Monthly Archives: March 2017

Sussex ACF Cadets


Cadet Corporal Demi Baker

10 Eastbourne PI

“I’ve been in the cadets for four years; my dad was in the SAS and encouraged me to join. I love the environment it’s like having extended family around you, I’ve made so many new friends.

I’ve done my Bronze DofE and I am working my way to Silver, I’ve also done my signals course and first aid.

A woman collapsed and wasn’t breathing so I was able to help using the skills I had learnt in the ACF.

The weekends are definitely the best – I’d encourage anyone to join its life changing!”


Cadet Lance Corporal Eloise Thompson

25 Heathfield

“My friend was in the ACF and encouraged me to join, I’m working towards my Silver DofE and can say the whole experience of being in the cadets has really boosted my confidence massively, being in the ACF and around friends has helped me with my anxiety.

I want to be a lawyer and think that my cadet career will look good on my CV”.


Cadet Sergeant Ryan Avis

19 Hailsham

“I’m looking forward to joining the army, being in the cadets has taught me self-discipline, how to pull my own weight and how to be responsible not only for myself but other people.

It’s like being part of a brotherhood; I’ve made mates for life. If I wasn’t doing this I’d probably be dossing in front of a computer”.


Cadet Sergeant Tiara Galloway

“I joined initially as I wanted to be a doctor in the army and I thought this was a good starting point.

I’ve passed first aid, weapons handling and have competed in the National athletics team where I’ve won two silver medals and a bronze for the 100 and 200m and the triple jump.

If you’re ambitious join, not many of my peers can say they’ve slept out in the field and done the things I have with cadets – it’s not your average hobby”.

Eastbourne FC – the latest organisation to sign the Armed Forces’ Covenant


Last night saw the signing of the Armed Forces’ Covenant between Eastbourne Borough Football Club and the Army, at their home ground in Priory Road.

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.

Lt Colonel Andy Betts, Commanding Officer 3PWRR said:

“It’s an absolute privilege to have the opportunity to have this link between the Armed Forces and the community in Eastbourne.

We have a reserve centre here which is massively important to us locally and connects us with the communities that we serve; we are delighted to be able to add Eastbourne FC to our growing list of supporters.”

Eastbourne FC Chairman John Bonar said:

“It’s an honour to be working with the armed forces and to have signed this here tonight. The work of the Army compliments our ethos and we try to offer as much as we can for those in the forces.

We are delighted to become part of the ever growing list of leading companies and organisations that have signed up to the Armed Forces’ Covenant, recognising the value that serving personnel (both Regular and Reservists), Veterans and military families contribute to our businesses, communities and country”.

Eastbourne FC also received a bronze award from the South East Reserves Forces’ and Cadets’ Association (SERFCA). 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 evening also saw Eastbourne FC play the British Army in a Football match at the stadium, Sussex Army Cadets were in the stands to cheer them on and witness the signing of the Armed Forces’ Covenant. 


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Folkestone Town Council has signed up to the Armed Forces’ Covenant, a promise from the nation that those who serve or have served in the Armed Forces, and their families, are treated fairly.
Folkestone Town Council has always been an ‘Armed Forces Friendly’ organisation and actively promotes the Armed Forces and Cadets via a strong programme of civic and community events which evidences how they Respect and Remember. For example, annual services and events for Normandy D-Day, Armed Forces Day, Canada Day, VJ Day, Battle of Britain Day and Remembrance Day Services. The Council has therefore received a bronze award from the Armed Forces’ Covenant Employer Recognition Scheme (ERS) in acknowledgement of its support.
The Town Mayor of Folkestone, Councillor Martin Salmon, said “We are delighted to become part of the ever growing list of leading companies and organisations that have signed up to the Armed Forces’ Covenant, recognising the value that serving personnel (both Regular and Reservists), Veterans and military families contribute to our businesses, communities and country.”

Armed Forces’ Covenant and Employer Recognition Scheme
The South East Regional Employer Engagement Director for the Ministry of Defence, Captain Jonathan Darrington-Slegg, said “Signing the Armed Forces Covenant has provided an opportunity to establish a solid relationship between Folkestone Town Council and the Armed Forces Community. Co-signing the Covenant with the Royal Gurkha Rifles and representatives from the Local Cadet Forces has provided an opportunity to create local links with the regionally based Armed Forces Units.
The official signing of the Covenant took place at a Full Council meeting in the newly
refurbished Council Chamber on the first floor of the Town Hall on Thursday 16th March 2017 at 19:00 hrs. The Covenant was signed by Lt Chris Boote from 2nd Battalion of the Royal Gurkha Rifles, Sub Lt Adam Smith from the Sea Cadets Corps, Capt Kishore Gurung from the Army Cadet Force, Flt Lt Mike Essex from the Air Training Corps, the Town Mayor of Folkestone and the Town Clerk, Mrs Jennifer Childs.

Chichester College pledges to support Armed Forces


Chichester College has committed to supporting Armed Forces personnel and their families.

At a ceremony at the college’s Brinsbury campus on Friday (17 March), college Principal Shelagh Legrave OBE signed the Armed Forces Covenant alongside Lieutenant Colonel Andy Betts, Commander of the Princess of Wales’ Royal Regiment, and Brendan Williams, Chief Executive of military charity Building Heroes.

The covenant represents a promise by the nation that those who serve or have served – and their families – are treated fairly.

In signing up, the college demonstrates that it recognises the value of serving personnel, veterans, reservists and military families and has vowed to be Armed Forces-friendly. That involves everything from helping veterans – of all ages – gain education and training as well as employment to supporting staff who are reservists.

The college currently works closely with the Armed Forces in a number of ways, including running an Army cadet group at the Chichester campus.

It also works with Building Heroes, an Armed Forces charity based in West Sussex, to provide training for military veterans – helping them to pursue new careers in the construction industry.

Shelagh, who herself served in the Army, said: “We are proud to sign the covenant and to strengthen the relationship we already have with the Armed Forces. It is extremely important to me, and to the college, that our veterans have the opportunity to get the education and support they need to gain a career after they have left the military. Through our Public Services courses, we are helping young people start their journey into the services. We also actively support our staff to serve as reservists, working with them to enable them to attend training camps and spend time on detachment. We owe a lot to our military and it is our honour to champion our servicemen and women – past, present and future.”

RAF confirms red skies over Scampton

The skies above RAF Scampton will be coloured red this September as the legendary Red Arrows are named among the first display aircraft to confirm participation at the inaugural Scampton Airshow, in Lincolnshire.

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Reinforcing its commitment to the new airshow, the Royal Air Force has announced that the nine BAE Systems Hawk T1/T1A jets, which comprise the world-famous Red Arrows, will be a prominent feature at the Scampton Airshow, alongside flying displays from some of the Service’s most dynamic and iconic aircraft.


Spectators will be treated to the trademark combination of close formation and precision flying from the world’s premier aerobatic display team as they will be performing over their home turf under the leadership of Sqn Ldr David Montenegro.


Paul Sall, Airshow Director, said: “We are thrilled to announce the Reds as the first aircraft in what I’m sure will be a great line-up for the debut Scampton Airshow – there really could be no one else to kick it off.

“With almost 5,000 displays under their belt and a very successful tour of the far East and China late last year, the Red Arrows demonstrate the best of British, and the excellence and capabilities of the Royal Air Force. We have had the privilege to see them train during the winter months at the base and are sure that they will leave visitors to the airshow exhilarated.”

Joining the flying display line-up will be leading multi-role combat aircraft, the RAF Typhoon FGR.4. Displayed by Flt Lt Ryan Lawton of 29(R) Sqn, the Typhoon, from RAF Coningsby, is capable of being deployed in the full spectrum of air operations, and is set to thrill spectators with its incredible agility and power.


As it celebrates its 60th anniversary, the RAF’s Battle of Britain Memorial Flight, will display five of its most famous and successful WW2 aircraft. Crucial to the Dambusters raid, spectators will be able to enjoy the evocative sight and sound of the Lancaster bomber, as well as that of four BBMF Spitfires.


The RAF Falcons Parachute Display Team have also confirmed they will be joining the Scampton Airshow line-up with a jaw-dropping free fall performance. The Falcons, fronted by Officer Commanding Flight Lieutenant Simon Owen, are one of the world’s leading free fall display teams. Their exciting demonstration, which includes advanced manoeuvres, canopy skills and falling at speeds up to 120mph, promises to be a highlight for thrill-seeking onlookers.

Paul Sall continued: “When discussions were in progress surrounding the RAF’s commitment to a new airshow, it was agreed that RAF Scampton was the ideal place to host it. Not only does the station hold so much history as the base of the legendary 617 ‘Dambusters’ Squadron and the venerable Vulcan, but there is also a huge appetite for an airshow in Lincolnshire. Through the BBMF and various ground displays we’ll be looking to reflect this county’s rich aviation heritage.


“It’s great to see that the RAF is continuing to show its full commitment to the airshow, and we look forward to announcing the static aircraft will be added to the line-up in due course. The RAF confirmations are just a taste of what’s to come so we really hope everyone will get behind this exciting new event.”


The Scampton Airshow, staged in support of the RAF Charitable Trust, will take place from 9-10 September at RAF Scampton. Visitors to the show will witness an impressive five-hour flying display, complemented by an array of entertainment on the ground, from a nostalgic Vintage Village through to interactive and engaging STEM exhibits in the Techno Zone.

Under 16s are free to attend with a ticket holding adult. To find out more about the Scampton Airshow, or to buy your tickets, please visit

Ski-Mountaineering World Championships


Captain Tania Noakes, the Unit Adventurous Training Officer for Oxford UOTC, has recently competed at the Ski-Mountaineering world championships as part of the Great British ladies team. The championships were held in Alpago-Piancavallo Italy from 23February to the 4th March 2017.

Athletes from 25 Nations took part in the championships which included 5 races. An individual race, team race in squads of two, sprint race, vertical race and a relay race. Captain Noakes is part of the Army ski mountaineering team who are striving to promote opportunities and wider participation of Service personnel in this exciting and challenging new sport.

This was her first time racing at the world championship level and the competition from the much larger squads from the Alpine nations was at an inspiring and fiercely competitive level.

In the individual Tania managed to place first GB female and partnered with Ursula Moore in the team race came 11th female team.

The Army will be running a ski-mountaineering race training camp next winter season 2017-18 to help equip budding Army ski-mo racers with the essential skills to take part competitively in this challenging and exciting new sport. 

Exercise Snow Eagle


Me straddling Austria and Germany after ski touring up to 1844 metres above sea level 

My name is Paul Doodson and I am currently a LAC Logs (MTD), Reserve with 501 Squadron RAuxAF.  I recently attended Ex SNOW EAGLE adventurous training exercise in Bavaria, Germany.

This year was my first experience of the Eagle scheme and it was an absolutely brilliant time that was had by all.  I and 6 other members of my Squadron joined 60+ Regular members of the RAF, all of us at different skill levels, so all getting something different from the experience.

On Ex SNOW EAGLE there are 3 different basic levels of training – Ski Foundation (SF) 1, 2 and 3:

  1. This level is for people who have never skied before. By the end of the week each person will be at a level where they can confidently stop, turn, control speed and ultimately tackle basic blue runs, more challenging red runs, and occasionally a black run.


  1. Once you have completed SF1 or have skied before and have a good competent level of ability, this group hone their skills on the slopes, advance to black runs ‘as a standard’ and prepare to advance to the next group.


  1. For the advanced skier, this group spends a lot of time skiing off piste, ski touring, undertaking avalanche training and rescue. This group gets prepared to go onto the next course which is a whole new package of training which is Ski Leadership 1, 2 and 3.

Every person I spoke to in each of these groups thoroughly enjoyed every aspect of the week and all got a massive sense of achievement from their week’s work. This week was very enjoyable but don’t be fooled into thinking it is a free ski trip. Personally I was in the SF3 group and this was very physically demanding, from skiing off piste, digging in deep snow for avalanche search and rescue and most demanding was ski touring. This involves putting skins onto the bottom of the skis, detaching the heel part of your ski binding and then basically walking up the mountain. The payoff for this though is amazing views not available from the top of a ski lift and then, of course, the off piste trip back down creating fresh tracks of your own!

SNOW EAGLE is one of many different schemes that are run as adventure training; there is also mountain biking, canoeing and mountaineering. It is well worth looking on the MOSS website to find out more.