Over the weekend our two new staff members CI McGrath and CI Ross together with senior cadets FS Graham and Sgt Buchan attended an Introduction to the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award (IttDofE) Course delivered by the Wing DofE Team at our HQ. This course provided them with all the information needed to become a unit DofE Leader, we look forward to seeing them get stuck in assisting CI Mitchell with Award delivery at 859 this year.
Today our cadets were at Murrayfield Stadium acting as Flag Bearers during the Scotland v France Six Nations Match. #AsOne
Well done to Cadets Byron Blyth and Kieran Gordon who have both recently achieved their Bronze Duke of Edinburgh’s Award.
This week we formally welcomed Cadet Craig Swanepoel to the Squadron following his enrolment ceremony. Welcome to 859!
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.
Massive congratulations to CWO Joe Greenall who has just been selected as the 2017 recipient of the Bill Reid VC Trophy following an assessment day at Wing HQ. This trophy is awarded annually by the Aircrew Association to the cadet in South East Scotland Wing who displays the highest standards of leadership. An amazing personal achievement and another first for 859 Squadron!
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!