Today 3 cadets and 2 staff went up to Loch Tay and had great fun doing Winter Mountain Skills.
Congratulations to Sergeant McLoughlin, who graduated after a week at RAF Cranwell for his SNCO Staff Initial Course. At the course, he and other aspiring Sergeants worked hard, to achieve the rank of Sergeant.
Well done to everyone at the 2017 859 Squadron Presentation Night. The night was dedicated to the hard working cadets who have been in top condition all year and have recieved many awards, making our squadron really stand out. A big congrats to Cadet Tarvit, winning the Best New Cadet Award. Cadet Blair, who was awarded the Sportsperson of the year. The highest award was reserved for two of our longest serving senior cadets, Cadet Flight Sergeant Ethan Hunking and Cadet Warrant Officer Joe Greenall, both achieving the Best Cadet Award. The award going to the Best Inter-Flight was Vulcan flight represented by Cadet Sergeant Calum Buchan.
From the 8th to the 10th of December 2017, nine of our cadets went to Leuchars to learn life saving skills. They all passed with flying colours, and now all have essential First Aid skills.
On Sunday CWO Greenall and Cpl McTavish attended the first training session of the Wing Road Marching Team. This is the first step on the road to qualifying for the Nijmegen 4 day Marches in Holland next year.
A fair few awards presented on final parade last night with HeartStart Certificates for our newer cadets, Blue Wings ATP Certificate for Cdt Blyth, Wing Sports Blue for Cpl Hayes and an amazing Gold Duke of Edinburgh's Award to Sgt Buchan.
This evening the Flight Sergeant Ethan Hunking was presented with his Gold Duke of Edinburgh's Award badge. This is a significant achievement which will see Ethan travel to Holyrood Palace next year to receive his award certificate from a member of the Royal Family.
This evening two brothers received awards for completion on final parade. Cdt Kieran Gordon received his Air Rifle Trained Shot badge and Cdt Ethan Gordon received his Bronze Duke of Edinburgh's Award badge. Well done to you both!
Well done to Cpl Calum Horne who is the first recipient on 859 of one of the new style Marksmanship badges. He has been awarded the Blue Air Rifle Marksman Badge.
Today Cadets Tarvit, Blyth, Gray and Blair we're on duty at the Pretty Muddy event at the Royal Highland Centre Ingliston.
Following an Interview Board with Wing Commander McRae at Wing HQ, Flight Sergeant Joe Greenall was promoted to the rank of Cadet Warrant Officer this evening. This is the highest rank a cadet can attain and only the most able cadets achieve it. Joe has come a long way since joining the Squadron 5 years ago.
This evening also saw Sergeant Ethan Hunking promoted to the rank of Flight Sergeant. This follows a very successful year for Ethan and his tireless efforts assisting staff with the Squadron training program have been rewarded.
Well done CWO Greenall and Flight Sergeant Hunking!
In his capacity as Lord Lieutenant's Cadet for Fife, Sergeant Ethan Hunking was on duty at the opening of the Queensferry Crossing together with his counterparts from the Army Cadet Force and Sea Cadet Corps. It's not every day you get to chat to HM The Queen!