Shipley and Baildon Air Cadet Hits the Heights
Rhys Celebrates His Award
By Dr Peter Isherwood - 2458 (Shipley & Baildon) Squadron
Shipley and Baildon Air Cadet Sergeant Rhys Austwick-Holland is celebrating completing the challenging Air Cadet Leadership Award at RAF Cranwell. The course is always over-subscribed and there is a tough selection process including completing a 13 page booklet.
Sergeant Austwick-Holland is only the second cadet in the history of the squadron to gain the award. During the gruelling one week course, Sergeant Austwick-Holland studied and was assessed on all aspects of management, public speaking, navigation, fitness skills, and deportment, bearing and discipline. During the week the activities became progressively more difficult and all members of the course had to act as leaders of a group as well as being team members.
On completing the course and receiving his certificate and badge, Sergeant Austwick-Holland remarked, “It was an intense and gruelling week, however the experience was well worth while; I feel I have gained some very valuable life skills and made many new friends”.
Squadron Warrant Officer (ATC) Russ Melton, commented, “We are very proud of Sergeant Austwick-Holland’s achievement in obtaining the Air Cadet Leadership Award. He is an excellent ambassador for the squadron.”
The Air Cadets offer opportunities to go flying and gliding. Cadets can study for two national Level 2 BTEC Awards, a British Safety Council, Health and Safety Entry Level Award and St John Ambulance First Aid Awards. Cadets can complete the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award and take part in many sporting activities. Visits to RAF station are undertaken and the cadets have the chance to go on RAF station based camps in the UK and abroad.
There are a limited number of vacancies at this very popular squadron. Boys and girls aged 13 and over are invited to visit the Cadet Centre, Green Lane, Shipley on Monday or Friday at 7pm to find out more.
For more information please visit the Squadron website