Norfolk Cadets Go Green at Marham
The rollout of the new Multi Terrain Pattern uniform to personnel across RAF Marham represents a major challenge to the men and women who work in clothing stores as they pick, pack and process hundreds of new uniforms across their counters each week.
However; far from being empty, the shelves of clothing stores remain piled high with the old style uniform, handed in as the new kit is handed out.
But far from being thrown away, the old kit is being recycled by Norfolk’s air cadet Squadrons, whose growing membership are in constant need of the rugged green combat clothing suited to the wide variety of outdoor pursuits conducted by the corps. This month saw air cadets from King’s Lynn, Fakenham and Cromer travel to RAF Marham to provide the extra hands needed to sort through all the returned clothing. In true military fashion, the cadets quickly organised themselves into work parties that sorted jackets, shirts and trousers into piles of small, medium and large kit. But despite the disciplined approach to the operation, the attention of the workforce quickly turned to the large emptied cardboard boxes that were soon filled with grinning cadets!
With their mission accomplished, the cadets had their lunch in the Junior Ranks Mess before heading over to the Survival Equipment Section for a presentation by SAC Joe Palfreyman who provided an eager audience with a close up view of a wide range of kit. Getting hands-on with ejector seats and pressurised flying suits, parachutes and inflatable life rafts, the cadets were lucky enough to get a glimpse of one of the many specialist sections that provide a vital role in supporting the Station’s Tornado crews.