Volume I, Issue 3
May/Jun 1999

CO's Corner

CO's Corner
Flt Lt Phil Powell

We have had quite a few new cadets join us over the past few months and it is always a welcome sight to see new faces on parade. Julia Powell has worked hard to kit out everyone with uniform (both blue and green) but if you are waiting for an item in your size then please bear with us. If you do have existing uniform that needs replacing because it is too large, small or damaged then please don't wait until the next inspection night. Mrs. Powell is available on Squadron nights to replace any item if it is in stock or order a replacement from St.Mawgan for you if not.

EASTER CAMP by Flt Lt Powell

In April, 13 Cadets and 3 staff from the flight attended Easter Camp at RAF Stafford together with other Cadets from Devon Wing. Activities that were arranged included adventure training, a night exercise, a visit to the aerospace museum, target shooting with the Mk8 .22 and L98 weapons and air experience flights in the Bulldog aircraft which are based at Cosford. The Cadets also went RAF Stafford on the assault course at the nearby Army Camp and various section visits around the Camp including Tactical Supply Wing and the RAF's Mountain Rescue Team. This gave the Cadets a wide and varied view of RAF life. It was not all hard work though, with a day being spent at the nearby Alton Towers. My memories of the 8 day camp, well, I've not been the same since the ride on 'Oblivion' at Alton Towers (never again!) and the marvelous end of week 'Sods Opera' by the cadets with Cdt Matthew Rumble hosting a staff 'blind date' dressed up as Cilla Black. The photo shows some cadets solving an initiative exercise.
We have great pleasure in announcing the Cadet awards for 1999:

Boot Trophy: Best Boots - Cpl Jordan
Blade Trophy: Best Cadet - Cdt Green
Mortar Bomb: Sport - Cpl Rafferty
Shooting Shield - Cdt Shearsby
Cadet of the Year - Cdt Barney

These awards will be presented at our open day on May 16th

We've done it!

This was the moment that we all worked hard for. On Jan 23rd Cadets, staff and helpers arrived at the Narracott hotel at Woolacombe to raise money for the Squadron. We spent five hours filling 'compliments' bags with tea, coffee, sugar and milk for the hotel's rooms. The hard work was well worth it though, with the hotel promising to pay for each sack filled. By the afternoon we had filled enough sacks to raise 200 which will go towards buying kit for the Squadron.


It's competition time again and those more observant of you will have noticed the rather large gorilla that has made It's home in the store room. He (or She?) has been adopted as the Squadron mascot but unfortunately has no name. We'd like you to come up with a fitting name for "it". Write the name (and yours) on the poster on the notice board and we will have a draw in the not too distant future. There will be a prize for the person whose suggestion is picked.
Not AvailableCrystal Barney shows us her very own 'unique' prone position while firing the .22 rifle at the Chivenor range. Congratulations are in order for Cdt. Shearsby who earned his marksmanship badge on the range on May 9th. He shot all five bullets into a space the size of a 5p piece from a range of 25 metres.
22 Squadron RAF On Thursday 15th April eight cadets visited No.22 Search & Rescue Squadron here at Chivenor. The cadets were shown around by SAC Ned Kelly who mans the operations room at the Squadron. Mr Kelly also helps out at cadets in his spare time. The Cadets were given a talk on the role and locations of the Search & Rescue flights at Chivenor and around the country and shown around the ops room including the weather computers and the various air traffic and marine radios. They were then taken into the hangar and shown around one of the two Sea King 3A helicopters. All the cadets had recently joined the ATC and the visit gave them a valuable insight not only to what life in the Royal Air Force entailed but also how the Search & Rescue flight at Chivenor operates.


On Saturday April 24th Sgt Powell & Cdt Green represented South West region at senior hockey at RAF Halton. It was a close game but the South West lost to London & SE region by 1-0. Although disappointed at this they still enjoyed the chance to meet up with players from other regions. Cdt Green also represented the SW region at junior hockey on Sat May 8th at RAF Innsworth. After a challenging match SW beat Wales and the West 4-1. Congratulations Claire.
From April 23-25 the Squadron ran a Camp at Okehampton for 10 Cadets. The Weekend turned out wet and cold and consisted of map reading exercises and a lot of walking in all conditions. There were a couple of pairs of sore feet by the end of the camp but everyone came back with a smile on their faces. The next camp at Okehampton is June 11th-13th so put your name down on the notice board for a place.
We are always receiving information about forthcoming camps and activities, sometimes at very short notice. Keep a look out for posters on the main notice board to make sure you don't miss out on anything.
On Thurs June 17th the Squadron will be visiting Exeter to give cadets the opportunity to gain air experience flights in a Bulldog aircraft. If you are interested please put your name on the poster in the hall. Priority will be given to cadets who have not flown before. Please note that this date is a school day.
Would all Cadets please ensure that you have a blue waterproof jacket (spatmac) and that your name is visible in them. We have limited stock so if you are without one see Mrs Powell. Any macs found without a name will be reissued to another cadet - you have been warned! If you mislay your mac and require another one you will be charged 18.46. Cpl Phil Thomas of the RAF Careers office at Exeter visited the Squadron recently and gave the cadets a careers presentation. This consisted of a talk and video on life in the RAF, the options open to school leavers and which exam subjects and grades are needed for the various trades.
When asked who was interested in a career in the Royal Air Force all but three of the 30 cadets at the presentation put up their hands.