Monday, 6 June 2016

WING EXERCISE

LAST MONTH 1563 (BUCKINGHAM) SQUADRON COMPETED FOR GLORY AGAINST TEAMS FROM ACROSS HERTFORDSHIRE AND BUCKINGHAMSHIRE


The Team ready for a 4km run

The first Bank Holiday weekend in May hosts the Herts and Bucks Annual Wing Exercise. The long weekend is a test of all the Fieldcraft, Adventurous Training and Leadership skills that the Cadets receive at Squadron level.
             
Straight from school Friday evening, Cadets boarded the coach and travelled to DTE Nescliff, where they received their welcome brief and were allocated accommodation before settling in for the weekend. Bright and early on Saturday morning the Cadets woke up, had breakfast,  and were sent straight out onto the exercise area to begin the competition. They competed in 8 exercises spread out over the large training area, testing their mental and physical capabilities to the limit. They then returned in time for dinner and to relax,  ready to do it all again on Sunday with 8 new exercises, again testing planning, teamwork, enthusiasm and efficiency. 


Cadets completing the Land Rover pull

After two long days our intrepid team could see the finish line;  all that stood in their way was a 4km run followed immediately by a Land Rover pull and a short leaderless exercise. They pushed through and were then on final parade with the rest of the Wing, approximately 300 Cadets and 70 Staff.  The winners were announced and trophies presented, before all boarded the coaches and headed home from the very tough weekend. Buckingham was placed 20th overall, with plenty of lessons learned and experiences gained, we can return next year much stronger.





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COMMUNITY SERVICE JUST A STONES THROW AWAY





Once again, Cadets were at National Trust Property Stowe. Continuing with the long term project of restoring the HaHa wall around the perimeter of the gardens, the Cadets were tasked with sorting through heaps of stone and rubble in order to find the perfect stones for the job. After a walk around the gardens, one of the perks of the job, work started on separating out which of the rocks and stones could be used to rebuild the HaHa wall. Cadets made light work of sorting out the heavy materials, completing the task in only a couple of hours, meaning they got to go home early and rest after their morning of hard labour.










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UP UP AND AWAY

A snapshot of the day (picture courtesy of RAF Benson)

This weekend Cadets from the Squadron celebrated the Corps 75th Anniversary with a trip to RAF Benson. RAF Benson hosted 700 Cadets at an event put on by the base to mark the 75th Anniversary of the Air Training Corps. The day consisted of a number of stands and briefs from active RAF Squadrons, a brief from Air Officer in Command of No.22 Group RAF, Air Vice Marshall Andrew Turner and all Cadets had the opportunity to fly in either a Grob Tutor, Puma HC2 or Chinook HC4. All of these aircraft are based at RAF Benson. 

You can see a video compiled by RAF Benson here: https://www.facebook.com/RAFBenson/videos/10153549925511128/

Six Cadets from the Squadron had the opportunity to fly at RAF Benson last month too, a mixture of ranks and classifications were chosen to attend. The Cadets learnt a number of skills such as; how to pilot the aircraft with and without instruments, how to plot a course and trim the aircraft, as well as having the opportunity to do some aerobatics!



Cadets ready and waiting to go


Cdt Bull alighting the Grob Tutor after he Air Experience Flight




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Friday, 3 June 2016

FIRST CLASS OF 2016

THIS WEEK SAW ENROLMENTS FOR THE CADETS FROM THE SQUADRON'S LATEST INTAKE. 


The enrolment ceremony takes place 1-2 months after a new member joins the Squadron. Enrolment is seen as the official welcome to the Air Training Corps (ATC), Cadets recite the Cadet Promise;

"I hereby solemnly promise on my honour to serve my Unit loyally and to be faithful to my obligations as a member of the Air Training Corps. I further promise to be a good citizen and to do my duty to God and the Queen, my Country and my Flag."

Cadets Oliver, Jones and Searle reciting the Cadet Promise

By this time Cadets have learnt about the history of the ATC and have mastered the basic drill movements. The Cadets have been issued with their 3822 record of service book. This book acts as their identification with the organisation and will log all of the activities and courses they attend throughout their Cadet career. The newly enrolled Cadets will now go on to complete their basic training and can attend activities away from the Squadron at weekends.



Also on this evening two Cadets showed thier progression through thier training by collecting thier Leading Cadet certificate.


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Sunday, 6 March 2016

CROSS COUNTRY

CADETS COMPETE IN CROSS COUNTRY COMPETITION WITH ONE BEING CHOSEN TO REPRESENT THE WING



Two of the Junior Boys winners receiving their medals from
Wing Commander Gilbert RAFVR(T) 

Despite the cold, three Cadets turned out to represent the Squadron at RAF Halton, on Valentines Day, for the annual Herts and Bucks Wing Cross Country Competition.

All competing in the same class, against approximately 40 other Cadets from around the Wing, the intrepid trio ran in the initial race with one of them coming in 4th place. Cadet Law was chosen to represent the Wing at the Regional Competition, where the Wing came 6th. Cadet Law's age group, the Junior Boys, placed 2nd overall.



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Wednesday, 2 March 2016

MOVING ON UP

PROMOTIONS FOR TWO OF THE SQUADRONS CORPORALS


Following a rigorous boarding process, two of the Squadron's Corporals found they had the qualities required to serve the unit as Sergeants.

Sergeant Edwards and Sergeant Slade have been on the Squadron for a number of years. They have attended many activities, courses and camps over this time that have refined the skills and attitude required of a Senior Non-Commissioned Officer (SNCO) on 1563.

They will now take up more of a management role on the Squadron. Sgt Edwards will become SNCO Blues, looking after activities related to our blue uniforms. Her first challenge will be Wing Field Day, an annual competition for everything we do in "Blues". Sgt Slade will become SNCO Sports, looking after all sporting activities. His first challenge will be the Wing Athletics Competition.

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Sunday, 21 February 2016

BEST OF THREE

AIR CADETS COMPETE AGAINST ARMY AND SEA CADETS


CWO Bradbury with Cadets Archer and Armstrong with thier Medals

Yet another busy weekend saw Cadets from the Squadron competing to prove the worth of the training provided, this time with a difference. The end of February was host to the inaugural Inter-Cadet Competition, Cadets from the Sea Cadet Corps (SCC) & Marine Cadets, Army Cadet Force (ACF) and from the Air Training Corps (ATC) competed in a number of events from Swimming to Weapons and Marksmanship knowledge. 


CWO Bradbury with Cllr Bill Chapel OBE


 The ATC's positions were:


First Aid: 2nd Place
Leadership: 1st Place
Swimming: 1st Place
Weapons Knowledge: 1st Place





The overall winners were the ATC, a victory secured with the help of Buckingham Cadets; CWO Bradbury, Cadet Archer and Cadet Armstrong. The picture above shows CWO Bradbury accepting the trophy, on behalf of the Air Cadets, from Councillor Bill Chapel OBE. Also pictured [below] are some of the Cadets and Staff from around the Wing that helped secure the win.

Cadets and Staff with Cllr Chapel



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