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National Navigating Stars at 1360!

It was a night to remember for all of the cadets of 1360 (Stapleford and Sandiacre) Squadron as they received numerous awards for their achievements, one of which being the National Navigation Award Bronze level. This was achieved on a training camp in which the cadets were let loose in the fields of Derby with a map and compass, a radio, and food to get them through the day. Their aim was simple, navigate their own way back to the campsite, this was to be done with no assistance from supervising staff therefore if they ended up lost (which thankfully none of them did) their jobs became twice as difficult. During the walk the supervising staff members tested them on things they were taught the previous night i.e. scale, pacing’s, and orientating a map. Once the cadets made their way to the camp, they were quizzed by the two assessors on what they had been taught. This was make or break, a wrong answer lead to failure of the course meaning all of their hard work had gone to waste. Every cadet who attended the camp received their awards and could not have had more pride as it meant all of their hard work had finally paid off after a long wait. Cadet Warrant Officer Liam Osbiston (18) (Course Instructor) said, “I was most pleased with how many cadets passed, it’s nice to know that your teaching is making a difference”

National Navigation

Lucky 13!

13 cadets from 1360 (Stapleford and Sandiacre) Squadron were lucky enough to train and be tested for their Radio Communicators Award, this award scheme entailed a weekend of extensive training and a final test. All the cadets who were tested passed thanks to their hard work. But this is just the beginning! Now those 13 cadets have passed their first award, they will be progressing with even more training and even more testing in order to progress further in their radio communication skills. The further they progress the harder the work becomes but the more they get out of it. Corporal Jade Cox (16) said “I was so pleased to be one of the 13 cadets who passed, it was a great achievement and felt like I had opened up a world of further opportunities in my cadet career!” and so they did and so good luck to all who will be progressing further!

Radios Qualification

Close win for 1360 boy’s!

Rise and shine it was for the cadets of 1360 (Stapleford & Sandiacre) Squadron Air Training Core as it was time for the Inter- Wing Cross Country competition. The squadron took a fleet of cadets down to RAF Wittering to compete in a 3 -4 Mile run.  It was a cold start to the day with the junior boys starting off the day first at 10:30am. The rain held off during the race keeping the boys dry. It was just a shame the wind didn’t slow down. One cadet from 1360 Squadron came in the top six and got into inter-wing cross country. This is an amazing achievement and a great opportunity to show off how proud you are to represent the South & East Midlands Wing. With the squadron getting 2nd place in the junior boy’s category, this is a great jump from last year. Overall 1360 Squadron placed first in the whole of the South & East Midlands Wing. This is a first for 1360 Squadron and a great start to the year. Corporal Davies (15) who ran for 1360 in the junior boys category said: ‘I am so proud for everyone who ran on the day and I am also thankful for everyone who supported and kept everyone’s morale high’.

A Speedy Start To The Year!

What do you usually do at 6:00am on a cold Sunday morning? Sleep? Well not the cadets at 1360 (Stapleford and Sandiacre) Squadron Air Training Core; for them a frosty Sunday morning entailed waking up to travel down to RAF Wittering and compete in the annual Inter-Squadron cross country competition. This is a 3-4 mile run across a variety of terrains within the RAF Base. The Cadets at 1360 took the gruelling challenge in their stride and powered through. All the way to 1st place! This was all thanks to the dedication and hard work of the cadets in the endless training sessions leading to all categories finishing in the top four at least. Cadet Warrant Officer Liam Osbiston (18) went up to collect the almighty trophy, afterwards he said “I am so impressed with the valiant effort put in by all of the cadets and could not have been more proud, it is a great start to the year for us! Roll on the next competition!”Cross Country

In a Heart Beat

Congratulations to the 9 cadets from 1360 (Stapleford and Sandiacre) Squadron who after intensive training, finally completed their Heart Start award! The Heart Start Award is a basic introduction to First Aid, this is things like CPR, The Recovery Position and bandaging wounds, these cadets are well on track to becoming fully qualified first aiders! They had to sit through 6 lessons to learn each topic and then take the test where they are given a scenario and have to prove they know their stuff! These 9 cadets did brilliant jobs and the entire squadron couldn’t be more proud! Cadet Ryan Griffin (17) said “I am really happy that I achieved my heart start, it means I can progress as a cadet and as a first aider, I’m really looking forward to whatever is coming next for my first aid career” once again congratulations to you all, you have done us proud!

Heart Start

 

Travelling To A Land Down Under

Prior to Christmas time, the International Air Cadet Exchange (IACE) allocations had been released to squadrons. One country in particular took CWO Osbiston’s (18) fancy. The Three countries on offer were, Hong Kong, Australia and Germany. After 30 minutes of administration, filing out the paperwork and application form, it went straight to the CO’s office for approval and submission.

After a relaxing 2 weeks off over the Christmas break, the paperwork was the last thing on the CWO’s mind until…

An email popped into the squadron inbox from South and East Midlands wing HQ. In the email, it stated that Liam had been awarded a once in a life time experience to travel to Australia in the summer for 2 weeks.

During this time, he will get to experience life as a cadet in Australia as well as experiencing the activities that they get up to. CWO Osbiston is looking forward to going scuba diving off the Great Barrier Reef as well as getting a look at wildlife that isn’t common to Northern Hemisphere countries. (Kangaroo’s!!!)

CWO Osbiston said “I am so privileged to be given this opportunity through the Air Training Corps. It is definitely going to be the highlight of my summer and I cannot wait to meet other cadets from around the Country as well as cadets from a completely different country!”

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1360 Make Money!

Last weekend 1360 (Stapleford & Sandiacre) Squadron raised money to help out theirs unit. Their job was to marshal the England relay triathlon championships held at the National Water Sports Centre (Holme Pierpont) in West Bridgeford. It was two very long and tiring days’ work for 1360 Squadron. They had to support competitors while running by handing out water bottles and clearing the bottles off the road. Another job the cadets were involved in was to help close off the walk ways for runners and keep pedestrians off the cycle track and much more.  After a long hard day they got themselves a well-deserved pizza and ate it on the camp site. The 2nd But as usual 1360 Squadron were in high spirits the whole weekend.

Cadet Zach Davies said “I really enjoyed the weekend it was something new for all the cadets to experience.” long day began and they had to pack everything away.

 

Cadet Perk’s victory on Wing Field day!

Cadet Ben Perks (15) was confirmed winner of the air recognition competition on Wing Field day.  The individual air recognition award is a great achievement for any cadet to receive for this award you must be able to name various air crafts.  When Cadet Ben Perks (15) received his award at Wing Field day he said “I’m speechless, I’d like to thank the squadron for helping me towards this glorious day and myself for being plane crazy and a BIG THANKS! to all my fellow cadets especially Cadet Zach Davies (14) assisting me throughout this day, I’m just as proud as anything!”

 

Cadets Visit Henlow

Four Cadets from 1360 (Stapleford & Sandiacre) squadron went on a week camp away to RAF Henlow. The journey took 3 hours and all was very quiet. When they arrived they were all really excited about the week so they promptly introduced to everyone. During the week the cadets did several activities including Day trips- to war museums and around Cambridge. Leisure activities- swimming. Sports- such as unihock, quick cricket and team building activities.The weather stayed nice for most of the week however during the last couple of days they had a spot of rain but the morale stayed high.The meals consisted of a wide variety of delicious, juicy and luxury food. On their day trips they were provided with a packed lunch. Cadet Brandon Bennett (14) from 1360 squadron said ‘the dorms were well furnished and all the activities kept us occupied all the time. I really enjoyed the meals and they never failed to fill me up, it was an amazing camp.’

 

Sun, BBQ and Games

Whilst most children were spending their Saturday watching television, the cadets of 1360 (Stapleford and Sandiacre) Squadron were enjoying themselves at a squadron barbeque, digging into burgers and hot dogs cooked by the gourmet chefs, the staff themselves. The sun was shining so this meant the cadets and parents were able to top up their tans whilst competing in the squadron games organised such as cricket, football, ultimate Frisbee and a classic sea front game of how many cans can you knock down with a ball. The barbeque was hosted in the squadron grounds; it turned out to be a huge hit thanks to everyone who attended. Cadet George Meads (13) said “It was great to see all the parents and cadets come together to enjoy the lovely weather. I enjoyed demolishing a juicy cheese burger and maybe the odd cake. Overall a really good day”

 

Battle of Britain

It was another early start for the Air Cadets of1360 (Stapleford & Sandiacre Squadron) as they made their way to St Mary’s church in Nottingham to remember those who took part in the Battle of Britain.

The day began waiting for the service in the cold. Over 100 Cadets from South and East Midlands Wing attended the parade. Many civilians attended as well to remember their loved ones and to lay their wreaths. The cadets then paraded to the Market Square across Lace Market and through Angel Row. The Lord Mayor of Nottingham then spoke to the cadets and inspected them. All cadets looked extremely smart and really showed their respect. Even though the weather wasn’t the best, all the cadets came out on top form and some of their parents watched  proudly. 1360 Squadron really stood out as we won banner drill and that played a big part in the Battle of Britain Parade.  Cadet Zach Davies said “I may of been freezing during the parade but it is a good day and i forgot about the cold. Overall it was a good parade, with it being one of the most important as well.”

 

COME FLY WITH ME.

 

It was a regular cadet parade night with a twist. As 1360 (Stapleford and Sandiacre) squadron cadets made their way to the East Midlands Aero Park where they spent two hours exploring and learning about the different aircrafts used. They were told the history of various aircraft from past and present. There was a range of activities and aircrafts the cadets could view up close. It was something new for all the cadets to get involved in; it seemed everyone that attended really enjoyed the experience. The squadron would like to thank their Civilian Instructor Robert Hill for organising the trip. We also look forward to visiting in the future. Cadet Jack Crowther (13) said “I found it educational, enjoyable, and an all-around good time”

Welcome new blood

It’s been a great couple of months for 1360 (Stapleford and Sandiacre) squadron when it comes to attracting new blood to the squadron. After a large recruitment drive that was held at a local school, the squadron was hit with an exciting number of new faces. Achieving 18 new recruits ready and willing to take on the challenges that they will be faced with as an Air Cadet. After 3 months of being taught the bread and butter of how to be the best cadet they can possibly be, it was finally time for the chicks to leave their nest. This meant the 18 junior recruits took part in their passing out parade at the Unit. This parade is always special for the cadets and the squadron because it means parents and family members are able to visit the cadets and unit to have an insight of what cadet life is about. A presentation was held for the parents by the Commanding Officer of 1360 Flight Lieutenant Gareth Fowler to tell the proud parents all about the training the cadets have had. After a short tea and biscuit break the cadets where fallen in on parade where they would receive their log books and certificates awarding them first class cadet. The cadets were privileged to have their awards presented by the Squadrons Wing Staff Officer Flight Lieutenant Lynda Waplington.

Cadet Matthew Osbiston was awarded best recruit throughout the training this meant he held high quality standards throughout his training from drill, uniform to performance in the classroom. This is a great achievement for such a new cadet.

Well Done to all Cadets for how they performed on the night and how smart they looked while being inspected.

Training Flight new recruites

 

 

 

 

Flight Sergeant to Cadet Warrant Officer

It’s been a long wait but after finally turning the age of 18 Cadet Flight Sergeant Liam Osbiston (18) from 1360 (Stapleford and Sandiacre) Squadron Air Cadets has reached the highest rank Wing Co and Cadet Warrentpossible that a Cadet can achieve. Being in the Air Training Core for 5 Years and working hard to achieve anything possible, Flight Sergeant Liam Osbiston had his Cadet Warrant Officer interview with the Officer Commanding South and East Midlands Wing, Wing Commander Dickenson OBE. The interview consists of questions on what Flight Sergeant Liam Osbiston could bring to the Wing and what his future aspirations are within in the wing before he turns the age of 20 and has to choose different paths. After the interview Flight Sergeant walked out the office feeling confident he had earned the promotion. On final parade Wing Commander Dickenson presented Liam Osbiston with his Cadet Warrant Officer rank slides.

Congratulations to Cadet Warrant Officer Liam Osbiston it was a promotion well deserved.

Cadet Warrant Officer Said: “I’ve worked really hard all the way through my cadet career so to be promoted to Cadet Warrant Officer is a huge achievement for me”.

1360 Cadets Hit the Horse Shows

It was another busy weekend for 1360 (Stapleford and Sandiacre) Squadron as again they were out in the community giving a helping hand. Cadets turned up at Breestons horse show to help with escorting the rider and their horse to the different show rings, setting up jumps and calling for different categories over the taloid. Luckily the weather was delightful and the cadets could top up on their tan. When cadets weren’t helping at the horse rings they were meeting and greeting the competitors at the gate opening and closing the gate and directing them to where they should be parked. It was a long day for the cadets but at least for lunch they had the home made buffet to destroy specially prepared. After the running back and forth up and down the show was coming to a finish and one by one two by two the horses were stacked into their trailers ready for another day. By helping out for the day the Squadron Received £150.00 from the organiser! This money will be put to great use to provide cadets with the activities they long to get stuck in with. 

Cadet Zach Davies (14) said: “It was a really enjoyable day it was something I hadn’t done before with cadets it was good to do something different. I could also to up on my tan but getting sun burnt wasn’t the best!”

    What a weekend for 1360 Squadron Air Cadets

Well… 1360 (Stapleford and Sandiacre) Squadron have had a cracking weekend this month! From fun runs, Regional Netball Competitions, Regional Football Trials, Regional Hockey Trials to Leadership Courses and of course the mighty Banner Drill down at RAF Wittering Peterborough, all in one weekend. Beginning on Friday Sergeant Matthew Carré (17) began his NCO Leadership course at RAF Wittering, at the same time, members of the squadron put in fantastic efforts at the Erewash 5k Fun run. Saturday was nearly a day of rest however Corporal Jade Cox (14) was busy representing the Region at the Inter region finals for the junior netball team. Sunday has to have been the biggest logistical task the squadron has ever faced. It was an early morning start for Flight Sergeant Liam Osbiston (17) and Corporal Stuart McPherson (16) had their all-important Ralph Reid Buckley interviews, if they were successful then this meant they would be given the opportunity to learn how to fly solo with a bursary worth £500. Following the Interviews Cpl Stuart (16) McPherson then had to shoot off to RAF Wittering with Cadet Elly Ongoma (16) to take part in the Regional Football Trials which they both managed to make the team! Cadet Charlotte Lee (16) also attended the Regional Hockey Trials where she travelled down to RAF Wittering where she fought for a place in the team, after a long day in playing hockey game after hockey game she found out that she had also made it to the regional team. Last but not least, the squadron sent their banner team down to RAF Wittering to compete the annual Wing Banner Drill Competition. After a long day of waiting for other squadrons to complete their routines it finally came to final parade waiting anxiously 3rd place was called it wasn’t 1360, 2nd place was called it still wasn’t 1360 as the final pause for 1st place was given to the teams amazement 1360 Squadron was called out for 1st place! The Squadron Banner team had now won it not once, not twice but now THREE years in a row scoring the Hat-trick. It was the biggest sense of achievement for all the team! Holding the trophy high again 1360 Squadron had banner drill in the bag.

The Squadron Congratulates all cadets that attended these events you have again made 1360 Squadron proud! Nothing can stop us here.

    1360 Squadron Strike AGAIN!

What a weekend it has been for 1360 (Stapleford and Sandiacre) Squadron. After months, weeks and days of training the time had come around again when the Squadron banner team was sent to RAF Wittering to compete in the Wing Banner drill competition. 1360 Squadron have won this competition 2 years in a row and with new Cadets in the team was it possible to keep their title of Banner Drill champions? With shoes polished like mirrors and razor sharp creases in their uniform the team headed down to RAF Wittering in Peterborough where they would be up against 26 other teams and this year every squadron wanting to knock 1360 off the top. The competition was fierce. It was 1360 Squadron’s time to take their place on the drill square where they were being watched with hawk eyes by the Banner Drill inspector but also other Squadron’s staff. It was now crucial that the team got every stamp and every turn in time so they could hopefully once again lift the trophy. Flight Sergeant Liam Osbiston (17) was carrying the Banner for the third successive year but with two brand new team mates added to the mi in the form of, Flight Sergeant Abby Jones (17) as the new left escort and Corporal Jake Harlow (17) as the new Banner Warrant Officer it was a nail biting time for Sgt ATC James Glover who had spent months training the team to perfection. As he stood at the side his team marched on perfectly and stamped in together. The competition was on. The team performed each order in perfect synchronisation and they marched off the parade with heads held high and confidence shooting through the roof. After each Squadron banner team gave it their all, it was time to form up on final parade to hear the results of the competition. Waiting anxiously 3rd place was called it wasn’t 1360, 2nd place was called it still wasn’t 1360 as the final pause for 1st place was given to the teams amazement 1360 Squadron was called out for 1st place! The Squadron Banner team had now won it not once, not twice but now THREE years in a row scoring the Hat-trick. It was the biggest sense of achievement for all the team! Holding the trophy high again 1360 Squadron had banner drill in the bag.

Banner Team

Adult Sergeant Glover said: “Great job team! Now there’s wing banner at Albert ball and Battle of Britain parade! Fantastic result, always nice to see the results of all that hard work, well done stormtroopers!”

 

 

 

    1360 Show their Sporting Stars

Another early morning for the Cadets at 1360 (Stapleford and Sandiacre) Squadron as they embarked on yet another sporting adventure. Meeting at the squadron at 7am would usually mean tired eyes, but not for the 1360 cadets! Bright eyed and ready to go with their hand made posters and a cheerful spirit, the cadets set off to Saffron Lane Athletics Stadium, a quick practice and they were ready to race. After and early morning and a long day,  taking place in every event the squadron could not have been prouder with themselves and each other. Over all the squadron came well deserved 4th place with each age category coming 4th/5th. Flight Sergeant Abigail Jones (17) said “I’m so proud of all the cadets that represented our squadron, we all put full effort into everything we did and we kept the morale high, the early mornings were very difficult but so worth it!”

Athletics 2013

In the end we got 6 cadets through to represent our wing (South and East Midlands) ur sports stars were Flight Sergeant Liam Osbiston (17) Sergeant Matthew Carre (17) Corporal Jake Harlow (17) Corporal Jade Cox (15) Cadet Lucy Oakden (14) and Cadet Charlie Alvey (14) all will travel back down to Leicester to compete against other wings in the Region.

    Wing Commanders Inspection

For weeks 1360 (Stapleford and Sandiacre) Squadron had been preparing for a very important evening.

Each cadet, washed, swept and hoovered the Squadron, making it look pristine for when they would have a V.I.P Member of staff pay them a visit. As Alpha, Bravo and the new Training flight formed into their squads, shoes were shiny and creases sharp. They stood looking smart and proud. Officer Commanding South and East Midlands Wing, Wing Commander Dickenson OBE alongside him Flight Lieutenant Waplington, arrived at the squadron for the yearly squadron inspection.

When they arrived they were greeted by Flight Commanders Flight Sergeant Abigail Jones (17) and Flight Sergeant Liam Osbiston (17) who was taking charge of Alpha and Bravo flights. Once they stepped foot on to the parade the squadron was brought to attention and they were formally greeted with a salute from the squadron officers. 1360 Squadrons Commanding Officer Flight Lieutenant Gareth Fowler was proudly standing at the front of his squadron. He took Wg Cdr Dickenson to the first flight to be inspected. As the inspection went on the cadet stood still, proudly waiting for a short conversation with the Wing Commander.

It was an exciting time for the new recruits as they hadn’t yet met OC South and East Midlands Wing and it was interesting to hear what their most enjoyable Squadron activity had been so far! After the inspection, the Wing Staff were taken into the squadron for an inspection on our newly refurbished building!

Wing Commander Dickenson said: “Fantastic turn out by those in attendance. A newly refurbished building; a new start and a new set of recruits. Keep up the good work 1360.”

Flt Lt Fowler CO of 1360 Squadron Said: “This was a great evening which was emphasised by Wing Commander Dickinson as being the emergence of 1360 Squadron as a force to be reckoned with once again, in the Air Cadet organisation. I am very proud of the standard of Cadet that was on parade tonight and with the amount of Junior Cadets on parade am very excited about the future of this fantastic Unit!

    More Wing Blues for 1360 Squadron

As 1360 (Stapleford and Sandiacre) Squadron have shown their ability in sports this year the achievement was finally awarded to the cadets that had represented the squadron. Corporal Jade Cox (14) and Corporal Shannon Conway (15) received their wing blue badges to show how they had represented South and East midlands wing in the junior girl’s hockey and junior girl’s netball. Each time the sporty pair represents the wing they will receive these badges to proudly show off. We as a squadron are really proud of our Corporals for their efforts and taking up their weekends to show what their made of. We hope to push more of our new recruits to follow in their footsteps and achieve as many wing blues as they can. It has been a tremendous few months for the squadron when achieving high in the sports area. We are looking forward to the rest of the year bring on some more sports stars to represent the squadron!

Sport Stars.

Corporal Jade Cox Said: “I love representing the squadron and I also love playing netball, nothing is going to stop me representing the squadron and wing in the future.”

 

 

    Sporting stars for 1360 Squadron!

7 Cadets from 1360 (Stapleford and Sandiacre) Squadron once again shine in their chosen sports events by representing the wing. Corporal Shannon Conway (14) and Corporal Charlotte Lee (16) rose above the rest in making the cut for the South and East Midlands Wing hockey team, they had an early morning start at RAF Cranwell and spent the day competing against 6 other Wings in our region. Flight Sergeant Liam Osbiston (17), Corporal Stuart McPherson (16), Cadet Oliver Kirk (15)Cadet Joel Terry (16) and Cadet Elly Ongoma (15) showed amazing sporting talent when they were selected to represent South and East Midlands wing in Football, they too had a very early start followed by a long drive down to RAF Cranwell to spend the day competing in a football competition. By the end of the weekend our sporting stars were worn out, with a night’s rest they showed up to the squadron the next day with a smile on their faces.

Corporal Charlotte Lee said “I’m so happy that I got the opportunity to represent the wing in a sport I love, it was so fun to meet new friends across England and also to represent my squadron in doing so. I hope to get the chance to do this again next year.”

We congratulate all our sporting stars on their amazing efforts over the weekend. Well done!

    Air Cadet Climbs Kilimanjaro

After 2 Years of fund raising and hard work at her Saturday job at IMS Lettings in Derby Flight Sergeant Abigail Jones (17) from 1360 (Stapleford & Sandiacre) Squadron left England from Heathrow for Tanzania with 15 other Students from George Spencer 6th Form. After 35 hours of traveling from one side of the world to the other she arrived in Moshi Town on Sunday Morning. On the Monday morning at 6:30am she and 15 others made their way to the bottom of Mount Kilimanjaro the highest walkable mountain on Earth. Flight Sergeant Abigail Jones started the trek up Mount Kilimanjaro for 5 days stopping at different camp sites each night. As the air became thinner every day the group were pushed to their limits but working together they pushed to the last camp before the late night start of 11:30pm to start walking up to Stella Point this walk consisted of walking in -20 degrees in the night, the teams water bottles started to freeze up meaning they couldn’t drink. After 6 and half hours of straight walking her and the team finally reached Stella Point from here it was only an hour’s walk to the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro! Emotions were running high for all members of the as they were completely exhausted. After another hour of walking Flight Sergeant Jones and the team reached the very peak of Mount Kilimanjaro! The team stood and watched the sun rise with breathe taking views they felt a sense of achievement and relief that they had made it to the top!

 

Flight Sergeant Jones said: “It was the most amazing experience of my life! Words can’t describe the time I had over in Tanzania. The final climb to Stella Point was a challenging aspect of the trip and I have to admit tears were streaming down my face but who can blame me? The descent down from the mountain was also emotional because it meant we were going to leave the beautiful mountain. But then I had the two day safari to look forward to and then the two day relaxation period on a Tanzanian beach in Bagamayo. Anyone wanting to do something crazy I would recommend attempting Mount Kilimanjaro you won’t regret it! I’d love to take the whole Squadron up there just to let them experience what I did. I aspire to go back to Tanzania and help build the local school.”

    Red Badged first Aiders! For 1360 Cadets

The awards just keep coming in for cadets at 1360 (Stapleford and Sandiacre) Squadron! The squadron have had a cracking year so far when it comes to competing in sports or sending cadets on their Duke of Edinburgh’s! But now we’ve got something else to show off, 5 cadets received their red first aid badgers! Sergeant Matthew Carre (17), Corporal Jade Cox (14) Corporal Jake Harlow (17), Corporal Shannon Conway (15) and Cadet Zach Davies (16) were all sent on a weekend course to learn basic first aid. They were taught how to deal with different situations such as, an unconscious person, bleeding wound they are also taught how to perform CPR. First aid is an important skill to have as one day hopefully not but one of these cadets could be saving a life.

First aid people

We are so proud of all out cadets, it’s great to see them giving their weekends up to learn a useful skill. Well done.

 

 

    Distinction Star of 1360 Squadron

FS Osbiston BTEC

Two workbooks, an interview and an expedition later, Flight Sergeant Liam Osbiston (17) has successfully passed his BTEC level 2 in Public Services with Distinction*.

It has taken two years with his other studies but all the hard work has paid off. Slowly but surely after completing question after question, the pass’ merits’ and distinctions’ added up to give him an overall distinction*. Wing Commander Mills, Corps CVQO officer payed the squadron a visit to help the other squadron cadets with their qualifications. He also bought the fantastic news to Flight Sergeant Liam Osbiston, that his overall work had managed to be marked at the highest possible level available.

The Flight Sergeant will now take this along with his Aviation Studies BTEC to help gain his Institute of Leadership and Management Level 2.

 

    Fun Run Experience for 1360

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As if competing in Cadet Sports wasn’t enough for Cadets from 1360 (Stapleford and Sandiacre) Squadron but on Friday 19th April nine of them set upon competing in the Erewash Fun Run! This is a local event where friends and family can get involved, getting fresh air to their lungs and doing some exercise. Cadets from 1360 Squadron had volunteered themselves to run that day, who thought running could be fun? But the cadets weren’t running to try and prove that running can be made fun, they were running so raise money for the Squadron. Added incentive for the Cadets to do well was the guest appearance of the Commanding Officer Flt Lt Gareth Fowler who entered the event alongside the Cadets.  The Run itself was 5km Run around the hilly Hemlock Stone Park which each cadet ran, walked or crawled to make it over the finish line. It was really a great event for the squadron.

Cadet Oliver Kirk (15) who took part in the fun run said: “I had a really good time at the fun run I enjoyed the support from friends and family, I found the run challenging but it didn’t stop me from completing it.”

OC Flt Lt Fowler said “This was the inaugural event for the squadron but is definitely one that we will repeat in the future. I am very pleased that only one of the Cadets beat me round the course so a special congratulations to Cdt Dinsdale! I look forward to competing against more of the Cadets next year! Well done 1360!

 

    Sprint Finish at Region Cross Country

It was a mild day at RAF Cranwell and three of our top athletes from 1360 Stapleford & Sandiacre Squadron were up bright and early ready to run for South and East Midlands Wing. Flight Sergeant Liam Osbiston (17), Corporal Shannon Conway (14) and Cadet Joel Terry (15) ran a 3mile cross country course. After long intense running the athletes came to a quick finish as Flight Sergeant Liam Osbiston sprinted to the finish to claim 6th place. Corporal Shannon Conway led behind in the junior girl’s category sprinting to a close 7th place. We congratulate all three of the road runners! After results were counted in it was time to announce which wing had won the Regional Cross Country. With a huge roar of excitement South and East Midlands had been placed 1st Place! What a great day for the Air Cadets! Well done to everyone!

Corporal Shannon Conway said: “I Love running and when it comes to cross country I love a challenge I always push myself to the limit to try and reach the closest place if not 1st!”

 

1360 Go Regional at Netball

From rugby to football to hockey and netball successes, 1360 (Sandiacre and Stapleford) Sqn have had a cracking start to the year when it comes to sports trials.
Just when we thought we’d topped the sports, Cdt Cpl Jade Cox (14) pushed us further up the sports table! After playing in the South and East Midlands Wing Junior Girls Netball Team she was picked for the Regional trials which took place at RAF Wittering.
It was an early morning start and a long drive to Peterborough, but she arrived ready and determined to make the Regional Team! After a long day of playing numerous netball games changing positions and lots of running back and forth, eyes being scratched out and nails being broken it was cutting time for all the hopeful cadets!
It was decision time for Cpl Cox, standing there hoping to make the team she jumped with achievement as her name was called out, she had made the Regional Girls Netball Team! It was well worth the time and effort she had put into that day! CpL Cox had really done 1360 Squadron proud!
Cpl Cox said: “It was a long hard day for me as I had a long travel up to RAF Wittering to compete in the trials but it was so worth it! I’m really proud of myself that I have made the Regional Netball Team it’s a great achievement for me and now I’ve done it for the squadron. I can’t wait to get stuck in at the Regional Netball Competition.”
1360’s Netball Girls Score Again

Last weekend 1360 (Stapleford Sandiacre) Squadron’s four Netball Fighting girls were waking up to the darker mornings, ready for another Sunday of Netball, but this time they would be competing for Victory at Wing level. The competition took place at RAF Cranwell where Cadet Shannon Conway (15) Cadet Abigail Stubbs (16) and Cadet Lauren Everett (15) were now working together with the chosen team to beat the other 6 wings in central England. They were also fighting for a place in the Regional Netball Team to compete in the national competition.   The four girls all enjoyed the day and kept smiling throughout!

It was great news for one of our girls Cadet Shannon Conway (15) has been selected for the Regional Trials. Fg Off Gareth Fowler, Officer Commanding 1360 Squadron said: “We are very proud of all of our girls who competed in the Wing Games and especially of Shannon who did very well to get chosen for regional selection.”

Cadet Shannon Conway (15) said: “It was an amazing day with all the South and East Midland girls even though the rest of the Teams came off with sad faces our Wing were always cheering and smiling. By the end of the day we had become a little family.”

We have our Netball Team

It was another early morning for six of 1360’s Squadron (Stapleford and Sandiacre) Cadet Girls who had the long journey to RAF Wittering, where they would take part in fighting for a place in the Wing Girls Netball Team. The Trials took place on Sunday 28th October 2012 at RAF Wittering. Cadet Abigail Stubbs (16) Cadet Shannon Conway (15) Cadet Jade Cox (14) Cadet Charlotte Lee (15) and Cadet Lauren Everett (15) were against a number of girls from different Squadrons, some small some tall, it was time to get tough. The girls played different games and various positions to see how well they played. At the end of the day the team was chosen and THREE of OUR GIRLS made into to the Wing Netball Team, Shannon Conway (15) Abigail Stubbs (16) and Lauren Everett are our Squadron Netball girls. The competition will take place on Sunday 4th November 2012 at RAF Cranwell.

We wish the girls best of luck!

Air Cadet Climbs Kilimanjaro

After 2 Years of fund raising and hard work at her Saturday job at IMS Lettings in Derby Flight Sergeant Abigail Jones (17) from 1360 (Stapleford & Sandiacre) Squadron left England from Heathrow for Tanzania with 15 other Students from George Spencer 6th Form. After 35 hours of traveling from one side of the world to the other she arrived in Moshi Town on Sunday Morning. On the Monday morning at 6:30am she and 15 others made their way to the bottom of Mount Kilimanjaro the highest walkable mountain on Earth. Flight Sergeant Abigail Jones started the trek up Mount Kilimanjaro for 5 days stopping at different camp sites each night. As the air became thinner every day the group were pushed to their limits but working together they pushed to the last camp before the late night start of 11:30pm to start walking up to Stella Point this walk consisted of walking in -20 degrees in the night, the teams water bottles started to freeze up meaning they couldn’t drink. After 6 and half hours of straight walking her and the team finally reached Stella Point from here it was only an hour’s walk to the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro! Emotions were running high for all members of the as they were completely exhausted. After another hour of walking Flight Sergeant Jones and the team reached the very peak of Mount Kilimanjaro! The team stood and watched the sun rise with breathe taking views they felt a sense of achievement and relief that they had made it to the top!

Flight Sergeant Jones said: “It was the most amazing experience of my life! Words can’t describe the time I had over in Tanzania. The final climb to Stella Point was a challenging aspect of the trip and I have to admit tears were streaming down my face but who can blame me? The descent down from the mountain was also emotional because it meant we were going to leave the beautiful mountain. But then I had the two day safari to look forward to and then the two day relaxation period on a Tanzanian beach in Bagamayo. Anyone wanting to do something crazy I would recommend attempting Mount Kilimanjaro you won’t regret it! I’d love to take the whole Squadron up there just to let them experience what I did. I aspire to go back to Tanzania and help build the local school.”

We are extremely proud of Flight Sergeant Jones to achieve such a goal at only the age of 17 years old! Well done!

Bursary Hopefuls

Two cadets from 1360 (Stapleford & Sandiacre) Squadron received great news this week that they had been selected for interview, for the prestigious award of The Ralph Reid Buckle Gliding Bursary.

The Bursary is designed to allow cadets from the old East Midlands wing, the chance to fly solo in a conventional glider. It was established by the wife of Wing Commander R Reid Buckle, who tragically died in air crash, to preserve his name and give something back to the organisation that he was such a part of.
The two cadets: Cpl Mcpherson & F/S Osbiston are both now busy revising aero topics and acronyms in preparation for their interviews with the Bursary panel.

We wish them both the best of luck!

 

New Squadron Blood

A new year means only one thing at 1360, recruitment time. 6 members of squadron staff attended a local secondary school in the area, aiming to bring in new talent to the fantastic Air Cadet Organisation.

The morning started off early arriving for registration, which was a chance to reminisce for many of the staff members. A quick safety brief from the school led on to setting up two presentations. The commanding officer, Flight Lieutenant Fowler gave his introductory presentation, showing off what the Air Training Corps has to offer. In another room, DofE presentation and team building exercises were laid on, to show yet more benefits of the organisation.

The Morning proved successful for the squadron, who gained 18 new recruits on introduction night.

 

The Team Needs You!
After recent success at the cross country competition, cadets from 1360 (Stapleford & Sandiacre) Squadron get stuck into yet more sports!

With the competitions fast approaching, South and East Midlands Wing set out the trials for a Junior Boys Football team and a Junior girls Hockey Team.  1360 sent 4 cadets to RAF Wittering to try out. The great talent of the squadron was proved when Cdt’s Ongoma and Kirk as well as Cpl McPherson made the Football team. Meanwhile on the astro turf, Cpl Conway was selected as the Hockey teams goal keeper.

With 4 years wing football experience, 3 of those as captain, Flight Sergeant Osbiston also attended to help coach the football team. He will also attend the competition at RAF Cranwell in 2 weeks’ time.

We wish them all, as well as the Wing, the best of luck!

 

Inter Wing Football Competition

After two weeks of trials and training, this year’s Senior Wing football team descended upon RAF Cranwell. With 5 games to play, the competition was going to be fiery between the wing rivals, ours being Trent wing. The weather luckily held off and this luck also brought along two goals for the team.

This year, we managed a final position of 4th and improvement of two positions on last year. We also beat rivals Trent with a 1-0 victory.

F/S Osbiston from 1360 (Stapleford) Squadron has been selected for Regional trials in two weeks’ time.

We wish him the best of luck!

 

Gold D of E Success

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Walks in the Peak

On a sunny July weekend, groups of intrepid walkers descended upon the white peak area for two days of bronze expedition.  Cadets from 1360 (Stapleford) and 348 (Ilkeston) Squadron’s worked together in mixed groups to complete the first stage of the Duke of Edinburgh scheme.

The British weather held up for the cadets and both groups successfully passed the expedition section of the award.

Cadet Cox Said “it was very challenging for the whole group, there was some very trying moments but a lot of funny moments. We had some points where we wanted to give up, but with songs and laughs and high morale we pulled through!”

The weekend was a great achievement for the two Broxtowe squadrons and they will both go on to submit groups for silver expeditions later in August.

Congratulations to everybody who took part!

 

 

Cadet F/S Liam Osbiston
1360 Stapleford & Sandiacre Squadron

 

Raising the Standard

After weeks of preparation and hard work, 1360 (Stapleford & Sandiacre) have won the Wing banner competition for the 2nd consecutive year!

Never yet has the competition been so close, with 27 entrants in 2012, up for 12 the previous year. After a brisk uniform inspection, the party of 5 headed up to the parade square, adoring the new belt buckles and white gloves, clutching the banner tightly with anticipation and nervous.

After the formal inspection, carried out by the Regional Warrant Officer, the banner was uncased and the banner barer took the party to the centre of the square. Completing the salutes and compliments in frivolous and windy conditions they then proceeded to complete the casing and march off.

At the end of the sequence, the 5 cadets were greeted with a huge round of applause from the likes of the Wing Commander and squadron rivals Beeston squadron. Finally the beads of sweat were wiped and the effort of the last 7 weeks had paid off.

The results were announced on final parade and with 5 clear points; CWO Jessica Kment collected the trophy for 1st place from OC South and East Midlands Wing.

The Banner party will go on to carry the Wing banner at Region Field day, Albert Ball parade and the Battle of Britain parade, both in Nottingham City Centre.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Flying Fish!

A new year and a new start brings swimming onto the agenda.

As 1360 welcomed in the New Year, they took the opportunity to dive in at the local swimming centre to pass their swimming certificates. Only two parade nights in and the whole squadron took a dip in efforts to gain both their basic and intermediate proficiency’s.

Taking part in a 100m swim, dive to the bottom of the pool and rescuing a casualty both with and without T-shirts to add to the difficulty, the cadets completed all sections of the certification.

It was a great success for Stapleford & Sandiacre as it brought home the most Basic and intermediate certificates the squadron has seen for many years. Over 30 cadets passed with flying colours during the night and now the cadets are keen to move on to the advanced proficiency.

 

 

 

 

Early Morning Jog Anybody?

After great success at Wing Swimming, 1360 grabs their hands on trophies at Cross Country.

After an early 07:00 start from the squadron, 1360 embarked for RAF Wittering and the Inter squadron cross country championships. A new route around the bottom of the airfield bought about new challenge to the intense rivalry of the wings squadrons. Despite a bitterly cold wind, both males and females from 13 to 19 from the squadron pulled out their best efforts to gain high positions in their age categories.

The new 3 mile course increased the realism of the course at RAFC Cranwell and everyone dug deep to complete the races.

Cadets bought in places ranging from 3rd to only 32nd in different categories and ages to gain as many points for the squadron as possible.

Apprehension of final positioning was made on final parade; with numerous recounts as scores were closest they have been for many years.

1360’s winning Junior girls team pulled it out of the bag once more, coming first in their age group and a member of that very team coming 3rd and who will be going on to represent the wing at the up and coming inter wing competition!

Joining her is Cadet F/S Osbiston who also came 3rd in the youths age category.
Not only running that day, F/S Osbiston was also selected to play for the wings senior football team.

An extremely well deserved 4th overall placing was also gained and continues to add to the squadron’s recent success at wing sports events.

Well done to all of the cadets who braved the cold to help achieve highly at the event, of which they were rewarded the following night with chocolate gifts.

 

 

 

 

One Step Up The Ladder At 1360  

1360 Squadron has gained some more NCO’s!

After submitting promotion letters, individuals were selected to attended boards held by the CO and Sqn WO. The potential NCO’s revised Wing Staff structure and various other facts regarding the Air Training Corps in preparation for their boards.

After a nervous two weeks, the boards arrived and in no particular order, each candidate took their turn in the hot seat.  From basic knowledge questions to advanced situation based questions the candidates were quizzed on their approach of the situation.

Following on, an apprehensive week awaited the candidates while the decision was made. Out of the blue, promotions were made on final parade of distinguished night.

From Cadet to Corporal:
Cadet Blake
Cadet Pollard
Cadet Terry

From Corporal to Sergeant:
Cadet Corporal Sellars
Cadet Corporal Collishaw
Cadet Corporal Hatfield
Cadet Corporal Carré
And more of a shock, the following sergeants without boards were promoted to Flight Sergeant:
Cadet Sergeant Osbiston
Cadet Sergeant Jones

 

 

 

Stapleford Cadets’ Are Top of the Class

 

5 cadets from Stapleford Squadron have passed their Method of Instruction Course (MOI) assessments.

After many years of sitting exams and attending courses, some of the NCO team at 1360 Sqn have finally got their hands on the yellow Instructor cadet lanyards and are wearing them with pride around the Squadron.

Sitting exams ranging from, Basic navigation to Satellite communications and Propulsion, the cadets have passed with flying colours and in many cases excelled by achieving credits and even distinctions in some exams. After making the grade, they had to attend RAF Cottesmore to learn the teaching techniques and structure of how to teach a lesson ‘Cadet Style’ which will aid in later life as well!

Finally, the squadron received a visit from Flt Lt Rayson-Flynn, Wing staff officer for cadet development who assessed a 10 minute lesson from each cadet. These also had a wide variance, from Drill to Photography.

At the end of the night, the WSO announced that everybody had passed with flying colours and were then presented with their lanyards. More than over the moon, Cadet SGT Hatfield said “I really enjoyed developing my teaching skills. I never knew how a small change can make a big difference in the way we learn!”

The NCO’s will now combine these skills with others acquired on Wing NCO Courses to deliver lessons of the highest quality.

 

 

 

 

Stapleford Calling ‘MRC60’

After a provisional radios course, learning the basics of UHF and VHF radios, F/S Osbiston and Sgt Hatfield from 1360 decided they were up for the challenge of the Full VHF/UHF Radios course.

Arriving on a Friday night, the two budding cadets were prepared for a weekend of learning the ins and outs of Radio’s. The night began with the welcome brief and a revision of the phonetic alphabet and the basic radio rules.

The next morning after a hearty breakfast in the junior ranks mess, the course sat down to lessons in satellite communications and advanced radio and radar. They evening ended with a small practical session playing battleships using the skills we had learnt.

Sunday was the practical assessment, learning how to wire plugs and test for continuity. They also sat two exams in the subjects they had learnt the day previous. This luckily allowed them, not only to pass the course but also to qualify for the master cadet classification.

“The weekend was tiring but was a great insight into the world of communications and I will take these skills back and pass on my knowledge to cadets at my own Squadron” said Cadet F/S Osbiston.

Both Cadets successfully passed the course and are now planning lessons for the rest of the squadron in the art of Radio and communications.