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Longbenton Air Cadets Enjoy High Praise!

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2017-04-05 14:06:57
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Longbenton Air Cadets Enjoy High Praise!

2344 (Longbenton) Squadron has received a High Sheriff of Tyne and Wear Award in recognition of the valuable services it provides to the community for the fourth consecutive year.  

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Recent Presentations

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2017-04-05 14:05:12
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Recent Presentations

Recently four cadets from 361 (Gateshead) Squadron received a variety of awards.

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Gold for Lancaster Air Cadets

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2017-04-05 13:58:00
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Gold for Lancaster Air Cadets

Congratulations to CWO Archer and Sgt Harris for completing their Gold Duke of Edinburgh Awards recently. Both have now received their badges and are just waiting for their dates to attend the Palace and be presented with their certificates.

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Lord Lieutentant's Presentations

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2017-04-05 13:53:33
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Lord Lieutentant's Presentations

Ten cadets from Durham/Northumberland Wing were recently presented with BTEC Diplomas by Mrs S Winfield, the Lord Lieutenant of Tyne & Wear in a formal ceremony held at HMS Calliope on Gateshead Quayside.

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Silver DofE Exped

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2017-04-05 13:48:24
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Silver DofE Exped

On Friday 28th October we began our Silver actual expedition in and around Nottinghamshire. On the first day we walked just over 17km on varied terrain. The whole group found it enjoyable and we were all in high spirits, although blisters were beginning to show. Even though it was October, the weather was nice and pleasant with sunny skies all day. On that day after ensuring that our bags were adjusted properly and checking that everyone was ready to go, we set off walking at 8:45am. Morale was high all day, and throughout parts we were singing, throughout most of it we were all bonding. By the end of the day we were all excited to reach the campsite. Once we had rested, we began cooking and setting up our tents. I personally cooked tomato chilli pasta.

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Central & East Yorkshire Wing Music Add a New String to Their Bow

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2017-03-28 12:37:13
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Central & East Yorkshire Wing Music Add a New String to Their Bow

The Wing recently held its first Strings rehearsal – with 5 violins and 2 cellos attending the six hour practice session held in York.

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George Set for Royal Role!

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2017-03-27 09:58:11
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George Set for Royal Role!

Longbenton Air Cadet George Binfield has been appointed as Her Majesty’s Lord Lieutenant’s cadet for 2017.

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Squadron Crest to Mark the 75th Anniversary

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2017-03-21 14:13:04
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Squadron Crest to Mark the 75th Anniversary

148 (Barnsley) Squadron have issued all cadets, staff and civilian committee with an embroidered special Squadron crest for the 75th anniversary of the Air Training Corps in 2016.

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Staff Career Success

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2017-03-21 14:11:08
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Staff Career Success

Congratulations to Pilot Officer Ash Reaney RAF VR(T) having successfully passed his Officers Initial Course at RAF College Cranwell.

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New Cadet Warrant on Squadron

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2017-03-21 14:07:24
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New Cadet Warrant on Squadron

Congratulations to 148 Squadron’s latest Cadet Warrant Officer Megan Annetts on passing her Wing Board interview. The interview follows a similar format as one for applying to the Royal Air Force and is Chaired by our Wing Commander Brian Daniel. Megan has served the Squadron, Wing, Region and Corps determinedly and should be proud of her service and dedication.

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Flying Scholarship

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2017-03-21 14:03:18
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Flying Scholarship

From the 26th September – 9th October, I was given an amazing opportunity to partake in the prestigious ACPS Flying Scholarship at Tayside Aviation, Dundee. The course consists of 2 weeks of flying, with the intentions of potentially flying solo, and gaining 12 hours in the air, which can be contributed towards a Private Pilots License.

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Castleford Air Cadets Junior Non-Commissioned Officer Course

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2017-03-21 13:56:12
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Castleford Air Cadets Junior Non-Commissioned Officer Course

On the 3rd-5th March 2017 around 30 cadets took part in the Junior Non-Commissioned Officer (JNCO) Course at 2388 (Castleford) Squadron to improve their leadership skills.  Cadets Corey Webley (16) and Faith Tonks (15), 2 cadets from Castleford Squadron, took part in the weekend, where they took part in leadership training, drill and inspection.  By the end of the weekend they were able to lead a group in various activities to test their newly found skills.  

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Sgt (ATC) Smedley Collects Gold DofE Award From St James’s Palace

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2017-03-21 13:50:32
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Sgt (ATC) Smedley Collects Gold DofE Award From St James’s Palace

On the 6th September 2016 I was honoured to be invited to St James’s Palace to collect my Gold Duke of Edinburgh’s Award.

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First Class First Aiders

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2017-03-21 13:46:48
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First Class First Aiders

11 junior and First class cadets from 59 Huddersfield Squadron and 1466 Holmfirth Squadron attended the Youth First Aid 2 day First Aid Course hosted by 59 Squadron.

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Clay Pigeon Shooting

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2017-03-21 13:43:02
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Clay Pigeon Shooting

On Sunday 19th February 8 cadets from Castleford Squadron went to Park Lodge shooting ground in Cowick, Goole for a day of Clay Target shooting.

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North Region Hockey Competition

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2017-03-21 13:36:25
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North Region Hockey Competition

Well done to Flight Sergeants Grace Leather, Katie Morrell and Cadet Shannon Bradley, from Worsley Squadron, who represented Greater Manchester Wing today.

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Greater Manchester Wing Are Regional Champions!

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2017-03-21 13:33:14
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Greater Manchester Wing Are Regional Champions!

Congratulations to the Greater Manchester Wing Cross Country team which came first in the North Region competition held on 26 February 2017.

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Longbenton Duo Set for RAF!

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2017-03-21 13:26:03
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 Longbenton Duo Set for RAF!

Two North Tyneside volunteers are set to join the Royal Air Force. James Nealings, 22, is set to become a RAF pilot whilst David Anderson, 27, is on course to become an aerospace battle manager (ABM.)

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Air Cadets Enjoy RAF Activity Day!

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2017-03-21 13:24:27
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Air Cadets Enjoy RAF Activity Day!

Longbenton Air Cadets got to grips with leadership tasks, marksmanship principles and engaged with the RAF’s Aerospace Battle Managers (ABMs) during an action-packed activity day at RAF Boulmer.

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New First Class Cadets

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2017-03-21 13:21:07
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New First Class Cadets

Last night, eight cadets from 361 squadron completed their basic training and were presented with First Class Cadet badges to mark this stage of their progression in the RAF Air Cadets syllabus.

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Promotion for Lancaster Cadet

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2017-03-21 13:14:22
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Promotion for Lancaster Cadet

Congratulations to CWO Archer on her promotion to Cadet Warrant Officer this evening. A very well deserved promotion for an outstanding NCO and an excellent role model for all cadets.

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Whitby Air Cadets Open Evening - Monday 10th April 2017

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2017-03-21 13:10:20
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Whitby Air Cadets Open Evening - Monday 10th April 2017

Aged between 12 (and in school year 8) and 17? You can now join the Royal Air Force Air Cadets! Come along to our open evening to find out what the cadets get up to and see some of the amazing opportunities available.

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The Sky Is the Limit for Two 740 Cadets

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2017-03-21 13:07:40
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The Sky Is the Limit for Two 740 Cadets

FS Shaw and Sgt S Swales have both been selected to undergo training as part of the Air Cadet Flying Scholarship scheme.

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Pancake Making Night

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2017-03-21 13:05:47
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Pancake Making Night

Whitby Squadron recently saw the Cadets work as part of teams to complete a quiz on Shrove Tuesday (Pancake day).

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Cross Country Success for 740 Sqn Cadets

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2017-03-21 13:03:37
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Cross Country Success for 740 Sqn Cadets

Two of our cadets attended cross country representing Central & East Yorkshire Wing, Air Training Corps and came back with medals.

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Cadets Receive Their Classification Certificates and Badges

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2017-03-21 13:01:46
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Cadets Receive Their Classification Certificates and Badges

17 cadets received their classification exam certificates tonight, and are in the coming weeks going to be moving onto their next classification.

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Whitby Squadron Visit Search & Rescue Helicopter & the Deep

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2017-03-21 12:59:42
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Whitby Squadron Visit Search & Rescue Helicopter & the Deep

Recently, 19 cadets and staff form Whitby Squadron visited the HM Coastguard Search and Rescue helicopter at Humberside airport. Cadets and staff were shown around the helicopter, a Sikorsky S-92, after a full safety brief by Pilot Jon Stanley.

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Busy Night on Squadron

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2017-03-21 12:56:20
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Busy Night on Squadron

Tonight the cadets were busy learning lifesaving skills by completing their Heartstart training and assessments.

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Squadron Visit by RAF Fylingdales Station Commander

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2017-03-21 12:52:54
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Squadron Visit by RAF Fylingdales Station Commander

Whitby Squadron was delighted to welcome Wing Commander Whiteley, Station commander RAF Fylingdales who was visiting the squadron for the first time since recently taking post at RAF Fylingdales.

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Best of the Bunch!

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2017-03-01 11:39:45
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Best of the Bunch!

After a successful 2016, 59 Squadron kicked off 2017 with an award for Cadet Cerys Bywater. This award is given to the individual who achieves above and beyond during their time in the Initial Training Flight.

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Run Huddersfield, Run...

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2017-03-01 11:37:37
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Run Huddersfield, Run...

The 59 Squadron Cross Country Team recently competed at the annual cross country event. The results have not yet been released, yet we are looking to place highly, with tough competition as usual. Congratulations!

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Taking to the Slopes

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2017-03-01 11:36:32
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Taking to the Slopes

15 of the Cadets from 59 Squadron took a trip to the Skiing complex at the XScape, Yorkshire. Two of the cadets, and one staff member took to the slopes by themselves thanks to prior experience. Overall, it was a great day out for the cadets!

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Marksmen: Right on Target

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2017-03-01 11:35:10
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Marksmen: Right on Target

Nine Cadets from 59 Squadron participated in the annual Bunting Long Range Shooting Competition this weekend. This was made out to be a great day! Not only did the Squadron win the competition, the best shots in the 33 Squadrons who participated, came from 59.

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2199 (Workington) Squadron Need Your Support

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2017-03-01 11:24:32
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2199 (Workington) Squadron Need Your Support

I am the Officer Commanding 2199 (Workington) Squadron, RAF Air Cadets and our Squadron has made it through to the voting stage of a competition Sellafield Ltd are running to fund local community projects in West Cumbria.

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Air Cadet National Concert Band

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2017-03-01 11:08:14
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Air Cadet National Concert Band

Recently Corporal Sam Dawson from 361 Squadron attended the Air Cadet Organisation National Concert Band Camp at the Royal Air Force College Cranwell.

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2017 Wing Cross-Country Competition

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2017-03-01 11:02:32
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2017 Wing Cross-Country Competition

Last Sunday 361 squadron took part in the Durham/Northumberland Wing Inter-Squadron Cross-Country Competition at the Rising Sun Country Park in Wallsend. Unfortunately the park did not live up to it's name as the sun remained hidden and the weather was wet, cold and miserable throughout the day.

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Air Experience Flying at RAF Leeming

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2017-03-01 10:59:52
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Air Experience Flying at RAF Leeming

On Friday, 10th February four cadets from 361 (Gateshead) Squadron went flying with No. 11 Air Experience Flight at RAF Leeming in North Yorkshire.

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ATC Sunday

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2017-03-01 10:52:08
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ATC Sunday

Today City of Durham Squadron celebrated ATC Sunday with a service for cadets, staff and parents at All Saints Church. ATC Sunday celebrates the founding of the Air Training Corps. Our Padre led a wonderful service focusing on our Corps Ethos, some brave cadets gave fantastic readings and music was even provided by our very own cadets and staff! Thanks to all involved for a wonderful celebration.

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Certificate of Good Service

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2017-03-01 10:49:46
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Certificate of Good Service

Congratulations to Mr Rob Wilkinson who has been presented with a Certificate of Good Service for his exemplary service throughout his time as a cadet. Rob joined 234 (City of Durham) Squadron in 2009. In the six years that he has been a member of the Squadron, he has taken part in an enormous range of activities, picking up numerous qualifications and awards along the way, and developing into the confident and capable young man of whom we are extremely proud.

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Corps of Drums Project

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2017-03-01 10:26:36
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Corps of Drums Project

Central & East Yorkshire Wing recently invested in some new drumming equipment with the intention to loan them out to Squadrons for a 6 month period to help develop an interest in music.

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Air Experience Flying

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2017-03-01 10:23:27
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Air Experience Flying

4 cadets from 739 Squadron attended 9 AEF recently to go flying in the Grob Tutor at RAF Linton-On-Ouse.

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Buckden Pike Memorial Walk

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2017-03-01 10:14:14
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Buckden Pike Memorial Walk

On Saturday 12th November 8 Cadets and 4 staff for 264 Skipton Squadron took on the challenge of climbing up Buckden Pike in the Yorkshire Dales. This was to pay tribute to a Polish Air Crew who lost their lives after a severe snowstorm lead to poor vision the aircraft and crew sadly ended up colliding with the dale top. 

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Team LB Cross Country Win Gold!

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2017-03-01 10:03:02
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Team LB Cross Country Win Gold!

Longbenton youngsters have won Gold in the Durham/Northumberland Wing Air Cadets Cross Country Championships!

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Royal Marines Auditions and Career Acquaint Visits 2017

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2017-02-21 14:30:47
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Royal Marines Auditions and Career Acquaint Visits 2017

The Royal Marines Band Service are recruiting musicians.

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It's Official: Rotherham Squadron Is the Best in the United Kingdom

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2017-02-15 14:33:26
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It's Official: Rotherham Squadron Is the Best in the United Kingdom

Air Cadets of 218 Squadron attended a special presentation evening at Rotherham Town Hall held to celebrate becoming the best drill foot team in the country.

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Salford Cadet Springs to Action in Response to a Fire

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2017-02-15 14:27:51
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Salford Cadet Springs to Action in Response to a Fire

On Sunday 12th of February there was a fire at the Church of Ascension in Salford. Witnessing the glow of the fire from his home, Corporal Liam Cole went outside to investigate. On noticing it was his local church he reacted and rushed to the church. Arriving before the emergency services, Corporal Cole took charge of the situation and established a safe distance for onlookers of the fire.

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75th Anniversary Tree Planting at Lyme Park

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2017-02-15 14:23:17
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75th Anniversary Tree Planting at Lyme Park

A fabulous joint venture took place this week at Lyme Park in Cheshire to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the formation of the Air Training Corps.

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Oldham Cadets Mark Somme Centenary

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2017-02-08 12:12:53
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Oldham Cadets Mark Somme Centenary

In November 2016, RAF Air Cadets from 2200 (Oldham) Squadron undertook a sponsored remembrance to formally mark the 100th Anniversary of the end Battle of the Somme. The Cadets decided it would be a fitting tribute to those who died in the battle to raise extra funds for the Royal British Legion, who provide valuable support to the families of Service Personnel who have died or been injured in battle.

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Air Cadets Celebrate Anniversary!

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2017-02-08 12:06:23
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Air Cadets Celebrate Anniversary!

More than 300 local people joined over 60 Air Cadets from Longbenton as they celebrated the formation of the Air Cadet Organisation.

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Wing Staff Officer Squadron Leader Rimmer Retires…

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2017-02-08 11:59:04
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Wing Staff Officer Squadron Leader Rimmer Retires…

On Sunday 5 February 2017, Greater Manchester Wing wished Squadron Leader David Rimmer RAF VR(T) all the best for the future when he retired from active service in the Air Training Corps. He chose 5 February for retirement, as it is also the anniversary date of the ATC’s formation.

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