Another Exciting Year for Marham Air Cadets

Cadets from 864 (Marham) Detached Flight Air Training Corps have made great progress since last year, a verdict confirmed by the results of their Annual Formal Inspection held last month. The unit’s greatest improvement has been in recruitment – growing from 12 to 22 cadets in less than a year.

In the two years since it was set up, 864DF has offered an increasing amount of exciting opportunities to the young people of RAF Marham and the surrounding area, including:

Annual Camp:
A week at RAF Valley in Wales where cadets tasted service life, got a close look at operational aircraft and “flew” in the Hawk simulator. Cadet Daniel Duncan described the experience as “Awesome!”

Biking:
After training sessions with Chief Tech Dave Rose and Corporal Colin Buttery, a group of cadets had an exhilarating, if slightly damp, day off-road biking in Thetford Forest.

Flying:
Nine cadets have been flying at RAF Wyton in the Tutor Aircraft and another four flew at Marham Aero Club after helping to refurbish the club room.

Shooting:
Four cadets – Cadet Sgt Ben Nurse, Cdt Cpl Rebekah Grant, Cdt Cpl Megan Taylor and new recruit Cdt Ryan Lee all achieved their Marksman’s badge on the range at Marham.

Sailing:
Cadets from Marham and Downham Market learned how to sail at Denver Sailing Club courtesy of instructor SAC Mike Brown and Steve Hussey from BAe Systems who provided the buoyancy aids.

Sport:
Once a month the cadets visit Marham Gym to use the climbing wall and sports equipment. Cadet Ryan Jackson gained his Wing Blue by representing Norfolk and Suffolk Air Cadets in football at RAF Cranwell.

Duke of Edinburgh’s Award:
Cadet Alex Owen became the first Marham cadet to be awarded the Bronze D of E after cadets took part in expeditions in Shropshire and North Norfolk

Community involvement:
Cadets assisted the station this year with Friends and Families Day, the Richard Burns Memorial Rally, the Fireworks and Remembrance Sunday. In Narborough village, they helped the Royal British Legion with the Poppy collection and their annual garden party. Commanding Officer Flt Lt Tony Hall said “Citizenship is a very important part of cadet training and 864 DF strives very hard to be part of the community, not only at RAF Marham but also in the local villages.”

It would be impossible to offer these opportunities were it not for the support we receive from the Station. Our special thanks go to the Station Commander, OC BSW, the OC and Adjutant of 2620 Sqn, the station P Ed Officer, the Chaplaincy, MT Section and the dedicated group of nine service helpers and civilian instructors who turn up every week to instruct and supervise the cadets.

Marham Air Cadets are still recruiting. Boys and girls aged between 13 and 16 from both service and civilian families can join.

Further Information
Contact Tony Hall on 07900 518153 or at oc.864df@aircadets.org. You can also see us online at www.raf.mod.uk/rafmarham/stationfacilities/atc.cfm or search for “Marham Air Cadets” on Facebook.