News

Keep up to date on the Wing’s activities in the articles below.

  • An Air Cadet Squadron from the East Midlands has been crowned the best in the Country and has been awarded the Freedom of the District of South Derbyshire and has said farewell to their Squadron Commander after 33 years in Command, all within the space of a week.

    The historic week for 1211 (Swadlincote) Squadron started with a presentation evening where Air Commodore Dawn McCafferty CBE, Commandant of the Royal Air Force Air Cadets (RAFAC) presented the Morris Trophy to the 1211 Squadron, thereby officially recognising them as the best large Squadron in the UK.

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  • A youth organisation named the finest in the country has been granted the Freedom of South Derbyshire.

    The 1211 (Swadlincote) Squadron Air Training Corps (ATC) received the highest honour the District Council can bestow on Thursday.

    It means the cadets have freedom of entry into the District on ‘all ceremonial occasions with colours flying and bands playing’.

    The title of Honorary Freeman is recognition of the work done to help future generations to prosper, as well as the tireless work carried out in local communities.

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  • On Sunday 29th October 2017, 7 Squadrons from South & East Midlands Wing ‘Sector 2’ held a Training Day in Derby, to share knowledge and skills for the benefit of the Cadets.

    115 Air Cadets and Staff from Melton Mowbray (1279), Loughborough (2229), Long Eaton (2195), Ilkeston (348), Swadlincote (1211) and Coalville (1188) travelled to the new 126 (City of Derby) Squadron Headquarters to take part in the Training Day. The Cadets took part in activities including Drill, Radio, Air Recce, Aeromodelling, Leadership, Music and BTEC (in Teamwork and Personal Development). First Aid Training was also provided for Squadron Staff.

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  • The Nottingham High School played host to Nottingham’s third Inter Cadet Service Competition on Saturday 16th September.

    Nottingham units of the Sea Cadet Corps, Army Cadet Force, Royal Air Force Air Cadets and members of the High School’s Combined Cadet Force competed to become Nottingham’s best Cadet Service in the Cadet 17 Competition.

    The cadets, aged 15 to 18 years of age, completed in eight activities, Air Rifle Target Shooting, A “Gun Run”, a First Aid exercise, Foot Drill,a vehicle pull, climbing wall, and “Battle PT”.

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  • It was a busy weekend for cadets from 1359 (Beeston) Squadron Air Training Corps as they carried out public duties and participated in joint exercises on 16th and 17th September at locations across the City of Nottingham.

    Saturday saw cadets proudly participating in the Royal Air Force Association Wings Appeal by helping to raising money in Beeston Town Centre.

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  • Sunday 17 September 2017 saw 120 cadets from the Nottingham Squadrons of the Air Training Corps attend St Mary’s Church on High Pavement Nottingham as they have annually over the past 77 years in order to pay respect to those airmen of the RAF who fought in the 1940 Battle of Britain.

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  • I’m delighted to announce that under the construct of the RAF Air Cadets Development Trust, South & East Midlands Wing have been selected to pilot a new and exciting initiative in signposting Air Cadets to possible apprenticeship opportunities within our local area and across a wide range of industries.

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  • Recently, cadets from 2418 (Sherwood) Squadron offered their service, to the Wigman Road Army Reserve Centre for their annual sports presentation dinner. The cadets through the evening waited on the guests, serving the 3 courses they were having that evening.

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  • 17th and 18th June saw 1359 (Beeston) Squadron Air Training Corps host a Youth First Aid course in conjunction with 209 (west Bridgford) Squadron. Cadets spent 2 days including a 3-part assessment, to learn a multitude of essential first aid skills such as CPR, dealing with a choking casualty, broken bones and asthma attacks. 10 cadets from 1359 Sqn attended and completed the course successfully which now qualifies them as a first aider for 3 years. The award is a St John Ambulance nationally recognised qualification. It also entitles them to compete in our annual competition against other squadrons within the South and East Midlands Wing later this year.

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  • The sweltering weekend of the 17th and 18th June saw 1359(Beeston) Squadron’s Cadet Warrant Officer Jade Cox on duty at Caunton Manor in Nottinghamshire in her role as the Lord Lieutenants Cadet.
    CWO Cox was appointed to the prestigious position of Lord Lieutenants Cadet in September 2016 and is charged with representing the Royal Air Force Cadets in the County of Nottinghamshire as the Lord Lieutenants personal cadet. This involves accompanying the Lord Lieutenant, Sir John Peace at events he attends on behalf of Her Majesty The Queen.

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  • Staff from throughout the South and East Midlands Wing have attended the Prospective Uniform Course which was held at RAF Wittering over the weekend 10 – 11 June as part of their ongoing career development. 22 Civilian Instructors took part in the Staff Development Team course which serves as an introduction to the ATC or to assist in the decision making process for candidates who are at the point of choosing a career as a Commissioned Officer or Senior Non Commissioned Officer within the Cadet Forces.

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