On the 24th of February, the squadron was visited by the Regional Commandant Group Captain Leggat and Squadron Leader Erasmuson for the Regional inspection. This inspection is in order to grade the squadron on how well it functions and how well the cadets are doing within the squadron.
The night started with the arrival of our visitors and first parade in the HMS Scotia with an interview of sorts with the cadets. afterwards there was an overview of the RC modelling robotics projects followed by a drill display.
Grp Cptn Leggat then had a tour around all of our projects which included Media, Music, aeromodelling, and Flight Sim. After this Cpl Black and Cpl Noble gave a presentation to the visitors on how we recruit new cadets and present ourselves to the public.
Then finally we then done final parade where Grp Cptn Leggat gave out may awards including first aid, heartstart, classifications and many more. He then gave his closing speech and thanked us for showing him how our squadron, with us presenting him with a photo from the first parade of the night. We'd like to thank them for visiting our squadron, and we hope that we can go through to the corp competition.
On Friday the 17th 10 of our cadets when to Ratho, Edinburgh International Climbing Arena. This was the first time for the majority of the cadets in attendance so they were working towards their NICAS 1 award. The NISAS award scheme is there to develop climbing skills and to do this at all abilities. Some of the NICAS level 1 participants said "I really enjoyed the night and learnt some new skills of how to climb different types of walls, how belaying works and the different types of knots I need to use and how to tie them".- Cdt Lawrence. This is also similar for the NICAS 2 participants they consolidate this skills they have already learn't when they completed NICAS 1. At the end of the night the cadets also got to do some bouldering this is where you are climbing a relatively small wall that is really steep and quite hard to climb your are also not harnessed in like you normally are in climbing. This helps to improve your climbing as it shows you a different aspect of climbing and improves your skills and helps you for when your climbing the normal walls.
On the 19th if February me Cdt Lewis Lawrence and Cpl Cameron Lawrence attended the bronze communication course. The course took place at 1192 (Kirkcaldy) Sqn held by CI Horne. The bronze award consisted of previous basic radio communications that I learnt when I done my blue communications award and progressed my skills that I learnt when I done it.
We learnt a lot during the course, we also had fun meeting new cadets and building confidence on the radios by playing various games such as the game battleships but for obvious reasons me and my brother played the Air Force version as we may want to join the RAF in the future. My brother and I fourthly enjoyed the teaching of the well experienced instructors and we can’t wait to achieve our silver, hopefully build up to gold and possibly even cyber.
Thursday evening (16th Feb) saw the final evening of Cadet Sergeant Lyle Fairfield.
Lyle has been a Air Cadet at 1145 (Dunfermline) Squadron for the last 4 years, during which time he completed Swimming Competancy levels, Youth First Aid Training, Training in Aviation Studies, Adventure Training and multiple charity fundraising events. He has also attended several camps at active RAF stations and has represented Scotland and Northern Ireland Region ATC for Rugby.
Lyle leaves us to focus on his training for his career in the RAF Regiment and is due to embark on his Pre-Training Course in early March, with a view to beginning his initial training by April.
The Staff, Cadets and Civilian Committee would like to wish Lyle the best of luck as he takes this big step towards his future!
We are delighted to announce that the Squadron has decided on the new charity of the year. We decided to support the Captain David Seath Memorial Fund. We are supporting this charity as it is close to the Squadron as David was an ex cadet of our Squadron. David tragically died last year whilst running the London marathon for Help for Heroes.
Libby and Gary Seath visited the Squadron to talk about the charity and its aims. We are sure that all members of the Squadron will want to get behind this cause as it is both worthwhile and personal. Wait for further announcements and please feel free to make recommendations for ways we can raise funds this year and make this a memorable and record breaking year for our charity efforts.