Approval has now been granted by HQAC to formally introduce Wg Reps as supernumerary posts to individuals at Wg level. These Staff individuals would report to their respective OC Wg, with a dotted line to their respective Rgn Rep – in a similar fashion to WWO’s. This post does not attract additional VA days. Primary duties would continue to be with the Sqn.
If anyone wishes to be considered please contact your Squadron OC and submit an application to me by copMon 17 June.
This year the RAFAC will officially be participating in the RAF’s marching contingent at London Prideon 6 Jul 19.As this is a national event for the MOD, it has been decided that nominations should be accepted from across the organisation.
As you may well be aware June marks LGBT+ Pride month, a day for celebrating the identities and input of lesbian, gay, bi and trans colleagues in society, as well as celebrating equality, diversity, and inclusivity.
Pride is held due to the unconditional belief is that all forms of discrimination thrive in an atmosphere of silence and ignorance, and that once people know that they have loved ones who are Lesbian, Gay, Bi, Trans, Non-binary or any other minority sexual orientation or gender identity, they are far less likely to maintain homophobic or oppressive views.
It the ambition of RAFAC Aspire to get a number of personnel to “come out” in support of LGBT+ people, either as allies or people who self identify and will utilise this to form part of a press release/post on social media for the month.
We are looking for a short video or written outline from individuals talking about why LGBT+ identities matter, the importance of equality, diversity and inclusivity, recognising difference and celebrating LGBT+ identities, and the importance of pride to them.
Cadets from 2391 (Parkstone) Squadron were given the opportunity of a visit to RFA Tidespring while she is docked in Portland.
RFA Tidespring is a Tide-class replenishment tanker of the British Royal Fleet Auxiliary (RFA).
Tidespring is the first of a fleet of four 39,000 tonne Tide-Class tankers, capable of carrying up to 19,000 cubic metres of fuel (19 million litre bottles of cola) and 1,400 cubic metres of fresh water.
The cadets toured the whole ship from the Bridge to the flight deck and everywhere between with no lifts in sight but lots of stairs.
Special thanks must go to 3rd Officer Jack Scoble for organising and hosting the visit and also the Captain for allowing the visit.
Thanks also to the other Officers and staff that made the cadets welcome.
A little over a week ago, a Cadet from Dorset and Wiltshire Wing attended the Gold Cyber Course at No. 1 Radio School, RAF Cosford. Cdt Dymond of 1304 (Chippenham) Sqn went on the second of the two courses this summer, from 12th–19th August.
After arriving on Saturday 12th, we settled into our accommodation and socialised for the rest of the day. During Sunday morning, we learnt about some basic networking. This included having to wire up two computers so that they could talk to each other. During the afternoon, we all visited the RAF Museum nearby. Monday and Tuesday followed with a lot of theory, including the laws relating to hacking and the dangers of social media. Wednesday and Thursday were more practical. It was during both these days that we actually did some hacking. On Friday, we finished off the teaching and took the final exam, with all of the 10 cadets passing. Later, we also were taught the Bronze Cyber syllabus so that we could all be qualified to teach it. We were presented with our badges and certificates by the Regional Commandant of Wales and West Region.
The Gold Cyber Course is the most relaxed course I’ve ever been on. It’s not only eye-opening and informative but also very interesting and fun. There was a good mixture of talks, group research, and practical exercises. I would definitely recommend this course to other cadets interested in cyber security.
A fundraising campaign has been launched by Dorchester Squadron to support their plan to purchase Leadership and Teamwork resources and staff training. “The training resources will enable the staff to deliver proven leadership and teamwork sessions to help develop our cadets.” said the Commanding Officer, Flt Lt Perry Donnelly. “Leadership and teamwork skills are at the heart of a lot of what we do as an organisation. We are looking forward to developing this aspect of training when we have the resources in place and the staff are trained to optimise their use.”
The Squadron has set up a Just Giving Campaign Page and so hopefully it won’t be too long before we can get the resources in place.