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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!

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.

The 2019 poppy appeal

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”

How are you going to wear your poppy?

National Aerospace Camp 2019!!

Last week the National Aerospace Camp took place. This year we sent Flt Sgt Henman to it. He has a keen interest in all things aerospace related, whether it’s flying & gliding or the science and technology behind it all.

During his week stay at Prince William Of Gloucester barracks he gained a number of awards and badges too. These include his Bronze Aviation wings, Bronze Gliding wings & Bronze Communication badge. This makes him the only current member of the squadron to have Bronze wings!

Alongside this, Flt Sgt also was in command of Flight 7C on the camp.

2019 marks the second consecutive year that 1082 Squadron have sent cadets away to the Aerospace Camp. Hopefully we see you again next year!

RAF Wittering Camp 2019

This week 1082 Squadron sent away 5 cadets to Royal Air Force Wittering for a week long camp.The week commenced with an open air cinema viewing held on base.The following day was an early start because cadets had the opportunity to gain their basic and intermediate swimming qualification at a local pool.That afternoon, they visited the Cambridge American Cemetery & Memorial.Monday brought an opportunity to go flying for some cadets including Cadet Simkins & Sergeant Bunting from 1082 squadron. Cadet Duffin also flew later in the week. The remaining cadets visited the National Space Centre.Next, a short journey to Rutland water to participate in watersports! This entailed canoeing and raft building (as well as the odd fall!) On the whole a very enjoyable day for all involved.The following days of the camp involved:the Harrier heritage centrea tour around 5001 Sqn (off-aircraft engineering)a fire section visitpadres hourOperation X (interactive online mission for cadets to complete)more flying!Duxford Air MuseumLazer tagNot to mention the memories and friendships made this week. Well done guys!

Passing out parade/summer promotions 2019!

Yesterday evening at 1082 Squadron was a big evening.

Not only did the current New Intake Flight (Hawkflight) officially complete their first class training and pass out into the main flights, it was also time for summer promotions.

So, to start off the evening the parents of the cadets in hawkflight as well as the rest of the squadron were spoken to by flt Lt Fowler in which he explained what hawkflight have been up to over the course of their 10 month first class training.

This then was followed by another explanation from Sgt Taylor.

And finally, their flight ‘in charge’ (ic) Cadet Flt Sgt Henman gave a few words of wisdom to the parents.

Then, it was time to head into the parade Square in order to complete the passing out process.

First up was Cadet Facer into B Flight. she has demonstrated well her ability to follow orders immediately and has made many new friends while on Sqn. She’s due to attend her first camp in a few weeks. Good luck in your cadet career!

Followed by Cadet Wainwright into B Flight. She has done really well the past 10 months by attending many off sqn activities and even begining the process of doing bronze Duke of Edinburgh. Wishing you luck with your cadet career!

Then Cadet Conellan into A Flight. He has worked well towards gaining various Weapons handling Qualifications which are hard to gain, as well as being a really good member of the sqn. Wishing you luck with your cadet career!

After, Cadet Dawe into A Flight. He has showed progress in his drill and uniform prep. He is always a pleasure to talk to so good luck with your cadet career!

And finally Cadet Greveson into A Flight. She has shown excellent progress in all areas of the syllabus as well as always demonstrating a obedient and helpful attitude towards activities. Well done and food luck for your cadet career!

Now, the passing out ceremony had finished it was time to announce the promotions. Starting with the SNCO’s. These are for Cadets that already hold the rank of Corporal and are usually more senior.

First up was Cadet Sergeant Bunting. I have been a member of the squadron since early 2017 and been a jnco since early 2018. I’ve been ic of a previous hawkflight and also been updating the squadrons varioud social media platforms for the past 6 months (I’m writing this article) and am very proud of this promotion!

helped by Sgt Taylor to put my new Rank Slide on.

Secondly it was cadet Sergeant Whiteman. He has been a member of 1082 Squadron since 2016 and has been a jnco since 2017. He contributes greatly to the squadron particularly in the area of sports and fieldcraft. Congratulations Sargent you deserve this!

again helped by Sgt Taylor to put on his new Rank Slides.

Now it was time for the JNCO’s. These are cadets who did not hold a rank before but are usually more senior and show the qualities needed to be a member of the NCO team.

First up was Cadet Corporal Beresford. She has been at 1082 since early 2017 and has always showed enthusiasm and determination for what she does. She has attended camps and many of the voluntary work we do off squadron at weekends. Congratulations corporal this is well deserved!

Again helped by Sgt Taylor.

The second JNCO promotion was to Cadet Corporal Waring. He has been on the squadron for longer than most other people but due to his age couldn’t participate in activities such as flying until recently. He has always been punctual and reliable as well as kind and obedient. Well done Corporal!

helped by Sgt Taylor to put his new ranks slides on.

The final promotion of the evening was for Cadet Flt Sgt Henman. He wasn’t aware that he was getting it which made it all the more special. He has worked hard with the hawkflight described above, teaching them everything they need to know. Aside from this he is a natural leader and determined to deliver. Congratulations Flt Sgt this really is a well deserved promotion!

helped by both Sgt Taylor and Flt Lt Fowler to put on his new rank slides.

The day’s events were hard worked for, hawkflight required patience and consistency and the promotions required an application form and interview. Congratulations to everyone above you’ve all gone above and beyond.

1082 Squadron visit cosford air show!

On Sunday the 9th of June cadets from 1082 Squadron travelled with 739 Scarborough Squadron to Cosford Air Show.

Cosford Air Show is a yearly event with as many as 60,000 visitors. this year there were over 50 different types of aircraft wither flying or on a static display. The Red Arrows performed, the BBMF Lancaster, Spitfire and hurricane displayed as well as the Typhoon, Chinook, Falcons, Tucano and Tutor Display Team amongst others.

So on the whole a very fun outing for the Sqn!