Former Wideopen Cadet Graduates Into the Royal Air Force
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By Flt Lt J H Elliott - 861 (Wideopen) Squadron
Senior Aircraftsman (SAC) Cameron Nicholson, a Service Instructor with 861 (Wideopen) Squadron and now serving regular Airman with the RAF, recently graduated from No.1 Radio School at RAF Cosford passing out from Course No.4000-155 with a Merit.
SAC Nicholson is a former 861 cadet and adult Civilian Instructor who joined the RAF in 2014 as an Information Communications Technology Technician. After successfully completing his phase one training at RAF Halton and graduating as an Aircraftsman, he progressed onto his trade and technical training at RAF Cosford.
No.1 Radio School trains ICT Technicians to meet the RAF’s requirement for a huge range of complex communication, computers, information networks, sensors and detection systems in order to successfully undertake air operations across the globe.
The role of ICT technicians is to enable, operate and maintain the full range of Information and Communications Technologies (ICT) employed by the RAF.
He graduated with a Merit on 10th February 2016 and was subsequently promoted to the rank of Senior Aircraftsman (SAC) and posted to RAF Leeming. After graduation, he said: "The RAF Air Cadets really helped to prepare me for my career in the Royal Air Force and made my basic training period at RAF Halton much easier to handle. I already knew how to march and wear my uniform and the language wasn't completely alien. The transition from civilian to military life wasn’t so much of a shock because of my cadet service. I really enjoy working with the cadets as a Service Instructor as I can give them a glimpse of what is like as a regular Airman and continue to support the Squadron that I grew up with since the age of 13".
Squadron Commander, Flight Lieutenant James Elliott, said: "I am so pleased to see SAC Nicholson completing his technical training at RAF Cosford and I am even more pleased that he has been posted to RAF Leeming so he can continue to support the Squadron in his Service Instructor role! I have known Cameron since I took command of 861 is 2010 and it has been a privilege to watch him develop from cadet into a highly competent regular airman who has a fantastic career ahead of him in the RAF".
861 (Wideopen) Squadron is open to all young people aged 12 (and in Year 8) to 17 years old – cadets can stay post aged 18 to serve until their 20th birthday. Potential new cadets should attend the Squadron on either a Monday or Thursday, 7.00pm-9.30pm. The Squadrons website is at www.861sqn.org for further information.