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Nijmegen March

posted 8 Aug 2013, 12:19 by Sam Holland   [ updated 8 Aug 2013, 12:23 ]

The Vierdaagse is a 4-day walking event in and around the town of Nijmegen in the Netherlands, this year on the 16th-19th July. Roughly 50,000 people take part each year, military and civilian, doing 30, 40 or 50 km a day.

 

The team entered from Greater Manchester Wing had 14 people (12 cadets, and 2 staff) from the original 60 that tried out, myself among them. The training started in November, walking along the Middlewood Way, from Macclesfield.  I had to carry 10kg of dead weight during training, although I even started carrying my weighted bag to work to make sure I was ready!

 

As the training went on, the group got smaller, and the people in the group grew closer. By the time of the first weekend practice at Altcar Training Camp, there were only 16 cadets trying out.   These 16 cadets then went on to complete the qualifier 2-day event at Royal Air Force Cosford, said by many to be just as hard as, or harder than Nijmegen itself!

 

The list then had to be cut down to 10. It must have been a very tough decision, since we all completed the qualifier without too many problems, but the wait to find out was equally as hard. Finding out that I made the team was a fantastic feeling, tinged by sadness because of the people that didn’t make it.  We had one final training session then prepared to leave, but not before getting the news that we were allowed an extra 2 cadets on our team!



Greater Manchester kicked off the third detachment on the first day (Tuesday) very strongly, but we didn’t get very far before feeling the heat. The hottest part of the day involved walking along a long stretch on top of a dyke, with no shade, and a lot less civilian support. This year the number of rest stops on the route had been cut from three to two, and we were all feeling the heat and feeling very tired, but we persevered and all made it back to Heumensoord in one piece.

 

The second day was on a day known as Pink Wednesday, to celebrate the gay community in the Netherlands so some of the towns we passed gave us some souvenirs to celebrate it. Unfortunately our team leader was forced to drop out due to an illness, but the team's morale was high, and everyone managed to complete the march. After the march the team met the commandant Air Cadets, Air Commodore McCafferty, who congratulated us on doing so well.  Some natural charm even saw me convince ma’am to give me her spare rank slides.

 


The third day (said to be the hardest day, rightly so) started in high spirits, but they struggled to stay up once we hit the hills of Nijmegen. Once again the fantastic support the team gave each other saw us through, and we completed another day!

 

Fresh from the horror of the third day, and with the early starts catching up with us, we missed the cheering and support we’d swapped for marching over empty fields. It all changed on the last 10 km, where seemingly everyone came out to cheer the marchers on. This last stretch was the hardest of the 4 days, physically exhausted and having no idea how far away the finishing line was. But we finally made it to Charlemagne Field, where we were given our medals, and we finally got to dump our dead weight!

 

There was still 5 km to go to the centre of Nijmegen, where the finish line was, but it passed quickly without the dead weight. If I thought the support over the last 10 km was great, then the last 5 km was phenomenal! It's hard to describe how good it felt to have thousands of people cheering you on, it just makes you forget about all the pain of the last few days, and all that's left is a big smile, and, of course, a medal. 

 


Doing the Nijmegen march has been the toughest thing I've ever done, and one the best experiences of my life. Anyone who can go for it should do it, because there really is nothing like it.

 

Staff Cadet Flight Sergeant Wilson

May Part 4

posted 15 Jun 2013, 00:22 by Tyla Grant

Three weekends down, one more yet to come. But before this on Wednesday 22nd May Cdt Sgt Singh Hayer, Cdt Cpls Johnson & Khawaja & Cdt Yeates attended Greater Manchester Wing presentation evening at University Barracks. This was a great opportunity for the cadets to meet and mingle with the higher ranks in the Wing.

Last weekend of May saw 2 cadets and a corporal leave to go on Operation Hunter III, ran by 317 (Leigh) Squadron, the week long camp was set to be full of fieldcraft, leadership tasks and lots more.

Those cadets who had recently turned over 18 attended the wing lead Basic Adult Staff Instructors Course at University Barracks, its content cantered for the role you have and responsibility you gain once you’re over 18.

Air cadets like to see themselves as different to your average teenager. If you ask them ‘What did you do last weekend?’ the answer won’t be, slept all day or played Xbox all day, it’ll be something like; ‘I went Clay pigeon shooting’, ‘I was developing my leadership skills’ or ‘I was representing the region playing sports!’ You’d be amazed by the amount of things you can do as an air cadet and being part of the Air Training Crops is an amazing way to fill your spare time.

So what are you waiting for? Join your local Squadron today!

May Part 3

posted 15 Jun 2013, 00:20 by Tyla Grant

The weather had begun to pick up, and with prefect timing, as the cadets and staff had a weekend full off shooting ahead of them.

Saturday, Wing shoot, 9 of 184 cadets and two staff members travelled to RAF Shawbury. Entertainment on route was provided by Sergeant (ATC) Aldred who showcased his Spanish skills whilst singing the macarana. It was a long journey and bound to be an even longer day so most cadets opted for a nap on the way… Then the ‘vengabus ’ arrived, any energy acquired from the nap was spurted out as we showed RCO for the day, Flt Lt Lee Moore, how much ‘We like to party’.

Cadets were re-qualified on the L98A2 GP Rifle and some even gained wing and region marksmanships.

There are only so many times you can bare to listen to the Vengaboys and the Macarena and that amount was greatly exceed on the Saturday so a new CD was in order for Sundays trip to the Shot gun range at Holcombe Moore Cadet training center.

Our staff had qualified to teach us and be safety supervisors in April, so decided to put there newly acquired skills to use and take cadets to the range. For many this was the first experience they’d had of firing a weapon of any sort.

Cadets Walker and Akmal alongside Cdt Cpls Slater and Flynn formed the ‘PSG’ (Phils Shooting Group) named after its creator Cdt Cpl Phil Flynn. These guys were by far the best shooters, the staff were amazed by Akmals ability to demonstrate the marksmanship principles and hit over 80% of his clays especially as he has never fired anything before!

Whilst the shooters had a banging weekend, the Cdt Cpl Rekke and Cdt Sigh Hayer spent the weekend on Greater Manchester Wing’s Junior Non Commissioned Officer course to prepare them to be corporals and to develop the skills needed to be an effective one. Cadet Sigh Hayer was awarded the best cadet in her flight and many staff commented on what a good role model she is. No emojis could describe how she felt at that point in time.

May Part 2

posted 15 Jun 2013, 00:19 by Tyla Grant

The second weekend in May was filled with sports. The North Region Junior Girls hockey team left for RAF Cosford early Friday evening and played all day Sunday. 184 Sqn had three girls on the team who more than contributed to the teams result 3rd place.

But the sport doesn't stop there! After trials on parade nights and success of 1st place last year, 184 cadets felt the pressure heading to Inter-Squadron athletics. The event was held at SportsCity and you could hear the excitement in the air, cadets were happy and raring to go, and it didn't take long for 184 Sqn to be told to keep the cheering to a minimum.

With so many cadets, to make it fair most only did one event, but, they did it well! So well that some were selected to represent Greater Manchester Wing at the North Region team  trials. Not only did cadets come first in there own events they were consistent across all age groups and events, and with consistency comes results and there’s nothing better than 1st place!

2013 is shaping up to be a good year for 184 when it comes to sports, with three 1st places in Cross country, Volleyball and Athletics, so far.

May Part 1

posted 15 Jun 2013, 00:18 by Tyla Grant   [ updated 15 Jun 2013, 00:21 ]

As with every month, May was a jam packed with activities, promotions and so much more for the cadets and staff at 184 (Manchester South) Squadron to take part in this is the first installment of the four part look at what 184 cadets did in May.

Starting off the month with an Non-Commissioned Officer development day on Saturday 8th, the NCO team along side a few elite cadets were reminded of what it is that makes 184 Sqn so great and how we can maintain our high standards. The day included lessons on STANDARDS, Inspections and Communication.  It was a long and tiring day but it was highly beneficial because soon after the course, Cdt Cpls Jenkins, Slater, Johnson and Rekke were welcomed onto the NCO team.

Can Drive

posted 15 Jun 2013, 00:12 by Tyla Grant

It’s fair to say that the current economic crisis is having an effect on us all, but some more than others. So further connect with the community, at 184 (Manchester South) Squadron we have decided to take a leaf out of the books of our American counter parts and organize a can drive.

To help you understand what we’re doing I’m going to break this down Air Cadets style:

Situation, more people than ever before are using food banks.

Mission, to help in some way.

Execution, collect at least 1,000 tins.

Any Questions on how you can help then inbox us on Facebook.

Check understanding, we are donating all our tins to cornerstones day center, a charity based in South Manchester, if you would like more information then please follow this link http://www.cornerstonecds.org.uk/

Carboot Season 2013 starts

posted 15 Jun 2013, 00:05 by Tyla Grant

Car Boot Number 1

Every year, 184 (Manchester South) Squadron uses Hough End playing fields to host a series of Car Boots during the summer.

The first weekend in June saw the beginning of the 2013 season and unlike last year the weather was on our side!

Arriving at 0630 for a briefing with the staff the JNCO team and cadets has long, but highly successful day. We obliterated our target and hope the rest of the season continues in the same way.

Our Car boots will run every Saturday until the end of July, if you wish to sell then turn up at 0700 on your desired Saturday. 

CWO McCrudden

posted 20 May 2013, 13:10 by Leon Aldred   [ updated 20 May 2013, 13:10 ]

Promotion Strikes Again

Reaching the top isn't easy, but last week another Cadet Warrant Officer was added to 184 (Manchester South) Squadron. Cadet Flight Sergeant McCrudden was promoted to the highest rank attainable for a cadet in the Air Training Corps; Cadet Warrant Officer.

Cadet Warrant Officer (CWO) McCrudden has many responsibilities at 184 Squadron. He has achieved many things; highlights of his cadet career include participating in Junior Leader’s which is a course not for the faint hearted, it takes courage and determination. Another highlight for the CWO was completing the Nijmegen march, which is a 100 mile march over 4 days, he said, "The best thing about it was all the food and free hugs people gave you. It made you feel part of the whole community.”

Reaching the highest rank in the Air Training Corps (ATC) means a lot to CWO McCrudden. He explained that being part of the Air Cadet Organisation (ACO) for past six year has given him the opportunity to develop as a person and help others improve, the CWO finds this a very fulfilling feeling as it shows that his hard work has been worthwhile.

We wanted to know what CWO McCrudden thinks is unique about the ATC and why others should join, he said, "Everybody should join the ATC to learn life-skills which you can't gain from any other organisation apart from the ACO".

As well as learning a lot, CWO McCrudden has made many friends and memories he will never forget whilst being a member of the ATC, and he looks forward to the rest of his cadet career with 184 squadron.

Junior Leader Success

posted 7 Apr 2013, 13:32 by Leon Aldred   [ updated 7 Apr 2013, 13:33 ]

CFS McCrudden gets marooned!

 

Cadet Flight Sergeant McCrudden has made 184 proud yet again by successfully completing the highly regarded Junior Leaders Course. The course, which when completed is equivalent to four BTECs, is a leadership course for cadets above the rank of a corporal, run over eight separate training weekends and concluded with a 10 day test phase. CFS McCrudden reported, ‘It was a once in a lifetime experience and the skills learnt will be carried with me for the rest of my life. The phrase 'stand to' will never mean the same for me again, I just wonder how long it'll be until even hearing it whispered wakes me and gets me dressed and ready for duty in under 2 minutes.’ In the Air Cadet Organisation, whilst putting in effort and commitment, there is still every opportunity to have fun and CFS McCrudden is demonstrating it, and reaping the rewards for it here.

Firstly, to secure a place on this prestigious course CFS McCrudden underwent a gruelling selection process involving a fitness test and interviews. This is very important as the course is very physically demanding.

The course was a good learning curve for CFS McCrudden as he extracted orders but also learnt how to give instruction himself which will aid him in both his cadet and future civilian careers. In addition, CFS McCrudden developed and learnt new skills in different leadership styles. He explained that one of his highlights from the course was being deployed by an RAF Merlin helicopter, as well as impromptu attacks from flocks of rogue sheep.

Cadet Flight Sergeant McCrudden had a fantastic time on the Junior Leaders course and would definitely recommend it to any cadets thinking about furthering their cadet career! Not only do you gain a qualification but you have fun and make memories in the process. Congratulations CFS McCrudden and enjoy wearing your new maroon lanyard.

 

Airbus Factory Visit

posted 7 Apr 2013, 07:37 by Tyla Grant   [ updated 14 Apr 2013, 14:43 ]

By Cdt Mansouri
Last year 184 Squadron flew around the world in an Airbus A380 on our flight simulator. Airbus, the Aircraft’s manufacturer, not only sponsored us, they offered us an exclusive tour around their factory in Broughton. Airbus makes wings for all their different aircrafts at this site.
Once we arrived we had an interesting presentation on the history of Airbus. 
The most interesting thing for me was finding out how Airbus make their Aircraft more efficient and produce less CO2 emissions. Adding “sharklets” to the wing tips increased efficiency by 5%. In the future with the addition of new engines a 32% increase in efficiency is hoped for.
I also found out that Airbus do a lot of charity work, for example, helping children realise their dreams within aviation and helping in disadvantaged communities. 
However the most exciting part was still yet to come. We had a look around the factory and looked at the different stages of the manufacturing process to create functioning wings. The size and number of bolts in the wings astonished us all; each wing has around 750,000 bolts! 
To top it all off we got the chance to see a Beluga take off to the company’s factory in Hamburg. The Beluga is freight aircraft is used to transport most wings that had been completed. The wings of the aircraft we flew during 'Flight Around the World', the Airbus A380, are so large they are ferried along the River Dee to be transported to France. 
I would say that this was a fantastic trip as we all learnt a lot about the aviation industry as well as how aircrafts are made. This was a rare and unique opportunity us all to participate in and I'm sure it inspired some cadets to become engineers in the near future.

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