The second half of January continued at a similar pace to the first half of the month with the formalities of ATC life such as drill and lessons being undertaken alongside talks from special guests and presentations on a range of subjects such as counterfeit money.
The cadets are now settled into their new flights and enjoying the inter-flight competitions that they are being set. The main inter-flight competition of the month saw the Squadron return to GE Aviation for a drill competition with Wing Warrant Officer Simmons. GE kindly provide us with the use of one of their halls for drill practice during the months when it is too dark to practice outside. The WWO tested the cadets’ basic drill ability and then challenged them to some continuity drill to finish off the evening. The Squadron’s drill practice is essential in preparing the cadets for the annual Wing Activities Day where Squadrons from around our Wing compete in a number of activities before participating in the main event; the Squadron drill competition.
The Squadron Padre arranged for a visit from a member of the local Muslim community to come into the Squadron and do a talk on his religion and culture. The cadets really enjoyed the evening and were grateful of the opportunity to ask questions about a subject that many didn’t know a great deal about. There was also a chance to try some of the traditional foods but the majority of cadets were unconvinced with what they sampled! The presentation on counterfeit money was given to the cadets by CI Molony. This presentation was very informative and taught the cadets a number of ways to spot counterfeit bank notes as well as explaining what should be done if they found any.
Outside of parade nights, the Squadron has participated in Wing Cross Country this month. 14 cadets from 2328 attended and managed a Squadron record of 3rd place overall. The Senior Girls also won the trophy for their category. Sgt Preston and Cpl Comley made it into the Wing team and following the Region event, Cpl Comley made it through to the Corps Cross Country team.
The drill sessions at GE have continued into February with Flt Sgt (ATC) Dundas from 125 Cheltenham Squadron visiting to help improve the cadets’ drill standards. Acting Cpl Cain has recently passed the JNCO Pre-Course so he is now able to attend the JNCO Course at CTC Cinderford in March. Upon passing this course, he will no longer be an Acting Cpl and therefore be eligible for promotion to the rank of Sgt. 11 cadets from the Squadron, as well as our OC Flt Lt Jennings, are currently out in Bavaria, Germany on Exercise Alpine Adventure – the Wing’s skiing trip. Alpine Adventure is the largest Air Cadet skiing trip in the country and has now been running for over 15 years.