As Christmas approaches, it is time to reflect on what happened here at 306 Runcorn Air Cadets during 2018. Yet again and without question, it has been a very busy and exciting year with a huge number of challenging and varied activities being undertaken.
We have had a number of cadet qualified on the Blue and Bronze leadership badges, Cadets have done the ground based element to achieve their blue wings when flying resumes next year at RAF Woodvale. We had an amazing intake in September and we a looking forward to completing their basic training and getting even more new recruits when our campaign resumes early next year. We had a number of Cadets attend the Nescliffe Fieldcraft Camp and we were lucky enough to have a Cadet on the RAF 100 Summer Camp, we again went to Normandy for the yearly trip, we've had so many good moments this year it's hard to pick the best, below are a few of our favourites from this year.
There is a lot planned for 2019 and for now a lot of it is Top Secret but we can't wait to share our surprises with you
These events only happened due to the dedicated, enthusiastic, and hardworking Adult Volunteers, who balance home life and work commitments with cadet activities.
Have a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year,
On 27th April 2018, Officer’s, Staff and Cadets of 306 (Runcorn) Sqn RAFAC unveiled their new state of the art flight simulator.
Amongst the guests invited to the opening ceremony was David Keane PCC for Cheshire, Insp Fez Khan from Runcorn Local Policing unit and Station Manager Stuart Devereux from Runcorn fire station, Squadron civilian committee members who helped to raise funds for flight sim were also present.
The flight sim is used by cadets to learn basic aircraft controls and handling before they take to the skies in one of the RAF’s Tutor training aircraft.
We along with Warrington 123 and Northwich 564 Supported the Burtonwood Nostalgia Weekend 2018. We took a number of the Cadets for the weekend and camped out, we took along out flight simulator and recruitment stall.
The Cadets loved the feel of yesteryear learning about military hardware from WW2 all the way up to modern day hardware thanks to Widnes Army Reserves. They also loved going on Gulliver's World.
Cdt O'Donohue " I would 100% go again and maybe go for a bigger package, staff are amazing, and very talented, therefore a great trip!"
Cdt Alexander "Great staff, skilled instructors, overall a great visit, would go again"
We had a Police self defence teacher come in and show the Cadets some basic self defence tactics, it was very informative and the Cadets got a lot out of the session.
Here in Runcorn we Parade twice on Remembrance Sunday, in the morning at the Royal British Legion and in the afternoon at St Micheal's Church and the Runcorn Cenotaph.
We would like to take this time to thank all of the Cadets that took time out to remember the fallen and parade with us.
Christmas Message from the Officer Commanding 306 (Runcorn) Squadron RAFAC
2018 has been a memorable year of changes and innovations, both for 306 Sqn and for Merseyside Wing as a whole. It has also been a year which has sped past at a breathtaking rate. No doubt 2019 will continue that theme of acceleration.
There is some promise of more aviation-related activity in the New Year, and I for one will continue to seek, and indeed seize every opportunity to put the "AIR" back into "Air Cadets". We have an expanding Squadron, we are striving by every means to get the word out there, and demonstrate what great advantages can be offered to young people in the Air Cadet Organisation.
Our Cadets are a credit to us. We are unfailingly told by organisations to whom we offer assistance, and who see us in action that they didn't know such polite and helpful young people still existed! We are fulfilling our promise to assist our Cadets to become useful, valued and successful citizens. They obviously leave a strong and positive impression upon all they meet.
We will go on to ever greater things in 2019. I am filled with pride to be Officer Commanding this great Squadron. But my greatest pride is in knowing that our Cadets are achieving, and are fulfilling their potential. I, and all the staff will continue to facilitate them in this, to the utmost of our abilities.
It only remains for me to wish you all a very Merry Christmas, and a prosperous, and peaceful New Year. We will all be back here in 2019, I promise you all that we will continue to do all in our power to promote 306 Sqn to achieve and excel.
Kind regards, and many thanks for your continuing support.
Flt Lt J T Williams BA, RAFAC
Officer Command 306 (Runcorn) Squadron