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!
Congratulations & Very Well Done to our Cadets who competed at the Inter-Squadron Swimming Competition today.
In a very competitive outing, our cadets won 3 Silvers & 2 Bronze medals & just as importantly won points for the Squadron.
This weekend Civilian Instructor Janice Ross attended a Mental Health Awareness Course delivered by staff from SESW. The course shows delegates how to recognise the common signs of poor mental health and how to assist individuals who may require further help.
A few presentations on Friday night...
Paddlepower Start Certificates (Canoeing)
Cdt Shears, Cdt Tarvit, Cdt Gordon, Cpl Peoples, Cpl Ewart and Cpl Blair
Radio Operator & Cyber Awareness
Cpl Peoples and Cdt Tarvit
RAF 100 Celebration Helicopter Muster.
A large number of 859 Squadron cadets were able to participate in this amazing experience.
Please see this report from Forces TV.
Congratulations to Ethan Hunking who was promoted to the rank of Cadet Warrant Officer this week. CWO is the highest rank that a cadet can achieve in the Air Training Corps and only the most able cadets are selected by the Wing Commander for the position.
CWO Hunking has had an outstanding cadet career to date. His achievements include
• Flying solo with the Air Cadet Pilot Scheme
• Achieving his Gold DofE Award
• Completing the demanding QAIC Course
• Appointed as Lord Lieutenants Cadet for Fife
• Selected to represent the ATC in the 2018 International Air Cadet Exchange to Canada
There are currently only 15 Cadet Warrant Officers and 35 units in South East Scotland Wing and we are lucky enough to have two here at 859 with CWO Hunking now joining CWO Greenall in the senior role. This is testament to the high standards and dedication shown by our cadets.
A Right Royal Week
This week members of the Squadron were brushing shoulders with Royalty.
On Wednesday 04 July Sergeant McLoughlin and Flight Sergeant Hunking represented the Air Cadets at a Royal Garden Party at the Palace of Holyroodhouse which was attended by HM Queen Elizabeth.
On Thursday 05 July Flight Sergeant Buchan and Flight Sergeant Hunking attended the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Presentation at Holyroodhouse to receive their Gold Awards from Prince Edward.
Recently the squadron has been getting involved in Radio Controlled Flying thanks to a kind donation of equipment from the Regional Aerospace Officer CI Colin Nicol. We have also been very fortunate to welcome an experienced RC Flyer to the squadron with the transfer of CI Richard Blanski from Grangemouth Sqn. CI Blanski is part of the Regional RC Flying Team and brings a wealth of knowledge and skills to 859!