News

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

  • Members of staff, civilian committees and staff cadets from across the wing attended the Annual Dinner Dance to celebrate the many successes of the Wing thought this year. Joining the Wing as principle guest were Group Captain Graham Bowerman OBE, Corps and Central & East Region Chairman, and Under Warden Professor Julian Ellis OBE, from the Worshipful Company of Framework Knitters. Since 2018 the Wing has been affiliated with the Worshipful Company and at the Dinner they introduced their new annual trophy, awarded to an outstanding member of staff. This year the award went to Flight Lieutenant Lawrence, Officer Commanding 2248 (Rutland) Squadron. Following the after-dinner speeches, Wing Commander Pass presented a series of honours and awards to members within the Wing. Squadron Leader Faulkner was presented a Commandant’s Commendation for the work he has done as Wing Health & Safety Officer. Squadron Leader Bates and Squadron Leader Wilson were… Read More »

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  • Air cadets from 1188 (Coalville) Squadron joined with Coalville Army Cadets and members of the British Legion to pay their respects to two local men who were awarded the Victoria Cross (VC). Coalville Air cadets joined with the local army cadets and members of the Whitwick Branch of the Royal British Legion on Saturday 26th October in two acts of remembrance. Everyone met at the cemetery in Whitwick to remember Thomas Elsdon Ashford. He was a private in The Royal Fusiliers, British Army during the Second Anglo-Afghan War. He was awarded the Victoria Cross for conspicuous gallantry during a sortie from Kandahar, on the 16th August, 1880. He helped rescue and carry Private Massey for a distance of over 200 yards, under the fire of the enemy. He was assisted by Lieutenant William St. Lucien Chase. Private Massey had taken shelter in a blockhouse. Several times they were compelled to rest, but they persevered in… Read More »

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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. He has been awarded his Private Pilots Licence at Tayside Aviation, through a Royal Air Force Charitable Trust Sir Michael Knight Scholarship. After six weeks of intensive training at the Dundee based Tayside Aviation, James has become a fully licensed private pilot. 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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  • 209 Marshall Trophy

    209 (West Bridgford) Squadron has been selected as this year’s joint winners of the Marshall Trophy Competition, alongside 88 Battle Squadron, Sussex Wing. The Squadron was also nominated in 2018, being one of the top six finalists from across the Corps, to represent Central and Region as the most improved Squadron in the Corps over a three year period.  Since the nomination the staff and cadets at the squadron worked tirelessly to ensure all areas were fully prepared for the inspection. Sir Arthur Marshall was born in Cambridge, England and was educated at the Perse School in Cambridge and at Tonbridge School in Kent, completing his education at Jesus College, Cambridge, in 1922, where he earned a degree in engineering. He learned to fly in 1928, and shortly thereafter created an airstrip near his family”s Cambridge home, which by 1929 had turned into a full-fledged airfield. Six years later, Marshall… Read More »

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  • Air Commodore Dawn McCafferty

    On Saturday 6th April 1936 Newton Royal Air Force Air Cadets welcomed Air Commodore Dawn McCafferty to the unit to oversee the enrolment parade of a recent intake of new recruits. After completing six months of training 22 cadet had the honour of being enrolled  by South and East Midlands Wing Padre, Mr John Hewer accompanied by Squadron Padre, Rev. Fred Connell. Also in attendance were dignitaries from the French Air Force, currently being hosted in the UK by Air Cdre McCafferty, whilst they are undertaking research to further develop a fledging French Air Cadet Corps. In addition to presenting the 22 newly enrolled cadets with numerous certificates and awards Air Cdre McCafferty also formally opened the new flight simulator facility on the squadron.  The Cadets, ably supported by the Squadron Civilian Committee, have carried out fundraising activities throughout the last eighteen months to enable two flight simulators to be… Read More »

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  • New Years Honours

    Sqn Ldr Carol Haynes contribution to the Royal Air Force Air Cadets was recognised in the Royal Air Force Honours List 2019.  As well as holding the post of Officer Commanding 5F Northampton Squadron Sqn Ldr Haynes is the First Aid Officer for Central and East Region. Sqn Ldr Haynes works tirelessly on 5F Northampton Squadron leading and supporting cadets through the full range of activities on offer to them, as well as overseeing Cadet and Staff First Aid Training across the six wings in Central and East Region. Sqn Ldr Haynes was presented with her Commendation from Air Officer Commanding Number 22 Group by Wg Cdr Pass at South and East Midlands Wing Field Day 2019.         

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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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  • Squadron Leader Jodi Hudson has received an AOC 22 training group commendation for services to the Royal Air Force Air Cadets. This is centred around his outstanding leadership of the Cadet Development Team in delivering high level quality cadet training across the South and East Midlands Wing. Congratulations Sir very well deserved

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  • Are you looking for a new challenge in the New Year? Can you spare time to volunteer with the Air Cadets? Cadet Squadrons in Leicester are looking to recruit adult volunteers to support the development of the cadets at the five squadrons within the Leicester city area.  No prior military service or experience is necessary as development and training will be provided, all that’s needed is a drive and a passion to lead young people with an interest in aviation or military skills. Having an interest in military and aviation will obviously help! Recruitment is open to both uniformed and civilian instructor roles. To demonstrate the opportunities that are available an adult recruitment night is being held at 2070 Glenfield Sqn, Glenfield Primary School at 7:30pm on Tuesday 6th February.  To book your space at the event email WSC3.semidlands@aircadets.org

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  • OC South & East Midlands Wing, Wing Commander Pass visited the 1360 (Stapleford & Sandiacre) Squadron on Monday 11th for two reasons.

    Firstly, to award FS (RAFAC) Theyers his Cadet Forces Medal for 12 continuous years of uniformed service, which he has spent at 2195 (Long Eaton) Squadron and with 1360 (Stapleford & Sandiacre) Squadron This is a fantastic sign of recognition for FS Theyers and a great way to thank him for all his hard work and commitment to the organisation!

    Secondly, Wing Commander Pass conducted a Cadet Warrant Officer interview. A rank which is the pinnacle of the Air Cadet career, with only 1% of Air Cadets to reaching the rank. A huge congratulations to CWO Matthew Osbiston who passed the interview and was presented with the promotion immediately!

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  • 2071 (Stamford) Squadron Air Training Corps have held their annual awards evening where Cdt Charlie Lock, 13, of Wittering was named the best cadet of the year. The Squadron Commander, Flt Lt Phil Prudham, said “Charlie is an excellent cadet who is always one of the first to volunteer for activities and fully deserves this award”. The best NCO was awarded to Cpl Connor McGinlay who was subsequently promoted to Sergeant and the Commanding Officer’s Trophy was awarded to Cdt Marlow Dupont. The Squadron was joined at the awards evening by Councillor Anthony Story, the Mayor of Stamford, who is a former 2071 Squadron cadet. Group Captain Tony Keeling, the Station Commander of RAF Wittering and Wing Commander Andy Pass, Officer Commanding South and East Midlands Wing ATC also presented awards which included BTECs in Aviation Studies and Personal Development and Teamwork. The Squadron is holding an open day for… Read More »

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  • Air cadets from 1188 (Coalville) Squadron joined with members of the British Legion to pay their respects to two local men who were awarded the Victoria Cross. Coalville Air cadets joined with members of the Whitwick Branch of the Royal British Legion on Saturday 28th October in two acts of remembrance. The cadets met at the cemetery in Whitwick to remember Thomas Elsdon Ashford. He was a private in The Royal Fusiliers, British Army during the Second Anglo-Afghan War. He was awarded the Victoria Cross for conspicuous gallantry during a sortie from Kandahar, on the 16th August, 1880. He helped rescue and carry Private Massey for a distance of over 200 yards, under the fire of the enemy.He was assisted by Lieutenant William St. Lucien Chase. Private Massey had taken shelter in a blockhouse. Several times they were compelled to rest, but they persevered in bringing him to a place of… Read More »

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  • South and East Midlands Wing are the Central and East Regional Rugby 7’s Champions.

    Sunday 5th November saw the Inter Wing competition held at RAF Wyton, where the Senior Boys team, Captained by FSgt Luke Flynn of 2229 Loughborough Sqn and Managed by ATC FSgt James Marman were unbeaten in their run at the trophy, which has never been won by South and East Midlands Wing before.

    Also held on the same day was the Inter Wing Senior Girls Netball Competition, from which the South and East Midlands Team returned with Bronze Medals.

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  • 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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  • Above and beyond

    06 Nov 2017

    Every year, there is a special award for the SNCO, WO or CI that goes “above and beyond” and this year, Warrant Officer Alan Wiggs of 378 (Mannock) Squadron was the deserving recipient. 
     
    WO Dominic Chisholm, Wing Warrant Officer of South and East Midlands Wing, presented the award to WO Wiggs on Monday (06/11/17) at his unit in front of all the cadets and staff. However, this award is usually present at the SNCO, WO and CI’s annual Dinning in Night held at RAF Cranwell. The Wing Warrant Officer had to award it to Alan at the unit as he sadly missed the dinner this year and this makes part of the reason why he has received the award (not out of sympathy we assure you!). 

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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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