Marham Air Cadets Forge Ahead in 2012

Cadets from 864 (Marham) Detached Flight Air Training Corps have made great progress, a verdict confirmed by the results of their 2012 Annual Formal Inspection. The unit’s greatest improvement has been in recruitment and retention – increasing to and keeping 25 regular attendees.

In its third year, 864DF has offered an increasing amount of exciting opportunities for the young people of RAF Marham and the surrounding area, including:

Annual Camp:
A week at RAF Boulmer in Northumberland where cadets tasted service life, got a close look at our radar defences and visited Alnwick Castle – the real Hogwarts of Harry Potter fame. Cadet Corporal Ryan Jackson described the experience as “Awesome!”

Biking:
After training sessions with instructors, a group of cadets had an excellent day of off-road biking in Thetford Forest.

Flying:
Six cadets have been flying at RAF Wyton in the Tutor Aircraft.

Military Fieldcraft:
A group of ten cadets spent the night in Triangle Wood, in shelters that they had constructed themselves, to learn the techniques of living in the field from instructors at 2620 Sqn. They also took part in the Griffin Challenge, a day-long exercise run by 2620 for air cadet units in Norfolk.

Visits:
A number of fascinating visits took place on the base, which included getting up close to Tornados at TMS and VAS, a briefing on the work of TIW and testing out breathing apparatus at the Fire Section. 31 Squadron also played host to a group in the summer. Away from Marham, the cadets visited the RAF Museums at Hendon and Cosford.

Sport:
Once a month cadets go to Marham Gym to use the climbing wall and sports facilities. Two cadets won three medals at the Wing Athletics championships and several got the opportunity to run with the Olympic torch on its visit to Marham.

Duke of Edinburgh’s Award:
Expeditions were held in Suffolk, Norfolk and Shropshire this year with over half the cadets in the unit now enrolled in the scheme.

Community involvement:
Cadets assisted the station this year with Friends and Families Day, where they won a prize for the best contribution by a cadet unit; also assisting with Bonfire Night and taking part in Remembrance Sunday. In Narborough village, they helped the Royal British Legion with the Poppy collection. Commanding Officer Flt Lt Tony Hall said “Marham provides a lot for the cadets and it is very important that we put something back into the community. Our grateful thanks go to the Station Commander and all who have helped us throughout the year.”

Due to postings, 864DF has lost some valuable members of staff in 2012 and will lose more in 2013. If you are interested in helping out as ATC Uniformed Staff, Service Helper or Civilian Instructor and can spare a few hours on a Monday evening, please get in touch as below.

Marham’s Air Cadet unit is open to boys and girls aged between 13 and 16 from both service and civilian families. We have lots more exciting activities planned for 2013, so for more information contact Tony Hall on 07900 518153 or by Email at oc.864df@aircadets.org. You can also see us online at www.raf.mod.uk/rafmarham/stationfacilities/atc.cfm