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Hi! My name is Sergeant Esther Taylor of 1082 Brimington and District Squadron with the Air Training Corps. I am currently the squadrons Training Officer, I help to plan fun and exciting things for our cadets and staff to do. I am also the Duke of Edinburgh Officer this means that I am in charge of getting cadets through their Blue, Bronze, Silver and Gold awards with us at the squadron. Although I am still learning how to do the technical bits. I am all about the cadets and my aim is to have the cadets participate in as many as possible and gain many experiences so that they develop into upstanding citizens. In September 2018 I will have been a member of the Royal Air Force Air Cadets for 11 years. Being at 3 different squadrons over my time I have had many different experiences. As a cadet I may not have grabbed every opportunity that I could have and although a regret of mine I aim for this to not be a regret of any of my cadets.

New Commandant Comes Into Post

Monday 21st September saw the first day at the head of the RAF Air Cadets for Air Commodore Tony Keeling who took the baton of command from Interim Commandant John Lawlor after Air Commandant Dawn McCafferty’s retirement in July this year.

Air Commodore Keeling will be based at RAF Air Cadets Headquarters, RAFC Cranwell. But he will travel round the country to meet many different people both Cadets and Cadet Forces Adult Volunteers.

Air Commodore Keeling said: “I am delighted to be appointed as the next Commandant of the RAF Air Cadets; it is an amazing youth organisation of nearly 60,000 volunteers and cadets, comprised of the Air Training Corps, the Combined Cadet Force (RAF) and 2 Flying Training School, and found across the whole of the UK and in some overseas locations.As a former cadet myself, I am a huge fan of the RAF Air Cadets – the cadets are a total inspiration, growing into fantastic young citizens with an enthusiasm and ambition that knows no bounds.I am also acutely aware that the organization would not enjoy its fantastic reputation without the determination and commitment of an excellent team of permanent staff working with the brilliant network of adult volunteers.”Group Capt Lawlor said: “It has been an absolute privilege to hold the position of Interim Commandant for the last 10 weeks. I wish Air Commodore Keeling an excellent tenure as Commandant of this amazing organisation and I am honoured to continue as the Chief of Staff.”

Air Commodore Keeling profession is RAF Engineer and joining us from his last post as Air Officer A4 where is was responsible for all of the parts of the RAF’s operational engineering and logistics, the associated Branches and Trades, as well as RAF Photography and RAF Music Services. With this background in STEM as well as a keen interest in outdoor activities we are excited to see what he has to bring to this organisation!

Good Luck Sir!

National Volunteers’ Week – Meet the Staff

So far this week we have heard this week from Rev. Cooke our Chaplain, CI Smith our Squadron Sports Officer, Sgt McCarry our Squadron Comms Officer, Sgt Taylor our Squadron Training and DofE Officer and Sgt Pether our Squadron Warrant Officer and Squadron First Aid Officer. Finally, today you will hear from our Commanding Officer, Flight Lieutenant Adam Fowler. Flt Lt Fowler has been a part of the squadron for a while now and has had a few different roles.

Let’s see what he has to say, take it away Sir!

Q. What is your job in real life?

A. Sales Engineer, VMware Tanzu/Pivotal, although for the last three months I’ve been lead architect on an NHS project that shall remain nameless. (Ooooh mysterious…)

Q. How long have you been in the RAFAC?

A. Cadet 95-99, staff 2003-present (I.e. Longer than some of those reading this have been alive!!!)

Q. What is your job in the RAFAC?

A. OC 1082 Sqn RAFAC. Also help out with corps cyber syllabus and orienteering liaison to RAF.

Flt Lt Fowler receiving his Cadet Forces Medal for 12 years as uniformed staff from Wing Commander Tony Wright

Q. What extra-curricular activities did you do as a teenager other than cadets?

A. Computer Science, cross country, computer science, playing computer games with friends, computer science.

Q. Why do you volunteer in the RAFAC?

A. To give others the same opportunities I’ve had that I wouldn’t have gotten if I hadn’t been a cadet. I used to be super shy and never talk. Cool stuff: E.g. Nijmegen marches 98&99, University in Wales 99-2002 with a year on exchange in Wisconsin. Worked in three continents for software companies. Spent two summers in California working. Wouldn’t have done any of this without what I learned as a cadet.

Q. Do you have any other interests outside of the RAFAC?

A. Computer programming, infosec, orienteering, American revolutionary history, Bernard Cornwell novels, first aid, mountaineering, lots of snowboarding, my two dogs which are my world.

Our uniformed staff team together between parades.

Q. What is your favourite camp/cadet activity you have been on?

A. Nijmegen – hardest thing mentally, physically, team work, and leadership wise you can do. You learn a tonne about yourself and others.

A. How has life changed since COVID-19?

Q. I’ve had to go on leave from cadets as I’ve been working flat out 6 days a week 12 hours a day average for three months on an NHS covid-19 project. All whilst struggling with leg and foot injuries and starting and stabilising on medication for severe adhd. This has made my autism more prevalent and so I’ve had to overcome and get used to different behaviours and emotions I’m not used to. Hardest period of my life. Hopefully though what I’ve been working on will save lives.

Q. What was your favourite subject at school?

A. Maths (there were no computer science classes… There was an A level but it was too easy)

Q. What was you least favourite subject at school?

A. RE

Q. What song will always get you on the dance floor at an end of camp disco?

A. Darude – Sandstorm. And macarena. I always teach cadets the dance moves! (Cyprus 2018!)

A nice action shot of Flt Lt Fowler Road Marching with Sgt Taylor and cadets of 1082 Squadron during the Winter WARMA.

On the final day of National Volunteers’ Week, I would like to thank all our Cadet Forces Adult Volunteers! You all do an amazing job and without you the squadron would not run! I would also like to recognise our Civilian Committee which is made up of parents of the cadets. This is also an essential part of the squadron. They may not have as much to do with the cadets as the CFAV as they deal with different parts of the squadron including our money. But without them authorising our spending and sending out cheques the opportunities for the cadets on the squadron would be greatly reduced!

If you would like to enquire about joining the squadron as a volunteer or as a cadet please email 1082@aircadets.org

I hope you all enjoyed meeting the staff of 1082 Squadron! Stay Safe and Take Care!

National Volunteers’ Week – Meet The Staff

This week we have heard from a few of our Cadet Forces Adult Volunteers. From our squadron Chaplain, to some uniformed staff and one of our CIs. All members of our staff team are invaluable to the squadron.

Today we hear from Sergeant Luke Pether, he has been in the organisation for 12 years on and off. Now a trained paramedic he has a lot to give to the squadron by means of knowledge especially when it comes to first aid training. 1082 Squadron encourages all cadets to complete first aid qualifications as well as regular practice on these skills.

Let’s hear from Sgt Pether.

Q. What is your job in real life?

A. I am a Paramedic with East Midlands Ambulance Service.

Q. How long have you been in the RAFAC?

A. 12 Years now. I joined the Air Training Corps as a cadet when I was 15 and left shortly after turning 19 due to work. Once things got settled I returned as a Civilian Instructor when I became 20 before moving into uniform and being appointed as Sergeant in summer 2016.

Q. What is your job in the RAFAC?

A. My current appointment is Sergeant RAFAC which includes general duties of uniformed staff such as welfare, drill and disciple and general cadet training and administration. I am also the Squadron First Aid Training Officer and run the storeroom.

Sgt Pether is pictured here with Flt Lt Fowler, Sgt Taylor, Air Cmdre McCafferty and 6 cadets from 1082 Squadron after completing the RAF WARMA Cosford road march.

Q. What extra-curricular activities did you do as a teenager other than cadets?

A. Nothing extra really, cadets was my main hobby. I did a bit of kickboxing but had to put it to one side once I progressed to Sixth Form due to time.

Q. Why do you volunteer in the RAFAC?

A. Generally, keeps me out of trouble and has my mind focusing on other things that is not work. Cadets did a lot for me growing up and definitely gave me the confidence and skills to finally go to university and do my degree to become a Paramedic.
I like to pass on my knowledge, especially in First Aid, and give the cadets the same opportunities I had to help them succeed.

Q. Do you have any other interests outside of the RAFAC?

A. Walking, gaming, reading. I formally start a second job soon once I complete the training this summer.

Q. What is your favourite camp/cadet activity you have been on?

A. Hard to say exactly. My first week long camp at Beckingham was a big deal as I had never done anything like it where I was away from family or home and it gave me a big spike in confidence.
I also achieved my gliding Silver Wings.

Pictured from left to right; Sgt Pether, Flt Lt Fowler, Sgt Taylor and Sgt McCarry. Taken in between Parades on Remembrance Sunday.

Q. How has life changed since COVID-19?

A. I have had to distance myself from family due to the nature of my work and the higher risk I have, being exposed to COVID-19. I also haven’t been as involved with virtual training as much as I’d like to be, again due to work and that fact I am a bit of a technophobe.

Q. What was your favourite subject at school?

A. Easily science.

Q. What was your least favourite subject at school?

A. French and Spanish. I stutter enough with English, the last thing I needed was another language thrown in there on top!

Q. What song will always get you on the dance floor at an end of camp disco?

A. None. If you see me on a dance floor, it’s either a medical emergency or against my will.

Q. Name 1 useless fact about yourself?

A. My favourite colour is purple.

Sgt Pether training cadets for their first aid qualifications.

Thank you for that Sgt Pether. I hope that was an enjoyable read for you all. Tomorrow will be our last day therefore meaning our last staff member. Flight Lieutenant Fowler, our Commanding Officer, will be sharing a little bit about himself so look back here for that.

If you do wish to enquire about volunteering for 1082 Squadron please email 1082@aircadets.org and someone will be in contact as soon as possible.

Stay Safe!

National Volunteers’ Week – Meet The Staff

On Wednesday we heard from our very own Sgt Taylor and yesterday we informed you of some big news in the RAFAC regarding our Commandant. Today we will hear from CI Keith Smith.

CI Smith has been a part of the squadron for 7 years now and also had his children as members of the squadron too. He encourages the cadets in their sports and fitness as well as supporting them with other qualifications using his extensive knowledge gained throughout his years as a cadet.

So lets hear from CI Smith…

Q. What is your job in real life?

A. Senior IT Manager/ Global Trotter

Q. How long have you been in the RAFAC?

A. I joined 2460 squad on 25th Oct 1989 where I progressed through the ranks to CWO in 1996. Then took a massive break and re-joined as CI in 2013 at 1082 Brimington Squadron.

Q. What is your job in the RAFAC?

A. Being a Civilian Instructor, my role is to support our squadron and uniformed staff on parade nights and weekends where possible and to carry out the sports officer role.

CI Smith pictured with Sgt Taylor and 3 cadets from 1082 Sqn after they achieved medals for competing in Cross Country.

Q. What extra-curricular activities did you do as a teenager other than cadets?

A. As a teenager I was very much dedicated to air cadets with every spare minute we had. I was in the air cadet band at 2460 which practiced all the time and had competitions in the British youth band association. When I was old enough the rest of my spare time was in the pub with my friends getting drunk and doing pub quizzes lol.

Q. Why do you volunteer in the RAFAC?

A. I enjoy helping where I can and having been in the air cadets as I cadet I understand what it is like.

Q. Do you have any other interests outside of the RAFAC?

A. Apart from global trotter I am currently moving to a new house which is taking all my time but enjoy going to the cinema, gym and socialise where I can.

Q. What is your favourite camp/ cadet activity you have been on?

A. My favourite camp was in 1993 to RAF Waddington and got on the E3 Sentry AWACS and got best NCO award. I was also fortunately getting an air experience flight from RAF Brize Norton to Cyprus and back my main duty was to clean the plane before it returned.

CI Smith is pictured taking a selfie with cadets and staff of the squadron at the local Armed Forces Day celebrations.

Q. How has life changed since COVID 19?

A. Queues, queues, and more queues. Working from home so workload has not changed, and most times increased. I am looking forward when we can go back to squad and get back to normal again

Q. What was your favourite subject at school?

A. Science and IT

Q. What was your least favourite subject at school?

A. Maths

Q. What song will always get you on the dance floor at an end of camp disco?

A. Come on Eileen

Q. Name one useless fact about yourself…

A. Met the Duke of Edinburgh (Queens’ husband) and Bruce Forsyth when I collected my Gold Duke of Edinburgh Award.

CI Smith pictured with 3 cadets from 1082 Sqn who competed at Wing Athletics and all achieved medals in their sport.

I hope you enjoyed hearing from one of our 2 Civilian Instructors. Unlike our uniformed staff Civilian Instructors don’t have to commit any set amount of days to the organisation, so if you wish to volunteer and can only support us maybe once a month then still contact us and we can discuss what to do next.

Newly Appointed CommAndant Air Cadets

Yesterday Headquarters Air Cadets based at RAF Cranwell announced that Air Commodore Dawn McCafferty will be stepping down from her role of Commandant Air Cadets, retiring from a long and successful career within the organisation. A lot of cadets and staff from 1082 Squadron have met Air Commodore McCafferty on multiple occasions and they always say how lovely she is.

The Royal Air Force has appointed Air Commodore Tony Keeling as the next Commandant of the RAF Air Cadets. He will take post on Sept 21st.
The current Comdt, Air Commodore McCafferty retires on July 15th.
Chief of Staff, Group Capt John Lawlor will be Acting Comdt for the intervening period.
Air Commodore Keeling is currently the Air Officer responsible for the RAF’s Aerospace Engineering & Logistics capabilities, Photographers and Music Services.

Air Cmdre Tony Keeling

Speaking with the RAF Air Cadets, Air Commodore Keeling said He said: “I am delighted to be appointed as the next Commandant of the RAF Air Cadets. As a former cadet myself, I am a huge fan of the ATC and CCF and the brilliance, ambition and achievements of the cadets, but I know that the organisation would not enjoy its high reputation without the determination and commitment of an excellent team of permanent staff working with an amazing network of adult volunteers. I have enormous respect for everything that Air Commodore McCafferty has achieved for the RAF Air Cadets during her tenure as Commandant, and I’m really looking forward to joining the team in September.’

We at 1082 (Brimington and District) Squadron would like to wish Air Commodore McCafferty a very happy retirement and all the best for the future and we would like to welcome Air Commodore to the organisation and hope you have a successful career with us, we are excited to see what you will bring.

National Volunteers’ Week – Meet the staff

We are on day 3 of National Volunteers’ Week. We’ve heard from our Chaplain Rev. Cooke and also Sergeant McCarry. I hope you are enjoying learning a bit more about our staff.

Today we have Sergeant Esther Taylor who has been with the squadron almost 4 years and is a key member of the team. Sergeant Taylor has been running the virtual parade nights from her home whilst we have been in this time of suspended face to face activities so lets hear what she has to tell us.

Sgt Taylor pictured on an Air Experience Flight at RAF Cranwell

Q. What is your job in real life?

A. So currently I work at KFC I am a Team Member there. But I am hoping to join the Royal Air Force, I did apply at the beginning of the year. I’m just waiting for the selection process to start up again over the next few months. And hopefully I’ll be an Air Steward and coming back to the organisation as a Service Instructor rather than as a Sergeant.

Q. How long have you been in the RAFAC?

A. I have been in 13 years this September. I’ve been at 3 squadrons, I started out at (2000) Eckington Squadron, I then transferred to (1325) Dinnington Squadron in South and West Yorkshire Wing and I then became a member of staff while I was there. I did age out as a Corporal. And then I transferred to Brimington Squadron where I am at now, and I got through the process of becoming a uniformed member of staff, and on the 7th June 2017 was promoted to Sergeant. That appointment was given to me by my Wing Commander, Wing Commander Wright. I’ve been doing that role ever since.

Q. What is your job in the RAFAC?

A. So in this organisation my job as a Sergeant is to support the cadets and the staff in drill, dress, discipline and deportment that’s just sort of a generic overview of what I do as a Sergeant and what I am expected to do everywhere I go. But on squadron specifically I am the Training and Duke of Edinburgh Officer. As a training officer I get cadets and staff through training that they need to do I either run it myself or we have staff that are qualified to run different activities, but I get cadets to sign up for those and things and progress through that progressive training syllabus that’s quite recently been brought out. I encourage staff to do their mandatory training so that they can continue volunteering with the organisation and if there’s anything they’re interested in that I see I point them in the right direction to sign up for that and get further qualifications.

Q. What extra-curricular activities did you do as a teenager other than cadets?

A. As a teenager although cadet was a really big part of my life I really enjoyed acting, I still do a little bit now, I really enjoyed acting and drama. I did visit the theatre sometimes with my Mum and with other members of my family and sometimes school. But I was part of a drama club. I completed quite a few shows with the drama club that was local to me called Killamarsh DREAMS. And some of those shows were local in the leisure centre or church hall in the village but sometimes we went to our local town and we did shows on the big stage and they were some great memories there.

Q. Why do you volunteer in the RAFAC?

A. So I grew up with both my Mum and my Dad volunteering for different organisations and working with young people with them both being teachers. My Mum in particular worked as the local Guide leader and she showed me what it was like and what she got out of volunteering, and being able to give the young people there opportunities they may not experience if they weren’t in that organisation. And that’s what I like to bring to the organisation myself, I also enjoy seeing the cadets develop from sometimes coming in from 12, 13 or 14 year olds and they’re really shy, like I was when I was a cadet, and seeing their confidence grow and seeing them grow into young adults and knowing that I’ve been a part of that and a part of helping them grow into brilliant young people, young adults.

Q. Do you have any other interests outside of the RAFAC?

A. I do I have a few, I do enjoy baking and decorating those cakes I decorate sometimes into little different shapes and things like that, so that’s a pretty good and pretty cool thing to do.

I also enjoy a bit of photography, I’m not very good I must admit, but I do go out and photograph aircraft, sometimes I’ll go to my local bases up in Lincolnshire. But I do enjoy photographing friends and family as well. Whether that’s using my mobile phone or my proper camera but that’s something I really enjoy doing.

Q. What is your favourite camp/cadet activity you have been on?

A. I’ve been on quite a few activities especially as a staff member. I’ve done a bit more as a staff member than I did as a cadet because I was little bit shy and a bit of a wuss to be fair. But I have the opportunities that have been given to me, grabbed them with both hands as a staff member.

But anyone who knows me, especially my cadets and the staff on my squadron will know exactly what my answer is for this one.

I really enjoy, my favourite thing to do in the organisation is go to RIAT, which is the Royal International Air Tattoo. I go every year this would have been my fifth year, but the show has unfortunately been cancelled because of the pandemic. But I’ve been 3 years I was there for the main camp which is just 6 days and I was flight staff, I had a flight of cadets and I supported another member of staff as well in looking after those cadets for the 6 days. And then last year I was there on the extended camp for 13 days with Team GD, that’s the general duties team, just doing general duties around the camp, helping to set up and take down the camp as well. But yeah that is my favourite part of the year by far on the cadet calendar and just on my personal calendar, because I have made a lot of friends there and we’re like our own little family now.

Sgt Taylor pictured with Sgt Lee and APO Greveson after getting an ice cream from the BFBS ice cream truck at RIAT 2019.

Q. How has life changed since COVID-19?

A. So to start out with my restaurant closed, KFC closed the day after lockdown was announced. Which meant that I went onto furlough, so I wasn’t working for a good 2 or 3 months and we’ve just recently re-opened so I’m now back to work. But because I wasn’t working, I’ve managed to get quite a few big jobs done around the house, there’s still a little bit to do. But jobs that I just didn’t find time to do whilst I’m working full time and doing cadets as well. So, I have managed to get those things done, or most of those things done. I’ve learned that I really enjoy painting and decorating as well. So, I’ve learned some new things, managed to go out in the garden. I’ve attempted to get a tan but I’m fair so that doesn’t happen very easily. But now I have returned to work and so I’m back to full time long shifts there and it is quite manic at the moment.

I have also been keeping up with cadets. Although we can’t do face to face activities, we have been doing virtual parade nights and I’ve been helping to run those as a lot of our staff are currently working as key workers, so they don’t have as much time as what I’ve been able to give to the squadron. So, I’ve been keeping cadets engaged a bit through virtual meetings.

Q. What was your favourite subject at school?

A. So I have two to be fair they both kind of link to each other. When I did my GCSEs, I chose to do music and expressive arts, so for both the subjects I really enjoyed the practical side and they’re both part of the arts. For music I really enjoyed the songs that I sang for my practical exam, the process through learning those and then performing those as well. And then for expressive arts I got to express myself through a variety of arts and not just music. So, I created a few things whether that was a video or an actual art object. But I really enjoyed that, because both subjects your crazy side could come out a little bit.

Q. What was you least favourite subject at school?

A. So my least favourite subject I have to say was maths, maths has never been my strong point, I could never get y head round sums and things, mental maths, and things. Although I enjoyed some lessons, I could never soak it in.

Q. What song will always get you on the dance floor at an end of camp disco?

A. I do love a good end of camp disco. I would say some sort of cheesy music, I love a bit of cheesy music. If you ask my colleagues at work they will probably tell you 80s – 90s music is probably my thing, but I would say Bohemian Rhapsody is probably one of the ones that would definitely get me on the dance floor. I love a good sing along to Bohemian Rhapsody. But a bit of Busted, McFly some of those kinds of things as well. That would probably get me on the dance floor, not that I can dance I must add.

Q. Name 1 useless fact about yourself?

A. Briefly I was a part of the Girl Guides, and when I was 10, I went out to Switzerland for a camp out there. I was yet to do my promise and my Mum, who was our guide leader, had for the guides who had yet to do their promise to do it on the Jungfraujoch which is one of the mountains in Switzerland. That was a really great experience to have my Mum present me with my Woggle, but yeah that was a really great experience and a useless fact.

So that’s all the questions from me, I hope you all enjoyed it.

Stay Safe and Take Care!

I hope you enjoyed another meet the staff we are about halfway through now. If you wish to watch the video please visit our Instagram page @1082sqnatc.

If you are interested in joining us by volunteering at 1082 Squadron, if you are aged 20 and over please email an enquiry to 1082@aircadets.org. No previous cadet or military experience is required.

National Volunteers’ Week – Meet The Staff!

Yesterday you heard from Rev. Daniel Cooke our squadron Chaplain. We learned he doesn’t like foreign languages and the meaning of his middle name, Benedict, is blessed.

Today we will hear from Sergeant Peter McCarry RAFAC. He is a long standing member of the Air Training Corps and also is the only staff member to have previously served in the armed forces. You can always find Sergeant McCarry with a brew and by listening out for his loud Scottish accent, which we are all slowly but surely adjusting to.

Over to you Sergeant McCarry.

Sgt McCarry receiving his certificate of appointment from Flt Lt Fowler.

Q) What is your job in real life?

A) Ambulance Technician with East Midlands Ambulance Service

Q) How long have you been in the RAFAC

A) this may seem a little complicated but…..
I did 4 1/2 years as an Air Cadet with 288 (5th Edinburgh) Sqn from 1983 – 1987 and left as a Cadet Corporal at the age of 16 1/2 to join the RAF, originally as an Assistant Air Traffic Controller but retraded to Aerial Erector with the intention of becoming a Civilian Instructor (CI) or Uniformed member of staff after completing my basic and Trade training, however due to work demands I found that I could not commit enough time to the ATC.
It was not until 2016 that I found enough time to be able to commit to a role as a CI and approached 1082 (Brimington & District) Sqn where I was invited to become a member of staff, I applied for Uniformed Staff in 2017 and after passing my interview with Trent Wing Commander – Wing Commander Wright , Wing ExO – Sqn Ldr Divver and WingWo Warrant Officer Stewart I was formally invited to become an Adult Sgt and so have enjoyed, albeit with a 30 year gap, 8 years involved with the RAFAC

Q) What is your job in the RAFAC

A) My main job is to instruct cadets in the ethos and expectations of the RAF and RAFAC but I am primarily responsible for instructing cadets through their Comms Training structure as well as assisting in 1st Aid training and when time and cadet willingness permits, Aircraft Recognition and Aero modelling

Q) what extra curricular activities did you do as a teenager other than cadets

A) I was, and still am an Aviation enthusiast ( aka Aircraft Spotter/ photographer) as well as Aero Modelling – plastic kits as well as balsa wood kits for RC and RTP, more interested in military than civilian aircraft and utilised my enjoyment of cycling to visit local and some not so local airfields around Scotland and was lucky that my Uncle was a Chief Technician in the RAF and enjoyed various holidays spent in Lincolnshire, sometimes being allowed to visit the Vulcan Sqns at RAF Waddington with him by kind permission of his CO…. not bad considering this was during the Cold War.
I was also interested in Martial Art teaching youth Brown belt in Shotokan Karate

Sgt McCarry (left) teaching cadet basic radio communications

Q) Why do you volunteer in the RAFAC

A) my initial reason for volunteering is to give back to the RAFAC what they gave me and in turn, hopefully, encourage young cadets to enjoy the activities that might otherwise not be available to them.
This in turn helps cadets to ‘come out of their shell’s and gain experiences that will build their self esteem, encourage their curiosity and understanding of fundamental life challenges and give them a helping hand in dealing with these challenges whilst also encouraging them to lead and help others

Q) do you have any other interests outside of the RAFAC

A) as stated earlier, I am still an avid Aviation enthusiast, especially having the grace of being within travel distance of RAF Waddington, RAF Coningsby and RAF Cranwell and at a push RAF Donna Nook which allows me to also develop my photography skills, I prefer Aero/ Auto photography as well as Nature/ Landscape

I am still interested in Martial arts, having now tried Karate, Kickboxing, Mixed Martial Arts and now looking at Taekwondo mostly for maintaining fitness

I also, though I never thought I would, find myself becoming more interested and involved in developing my gardening skills

Q) what is your favourite camp/ cadet activity you have been on

A) I’m not sure if some of these activities are still part of RAFAC camp activities but….

  1. Security exercises, where cadets act as saboteurs and have to access areas of the camp without being caught and ‘Zap’ set targets with a sticker to denote a successful attack, i.e ‘zapping’ a Vulcan bomber on an aircraft pan
  2. Outdoor activities such as hill walking in the Highlands with just what you are carrying – you have your backpack, tent, food, map and compass and have to navigate over a weekend from point to point.
    This is my most memorable as we crossed from Rannoch railway station. To Fort William during a rather unexpected blizzard!

Q) How has life changed since COVID 19

A) it hasn’t changed much for me…..
I still go to work but now wear more PPE,
It does take longer to do any shopping and I do miss the interaction with cadets and staff but other than that not a lot of change

Q) What was your favourite subject at school

A) by far my most favourite was what is now known as design andTech…..
Woodwork, Metalwork and Technical Drawing when I were a lad

Q) What was your least favourite subject at school

A) RE…. different times, not great feelings between religions when I was at school,
enough said

Q) What song will always get you on the dance floor at an end of camp disco

A) I would never inflict that on anyone but my favourite song would have to be ‘500 miles’

Q) Name one useless fact about yourself

A) I can splice rope

SGT McCarry trying time play the bagpipes.

Look back here everyday to see what the rest of the staff team have to say.

Take Care and Stay Safe!

National Volunteer Week

Between Monday 1st June to Sunday 7th June 2020 the UK celebrates its volunteers. The Royal Air Force Air Cadets would not be able to run without the help of the thousands of Cadet Forces Adult Volunteers.

At 1082 (Brimington and District) Squadron we have 7 volunteers. Over the course of the week our staff will let you get to know them. Today is our Squadron Chaplain Reverend Daniel Cooke. Rev. Cooke has been with us since the end of 2016 and each month will lead a Padre’s Hour which can include debates on real world issues, as well as a variety of different topics. The Padre is here to also help provide some pastoral care to both the staff and cadets as well as provide support for regular parade nights and events. Rev. Cooke is a very much respected member of the staff team at 1082 Squadron.

Rev. Daniel Cooke pictured with the Commanding Officer Flt Lt Adam Fowler and Wing Chaplain Michael Bowman on his day of appointment.

Here is our Chaplain’s interview.

What is your job in real life?

I’m the local vicar. So I’m the rector technically of St Michael’s Parish Church.

How long have you been in the RAFAC?

2 or 3 years I can’t remember when I joined. It’s been 2 or 3 years I think.

What is your job in the RAFAC?

My job is I’m the padre to the local squadron. So I do sort of personal and social education, religious education and I get to do some interesting conversations with the cadets.

Rev. Cooke leading a session with some of our cadets.

Do you have any other interests outside of the RAFAC?

Yes plenty. I like doing wargaming, I like going fishing, walking, enjoying the Peak District and I enjoy going camping as well.

What is your favourite camp/cadet activity you have been on?

Probably watching the Air Cadets doing the outdoor cooking challenges. Some of the concoctions that they have made have been rather interesting to say the least.

How has life changed since COVID-19?

Well for starters my church building has closed for public worship so I’ve been doing a lot of online live streaming of services. And my children are at home currently because they are not in school hopefully going back in the near future. So that has been quite a big change.

What was your favourite subject at school?

RE. As a vicar it’s not a standard answer that you have to say RE but it genuinely was my favourite subject. Mainly because I found it easy but also interesting. And a second favourite would be chemistry because you get to burn things in chemistry.

What was you least favourite subject at school?

French. I can’t do foreign languages and I had to do French. I was terrible at it.

What song will always get you on the dance floor at an end of camp disco?

None. I don’t really do dancing.

Name 1 useless fact about yourself?

My middle name is Benedict with means blessed. There you go a useless fact for you.

Hope you enjoy those answers and hope you enjoy volunteering yourselves this week.

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Promotion with a difference

Cadet Corporal Sky Duffin pictured clapping for the key workers proudly wearing her uniform.

On Saturday 9th May Cadet Sky Duffin completed the virtual NCO Development course run by Cadet Forces Adult Volunteer Sergeant Taylor. She was asked to ‘stay behind’ when the Commanding Officer Flight Lieutenant Adam Fowler jumped on the call to give Sky her debrief on her application for promotion. Due to the organisation wide suspension of face to face activities Sky had been waiting a long time for this debrief.

During the call we had a chat about how we were all doing and what we had been getting up to. Discovering that gardening wasn’t Sky’s favourite part of lockdown but she enjoyed being able to spend more time with her Mum.

Pictured is the call with Flt Lt Fowler, Sgt Taylor, Cdt Cpl Duffin and her Mum.

Flight Lieutenant Fowler informed Sky how impressed we as a staff team all were with her progress in all things cadet related. She has grown in confidence a lot over the past couple of years and her willingness to try anything once is what makes a great cadet. Sky has well and truly fostered the spirit of adventure. He then let her out of her misery and informed her that she had been successful in her application and promoted her to Corporal.

On Wednesday 13th May Sergeant Taylor invited Squadron Leader Gaines, our acting Sector Commander at the time, to present Sky with the promotion officially in front of the squadron during their weekly virtual parade night. After having a few internet glitches and thinking Sky wasn’t going to make it Squadron Leader Gaines made it official and her promotion was celebrated by the squadron.

The rank of Cadet Corporal is the first step on the ladder for Non Commissioned Officers (NCOs) Junior NCOs (JNCOs) have more of a leadership role and are there to help supervise the cadets. The next step for a Cadet Corporal is Cadet Sergeant, they then move to Cadet Flight Sergeant and if they wish once they turn 18 they can apply to be a Cadet Warrant Officer. For this they are required to travel to their Wing Headquarters for an interview with senior members of the Wing staff. If they pass their interview they will then have reached the highest rank in the Royal Air Force Air Cadets.

Congratulations Cadet Corporal Duffin, all of your hard work and determination over the years has paid off! Keep up the great work and you will have a successful career in the Royal Air Force Air Cadets.

1082 Squadron wish Captain Moore a Happy Birthday!

Today Thursday 30th April Captain Tom Moore is turning an incredible 100 years old. What a milestone!
Members of the Royal Air Force Air Cadets dusted off their uniform, ironed their shirts and trousers, polished shoes and tied their tie whilst at home during this period of lockdown to show their thanks to the amazing fundraising efforts of Captain Moore.

Pictured left Captain Tom Moore during his service in WW2.
Pictured Right Captain Tom Moore completing his walk for the NHS.

At the beginning of lockdown the then 99 year old Captain Tom Moore, set out to walk 100 laps of his garden and wanted to raise £1000 for NHS Charities Together which I thought was amazing! After appearing on various news channels across country, Captain Moore saw his total quickly pass the £1000. Today on the day on his 100th birthday his total has reached an astounding £31 million that is an incredible 5900% over his initial target and it is increasing by the second!

Captain Tom Moore receiving his appointed to the first Honorary Colonel of the Army Foundation College, Harrogate.

Last week Sergeant Esther Taylor RAFAC, on behalf of 1082 Squadron, sent Captain Moore a birthday card thanking him for what he is doing and explaining how he has inspired the cadets to get up and go. As well as thanking him for what he did for the country during the second world war where he served in both India and Burma with the 8th Battalion of the Duke of Wellington’s Regiment.

Thank You to Captain, correction, Colonel Tom Moore on behalf of all the cadets and volunteers at 1082 (Brimington & District) Squadron!

We Salute You!