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For our #ThursdayThrowback this week, we're taking a different spin on things...

CWO Paige Eaves from 121 (Nuneaton) Squadron ATC has recently done some research surrounding the ATC, particularly changes that occurred in the ATC during the month of August. One prominent thing stood out to her: the adoption of a new badge and motto in August 1941. The badge, as we know it today, represented the formal establishment of the ATC by Royal Warrant, having succeeded the Air Defence Cadet Corps (ADCC).

She states: "Whilst all RAFAC personnel parade under the same motto ‘Venture Adventure’, it can be interpreted differently amongst cadets and staff alike. Not only is our motto reflected in our activities, it can also motivate cadets to retain a positive mindset in their personal lives.

With that in mind, I decided to reach out to a few of my NCO’s, and gain an insight into what our badge and motto means to them. I’m an avid promoter of the cadets, particularly from their perspectives. I know that in normal circumstances, going to cadets twice a week can be a welcomed break for some, in terms of taking time away from school/work/home life etc, and I’ve felt that during lockdown some of my cadets/NCO’s have been lacking some motivation being away from the squadron. I’ve created this video in the hopes of not only retaining engagement, whilst injecting some history, but encouraging them to reflect back on why they’re in the cadets and what it means to them personally."

A fantastic and worthwile project indeed! Check out the video below.

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⚠️ Four Stage Approach: Return to Activities ⚠️

Many thanks to our Regional colleagues over in Trent Wing Air Cadets for putting together this fantastic document. After this week's announcement from HQRAFAC that face-to-face activities could now resume in England, there have been a lot of questions about when this will actually be. We can't wait to open our squadron doors again, but there's protocol and paperwork to follow first. Trent Wing have summarised this superbly, and you can read the process here:

1️⃣ The first stage of the process is to get all the staff and staff cadets up to speed with various training packages to make sure we are operating correctly, have the relevant knowledge and are in date with mandatory training requirements.

2️⃣ The second stage focuses around making sure our buildings and premises are fit for use, have been checked, with relevant tests carried out on things like the water supply. This stage requires our external partners involvement and with the RFCA taking the lead. This is to make sure that after a few months of not being used, the buildings are both safe to be inhabited and can be cleaned appropriately.

3️⃣ The third stage is to make sure we are ready to return to our buildings and have plans and procedures in place to ensure we can comply with the current guidelines around COVID 19. Risk Assessments need to be conducted and completed, with various different items on the checklist that need to be looked at and mapped out so each unit can receive approval to reopen. This will include things like sanitizing stations, cleaning schedules and signage, similar to those in shops and other locations.

4️⃣ Once the first 3 stages are complete, we can move onto stage 4, the one you have been waiting for! The final stage is to re-start face to face activities, which will most likely be a phased return, based on the level of risk and the ability to comply with the current Guidelines at the time. Of course these are subject to change as we move forward. The process can only move as quickly as activities begin to be authorised and different aspects of each element of training are checked, approved against what we can do and what is deemed appropriate by the Regional Commandant.

The great news is that ball is now rolling to get us back parading - there is finally a light at the end of the tunnel! After standing down in March it will feel like it's been an incredibly long road with no end in sight, and we are so proud of all of the staff and cadets who have continued to persevere during these unprecedented times. Keep your eyes peeled for more information, and in the mean time, stay safe and look forward to getting back to face-to-face activities.

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⚠️ Four Stage Approach: Return to Activities ⚠️

Many thanks to our Regional colleagues over in Trent Wing Air Cadets for putting together this fantastic document. After this weeks announcement from HQRAFAC that face-to-face activities could now resume in England, there have been a lot of questions about when this will actually be. We cant wait to open our squadron doors again, but theres protocol and paperwork to follow first. Trent Wing have summarised this superbly, and you can read the process here:

1️⃣ The first stage of the process is to get all the staff and staff cadets up to speed with various training packages to make sure we are operating correctly, have the relevant knowledge and are in date with mandatory training requirements.

2️⃣ The second stage focuses around making sure our buildings and premises are fit for use, have been checked, with relevant tests carried out on things like the water supply. This stage requires our external partners involvement and with the RFCA taking the lead. This is to make sure that after a few months of not being used, the buildings are both safe to be inhabited and can be cleaned appropriately.

3️⃣ The third stage is to make sure we are ready to return to our buildings and have plans and procedures in place to ensure we can comply with the current guidelines around COVID 19. Risk Assessments need to be conducted and completed, with various different items on the checklist that need to be looked at and mapped out so each unit can receive approval to reopen. This will include things like sanitizing stations, cleaning schedules and signage, similar to those in shops and other locations.

4️⃣ Once the first 3 stages are complete, we can move onto stage 4, the one you have been waiting for! The final stage is to re-start face to face activities, which will most likely be a phased return, based on the level of risk and the ability to comply with the current Guidelines at the time. Of course these are subject to change as we move forward. The process can only move as quickly as activities begin to be authorised and different aspects of each element of training are checked, approved against what we can do and what is deemed appropriate by the Regional Commandant.

The great news is that ball is now rolling to get us back parading - there is finally a light at the end of the tunnel! After standing down in March it will feel like its been an incredibly long road with no end in sight, and we are so proud of all of the staff and cadets who have continued to persevere during these unprecedented times. Keep your eyes peeled for more information, and in the mean time, stay safe and look forward to getting back to face-to-face activities.

Central & East Region Air Cadets
West Midland RFCA

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With VJ Day fast approaching on the 15th of August, what will you be doing to commemorate those who served in WW2? Here in Warwickshire and Birmingham Wing, we've decided to take part in Dan Snow's VJ Day Challenge.

You can find out more about the challenge here:
ve-vjday75.gov.uk/dan-snows-vj-day-challenge/

Feel free to submit your entries to the website, but MAKE SURE to send them to the Wing Media Comms Officer by Thursday 13th August.

Looking forward to seeing your entries!

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We've all heard of VE Day, but VJ Day sometimes slips under the radar. So what is it?

VJ Day, also known as Victory over Japan Day, is the day on which Imperial Japan surrendered in World War II, in effect bringing the war to an end.

This year recognises the 75th anniversary of VJ day, and you've probably got lots of questions. What is VJ Day? How can I commemorate it? How were the RAF involved?

There are lots of great resources out there provided by organisations such as the Imperial War Museum and Royal British Legion, so see what you can find. As for how to commemorate, keep your eyes out for our next post...

In the mean time, why not take a look at Prue Leith's muscovado flapjack recipe, provided by the official VJ Day website? If you try them out then make sure to show us your baking successes (or failures)!

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❗Please wait to hear from your squadrons in due course.💫UPDATE💫

RAF Air Cadets personnel in ENGLAND are now authorised by the Ministry of Defence (MoD) to undertake face-to-face air cadet activity in accordance with the guidelines in the Return to Squadron Parades How to Guide (latest V4.1) and the Return to Face to Face Training How to Guide (latest V1.0) which are available on BADER along with a more detailed announcement for staff.

This is exciting news but it doesn’t mean that air cadets units will be re-opening this week - each Regional Commandant will now be liaising with staff to decide what activities are the most appropriate to start with which may be outdoors and when squadrons will be safe to re-open. A lot of work will now need to be done behind the scenes - but you will be updated in due course by your squadron with the potential dates for re-commencing face to face activity.

We do not yet have the same authority to recommence activities in Wales, Scotland or Northern Ireland although we are working towards it.
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❗Please wait to hear from your squadrons in due course.

If your SSIC or OIC got cancelled this year due to Covid-19, have a look at theee handy 'How To' guides before heading off to RAF Cranwell! ... See MoreSee Less

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Make sure to get your name down for this VPN on Cadet Portal!Joining us as a Guest Speaker on the 10th August at 1900hours is Warrant Officer Cotman.

She is 22 Group Command Warrant Officer & RAF Deputy Gender Advocate.

If you are interested in joining us please ask your Squadron Staff.

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Cdt Josh Phillips of 495 (Sutton Coldfield) Squadron has been out once again with his camera, this time to the Shuttleworth Drive-In Airshow. This was a particulary poignant airshow for him to visit, as the squadron has close ties with the Shuttleworth Collection.

Check out his images in the clip here, he got some great shots! Thanks for the submissions.

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#MotivationMonday

On today's Motivation Monday, we need to remember to be kind to ourselves.

As many of us get closer to returning to school, work and cadets, we might be feeling the pressure and putting ourselves under strain.

There's a lot going on in the world right now and if there's a lot going on in your life, make sure to take some time out, look after and be kind to yourself!

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#MotivationMonday

On todays Motivation Monday, we need to remember to be kind to ourselves.

As many of us get closer to returning to school, work and cadets, we might be feeling the pressure and putting ourselves under strain.

Theres a lot going on in the world right now and if theres a lot going on in your life, make sure to take some time out, look after and be kind to yourself!

Central & East Region Air Cadets
West Midland RFCA

💻 We're having an update!

Our Wing website is gaining lots of new and exciting content, in order to make it the one stop shop for prospective staff and cadets. Our 'What We Do' page will now be featuring some new sub-sites, including Road Marching, Camps and Drill & Ceremonial in order to showcase to those outside of the organisation the wide range of activities that we undertake.

Keep your eyes peeled for updates! In the mean time, are you a staff member or cadet interested in helping with website content? Why not get in touch with the Wing MCO?

Similarly, if you're not following us on Instagram, give us a follow for even more Warwickshire and Birmingham Wing updates!

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💻 Were having an update!

Our Wing website is gaining lots of new and exciting content, in order to make it the one stop shop for prospective staff and cadets. Our What We Do page will now be featuring some new sub-sites, including Road Marching, Camps and Drill & Ceremonial in order to showcase to those outside of the organisation the wide range of activities that we undertake.

Keep your eyes peeled for updates! In the mean time, are you a staff member or cadet interested in helping with website content? Why not get in touch with the Wing MCO?

Similarly, if youre not following us on Instagram, give us a follow for even more Warwickshire and Birmingham Wing updates!

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This week's Saturday Spotlight focuses on 29F - Rugby Squadron Air Cadets...

Notice anything different about this video? Think it's absolutely superb? Well, this fantastic piece of media work is all thanks to Cdt Alam and Cdt French, who stepped up to the plate to create this week's video as part of the Wing Media Team. It's true what they say... Media cadets are the best cadets! 🙂

Enjoying the music whilst you watch? The music in the background was put together by Cdt Hannant, Cdt Williams and Cdt Walker, who put together this cover of "Live Forever" by Oasis for WFD last year. A stellar effort that really shows the musical talent at 29F - well done guys!

29F have been up to lots of different activities during lockdown including guest speaker VPNs, STEM challenges, First Aid, sport... The list goes on! Cadets have passed qualifications, been promoted and taken part in some fantastic fitness challenges, so well done to all!

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And today should have been Endex for SENTA 20. Some more pics from the exercise phase of SENTA 19. SENTA 21 is already booked but remember you can still complete Basic and Intermediate Fieldcraft during Wg Green weekends!

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The understanding of space has become an incredibly important topic for the RAF and has been working its way into our RAFAC syllabuses.

If space peaks your interest, then the Perserverance rover is being launched today! Good luck to all involved 🤞
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Happy International Friendship Day!

Have you been lucky enough to make friends from different countries? There are plenty of opportunities to do this in the RAF Air Cadets, where you can meet lots of like minded individuals on overseas camps!
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Happy International Friendship Day!

Have you been lucky enough to make friends from different countries? There are plenty of opportunities to do this in the RAF Air Cadets, where you can meet lots of like minded individuals on overseas camps!Image attachment