On Saturday 10th March cadets from 2071 (Stamford) Squadron, South & East Midlands Wing and 115 (Peterborough) Squadron, Bedfordshire & Cambridgeshire Wing enjoyed a day of learning together.
In a pooling of staff skills 25 Cadets took part in the training day. The subjects on offer were Banner Drill and No8 Weapon Handling.
The cadets taking their first steps into banner drill were taught by Sgt ATC Rob King from 2484DF (Cambourne) and Sgt ATC Kevin Foxcroft from 115 (Peterborough) Squadron. The cadets learned how to Parade their Squadron banner properly around a parade square in preparation for this year’s banner drill competition which will be held at the respective Wing Field Day competitions. At the start of the day most of the Cadets were a little nervous but after the training session they were parading with the banner as if they had been doing it for years. SAC Liam Jones, one of 2071’s Service Helpers and this year’s team manager said: “I’m really pleased with the progress we made today, we have some more practice sessions before competition day so I’m hopeful we’ll be able to put out a good performance on competition day.”
Meanwhile Flt Lt Helen Gibson RAFVR (T) OC 2071 (Stamford) Squadron and Flt Lt Stephen Dalton RAFVR (T) OC 115 (Peterborough) Squadron carried out training and testing with cadets on the No8 Rifle. Happily all of the cadets taking part in this training passed their Weapons Handling Tests and both OCs are looking forward to planning a range day together where these cadets will be able to put the skills they learned into practice, hopefully resulting in marksmanship awards for the cadets.
Flt Lt Helen Gibson RAFVR (T) was also pleased with the days achievements: “We might be part of different wings but we are neighboring Squadrons and it’s great that we can share skills like this. Plans are already being formed for our next joint venture and I look forward to working with the staff and cadets of 115 (Peterborough) Squadron again.”
By CI Mark Cobley
2071 (Stamford) Squadron