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2012 Issue 6

S&NI Newsletter Newsletter Date Feb 2012


In this Issue:


1. Tri Service Parade 2. 3rd Win at Stirling Military Show 3. Bathgate excel at Robotics. 5. 449 Lights Jubilee Beacon 6. Corps Athletics 2012 7. Fraserburgh Charity Cycle 8. Gold DOE foe SE Scot Wing 9. Regional 1st Aid Comp Results

New Regional Commandant Appointed


roup Captain Jim Leggat is the selected candidate for the post of Regional Commandant Scotland & Northern Ireland Region. He is currently going through the admin process of leaving the RAF and hopes to take up his new post during July 2012. Group Captain Leggat is a former CWO from Edinburgh and South Scotland Wing, and a former VRT officer in Dundee and Central Scotland Wing. He served with Fife Constabulary before joining the RAF in the provost branch. He is married and lives in Fife.

17 year old Glenlivet air cadet has cause for celebration as he has just won another flying scholarship thanks to the Air Training Corps. Corporal Robin Clethero, a final year pupil at Grantown Grammar School, has been lucky in securing a place on the Air Cadet's pilots scheme course. This will entail two weeks intensive training at Tayside Aviation, Dundee later this year. Flying Officer Sarah Birkett who runs the Speyside group explains; - “It’s a terrific achievement for Robin as these opportunities are very hard to come by . Last year, he did a 10 hour gliding course at RAF Kinloss and his motivation and commitment were key. Now he'll be able to progress , learning to fly a Grob 115 aircraft”. Robin hopes to pursue a career in aviation. He has been inspired by his Great Uncle, the late Sergeant John Turl of the Glider Pilot Regiment who died in the Second World War. Robin visited his grave at Oosterbeek, near Arnhem, Holland when he was on an overseas camp through the ATC last year.

661 Cadet Training Suspended


ome bad news for regular users of 661 VGS. The airfield has had its problems for some time now but following a recent inspection by 3 FTS, the result is that all cadet training at Kirknewton is to cease with immediate effect. Clearly this affects both GS and GIC with the units planned for the "Longest Day" event this coming saturday (23/6/12) are among the first to be affected. Therefore, all allocations to 661 VGS are null and void until further notice. Wing HQ have limited scope to compensate for this loss but will do what it can to spread the 662 VGS slots around the Wing. Clearly that will create issues for those in the south of the Wing in terms of travel. The RAC might seem a good transit option but that facility is also under pressure and we shall have to look at what can be done. We will also look at what else can be done to help alleviate the situation.

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Leading the Way – Five Hundred National Indoor Climbing Awards

Tri-service parade for the Monarch's 86th birthday



cotland Wing, Air Training Corps are one of the leading providers of the National Indoor Climbing Achievement Scheme in the country after the 500th level 1, foundation climber certificate was presented to cadet Andrew McNab of 2284 (Dunblane) Squadron. This represents over half of South East Scotland Wing have had the opportunity of indoor climbing with over forty cadets going on to achieve the Level 2 top rope climber certificate.

variety of climbs at different grades. The climbing offered by South East Scotland Wing is not just indoors with many cadets and staff taking their indoor experience to Single Pitch Crags across South East Scotland. Activities at outdoor crags have involved top rope climbing, abseiling and bouldering.

Edinburgh’s International Climbing Arena, which is the World’s largest indoor climbing Arena was the primary location for all the training allowing the cadets to undertake a large

The 500th Level 1 Certificate was presented to Cadet Andrew McNab by Squadron Leader Barry Mcadam, Deputy Officer Commanding, South East Scotland Wing who is double hatted with the role as Deputy Regional Adventure Training Technical Officer, Scotland & Northern Ireland..

They were helped on their way by the military band of the Black Watch army cadet force, the pipers from the Lovat Scout cadets from Orkney and the pipes and drums of the 1st Highlanders army cadets. Starting at the castle, the cadets set off along the High Street, crossed the Ness Bridge and headed to the Northern Meeting Park for a military service.

Squadron Leader Hilda Mcadam who jointly ran the training said “It is fantastic as an instructor of see this number of young people in the Air Cadet Organisation that have been introduced into the sport of climbing, which helps with life skills such as communication, teamwork, self-discipline and confidence”. Since the introduction of scheme into the Wing not only has cadet involvement increased in the area of climbing, many cadet forces adult volunteers have undertaken training to become climbing instructors.

The training that was delivered to the cadets of Wing would cost over £25,000 if undertaken at a commercial venue providing instructors, instead cadets only paid for their admission and logbook. The National Indoor Climbing Achievement Scheme was designed to promote climbing development and accredit individual achievement on artificial climbing structures. The scheme has five levels with the commitment and climbing abilities increase with the levels.

ore than 500 Air, Army and Navy cadets from across the Highlands and islands marched through the centre of Inverness at the weekend in a tribute to the Queen.

The drumhead service originated on the battle field and has been a staple way for the armed forces to give thanks for centuries.

The tri-service parade made a colourful spectacle as the cadets marched in uniform in front of hundreds of spectators to celebrate the Queen's diamond jubilee year on the occasion of her 86th official birthday on Saturday.

The cadets formed a square and the drums were laid on the ground to form an altar, before the standards of the three cadet services were placed on the drums and the short service began. Friends, relatives and supporters filled the stands in the park to hear the readings and hymns.

About 530 members of the Sea Cadet Corps, the Army Later that evening the bands Cadet Force and the Air beat the retreat at Cameron Training Corps, from Orkney Barracks. in the Western Isles, Moray, Caithness, Ross-shire and Inverness-shire took part.

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Ex VRT Officer gets Medical Award Fantastic 3rd Win for ATC at Stirling Military Show A n RAF doctor received an international accolade for his work, at the Aerospace Medical association's annual scientific conference and awards. Wing Commander Ian Mollan received an award for his operational work in aviation medicine at the awards ceremony in Atlanta, Georgia, USA. Wg Cdr Mollan was presented with the Mary T Klinker Award for significant contributions to, and achievements in, the field of aeromedical evacuation. It is the first time that the award has been presented to a recipient from outside the USA. During the period 2006 to 2010, Wg Cdr Mollan was the Officer Commanding the Aeromedical Evacuation Coordination Centre for the UK; repatriating patients during some of the busiest periods of conflict in Iraq and Afghanistan, including protracted periods of daily Critical Care Air Support Team movements.

bolstering the capacity to respond to missions requiring multiple critical care movements.

Over this period, not only has he worked tirelessly on realtime missions, he has striven to advance the capability of aeromedical evacuation through technology, organisation and fostering international co-operation. His vision anticipated where unplanned diversions and use of other nations' assets could save life and made available UK assets to other nation's patients. He has specifically enhanced the co-operation with the USA by initiating inclusion of the UK on the US Global Patient Movement Joint Advisory Board.

On receiving the award, Wg Cdr Mollan said:"I am very humbled to have received this award. It is a delight that the work of the RAF aeromedical evacuation service has been internationally recognised as being of the highest quality during the busiest operational As the sole validating flight period on record. I am thrilled surgeon, Wg Cdr Mollan to have been selected to provided aeromedical receive this award." decision-making for incredibly complex multi-trauma cases Prior to joining the RAF Wing from operations, 365-days-a- Commander Mollan was a year, for the entire four years. VRT officer in Dundee & Not only did he validate over Central Scotland Wing, and 18,000 British patients, he co- was also an instructor on the ordinated 2,500 US patients Scottish Small Arms Training and fostered many Team. international co-operative aeromedical evacuation initiatives and patient moves through NATO, the Air and Space Interoperability Council and the European Union. Wg Cdr Mollan has been instrumental in developing the Interfly Agreement that has saved the lives of both UK and US servicemen by enabling care support and clinical considerations in aeromedical transport teams to work together on the same aircraft,


or the 3rd year in succession, cadets from 2284 (City of Dunblane) Sqn and 1019 (City of Stirling) Sqn have won the Erskine Drill competition at today’s Stirling Military Show. The competition was judged by the 51 (Scottish) Brigade RSM and despite a strong performance from the Army Cadets the combined Drill Team produced an exceptional performance of the set drill sequence. Receiving high praise on the standard of their dress and deportment the Team were clear winners securing a fantastic triple win.

Picture shows Ian MollanWing Commander Ian Mollan (left) and Dr Mike Trudgill at the Aerospace Medical association's annual scientific conference and awards ceremony [Picture: Crown Copyright/MOD 2012]



gt Iona Lang, 287 Squadron and Sgt Fiona Cameron, 1743 Squadron represented the Wing at the Royal Gun Salute, Edinburgh Castle for the Diamond Jubilee. Cadets from 870 Squadron also attended for the 21 Gun Salute.

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107’s Quarterly Review Bathgate Excel at Rampaging Chariots Event



he clash of the Titans commenced on the 9th June 2012 to n 30th May the weather stayed fine for 107 (Aberdeen) establish the Scottish Grand Champion of Scotland. Squadron to hold its first Quarterly Review on the Parade Square in front invited parents and guests. The Review commenced with OC 107 (Aberdeen) Squadron, Fg Off Paul In reality this was the 7th Year of the Rampaging Chariots Bond, formally inspecting A and B Flights as well as the Banner Competition held at Selex Galileo Edinburgh Headquarters. The Rampaging Chariot is a powerful, radio controlled featherParty. weight sporting robot that is used by schools and youth groups Following the Inspection, Fg Off Bond made presentations to to compete in an annual Robotic Games to determine the cadets for their recent achievements, namely a First Aid award, National Champion. It is a project aimed at interesting young Swimming Proficiency certificates, Classification exam people in engineering organised by the Rampaging Chariots certificates, BTEC qualification award, Gold Duke of Edinburgh Guild. badge and finally promotions to Corporal and Flight Sergeant. Teams from as far as Wester Ross converged on the city to A citizenship certificate was awarded by Civilian Committee battle and hopefully achieve success in the competition arena. chairperson Neil Chalmers to Cadet Keir Lynch for his personal Spending months on the construction of the robot, it was time sponsorship raised of over ÂŁ100 for taking part in a local charity to see what the fruits of their labour could achieve. run. Fg Off Bond said "107 Sqn has achieved a monumental amount of success in the short time since I took command. I was very humbled to formally recognise the efforts of both Staff and Cadets and I look forward to the many future achievements that I am sure our Sqn will continue to have."

1271 (Bathgate) squadron put together a strong team to enter this arena and hopefully bring success for the first time of entering. Led by Cdt Cpl Craig Smith and assisted by Cdt Cpl Emma McMath and Cdt Farhan Dastgir their skills were soon put to the test. At the end of a busy day the 1271 robot was successful in gaining Silver in the Sumo Event and Bronze in the Assault Course. Medals were subsequently presented to the team for their efforts. Overall this was a tremendous effort by all conlthough it is only a few months since I retired, I have cerned and the team are now looking forward to next year's had the pleasure of seeing many of you at a number of event. high-profile events. I should, therefore, like to send a message of congratulation to all those cadets and staff who participated in the Inter-Wing Athletics at drummers, and the evident ability of all of you to operate Grangemouth, and at both the Diamond Jubilee event and seamlessly as individuals or as a team. the Laying-Up of the Corps Banner, in Perth. At all of these events, everyone behaved magnificently, and gave a Without doubt you have collectively enhanced the faultless display of team spirit, excellence in standards reputation of the Corps and, perhaps just as importantly, and, frankly, considerable talent and dedication. the reputation of young people in an era where they are



Whilst this did not come as a surprise to me, whom you have long impressed, I thought you would like to know that, concerning the latter 2 events, many members of the public have sought me out to say just how much they admired the exceptional way you all conducted yourselves, the mannerliness and friendliness of the cadets, the wonderful talent of our young pipers and

much criticised. OK, that's the formal take on your public face - I just think you're "Pure dead Brilliant"! I wish all of you much success and a lot of fun in the Corps, in the future. Morag Urquhart

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449 (Lanark) Squadron Lights Jubilee beacon O

n the 4thof June Deputy Lord Lieutenant Colonel David Cranston (Rtd) hosted a Beacon lighting event to celebrate the Queens Diamond Jubilee at Langside Farm near Lanark. The beacon was to be lit by representatives of the Lanarkshire Cadet Forces and the South Lanarkshire Council Provost Mrs Eileen Logan. The cadet forces were represented by members of 449 Lanark Air Cadets, 5 Platoon Scots Guards Army Cadets (Lanark), 1 TP SDG Army Cadets (East Kilbride) and T.S. Cunningham Sea Cadets (East Kilbride).

The cadet units arrived at 9:30pm for a barbeque provided by Colonel Cranston to give the staff and cadets the opportunity to meet and chat to the Provost and other attending guests. Just before 10pm the cadets formed up in to a parade and marched up to the site of the beacon.

Cadets) were selected to light the beacon and while they were given a safety brief the other guests and cadets assembled at a safe distance from the large bonfire. At the designated time of 10:10pm the first of 6 rockets were fired, these were to alert the people of Lanark that the beacon was about to be lit, shortly followed by the three cadets and the Provost setting the pyre alight. The lighting party then paused for some pictures to be taken before the Provost addressed the assembled guests and cadets. Soft drinks were then distributed and the Deputy Lord Lieutenant proposed a Loyal Toast to her Majesty the Queen.

Each of the units then took the opportunity to pose for commemorative pictures with the provost and Deputy Lord Lieutenant before packing up and heading for home. We would all like to thank Colonel Cranston for organising and inviting us to this historic event.

Cadet Sarah Sharkey (Air Cadets) Lance Sergeant Kierin Scott (Army Cadets) and Able Cadet Andrew Glenesk (Sea

327 (Kilmarnock) Air Cadets take to the skies


ive young cadets from 327 (Kilmarnock) Squadron, Air raining Corps recently had the opportunity to be involved in air experience flying in a two seater “Grob Tutors� over the West of Scotland. For four of the cadets it was their first flight in the Grob Tutor and Darren Shields second flight. All of the cadets are aged 13 and 14 and attend Loudoun Academy, Stewarton Academy, Kilmarnock Academy and James Hamilton Academy. Within the Air Training Corps cadets get the opportunity to get air experience flights and to try gliding and some cadets learn how to fly, through scholarships for both powered flight and gliding.

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From a wet RIAT... New Annual Report Launches C

adets from 2463 Squadron are currently helping out at RAF Fairford for the Royal international Air Tattoo.

They will remain there for a few days helping in the clear up after the event. One picture to make it north so far was this massive transporter plane, a C5 Galaxy, arriving in the rain on Thursday. Image by FS Selalmas on his phone.


he Air Cadet Organisation is delighted to announce that the official 2011/2012 Annual Report is now available for download. The report, which contains information on a selection of ACO activities, facts and figures and top images from the last two years, can be downloaded in PDF format via the link below. Cadets and volunteers are urged to read the document, which also includes a message from current Commandant Air Cadets, Air Commodore Barbara Cooper, a celebration of the organisation’s 70th anniversary and quotes celebrating the Air Cadets from a number of specially selected members, under the heading ‘Our People’.

Teenagers take on 3000-mile charity cycle to raise money for troops


raserburgh youngsters to take on challenge on exercise bikes to raise money for Afghan Heroes.

A group of youngsters are preparing to cycle more than 3000 miles on exercise bikes in a bid to raise money for Afghan Heroes. The Fraserburgh teenagers from the Air Training Corps are undertaking the 3000-mile epic challenge, the distance from the Buchan town to Camp Bastion in Afghanistan, to show their support for the troops.



he ACO (S&NI) were out in full force over 7/8 RHQ.....Scot SATT CFAV Skill at Arms Instructor Cse (weekend 1), Regional Sports Committee Mtg, RAC TAC Radio Cse, North East Scotland Wg heading home from a week of camp at RAF Leuchars and Highland Wg cadets just arriving for the start of their week! And the summer is just beginning…… Mach 12 camps run from 14th to 28th June at RAF Leuchars / Barry Buddon.

Appointment of Commandant Air Cadets C

ommandant ACO Air Commodore Barbara Cooper said:

“I am delighted to announce that Gp Capt Dawn McCafferty RAF (Rtd) is the preferred candidate to become the next Commandant Air Cadets. Subject to successful completion of the necessary administrative requirements, she will assume command in the rank of Air Commodore (FTRS) at a date to be confirmed but anticipated Aug/Sep 12.”

Janette Binnie is hoping Janette Binnie, who lost her son the challenge will raise Sean in Afghanistan in 2009, will be joining the boys on their more awareness. journey.

She is hoping that the charity cycle will help the next generation of troops realise how important it is to remember the fallen. She said: "You hear a lot of people, and a lot of adults saying I want to do this, I want to do that, and it's great but for a group of young boys to come to me and say ‘we really want to do something; we want to show the boys on the front line that we appreciate them and at the same time do it for our Duke of Edinburgh Award’ - well that was phenomenal. “Obviously my son was in the Army but to me it doesn't matter whether it's the Army, the Air Force or the Navy, they're all troops, and they all fight for our freedom."

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he Inter Region Athletics Championships 2012 held at RAF Cosford ion 30th June saw Scotland & Northern Ireland placed 4th in the overall results. With a haul of 7 Gold, 18 silver and 10 Bronze Medals four cadets took seven Championship titles with FSgt Angus Stanners 2180(Galashiels) Sqn once again crowned “Fastest Cadet in the Corps having retained his 100m sprint title for the second year running. Angus also retained his 200m Championship title and was presented with the “ Wilson Cup” for 100m and the “Proud Cup” 1978 both of which were presented to the Olympic Gold Medallist Linford Christie when he won these races as an Air cadet in 1978. Cdt Rhona Lloyd from 870(Dreghorn) won the Junior Women’s High Jump with Cdt Calum McMath 1271(Bathgate) Sqn taking Gold in the Shot and Discuss. Northern Ireland’s Cdt Courtney Sloan took Gold in the Junior Women’s 400 and 800m middle distance races. With a large bag of silver and bronze Team were placed 4th in the overall Team events improving on last year’s position. With the title of Junior Women’s Champions also in the bag the team brought home the “Anne Couston Quaich” after a fiercely contested series of competitions.

Scotland & Northern Ireland Athletics Team 2012

Corps Champions Cadets Courtney Sloan, Calum McMath, Angus Stanners, Rhona Lloyd

Staff accompanying the team were impressed by the commitment, drive and determination of the Team and the competitiveness displayed during individual events. The Overall team Championship a was won by Wales and West Region with Central & East placed second and North Region taking third place The Scotland & Northern Ireland Team were placed as follows U15 Girls – 5th

U15 Boys – 6th

Report by CI HF Wielbo

U17 Men 6th

Junior Women – 1st

Junior Men – 2nd

Pictures by Fg Of DJ Wielbo

Lees Trophy & Morris Cup 2012 Announcement C ommandant Air Cadets, Air Commodore Barbara Cooper has today announced the winners of the 2012 Lees Trophy and Morris Cup. To find out more, please read the message below:

“It has been a great pleasure to judge my third Lees/Morris competition, which was completed last night! As always, when we get down to the top six squadrons in the Corps, choosing the ‘best of the best’ is never easy and I repeat my view that all of our finalists are winners and should be justly proud of their achievements. “My congratulations to the six sqns, who are: 2160 (Sleaford) Sqn, 633 (West Swindon) Sqn, 48F (Hampstead) Sqn, 870 (Dreghorn) Sqn, 2387 (Pudsey) Sqn

1438 (Prescot) Sqn.

However, there can only be one winner, and I am pleased to award the Lees Trophy 2012 to 2160 (Sleaford) Sqn. The runner up and winner of the Morris Trophy goes to 633 (West Swindon) Sqn. My warmest congratulations to Squadron Commander – Flight Lieutenants Mel Walker and Helene Woodham.” Barbara Cooper

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Gold Duke of Edinburgh Awards for South East Scotland Wing


taff and Cadets from South East Scotland Wing were present at Holyrood palace to receive their Gold Duke of Edinburgh Award from HRH The Duke of Edinburgh, the awards holders were :-

Team Event (4 team members U18) 1st 1990 Ellon Sqn, NESW 257 2nd 287 Stenhouse Sqn, SESW 253

Flt Sgt (ATC) Sean Russell - 1192 Sqn Sgt (ATC) Fiona Cameron - 1743 Sqn CI Harriet Gilzean - 2435 Sqn Sgt Iona Loang - 287 Sqn Sgt David Newton - 287 Sqn Cpl Jordon Wardrope - 1019 Sqn

3rd 1271 Bathgate/2496 Cumbernauld combined team, WSW, 200 4th= 2345 Leuchars, SESW & 2367 Banchory, NESW Sqns No representatives from Highland or N Ireland Wgs

The certificates were presented by Brigadier George Lowder, Commander of 51 Brigade, Scotland. Squadron Leader Hilda Mcadam, Regional Resource Manager for Scotland & Northern Ireland Region and Squadron Leader Barry Mcadam, Deputy Officer Commanding, South East Scotland Wing were there to congratulate the individuals.

1st & 2nd place will represent S&NI Region at RAF Cranwell in October at the Corps Competition Young Adult Pairs (U25) 1st 2367 Banchory Sqn, NESW 192 2nd 2466 Loanhead Sqn, SESW 183 3rd 1271 Bathgate/2496 Cumbernauld combined pairs, WSW, 128 No representatives from H or NI Wgs 1st place will represent S & NI Region at RAF Cranwell in October at the Corps Competition. Well done to all the competitiors and thank you to the CFAVs, casualties (2435 St Andrews Sqn, 2466 Loanhead Sqn and 1271 Bathgate Sqn & 2367 Banchory Sqn) and of course the judges! The judges were impressed by the first aid being provided for the various casualties.

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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