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EXCELLENCE IN SPORTS

Wow! First, seconds, & other placings in the Air Training Corps Athletics Championships.

It’s no mean feat to even be there, but to get a placing out of 40,000+ eligible cadets is fantastic!!

Cadet Georgia Pescod managed to beat all comers by winning the 400m, & achieved 2nd place in the 800m.

Sport obviously “runs” in the family, as her sister Cadet Emma Pescod came 2nd in the 200m, & also 2nd in the 4x100m relay.

Using his height to good advantage, Cpl James Campos-Bell launched his javelin to get 2nd place, & 5th in the shot putt.

Achievements to be very proud of!!

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).

(Photos courtesy of Central & East Region Air Cadets.)
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More success at 104!

Last night the cadets of 104 (City of Cambridge) Squadron were presented with numerous sporting awards and a new shooting badge for one skilled cadet.

CDT Bilson successfully gained her marksman badge after only shooting for the second time last night! She showed great skill and the right ability as judged by our shooting officer CI Jenvey. Congratulations and keeping on aiming for more illustrious shooting badges!

Following the success from this weekends inter-Wing athletics competition where Beds & Cambs Wing won the overall competition!
There was a number of cadets who won medals in their events have been chosen to represent the region at Corps level. Congratulations to all who achieved medals and congratulations to both CDT E Pescod and CDT G Pescod and CPL J Campos-Bell on being selected to go forth and represent the region!

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.
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FIRST AID SAVES LIVES!

Cadets from 104 (City of Cambridge) Sqn took part in a very realistic first aid exercise.

The gory effects were applied by Sgt Katie Ruby with assessments of treatment carried out by Sgt Molly Turner.

The close up photos have been left out for the squeamish!

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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MORE FLYING SMILES AT 104!

Very unusually, cadets from 104 (City of Cambridge) Sqn had a second allocation of air experience flying (AEF) this month, but this time at RAF Wittering.

Three cadets were first time at AEF, they all managed to get “hands on” time, & for those who wanted the extra experience, some aerobatics. Due to previous activities within the aviation syllabus, subject to verification, 3 cadets will be entitled to their Blue Aviation badge too.

Interested in joining? Our next recruitment evening is Thurs 11 Jul 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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VISIT TO RAF WADDINGTON

Cadets from 104 (City of Cambridge) Sqn, escorted by the Sqn Aerospace Officer, CI Mike Jenvey, visited RAF Waddington in a shared event with 2331 (St Ives) Sqn.

The visit schedule was organised to put together elements linked to military aviation as well as relevant support services. After an initial briefing about the Sentry E-3D Airborne Warning & Control System (AWAC) aircraft (these support NATO in a wide-ranging role), a guided tour was given of both the exterior & interior of a Sentry. The cadets sat in the flight deck, & also at the various mission consoles.

Next came the Fire Section, with lots of clambering over 2 types of very large fire trucks - one weighed about 27 tonnes complete with water / foam! Compared to domestic fire trucks, aircraft fire / rescue vehicles have to be able to go across anywhere on / off an airfield, so normally have 6 wheels & very powerful engines, 6.5L + turbo! In the middle of the visit, everyone had to scramble off (as pre-briefed) as an emergency call-out was activated. Fortunately, this was a practice generated by Air Traffic, & the fire crews very able to return & finish off showing the cadets all the different equipment.

On the way to the RAF Police Dog Section, there was some time to spare, so as an ex-RAF Vulcan pilot, CI Jenvey was able to explain the history of the Vulcan that is on display on the airfield as an historical item; the airframe, XM607, was the first Vulcan to drop bombs on the Falkland Islands. The cadets were amazed at the gigantic size of the Vulcan & that 21 x 1000 lbs were dropped in one go.

Last, but by no means least, the cadets were taken on a tour of the RAF Police Dog Section. The different type of dog "duties" were explained & the cadets walked through the large kennels, where there were some very noisy Police / guard dogs, as well as some smaller, quieter dogs that are used for vehicle / personnel searches to sniff out drugs or explosives. A demonstration was given of how quickly a guard dog can run after a suspect & bite onto their arm (not on a cadet!) - the best idea is not to run away or act aggressively, just stand still! One cadet was chosen to be the drugs suspect for the next demonstration - a very clever spaniel was led around all of the visiting group, & he soon discovered the hidden drugs (which were of course safely taken away after the demonstration!).

The cadets had a great time at RAF Waddington & certainly experienced some very different facets of life in the Royal Air Force. Many thanks to the Air Cadet Liaison Officer for organising the day.
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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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104 (City of Cambridge) Squadron

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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104 (City of Cambridge) Squadron

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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