Gliding Dreams Comes Closer for Shoreham Air Cadets

Despite last weekend’s chilly weather three cadets from 1440 (Shoreham-by-Sea) Squadron came a step closer to realising their dreams of gliding when they spent the day at the former Battle of Britain airfield at RAF Kenley in Surrey. Corporal Michael Gray (14), Corporal Rosie Dyett (13) and Cadet Joseph Ramet (15) travelled to Kenley, the home of 615 Volunteer Gliding Squadron, to become the latest in a long line of Air Cadets to pass through their doors to begin their gliding experience.

Cadet Jospeh Ramet at the controls
Gliding is one of the RAF Air Cadets core activities and the team were at Kenley to beginning their training to earn their “wings.” The three spent time in the hanger with qualified gliding instructors, looking over the two-seat Grob Viking T1 glider that has been used to fly cadets for many years. They learnt about how the aircraft gets into the sky and more importantly what keeps them there without engines! They also learnt how an operational gliding airfield works and how they fit in to the bigger picture.


The cadets were all itching to get into the air but, as with all things, they needed to start at the beginning which for them this meant time firmly on the ground! The cadets were able to take control of the Viking simulator together with one of the instructor team where they were able to put into practice some of the theory they had learnt earlier in the day. Rosie, from Shoreham, said: “When it was my turn to go into the simulator, I was a bit nervous to start with but my instructor was really good and it was great fun!” Joseph added: “We learn about the principles of flight at the Squadron, but it has been great to be able to actually see how it all works and experience it for myself. I can’t wait to get into the air for real!”

Corporal Michael Gray with instructor

Sergeant Leslie Ackerman, an adult volunteer at 1440 Squadron said: “By starting the cadets off using a simulator on the ground, they are able to understand the basics of how aircraft fly and what the controls do to affect that. This makes for a much better experience when they do take to the skies.”

Corporal Rosie Dyett at the contols of the simulator

Passing the Ground School element of their gliding training means that the team can now progress, take to the air and put into practice some of the things they learnt in the coming months.

The view from the back seat

Do you think you’ve got what it takes to be an Air Cadet, Adult Volunteer or member of our Support Committee? 1440 Squadron are keen to recruit young people aged between 12 (and in Year 8 at school) to 18 as well as adults who are keen to help us deliver the best opportunities to our cadets. Interested? Drop us an e-mail at or visit our website

A big thank you to Tekever

A big thank you to Tekever who have signed the Armed Forces Covenant!

The Armed Forces Covenant is a promise from the nation that those who serve or have served in the armed forces, and their families, are treated fairly.

#AFC Tekever Ltd #Reserves #Cadets

Nominations for the 2019 CVQO Westminste

Nominations for the 2019 CVQO Westminster Award are now open!
The adventure starts here.
Do you know a special young person who deserves recognition for something fantastic they’ve achieved recently? Well, now’s the time for you to help them shine. @CVQO #Cadets


151 Regiment, Royal Logistic Corps (RLC) will be taking part in the Lord Mayor Show on Saturday 10 November 2018.  This year’s display is inspired by the RLC’s 25th birthday message: ‘Centuries old, Decades new’.  We have a fantastic history that goes back centuries.  And the achievements of the Corps since forming in 1993 are exceptional and worthy of celebration to inspire those that will serve throughout the next 25 years.  The unit is position number 77 within the parade.  The sequence of the RLC contribution is Tank Transporter, Rolls Royce, Bedford Fuel Tanker.

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Tank Transporter.   The RLC’s Heavy Equipment Transporters are crewed by two specialist drivers from 27 Regt RLC, and weigh almost 47 tonnes unladen.  Capable of carrying all of the army’s tanks and armoured vehicles, fully-laden they can weigh nearly 120 tonnes.

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Representing our historic roots, Monty’s Rolls Royce.  Built to order for a long-untraceable woman buyer in 1939, this Rolls Royce Wraith was taken over by the Ministry of War Transport on 24 January 1944. It is a 1½ ton Park Ward-bodied light limousine, with a 4275cc engine and is fitted out with light tan leather seats and hand-moulded wooden trim.  In 1944, Field Marshal Bernard Montgomery (by now the most important soldier in the British Army and one of the key commanders in planning the Allied invasion of Europe) decided to leave behind the open-topped, sand-coloured Humber Super Snipe staff car he had used in North Africa. He was looking for something grander and more impressive and settled on this Rolls Royce.

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Representing our historic roots, a vintage Bedford Fuel Tanker.  From 1952 which supported operations in Northern Ireland in the 1960s, showing a small cross-section of the enormous variety of ‘stuff’ an Army needs in order to operate. From tanks and ammunition to letters and food, we get the right amount of the right kit to the right people in the right place at the right time – enabling the Army to do its job, and boosting morale along the way. We fight logistics through to keep the army working, moving and communicating.

151 Regiment, Royal Logistic Corps is London’s only logistic unit. Based from five Reserve Centres across Greater London and the SE of England, its deployable role is sustaining ‘The Iron Division’ – 3rd (UK) Division, the British Army’s high-readiness armoured war-fighting formation. 151 Regiment can proudly trace its origins and affiliations within the City of London back to 1801 and the formation of the Royal Wagon Train in Croydon.

Close Encounters Of The Giraffe Kind For Cadets

On Sunday 21st October, volunteers from T.S. Churchill Ashford Sea and Marine cadets enjoyed a close encounter with Port Lympne Hotel & Reserve’s giraffe herd, to thank them for their valuable leaf picking skills throughout the summer months.

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Carl Parker, Head of African Experience Section explained: ‘The cadets have been absolutely brilliant and their incredible leaf picking skills this Summer mean that we now have over 30 barrels of leaves to feed the giraffes during the winter months.’
The nine strong giraffe herd at the popular visitor attraction have a natural diet which consists mainly of browse, or leaves. During the summer months the reserve relies on volunteers to pick leaves which are then compressed in airtight barrels for use as a natural feed supplement during the winter months.
As part of their day out at the popular visitor attraction, the cadets were able to enjoy a close encounter with the giraffes, including hand feeding some of the herd with pellets and browse.

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Simon Jeffery, Animal Director commented: ‘As a charity, we rely heavily on support from wonderful volunteers such as the cadets. By giving up their time to pack an impressive 30 barrels of leaves it means that we can continue to provide our giraffes with important, natural feed.’
For further information about Port Lympne Hotel & Reserve and volunteering opportunities, please visit


Here’s what the Reserves get up to! #Re

Here’s what the Reserves get up to!

#Reserves #ArmyReserves #RMR #RNR #RAF

Trip of a lifetime for Chichester Air Cadets


Recently, two Air Cadets from Chichester travelled 6000 miles to South America for a once in a lifetime trip to Peru.

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Cadet Sergeant Elyot Harmston and Cadet Corporal Jonty Parkin were part of a selected group of 24 Air Cadets from all over Sussex. During their three-week expedition they helped to construct a new building at an Orphanage called Azul Wazi – translated as ‘The Blue House’. Their reward for such hard work was a 75km expedition at heights of over 4,500 meters over five days along the Salkantay trail to reach Machu Picchu.

The unique part of this trip was that the Cadets ran the entire expedition, with Staff supporting them in the decision making if needed. Elyot and Jonty had been selected for this expedition, and to earn a place had to go through a grueling selection. Once selected they took part in military leadership training and training from the Edale Mountain Rescue Team in the Peak District.

Many of the cadets raised their own funds to make the trip and one even arranged crowd funding for new clothing and musical instruments to be purchased for the 19 orphans who live at Azul Wasi.

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Reflecting on the trip Cadet Sergeant Elyot Harmston, said:

“Working at the orphanage had a big impact. I have done construction work like that before and it was interesting to see the different building methods. However, seeing what a huge impact our work would make to the orphans and orphanage was really eye opening for me.”

One of the Staff on Jonty and Elyot’s trip was one of the Officers from their Squadron. Flying Officer Richard Foster, said:

“To have enabled a group of keen and enthusiastic young people was a privilege. To see how they overcame various obstacles and challenges, and to help them to overcome them was really rewarding and it was a privilege to be a part of their journey. I was lucky to have taken part in a similar trip at their age, and it changed and shaped my life for the better – it hope it does the same for them.”

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Could you be the next Elyot or Jonty and take a trip like this? Overseas expeditions are one of the many things that Air Cadets get to take part in including the Duke of Edinburgh’s award, visiting RAF Stations and Adventure Training.

It’s never too late to join, Chichester Air Cadets is recruiting, if you are interested in joining and are aged 12-17, you can contact us on for details of our next open evening. We also welcome applications for adult volunteers, who can contact us on the same address.

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Credit – Richard Foster

The Duke of York’s Royal Military School “Exercise Dukie Warrior 2018”

This year as a Contingent, we planned and executed our own summer camp at Salisbury Plain Training Area (SPTA) Wiltshire. We took 90 Cadets and 11 staff of enthusiastic adult volunteers drawn, in the main, from teachers within the School.
We deployed the day after Grand Day to SPTA, a training area used by British Armed forces and forces from around the world. The training area has many challenging training facilities with Battle Camp accommodation.

Challenge, adaptability and tenacity – there was time for self-reflection for the Dukie Cadets this year on Exercise Dukie Warrior ‘18. At SPTA we conducted build up training which felt seamless due to the year’s hard work and training preparation by the cadets and staff at the Schools unique training area and range.
Enthusiastic to hone their military skills further, the training programme for the cadets was full of new demanding and enjoyable challenges, culminating in a final confirmatory exercise set in an urban environment at Imber Village SPTA. We also had assistance from the 1st Battalion the Princesses Royal Regiment who brought with them two Warrior Armoured infantry fighting vehicles and a selection of Infantry platoon weapons. They instructed the Cadets in the role and effectiveness of a Warrior and platoon weapons.

The training began with vehicle check point drills, section attacks, weapon handling, team building, battlefield first aid, Bulford Ranges and a competition day.

The younger cadets were commanded by the Cadet JNCO and SNCO’S who the potential junior under officers were for 2018/19. They acted in an enthusiastic, strong-minded, confident professional manner with drive and determination, when put under pressure from their command appointments.
“Young Dukie leaders emerge from the shadows of Imber village”

The Potential Officers were given appointments to prove their leadership skills during the final exercise phase at Imber Village. This allowed the RSM and staff to select competent and confident Potential Officers to take up the role of under officer in September. This consisted of leading sections in a physically, mentally and demanding urban tactical environment.

The final attack consisted of 2 platoons attacking and securing Imber. It was then that the ambush was set for the enemy who were re-grouping to attack and take back Imber from the Dukie’s.  Imber was saved and the enemy forced to retreat.
The Dukie cadets worked hard all week during the build-up, training and the final exercise phase. For their hard work and efforts they were rewarded with some RNR with a fun day at Thorpe Park.

All the cadets and staff enjoyed their summer camp and looked forward to a well-earned and deserved summer break.
Credit to – CSgt Russell

678 Squadron Army Air Corps support the Medical Detection Dog team

The Milton Keynes Regional Support Team of the Medical Detection Dogs (MDD) have been to visit the 678 Squadron AAC. To enable the dogs to train, the charity needs human sample swabs to help with their scent work.  678 Squadron have volunteered themselves to help out and were given the opportunity to meet and greet the dogs with their handlers.


Guest speaker Tom Borland is one of the MDD volunteers and became involved after he saw an advert which peaked his interest and led him to go along to one of their open days.  He was hooked on day one and it inspired him to work for the charity after seeing first hand the life saying work the charity does.

678 Squadron AAC volunteered not only to help with proving samples but on the day also announced that would help to raise money for the charity and that they had named them as their sponsored charity of the year. 


Major General Bill O’Leary was in attendance, alongside Lieutenant Colonel Marcus Brown 6AAC CO.  In addition to being the Deputy Commander Field Army, the Major General is also the Deputy Lieutenant of the County, which enables him to visit some extraordinary charities in the County.  One those that he visited was the Medical Detection Dogs, he said: “It struck me that they were struggling to get samples that are vital to the training of their dogs.  It was obvious to me that a cohort of Army Reserves from Milton Keynes were an obvious solution to the problem, linking the charity to the unit.  Today has been an wonderful example of that being taken forward and I am so pleased to be able to be here to see that happening today.”


Sandhurst Leadership Challenge

Employees from companies that receive Silver and Gold status, have had the opportunity to attend the Sandhurst Leadership Challenge. The event is held at the nation’s prestigious Royal Military Academy Sandhurst (RMAS) in Surrey, where officers in the British Army are trained, to take on the responsibilities of leading the soldiers under their command.


The Employer Recognition Scheme encourages employers to support defence and inspire other organisations to do the same.


The scheme encompasses bronze, silver and gold awards for employer organisations that pledge, demonstrate or advocate support to defence and the armed forces community, and align their values with the armed forces covenant.

The leadership challenge is organised and run by the Army’s 11 Infantry Brigade (South East) and the South East Reserve Forces’ and Cadets’ Association (SERFCA). The executives and employees who take part, are from a wide range of public sector organisations such as the emergency services, local authorities, NHS trusts and executive agencies are also eligible to be recognised.


Lieutenant Colonel Graeme Macpherson who is responsible for employer engagement at 11 Brigade said: “Todays been a fantastic day, all the candidates have really enjoyed themselves, there’s a real buzz amongst them now. They’ve not only had a great day but also have learnt a huge amount and we hope that they take away this not only an understanding of leadership as it is delivered in the army but also and understanding and awareness of the reserve forces and how that can be compatible with their civilian employment.”