Air Cadets fly the flag for Cranfield squadron

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A team of Air Cadets from 207 Squadron pitted themselves against 28 others from Bedfordshire and Cambridgeshire Wing in a variety of exercises at the annual Wing Field Weekend.

The team of 13 cadets took part in 15 exercises designed to test a variety of different skills including drill, leadership, first aid, problem solving, innovation and code breaking to name a few.

The weekend, held at RAF Wyton, started early Saturday morning when the team arrived at the campsite for registration and briefings. The team spent a tiring day moving between the first 10 of their 20 minute exercises, which were located at various points throughout the base. After a well-deserved dinner prepared by the Squadron’s Civilian Committee, the cadets had the evening to catch up with friends from other Squadrons and to relax after the day’s efforts.

Duty continued on Sunday morning with the Annual Wing Review – a parade held each year when the majority of the Wing are present. Following the parade, hosted by Wing Commander Kelly RAFVR(T) and reviewed by Group Captain Hewett RAFVR(T), the teams got stuck in to complete their last five exercises.

After an extremely long and tiring weekend, the teams finally paraded together for one last time to hear the results of some of the various concurrent competitions that were run during the weekend as well as the announcement of the overall winners. This year, the crown went to 134 (Bedford) Sqn for both the Wing Field Trophy and the coveted Drill Trophy.

Overall 207 Sqn did very well and placed 13th out of 29 in the Field competition and 20th in the drill. Along the way, the team accomplished an impressive 6 top ten finishes in individual tasks including 2 fourth places and a third.

207 Sqn Commanding Officer, Flight Lieutenant Matt Dolton RAFVR(T) said: “This weekend, the entire Squadron did themselves proud. Not only were the team of cadets absolutely outstanding in their teamwork and morale, but the hard work and support of the staff and civilian committee has been incredible and I would personally like to thank them all. The result was again an improvement on last year – a continuing trend that shows that we are moving in the right direction as a Squadron. This was my last Wing Field Weekend with the Squadron before I move on to another role and I certainly wish to see this current performance continue. We have a great staff team and some extremely good cadets and so I am sure that the Squadron will only continue to move from strength to strength.”

207 Squadron is currently recruiting new staff to assist in providing the many activities on offer to the Air Cadets. If you are interested in becoming a member, please contact the Squadron on 01234 752030, take a look at their website at www.207atc.org or call in at their Headquarters off Merchants Lane, Cranfield between the times of 7:30pm and 9:30pm on a Monday or Thursday evening. If you are between 13 and 18 and considering joining as a cadet, please see the 207 Sqn website for recruitment info.