, Award Camouflage & Concealment and Radio Communication Skills. Community Sports Leader During the evening all the skills learnt throughout the day were put into practice during a short night exercise. The exercise Award consisted of each flight navigating their way to checkpoints Millennium Volunteer 200hrs while avoiding being spotted and having to remember passwords to help get them from A to B. Award for Excellence Scotland & Northern Ireland The Sunday consisted of 2 classes in the morning, cooking in Best Drill Parade the field and battlefield first aid, before packing up and heading back home after lunch. Commander All of the cadets enjoyed the weekend and can’t wait to go again. With plans for another weekend already being discussed there are hopes Qualifications it won’t be too long until the Young Life Saver Plus First cadets return Aid for another enjoyable BTEC Certificate in Aviation weekend later Studies in the year. Wing Blue for Hockey


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1271 (Bathgate) Duke of Edinburgh Awards Air Cadets visit Strathclyde Fire and Rescue R C ecently twelve cadets from 1271 (Bathgate) Squadron have achieved their bronze Duke of Edinburgh Award. Congratulations go to Cdt John Frame, Cdt Jamie Hamilton, Cdt Daniel Hart, Cdt Robbie Lang, Cdt Kyle McComb, Cdt Kaitlin McGarrell, Cdt Sgt Calum McMath, Cdt Cpl Emma McMath, Cdt Ellie Moffat, Cdt Blair Redmond, Cdt Matthew Reilly, Cdt Cpl Craig Smith. (pictured below) How each cadet completed this varied … the Duke of Edinburgh scheme comprises four sections: volunteering, physical, skill and expedition. Entrants at bronze require to complete three months activity for three sections and six months activity for one section, as they choose. Approved activities included helping out at school, in the local charity shop or in the community for volunteering.

Skill included cadet exams or learning to play a musical instrument. Physical outwith school was difficult, so the squadron arranged to go to the local sports centre to take part in a weekly fitness programme for 12 weeks … Zumba, Spin and Circuits, no less! Expedition took lots of preparation (campcraft, cooking, map reading) at the squadron before venturing outdoors. A practice took place

adets and staff from 327 (Kilmarnock) Squadron recently enjoyed a visit to Kilmarnock Community Fire Station. It was an exciting night as one of the tenders was called out while the cadets were at the Fire Station.

The firemen showed the cadets around the station and explained all of the equipment they use and the type of rescues they can be involved in.

first before expedition at Country Park.

the actual Chatelherault

A further two cadets have now completed their bronze and await their Award. Silver preparation underway …


The cadets got to climb inside the training tower and saw the areas that the fireman simulate trying to se about in a smoke filled house and the fireman’s pole as well as their gym where they keep fit. The cadets asked plenty of questions and thoroughly enjoyed their visit.


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).

We will try and publish at least a quarterly newsletter, (more frequent if we have enough news!). Cadet reporters from all wings welcome. 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 cadet reporter for your wing, please get your squadron commander to drop an e-mail to with your relevant details.

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