MARHAM AIR CADET REPORT 2015

Formed in July 2009, Marham’s Air Cadet Flight celebrated six years of providing the RAF experience for the young people of the Marham area this year. During 2015, 864DF has offered an increasing amount of exciting opportunities for cadets.

• Annual Camp: A week at RAF St Mawgan in Cornwall where cadets tasted service life and went surfing. A special treat for them was a visit from the Air Cadet Ambassador – Honorary Gp. Capt. Carol Vorderman, an experience that Cadet Corporal George Ball described as “Awesome!” Further afield, Cdt Sgt Charley Orr spent a week at an overseas camp in Gibraltar.

• Community involvement: Cadets once again assisted the station at Friends and Families Day by selling programmes and collecting a massive £1012 for station charities. They also assisted at the Fun Day, Bonfire Night and took part in the Remembrance Sunday parade at Marham cemetery. In Swaffham, a group of cadets braved the wind and rain to help the Royal British Legion with the Poppy Appeal. Commanding Officer, Flt Lt Tony Hall said: “RAF Marham provides a lot for our cadets and it is very important that we put something back into the community. Our grateful thanks go to the Station Commander, the ACLO, 2620 Sqn and everyone else who has helped us throughout the year.”

• Biking: A group of five cadets had an excellent two day off-road cycle trip in the Peak District.

• First Aid: It is now a requirement for all cadets to have First Aid Training. In September, almost the whole flight obtained their Heartstart qualification.

• Flying: Four cadets have been flying at RAF Wittering in the Tutor Aircraft.

• Military Skills: a team from 864DF took part in the annual Norfolk and Suffolk Wing Field Weekend on STANTA where they came in ahead of most of the local squadrons. They also took part in the Blue Bull Challenge, a day-long exercise run by the ACLO team for air cadet units in Norfolk. At least half the flight have now passed weapons handling tests and two cadets represented the Wing in the regional shooting competition.

• Visits: A number of fascinating visits took place on the base, which included getting up close to Tornados at CMU and watching flying operations from the Air Traffic Control tower. Away from Marham, the cadets visited museums at Hendon, Cosford, Bentley Priory, Muckleburgh and Neatishead.

• Sport: A team from Marham took part in the Norfolk & Suffolk Wing 6 aside football competition and Cadet Flt Sgt Ryan Jackson played football for the region at RAF Cranwell.

• Duke of Edinburgh’s Award: An expedition was held in North Norfolk this year with over half the cadets in the unit now enrolled in the scheme.

This is the last report to be written by Flt Lt Tony Hall. On 9th November, after 24 year’s service and six at Marham, he retired as OC 864DF and handed over command to Flt Lt Rob Gardner. He is, however, remaining with the Flight as an instructor. Flt Lt Hall said: “ I would like to thank RAF Marham, my staff, cadets and parents for all their support over the last six years – which have been quite simply the best of my 24 year service in the Air Training Corps.”

Marham’s Air Cadet unit is open to boys and girls aged between 12 (Year 7) and 16, from both service and civilian families. We have lots more exciting activities planned for 2016, so for more information please contact us by email at oc.864df@aircadets.org or visit our web site at: www.marhamaircadets.co.uk.

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