2016 – The Air Training Corps 75th Anniversary.
Quite a year we’ve had too.
I’d like to start off by congratulating the Cadets and Staff at the squadron on such a successful year and thank you all for the magnificent effort that everyone has put in. Special thanks to the Civilian committee for their fundraising support this year; we couldn’t have partaken in such a myriad of activities on our annual camp without the funds raised for the squadron.
So, what have we been up to?
The highlight of our year was the Annual Camp, in celebration of the corps 75th Anniversary. Given the choice, there’s no doubt we’d do it all again.
Over the course of a week, we managed to get through:
- Whitewater rafting;
- Indoor surfing;
- High ropes;
- Gorge walking (and jumping and swimming!);
- Hiking (around Nash Point);
- Laser quest and Bowling;
- Losing a friendly football match against 2300 (St Athan) Squadron Air Cadets.
On top of everything above, we decided to see how many ’75s’ we do between us (not 75, before you ask). Overall, we ended up:
- Cycling 75km;
- Completing 75 press-ups;
- Running the length of 75 football pitches;
- Shooting 75 football penalties;
- Building a 75 strong sandcastle platoon;
- Rallying a shuttlecock 75 times.
Why not have a look at our gallery to see more
We had the pleasure of joining the wing for a remembrance service at the spectacular Coventry Cathedral.
Operation Silent Sparrow saw the squadron descend upon Gamecock Barracks in Bramcote. Joined by Ft Sgt Rob Maher from 2030 Sqn, the cadets received excellent instruction on the first part of their greens training; learning to stalk, sneak, conceal and work as a team to medevac an injured officer from the treeline.
Our 75th Annual camp was kicked off with a visit to the national arboretum to receive the torch from the Staffordshire Wing; graced with some beautiful weather, a handful of our cadets even had the privilege of meeting Air Cdre Dawn McCafferty on the day.
Corporal G. Harris finally achieved his Gold Duke of Edinburghs award and was awarded his patch by Wg Cdr S. Iles. As the wing commander pointed out, Cpl Harris is going to be one of the last Cadets to receive this style of badge in recognition of his achievements for DofE. From next year onward (2017), the patch has been resized and will be joined by a multitude of other patches on the Cadets brassard. Have a look at the patches below and see what you think:
Overall, it’s been a fantastic year for 489. Bring on 2017 and let’s achieve even more!