On Friday 24 November the Squadron had a visit from Peter Douglas, an ex 859 cadet who is now working as an Engineer with Rolls Royce and an Outreach Ambassador with the Bloodhound SSC Land Speed Record Project.
This evening CWO Greenall and Fg Off Brown together with Cpl Allen from 869 (Penicuik) Sqn and Wing Commander Wallace from RHQ represented SESW at a reception hosted by the Reserve Forces and Cadets Association at the Scottish Parliament. This was an opportunity to talk to our MSPs about the vital role cadets play in our local community and to network with the various other cadet and reserve forces units in Scotland.
On Monday we welcomed five new cadets to the Squadron with the formal enrolment of Cadets Shiel, McGrath, Choudhary, Tweddle and MacLeod. Welcome to 859!
Well done to Cadets Gregor Rodger and Jamie Ewart who were presented with their Bronze Duke of Edinburgh’s Awards this evening. This follows a number of months hard work towards the Skills, Volunteering and Physical sections and the successful completion of two overnight hillwalking expeditions.
Presentations galore this week with 2x Bronze DofE Awards, 6x Blue Wings, 2x Musician Badges, 2x First Class Cadet Certificates and 5x NICAS Level 1 (New Climber) Awards issued on final parade.
Well done all!
On Sunday 12 November the Squadron attended the Remembrance Service at Dalgety Parish Church. Cadet Connie Blair laid a wreath at the Parish War Memorial on behalf of the RAF Air Cadets.
This year saw our cadets take an active part in the service with CWO Greenall, Cpl Horne, Cdt Blair and Cdt Peoples each delivering a reading about war heroes with a personal or local connection.
“They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them.”
This weekend our cadets were assisting Poppy Scotland with collections in ASDA Dalgety Bay. Door to door collections will be taking place next week, proud to support our veterans.
On Saturday six of our cadets travelled to RAF Kirknewton to undertake the Blue Wings Aviation Training Package. The morning was spent in ground school classes followed by a number of sorties in the Viking Part Task Trainer. The afternoon saw cadets try out Radio Controlled Flying.
Flight Sergeant Hunking received a special mention at the Scottish Parliament earlier this year, congratulating him on his appointment as Lord Lieutenant’s Cadet for Fife. Since his appointment in April he has already met HM The Queen, Prince Phillip, Prince Charles and the First Minister of Scotland.