Air Cadets Gain New Skills With R.A.F.
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By Flt Lt G G Richardson - 2344 (Longbenton) Squadron
Air Cadets from Longbenton have enjoyed living with personnel from R.A.F. Boulmer over the half-term break as they took part in an Aerospace and Leadership Development Programme.
After being announced as the Top Air Cadet Squadron out of 100 in the UK, the youngsters were invited to spend time at the Northumberland station to learn new skills, develop their personal qualities and to experience the work undertaken there.
The youngsters gained an insight into how RAF Boulmer helps to protect the UK and NATO skies as well as a glimpse of the Sea King search and rescue helicopter. The leadership and communications exercises saw the air cadets develop their organisational, thinking, speaking and listening, teamwork, and problem solving skills. The skills were then put to use in a simulated radio communications exercise.
Cadet Chloe Lowes, 14, of Camperdown, said, “The Programme was the best thing I’ve ever done! It was so much fun! We got to learn loads and to then do a big exercise to use our skills showed what we had learnt over the days. We also got to see what happens on the base first-hand which was amazing!” Chloe added.
Squadron Commander, Flight Lieutenant Gary Richardson said “R.A.F. Boulmer has provided us with so much support over the years and it was very kind to be invited to spend time on the base in recognition of our recent achievement.” “Our young people enjoy a varied Training and Development Programme with us, that sees them gain numerous internationally recognised qualifications, and to have R.A.F. Boulmer supporting that is fantastic as it allows our youngsters to achieve their own targets and raises aspiration,” added Gary.
The Air Cadets will soon be visiting R.A.F. Boulmer later this year to see the work of the Sea King more closely.
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