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AIR CADETS & PARENTS: provisional dates for the RAF Youth & STEM Team Camps & Courses.
Please note these are not run by the Air Cadets - Cdts apply for them privately, not as members of the RAFAC.
We don't control these opportunities but will provide info when released.
Thanks!
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Congratulations, what an achievementCongratulations to LAC Georgia Sandover, 19, who is the first female RAF Regiment Gunner having successfully completed the 20-week course required to become a member of the RAF Regiment and graduates at RAF Honington today. ... See MoreSee Less

Congratulations, what an achievement

Meet the Volunteer
In the first of our meet the volunteer posts, let’s meet Flying Officer Emma Hart, Officer Commanding of 495 (Sutton Coldfield) Sqn. Emma joined the Air Training Corps in 2001 and stayed on until she hit the age of 20 when she became a cadet force adult volunteer (CFAV) in the rank of Sergeant. She moved from her initial Sqn, 165 (Castle Bromwich) Sqn to 2030 (Birmingham Airport) Sqn where she took the lead on the Duke of Edinburgh’s(DofE) award scheme. Further moves saw Emma move to 496 (Kenilworth and Balsall Common) Sqn where she took up the role as Adjutant, basically the second in command of the unit. In 2016, Emma again moved Sqn’s, this time to 495 Sqn where she took up a commissioned role and in 2018 Emma took command of the Sqn.
Flying Officer Hart said “I’ve had a wide and varied career in the Air Cadets which has so far lasted 19 years. The highlights of my volunteering have got to be the three weeks that I spent in South Africa, seeing the sun rise and a pack of zebras walking along the roadside. I have also attended Gold DofE award ceremonies at St James Palace, and I have made friendships that have lasted a lifetime across the United Kingdom”
We asked Emma why she volunteers for the Air Cadets, particularly as she has a busy job in the NHS? “I firstly wanted to give something back, somebody did it for me when I was a teenager and I wanted to carry on when I became 20. My family have all been involved in the cadets, from my Mom and Dad, to my brother, and my partner is also a volunteer in the Air Cadets, even our family pets are involved with the cadets! I also really enjoy shaping the next generation of teenagers. There is nothing better than seeing a shy 12 or 13-year-old who comes into the Sqn and we train them to become the next generation. Finally, I spend a lot of time with teenagers across our Wing in relation to the DofE award and getting a cadet to successfully complete their Gold award is immensely satisfying”.
Why not take a look at the pictures below which show just some of Emma's highlights in her career so far.
Many thanks to Flying Officer Emma Hart for the interview, watch out for further interviews shortly. If you would like to have a chat about volunteering with the Air cadets in the Warwickshire and Birmingham Wing, why not give the training officer, Sqn Ldr Simon Jennings a call on 07543 400105?
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Meet RAF Air Cadet volunteer Flight Sergeant Rob Stokes,
Officer Commanding 2192 (Appleby) Squadron Air Training Corps. Rob says: “I love volunteering for the RAF Air Cadets.
The biggest buzz I get is seeing a nervous cadet getting ready for their first ever flight and then the world’s biggest smile as they step out of the cockpit having done the flight. The RAF Air Cadets gives cadets new experiences and adventures and helps them to stretch themselves and get the sheer enjoyment of achieving.
“I have been a volunteer since 2014 and I joined as my son was a cadet and I have a military background having served in the Royal Engineers for 11 years. I was looking for something to do in my spare time and I have never looked back.”
If you want to Join Us ... see www.raf.mod.uk/aircadets/
We’re recruiting now!
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Concentrating on building the tallest free standing structure out of spaghetti and meatballs - Padre's Hour at 493 (Kings Heath & Moseley) Squadron.Concentrating on making the tallest free standing structure with marshmallows and spaghetti - Padre's Hour at 493. ... See MoreSee Less

Concentrating on building the tallest free standing structure out of spaghetti and meatballs - Padres Hour at 493 (Kings Heath & Moseley) Squadron.

2286 (Coventry Arden) Squadron is proud to announce the award of the Bronze Duke of Edinburgh Award to Cpl Loughran. Along with an expedition with Squadron, and volunteering with the RAFAC, Cdt Mobbs undertook creative writing for her skill, writing some interesting stories. Well done Cpl Loughran and onto Silver. Pic is Cpl Loughran demonstrating her archery skills. ... See MoreSee Less

2286 (Coventry Arden) Squadron is proud to announce the award of the Bronze Duke of Edinburgh Award to Cpl Loughran.  Along with an expedition with Squadron, and volunteering with the RAFAC, Cdt Mobbs undertook creative writing for her skill, writing some interesting stories.  Well done Cpl Loughran and onto Silver.  Pic is Cpl Loughran demonstrating her archery skills.
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Risk assessment and ELA Course
Region will be running a risk assessment and ELA tutor course for the Warwickshire and Birmingham Wing on 21st March at 2030 Sqn. The activity is now on SMS. Remember it is imperative that our Sqn's have qualified Risk assessment staff in place.
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Risk assessment and ELA Course
Region will be running a risk assessment and ELA tutor course for the Warwickshire and Birmingham Wing on 21st March at 2030 Sqn. The activity is now on SMS. Remember it is imperative that our Sqns have qualified Risk assessment staff in place.

Members of Team Central & East Region have bid a fond farewell to their Assistant Regional Commandant (ARC), Wing Commander Nathan Wilkes RAFAC.

The King of the Belgians, a hostelry with a long RAF Wyton association, was the venue for Nathan’s farewell luncheon. After five and a half years in post, Nathan is leaving for a career change.

After an excellent luncheon, the Region Commandant, Group Captain Nigel Gorman addressed those assembled and was fulsome in his praise for the work and enthusiasm of Nathan.

Nathan assumed the role as ARC at the age of 26 years, five and a half years ago and has been a driving force for the Region since the early days of his tenure. Nathan really showed his mettle with the planning and execution of the Regions significant input to 75th anniversary of the Air Training Corps.

Group Captain Nigel Gorman in his for brief speech said that Nathan “had made the job his, putting his stamp on the role and bringing to it his tireless enthusiasm”.

After the speech, the Group Captain presented Nathan with a wooden model of an English Electric Lightening from the members of the Region Team.

In reply, Nathan thanked the team for all their hard work and the unstinting support given to him.

Although leaving the Region as ARC and pursuing a new career path in the private education sector, Nathan will continue in the volunteer role as the Region’s Aviation Officer.
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Today No.1 Sector Cadets completed a foundation (blue) leadership course for 15 Cadets from each of the Squadrons in the Sector, held at 2030 (Birmingham Airport) Squadron. All successfully passed and were presented with their blue badges after a long but enjoyable day including the opportunity to meet other Cadets from the sector.
Special thanks to Plt Off Osbaldeston (2030), CWO Jeffries (487) and Cdt FS Shorten (194) for assisting as directing staff.
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Good morning all. Just to let you know that the Wing Website now has a new tab which links through to the Region website to enable people to look at our Sqn locations. There a few changes that need to be made in terms of Sqn names etc, these will be done over the next week. ... See MoreSee Less

Good morning all. Just to let you know that the Wing Website now has a new tab which links through to the Region website to enable people to look at our Sqn locations. There a few changes that need to be made in terms of Sqn names etc, these will be done over the next week.

Following our successful Fundraising Bag Pack today at Asda One Stop, we've done the final count and we've raised just over £1,000!! Amazing! Well done to all involved and a big thank you to Tracey Wassall for organising this event with Asda. #RAFAC #WhatWeDo ... See MoreSee Less

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2286 (Coventry Arden) Squadron was very proud this week to finalise and sign their affiliation with Coventry No 1 Branch of the Royal British Legion. The RBL is the countrys largest Armed Forces charity giving support wherever and wherever its needed. The Squadron is very proud of our connection with our local branch and the organisation as a whole ... See MoreSee Less

2286 (Coventry Arden) Squadron was very proud this week to finalise and sign their affiliation with Coventry No 1 Branch of the Royal British Legion. The RBL is the countrys largest Armed Forces charity giving support wherever and wherever its needed. The Squadron is very proud of our connection with our local branch and the organisation as a whole

A Week with 2286 - well our VR flight sim is up and running. Cdt Bridge was the successful bidder in our Auction of Promises so he was the first to try it out, and he seemed impressed. Sqn Ldr Foster has also had a go and is still getting over the experience. Our thanks to the Civ Com for funding this and to CI MacKay for putting it all together. An amazing resource, which I am sure will enhance our training for years to come. ... See MoreSee Less

A Week with 2286 - well our VR flight sim is up and running.  Cdt Bridge was the successful bidder in our Auction of Promises so he was the first to try it out, and he seemed impressed.  Sqn Ldr Foster has also had a go and is still getting over the experience.  Our thanks to the Civ Com for funding this and to CI MacKay for putting it all together.  An amazing resource, which I am sure will enhance our training for years to come.Image attachmentImage attachment