On Thursday 7 July, 966 (Wallingford) Sqn Sector Commander, Flt Lt Breward, assessed a lesson presented by Cpl Evans to five cadets as the final part of her Method of Instruction course. The lesson was based upon the Maintenance section of ACP 34/3 (Aircraft Handling). Following the lesson both Cpl Evans and the attending cadets were debriefed by Flt Lt Breward. A member of the class, Cdt Allen, thought ‘the lesson had been well presented and was easy for everyone to understand.’ Following a further interview with Cpl Evans, Flt Lt Breward concluded that she had satisfactorily passed the final part of the Instructor course and was entitled to wear the yellow lanyard. Cpl Evans is the first cadet from 966 (Wallingford) Sqn to be awarded the Instructor yellow
On the 25th June, 6 Cadets from 966 Sqn manned a stand at Armed Forces Day which was held in Wallingford Town Centre.
The main event was a ceremony unveiling a new plaque on the town hall marking the award of the freedom of the town to The Rifles. This was carried out by the Mayor of Wallingford, Colin Dalton, and the honorary colonel of the regiment, Brigadier Nigel Mogg.
At 11:00 there was a fly past by a Puma and Merlin helicopters. The Puma from 230 Sqn, RAF Benson then landed in the Kinecroft. The air cadets were asked to help secure the area for its landing and later departure. During the afternoon a number of cadets had a chance to sit in the cockpit of the helicopter
On 14 May 2011, FS Ewers and Cpl Evans were the first 966 Sqn cadets to attend the new Method of Instruction Course at Wing Headquarters. At the CO’s discretion, this course is open to cadets who have satisfactorily completed the Master Air Cadet syllabus and wish to proceed to Instructor level.
The course lasts one day and consists of a number of topics such as: instructor qualities, the training cycle, the structure and plan of a lesson, aims and objectives, etc, after which the cadet has to deliver a 5-10 minute presentation of their own. The object of the presentation is to test how confident the cadet is in front of other people, their bearing and how well they involve members of the class in the lesson.
A number of cadets attended the Royal British Legion Awards on Thursday 26 May. Having been thoroughly grilled by members of the RBL a few weeks previously, FS Ewers and Cpl Godfrey were aware that they were contenders for Cadet of the Year. In the end, because of the high standard, the judges couldn’t decide who should get the Cadet of the Year award, so it was presented jointly to FS Ewers and Cpl Godfrey for services to the community and 966 Squadron. Various other awards were presented to members of the Legion and the Army Cadet Force. Congratulations to both for an outstanding performance!
Following the awards there were two presentations by Flt Lts from RAF Benson. The
On the afternoon of Saturday 13th November, a number of cadets from 966 Wallingford Squardon participated in the Britsh Legion Poppy Appeal by selling Poppies. We were located in groups around Wallingford and in the Waitrose supermarket. We changed positions regulary to give those outside in the cold a chance to warm up indoors! We had a large number of people buying poppies so overall it was a very successful day.
966 Air Cadets managed to raise £453.61 for the Royal British Legion.
At the beginning of October, 7 Air Cadets from 966 (Wallingford) Squadron took on the challenge of completing their silver DofE practice expedition on Dartmoor National Park. We were camping there for 2 nights and 3 days. We tackled a lot of windy and uneven terrain and even had a bit of sunshine for a short period! We walked for 27 miles over the moor and along the way encountered cows, sheep and horses. We used our map reading skills to help us stay on course and to walk the distance we were aiming for. As well as map reading, we were cooking our own meals on gas stoves. This was good fun and of course we got to taste our own cooking – which surprisingly was quite yummy. The
Camps with the Air Cadets are always worth attending. Cpl Thompson and Cdt Evans went on a Summer Camp to RAF High Wycombe with various other Squadron for a week. They wrote a brief report on their experiences:
We met more friends and tried out new activities. We participated in a low ropes course which was challenging and we went canoeing and some of us even ended up capsizing in the boats, which was great fun. We practiced drill most evenings in preparation for a drill competition, which at the same time improved our personal drill.
Cpl Thompson said- “It was awesome, I made loads of new friends and really enjoyed myself”.
Overall, this year’s annual Summer Camp was a great success.