Happy BirtHday to you! - ACO Celebrates 70th Anniversary

Happy BirtHday to you! - ACO Celebrates 70th Anniversary
Winter 2011

Ha p p y B irt h d ay T o Y o u !
ACO Celebrates 70th An
Happy BirtHday to you! - ACO Celebrates 70th Anniversary

this issue:
                                                                       Managing Editor Denise Parker Housby

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                                                               A Message
                                                               From The Editor ...
                                                               A New Year and a new start ... That
                                                               is particularly true for the Air Cadet
                                                               Organisation this year as it addresses the
                                                               inevitable impact of the Government’s

              4 NEW YEAR’S MESSAGE     13 Plans For            Strategic Defence and Security Review.
                                                               Commandant Air Cadets, Air Commodore

              FROM THE BOSS            New Music Ensemble      Barbara Cooper, and the whole of the
                                                               Organisation will be examining how
                                                               the cadet experience is delivered to the
                                                               hundreds of school and community-
                                                               based units around the country now and
                                                               in the future.
                                                               There’s a new brand to take the
                                                               Organisation forward too. After 11
                                                               years, the ACO is re-branding to bring
                                                               it closer to its parent service, the RAF.
                                                               Find out more on pages 4 and 5.
                                                               And as the curtain falls on an amazing
                                                               Cadet150 celebratory year, the ACO
                                                               is gearing up for another spectacular
                                                               year. This truly exceptional youth
                                                               organisation celebrates its 70th
                                                               anniversary this year – and a whole
                                                               host of events are planned throughout
                                                               the country to highlight 70 years of
                                                               Finally, Happy New Year to you all –
               18 CELEBRATING A YEAR                           don’t forget to let us know where your
                                                               cadet experience takes you in 2011 ...
               OF THE ACE PLATFORM
                                                                                                    Carol McCombe
                                                                                                   Editor, AIR CADET

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70th Anniversary Offers
                                                                               a result of the Strategic Defence                                        We intend to build an alumni to             •     We must face the challenges       We have been called the crème de
                                                                               and Security Review.                                                     foster stronger links with former                 ahead together and thirdly;       la crème of youth organisations        Heraldry Specialist
                                                                                                                                                        cadets and this is an exciting                                                      by our competitors and I fully         Is Appointed
                                                                               We must not shy away from                                                                                            •     That we have a very exciting

New World Of Opportunity
                                                                                                                                                        concept that will take us into                                                      intend us to retain that title...we
                                                                               this but accept it in a proactive                                        a new and vibrant sphere...                       and bright future.                must maintain the faith, work          Ever had a query over
                                                                               manner recognising the                                                   re-modelling the ACO as we go                                                       SMART and I have no doubt an           squadron badges and
                                                                               opportunity it offers us to                                              and drawing in help from a wider                                                    exciting future awaits us all.         heraldry? Well now the ACO
NEW YEAR’s MESSAGE FROM COMMANDANT AIR CADETS                                  strengthen the ACO.                                                      community.                                  The first event in the 70th                                                    has its very own specialist.
                                                                                                                                                                                                    anniversary is the annual ATC           Finally, I hope that we can all
                                                                               Significant savings must be met                                          There is a real economic rationale                                                  work together to make this year        Fg Off John Tunesi of
                                                                               almost immediately and, until we                                                                                     Church Service at St Clement                                                   Liongam, has recently
“As we enter 2011,                      wherever possible – after all we                                                                                behind the serious work we have                                                     one to remember and to fortify
                                        are proud to produce some of           have identified and put in place                                         to do in our anniversary year.
                                                                                                                                                                                                    Dane’s Church, London on
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            and enhance our position as one        been transferred to HQAC
we look forward to                      the finest young people and we         our new structure - which might                                                                                      February 6th and a calendar of
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            of the finest youth organisations      reporting to the Head of
celebrating our 70th                                                           take three or four years - we will                                       The overriding message is that              events is planned throughout the                                               Media and Communications
                                        have total faith in their ability to                                                                                                                                                                in the world. Above all, enjoy
                                                                               have to make some difficult, albeit                                      we have a great future and                  year, in particular, at the Royal                                               as a Special Project Officer
anniversary and, at                     become “the next generation”
                                                                               temporary choices.                                                       we are looking at how we can                International Air Tattoo in July        yourselves – do it safely but let’s
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    responsible for Air Cadet
                                        of good citizens for the United                                                                                                                                                                     have fun!
the same time, to                       Kingdom in whatever life and                                                                                    make the organisation better.               when we hope to have a flypast                                                  Organisation’s Badges and
facing challenges                                                              In all of this we are working                                            We are undoubtedly “the next                of air cadet aircraft and numerous      I hope to meet many of you this         Protocol.
                                        career choice they choose.
                                                                               closely with the Ministry of                                             generation” and that remains part           displays in the RIAT Arena.             year, and in the meantime I thank
which open up exciting                  As we focus on the activities at       Defence in its Youth Engagement                                          of the new corporate identity                                                       you for all that you do for the         Fg Off Tunesi, is an expert
opportunities to make                                                          Review that seeks to determine                                                                                       Of course, we share our                                                         in the field of heraldry and
                                        the core of the Air Cadets we                                                                                   that we are proud to launch this                                                    ACO, be you a cadet, a volunteer
                                                                               the appropriate level of                                                                                             anniversary with the Search and                                                 offered to help with the
the Air Cadets a more                   reconcile the remit upon us to                                                                                  month.                                                                              or full time staff – we would be
                                        create a bigger and better Air         engagement between Defence                                                                                           Rescue Helicopter Force which
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            nothing without you.                    many and varied queries that
effective and modern                    Cadet Organisation under current       and youth.                                                               We have a lot of initiatives that we        also marks 70 years; with the                                                    come in from the ACO’s 918
national voluntary youth                public spending reductions but                                                                                  are looking into with industry and          Royal British Legion who have           A happy New Year to you all.”            ATC squadrons, 39 detached
organisation.                           clearly recognise that none of
                                                                               From our origins in the late 1930s                                       this comes with establishing good           notched up 90 years and with the                                                 flights and 202 CCF (RAF)
                                                                               and our establishment in 1941                                            solid enduring relationships that           Royal International Air Tattoo who                                               school based units.
                                        this is achievable without our
This is our opportunity to build                                               we have been through severely                                            will pay dividends for our cadets.          celebrate 40 years.
                                        fantastic team of adult volunteers
on the excellent work of my                                                    austere times before and survived.                                                                                                                                                                     John is now the point of
                                        who selflessly give their time                                                                                                                              To each of those organisations we
predecessors, to streamline, and                                                                                                                        Amongst other things I want to                                                                                                contact for all Air Cadet
                                        and expertise to delivering the        In 2011 we can sing our praises                                                                                      extend our very best wishes.
to make strategic changes that                                                                                                                          provide the cadets with better                                                                                                formations in relation to
                                        cadet programme, and also
will reduce the administrative
                                                                               and successes from the roof                                              information on potential career             So as we move into the New                                                        applications for new badges
                                        to our permanent staff whose
burden on volunteers and ensure
                                                                               tops celebrating our platinum                                            choices including the RAF and               Year we face a new world of                                                        or confirmations of existing
                                        flexibility and endurance in recent
that we offer value for money to
                                                                               anniversary and at the same                                              related aviation and aerospace              opportunity and I am confident                  Air Commodore Barbara Cooper       badges. The aim is to have
                                        months has been unstintingly           time raise our profile amongst
the Government.                                                                                                                                         specialisations.                            that we will confront this                             Commandant Air Cadets       all ACO badges officially
                                        professional.                          stakeholders, including the
                                                                                                                                                                                                    challenge together and we will                                                     recognised by the Inspector
In all of the celebrations and                                                 RAF, industry and commerce                                               The key messages are:                                                                                                          of RAF Badges.
                                        Change at any time brings                                                                                                                                   become a better organisation -
re-organisation one thing is                                                   and engendering support from
                                        with it some pain and ours is
critical and that is ensuring                                                  influencers.                                                             •       That we have a fantastic            stronger, more resilient, capable                                                  Fg Off Tunesi will give advice
                                        simply a reflection of that being
that the cadet experience is
                                                                                                                                                                organisation;                       and as always dynamic.                                                             concerning standardisation
                                        experienced by the wider RAF
maintained and enhanced                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                of designs for the ACO as
                                        and the Armed Forces at large as
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       well as assisting in the design
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       of new badges and will liaise
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        with the Inspectorate of RAF

                                                                               the ATC and that the 200 school       we have with our parent Service    headed notepaper and signage or             link to the new branding so that        flying and shooting to adventure            Badges on behalf of the ACO.
                                                                               based Combined Cadet Force            and we are acutely aware of how    marquees. Where regions, wings,             provides a useful bridge.”              training and key engagement
                                                                               (RAF) contingents will adopt          patient squadrons and units have   volunteer gliding squadrons, ATC                                                    with our stakeholders. This is              He will undertake the role
                                                                               it. Naturally, in these stringent     been waiting for the branding to   squadrons, detach flights and               The pdfs and guidebook detailing        about who we are and our historic           as a volunteer and is
                                                                               economic times the roll out has to    become available.                  CCF (RAF) units can make the                how the corporate identity can be       links to the RAF and unites us              transferred from Beds &
                                                                               be strategically planned.”                                               changes at no cost, for instance,           used and the options for colour         from our smallest detached flight           Cambs Wing ATC.
                                                                                                                     “As the Commandant has said,                                                   reversals will be available soon; off
Air Cadets Roll Out New Corporate Identity                                     Head of Media and                     there is no pot of money to
                                                                                                                                                        electronically on their websites
                                                                                                                                                        this should be undertaken as                Bader and for a short period from
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            or CCF unit to the biggest region.           ACO units are encouraged
                                                                               Communications Denise Parker          rebrand so it has to be rolled                                                 the national website www.raf.           “We have to think in a business              to contact Fg Off Tunesi on
                                                                                                                                                        quickly as possible. We are                                                                                                      liongam@supanet.com to
                                                                               Housby said: “We have worked          out carefully and introduced       conscious that bigger items such            mod.uk/aircadets so get ready to        like manner in the same way that
After 11 years the Air Cadet            Cdre Barbara Cooper said: “Our         closely with all levels of the ACO    only when supplies and                                                         download them.                          brand names such as Cadbury’s                discuss their requirements.
                                                                                                                                                        as marquees, display kit and
Organisation is re-branding to          last corporate identity with the       to find a corporate identity that     equipment require replenishing     climbing walls will take longer to                                                  and Nike do ... and embrace the              Denise Parker Housby, Head
bring it closer to its parent service   Tutor aircraft was cutting edge        demonstrates the direct link that     or refurbishment, for instance                                                 Denise said: “Naturally branding        challenges ahead.”
                                                                                                                                                        rebrand but Rome wasn’t built               is about more than having a                                                          of Media & Communications
the RAF. The new corporate              at the time it was launched and                                                                                 in a day and we will get there.                                                                                                  said: “Finally we have a
identity seen in the graphic            was produced before the RAF                                                                                                                                 fantastic logo ... it permeates
                                                                                                                                                        Fortunately the roundel on the              every aspect of our business from                                                    specialist who can advise
attached is being launched              created its modern corporate                                                                                          old corporate identity does                                                                                                units on their badges and
as part of the Air Cadet’s 70th         identity but it is time now for us                                                                                                                                                                                                               crests. We receive many
anniversary.                            to move forward and embrace a                                                                                                                                                                                                                     queries on this so it is
                                        new era. “We are part of the RAF                                                                                    Competition                                                                                                                   fantastic to know we have
The branding has been developed                                                                                                                                                                                         Remember that there will be an award and a prize
                                        Family and it is only fitting that                                                                                                                                                                                                                John to ensure they are
after close consultation with                                                                                                                               The new branding does incorporate the strapline             - Night Vision Goggles for the best use of the new
                                        we take on the roundel branding                                                                                                                                                                                                                   correct.
Regions and with the RAF’s                                                                                                                                  “the next generation” which carries on the tradition        branding.
                                        that brings us closer to our parent
Directorate of Public Relations,        Service.                                                                                                            of us reaching into the future and providing a                                                                                 “The overarching branding
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Entries for the competition, with zipped down
the latter is the brand champion                                                                                                                            steady supply of good citizens and fine future                                                                                 of the ACO is soon to change
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        images, to demonstrate should be sent to Denise
and has to approve the corporate        “This is an exciting and dynamic                                                                                    employees for the RAF, Army, Navy, Royal Marines                                                                               as well, to bring us closer to
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Parker Housby on hdcc@atc.raf.mod.uk by May
identity of all organisations such      change for us and we are                                                                                            and for many civilian businesses - both large and                                                                              the RAF Family with use of
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        30th 2011.
as the ACO that form part of the        delighted to launch the new                                                                                         small.                                                                                                                          the roundel and although
RAF Family - this includes the Red      corporate identity in the year                                                                                                                                                 All emails should be less than 1 MB and should                       the squadron crests give
Arrows, the RAF Museum and              that we are also celebrating our                                                                                    The ACO, however, still maintains its position
                                                                                                                                                            as a national voluntary youth organisation and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                       have no more than 400 words explaining how they                      individuality it is part of the
the RAF Careers to name but a           70th anniversary ... in time all of                                                                                                                                            have used the corporate identity. Mark all emails                     broader issue of ensuring
few. Commandant Air Cadets Air          our 921 squadrons belonging to                                                                                      is not a recruiting organisation for the military.         “branding”. Good luck!                                                unity and inclusivity.”
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                                                                                    Press for action ...                                                                                                                                            weekend and are broken up into short
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 HOLD THE FRONT PAGE ...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          News flash - Journalists may

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         point of view and ask ‘What do they
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         to hear?’ rather than, ‘What do I
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         tell them?’
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            not share
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          your passion for the ATC. Think from
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           want to
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Kit check - Check

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Ensure batterie s
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 SNAP HAPPY !

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             your photo kit before leaving hom
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               are  fully cha
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             that you have a memory card. Take
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             batteries and card  s if you  hav


Images: Philip Jones
from 2417 (Newmarket) Sqn while Flt Lt Allan Munns acts as camera operator
RIGHT: Sqn Ldr Alan Wiggins (C&E Rgn MCO) interviews CI Roland Larner (back view)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    modules, each covering a different aspect of        Keep it simple - Don’t try to be                      Be adventurous - Take lots
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            ecia lly if you are sho oting
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    media relations.                                    clever when you write press rele
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           too                pictures, esp
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         ases. Be             digi tally. Exp erim ent  with cam  era
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        clear about what you want to say,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Subjects tackled include how to identify
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        express it simply.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           and                settings, be adventurous.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    good news stories and write them up as                                                                                                                 ed your
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    press releases for publication and a look at        Make life easy for them -                              Framed - When you have fram
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    nd    the  who   le pict   ure.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    the importance of local radio and television,       you put together a news story, mak
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          When                 photo, look arou
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              e                           ple,  look   out   for pos   ts  seem     ing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    including live interview training. There could      sure you include details of who,                       For exam
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                hea ds  or   othe    r
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    also be tips on websites, crisis management        why, where and when. If you mak
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          what,                to grow out of people’s
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    and the role of images, with a guide to what                                             e the             distractions  .
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       journalist’s job easier, you’re mor
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    makes a good PR photograph – a must if                                                e likely                                                           in direct
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       to get coverage.                                         Lights - Avoid taking portraits
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    your image is going to make it into print.                                                                          t, whe   re pos    sible use   shad    e as it is
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Be engaging - Be creative – thin                         sunligh
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 the   sub   ject  . Use
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       unusual visual stories for photogr
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           k of                 much more flattering to
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  “fill- in flash ” sett ing   if  you
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      and TV cameras and interesting
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         aphers                 your camera’s
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    In focus
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      environments for radio interviews
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       sound                    need to add just a little more ligh
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          and                                                                     e
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    In addition to the Wing Media and                 features.                                                  Hands free - Many cameras hav
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Communication Courses, volunteers
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Mainstream madness - Cov                                   specific modes for, say, sports and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    are able to attend the Defence School
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      in mainstream media isn’t the only
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        erage                    portraits. Especially when you are
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    of Photography (DSOP) basic camera                                                                           to pho togr   aph  y, use    them    as  it will
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      mark of success. Don’t forget that                                                                         re
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    handling course held at DCAE Cosford.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      TV, internet, radio and papers are
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          local                  automatically set the best exposu
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Currently, DSOP runs three courses –                                                 all                               tion   leav    ing  you  to  con   cen    trate
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      accessible to volunteers and cad                            combina
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    which ATC staff, involved in media and                                             ets.                       on composition.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    communications, are eligible to attend                                                                                                                 ACP50
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    – each year.                                                                                                    Permission granted - Check
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                latio ns  and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    for the ACO’s photo regu
                                                                                                                                          This year, putting your ATC squadron in the                                                               “Unfortunately, the places for this year
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       PR is vital to the continuing success of the                 check with subject experts (eg Ran
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Conducting Officers, Adventure
                                                                                                                                          media spotlight is more important than ever. Let                                                          have already been snapped up,” explains
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Denise, “The course is excellent and we are
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       ATC, particularly when it comes to convincing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       young people and adults to get involved for                   instructors) that cadets are wearing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              stat ion  or othe r
                                                                                                                                          the professionals show you how it’s done ...                                                              very lucky to be able to offer this calibre of
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    training to our staff. I am in discussions with
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       the first time.                                               correct kit. If on a RAF
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     secure site, seek perm  issio n to  take
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    DSOP with a view to increasing the number of       There are new platforms for publicity emerging                 pictures before you take them.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    future places available and also exploring the     all the time, but Denise is confident that the                                               Sqn Ldr Philip Jones
                                                                                                                                          When you’re vying for public attention,             becomes even more important that squadrons            potential for an advanced camera handling          ACO can embrace modern methods and use                                                  ACO Photographer (South)
                                                                                                                                          generating interest around your story can           make their voices heard and raise the profile of      course.”                                           them to its advantage, right down to squadron
                                                                                                                                          seem a daunting task. Celebrity endorsements        the ATC – so it’s all hands on deck as far as PR                                                         level.
                                                                                                                                          and high-profile expeditions aside, getting         is concerned.
                                                                                                                                          column inches means the average ATC
                                                                                                                                          squadron has to shout above the din to
                                                                                                                                          engage with journalists, picture editors and        Get media savvy                                                             EXPERTS
                                                                                                                                          social networkers across an array of platforms.                                                        MEET THE ACO’S NEWEST PR
                                                                                                                                                                                              Luckily, help is at hand. Wing Media and
                                                                                                                                          That’s the responsibility of the Wing media         Communications Courses deliver training to
                                                                                                                                          and communication officers, isn’t it? “Wrong,”      all those involved or interested in the media           Fg Off Anne Rose, 272 (Wisbech) Sqn (Top Centre)
                                                                                                                                          says Denise Parker Housby, Head of Media and        with coaching in areas such as photography,
                                                                                                                                          Communications at Headquarters Air Cadets,                                                                  I wanted to come on to the course so that I could put my squadron on the map in the local community. It
                                                                                                                                                                                              broadcast media and websites.
                                                                                                                                                      who is ultimately responsible                                                                   has been an interesting and informative course and I can now go back to my unit and implement changes to
                                                                                                                                                      for the Corps’ national PR and          “These courses are a great starting point for           improve our profile and help recruit more air cadets.
                                                                                                                                                      marketing strategies.                   anyone who wants to get involved in public
                                                                                          What’s all the PR fuss about?                                                                       relations for the ATC,” explains Denise. “We
                                                                                                                                                      “Day-to-day PR is increasingly          want a pool of people who may not necessarily           Flt Sgt Paul Cain, 1289 (Stratford Upon Avon) Sqn
                                                                                                                                                      conducted by adult volunteers           be the lead on PR, but who are media savvy
                                                                                                                                                      and, sometimes, senior cadets           enough to pitch in. It’s their efforts that help        I volunteered to attend this course as part of my on-going SNCO training. I have recently joined a squadron
                                                                                                                                       rs a
                                                                                                 The Corps’ 70th anniversary offe                     at squadron level. Wing Media                                                                   that has lost senior cadets who have gone to university and the squadron has a great recruiting opportunity
                                                                                                                                      local                                                   raise the profile of cadets, engaging with
                                                                                                 great opportunity to show your                       and Communication Officers do a                                                                 by being resident in the grounds of the local secondary high school.
                                                                                                                                          ut and                                              the media on a weekly basis and getting our
                                                                                                 community what the ACF is all abo                     fantastic job but we need people
                                                                                                             rest in you r squadro n.                                                         successes in the news.”
                                                                                                 boo st inte                                           on the ground who can spot a                                                                   The training course was excellent. I have learned so much about what a Squadron Media Communications
                                                                                                                                        e the          story, take a decent photo or help     The courses that run nationally throughout              Officer needs to know to successfully promote their squadron with the correct image to the general public,
                                                                                                  With good PR skills you can mak                      out when media are on site.”                                                                   both local and national.
                                                                                                           loca l med ia and  use it to  your                                                 the year aim to give people an idea of how
                                                                                                  mos t of
                                                                                                                                                                                              the media works and how to play it to their
                                                                                                  advantage.                                           And in a year when the Corps is                                                                Interested in the next PR/DSOP training course? Speak to your Wing MCO and get your name down.
                                                                                                                                                                                              advantage. They usually take place over a
                                                                                                                                                       celebrating its 70th anniversary, it
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                                                                                                            Reach                                        Air Cadet Youth Leaders Celebrate                                            Sac Scott Hughes Dies In Cyprus
                                                                                                            For The                                      At Cvqos Graduation Ceremony                                                 Tributes have been paid to the former air cadet Senior
                                                                                                            Skies With                                   Volunteering air cadet instructors were recognised                           Aircraftman Scott ‘Scotty’ Hughes, serving with 1 Sqn RAF

                                                                                                            Rafa                                         and rewarded for their community-based learning                              Regiment, who died in Cyprus on Sunday 7 November 2010
                                                                                                            There is still                               achievements by educational charity, Cadet Vocational                        following injuries sustained in an accident.
                                                                                                            time – but only                              Qualifications Organisation (CVQO) recently.
                                                                                                            just – to apply for                                                                                                       SAC Hughes was returning from operations in Afghanistan and died
                                                                                                            one of RAFA’s Flying                         Admiral the Right Honourable Lord West of Spithead presented more            from injuries suffered in a boating accident that took place on Friday
                                                                                                            Scholarship awards.                          than 30 air cadet adult instructors from across the UK, including five       5 November as his unit was undertaking decompression activities.
                                                                                                                                                                      members of staff from Scotland and Northern Ireland             He was due to return home to the UK the following day.

New Policy For Online Users
                                                                                                            The five scholarships – open                                    Region, with Licentiateship, Graduateship and
                                                                                                           to both ATC and CCF(RAF) cadets - offer                                                                                    While swimming in the sea he was struck by a power boat operated
                                                                                                                                                                                Membership Awards, along with a host of
                                                                                                           one overall winning cadet a course of 35                                                                                   by the Military Training Wing, British Forces Cyprus. An investigation
                                                                                                                                                                                   other qualifications to a record number of
                                                                                                           hours’ flying training, plus four runners-                                                                                 into the accident is taking place.
                                                                                                                                                                                     graduates, at the annual CVQO graduation
A dedicated Air Cadet Organisation Social Networking Policy will be                                        up receive 12 hours each. A spokesman                                      ceremony.                                       A keen member of the Air Cadets, Scott, 20, from Felinheli, near
rolled-out in the next few months. In recent years social websites, such                                   explained: “The cadets do a great job
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Caernarfon, Gwynedd, had won several accolades, including a flight
                                                                                                           helping the Association and the results                                   The event was held at RAF Cranwell
as Facebook, Bebo, Twitter and YouTube, as well as personal blogs, have                                    of their efforts and those of the ACO staff                               in Lincolnshire, in the presence of
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      on an aircraft based at RAF Valley on Anglesey, before joining the
become hugely popular, with users visiting them on a regular basis.                                                                                                                                                                   RAF. His parents Michael and Emma Hughes paid tribute to their
                                                                                                           can’t easily be measured.                                                 colleagues, families and dignitaries. Each
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      “beautiful, brave son”, saying his death had left a void in their lives.
                                                                                                                                                                                    graduate was presented with a City and
                                                                                                            “We do know, however, that we’d be                                     Guilds accredited senior award in youth
This ever growing popularity is evident              The new policy, which will be available for                                                                                                                                      In a statement, they said: “Our beautiful, brave, fun-loving son has
                                                                                                            much less successful without that                                     management and training.
through the large number of users who                download on the Air Cadet Bader Information                                                                                                                                      been cruelly taken away from us, but we know that Scott fulfilled
                                                                                                            assistance. The scholarships are one
are already engaging on the official ACO             Superhighway, will outline the potential                                                                                                                                         his dreams by serving his regiment and his country. Words cannot
                                                                                                            of the practical ways to show our                                These awards are comparable to A Level, degree or
Facebook groups on a daily basis – which at          issues and risks which face online users,                                                                                                                                        express the loss we as a family are feeling at this time and a huge
                                                                                                           appreciation. Our aim is to encourage                  higher qualifications, achieved through tireless volunteer
last count topped 16,000 users.                      particularly focusing on content, such as                                                                                                                                        void will be in our lives without Scott forevermore.”
                                                                                                           young people’s interest in aviation, assist   work with the nation’s youth in organisations such as the air, sea and
                                                     imagery, personal information and comments            suitable cadets along the route to gaining    army cadets. Successful completion of these awards recognises at             Sqn Ldr David Crook, OC 1 Sqn RAF Regiment, said: “Scott was an
So what will be the purpose of the new policy        made via posting, all of which could bring the        their National Private Pilot’s Licence        least five years of volunteering, professional development and youth
and why is it required? First and foremost the                                                                                                                                                                                        extremely professional and brave young man, who spent his last six
                                                     organisation into disrepute.                          (NPPL) and provide a memorable and            management experience. Sqn Ldr Alan Wiggins (pictured), from                 months risking his life to protect and save others.
policy has been written to give guidance to                                                                enjoyable experience.”                        Central and East Wing, was one of the many graduates.
all of those personnel who are not quite sure        Despite the negative aspects, there is a long                                                                                                                                    “His death is a tragedy, and words cannot express our sense of loss
how to use or govern such websites.                  list of positive reasons to join and actively        Last year, top place went to CWO Lewis         He says of his Membership Award in Strategic Youth Management:               and shock. Scott was fiercely proud of his regiment and we are
                                                     use a social networking website.                     Travers of 342 (Ealing & Brentford)            “I would always, and do, recommend that other volunteers take                fiercely proud of him. He will be deeply missed and never forgotten.
Questions from, ‘What can I actually post’ to                                                             Sqn (Pictured above) and the 12 hour           an active role in CVQO’s programmes. I fully support CVQO’s
‘Who am I allowed to be friends with?’ often         If used in the correct way, you can utilise                                                                                                                                      Per Ardua.”
                                                                                                          scholarships were awarded to Cdt               aim to enable cadets, particularly those who aren’t academically
crop-up, and with no framework in place, it          a website to engage with friends, family             FS Alex Dutch, of 241 (Wanstead &              advantaged, to gain positive qualifications based on their cadet
has been very difficult for personnel to get a       and colleagues, share multimedia such as             Woodford) Sqn, Cdt Sgt Tom Lamont of           activities.”
consistent answer.                                   photos and music, raise the profile of the                                                                                                                                     Air Cadet Milestone                      it as a career still feel every time
                                                                                                          2056 (Knutsford) Sqn, JUO Alice Roberts                                                                                                                            we fly. I remember my Chipmunk
                                                     organisation, use online applications and            of Welbeck DSFC CCF and CWO Danny              CVQO Chief Executive, Edward Woods, said: “Each year, I am so              The new station commander of
Furthermore the organisation has a                   much, much more.                                                                                    pleased to witness the success of our volunteers. Every individual         RAF Linton-on-Ouse, Gp Capt              flying as a cadet as though it was
requirement to not only protect itself legally,                                                           Williams of 2448 (Poynton) Sqn (Also                                                                                                                               yesterday - it inspired me and I
                                                                                                          pictured above).                               graduating here today has given up weeks, months and years of              Terry Jones, has re-affirmed his
but also a duty of care to cadets, who are           The aim of the official ACO Social Networking                                                       spare time to work with and for young people. They squeeze a               commitment to the ATC when he            was hugely grateful to everyone
now frequently using social websites.                guidelines are to simply inform, promote and        Interested? Want to find out more? The          demanding timetable into already busy lives filled with full-time          flew a cadet for the first time since    who made it possible.
                                                     foster the safe usage of the long list of social    closing date for applications is 31st           employment and dependent families. I would like to congratulate            he himself was an air cadet.
That is where the new policy and its                 websites that both cadets and volunteers                                                                                                                                                                                “The opportunity to fly regularly
guidelines will come in. The overall purpose                                                             January 2011. Details of the 2011 Flying        everyone on behalf of CVQO for their hard work and deeply                                                           is what sets the Air Cadet
                                                     have access too.                                    Scholarship Scheme are available on             deserved success.”                                                         A former Tornado pilot with
of the document will not only be to answer                                                                                                                                                                                          more than 3,000 hours of fast jet        Organisation apart from the
tricky questions, but also to help volunteers        From next year it is hoped that members             www.rafa.org.uk or www.raf.mod.uk/                                                                                                                                  others and I’m going to do my
                                                                                                         aircadets/                                      As a leading provider of practical and alternative education, CVQO         experience, Gp Capt Jones, 45, has
and cadets understand the safest way                 of the organisation can continue to safely                                                          believes that lifelong learning is a priority and that years of selfless   just become a volunteer pilot with       best to fly as many cadets as
to partake in social networking, without             use these exciting websites, with the full                                                          volunteering with the nation’s young people should be properly             No 9 AEF at RAF Church Fenton.           possible in the years to come”.
bringing the organisation into disrepute.            assistance of the guidelines which will then                                                        acknowledged.
                                                     be in place.                                                                                                                                                                   However, as an 18- year-old cadet        Thirteen-year-old Cdt Jacob
If not used responsibly websites such as
                                                                                                         Thanks Dad!                                                                                                                                                         Nicholson from 168 (Leeds) Sqn
                                                                                                                                                         The awards administered by the charity reflect the hard work               with 281 (Southport) Sqn he
Facebook and Twitter do carry risks. The                                                                 Cadet David Fuller from 158 (Braintree)                                                                                                                             was the lucky cadet involved in
                                                                                                                                                         put in and the expertise developed by these leaders, giving each           became the millionth air cadet to
national media have already reported stories                                                             Sqn recently enjoyed a flight at 614 VGS –                                                                                                                          the flight. He has been an air
                                                                                                                                                         graduate key skills that can be recognised and applied in the              undertake an air experience flight
on everything from cyber bullying to job                                                                 thanks to his Dad.                                                                                                                                                  cadet for just over a year and this
                                                                                                                                                         workplace. Through current fundraising activities, CVQO aims               at RAF Woodvale in a Chipmunk
losses, resulting from comments made on                                                                                                                  to offer opportunities to more members of the country’s youth              trainer aircraft.                        was his first ever flight. He said: “It
social websites.                                                                                         Warrant Officer II Christopher Fuller,
                                                                                                                                                         organisations, making a recognised and more broadly based                                                           was amazing! I really enjoyed the
                                                                                                         having spent almost 20 years in the Army
                                                                                                                                                         education an achievable goal for more young people and their               He said: “Becoming an AEF pilot is       flight and we did loops and rolls
                                                                                                         with the Explosive Ordnance Disposal
                                                                                                                                                         leaders.                                                                   about being able to give cadets a        which were fantastic. I’ve never
                                                                                                         Regiment (EOD), joined 614 VGS two
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    sense of the joy and excitement          experienced anything like that
   Key points                                             organisation into disrepute, either           years ago, fulfilling a childhood dream to
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    those of us lucky enough to do           before and can’t wait to fly again.”
                                                          through comments or actions online.           fly. His father – David’s grandfather – had
   •     It is deemed as inappropriate for                                                              served with the RAF for 24 years, during
         adult staff to be ‘friends’ on a social     •    Publishing pictures or information            which time he flew gliders from Gutersloh
         networking website with cadets.                  on cadets or staff on private social          in Germany.
         Therefore an adult should not have               networking sites without their specific
         a cadet on their friends’ list. This also        permission is strictly prohibited.            WO2 Fuller recently obtained his Grade
         applies to cadets adding an adult                Photographic permission can be                1 qualification at 614 VGS and is now
         member of staff as a ‘friend’.                   written or a simple verbal agreement.         teaching young cadets to fly – one of
                                                          (Air Cadet Organisation consent form          whom is his 13-year-old son. Afterwards,
   •     A member of the Air Cadet                        certificate 3822A).                           David said: “It was great to fly so early in
         Organisation must not bring the                                                                my ATC career and it was even better that
                                                                                                        Dad was able to fly me.”
Happy BirtHday to you! - ACO Celebrates 70th Anniversary
Once In A Generation
                                                                                                                   cadet forces, schools and other       She added: “I hope that the cadets   Afterwards, she was invited to        Cadets from London’s Cadet
                                                                                                                   organisations.                        involved will go back to their       join the VIP party for lunch at       Forces, for the first time
                                                                                                                                                         squadrons, and put into practice     Lancaster House.
                                                                                                                   The Sunday saw a step-up in                                                                                      ever, had the enormous
                                                                                                                                                         what they have learnt from their
                                                                                                                   competition as the Grand Prior                                             The First Sea Lord, Admiral Sir       privilege of forming the
An action-packed year of activities all around the country                                                         prizes were up for grabs. Various
                                                                                                                                                         experiences, helping to make First
                                                                                                                                                                                              Mark Stanhope, who took the           Guard of Honour at the City
                                                                                                                                                         Aid an enjoyable, competitive and
                                                                                                                   scenarios tested the competitors      highly valued life skill for all.”   salute,said: “It is wonderful to      of London’s most prestigious
Cadet150 has been a year             As well as the Festival of First Aid   A total of 48 teams took part,         as a team, before they were                                                see that the values and skills of     event, The Lord Mayor’s Show
                                     at RMAS Sandhurst, Britannia           making this the largest ever           graded on how well they had           All the ‘casualties’ were rewarded   Nelson’s time are still with us and
of celebrations marking the                                                                                                                                                                                                         in November.
                                     Royal Naval College Dartmouth          cadet force first aid competition.     performed.                            for their efforts. They were         the cadets should be immensely
150th anniversary of the UK’s                                                                                                                            presented with a special limited     proud of their performance
                                     hosted a special Cadet150              Some 30 testing stands manned                                                                                                                           The 48 youngsters from the ATC,
cadet movement and has               residential camp for 150 cadets        by 25 judges, all from St John
                                                                                                                   After a tough day of competition      edition commemorative medal,         today; they are all fine examples     Army Cadet Force, Sea Cadet
involved hundreds of events                                                                                        the scores were agreed and The        celebrating CADET150 and the         of the qualities that the Armed
                                     working towards their Gold             Ambulance, supported by around                                                                                                                          Corps and the school-based
all over the country.                                                                                              Hon Mrs Virginia Lovell, Chief        Festival of First Aid.               Forces community teaches and
                                     Duke of Edinburgh’s Award and a        100 adult volunteers and 32                                                                                                                             CCF formed up to welcome
                                                                                                                   President of St John’s Ambulance,                                          promotes.”
                                     Cadet150 sports competition took       casualties.                                                                                                                                             the new Lord Mayor, Alderman
With origins dating back to 1860,                                                                                  presented the top trophies.
                                     place at RAF Cranwell.                                                                                                                                                                         Michael Bear, as he arrived from
the cadet movement is one of                                                Commandant Air Cadets, Air             The following air cadets were                                              Also present were the Secretary
                                                                                                                   victorious:                           For the first time in its history,   of State for Defence, Dr Liam Fox,    the Guildhall for the start of this
the oldest and most successful       Cadet150 expeditions have taken        Cdre Barbara Cooper, was one of
                                                                                                                                                         the ATC joined the Sea Cadet         and His Royal Highness Prince         historic event.
voluntary youth organisations in     place to locations as diverse as       several senior visitors to the event
                                                                                                                   Best Youth Reserve - Shared                                                Seeiso Bereng Seeiso of Lesotho,
the world.                           Lesotho, the Himalayas, Nigeria,       and took time out to talk to the
                                                                                                                   by Cdt Mary Jenkins, 2518 (Flint)
                                                                                                                                                         Corps in commemorating                                                     Each year, London’s cadets and
                                     the Italian Dolomites, Peru, the       cadet ‘casualties’.                                                          Nelson’s famous victory at           who last summer welcomed              volunteer reservists play an
A force to be reckoned with, today                                                                                 Sqn and Cpl Robin Jones, Dollar                                            an expedition of cadets to the
                                     USA and Kenya. Cadets also                                                                                          the Battle of Trafalgar.                                                   integral role in the procession
it numbers 131,000 young people                                             Despite tough competition,             Academy CCF (Army)                                                         southern African country.
                                     planted 150,000 trees all over the                                                                                                                                                             and 2010 was no exception with
led by 25,000 adult volunteers in    country in partnership with the        a number of ACO members                                                      Some 500 young people, aged 12
                                                                                                                   Best Young Adult - CI Charlotte                                            Dr Fox said: “All the cadets were     the Tri-service Cadet Band also
well over 3,000 sites across the     Woodland Trust.                        picked-up top trophies in the St                                             to 18, from across all three cadet
                                                                                                                   Bone, 51 (Orton) Sqn; Best                                                 well-drilled and they should be       playing outside the Mansion
country.                                                                    John’s Ambulance Grand Prior                                                 forces and from all over the UK
                                                                                                                   Reserve - Cdt FS Siobhan Byrd,                                             very proud of the variety of skills   House supporting the Honour
                                     The Cadet150 anniversary year          competition.                                                                 paraded together on Trafalgar                                              Guard and then later marching
The year of celebrations launched                                                                                  51 (Orton) Sqn.                                                            that they showed here today.
                                     ended with formal tributes                                                                                          Square, London to honour the                                               and playing in the procession
last February when 26 cadet          during Remembrance weekend in          Civilian Instructor Charlotte Bone                                                                                I would like to offer my thanks
ambassadors had an audience                                                                                        A special mention must also go to     205th anniversary of Nelson’s                                              itself.
                                     November.                              of 51 (Orton) Sqn scooped the                                                                                     and praise to all of the cadets’
at Buckingham Palace with HM                                                                                       51 (Orton) Sqn, who came second       historic victory in 1805 and
                                                                            Best Young Adult trophy with Cdt                                                                                  organisations.                        The show formally concluded with
The Queen, Patron of Cadet150,                                                                                     in the Inter Service Young Adult      celebrate 150 years of the cadet
                                                                            FS Siobhan Byrd winning the Best                                                                                                                        a spectacular fireworks display on
and HRH The Duke of Edinburgh,                                                                                     category.                             movement.                            “The educational and
                                                                            Reserve award.                                                                                                                                          the River Thames.
Colonel in Chief of the Army         Almost 300 cadets from every                                                  After picking-up her trophy, Flt Lt   Representing the ATC were cadets
                                                                                                                                                                                              developmental opportunities that
Cadet Force.                         corner of the UK gathered at           A delighted Charlotte said:                                                                                       they provide to young people
                                                                                                                   Siobhan Byrd said: “Really pleased.   and staff from 226 (Brighton) Sqn,
                                                                            “I’m absolutely ecstatic. I have                                                                                  are as valuable as ever, and the
The main commemorative event
                                     the Royal Military Academy             competed for five years and this is
                                                                                                                   This is my last competition as a      led by their Commanding Officer,
                                     Sandhurst recently to                                                         cadet and it is great to go out on    Flt Lt Aidan Forristal.
                                                                                                                                                                                              experience of working with them       Combined Cadet Force cadets
took place on 6 July when almost                                            our biggest medal win and I have                                                                                  is just as rewarding for those
2,000 cadets paraded down the        compete in a unique Festival                                                  a high.”                                                                                                         and ATC units from across
                                                                            never won an individual medal                                                One lucky Brighton squadron          adults who volunteer to help
Mall before HRH The Prince of        of First Aid, organised as part        before. The competition is a great                                                                                                                      the Isle of Wight marked the
                                                                                                                   Flt Lt Angela Bone, Wing First        cadet was even singled out for       them.
Wales, then joined friends, family   of CADET150, celebrating               challenge and is fantastic at          Aid Officer for Bedfordshire                                                                                     150th anniversary of Cadet
                                                                                                                                                         special duties. Cdt Sgt Verity
and VIP guests in the grounds of     150 years of the cadet forces.         keeping our range of skills sharp.”    and Cambridgeshire Wing, was          Martin was voted the smartest
                                                                                                                                                                                              “These cadets are true role           Forces in their own unique
Buckingham Palace for a garden                                                                                     extremely pleased with the way                                             models for young people, and the      way – by completing a round
                                                                            The event was split into two days,                                           cadet on parade and was given
party.                               Involving teenagers from all four                                                                                                                        cadets’ organisations show the
                                                                            with the Saturday being used to
                                                                                                                   the cadets acted and carried out      the honour of being the lead                                               the Island relay.
                                     cadet forces – the ATC, CCF, Army                                             their varied duties throughout the                                         ‘Big Society’ at its best, working
All three Armed Forces have                                                 select teams to represent the ACO                                            wreath bearer for the ceremony.
                                     Cadet Force and Sea Cadet Corps                                               weekend.                                                                   together, without boundaries.”        The cold temperatures did not
helped the cadet movement            – the competition involved both        in competitions against fellow                                                                                                                          dampen the spirits of all involved,
celebrate its 150th anniversary.     team and individual tests.                                                                                                                                                                     including cadets from the Army
Happy BirtHday to you! - ACO Celebrates 70th Anniversary

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Top Shooting
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Cdt Sgt Rebecca Argo from
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              2452 (Shawlands Academy)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Sqn has been selected to
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              tour Canada with this year’s
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Athelings tour.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Eighteen-year-old Rebecca
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              will travel with the team this
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              summer to compete against
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Canadian shooters in team
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              and individual competitions,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              returning to the UK on Sep
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1st. In addition, she will
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              also have the opportunity
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              to visit Ottowa, Montreal
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               and Toronto and take part

                                                                                                                                                        Harrier Bows Out
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               in a number of adventurous
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               training activities.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               This is the second tour that
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Rebecca has been selected
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               for this year. She will also
                                                                                                                                                        Tributes were paid to the joint force of Royal Navy and RAF Harrier aircraft last                                      be travelling to South Africa
Cadet Force and Sea Cadet Corps.        Baton on to the Sea Cadets from     During the annual Armistice Day       Finally, cadets were                                                                                                                                         in March as part of the
A determined effort saw a special       Ryde.                               Service of Remembrance at the
                                                                                                                                                        month as a spectacular flypast across eastern England marked the aircraft’s                                            Great Britain Under-19 Rifle
                                                                                                                  in attendance for the                 retirement after 41 years of service.
Cadet150 baton travel across the                                            Armed Forces Memorial at the                                                                                                                                                                       team.
                                        At 1600hrs the final team arrived                                         annual National Service
island in less than two days.                                               National Memorial Arboretum,
                                        in Newport in St Thomas’ Square                                           of Remembrance at the                                                                                                                                        Rebecca has competed in
                                                                            some 200 cadets from the ATC,                                               A formation of 16 Harriers took        Air Officer Commanding No 1            aircraft for nearly 20 years, at sea
Overall more than £1,300 was            to be greeted by all the cadets                                           Cenotaph on Whitehall, led                                                                                                                                   the Inter Services Cadet
                                                                            Army Cadet Force, Sea Cadet                                                 to the skies over Lincolnshire,        Group, Air Vice-Marshal Greg           and over land, at peace and in
raised for charities including Help     who had taken part and the High                                           by HM The Queen and other                                                                                                                                    Rifle Meeting at the
                                                                            Corps and the CCF, formed up                                                flying over seven RAF bases,           Bagwell, said: “The Harrier is a       conflict.”
for Heroes and SSAFA. The event         Sheriff.                                                                                                                                                                                                                               National Shooting Centre,
                                                                            along the Causeway on the             members of the royal family.          Lincoln Cathedral and the towns        true icon and stands testament                                                  Bisley four times, been
began with groups of cadets                                                 approach to the Memorial for the                                            of Stamford and Oakham. Brought        to the innovation and excellence       “I will forever be immensely proud
setting off from the Royal Yacht        All the Cadet Unit Banners were                                           The Prime Minister, other                                                                                           to be able to say I have been a          sponsored to shoot in the
                                                                            arrival of the VIP guests.                                                  into service in 1969 and based at      of British design and engineering,
Squadron by early morning.              there as well as the RBL County                                           members of the Government and                                                                                       Royal Navy Harrier Squadron              Imperial Meeting (National
                                        Standard.                                                                                                       RAF Wittering, this British aircraft   and the skill and courage of our                                                 Rifle Association Shooting
                                                                            Later, all 200 cadets led the march   Opposition and representatives        was designed to take off and land      airmen.                                Commander.”
A difficult first ‘leg’ saw the baton                                       past as the conclusion of the         of the Armed Forces, as                                                                                                                                       Competition) twice and
travel from Cowes to Jersey Camp.                                                                                                                       both vertically and on a short                                                Last year the aircraft celebrated         holds two cadet 100 Badges.
                                                                            service.                              well members of the faith             runway.                                “It has had a truly distinguished
                                        Air cadets concluded their                                                communities, also took part.                                                 service with both the RAF              its 40th anniversary as the Harrier       She has also represented
After more gruelling legs to
                                                                                                                                                        Well known for its role in the         and the Royal Navy, from the           squadrons flew home after five            Glasgow & West Scotland
various points on the island, the       Cadet150 commemorations                                                   A spokesman said: “The four cadet                                                                                   years in Afghanistan.                     Wing and The Air Training
baton made its way to Freshwater,                                           Cadets from all the Cadet                                                   Falklands War, the Harrier went on     South Atlantic to the skies over
                                        with tributes to the                                                      organisations are fiercely proud of                                                                                                                           Corps in both full bore &
where Ryde School and Cowes                                                                                                                             to serve in many other conflicts       Afghanistan. It now takes its place    Joint Force Harrier Commander,
                                        fallen during traditional           Forces took part in the               their special relationship with the   including in Bosnia and Iraq in the    in history as one of aviation’s                                                  small bore shooting.
High School CCFs were waiting                                                                                                                                                                                                         Group Captain Gary Waterfall,
                                        Remembrance events at               Royal British Legion Festival         Armed Forces and were honoured        1990s.                                 greats.”
and collecting for the two major                                                                                  to parade alongside them at                                                                                         said:”As the last Harrier Force           She is currently at Aberdeen
charities.                              both the National Memorial          of Remembrance at the                                                                                                                                     Commander, it has been a real             University, in her first year
                                        Arboretum in Staffordshire          Royal Albert Hall, lining the         these, and hundreds of other          The RAF and Royal Navy Harrier         OC 800 Naval Air Squadron,
                                                                                                                  Remembrance Weekend events.”          squadrons joined forces in 2000 to     Commander Dave Lindsay,                honour to ensure that the Harrier         of a Law degree and is a
On the second day a new team            and at the Royal Albert Hall        stairway to greet Her Majesty                                               form Joint Force Harrier, based at     said:”The Harrier leaves UK service    has been retired from service             member of the University
from the ATC set out from Ventnor
                                        and the Cenotaph in central         The Queen on arrival.                                                       RAF Cottesmore.                        after an illustrious career that has   with all of the respect and dignity       Rifle Club. Rebecca said:
Esplanade. They completed their
                                        London.                                                                                                                                                seen it contribute to every major      deserved.                                 “I was delighted to be
five miles on time to hand the                                                                                                                          These combined Harrier                 conflict in the last 30 years. It                                                awarded this place. I spent
                                                                                                                                                        squadrons went on to serve in                                                 “Today has been a tribute to              a great deal of time on my
                                                                                                                                                                                               has been an enormous personal          everybody involved with the
                                                                                                                                                        Sierra Leone, the second Gulf War      privilege and honour to have                                                     application and getting the
                                                                                                                                                        and most recently Afghanistan.                                                Harrier family.”                           best scores I could in each
                                                                                                                                                                                               been involved with this wonderful
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Images Crown Copyright      competition throughout
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 the year. With the ATC,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 you’re always aiming for
Happy BirtHday to you! - ACO Celebrates 70th Anniversary
14 air cadet winter 2011                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        15

 Following a year of
                                                                                                                                                            The MACAs And Photographic
                                                                                                                                                            Competition 2010
                                                                                                                                                            Organisation through numerous Cadet150             a short time ago,
                                                                                                                                                            events.                                            Sqn Ldr Caroline
 hard work, writing                                                                                                                                                                                            Gourri has carried-on
                                                                                                                                                                                                               where her successful
 articles, filming and                                                                                                                                      Best Recruitment Campaign                          predecessor Sqn Ldr
 meeting pressing                                                                                                                                           Winner: 41F (Taunton) Sqn - With the help
                                                                                                                                                                                                               Frank Xavier left off.

 deadlines - it is finally                                                                                                                                  of social networking sites, such as Facebook       Caroline has been
                                                                                                                                                                                                               heavily assisted
                                                                                                                                                            and YouTube, as well attending local events to
 time to recognise the                                                                                                                                      attract new recruits, the squadron has gone        throughout the last
                                                                                                                                                                                                               year by her husband
 Air Cadet Organisation                                                                                                                                     from parading 5 to 15 cadets a week to an
                                                                                                                                                            overall cadet strength of 55 cadets.               and colleague, Flt Lt
 staff in the prestigious                                                                                                                                                                                      Pete Gourri, as well
                                                                                                                                                                                                               as all of her other
 MACAs – the Media and                                                                                                                                      Best CCF
                                                                                                                                                                                                               Wing Media and
 Communication Awards,                                                                                                                                      Winner: Cadet150 Round the Island Relay -          Officers.
 as well as the winners’ of                            With many trophies up for grabs and so many     approach, which has made Ben, a former               A creative event and article, which was well       Wg Cdr Bob Gould
                                                       excellent nominations to choose from in         journalist and now member of the Government          supported and raised money for charity in the
 the 2010 Photographic                                 both competitions, it has once again been       Comms team one of the top Media &                    process.
                                                                                                                                                                                                               has been key in the
                                                                                                                                                                                                               smooth running of the
 Competition.                                          extremely difficult to determine a winner in
                                                       each category.
                                                                                                       Communications Officers.                                                                                Cadet150 events which
                                                                                                                                                                                                               have taken place and
                                                                                                                                                            New - Top multimedia submission 2010               Caroline and her team
                                                       But after much deliberation the winners – and
                                                                                                       Best News Feature                                                                                       have made a tough
                                                       the nominees - of the 2010 MACAs can be                                                              Winner: One Vision – By (Pontypridd) and           task much easier for
                                                       found below:                                    Winner: Liz Tunley for her feature on her            1344 (Cardiff) Sqn’s. To see the submission,       him, particularly when
                                                                                                       historic flight with the Red Arrows, which took      please click the following link – ‘One Vision’     deadlines have been
                                                                                                       place on the same day as the Cadet150 Royal          YouTube clip.                                      tight.
                                                       Best News Article                               Review at Buckingham Palace,
                                                                                                       London. The diary based feature                                                                         The performance of the
                                                       Winner: Fg Off Ben Wilkinson for ‘From          covered an opportunity that many                                                                        whole London & South
                                                       Hertfordshire to Helmand’ -This article was                                                                                       Best Squadron
                                                                                                       cadets would like to take-part in,                                                                      East Region Media &
                                                       chosen for its superb realism and honest                                                                                          MCO
                                                                                                       but few will ever get the chance                                                                        Communication has been
                                                                                                       to achieve.                                                                         Winner: Doctor      a huge bonus at a crucial
                                                                                                                                                                                           Peter Isherwood     time for the Air Cadet
                                                                                                                                                                                           of 2458 (Shipley    Organisation.
                                                                                                       Best News Broadcast                                                                 & Baildon) Sqn -
                                                                                                                                                                                           Doctor Isherwood
                                                                                                       Winner: The Cadet150 team for                                                       has been a loyal    The Fellowship
                                                                                                       their work behind the scenes with                                                    and pro-active     Award
                                                                                                       the Cadet150 Royal Review and the                                                    servant of his
                                                                                                       television coverage that it received.                                                Regional Media &   Winner: Flt Lt Trishia
                                                                                                       Without the team effort behind the                                                   Communications     Welsh of Sussex Wing -
                                                                                                       event, air cadets throughout the                                                      team for many     When it came to choosing
                                                                                                                                                                                                               the 2010 ‘Fellow’, there
                                                                                                       United Kingdom would not have                                                         years’, sending                                    Photographic Competition
                                                                                                       received such widespread television                                                   in fresh and      were yet again a number of
                                                                                                       coverage.                                            original copy, which has filled numerous pages     very strong candidates.          Class 1 - The ACO and its peo
                                                                                                                                                            in Air Cadet and the official website.                                                                                 ling – with ‘Lest we forget’.
                                                                                                                                                                                                               The consistency and               Winner: (TOP) Flt Lt Roger Star
                                                                                                                                                            He is recognised for his continuous hard work      determination shown
                                                                                                       Best Website                                         and dedication to his role.                        since Flt Llt Welsh joined        Class 2 - Aviation
                                                                                                                                                                                                               the National Media &                                             hael Dodd         – with ‘Sunset Viking.’
                                                                                                       Winner: London Wing for their up-to-date                                                                                                  Winner: (BOTTOM) Cadet Sgt Mic
                                                                                                                                                                                                               Communications team has
                                                                                                       site, which features a great layout and fantastic
                                                                                                                                                                                                               been second to none.
                                                                                                       imagery. You can visit the site by clicking here -   The Mike Cross Trophy
                                                                                                       www.londonwing-atc.com                                                                                  She has always put-in 110%
Best Wing MCO                                                                                                                                               Winner: London & South East Region – who
                                                                                                                                                                                                               and has never turned her back on a challenge,
                                                                                                                                                            take over from last years’ winner North Region
Winner: Sqn Ldr Mark Trevena                                                                                                                                                                                   even at 2AM in the morning, when she has
                                  – Recognised for his efforts in help                                                                                      to become the best represented Region within
website, sending in well written                                       ing run a highly successful     Best Project                                                                                            been known to help with ACO duties. Trishia’s
                                   copy on several high-profile eve                                                                                         Media & Communications throughout the ACO.
top projects. Most notable is his                                   nts and running with many                                                                                                                  humble but determined personality make her a
                                   hard-work on fantastic Vodcasts                                     Winner: Wg Cdr Bob Gould and the wider
Flypast and the Cadet150 event                                      for the Queen’s Birthday                                                                Despite only taking the role of London & South     worthy recipient of the 2010 Fellowship Award.
                                  in Windsor.                                                          Cadet150 team, for steering the Air Cadet            East Region Media & Communications Officer
Happy BirtHday to you! - ACO Celebrates 70th Anniversary

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           New Squadron at Shawbury
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           A formal dedication of a new squadron standard was held at RAF
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Shawbury to mark the official opening of 28 (Shawbury) Sqn.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           The parade was witnessed by officers from Wales and West Region,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           including Regional Commandant, Gp Capt Dick Allen. Cadets from
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           the newly formed unit were inspected by RAF Shawbury Station
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Commander, Gp Capt Bunny James, before the new squadron
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           standard was marched on to be formally accepted. The squadron,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           formed just a few months ago, brings a permanent unit on to RAF
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Shawbury for the first time.

                                                                             Ultimate Prize For Outstanding Cadets                                                                                                                         Do You Need Help Funding An
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Adventurous Training Exercise This Year?
                                                                                                                                                           Plans For New                          from 469 (Lowestoft) Sqn said
                                                                                                                                                                                                  that when she left school she
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           The Ulysses Trust provides financial grants to ATC and CCF units for
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Adventure Training exercises throughout the world.
                                                                                CWO Gilberto Algar-Faria of 48F (Hampstead) Sqn has spent three
                                                                                                                                                           Music Ensemble                         lost the opportunity to play in

                                                                                weeks in South Africa – the ultimate prize for him and eight other                                                an orchestra and so jumped at            In 2009/10, the Trust supported 97 cadet expeditions to challenging
                                                                                cadets, all recognised by the Cadet Vocational Qualifications              Plans for a new ACO music              the chance to play in this new           locations in 17 countries such as Canada, Ecuador, Nepal, Greenland,
                                                                                Organisation as outstanding cadets.                                        ensemble have moved a step             ensemble.                                Lesotho, Lapland, New Zealand, Namibia, Norway and most
                                                                                                                                                           closer when more than a dozen                                                   countries within Western Europe, donating a total of £168,000.
                                                                                Gilberto was named as one of the finalists in the CVQO Duke                                                       She said that it was a really

ATC instructor in Afghanistan
                                                                                                                                                           air cadets attended a special          fun group and although she               Funds for this year are still available so, if you are planning an
                                                                                of Westminster Award, an annual prize to recognise the most
                                                                                                                                                           workshop at RAF Northolt.              had played with the Royal                Adventurous Training exercise and need help with funding please
                                                                                outstanding cadet. Some 350 nominations were made late last year,
                                                                                with all nominees enrolled on a qualification with CVQO.                   Many cadets had travelled              Philharmonic Orchestra thought           visit www.ulyssestrust.co.uk where grant application details are
An ATC instructor from Herts and Bucks Wing has taken                                                                                                      hundreds of miles to be at the         that playing in this smaller             covered.
                                                                                Gilberto described his three-week expedition as an “incredible and                                                ensemble was better.
a break from his duties for six months to work in an                            life-changing experience” for him and his fellow cadets. His time in
                                                                                                                                                           strings workshop that was led
overseas role: advising the UK military in Afghanistan.                                                                                                    by members of the RAF’s Salon          Cdt Sgt Holly Somerville from
                                                                                South Africa included an environmental awareness course, followed
                                                                                                                                                           Orchestra under the direction of       1066 (Hitchin) Sqn, who is               Spot On - Aircraft
                                                                                by safaris by vehicle and on foot.
Fg Off Ben Wilkinson is the Adjutant of 220 (St Albans) Sqn and Herts and                                                                                  Chief Technician Barry Stringer.       working for Grade 6 cello, said          Recognition National Champions
Bucks Wing’s Media and Communications Officer. But for the next few             The trip also included meeting and visiting Zulu communities, with                                                that she really wanted to be
months he is based in Lashkar Gah, the capital of Afghanistan’s Helmand                                                                                    The day followed on from a                                                      Cadets from 379 Sqn, Scotland and Northern Ireland Region,
                                                                                the cadets helping out at an orphanage where they re-painted                                                      involved as there are not many
province.                                                                                                                                                  comment made by Lady Anne                                                       were spot on at this year’s national air cadet Aircraft Recognition
                                                                                the school toilets. The cadets also spent some time at Rorke’s Drift,                                             opportunities for string players
                                                                                                                                                           Dalton, wife of the Chief of the Air                                            competition held recently at the RAF Museum in Hendon.
                                                                                visiting the scene of one of the most famous Anglo-Zulu battles.                                                  and she was having a fantastic
Based in the media operations centre at the headquarters of Task Force                                                                                     Staff, Sir Stephen Dalton after she
                                                                                                                                                           heard the Salon Orchestra playing      time made better by working with         Having emerged victorious from their Regional competition rounds,
Helmand, his role is as civilian media advisor, offering professional           Gilberto said: “As someone who does a lot of outdoor
                                                                                                                                                           and discussed the support of ACO       the professional musicians.              the competitors were put to the test when presented with a series
communications advice to the Commander of British Forces, Brigadier             activities, I can safely say I have never done
James Chiswell MC, and his military staff.                                                                                                                 music with them.                                                                of 30 images of aircraft from past and present. The three additional
                                                                                anything like the South Africa trip. There                                                                         Much of the training for the day
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           tie-breaker questions were crucial this year when scores were
                                                                                were nine of us and the group leader                                                                              was undertaken by Kenneth Bell,
The job includes co-ordinating media activities across southern                                                                                             The cadets spent the day playing                                               nudging the 100% mark. Teams of three took part in the under-16
                                                                                and we all loved every second of the                                                                              recently retired from RAF Music
Afghanistan, working with external partners such as local Afghan                                                                                           through pieces of music ranging                                                 and the full competitions, with several under-16 team members also
                                                                                trip.                                                                                                             Services, his last appointment
politicians, organising the movement and activities of embedded                                                                                            from ballet to The Beatles while                                                participating in the full competition.
                                                                                                                                                           all the time receiving help from       being Bandmaster of the Band of
journalists and responding to enquiries from the UK, Afghan and                 “Overall this was an amazing
                                                                                                                                                           the RAF’s professional musicians.      the RAF Regiment. He said: ““From        The Scotland and NI team (379 Sqn) performed particularly well,
international media.                                                            experience and I can’t thank
                                                                                                                                                           Cadet Pramudi Wijayasiri from          the outset, the rehearsal went far       winning both the under-16 and full competition team events, with
                                                                                the Air Cadet Organisation or                                                                                     better than originally envisaged
There is also a journalistic element to the job, collecting the experiences                                                                                Merchant Taylor’s School CCF                                                    Wales and West (2497 & 1122 Sqns) as strong runners-up.
                                                                                CVQO enough, for giving me                                                                                        or hoped for”.
of personnel out on the front line and passing the information back             such a wonderful, life-changing                                            in Crosby said that she applied
to local media across the UK, in order to give the public a better                                                                                                                                                                         The winner of the Individual event was Cdt Sgt Langton from Wales
                                                                                opportunity.”                                                              as she “thought it would be an          The ACO’s Principal Director            and West, with CWO Macdonald (S&NI) as the runner-up. The
understanding of the work being done.                                                                                                                      excellent opportunity to play with     of Music, Wg Cdr Gil Singleton,          under-16 Individual winner was Cdt Malkin (Central & East) with
                                                                                                                                                           professional musicians, and it is!”    said: “I am delighted that this          an outstanding score of 100%, but only narrowly beating Cdt Hall
A former journalist, Fg Off Wilkinson spent six years working for various
                                                                                                                                                                                                  experiment went so well, and it          (W&W).
newspaper titles before moving to work in Government communications.            Surrey’s Top Cadet                                                         Pramudi is working towards her
                                                                                                                                                                                                  augers well for the future. On the
Before deploying last October, he had to undertake several weeks of pre-                                                                                   Grade 7 violin qualification and
deployment training. The 27-year-old is usually based at the Ministry of                                                                                                                          strength of the musical talent           Trophies and medals were presented by Gp Capt Lawlor, Chief of
                                                                                Cadet WO Jenny Munn from 1268                                              this is only her second instrument
Defence headquarters in central London.                                                                                                                                                           displayed today, I plan to create a      Staff, HQAC. Winners were also presented with framed prints of
                                                                                (Haslemere) Sqn has been awarded the                                       as she is also a pianist. Double
                                                                                                                                                                                                  string ensemble to ‘sit’ alongside       aircraft for them to keep.
                                                                                trophy for best cadet in Surrey Wing.                                      bass player Cdt Sgt Kate Elwell
Fg Off Wilkinson said: “This job is very different to anything I have done                                                                                                                        the National Concert Band and
before. But my experiences, both having working as a journalist and             The Sydney Black Trophy was presented to                                                                          work on joint ventures and
carried out media and communications roles with the ATC, certainly              Jenny, who is also a B Cat gliding instructor with 618                                                            performances.”
stand me in good stead for this role.                                           Volunteer Gliding School, by Air Commodore Reynolds, Chairman of
                                                                                the RAF Gliding and Soaring Association.                                                                          Lady Dalton attended the initial
“Media and public interest in British operations in Afghanistan is huge                                                                                                                           workshop and presented musician
and, from a military perspective, it is very important for the mission that     Jenny, who has just started a degree course in physics at the                                                     badges to some of the cadets
it is communicated accurately. But as a writer at heart, I also love the        University of Sussex with the ultimate aim of becoming a pilot in the                                             present, after they were assessed
human interest element – communicating how servicemen really feel               Royal Air Force, said: “It was only three years ago that I went solo and                                          during the rehearsals by Wg Cdr
about being on tour and the jobs they are doing.                                completed my Gliding Scholarship.                                                                                 Singleton.
“In essence, my task and the task of the people I work with here is to do       “Now being an instructor I hope to give back something to                                                                  TOP: Cadet Pramudi Wijayasiri
everything possible to ensure the British and Afghan people understand          the younger cadets coming through the system. I have a great                                                                      from Merchant Taylor’s
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    School CCF in Crosby
the reasons behind the UK military presence in Afghanistan, the strategy        passion for flying and want to pass on this enthusiasm to the next
that is being employed and the progress that is being made.”                    generation of cadets by taking them through the basics of gliding.”

                                                                                                                                                                                                       WORDS AND IMAGES: PHILIP JONES
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