A little over a week ago, a Cadet from Dorset and Wiltshire Wing attended the Gold Cyber Course at No. 1 Radio School, RAF Cosford. Cdt Dymond of 1304 (Chippenham) Sqn went on the second of the two courses this summer, from 12th–19th August.
After arriving on Saturday 12th, we settled into our accommodation and socialised for the rest of the day. During Sunday morning, we learnt about some basic networking. This included having to wire up two computers so that they could talk to each other. During the afternoon, we all visited the RAF Museum nearby. Monday and Tuesday followed with a lot of theory, including the laws relating to hacking and the dangers of social media. Wednesday and Thursday were more practical. It was during both these days that we actually did some hacking. On Friday, we finished off the teaching and took the final exam, with all of the 10 cadets passing. Later, we also were taught the Bronze Cyber syllabus so that we could all be qualified to teach it. We were presented with our badges and certificates by the Regional Commandant of Wales and West Region.
The Gold Cyber Course is the most relaxed course I’ve ever been on. It’s not only eye-opening and informative but also very interesting and fun. There was a good mixture of talks, group research, and practical exercises. I would definitely recommend this course to other cadets interested in cyber security.
A fundraising campaign has been launched by Dorchester Squadron to support their plan to purchase Leadership and Teamwork resources and staff training. “The training resources will enable the staff to deliver proven leadership and teamwork sessions to help develop our cadets.” said the Commanding Officer, Flt Lt Perry Donnelly. “Leadership and teamwork skills are at the heart of a lot of what we do as an organisation. We are looking forward to developing this aspect of training when we have the resources in place and the staff are trained to optimise their use.”
The Squadron has set up a Just Giving Campaign Page and so hopefully it won’t be too long before we can get the resources in place.
Congratulations to FS Davis who completed the week long SNCO Drill Instructors course (SSIDC) at RAF Cranwell and is now another qualified Drill Instructor for the Dorset and Wilts Wing. Good Luck FS Davis!
On the 1st April 2017, myself, Corporal Rabone and Cadet Williams went to VGS Upavon to partake in a cadet Blue Wings Course. The day started with familiarisation briefings and we were then split into two groups. My group went into the Gliding Simulator first where we learnt the glider controls and dials and how to use them. Whilst we waited we watched Top Gun and socialised. Then the groups swapped after lunch, my group went to visit Lord Trenchard’s Office – where he sat 100 years ago that day and formed the RAF! We got a tour around his building and then returned to the VGS for team building and leadership exercises. After everyone finished, we were presented with our new badges!
The Simulator – Experiencing how to do the basics of gliding e.g. roll left/right; pitch up/down; bank left/right was the same concept as flying in the Grob Tutor so what I learnt was the different controls that the glider had and it was interesting how the glider works compared to the Grob Tutor. It was very different and it was very useful learning about it.
Leadership Exercises – Doing the leadership exercises was interesting. Working out a task with other people was challenging but it comes with a lot of fun and laughs as well. It makes you think to speak up and give ideas of how to possibly carry out the task in hand. On the way of doing the leadership exercises the staff add in rules to change how the team operate or how your allowed to carry out the task. It was fun and an active part of the day.
The Blue Wings course was a fabulous day in which we ventured into Lord Trenchard’s office. This office was in fact where he signed the papers to make the RAF. The day we went was 99 years since the RAF was formed. Inside his office, was his desk and some uniform he used to wear. Everything from pencils to curtains were still there looking as vintage as ever! There was also the very same typewriter that he used. This visit was very inspiring and I enjoyed every minute.
By Cadet Williams, Corporal Rabone and Sergeant Green
Cadet Corporal Phoebe Parker of 1244 (Swindon & District) Squadron RAF Air Cadets has achieved academic success by being awarded a BTEC in Teamwork and Personal Development in the Community.
Cdt Cpl Parker has worked on studying towards the BTEC by completing a syllabus of training which included learning about public service, careers and voluntary work as well as completing practical work on navigating using a map and compass and physical activity.
Cdt Cpl Parker is one of several cadets on the unit currently undertaking the award. The unit’s Commanding Officer Flight Lieutenant Ian Kent commented on the achievement by saying:
“Cdt Cpl Parker is a very dedicated and hardworking cadet and has put a lot of effort in to her BTEC studies as with all of her Cadet training. She has demonstrated determination and commitment over recent months to succeed and all at 1244 Sqn are extremely proud of her.”
The BTEC is one of several the Royal Air Force Air Cadets offer their members which include music and leadership and are available to the cadets as well as the adult volunteers.
During August 2016 Cdt Jones went on a week-long course to achieve his Civilian Gliding Wings at Aston Down Gliding Club. Cdt Jones said “I am pleased to be the first to get these Wings but it didn’t come without it hard work”.
The weeklong course for Cdt Jones consisted of flying every day, consolidating his previous knowledge, which aided him in his course, and the expanding it on how to deal with launch failures and spins. During his course he had the opportunity to fly with an ex-vampire pilot, which he said was a great experience. But his overall high point of the course was being able to fly solo for the first time.
Completing the course Cdt Jones feels that would he has grown in confidence and has also helped him deal with stressful situation better and with exams coming up this would become useful. Also this has got him one step closer to his dream of becoming a VGS Staff Cadet.
Cdt Jones would like to thank The Caroline Trust for the generous grant of £250 towards his course.
The RAF will reach its centenary on 1 April 2018. As part of the activities that will surround this, a new website is to be launched later this year. The site can be found at raf.mod.uk/raf100/ and you can also sign up to receive the RAF100 newsletter to keep up to date with what will be happening. Royal Air Forces Air Cadets will be involved in events including some at MOD Boscombe Down.
On Thursday 27th October, 2016, Cadet Warrant Officer George Timms, of 2182 (Dorchester) Squadron Air Training Corps, assisted the Lord-Lieutenant of Dorset, Mr Angus Campbell Esq, during the visit of Her Majesty The Queen, The Duke of Edinburgh, the Prince of Wales, Duke of Cornwall, and the Duchess of Cornwall as they visited Poundbury, Dorchester, to unveil the statue of Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother on Queen Mother Square.
The Lord-Lieutenant received the Royal Party at Dorchester South Train Station soon after 11:00AM on Thursday where Her Majesty greeted dignitaries, including Mayor of Dorchester Tim Harries, and two Lord-Lieutenant’s Cadets for Dorset; including CWO George Timms.