On the week of the 21st of July, Cpl Clough attended the Corp Drill and Ceremonial camp, a large and prestigious camp with over 300 cadets from across the country. On the camp, Cpl Clough learned how to do arms drill, and used that knowledge to perform a parade at the end of the week with a continuity sequence. The continuity sequence was learned through the course of the week, consisting of all the drill that the cadets had learned through the first week. The camp was not entirely dedicated to drill however, with the cadets participating in leadership exercises, clay pigeon shooting, and many other off-camp activities. Cpl Clough is very proud to have been selected for this camp, and enjoyed the experience, with it staying with him for a long time.
All photos and videos of the camp are available on the Commadant Air Cadets Warrant Officers facebook page, @CACWO
On the 22nd, 23rd and 24th of June Sgt Lawrence, Cpl Lawrence, Cpl Clough, Cpl Solway, and Cdt Neville all went on their Duke of Edinburgh qualifier expedition. They trekked for 3 days through the Trossachs, making their way from Lochearnhead to Aberfoyle, a distance of 30 miles. Throughout the journey they followed the Rob Roy way, with the goal of learning about the history of the area, particularly looking at Rob Roy himself. On the first day, they journeyed to Strathyre, passing Balquidder and the grave of Rob Roy. On the second, they went from Strathyre to Callander, and on the last day they made it to Aberfoyle from there. All of the cadets thoroughly enjoyed the experience, and made major progress on towards their silver duke of Edinburgh Qualification.
On the 24th of July cadets from 1145 Dunfermline squadron were given the opportunity to receive a flight in a chinook as part of a celebratory RAF 100 event. The Cadets partaking were FS Richmond, Sgt Noble, Sgt Lawrence, Cpl Solway, Cdt Forrest, Cdt Grieve, Cdt Neville, Cdt Nugent and Cdt Watson. The cadets arrived early Tuesday morning at the squadron to be transported to Leuchars for the morning brief. 1145 conjoined with others squadrons to form chock 9 the 9th flight of the day. While waiting the cadets were able to enjoy RAF PR displays and events including a timed course with the RAF police. Then when it was their allocated time they got to go on the chinooks circuit around Leuchars and it was something the cadets thoroughly enjoyed will sure to be an event that will stick with them for life.
On the 15th to the 17th June Sgt Richmond, Sgt Noble, Sgt Lawrence, Cpl Stephens, Cpl Lawrence, Cpl Clough, Cpl Solway, and Cdt Neville attended the silver practice Duke of Edinburgh expedition in Braemur Nature Reserve. They arrived on the Friday the 15th and the cadets pitched their tents as quickly as possible by working together as a team to avoid the approaching rain.
The Next morning was an early start with the first group setting off at 9:30 and the second at 10:00. A long day of trekking was ahead of them. The groups completed the first day by working together as a team and orienteering themselves to the finish. Unfortunately the groups were caught by the rain near the finish leaving them to having to dry out their kit overnight.
The next day was as successful as the first leading the both groups to a swift finish and the silver Duke of Edinburgh practice expedition completed.
Whilst doing the practice expedition the cadets were able to develop their skills of map reading, teamwork and leadership. They all thoroughly enjoyed themselves and are looking forward to do the qualifier expedition
On the evening of Thursday the 21st of June Fife's Lord Lieutenant Robert Balfour attended the Sqn to present his new Lord Lieutenants cadet. During the evening he got a tour of the Sqn to see what we do on a nightly basis. This started with a drill display from the cadets then moving onto a tour of all the projects including Flight Sim, Aeromodelling, Music, RAF100, Media and a PR Presentation. Once he had seen our Sqn the evening concluded with the formal presentation of the Lord Lieutenants cadet to Sgt Richmond who was very pleased to have been appointed and was looking forward to the year ahead.
On the 22nd to the 24th of June FS Richmond and Cpl Stephens attended silver comms date course to complete their silver radio communication badge. They underwent training on how to communicate on a computer using data. They learnt new skills on the computer and developed there skills from the other weekends to use on the computer. On this weekend they also learnt how to send emails through a radio. They took a written test at the end of the course and they both passed it. They enjoyed learning new skills with the radio and data. Both Cpl Stephens and FS Richmond have completed their silver radio communication badge and can now start working on completing their gold radio comms badge.
On the 28th May 8 cadets were chosen to participate in kayaking for the evening.
The following chosen were Sgt Black, Sgt Scott, Cpl Lawrence, Cpl Solway and Cadets Grieve, Penman, McKenzie, Neville and Mathieson.
The activity was ran by Sqn Ldr Barry McAdam in Ratho. We all wanted to attend as this is something new for us since we are new to this. From the evening we have built up teamwork skills as well as a confidence boost.
During our kayaking, we learned how to do forward and backward strokes and techniques on how to slow down and spin. There was also a match of rugby in the water and a game where we change kayaks withought falling into the water.
Overall, we all enjoyed this activity and will all be wanting to attend it again.
On the 25th of May our squadron hosted the Annual Formal Inspection, for the Allan Lees trophy. The night started when squadron leader Barry Macadam and squadron leader Tom Gary arrived on squadron, and inspected the cadets, checking the quality of their uniform and asking questions about what they had done as cadets. Our visitors then moved on to see a drill display from our drill team, before viewing our PR display, with banners and information leaflets. We then had a presentation, where we displayed all the various activities that cadets had done throughout the year. After this they looked at all our projects to find out what the cadets do on a night to night basis. Our visitors then hosted final parade, where they expressed that they were both delighted with how the squadron was running and how well all cadets were performing, as well as handing out several awards to different cadets. The night overall went well and hopefully will stand us in good stead for the future.
On the 10th of May Cpl Stephenes, Cpl Clough, Cdt Kelman, Cdt McKenzie, Cdt Neville, Cdt Forrest, Cdt Nugent, Cdt Turr, Cdt Hynd, Cdt Kurt, Cdt Watson, Cdt Urquhart all visited Mossmorran gas plant where they gave us an insight into what they do, how it works and how it effects our community. We started in the information centre where we had a short presentation then went on a bus around the plant. On our tour we got off at several places to have a closer look including the control tower where we got to see how things worked. We thank them for inviting us back again this year and hope to go back in the future!
On the 29th of April 5 cadets went to the inter-squadron athletics at Grangemouth Sports Stadium. Each cadet competed in 3 events each. There were numerous events such as high jump, long jump, sprints, discuss, javelin and many more. The cadets overall enjoyed their day and had a lot of fun competing in the events. All cadets done very well in their events and tried their hardest with Cpl Lawrence coming home with a silver in high jump who looks forward to competing at wing level in the future.
On the 23rd of April Z from the Benevolent Fund came to talk to us about what we do. This is because the RAF Benevolent Fund is part of our squadron chosen charity of the year as we choses the RAF100 charities. This was very insightful as it gave all the cadets an idea of where the money we raised this year would go and all the different type of things that it could support. After the presentation we discussed possible events/activities that we would look to organise for the year ahead along with the events we already have done and planned. the
On the 22nd of April Cdt Solway, Cpl Stephens, Sgt Lawrence, Sgt Richmond and CWO Rae marshalled at the Captain David Seath memorial fund 5K. This is a charity which is close to the squadron as David was an ex-cadet of the squadron. It took place at Pittencrieff Park and the cadets helped cheer on the runners, joggers and walkers around the 5K. The cadets really enjoyed cheering everyone on and were happy to volunteer to help raise money for the charity. They all had a great time and would want to help out again in the future.
On the 6th to the 8th of April Sgt Richmond, Sgt Lawrence and Cpl Stephens attended the 2nd part of the silver communication course. They underwent training on how to use the radio and how to be safe whilst using the radio. They developed their skills further and learnt new skills with the radio and they also learnt how to do the competitions on a radio. They took a test at the end of the weekend and they all past the written and practical test they were all very pleased with themselves. They all had great fun meeting all the cadets from the region and they enjoyed learning new skills and developing those skills further. They are hoping to carry on learning new skills with the radio as they are hope to attend the gold radio communication course later on in the year.
On the 16th to the 18th of March Sgt Lawrence, Sgt Richmond and Cpl Stephens attended part one of the silver communication course. They spent the weekend at Leuchars Station doing radio communication at silver level. They learnt various skills and techniques to do with radio and have progressed within the syllabus, they did a lot of hands-on activities with the radio to develop skills that can be used for the next weekend of silver comms. Not only did they develop a new understanding of silver comms; became good friends with cadets from all over Scotland. They thoroughly enjoyed the radio course and are looking forward to the next weekend.
On the 9th of March, we held our Regional Formal Inspection. We had the honor of hosting Group Captain Jim Leggat and Squadron Leader Erasmuson, to who we showed everything we do on a nightly basis as well as all the achievements of cadets from the past year. We started with an inspection parade and drill display, before moving onto our PR equipment and a presentation on our year. After this, our visitors viewed all of our projects, including media, RAF 100 and Aero-modelling, which was followed by final parade, both the Group Captain and the Squadron Leader said they were impressed by our squadron on final parade and look forward to visiting again.
On the 10th of March Sgt Black, Sgt Lawrence, Cpl Clough, Cdt Solway, and Cdt Penman went to Leuchars Station to practice marksmanship and learn how to use the L98-A2 service rifle. Cpl Clough Managed to get through his WHT and managed to get onto the range, completing his CLF 1. Sgt Lawrence, Sgt Black, Cdt Solway and Cdt Penman all went through full training of the rifle. In this training they learnt how to do an NSP and were taught when to conduct an NSP. they also learned how to dismantle the rifle, clean it then put it back together with no mistakes. After that they were shown how to perform a function test that must be completed once the rifle is put back together to ensure it is assembled correctly.
Over the weekend of the 9-11th of February Sgt Richmond and Cdt McKenzie attended Leuchars Station to attend Bronze Communications. This weekend included a refresher of the radio skills we learnt whilst achieving Blue Radio. We continued to progress our skills on VHF and UHF radio and learnt more about the security, when its best to use what radio, relaying and how net control stations work. To test these skills we went into groups and communicated to them through the skills we learnt over the weekend then would add another group to be our relay so we could act like it was a situation we might come across in the cadets. To check we understood everything the weekend concluded with a written test and a practical test which we both passed. We enjoyed the course and learnt a lot of new skills over the weekend which we hope we can use in the future.
On the 4th of December cadets, staff, parents and honoured guests gathered together to celebrate the achievements of cadets throughout the year, including first aid, Duke of Edinburgh's award, flying and gliding, and more.
The evening started off with a brief reprisal of another successful year for 1145 Squadron. We then moved on to promotions, and promoted to the evening was Cdt Todman to Cpl. Congratulations on the promotion
We then had two talks from Cpl Clough and Sgt Richmond who done their talks in front of Lord lieutenant. Public speaking, there was a competition at the squadron about a month before hand. Cpl Clough and Sgt Richmond were the two who got to do it at prize giving in front of the Lord lieutenant who thoroughly enjoyed both presentations.
We then moved onto the charity award which we are proud as a squadron each year to select a charity and raise money for the selected charity. Our chosen charity was the Captain David Seath Memorial Fund, a close charity to the Squadron as David was an ex-cadet of our Squadron who tragically dies running the London marathon for Help for Heroes. We were please to be able to raise a total of
One of the final events of the evening was our recruits getting their formal enrolment. They were enrolled by our squadron padre and Sgt Mitchell who formally enrolled them by addressing them and giving them the cadet promise to read so they could officially become a cadet.
The night was a thorough success for all who attended and was enjoyed by all.
The weekend of 24-26 November saw 24 cadets and 9 staff descend on RAF Kirknewton for an inaugural Blue Badge Camp, the weekend was a coalition between staff from 1145, 132, 2466, 1143, 142, 869 and 870 Squadrons in an effort to pull resources and help cadets obtain some of the blue badges available as part of the progressive training syllabus implemented by the corps earlier this year.
The camp saw cadets undergo training and assessment in Radio Communications, Part Task Trainer activities and put into practice their theoretical and practical leadership skills over the course of the weekend.
The weekend was a great success with all cadets walking away with their Blue Radio Operator and Blue Leadership Badges as a minimum and many obtaining their Blue Aviation Wings. In particular 6 cadets from 1145 have returned with new 16 badges which can be placed on their uniform once they have received them this prizegiving.
Over the weekend of the 18-19th of November three cadets attended the Activity First Aid course led by FS Parry held at 870 (Dreghorn). This was attended by Sgt Black, Sgt Richmond and Cpl White all of whom had completed there Youth First Aid but wanted to progress there First Aid knowledge so were keen to attend the course. We went over everything we had learnt in Activity First Aid in more detail then also looked at some new thing like communication and casualty care, role of a first aider in a group setting, treatment for low blood sugars and recognition for meningitis, poisons and seizures along with many other things. The weekend concluded with 3 assessments, Serious bleeding, CPR and unconscious casualty. All of which we passed achieving our silver first aid and hope to move onto gold to become a first aid instructor.
On Sunday the 12th of November, 1145 air cadets attended Remembrance Parades in Dunfermline and Cowdenbeath commemorating those who paid the ultimate sacrifice through times of war and conflict. We marched from The Alhambra towards the WW1 memorial where the Dunfermline service was held. There was then a few words and a two minutes silence held to remember those who were killed or injured and on behalf of the Sqn Sgt Noble laid a wreath. We then travelled to Cowdenbeath Memorial Parade, laying a wreath at the cenotaph on top of the steep hill, laid by Sgt Lawrence and finally parading down to a memorial service outside the council building where further wreaths were laid and a further wreath laid by Sgt Richmond. It was an emotional experience for all of the cadets who attended and we are glad to say that we all enjoyed ourselves representing our Squadron at both events.
Over the weekend of the 28th and 29th of October we attended B&M for bag packing for raising money for the Squadron funds. We raised £1008 for the Squadron Funds by helping pack bags for customers at B&M. Helping out the customers at B&M by packing there bags was really fun and enjoyable. We would love to help out at B&M again and help the community.
On the 29th of October Cpl Clough and I went to Leuchars for a Pipes and Drums weekend. On the Saturday after breakfast we went to the regional HQ and practiced with our chanters, going over tunes such as Scotland the Brave. We got our pipes out and practiced with the drummers. We practiced marching and counter marching. The rest of the day before dinner I practiced the melody with the main band and got chosen to play with the regional mini band in a competition in the middle of October. At night some people went to the cinema while the rest of us played football and stayed in the delta which was fun. On Sunday we had another day of lots of practice and I got my highland wear. I really enjoyed the weekend and would go back because I met really nice and kind people.
On 2nd of September 2017, cadets form the 1145 squadron attended the EMF Edinburgh half marathon to support the runners that participated in the marathon. They gave out water as well as offer moral support to the runners. Many members of the squadron attended and all who attended enjoyed the experience. Although it was a warm and tiring day, we would be happy to attend another half marathon to offer our help in what ways we can.
On the 20th of August our Squadron competed in the Wing Field Day. The main event was drill. However, the Squadron contested in various events such as Modelling, PR and Photography. The Wing Field Day was held at our home turf around 1145 Squadron on MOD Caledonia so the standard was high. The total cadets representing the squadron for drill prepared themselves months in advance for this special day, it all came down these final hours. The final outcome for the wing field day was the drill team being placed 2nd along with our uniform. The day also consisted of the modelling competition where our CI was highly awarded for his models that he produced he was placed. In Class 4 2nd and 3rd in class 5 CI Turner was placed 3rd. Cpl Noble also done well in the wing field day, in Class 2 he was placed 3rd also in Class 3 he was awarded 1st and 3rd. Finally, PR which the Sqn won at region last year which was delivered by Sgt Noble, Sgt Richmond and Cpl Clough, they went through what we had done through out the year, how the Sqn recruits and how we use our PR martials and to what purpose. We came 1st at PR and look forward to going to region to represent the wing.