This weekend three members of the Squadron are undertaking Lowland Leader Award Training with the Regional AT Officer. Civilian Instructor Jamie Graham joined Staff Cadets CWO Ethan Hunking and FS Callum Buchan to work towards the NGB qualification delivered through Mountain Training UK. Completing this award will allow them to supervise cadets who are undertaking their Duke of Edinburgh expeditions. Training such as this allows both our adult staff and senior cadets aged 18-20 the opportunity to get more involved in delivering opportunities to the cadets.
Congratulations to CI Janice Ross who successfully completed her Lowland Leader Award Assessment over the weekend. She can now supervise cadets trekking in lowland terrain and will be using the qualification to support our DofE program next year.
Radio Controlled Flying
This weekend cadets involved in our Radio Controlled Flying project travelled to Glenrothes Aero Modelling Club to test fly our new squadron aircraft and work towards achieving their Scottish Aeromodellers Association Bronze Safety Award.
RAF 100 Celebration
Broomhall House, Charleston
Here are some photos from last Saturday when cadets from Dalgety Bay and Falkirk squadrons provided support at this 'invitation only' car show held in aid of the RAF Benevolent Fund.
Cadets were involved in gate patrols, car marshalling, flight-line control, guided tours and promoting the RAF Air Cadets. Several million pounds worth of cars were on display having earlier driven in procession over the Forth Road Bridge to Broomhall House.
Guests, cadets and staff were treated to remote control aircraft flying and static displays and a fly-past of a full-size Gypsy Moth, together with guided tours of Broomhall House by Lord Bruce himself.
In return for their assistance, cadets were able to meet and chat with several veterans, some of which had been shot-down and held prisoner during the second world war. Time was also available to chat with some of the car owners....and the rain stayed off!
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.