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2021

  • Earlier this week our very own Sergeant Chouhan and Cadet Sergeant Sheena Chouhan put their lifesaving skills, learnt in the Air Cadets, into action whilst out in the community. During a normal day out in Belgrave, Leicester Sgt Chouhan, Cadet Sgt Chouhan and nephew/cousin Kieran were witness to an incident, resulting in a woman becoming unconscious and requiring help. All rushed into action following the incident with Sgt Chouhan assessing the woman’s injuries and Cadet Sgt Chouhan managing the scene and getting in touch with the emergency services. Following Sgt Chouhan putting the woman into the recovery position to keep her air ways open, both Sgt Chouhan and Cadet Sgt Chouhan remained with her until the emergency services arrived to take over. Reflection on the incident Cadet Sgt Chouhan said “Although the situation was nerve-racking, our priority was her safety. I am fortunate for the training I’ve received from Sgt… Read More »

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  • We are pleased to share the news that Squadron Leader Wilson has been appointed as the new Officer Commanding South & East Midlands Wing, with that being promoted to Wing Commander. Many cadets will know Wg Cdr Wilson from his years of experience running the Wing Spring camps at Swynnerton and Wing Adventure Training Camps at Fairbourne, Windermere and Llanbedr. Both of these falling under his role as Wing Adventure Training and Technical Officer, which he has held since 2008. Prior to his Wing Staff Officer role, Wg Cdr Wilson was Officer Commanding of 1359 (Beeston) Squadron, the squadron he started his cadet journey at back in 1989, and then 504 (West Nottingham) Squadron. Following his new appointment Wg Cdr Wilson said “I am privileged and honoured to have been given the opportunity to take this post as Officer Commanding South & East Midlands Wing. I am very much looking… Read More »

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  • End of an Era

    29 Jun 2021

    Today marks the end of an era for the Wing as we say goodbye to Wing Command Andy Pass and he officially takes up his new post as the Senior Volunteer Advisor, the first volunteer Group Captain role. He moves on from a five year tenure as Officer Commanding South & East Midlands Wing. During his time in command he has maintained the Wing’s position as one of the consistently top performing wings in the RAFAC and driven a number of successful organisational shifts within the Wing. The changes have moved the Wing into a more supportive structure for the individual units and the volunteers that run them, with a particular passion for sustaining their mental health and providing them recognition for their successes. His final few weeks in command have allowed him to show this passion by visiting a number of squadrons in order to present the many commendations… Read More »

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  • A group of volunteers based in Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire, have been honoured with The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service, the highest award a voluntary group can receive in the UK. 1279 (Melton Mowbray) Squadron is one of over 1,000 squadrons of the Royal Air Force Air Cadets (RAFAC) that offer a wide range of activities, qualifications and opportunities to young people across the country. Squadrons are managed by teams of uniformed and non-uniformed adult volunteers who give their time to help plan, organise and run the array of incredible opportunities that are on offer to the young people. The volunteers of 1279 (Melton Mowbray) take on a variety of roles from instructors to squadron treasurer in order to facilitate the best possible chances to see the young people develop and also to find opportunity to forge links with their local community. Before lockdown set in, the squadron volunteers had clocked… Read More »

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  • For the cadets of 1279 (Melton Mowbray) Squadron, Royal Air Force Air Cadets, their recent virtual parade night was no ordinary evening. Whilst it promised to be a fun and challenging night for the cadets, they were joined by a special guest to make the evening that much more memorable. After being put forward by their Wing Commander back in February to host a special guest during a virtual session, the squadron were informed in early March that they had been selected to host Air Vice Marshal (AVM) Richard Maddison OBE MA RAF. AVM Maddison is the Air Officer Commanding (AOC) 22 Group RAF, which is the part of the RAF that the Air Cadets comes under. The AOC joined the squadron alongside Wing Commander Andy Pass RAFAC, Officer Commanding South and East Midlands Wing, to get to understand what activities are taking place around the organisation and to get… Read More »

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