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.
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!
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!
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 was a year of many great achievements for the cadets and staff of 1082 squadron. Here’s a run down (in pictures!)
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.
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.
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…)
3 Cadets were awarded their blue Duke of Edinburgh badges.
We also had many interesting parade nights…
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!
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.
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.
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.
This month we said goodbye to CWO Doody, who left for university.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
1082 squadron took part in two parades yesterday in order to pay respect to those who have served. Thank you to all who have donated to the Royal British Legion across the country and those who attended parades.
As you may or may not have noticed, the Time of year in which the general public, news & radio presenters as well as the armed forces wear poppies is here.
Poppies are worn in rememberence due to it being the first flower to grow in the gruesome fields where millions of people gave their lives in the First World War.
The poppy represents those who have lost their life across the world on behalf of their country, those who have been killed as a result of terrorism & the contributions of families and Emergency Services.
“the service and sacrifice, friendship and collaboration of the men and women of Britain, the Commonwealth and Allied nations who fought together”
Millions of poppies will be sold over the coming days by thousands of volunteers across the country. This includes 1082 squadron cadets.
The money raised from donations made in exchange for a popy will go directly to the Royal British Legion who help servicemen & women whose lives have been altered by the wars they fought in, veterans who may need help finding housing & jobs as well as families who have lost loved ones to war.
Poppies are commonly worn on the right side of the chest however the Royal British Legion says ” we only ask you to wear it with pride”