Summer Review 2018

The summer has really flown by at 2120 Squadron this year, with Cadets and Staff undertaking a huge variety of activities and participating in a number of events.

To begin with, Cadets have been on camp at the following locations:

  • Yorkshire at RAF Leeming
  • Wiltshire at the Defence Academy of the United Kingdom
  • Surrey at Pirbright Army Barracks
  • Germany at both USAF Base Ramstein and Sennelager

Cadets have also taken to the skies in the Air Cadet Tutors of RAF Benson, gliders of RAF Little Rissington and a Voyager of RAF Brize Norton, witnessing the Air to Air Refuelling of a variety of military fighter aircraft.

Closer to the ground, Cadets have undertaken the arduous road marches in Arnhem to remember Operation Market Garden and the more gruelling Nijmegen marches, completing a 100-mile march over four days.

Of course, we wouldn’t be Air Cadets without some community spirited service, and so we’ve also been bag packing and bucket collecting at Mark’s and Spencer in Witney for the RAF100 Appeal, raising an exciting £571.

September is off to a flying start with OC Squadron completing a 10km charity run at the RAF Museum London for the RAF100 Appeal, Flight Sergeant Rachel Reeve ‘Braving the Shave’ for Macmillan Cancer Support, raising over £500, and we’ve already been visited by Flying Officer Jon Webster who was our guest speaker from RAF High Wycombe. He spoke with enthusiasm and passion about the RAF in space and the future of space exploration.

We’ve also had two cadets selected to attend the Qualified Aerospace Instructors Course (QAIC) having completed a rigorous selection weekend, running down from 300 candidates to 20 selected trainees. Flight Sergeant Alex “Wenda” Roberts and Sergeant Aidan “Forget-me-Knot” Paterson will now train one weekend a month for seven months, facing numerous assessments throughout.

We also marked the Battle of Britain Memorial Day at St Mary’s Church on Sunday 16th September with Cadets parading the RAFA Banner, Squadron Standard, reading the Lesson, intercessions and John Gillespie Magee’s poem, High Flight.

It has been a brilliant summer and it will be an equally exciting Autumn and Winter. With a recruit evening coming up on Friday 7th December 2018, we look forward to seeing new Cadets join us at the end of the month. Please contact us for more information.