2423 (Rhondda) Squadron Royal Air Force Cadets

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May - July 2012

After a huge intake cadets within the past months, every new cadet have been enroled by the squadron padre Mr Terry Cox. On each night the new cadets parents were invited along to the squadron to see their son/daughter be enroled into the squadron. Each cadet had marched to the front of the main hall and repeated after the Padre the cadet promise which is situated in their 3822. The cadet promise is as followed:

I, Cadet *Full Name*, hereby solemnly promise on my honour to serve my Unit loyally and to be faithful to my obligations as a member of the Air Training Corps. I further promise to be a good citizen and to do my duty to God and the Queen, my Country and my Flag." 

April 2012

Shooting: On Sunday 29th April, cadets from 2423 Squadron attended MOD St Athan to attend the range. The cadets who attended fired the L98 A2 while at MOD St Athan.

Promotion:  Would like to say a big congratulations to ATC SGT Bees for his promotion to ATC SGT. After attending an interview board with other members of the wing. After coming through the interview he was telephoned by wing personnel to tell him the good news. The OC of the squadron would like to congratulate Mr Bees on his promotion and look forward to working with him, in the following months and possibly years.

 

March 2012

First Class Training Weekend: Over the weekend of the 24th - 26th six cadets from 2423 (Treorchy) squadron attended the squadron for the weekend to gain their First Class classification. Throughout the weekend the cadets took part in many activities such as, Basic Map Reading, Radio Communications, History of the ATC, History of the RAF and many other subjects.

Once the weekend had been completed the OC said he was very proud of all his cadets, and would like to congratulate all the cadets who attended the weekend for passing the course.  

February 2012

Promotion: After a year and half at the squadron CDT Anna Power, has been promoted to Cpl. Once the promotion was presented to miss Power, she had a shocked face but was really happy after the promotion. The OC of the squadron prized miss Power after all her hard work and looking forward to her contributing to the squadron further. 

January 2012

Promotion:  Would like to say a big congratulations to ATC SGT McKeown for his promotion to ATC SGT. After attending an interview board with other members of the wing. After coming through the interview he was telephoned by wing personnel to tell him the good news. The OC of the squadron would like to congratulate Mr Mckeown on his promotion and look forward to working with him, in the following months.

 

December 2011

 SCOUTS CHRISTMAS POST:Yet again this year A busy time for the Squadron in December as we link up with the Scouts for their annual Christmas Post. This year the Squadron is responsible for the sorting and delivery of Christmas cards throuhgout Treorchy, Treherbert, Ynyswen, In total approxiamately 10,000 cards are to be delivered in these areas alone by the Squadron. The cadets of the Squadron are always eager to serve the community in which we are based and help spread the spirit of Christmas by the delivery of all the cards.

November 2011

Royal British Legion Collection - On the 5th and the 12th of November members of 2423 (Treorchy) squadron bared the wind and cold to collect for the Royal British Legion. The cadets did themselves proud in the way they turned out, in numbers to represent the squadron and the Royal British Legion. 

Festival of Remembrance - Members of 2423 (Treorchy) squadron recently attended a festival of remembrance at Ystrad Sports Centre, along with other members of the ATC. The cadets turned up well dressed and did themselves and their squadrons proud in the way they behaved and how smartly they were dressed. The OC of 2423 was proud the way his cadets turned out and would like to congratulate every one, on how they behaved and conducted themselves.

Remembrance Parade - November is a very busy time for the cadets. One of the events the cadets attend is a remembrance parade. The cadets turned out in force to remember the fallen heroes of WWI and WWII. 

Padre Inducted - On the 17th of November, the squadron Padre Mr Terry Cox,  was enrolled into the squadron by Wales and West Region Padre Mr Eric Knowles. Once Mr Cox had been inducted he inducted 11 cadets into the squadron. This night was attended by the squadron OC, Flight Lieutenant Lee Carroll, Sergeant Davies, Cadets and their parents. The OC would like to thank Mr Eric Knowles for his company on this pleasant evening and would like to wish Mr Cox all the best in the future whilst attending 2423 (Treorchy) squadron.

New Banner Blessed - After Mr cox was inducted into the squadron, he invited staff and cadets of 2423 (Treorchy) squadron along to St Barnabus church to have the new squadron banner blessed.  

October 2011

First Aid - Between the dates of 22 - 232423 Squadron cadets took part in a first aid course that was based at the TA Centre in Pentre. The course involved theory lessons on how to deal with wounds the cadets might come across if they came across an injury. Some of the classes included, applying a dressing to an open wound, how to properly apply CPR and mouth-to-mouth. After the theory lessons were taught, the lessons were put into practise by pairing up with a parter and practising the techniques that were shown. After the lessons were taught and the practising had been completed, their skills were put to the test in an exam. All cadets who turned up for the course all passed and the squadron staff would like to say a big well done to them all.

Wing Church Parade - On the 29th the squadron attended a wing parade in Llandaff Cathedral. Once at the cathedral the cadets were very well behaved. Cdt Sgt Bees had the honour of marching with the squadron banner into the cathedral along with other squadron banners. Once the banner had been marched in and out of the cathedral the cadets of 2423 (Treorchy) squadron and other member of No 1 Welsh Wing marched past the war memorial with staff members to show their appreciation for fallen heroes.

September 2011

Swimming - A number of cadets from the squadron went down to Barry leisure centre to take part in an inter squadron swimming event to determine which cadet from the wing would represent us at DCAE Cosford at the inter wing swimming competition. The few cadets who turned up did the squadron proud the way they behaved, and conducted themselves in an orderly fashion. There were competitors for all age groups. The cadets who turned up in for the senior girls category, did themselves and the squadron proud and won the senior girls category. Cadet Jasmine Spillane went to collect the trophy. Once out of the building Cadet Spillane spoke of her delight and joy at winning the trophy for the squadron.  

Royal Air Force Association Collection- A number of cadets who are based at 2423 (Treorchy) squadron, went out in the cold weather to help collect for the RAFA. The cadets turned up well dressed and the squadron proud in the way the conducted themselves in the public eye. The OC later said "I am proud of my cadets in the way the conducted themselves today and hope to see the same in the future."  

 


August 2011

SUMMER CAMP - 6 cadets from 2423 (Treorchy) squadron, the squadron padre and a member of staff had an opportunity to attend an ATC summer camp at RAF Boscombe Down. Whilst on the camp they had the experience on what it would be like to be part of the RAF. Whilst at RAF Boscombe Down, they took part in many activities and section visits on the base.

The activities the cadets and staff took part in are,  

 

OVERSEAS CAMP -The OC of 2432 (Treorchy) squadron had the pleasure of attending an overseas camp at JHQ Rheindahlen in Germany. Whilst over there he had took part in many activities such as go karting in Amsterdam, Holland, a night exercise and many other activities.   

July 2011

A number of cadets from the squadron had a once in a lifetime opportunity to help out at the biggest air show the world has to offer. The cadets went to the RIAT air show, in which they helped with a number of tasks such as the following:

 

  •  Crowd line - They had to stop members of the public from crossing the line onto the runway in which the planes took off from.
  • Packed Lunch -The helped the chefs make the packed lunch for around 1000 cadets to have for their meals throughout the day whilst working
  • Car Parking - The cadets were placed around the car park, to help guide members of the public to car parking spaces so they would be able to enjoy the experience of the air show, like so many others.
Whilst on this event they were sleeping in 18 x 24 size tents.
 
After gaining this great experience the cadets came back to squadron and spoke highly of the event. They would recommend it to any cadet, whether they are new cadets or older cadets who haven't had the chance to experience this opportunity before. 
 

 

JANUARY 2011

Two cadets from the squadron had the chance of going to 1184 Mountain Ash squadron over the weekend of 29-30th Jan 2011 attending the Red Flag weekend where they under went lessons and learning how to fly a aircraft which they both suceeded. They where taught what they needed to know then went to fly the flight simmulator which they both enjoyed. Both Cadet Regan and Cadet Nagle-cocco have both told their CO that it is a very good weekend and would reccommend the weekend to the other cadets on the squadron.

December 2010

SCOUTS CHRISTMAS POST: A busy time for the Squadron in December as we link up with the Scouts for their annual Christmas Post. This year the Squadron is responsible for the sorting and delivery of Christmas cards throuhgout Treorchy, Treherbert, Ynyswen, Tynweydd and more. In total approxiamately 9600 cards are to be delivered in these areas alone by the Squadron. The cadets of the Squadron are always eager to serve the community in which we are based and help spread the spirit of Christmas by the delivery of all the cards.

SHOCK PRESENTATION: OC 2423 Plt Off Carroll and Sgt Davies attended the annual presentation evening at 254 Aberdare Squadron last night (13 Dec 10), both asked to attended and assist in presenting certificates and trophies to the cadets of 254. Plt Officer Carroll presented the Radio Certificates to the cadets, whilst Sgt Davies awarded the Squadron Marksman Trophy. Unknown to them, halfway through the presentation, they were both awarded Certificates of Appreciation by two cadets of 254 Squadron for their help and guidance in providing WHT training and Shooting to the cadets in 2010. OC 254 stated during the evening, these two individuals have a busy time with their own Squadron and for them to come and assit us with providing our cadets training as well, highlights their dedication and commitment to ensuring cadets benefit fully from what the Air Training Corps has to offer.

November 2010

FESTIVAL OF REMEMBRANCE: On Sunday 7 Nov 10, Cadets once again took part in the Treherbert and District Royal British Legion Festival of Remembrance at Ystrad Sports Centre. The Festival was again lead by The Regimental Band of the Royal Welsh. The new Squadron banner was paraded for the first time in public on this occassion by Flt Sgt Richards. Representatives from all the Armed Forces were present along with the cadet forces associated with each. A most enjoyable evening was had by all, with all concerned looking forward to next years event.

SHOOTING: On Sunday 7 Nov 10, Cadets from the Squadron along with others from No 1 Welsh Wing attended a day shooting at Mod St Athan range. Congratulations are past to Cdt Liam Cadwallader and Cdt James Regan who both achieved Regional marksman.

PROMOTION: On Thursday 4 Nov 10 Cdt Flt Sgt Daniel Bees was promoted to the rank of Cadet Warrant Officer. The highest rank that can be bestowed on a cadet, OC 254 who presented CWO Bees with his crowns stated "that it is a privelege to promote Flt Sgt Bees to his new rank". CWO Bees will now fullfi his duties under his new rank. The Squadron (Staff and Cadets) wish him well for the future, both in university and his remaining time as a Cadet with 2423 Squadron. WELL DONE!!

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