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  • On the afternoon of Wednesday 14th July, Kettering was met by an unfamiliar sight and sound for the town – the Royal Navy. 31 RAF Air Cadets from 1101 (Kettering), 1084 (Market Harborough), 378 (Mannock) and 422 (Corby) Squadrons were invited, along with their staff, to this visit from the Royal Navy Fleet Air Arm’s 815 NAS to Kettering. The Royal Navy and the Air Cadets’ parent unit, the Royal Air Force, believe fully in engaging with the communities in which they serve, to give insight to the next generation of aspiring service personnel about life in the military. Whilst visits like this are not the norm, wherever they can, the military are always willing to give back – as often many of the personnel are ex-cadets themselves. With the 12 months previous to the return to face to face activities in April consisting of entirely remotely delivered training, and… Read More »

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  • A top commendation for Flight Lieutenant Sally Clarke, Commanding Officer of 504 (West Nottingham) Squadron. Last Sunday Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant of Nottingham presented Flt Lt Clarke with an RAF Air Cadet Commandant’s Commendation for Meritorious Service. Sally was presented the award for her support to both the Adult and Cadet Development Teams which she has been involved in on top of her squadron duties since 2013 and 2014, respectively. As part of these teams she is the Course Director of the Cadet Initial NCO Course and has been Directing Staff on the Civilian Instructor Course. On receiving the commendation, Sally said “I am delighted to receive the award and it was complete surprise, not what I expected at all.”

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  • Cadet Warrant Officer (CWO) James Bland, a 19 year old Air Cadet from 2195 (Long Eaton) Squadron, Royal Air Force Air Cadets (RAFAC), has just qualified as a pilot. After six weeks of intensive training at the Dundee based Tayside Aviation, James has become a fully licensed private pilot. He has been awarded his Private Pilots Licence at Tayside Aviation, through a Royal Air Force Charitable Trust Sir Michael Knight Scholarship. As part of his training James has had to complete a number of theory exams including Air Law, Radio Communications and Pilot Navigation, as well as showing competency in piloting light aircraft. As part of his flying training he completed solo circuits, short navigation flights, qualifying cross country flight (155 NM), a skills test, forced landings and emergency procedures. James was fortunate in gaining an Air Chief Marshal Sir Michael Knight Flying Scholarship through the Royal Air Force Charitable… Read More »

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  • Junior Leader Success

    South and East Midlands Wing are celebrating three candidates graduating from the prestigious Junior Leaders course: FS Flynn from 2229 Loughborough Squadron, FS Drinkwater from 858 Rushden Squadron and Sgt Rich from 138 (1st Nottingham) Squadron. The Junior Leaders course is designed to develop leadership and management skills in young adults through a military fashion, whilst gaining an ILM Level 3Qualification in Leadership and Management.  The course takes place over 8 months and is both physically and mentally demanding, it is often regarded as one of the toughest courses for a Cadet to complete, with only 0.002% of cadets graduating from the course. To gain a highly sought after place on the course candidates first have to pass the selection weekend.  Once successful the cadets undertake 8 training weekends, followed by one consolidation weekend and an arduous 10-day test phase. In between attending the training weekend candidates are required to organise,… Read More »

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