Monday 27 April saw Cadet Lucy Godfrey recieve a much coveted ATC Instrumentalist badge. This was in recognition of her musical ability on the acoustic guitar.
April saw Cpl Robbie Marke attend a JNCO Course at Leuchars Station. Newly promoted Corporals were instructed in the proper method of giving drill commands at the halt and in quick time. The Corporals were also inspected by the Wing Warrant Officer, with an extremely high standard of uniform expected of each JNCO.
The Corporals were given lectures on leadership techniques such as PICSIE & SMEAC. They were then given the opportunity to demonstrate the leadership skills they had learnt during the course by taking their turn as syndicate leader on a number of practical command exercises.
On Saturday 08 April Cpl Pryce and Cadets Buchan and Traquair deployed to Dreghorn Ranges with Plt Off Brown to participate in some Basic Fieldcraft Training. Lessons on shelter building, personal hygiene in the field, ration pack cooking, camouflage and concealment, movements, formations and handsignals - finishing with a three section NAVEX over the Dreghorn Ranges area were the order of the day.
On Friday 17 April the squadron was visited by Cpl Richard McKell from the RAF Police. Cpl McKell is a former 859 Cadet himself and is now a RAF Reservist serving with 603 (City of Edinburgh) Sqn RAuxAF.
Cpl McKell gave a presentation on the role of the RAF Police and the RAuxAF before taking the cadets through some practical arrest procedures.
On Friday 10 April teams from Vulcan and Lightning Flights travelled to Fordell Firs to take part in some archery training. After some initial coaching with Pilot Officer Brown the Flight teams competed against each other in an Inter Flight Competition.
It was a close run competition that saw Vulcan Flight emerge as the ultimate victors with an overall score of 411 against Lightning Flight's 399. The award for top individual score went to Cpl Pryce with a score of 99, with Cpl Marke (95) and Cpl Graham (92) coming second and third respectively. A great time was had by all.
859 are happy to run introductory archery sessions for other units in the Wing. Contact Plt Off Mike Brown for more details.
On Friday 03 April the squadron was lucky to receive a visit from Flying Officer Andrew Stacey from RAF Cosford. Flying Officer Stacey is a Royal Air Force Engineering Officer specialising in Communications Electronics.
The cadets were given an insight into the officer selection and training process currently used by the RAF and also found out about what Engineering Officers actually do on a day to day basis. The evening was concluded with a chance for the cadets to try their hand at a group planning exercise, very similar to those used by the Officer and Aircrew Selection Centre at RAF Cranwell.