Air Training Corps

AIR Cadets in Woking were at their smartest for their unit’s annual inspection, carried out this year by a senior RAF officer.

Members of 1349 (Woking) Squadron Air Training Corps, their leaders, family members and guests gathered for the event at the headquarters in the Hoe Valley Community Building at Kingfield.

Salutes for Wing Commander Jonathan Eastlake as the squadron marches past

The reviewing officer was Wing Commander Jonathan Eastlake, who commands the Chinook helicopter squadron at RAF Odiham in Hampshire.

He was formally welcomed by the unit’s commanding officer, Pilot Officer Justin Muir, before inspecting the cadets. After taking the salute at a march past, he watched a continuity drill display – drilling in time to music.

A demonstration of useful knots for rock climbing

“The standard of dress was excellent as was your drill, and your continuity drill would please the RAF’s Queen’s Colour Squadron,” Wing Cmdr Eastlake told the cadets.

The guests included Woking Mayor Beryl Hunwicks and the chief executive of Woking Borough Council, Ray Morgan. The visitors were taken on a tour of the squadron HQ, where they saw demonstrations of climbing, first aid, archery, fieldcraft, aircraft modelling, use of the flight simulator, navigation and weapons training.

Wing Cmdr Eastlake said: “I was an Air Cadet and the three key elements I took from my time are the importance of friendship, teamwork and a sense of adventure”

The past year of activities was celebrated on photo boards, which guests and parents could look at while enjoying refreshments, followed by the awards presentation, which included a promotion to corporal for Cadet Yates.

A young visitor tries his hand at the flight simulator

Among those who received awards was Cadet Warrant Officer Tolley, who is going through the selection process to join the Navy. He was presented with the Fox Sword, which has been awarded to the most-proficient cadet since 1974.

“I am honoured to receive the sword and it was my pleasure to show the wing commander around our squadron and see him land a Grob Tutor training aircraft on our flight simulator.”

Best cadet of the year was Cadet Reeve, who received the President’s Trophy, which was given to the squadron by the Worshipful Company of Horners in 2003.

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IT’S been a busy and successful summer for Woking Air Cadets, who are holding open evenings next week.

Members of 1349 (Woking) Squadron have flown in Chinooks and gliders, practised target shooting on short and long ranges, visited HMS Alliance and HMS Victory, and completed the four-day Nijmegen March in the Netherlands.

Members of 1349 (Woking) Squadron on the shooting range

Cadet Sergeant Jessica Hallam said: “I can’t imagine what my life would be like now if I hadn’t joined cadets. I have grown so much as a person, learning new skills and meeting other people. People might think our squadron is dominated by male cadets but that isn’t true as most of our senior cadets are female. We all look out for each other. The things we learn in school simply can’t compare to the life skills we develop during our cadet career.”

The squadron is holding open evenings on Tuesday 24 and Thursday 26 September from 8pm to 9pm in the Hoe Valley Community Building next to Woking Leisure Centre. Boys and girls aged 12 and in Year 8 or over are welcome to join.

For more information, email 1349@aircadets.org or visit @Pride1349 on Facebook or 1349woking on Instagram.

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WOKING Air Cadets took second place in the Surrey Wing Field Day at Brooklands Museum, capping a busy summer of activities.

Cadets Lily Hallam and Isabella Marzolini complete a cube challenge during Surrey Wing Field Day

1349 (Woking) Squadron, Air Training Corps, entered six out of the nine categories in the field day and were placed or won four of them.

Commanding Officer, Pilot Officer Muir said: “I am so proud of our cadets. This is an amazing result. Many thanks to the staff on the day and those who supported us prior to the event, and well done to everyone.”

The squadron is holding open evenings on Tuesday 24 and Thursday 26 September from 8pm to 9pm in the Hoe Valley Community Building next to Woking Leisure Centre. Boys and girls aged 12 and in Year 8 or over are welcome to join.

For more information, email 1349@aircadets.org or visit @Pride1349 on Facebook or 1349woking on Instagram.

For the full report, get the 12 September edition of the News & Mail