On Sunday 11 September 2016, 52 Cadets and 12 Staff travelled from all across the wing to represent Hertfordshire and Buckinghamshire at the Central and Eastern Regional Field Day held at Royal Air Force Station Halton.
Report by CI Adam Birch.
The top competitors from Wing Field Day, held on the 24 July 2016, came to compete against the other top teams from the local wings.
The first event was the foot drill competition. This event was entered by 2366 (Bletchley Park) Squadron under the watchful eyes of our Wing Warrant Officer, Warrant Officer (ATC) Tubbs and the visiting Drill instructors. 2366 came first at wing field day and put up a strong team of 12 cadets, led by Cadet Warrant Officer D Flanagan. They carried out a sequence of precisely timed and well rehearsed movemnts and placed third overall.
Secondly there was the Shooting Competition. The event involved 4 cadets; Cadet Sergeant Granger (1166), Cadet Corporal Canham (2203), Cadet Jenkins (1166) and Cadet Finlay (1166). This event was held at 2409 (Halton) Squadron under the watchful eye of the Wing Shooting Officer, Flight Lieutenant Canham RAFVR(T). Each competitor got 10 shots on the scorpion air rifle and ended with a very respectable 336 out of 400 to see them secure third place overall.
Thirdly there was the Banner Drill competition, Herts and Bucks were represented by 871 (Penn) Squadron. 5 cadets, lead by Cadet Flight Sergeant Garden (871) the team smartly and in a uniformed manor moved around the parade square while caring out a smooth and outstanding set of movements. The team placed Sixth overall.
Forth, a team of four cadets from 1187 (Hemel Hempstead) Squadron took part in the Aircraft Recognition competition. This year there was a change from the usual PowerPoint presentation, an airfield had been created in a tent covered by netting. The cadets then had to take part in an observational mission to locate the aircraft, both on the ground and in the air. The team managed to complete their misson and placed third overall!
The fifth event was the model making. In a change from previous years, this was the only event that we could not prepare for effectively as the model kit was given to the Model Making team on the day and was a Surprise! Cadet Corporal Cooper and Cadet Ogilvie from 248 (Letchworth) Squadron made a great job of the Model and placed 1st in the event!
The sixth event was the Marching band. This was made of cadets from 9 different Squadrons in the Wing and involved a wide array of instruments. The Band marched on lead by Cadet Sergeant Rada from 332 (High Wycombe) Squadron. After reporting to the Senior Judge the band performed a wide selection of music both static and on the march ranging from “Dambusters” to (Back in Black”). Prior to September 30% of the band had never Played and Marched at the same time, so a sterling effort was made.
The seventh and final event was the ensemble. This was lead by Cadet Warrant Officer Clarke from 871 (Penn) Squadron along with 3 other cadets. They did a completely different event from the rest of the region and did their own variation of the cup song. They sung a wing array of songs to the beat of the cups they were manipulating on the table. They were watched closely by Air Commodore McCafferty, Commandant Air Cadets who was in awe at the standard of their musical ability.
After all the events it was time for the long awaiting final parade and awards…The wing was marched on to parade by Cadet Warrant Officer Flanagan alongside the other 5 wings. Warrant Officer (ATC) Tubbs was the parade commander and welcomed Air Commodore McCafferty onto parade to present the awards.
It was announced that Cadet Sergeantt Rada (332) had won Best Drum Major and was awarded the Tobacco Cup. But that was not all Cadet Sergeant Rada went up to collect! The wing also won best percussion and “The Large Musical Note” trophy, for best overall Wing in the musical competitions. Pilot Officer Orwell RAFVR(T), Wing Music Officer, was the proudest officer on parade and could not contain her excitement. Following on the success of the music it was announced the wing had also won the Mystery Model Competition. Overall the Wing came sixth on the day.