The Griffin Challenge

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Saturday 18th May saw Air Cadet Units from Norfolk and Suffolk gather at RAF Marham for the Griffin Challenge.

The aim of Griffin Challenge is to forge closer links with all of the ATC units within the Norfolk area by conducting a military skills competition which tests the cadet’s service knowledge, team work, marksmanship principles and robustness. The competition in its third year is hosted by 2620 Sqn (County of Norfolk), the RAF Regiment Reservist Sqn. The teams must each be made up of four cadets and one of them has to be a female.

Last years winners (Downham Market) were looking extremely confident after conducting a four month training package. An extremely good turn out saw teams from 221 (Gt Yarmouth) Sqn, 222 (Broadlands) Sqn, 231 (Norwich) Sqn, 864 (Watton) Sqn, 864DF (Marham), 1018 (Downham Market) Sqn, 1070 (Diss) Sqn, 1249 (Dereham) Sqn, 1895 (Cromer) Sqn, 2110 (North Walsham) Sqn and 2534 (Fakenham) Sqn.

With each team keen to get started, tensions were high. After the compulsory briefs the cadets began a round robin to conduct a series of stands, from which they would be assessed, during the competition; Crystal Maze challenge, Dismounted Close Combat Trainer, map reading, recognition of aircraft and vehicles, military quiz, fire fighting, first aid and CasEvac procedures. The day was long and the points were extremely close throughout the whole day until the final stand – the dreaded Obstacle Course. Some of the most gruelling obstacles include the 9ft wall, the scramble net, the rope bridge and the wire crawl, at this stage, the Griffin Challenge Cup could have been anyone’s – it was that close!

After a fantastic effort and tough competition from all of the teams, the 2013 winners were 2534 (Fakenham) Sqn. A well deserved win to Flt Lt Potter and his Sqn – a long hard day in which all participants in the competition thoroughly enjoyed themselves.

2620 Squadron is currently recruiting, and males interested in a part-time career in the RAF Reserves should phone 0800 783 1915 for further information.

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