Staff and cadets from 1359 (Beeston) Squadron have recently paid a visit to two locations with an American theme. Their first stop was at the American Cemetery and Memorial Site at Madingley near Cambridge. The cemetery contains the remains of 3812 US servicemen and the names of 5127 men and women whose remains have not been located. The visit enabled the cadets to gain an understanding, and to see at first hand, the sacrifices made by others in defence of their freedom. Following a walk around the cemetery they paused to pay their respects as they left.
The next stop was a tour around RAF Lakenheath in Suffolk, home the F-15 Eagles of the 48 Fighter Wing. The tour started with a demonstration by the base fire and rescue team and then a display by the bird control team. This consists of a selection of birds of prey; Eagle Owl, Peregrine and Harris Hawk amongst them, that are used to keep the runway at Lakenheath clear of birds to ensure the safety of the aircraft and pilots. The final part of the visit was to the load training hangar where ground crews are trained in loading various weapons and external stores onto the F-15 aircraft. The cadets were allowed to have a full look round the aircraft at close quarters, an exciting opportunity for many of them that had never been that close to an operational fast jet before.
1359 are currently recruiting. If you are aged between 13 and 17 and are interested in joining the cadets 1359 are holding an open evening on Tuesday 8th October at their building at the TA Centre on Broadgate in Beeston. Running between 7pm and 9pm the evening will give potential recruits the opportunity to see what the cadets have to offer young people. For more information visit www.1359squadron.com.
CI Mike Hill
Media and Communications Officer
1359 (Beeston) Squadron
South and East Midlands Wing
Royal Air Force Air Cadets