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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

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.

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!

Flight Sergeant Godfrey completes the ACPS!

Back in September, Cadet Flight Sergeant Godfrey was successful in his application to the Air Cadet Pilot Scheme. This is a huge achievement in his personal cadet development and is something he has been ambitious to do from a young age.

The ACPS is based at Tayside Aviation, Dundee. Tayside Aviation operates over 15 aircraft at two sites at Dundee & Fife. It is also the largest light aircraft training organisation in Scotland. Tayside offers both private and commercial pilot training. It is the sole contractor to the Royal Air Force Air Cadet organisation.

Cadet Flight Sergeant Godfrey has been provided with a Light Aircraft Flying Scholarship to achieve solo standard. He flew in the Aquilla A211.

Once solo standard has been reached, cadets receive their gold RAFAC wings (something which no one currently possesses at 1082 Squadron.)

During his two week course, Cadet Flight Sergeant Godfrey stayed at the 4* Double Tree Hilton Hotel Dundee.

The ACPS is open to anyone in the Royal Air Force Air Cadets who are over the age of 16 with a grade 4/5 in English Language & Mathematics and a keen interest in aviation, however there are only 186 places available to Air Cadets per year.

Congratulations to Flight Sergeant Godfrey for completing this scheme with flying colours!

2019 for 1082 squadron!

2019 was a year of many great achievements for the cadets and staff of 1082 squadron. Here’s a run down (in pictures!)

January

Cadet Warren Officer Doody had the pleasure of meeting The Princess Royal during her visit to Riply as part of her Lord Lieutenant’s Cadet duty. The Princess visited the Derbyshire Carers Association Charity Headquarters to celebrate the charities 30th anniversary.

Also in January, Sergeant Taylor organised for the Raf Careers Office (Nottingham/Derby) to pay us a visit! The corporal explained different routes available to take when considering a career in the raf, answered frequently asked questions as well as giving cadets an insight into life during basic training.

February

Sergeant Taylor took three cadets to Trent wings junior netball trials and junior rugby trials.

Later that month, two cadets attended the 75th Anniversary Ceremony for a World War Two American B-17 Bomber crash in Sheffield, Endcliff Park. BBC Breakfast were broadcasting live at the park to an audience of millions.

March

CWO Doody attended the National Choir Camp and was part of the first string ensemble in the RAFAC! She was awarded her Gold Music badge by Air Commadore McCafferty!

A little closer to home, we held our annual ‘masterchef’ night. This involves cadets cooking a meal in mess tins in order to prepare for Duke of Edinburgh expeditions. The staff then try the meals made (at their own risk…)

April

3 Cadets were awarded their blue Duke of Edinburgh badges.

We also had many interesting parade nights…

May

Sector 1 had a field trip to the Royal Arboretum in Burton-on-Trent and the Raf Museum at Raf Cosford.

The squadron attended the 1940s weekend at Poolesbrook Country Park in Staveley. The Mayor and Mayoress of Chesterfield were delighted to take a photo with us!

At Trent wing athletics, 4 cadets achieved medals!

Corporal Simkins (right) 400m sprint
Corporal Somers (left) long jump
Sergeant Whiteman (left) longjump
Cadet Lockwood (middle) highjump

June

CWO Doody was promoted following her interview at Cranwell.

She was also invited to see the Trooping of the Colour at Buckingham Palace as part of her Lord Lieutenant’s Cadet duty.

July

Trent Wing Field Day took place this month, we participated in the Drill Competition, the Banner Drill Competition & Cross Country.

On the last day of July, the summer Promotions and Hawk flights passing out parade took place.

Sergeant to Flight Sergeant Henman
Cadet to Corporal Waring
Cadet to Corporal Beresford
Corporal to Sergeant Whiteman
Corporal to Sergeant Bunting

August

To kick this month off, Flight Sergeant Godfrey was awarded his master cadet badge after completing his exams!

Then, 4 cadets attended the Adult First aid course at Raf Cranwell and were awarded their Silver AFA badges!

Next up, the summer camps began! Firstly, Raf Wittering camp.

Then, National Aerospace Camp & Beckingham

Flight Lieutenant Fowler was presented with his Cadet Forces Medal on final parade at Beckingham. The medal is in recognition for his 12 years of uniformed service.

September

This month we said goodbye to CWO Doody, who left for university.

October

Sergeant Taylor held the entry level award course for health and safety in the workplace this month…

The Raf Halton camp also took place. We sent along two cadets.

November

This month was a very busy time for 1082 squadron. We were poppy selling at a local sainsbury’s as well as practicing our drill for Remembrance parade.

December

Now that the year is coming to a close, we spent this month decorating the squadron appropriately (tinsel everywhere!) and practicing for our Hawk flights enrollment ceremony with the Padre. During this night, three cadets were promoted to the rank of Corporal.

Cadet to Corporal Simkins
Cadet to acting Corporal Duffin
Cadet to acting Corporal Somers

So, that’s it from start to finish. 1082 participated in multiple events this year. However not everything is in this article because there’s too much to list!

From everyone here at 1082, have a very Happy New Year!

Christmas Camp 2019

Last weekend, 7 cadets and staff from 1082 squadron joined 53 others from 1084 (Market Harborough) SQN, 366 (King Ecbert) SQN, 422 (Corby) SQN, 138 (1st Nottingham) SQN, 1947 (Birstall) SQN & 29F (Rugby) SQN to take part in a multitude of activities as part of the Christmas weekend Camp 2019.

During a walk on day 1, cadets learnt how to take an accurate bearing and follow a designated route. Cadet Hyslop said he found this interesting as it was a new skill for him.

More activities included playing Christmas themed games and a bike ride. The cadets were also provided with a home cooked Christmas meal!

Thanks to all the squadrons involved.