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THE SMILE SAYS IT ALL!

Whilst a teeny bit disappointed at missing out in participating in the Inter-Squadron Athletics competitions today, 4 cadets from 104 (City of Cambridge) Squadron experienced the great thrill of air experience flying (AEF) in Grob Tutor aircraft at 7AEF, RAFC Cranwell.

The cadets were all "first time fliers" at AEF & were taken to Cranwell by the Squadron Aerospace Officer, CI MIke Jenvey. He had a big surprise at meeting one of the AEF pilots who had been an instructor when he had undergone RAF basic flying training at RAF Church Fenton in 1980!

Not only were the cadets first time AEF fliers, but one had never been flying before. They all thoroughly enjoyed the experience & want to do more. There was another surprise - as another squadron didn't fill their allocation, 2 staff members were luckily enough to get a flying slot, including CI Jenvey.

Interested in joining? Our next recruitment evening is Thurs 11th July 2019, 1930 hrs at 104 City of Cambridge Squadron HQ, 730 Newmarket Road, Cambridge, CB5 8RS.

Please message via this page if you would like to attend. It would be appreciated if cars could be parked (with due consideration to residents) in the adjacent street (Meadowlands Road).
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Congratulations to 8 of the cadets from 104 (City of Cambridge) Squadron who participated in the Eastern Sector Field day competition and brought home silver position on the podium! A well respected second place.

The team of cadets were put to through their paces in a number of challenging leadership exercises which included a first aid casualty simulation exercise and a drill competition.

The cadets have now experienced a mini version of what’s to come at the up coming Wing Field Weekend competition and will use this experience to benefit the squadron for the next competition.

Also congratulations to 2523 (Linton) Squadron who were victorious in today’s competition.
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Food glorious food!

Last night the cadets of 104 (City of Cambridge) Squadron took part in this months inter-flight competition. The competition this month was a Master chef style cook off where both flights prepared a main course to serve to our 3 nervous judges!

The theme for the meal was Mexican food and the cadets showed their initiative in developing and preparing the meal before using their culinary skills to cook in different conditions compared to a normal kitchen.

As you can see by the face of our Commanding Officer the food went down a treat!
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Another evening of presentations for the cadets of 104 following the recent Wing Bronze Bonanza weekend and the 80th anniversary of the Squadron.

5 cadets earned their Blue Drum badges for recently performing with the Squadron on the Squadron’s 80th anniversary parade.

3 cadets also received their Blue Musician badges for also recently performing with the Squadron for the 80th anniversary parade.

4 cadets received their Bronze communications badge following the Wing Bronze Bonanza course where they learnt vital new communication skills and abilities to use for future cadet events.

Looking forward to presenting more badges and qualifications in the future!
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Congratulations to the newest 7 cadets of 104 (City of Cambridge) Squadron who were last night enrolled by our Padre.

The cadets were all part of a challenging 4 months where they learnt the basics of the organisation and what the organisation has to offer them along with vital communication, leadership and first aid skills.

Interested in joining? Our next recruitment evening is Thurs 11th July 2019, 1930 hrs at 104 City of Cambridge Squadron HQ, 730 Newmarket Road, Cambridge, CB5 8RS.

Please message via this page if you would like to attend. It would be appreciated if cars could be parked (with due consideration to residents) in the adjacent street (Meadowlands Road).
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2 months ago

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More fantastic success and qualifications at 104 (City of Cambridge) Squadron!!

Last night we presented a number of qualifications and badges to the cadets who had previously gained them through squadron and sector level courses!

3 Cadets gained their bronze communications badge after successfully attending the sector skills weekend where they learned a number of vital communication skills for the future!

8 cadets successfully completed their bronze leadership assessment! These leadership skills will help the cadets progress in their cadet career and go onto great things as part of the squadrons Wing Field weekend exercise team!

9 cadets also successfully completed the bronze youth first aid qualification. They spent one long and tiring weekend on the squadron learning a number of vital life saving skills for the future!

Finally 29 cadets also successfully completed a squadron run Heart start first aid qualification. This was the first insight into vital life saving skills and was completed by some of our newer recruits as part of their initial training!

Another 3 cadets were presented with their Advanced Marksman award.

Congratulations to all! and a successful start to the year in terms of badges and qualifications for the cadets of 104 (City of Cambridge) Squadron.
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2 months ago

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As 104 sqn celebrated our 80th anniversary on Friday evening in the City of Cambridge
The Royal Air Force celebrates their 101st Birthday.Today is our 101st birthday 🎈

This is a message from King George V dated 1 April 1918.
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Today 104 (City of Cambridge) Squadron will be parading to celebrate its 80th Anniversary since forming back in 1939. Over the years the squadron has seen some magnificent cadets and been fortunate to partake in a wide variety of activities and local events.

Here are a few photos of the squadrons early years starting with some images of our first Marshall challenge Bowl winner CDT Sgt R H Reynolds. He later joined the FAA and as a young Sub Lieut on HMS Indefatigable. He was MID for two aerial victory’s on an attack on the battleship Tirpitz over Norway.
Flying CAP he intercepted and shot down the first Kamikaze a/c aimed at the fleet and shot down two more that day earning the DSC ,in 1950 flying as a test pilot he was awarded the AFC. He retired in 1972 as a Commander and was the only Seafire ace of WW2.

We would like to thank everyone who has been a part of our amazing history and thank all current members of 104 (City of Cambridge) Squadron for your continued support and dedication to the organsation.
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Cadets from 104 Squadron have been doing some more shooting.

Last weekend, Cadets Kucernak & Pescod attended RAF Honington with the Sqn Shooting Officer, CI MIke Jenvey. Both of the cadets shot very well with the L98A2 rifle, which is a lot harder to shoot accurately than the air rifle. Cadet Kucernak had already achieved Marksman standard on a previous range day, & Cadet Pescod was on the way to catching her up, qualifying for the Trained Shot badge, but there was not enough range time to move to the next level. Hopefully, next time!

The 2 air rifle teams have completed the first round of the Corps National Postal Competition. Count up the score on the card shown (ex-100); if the shot "breaks" the line, it counts as the higher score - the 10 "dot" in the middle is only one millimetre across!! Hopefully the official scorer will be generous with their assessment.
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This evening we had the honour of Gp Capt Carol Vorderman visit the Squadron.

The Squadron spent the evening undergoing projects involving Band, Flight Sim, ITF Training, Aero-modelling and Drill.

Gp Capt Vorderman had the opportunity to speak to the whole Squadron about her involvement in the Corps and her passion for Flying and the Aviation Industry.

Thank you very much for showing your support.
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Success and achievements all round!

This evening after a busy night of sports, 104 Squadron could once again reward outstanding cadets for their achievements in the past couple of weeks!

CDT Pescod and CDT Kucernak both received their wing blues for their representation in inter-region cross country with CDT Pescod being selected to represent Central and East region at the Corps cross country event.

CDT Quigley also received her blue flying wings after successfully completing her Part Task Trainer (PTT) gliding simulator and air experience flying.

CDT McGrath also recently completed his Bronze Cyber qualification where he learnt a number of valuable skills in Cyber awareness.

Congratulations to all and we look forward to issuing more qualifications and certificates in the future!

Interested in joining? Our next recruitment evening is Mon 11th March, 1930 hrs at 104 City of Cambridge Squadron HQ, 730 Newmarket Road, Cambridge, CB5 8RS.
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A history filled week at 104 (City of Cambridge) squadron! The cadets this week enjoyed a history lecture on rifles and bayonets used during WW1 and WW2.
Our very own Warrant Officer King conducted the history lecture and told of his previous shooting experiences during his fantastic career within the Air Training Corps.

Interested in joining? Our next recruitment evening is Mon 11th March, 1930 hrs at 104 City of Cambridge Squadron HQ, 730 Newmarket Road, Cambridge, CB5 8RS.
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Four cadets from 104 Squadron, escorted by the Aviation Officer, CI Mike Jenvey, visited RAF Wittering for air experience flying in the Grob Tutor.

After watching a safety presentation, each cadet had to demonstrate correct use of the cockpit / canopy trainer & how to use a parachute.

Then they were each kitted out in flying suit & helmet, ready for their “Top Gun” experience.
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Cadets from 104 Squadron spent a day on the Squadron's indoor air rifle range.

Five cadets qualified on their first progressive stage of shooting; 3 others (practicing for the Corps Inter-Squadron postal competition), re-qualified (just for fun) with very high scores.
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Cadets & staff from 104 Squadron provided a Guard of Honour at Churchill College, Cambridge, for the Royal Aeronautical Society’s 19th Sir Arthur Marshall presentation.

The topic was the Empire Test Pilots’ School & how the syllabus & aircraft types have been brought up to date with enhanced technology & learning processes.
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Cadets & staff from 104 Squadron, along with other squadrons from the Eastern Sector, attended ATC Sunday at Swavesey St Andrew’s Church.

Sgt Chris Berridge led the banner group for the march past. The salute was taken by the Deputy Lord Lieutenant of Cambridgeshire.
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Another busy weekend at 104 Squadron!

This weekend 104 hosted two activities lasting all weekend.

We ran a successful Youth First Aid course where 9 of our cadets took their understanding of first aid and applying it in a real life scenario to the next level. All 9 were successful in passing.

The squadron also hosted the CVQO ILM course for almost 30 cadets across the sector. The cadets were busy all weekend and the activities were non-stop.

Well done to all on both courses!
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4 months ago

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Been There, Done It, Got the Badge

West Bridgford Air Cadet, Rebekah Oldknow, has gained all the badges available to an Air Cadet, becoming one of a select band in the country to have achieved this milestone.

Nineteen years old Rebekah is a Cadet Warrant Officer(CWO) with 209 (West Bridgford) Squadron in Nottingham. CWO is the highest rank a cadet can aspire to.

Badges are awarded for qualifying on may varied subjects in addition to badges awarded for completing each stage of the Cadet Syllabus of Training. During her cadet service Rebekah has gained qualifications in subjects and activities as diverse as Music (playing in the Regions Concert and Marching bands), parachuting, leadership, target shooting, and First Aid, to name but a few. She has also successfully taken part in the Nijmegen March in Holland and successfully completed a Cyber Course at The Royal Air Force No 1 Radio School.

Aeronautics is important to the Air Cadets and Rebekah has been awarded gliding and flying “wings” under the Air Cadet Aviation Training Package. She is also a Qualified Aerospace Instructor, entitling the wearing of the Blue Lanyard.

Although hugely satisfying for the Cadet Warrant Officer, the awards and qualifications not only encourage other cadets on the squadron to achieve, it has also given Rebekah the skills and knowledge to mentor the other cadets at West Bridgford.

“We are all extremely proud of Rebekah and she is a great asset to us. She has grown in confidence and proved to be enthusiastic and committed, qualities that have endeared her to both staff and cadets”, said the Squadron’s Commander, Flight Lieutenant Jade Waring RAFAC.
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Cadets from 104 Squadron have been shooting the cadet service rifle, the L98A2.

Cpl Kirsten Jessiman (pictured) was successful the grouping exercise with “Cadet Live Firing 1” (CLF1). She subsequently passed Cadet Live Firing 2, the zeroing exercise.

Cadet Michael Hewitt was also successful with CLF1.

Well done to both!
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