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First Class, for First Class Cadets…

Article posted: Jun 28, 2011 by Sqn Ldr Pass

It was presentation time at 2071 (Stamford) Sqn on Wednesday 22 June 2011. Cadets Fisher, Flowers, Evans & Horder all graduated as First Class Cadets after four months of training in the Squadron’s Training Flight.

The four joined the Squadron at the beginning of the year and very soon became involved in activities such as flying, shooting, archery and adventure training. They have spent hours learning about the history of the Royal Air Force, the Air Training Corps, Airfields, Map Reading and other core subjects that they are assessed on.

In February this year, the staff team at 2071 organised an adventure training weekend at the ‘Charlie South’ complex at RAF Wittering where the group completed the Initial Expedition Training section and additional skills including Heartstart, first aid and leadership. During the weekend an opportunity arose for the cadets to be given a first-hand look at the airfield and its layout, which greatly assisted when it came to the final assessment.

Sgt (ATC) Mark Blackshaw the Squadron Training Officer said “On assessing the four students I quickly established that they were very keen and that they had retained quite a considerable amount of knowledge. It was encouraging to see that our training programme was working and even more pleasing when I was able to award one cadet a distinction.”

CI Paul Ferguson who was responsible for Training Flight commented “All of the team here at 2071 are very proud of the achievements of the four recruits. They quickly integrated, adapted and bonded when it came to the challenges they were faced with. This was my first ever intake and I wish them all my congratulations on achieving some great results. I urge them now to take advantage of the BTEC awards that are available and to concentrate on their next qualification which is their Leading Cadet badge, the training does not stop here”.

By CI Paul Ferguson
2071 Sqn Adjutant