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Coalville Air Cadets attend Annual Camp at RAF Odiham

Article posted: Jul 23, 2013 by Flt Lt Rayson-Flynn

Cadets, staff and Cadet Jofli Bear have all attended annual camp at RAF Odiham, the home of the Chinook helicopter.

Five cadets from 1188 (Coalville) Squadron along with Flying Officer Rebekah Harrison, and Cadet Jofli bear all went to camp at RAF Odiham last week.

The cadets took part in lots of activities including powered gliding, a visit to Portsmouth Docks, a night exercise, sports, swimming, go karting and section visits to several of the units based at RAF Odiham.

Sgt Robinson and Cadet Huddlestone inside a military fire engine

The camp also included a flight in a Chinook helicopter for every single person on camp including Cdt Jofli bear. The cadets flew with 18 Squadron. The first cadets to be flown were flown by Flight Lieutenant Chris Gordon. The following day he was being awarded his Distinguished Flying Cross by the Queen. He was awarded his DFC for evacuating 30 comrades amid a Taliban ambush, while coming under heavy fire in his Chinook helicopter, in the Nahri Saraj district of Helmand province in August 2012.

cadets boarding their Chinook Helicopter

Flying Officer Harrison said, “The flight was incredible, the helicopter is very agile and the view from the open back door was impressive. I have a new admiration for the aircraft now I understand how well equipped it is for operations in Afghanistan.”
Cadet Benjamin from 1188 Sqn was awarded Best Cadet of the camp, she received a glass tankard engrave with RAF Odiham’s crest. It was presented to her by Flight Lieutenant Bissell, the camp commandant.
Cadet Benjamin said “This is my best camp so far”.

Fg Off R Harrison RAFVR (T)
Squadron MCO