2012 Issue 7
S&NI Newsletter Newsletter Date Aug 2012
MEET THE NEW BOSS
In this Issue: 1. Normandy 2012 2. RheinDahlen 2012 3. Bisley 2012 5. Boulmer 2012 6. Bomber Command Memorial 7. Armed Forces Day 2012 8. New Commandant Takes Post 9. Master Cadets at 2519
MESSAGE FROM THE NEW G REGIONAL COMMANDANT The following message has been released by the Regional Commandant: ‘I am absolutely thrilled about taking post as the Regional Commandant of SNI. My previous Cadet and VRT experience helped shaped me and instilled my passion and interest in the RAF and I very much look forward to giving back to the organization what I can from my regular RAF service. Already, I have noted a significant amount of positive changes to the ATC experience and activities. Indeed, I have a lot to learn from you all about the current organization, how it operates, and how I can best provide support. I have already made the most of meeting and seeing Cadets and CFAV engaged in the BLUE and GREEN camps around RAF Leuchars and in the months ahead, I intend to meet as many of you as soon as possible.’ Jim Leggat
roup Captain J G Leggat MA MBA CMgr FCMI FSyI MBCS
Gp Capt Leggat joined 1271 (Bathgate Sqn) ATC in 1973 and attained Cadet Warrant Officer rank and Staff Cadet proficiency. He was selected for IACE to the USA in 1976 and was awarded the ATC Certificate of Good Service in 1977. Commissioned as an RAFVR(T) officer in 1980, he served as Training Officer with 2435 (St Andrews) Sqn and as Adjutant with 1735 (Kinross-shire) Sqn. In 1983, he was the British Escort Officer on IACE to Sweden. In 1983, Gp Capt Leggat decided to combine his strong interest and passion in the RAF with his experience as a civilian police officer and joined the RAF as a Security (Provost) officer. As a junior officer, he served in police and security appointments at RAF Laarbruch, HQ Provost & Security Services (HQ P&SS) Germany and the UK, and RAF Aldergrove. As a Sqn Ldr, he served at HQ British Forces Falkland Islands, RAF Laarbruch, Rheindahlen Garrison, and HQ P&SS (UK).
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In 1996, he moved into the ICT and information security fields and served
in Wg Cdr and Gp Capt staff appointments in Logistics Command, Strike Command and with the MOD Central Staff. In 2005, he took post as assistant Director Air Plans within the now Defence Equipment and Support organization where his responsibilities included advising Chief of Materiel (Air) on the financial management and programming of his equipment support budget of some £1.1BN. In 2007, he became Regional Head of MOD Information Systems & Services where he commanded 70 military and civilian ICT management staff operating with IT outsource providers and local site IT/technical support personnel. His responsibilities included project management, customer management and service assurance for all ICT services across 700 MOD sites in Scotland, Northern Ireland, North Wales and North West, Mid and East England. Gp Capt Leggat has commanded at Flt, Sqn and independent unit level and operated in several joint appointments. From 1999 to 2000, he attended the Advanced Command and Staff Course during which time he obtained an MA in Defence Studies from King’s College, University of London. He also has an MBA (with Distinction) from Edinburgh Napier University and is a Chartered Fellow of the Chartered Management institute, a Fellow of the Security institute, and a Member of the British Computer Society. In 2011, he was appointed the Air Force Board HM Commissioner to the Queen Victoria School Dunblane. His hobbies (time permitting) include golf, military and aviation history, and Visiting Tutor to Edinburgh Napier University Business School. He is married to Penny, a former Captain in the Queen Alexandra’s Royal Army Nursing Corps, who has specialized in health, social welfare and skills development. He has 2 teenage sons and lives in Fife.
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NORMANDY TRIP 2012
BISLEY 2012 Despite some pretty appalling weather throughout the three days of the competition the cadets performed brilliantly, winning some very impressive silverware for the Squadron's display cabinet, together with four of the coveted Cadet 100 badges.
maha Beach, Caen, Arromanches and the Mulberry Harbour and the legendary Pegasus Bridge were only a few of the sites visited by twenty six Cadets and six Staff from South East Scotland Wing Squadrons when they visited Normandy in mid July.
Having spent the last six months raising funds the group travelled by coach with cadets from three Squadrons involved from 2466 (Loanhead) and 870 (Dreghorn) and 2180 (Galashiels) to the Chateau Du Tertre near Caen, visits to the mediaeval town of Fougeres and adventurous training in the form of
If opportunity came again I would definitely go back.” said canoeing, archery and Ryan Stockman from Hawick. leadership exercises made up the very full programme in Calum Brydon-Leigh from addition to a number of visits to Blainslie said - “I thought it historical sites associated with was an excellent trip , I D Day and the Liberation of especially enjoyed seeing the Europe. cemeteries as it clearly showed the size of the The Cadets themselves take sacrifice that was made.” up the story:The trip was funded by local fundraising, the participants themselves and grants from a number of local organisations.
“I really enjoyed the trip and found it very interesting, the part I enjoyed the most about the trip was seeing gun emplacements at Point Du Hoc. I also thought the cemeteries gave a huge insight to sacrifices made.
Taking part were, in the A Team, Sgt Lee Cameron and Cpls Sobhan Arif, Taimur Atif and Alasdair Kettyle. In the B Team, CWO Awess Majeed, Cpl Ibraaheem Khan and Cdts Habeeb Asif and Aristidh Qenani. In the butts were Cdts Aamir Khan and Craig KcKillop. The hard working coaches were CI Peter Smith and Sgt Khalid Ali. The prizes won by the A Team consisted of: The Frankfort Shield, won for the second year in a row, for shooting at 300 and 500 yards, the Watts Bowl for a team shoot at 600 yards and the Gill Trophy for best ATC team as well as second place in the Grand Aggregate Quaich for best overall team.
Awards for All Scotland gave a grant of £908.00 to 2180 Sq to be used for the educational aspects of the trip including the cost of entrance to museums and historical sites. The cadets who won Cadet 100 badges were: Photos: Cpl Taimur Atif (8th) Top Left - Omaha Beach Cpl Alasdair Kettyle (16th) Sgt Lee Cameron (26th) Top Right - Pegasus Bridge Cpl Sobhan Arif (27th) Middle - Colville Sur Mer Cpl Taimur Atif also won the Bottom - Pegasus Bridge Campbell Cup for best overall ATC score and the Boulter Museum Cup for best ATC score in the Report by Flight Lieutenant Cadet 100s. Frank Weilbo. All four members of the A team were selected for the Corps team to shoot against the ACF and the SCC in the Inter Service Final, with each winning a Corps Blue. Our B Team also performed creditably, coming very close to winning another Cadet 100 badge. Better luck next year boys. 470 (Falkirk) Sqn also sent a team to ISCRM and came away with two Cadet 100s. Cdt C Falconer and Sgt C Johnston were placed 69th and 75th respectively. Photo on Page 8 of this Newsletter.
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BOULMER CAMP 2012
ant to know what happened at Mach 12?
Well if you go to the regional website you can download the newsletters for both Week 1 (14-21 Jul) and Week 2 (21 - 28 Jul) camps. The site is at www.aircadets-sni.org.uk - and go to the downloads section (Under Newsletters 2012) As the activities were covered in their own newsletters, we are not going to run any Mach 12 articles in this newsletter edition.
adets of 2519(Strathmore) Squadron, had a successful summer camp, from the 30th June to the 7th July with other cadets from 38F(Perth), 1743 ( Creiff), 1019 (City of Stirling), 2345 (Leuchars) and 1232 (City of Dundee) Squadrons at Royal Air Force Boulmer.
concluding with a night exercise under the guidance of the Station’s Air Cadet Liaison Officers team. . They also visited the Fire Section and 202 Squadron “A” Flight which fly the Sea King HAR3 in the search and rescue role. George Simpson was one of four lucky cadets who were given a flight in a Sea King. All the cadets and staff enjoyed their visit to the RAF Boulmer CRC (Control and Reporting Centre) which will control all of the United Kingdom restricted Air Space during the Olympics.
The cadets arrived at R.A. F. Boulmer on Saturday at lunch time, in the afternoon and after being allocated their accommodation and flights the cadets were given a security brief from a member of the Police Flight followed by a health and safety brief by a Alnwick Castle was the place member of the Fire Section chosen for a cultural visit this and were introduced to all the was where part on the first two camp staff members. Harry Potter films were filmed and some cadets took All the cadets undertook dry broomstick flying training. weapon training on the Mk 8 .22 rifle or the 5.65. mm Cadet All the cadets and some staff L 98 rifle which concluded with enjoyed Wet 'N' Wild Water all cadets firing these rifles on Park, North Shields with its the barrack range and five many flumes and some cadets managed to achieve cadets even had a go on the either a Squadron or Wing Kamikaze, the UK’s fastest Marksman award due to their water slide. achieved scores. The cadets also carried out drill resulting in a drill competition at the end of the week, leadership, camouflage dressing and the use of camouflage cream, sports, orienteering exercise near Boulmer village. They also cooked their ration packs followed by an exercise building silica defence structures on Boulmer sea front
Bomber Command Memorial A s Pipe Major of the Scotland & Northern Ireland Region Air Training Corps Pipes & Drums I have been fortunate enough to be asked to participate in many prestigious events. In recent months I have been asked to attend fundraising events organised by the RAF Benevolent Fund & through these I have gotten to know their Events Coordinator, a Mr Tano Rea, very well.
At the last event at Glasgow City Chambers, Tano was chatting to me about the upcoming unveiling of the Bomber Command Memorial in London & asked if I would On Friday evening the cadets like to attend, he would send started their packing ready for me some details. returning home before the presentation of various prizes A few days later I received an and awards gained during the e mail with the promised week followed by a fun night. information but to my surprise & delight it was accompanied The cadets returned home on by an invitation to actually Saturday 7th July all tired but participate. He asked if I would having had a very enjoyable like to accept the role of lone week and having made new piper to end the day. Of course I accepted immediately. I was friends. absolutely thrilled to be
involved in such a high profile event with so much importance, especially in such a significant role.
It took a lot of planning & a round trip of 860 miles but it was worth it & I'm sure my Dad thinks so as well as we made the trip by car. The last leg of the outward journey was by underground right into Green Park itself, where the memorial is situated, & we arrived at 09.30. The weather was near perfect, if anything it was too warm & it made for an exhausting day.
There was a small arena in front of the memorial itself where the members of the Royal family would be seated along with invited guests & a much larger seated area, for 5400 people, in front of a stage & a 100 square metre screen, called the salute area where I would be playing. Prior to that there was entertainment by many varied acts along with interviews with celebrities & veterans of
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JHQ Rheindahlen Blog Wednesday 8 August Saw the sunrise this morning with a 0530 departure from home in the Borders! To Edinburgh Airport to meet the early group of 17 cadets and three other staff travelling out this morning then an Embraer 190 flight, Edinburgh to Amsterdam. Most of the cadets look as if they never knew that 0600 hrs existed.
officers Mess dining room at Leuchars but with a big dance hall bit - the kind of place the RAF Germany summer balls would be held. After that we headed to the open air pool at Monchengladbach, was good, nice and warm weather-wise although the pool was a bit cold. We were the only ones at the complex which gave me a chance to have a go on the diving board. So I can tick diving off my list of Olympic Sports I want to try! Safe to say though that Tom Daley needn't worry about me challenging him for his spot in the Olympic team. Also had the first Currywurst of the trip and it definitely won't be the last!
Amsterdam Airport and I have never seen so many shops selling diamonds! A 46 minute flight from Amsterdam gets us to Dusseldorf- this time in a Fokker 70 – that reminds me of a joke about Messerschmitt aircraft but we won’t go there, landed a wee bit early. It’s a mere 18 miles or 29 km to Rheindahlen by coach, unpack settle in at cassels House and Go Karting in Holland this just about time for dinner. evening, fingers crossed I The programme looks good won't have the slowest lap, with a visit to the Mohne Dam, should be ok some of the now whistling the “The other staff are taking part and Dambusters March”. We are I'll do my best to live up to the also going to Spangdahlem US boy-racer stereotype! Air Force Base with A10A Thunderbolts and SEAD F16 Into Monchengladbach itself Vipers/ Fighting Falcons and after lunch for a wander round the town, nice coffee at an we have a visit to Cologne. open air cafe on the main drag. Thursday 9 August Not a bad day today, nice and warm. Safety and fire briefings Friday 10th August this morning in the Off to Cologne today, weather 'Rheindahlen Rooms' which still hot with temperatures in looked to be like an Officers the mid 70s F. Some Mess type place for hosting Spaghetteis and Currywurst VIP guests and stuff. Quite for lunch methinks. Laters! impressive, much like the Our trip was to Cologne, a few of the cadets managed to catch up on an hour or so sleep on the bus, then off for a wander round Cologne itself. Took a group picture of the whole camp minus me of course as I was behind the camera - my best side some would say on the steps in front of Cologne Cathedral. It’s quite incredible to think that although the whole area surrounding the cathedral was as good as flattened by Bomber Command that the cathedral survived relatively
unscathed - although you can still see shrapnel marks on the walls of the cathedral. We went to what I thought was a cafe but turned out to be some kind of Espresso bar, but it was very nice though! However my attempts at trying to order a Cafe Mocha while speaking German were fairly terrible, so I settled for the international standard of Cappuccino - I'm sure there's a joke in there somewhere... After that we went for a walk around Cologne city centre, and had a look at some of the shops. I managed to resist the urge to buy a German football club strip this year, but the week is still young! Second Currywurst of the trip for lunch today - Currywurst mit Pommes! It probably isn't the healthiest, but it tastes delicious and at least its German food and isn't a McDonalds! Saturday 11 August Breakout today, so the usual high ropes, leaps of faith, tunnel crawling and some archery. Cadets had a blast and some of the staff even had a go at everything. I chose to
Bit of a disaster with tea tonight, Camp Comm. misread the dinner times, so we missed dinner at Cassells House. Not a major disaster though, as we took the opportunity to try out the local restaurant Fuchsbau "Chicken in the Woods". It came highly recommended by a good friend who served at nearby RAF Bruggen when it was still an RAF station and we weren't disappointed! Some truly great German grub I had a Zigeunerschnitzel, which is a chicken escalope type thing which comes served with Pommes und Krautsalat! Very nice indeed! We all watched the Dambusters movie night after dinner for the cadets, who all paid a surprising amount of attention to the film even though there was no obvious blood and guts and it was black and white. Think the Camp Comm may have had a tear in his eye when Gibson's dog was killed. Sunday 12 August The Mohnesee and Mohne Dam
Trip to the Mohne Dam today - something I've been looking forward to all week, and something that's been on my Bucket List for a long time. Long bus trip to get there, well not too long - around 2 hours. We started the visit with a trip on a ferry around the lake behind the dam - the Mohnesee. Another gorgeous day up this way, so we managed to find a couple of spare tables on the upper deck outside for coffee and
Page 5 cake and sat in the sunshine my tan after this week is going to be cracking! Got some great pictures of the dam from the boat, quite a different picture today to the early hours of a morning in May of 1943 and no one was shooting at us!
Showing the cadets The Dambusters movie last night was definitely a good idea, it gave them all an appreciation of the ingenuity, courage and sacrifice involved in the Dams Raid and they all seemed to appreciate just what it was those young men did. It was quite emotional walking across the dam itself to be honest - I certainly found it emotional anyway, but I'm a big softy when it comes to these things. After walking across the Mohne Dam and back it was back onto the bus and back to JHQ for a night of uniform prep for our trip to USAFE Spangdahlem tomorrow. Lots of sets of greens needing pressed and boots polished after Breakout yesterday. It wasn't all spit and polish though as we managed to fit in a Staff v Cadets game of Volleyball at the cadet accommodation. You'll all be pleased to hear that the Staff Team won, mainly through some dubious refereeing decisions I have to admit Camp Comm is the West of Scotland Wing Sports Officer so he was the natural choice to referee, he just so happened to be playing for the staff as well! Monday 13 August
S&NI Regional News Early rise this morning in preparation for the long bus trip to Spangdahlem. Two hours or so on the bus there which wasn't helped by a satnav which took us beyond Spangdahlem so we had to double back on ourselves to get to the base.When we got to the base though it was truly impressive! It makes big RAF bases like Leuchars or Coningsby look fairly small in comparison imagine only having one or two gate guards... Spangdahlem has not one, not two, but six historic aircraft preserved on poles on the base!
The 52nd Fighter Wing is base here and we started the visit with a trip to the 81st Fighter Squadron which flies A-10Cs. Our hosting officer was Captain 'Holy' Schmidt, who informed us that his call sign could have been a lot worse! We were given a brief on the capabilities and roles of the 81st FS and the A-10 as an overall aircraft, which was really quite fascinating. Whether the cadets found it interesting is a whole different matter, but the staff and I certainly found it pretty interesting!After our initial brief we were taken to the hangar to 'pet a jet' as Cpt. 'Holy' Schmidt put it. We were given the chance to get up close and personal with an A-10 and an F-16 and when I
say up close and personal, I mean 'Holy' had opened up the access panels on the A10's 30mm cannon and I had my head inside the aircraft closely inspecting the internal 'gubbins' of the gun itself! Sadly pictures of the A-10 were a bit limited because it was bombed up and we were asked not to photograph any of the weapons in the hangar, of which there were a lot! No such problems with the F-16 of the 480th Fighter Squadron on the other hand, which we were allowed to take pictures of as much as we wanted! Once we were done here we broke for lunch where a couple of the American airmen were raising squadron funds by selling American cans of juice and chocolate bars! I decided that I had to try one of the world famous Hershey Bars, and it was nice enough, not a patch on Dairy Milk though! After lunch the cadets were broken down into their three flights and sent to various sections around the airfield to see what happens on a USAFE station. The cadets had trips to the POL flight, Air Traffic Control and the Air Mobility Command section. Luckily for me and the section of cadets I was with our visit to Air Traffic coincided with a flight of six A-10s returning from a training flight and performing a tactical landing which saw them drop from height to low level for a short approach for landing, pretty impressive seeing six of them do it!
some time! Tuesday 14th August Last full day at camp today and it was a nice relatively chilled out day to end the week. We took a trip into nearby Roermond in Holland to the open air swimming complex there. Good chance to get a few lengths in as part of the pre-season rugby training that I've missed this week! The cadets on the other hand hit the flumes and had a great time at the pool. I have to confess that after I was done with my lengths I took the opportunity to get a bit of last minute tanning in! It’s probably going to be the last time I see the sun this year after all.Once we'd sorted out the cadets with their packed lunches we took the cadets into Roermond itself for a walk around the town and a look around some of the shops.Cadet disco in the evening, which was a great success! Lots of karaoke happening and Flt Lt. Lowery's rendition of American Pie was a great hit with the cadets!
Wednesday 15th August The Group arrived in Edinburgh just before 4:00 pm this afternoon after travelling via Dusseldorf and Amsterdam. The consensus is that the week at Rheindahlen was tiring but absolutely terrific! Special thanks go to Sq Ldr Achilles for putting together the camp programme, Larry the driver who was awarded “The Best Bus Driver in Germany” paper plate, Capt Holy Schmidt USAF and his team at Spangdahlem and the many others who made the week in Germany an unqualified success and of course to the Sadly we ran out of time and it staff and “Ike” for running the was back on the bus after my camp. trip to Air Traffic as we had run out of time on our visit and had Full Camp photo on Page 8. to head home. A great day though and definitely one to Blog :: Fg Off Nik Wielbo investigate for spending a Photographs :: Flt Lt Stu Milne whole weeks camp there
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MASTER CADETS AT 2519 ARMED FORCES DAY 2012 W
est Scotland Air Cadets attended several celebrations for Armed Forces Day 2012, 2 of which took place in George Square, Glasgow.
ecently four cadets from 2519 (Strathmore) Squadron, Cadet Sergeants Jillian Reid, Grieg Forsyth and Ian Telford and Cadet Corporal; Murray Bullions were presented with their Master Cadet Certificates for passing their Cadet Examinations. To start the celebrations, we sent Flt Lt Mick Quinn (32F 1st They now all will progress on to their Staff part 2 presentation Glasgow) and FS Greg Harley where they have to give a 20 minute lesson on a subject of their (1740 Clydebank) to the flag choice related to the Air Training Corps in front of their raising ceremony on Monday designated Wing Staff Officer from South East Scotland Wing, the 25th of June. FS Harley takes up the story . . . all are looking forward to this event working hard on their lesson plan with visual aids and hoping it will be up to the required standard for them to be awarded with their Cadet Lanyard for passing this assessment. photo of the cadets (left to right) Sgt Jillian Reid, Sgt Ian Telford, Sgt Grieg Forsyth and Cpl Murray Bullions just after they were presented with their Master Cadet Certificates
â€œI was recently asked by Flt Lt Callan if I would be available to pipe at the Armed Forces Week Flagraising Service at Glasgow City Chambers on the 25th of June. As I was free on that day I was delighted to do so. I arrived at the designated time where I met Flt Lt Quinn. As it turned out it was an open air service in front of the cenotaph in George Square. There were many invited guests, including businesswoman Michelle Mone, ex servicemen & lots of members of the press in attendance.
My role was to pipe at the very end of the service as the guests & ex servicemen dispersed. I enjoy being involved in these events which honour the sacrifices of previous generations & recognises that of current servicemen & women." Glasgow's main official celebration took place on saturday the 30th of June. Cadets from 2175 (RollsRoyce) Squadron set up and manned an air cadets marquee in George Square alongside the TA and regular Army, military charities and Army cadets. There were also military vehicles and displays, a climbing wall and also a stage where many acts performed for the crowd. In the afternoon cadets and staff from local squadrons marched through the city centre alongside veterans, regular and reserve forces. The salute was taken by the Lord Lieutenant for Glasgow, Lord Provost Sadie Docherty. The Lord Provost said: "Every year Glasgow puts on a great show for Armed Forces Day. The event allows us the opportunity to celebrate the honour, pride and courage of those who have served in the military."
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NEW COMMANDANT TAKES POST Dawn McCafferty today took over as the Commandant of the Air Cadets – greeted by permanent staff as she entered HQ Air Cadets. The baton of command was handed across by out-going Commandant, Air Commodore Barbara Cooper, who retires from the RAF. New Comdt Air Cadets, Air Commodore Dawn McCafferty is welcomed by Air Commodore Barbara Cooper. Dawn, 48, who lives near Grantham, Lincolnshire, and has headed up the Royal Air Force Families Federation for the last five years is the first Full Time Reserve Officer in the position. She was selected amidst fierce competition for the post. She said: “I feel immensely privileged to be given this wonderful opportunity to lead the Air Cadet Organisation. I am thrilled and very excited at the prospect of getting involved in the youth agenda; I have no doubt that the energy of the cadets and all those in support of them will prove inspirational.” Born in the Rhondda Valley, South Wales, Dawn moved with her family to Wigston Magna, near Leicester, and then to Kettering. She joined the RAF at 19 for a four-year Short Service Commission as an Administrative Secretarial Officer and left the RAF in 2006 after 23 years. She enjoyed a varied career in the RAF which culminated in her appointment as the Group Captain Inspector of Recruiting. Before the latter she undertook a wide range of management roles within the Service, including command of the Personnel Management Squadron at RAF Wittering, and the Administrative Wing at RAF Waddington. Dawn completed staff tours in Command Headquarters and in the MOD, London.
Dawn opted to leave the RAF in 2006 as she did not want to live away from her family which had settled in Lincolnshire. Repeated staff tours in MOD and Air Command beckoned and, having stabilised her children’s education for the first time, she opted to leave and find employment closer to home but still linked to the Service. After a short spell as a volunteer for HQAC focusing on planning, she then set up and led The RAF Families Federation which launched in 2007 supporting serving RAF personnel and their families.
against a background of Defence cuts and staff reductions, I also see a need to ensure that the volunteer cadre, who are the backbone of the ACO, continue to feel and that their Air Commodore McCafferty valued was interviewed about her new contribution is recognised at role by Denise Parker Housby, all levels. Head of Media & Comms at Q. How do you intend to HQAC. See below: address these issues? Q. Were you ever a cadet and if so at which squadron and for A. I think my initial approach is to get to know the business how long? properly and that will mean A. Sadly, I never had the consulting current staff and opportunity to join the air volunteers and getting out and cadets when I was younger but about to meet cadets at “the I did join other uniformed youth coal face”. I am aware of a organisations, namely the wide network of support to the Brownies and the Girl Guides; ACO and I will want to I guess they helped instil establish links with many key similar qualities of discipline, players who can help us teamwork and service before achieve our goals. self. Q. You have an RAF recruiting Q. What do you think is/are the background, how do you think most important issue/s we should grow the cadet affecting the ACO at this numbers to 50,000? moment? A. Carefully! I would wish to A. From what I’ve learned so ensure that in growing the far, which I am sure is only Organisation we don’t risk touching the surface, I believe diluting the cadet experience the biggest challenge is to or overloading our volunteer preserve all that is great in the cadre or supporting staff. current cadet experience, Whether we grow current particularly the air experience squadrons incrementally, seek and gliding opportunities that to establish new ones, or a mix make us unique in the of the two, I will need to uniformed youth understand the challenges organisations, whilst also and opportunities that lie trying to grow the Organisation ahead before deciding how in line with the Chief of the Air best to proceed. Staff’s and Ministers’ intent,
Q. Adult volunteers are the lifeblood of the ACO. What do you think about their commitment? A. I am in awe of those who give so selflessly to the youth of today and I very much look forward to meeting as many of the Adult Volunteers as I can. The good news is that, as a member of the RAF Full Time Reserve Service (FTRS), I hope to have slightly longer in post than most predecessor Commandants so I hope to have even more opportunity to meet the volunteers whose goodwill underpins the ACO’s success. Q. You are quite an action woman, cycling in the Far East etc, do you plan to join cadets on activities? A. I am an intermittent “action woman”! But yes, I do like to keep fit – swimming and cycling and undertaking sponsored challenges. So even at my ripe age, I am up for a challenge and look forward to joining the cadets on activities wherever I physically can and where I won’t cramp their style! Q. Membership organisations?
A. The RAF Association, Association of WRAF Officers and the Royal British Legion.
Page 8 This was also my personal tribute to the 55,573 RAF bomber crew of all nations who Bomber Command. never came home, as well as Finally, after a long but very those fortunate enough to enjoyable day my time arrived. make it back. Carole Vorderman, who was heavily involved with the RAF If you would like to see the visit Benevolent Fund, in making performance, the Memorial possible, was http://www.youtube.com/watc host for the day. She came on h?v=ytu5qVoHrv0. stage & after a few kind words introduced me. I played a tune If you are a piper or drummer called "Sleep Deary Sleep" and wish to become involved which is traditionally played to in piping and drumming in the end events such as this & has Corps, contact Wg Cdr Colin been played by the lone piper McCrae, OC South East Wing at at the Edinburgh Military Scotland email@example.com for Tattoo. more information or speak to your squadron commander.
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West Scotland Wing competitors and coaches at the Inter Cadet Services Rifle Match at Bisley in July Full story can be found on Page 2 of the newsletter
The Cadets and Staff at the JHQ RheinDahlen Camp 2012 Full Story on Pages 4 & 5 of the Newsletter
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 media.sni@aircadets,org. 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, http://www.aircadets-sni.org.uk 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 firstname.lastname@example.org with your relevant details.