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!
Cadets and staff at @1082SQNATC enjoyed cake this evening to celebrate the 100th birthday of the RAF With our youngest cadet having the big responsibility of holding the cake. @aircadets @ComdtAC @RoyalAirForce #RAF100 #WeLoveCake
Through the combined efforts of members of 1082 (Brimington & District) Squadron, we have smashed our target fundraising amount of £200 by raising a total of £1000 during a sponsored abseil!!!
Ashgate Hospice was chosen as a charity because they helped our own Warrant Officer Richard Snell through his last stages of his fight with cancer. In his memory, all members abseiling wore Hawaiian Shirts – as this was Richard’s favourite item of clothing on Trent Wing Camps!
Half of our group went abseiling and the other half went walking, then swapped over. Thanks to The Adventure Service for lending a minibus and abseiling equipment to help us achieve our goals! The day went very fluidly and everyone enjoyed themselves, as you can see from the pictures!
1082 (Brimington & District) Squadron help local organisations and events through volunteering and fundraising. Other activities include Poppy Appeal selling, Staveley Armed Forces Weekend, and other local charities.
If you want to join in the fun, please visit the Joining Us page!
Four Cadet Non-Commissioned Officers (NCOs) from Brimington Squadron have just completed the Trent Wing NCO Course, Part II at RAF Cranwell this weekend.
Congratulations to Sgt Maryanne Parkinson, Cpl Morgan Pether, Cpl Will Antcliff, and Cpl Owen Eyre for successfully completing the course and rising to the challenge!
This course is ran over two weekend (Parts 1 and 2). Part 1 was completed earlier in the year and saw the cadets learn leadership and team work theory.
The second weekend just completed saw the cadets putting their new found techniques in to practice in a series of leadership, team work, trust and communication exercises.
Cadet NCOs organise the day to day preparation of activities ready for staff to run training, so the activity can begin on time with the right people, in the right place, at the right time, with the right equipment.
A cadet NCO also needs to be able to lead by example and mentor less experienced cadets to share their knowledge and experience. It’s a great way to learn team work and leadership, and key to developing interpersonal skills for a future career.
Cadet NCOs on Brimington Squadron also have additional duties. Cdt Sgt Parkinson mentors Junior NCOs, Cpl Pether helps our Cadet Warrant Officer (CWO – the highest rank a cadet can achieve) will drill, dress and discipline. Cpl Antcliff mentors the very new cadets in basic training, and Cpl Eyre helps with Public Relations – you’ll see many posts from him on this site in the coming months!
Congratulations to all and many thanks to the directing staff led by Sqn Ldr Rachel Waltz in Trent Wing ATC!