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!
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.
Last night, 1082 Squadron received a visit from Wing Commander Tony Wright!
He came to carry out the squadrons Annual Formal Inspection (AFI) but instead had a talk to our cadets regarding important issues such as mental health awareness and motivation. The cadets also had a chance to ask WC Wright any questions they might have. These could be about anything. We had some great ones!
After this, our cadets presented to WC Wright & the squadron about a variety of topics such as flying & gliding, master chef, cyber & radio as well as camps and adventure training.
On the whole, a very memorable night for 1082!
We are having an open evening tonight! Details on our public Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/1082BrimingtonSquadronAirCadets
Our open evenings are designed to showcase all our activities. Cadets who have done these activities themselves will be present on each stand to talk about their experiences. Staff will also be available to answer any questions from parents.
The open evening starts at 7:30 pm at our Squadron building at 26a Chesterfield Road, Brimington, S43 1AD, this is down the footpath opposite St Michael’s Nursing Home and Riverside Motors.
Next Monday 26th March will be the first night of our new intake, from 7 pm until 9.30 pm.
We operate only two intakes a year. This allows potential new cadets to start in one group, at the same time, and helps new starters form friendships quicker. From our last intake 8 out of 9 cadets have stayed on as a result of starting together.
We realise it is Easter time and many people may be on holiday. There is a grace period of two weeks to allow those who are on holiday to still join in this intake. Please do contact the Squadron if you need to do this though so we can plan accordingly.
We hope to see you all there tonight!
Our cadets will show you what they have been doing over the last year. You get chance to meet them and talk about what it is we do.
There will be many displays and talks about our activities. Staff will also be on hand to answer any questions you may have.
The Squadron will be open from 1900 until 2100 for you to visit. Drop in any time within those hours. A look around and chat should take 20-30 minutes.
We hope to see you all there!!!
If you can’t make it that night, don’t worry! You can turn up any Monday or Wednesday in September at 1900 and see what it is we do. There is no requirement to join on your first visit. Please do bring a parent though to fill out a consent form for the night.