New Wing Commander Announced

We are very pleased to announce that the new Officer Commanding Dorset & Wiltshire Wing will be Sqn Ldr (Wg Cdr desig) Nick Watt, currently Wing Training Officer.

We are sure you will all join us in congratulating Sqn Ldr Watt on the appointment. At the same time, We are also sure you will join us in thanking Wg Cdr Toth for everything that she has done for the Wg over the past 8 years and wishing her well for the future.

The nominal date for the the assumption of command is 10 Sep 19.

Wing LGBT+ Reps

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 cop Mon 17 June.

LGBT+ Pride Month

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.

Entries welcomed by all RAFAC Pers Staff, CFAV and cadets should be sent to lgbtadvisor1@aircadets.org by no later than Fri 14 Jun 2019

 

Training Officer

Visit to RFA Tidespring
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.

2391 (Parkstone) Squadron provide Radio Safety Net for RAFWARMA

2391 (Parkstone) Squadron provide Radio Safety Net for RAFWARMA

Once again cadets and staff from 2391 have been able to supply a Radio Safety Net for the RAFWARMA 2-day marches held at RAF Cosford each year.

This year proved more challenging after the loss of our usual Control Center and the re-siting of a major checkpoint on Day 2.

Thanks to one of our Service Instructors, Sgt (RAF) Finnigan we were able to re-locate to No.1 Radio School which proved to be a better site for us.

To top off the weekend the AOC visited the Control Center to congratulate the cadets on their skills and performance.

We have already received and invite to return next year.

A big “Well Done” to the whole team.

Duke of Westminster Award nomuniations now open!

Are you enrolled in a BTEC award provide by CVQO?

Have you completed one already?

Why not consider applying to one of the most prestigious awards there is, the Duke of Westminster award. For further details and to potentially apply click on the following link:

https://www.cvqo.org/westminster-award/

NOTE: One nomination per unit only.

Inter-Wing Swimming

On Sunday 10th September cadets from Dorset and Wilts Wing took part in the Inter-Wing Swimming Gala.

Congratulations to all that attended and well done on the massive support for all those swimming regardless of their ability.

The trophies this year went to:

2491 Lyneham for Junior boy and girls

2182 Dorchester for Senior girls

1304 Chippenham for Senior boys and Overall winners of the Gala.

Cadet Attains Gold Cyber

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.

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Dorchester Squadron Launches Leadership Resources Fundraising Campaign

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.