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Deputy Lord Lieutenants Cadets PDF Print E-mail
Written by Jerry Godden   
Friday, 11 April 2014 12:33

On Monday 07 April 3 cadets from 241 Sqn where presented with Deputy Lord Lieutenants Awards by the Mayor of Redbridge, Cllr Felicity Banks and the Deputy Lord Lieutenant, Colonel Paul Acda, the Queens Representative in the Borough. The three cadets, CWO Akshay Mandalia, FS Gideon Goldsmith and FS Harry Chavner were accompanied by their parents and received the awards for their exemplary service and hard work in the Squadron and local community over the last 5 years of being part of 241 Sqn. The Sqn OC, Sqn Ldr Godden said "This was a richly deserved honour for the cadets after their hard work on the Squadron over their service, and is always an eye opener for the parents when the citations are read with the full extent of their work becoming evident".

Last Updated on Friday, 11 April 2014 12:45
 
Aj passes out PDF Print E-mail
Written by Jerry Godden   
Friday, 11 April 2014 12:14

A former Cadet Warrant officer from 241 Sqn has just passed out of Initial Officer Training at the Royal Air Force College Cranwell. Fg Off Ajvir Sandhu served for seven years on 241 and rose to be the senior cadet on the Sqn, gaining his Flying scholarship, Gliding scholarship, Gold Duke of Edinburgh's Award and shooting at ISCRM at Bisley to name a few. He was also the Lord Lieutenants Cadet for London and attended camps in the Falklands and a Sqn expedition to the Alps. He was an excellent cadet and it was no surprise to learn that after the grueling 32 week course at Cranwell that he had been awarded the Hennessy Trophy and Philip Sassoon Memorial Prize for the best al round cadet of the course. Aj will now start his elementary flying training as he works towards his pilots wings.

Last Updated on Friday, 11 April 2014 12:45
 
Cadets at Crowborough PDF Print E-mail
Written by Jerry Godden   
Friday, 04 April 2014 19:44

Over the weekend of 21 - 23 March the Squadron deployed over 60 personel to Crowborough Training Camp in Sussex for Recruit and Field Training. The Field Training Course was run by Flt Lt Jason Rueben an ex cadet and RAF Officer, and CI's Jack West and Alex Dutch with the cadet learning to live under basic shelters (bashas) and carry out patrols and taskings whilst acting tactically. The challenging environment was enlivened by rain on the Saturday. The exercise finsihed off with the customary march/run back to the camp over Ashdown Forest.

Meanwhile the cadets who joined the Sqn in October were undergoing recruit training run by CI Paul Forthergill, with Drill, Basic Field Training, a strecher race, completing the camp obstacle course, a night exercise and bridge crossing and steeplechase on the Sunday, as well as two runs starting at 0600 each day, with the cadets earning their coverted Sqn "Black Witch" flash to be worn on their PCS MTP clothing. The photos show cadets on the obstacle course and the strecher run. This training is a vital part of the Squadrons process of turning out high quality and motivated cadets and requires considerable effort to achieve the laid out goals.

 
Rewarded for Service PDF Print E-mail
Written by Jerry Godden   
Wednesday, 26 March 2014 18:01

Two members of the Squadron have been recognised for their service recently. Warrant Officer Lee Morris has been honoured by the award of the Greater London Reserve Forces' & Cadets' Association certificate of merit from the Lord Lieutenant of London, Sir David Brewer CMG JP. Lee has been in the Air Cadets for over 20 years as a cadet and member of staff and has been recognised for his outstanding efforts in contributing to the success of 241 Squadron and the provision of high quality training to our cadets. Lee is a qualified Mountain Leader and Obstacle Course Supervisor and plays a practical hands on role in the delivery of the cadet experience. Cadet Warrant Officer Akshat Mandalia has been selected as the Best Male Cadet in London and South East Region, and now represents the Region in the Dacre Sword Competition to find the best male air cadet in the UK. Akshay , who is at university has a Flying Scholarship, Gliding Scholarship, Gold DoE and is a graduate of the QAIC Course amongst his many achievements! The photos show Lee with the Sqn Adjutant Myles Webb and a representative of our affiliated Livery Company, The Joiners and Ceilers, Lee receiving his award from Sir David, and Akshay on an IACE in France.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 26 March 2014 18:10
 
NCO Training and Development PDF Print E-mail
Written by Jerry Godden   
Tuesday, 11 March 2014 13:03

On the weekend of 28 Feb - 02 Mar Sqn Cadet NCOs and NCO candidates attended the annual 241 NCO Cadre at Crowborough in East Sussex, organised and by FS Dan Goldman. The cadre is designed to teach leadership and personal administration skills to the cadets in order to help prepare them for life as a Non Commissioned Officer on the Squadron. It is also officially recognised as a leadership Course by the Cadet Vocational Qualification Office (CVQO), who administer the BTEC 1st Diploma in Public Service (a vocational award worth 4 GCSEs) for all 3 cadet services, and is believed to be the only such Sqn level course accredited to the CVQO Syllabus.

The first half of the weekend was based at the camp, with the cadets were taught what was expected of them as the senior member of a Section, how to plan effectively as a leader and how to manage a section of younger cadets. Under the watchful eye of the Directing Staff, each cadet was assessed in the above skills with a planning exercise, which the cadets had to work on individually before coming together as a team to deliver their solutions to the directing staff.

Soon after the cadets traveled to the training area. The second phase of the course was to involve practical leadership training with each of the cadets taking their turn in command. Over the final 24 hours, each cadet was given a complex task to complete set out over large distances and varying terrain, which involved them planning a solution, briefing their section and then executing their idea. The final element of the exercise involved a timed march back to camp where the cadets had to work together as a team in order to complete the challenge. Hard work and effort was put in by all and there were high standards throughout the weekend. The Sqn OC stated "This is a vital part of the training we provided for our NCO team to ensure that they are the best they can be - an approach which is shown to work in our regular success with NCO's on the national and Wing stage".

Last Updated on Tuesday, 11 March 2014 13:12
 
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