During a recent parade night, cadets from 1188 (Coalville) Squadron Air Training Corps had the chance to meet three members of 504 Sqn Royal Auxillary Air Force based at RAF Cottesmore.
Cadets learnt about the two different parts of the squadron – Force Protection and RAF Regiment. Force Protection is unique to the RAF Reserve units (RAuxAF). It has no Regular RAF equivalent. Personnel are trained in the following: command post signals; control of entry (guards and sentries); personnel, vehicle and area search techniques; on-base security patrolling; on-base Combined Incident Team (CIT) techniques; and Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear (CBRN) specialist roles.
RAF Regiment Squadrons are mobile, heavily armed, specialised infantry units trained and organised to provide active protection of RAF assets. They are versatile and able to counter the whole range of ground-based threats to the RAF’s Deployed Operating Bases
After the presentation there was an opportunity to look at some of the equipment used by the squadron even the weapons.
Cadets from 1188 (Coalville) sqn with members of 504 Sqn, in the centre Flight Lieutenant Andy Ham, Adjutant 504 Sqn RAuxAF
Flying Officer Rebekah Harrison RAF VR (T) said,” It was a really good opportunity for the cadets to meet reserve members of the forces and see how they contribute to the armed forces and hear about their experiences serving abroad.”