Between the 19th to the 21st of May Cpl Lawrence attended the first part of his silver comms at Leuchars Station. He said that he thoroughly enjoyed the first part and learnt a lot. He said it was also very different to bronze that he done a couple of months ago, this went more in depth and went away from just the radio and went more into the theory side of communications and why they do everything they do and the impacts if it is not done correctly. Cpl Lawrence said "I can't wait to complete the next part of the course to achieve my Silver Communications and hope to go on and also get my gold!"
Cpl Clough and Myself (FS Maxwell) attended the L98 training and shooting weekend at RAF Lossiemouth. After a 3 and a half hour bus journey and a good nights sleep, we woke up, had breakfast and started training. I had some refresher training and re passed my Weapons Handling Test (WHT) and this meant after lunch I could start shooting the L98. The first 10 rounds, 2 groupings of 5 aloud me to get used to the rifle. After some more shooting, I got to try multi position which includes sitting and kneeling along with the standard prone. My last prone grouping was 29mm (furthest apart) and 40mm for kneeling. Cpl Clough enjoyed learning about the rifle including how to take it apart, cleaning, firing positions and passed his WHT in the end.
On the 23rd of April, 9 cadets from the squadron attended the inter squadron athletics. The weather stayed clear throughout the day which was very nice and added to the great atmosphere. The cadets participated in multiple events including 100m, 200m, 400m, 800m, 1500m, Javelin, Shot-put and many others over several age categories gaining 8 medals total.
Gold – Cdt Murrin Mckenzie (Shotput)
Silver – Sgt Jenna Scott (Shotput)
Bronze – Cpl Cameron Lawrence (1500m)
Cdt Lewis Lawrence (400m)
On the 30th of April, we partook in a Duke of Edinburgh walk at Miller and Carter Steakhouse in Crammond Brig. this was conducted in order to assess our competence in navigation and make sure we were able to navigate for the Duke of Edinburgh expedition. This took us two hours, on a round trip through the nearby woodland, in three separate groups with other squadrons. Cpl Clough, Cpl Richmond, Cdt Todman, Cdt Journeaux, Cdt Watson, Cdt Neville, and Cdt Mckenzie were all in attendance, and all earned the National Navigation Award. We all feel as if we have learned some valuable skills and enjoyed ourselves greatly.
On Monday, the 1st we partook in some mountain biking skills as the boss, Flt Lt Kyle has recently passed his mountain biking course. Leading was Flt Lt Kyle and CI Turner with Cpl Black, Cdt Penman, Cdt Lawrence and Cdt Howitt all taking part. As this was the first time they done bike safety whilst on the bike and assessment of the bike to check it was also safe. After doing that they learnt about some of the basics of cornering, position on the bike. They learnt about descending and climbing and to put all of these skills into place by going for a ride around the base.
On Sunday the 30th we partook in the wing first aid competition held at HMS Scotia. This was a competition to test cadets capability of their first aid knowledge which they have learnt on their first aid course which everyone who was in attendance would have attended. This course you can attend to be eligible to enter for the junior teams is 'Youth First Aid' this is a 3 day course where you learn 'heart start' on one evening heart then the other two do bleeding, shock, chocking, recovery position etc.
In attendance on the day was Sgt Scott, Cpl Richmond, Cpl White and Cpl Black who were all first aid trained. We also had a casualty in attendance Cdt Stephens who is currently heart start trained but is hoping to complete her Youth First Aid and this was good experience for her.
The team then started with the group exercise, this is when you and your team go into a room unknown of what the situation is then you find the casualties unknown of their injuries or illnesses and then have to work out through your first aid skills you've learnt best how you should treat them.
After we then had our individuals where it is similar to the groups accept it's just one person with a casualty. This tests other skills as you can't rely on other people and just have to use your own skills. Overall the squadron came 7th which we hope to improve on for the competition next year.