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Exeter Air Cadets Visit RAF Brize Norton.

Cadets and Staff from Exeter’s 13 (City of Exeter) Squadron Air Training Corps recently enjoyed an excellent visit to Royal Air Force Brize Norton in Oxfordshire, the largest base in the RAF.
The massive station, which was granted the freedom of the City of Exeter in 2013, employs 5,800 military & 1,500 civilian staff. It is home the 55 huge aircraft of the RAF’s strategic and Tactical Air Transport and Air-to-Air Refuelling fleets, operating the Lockheed C-130J Hercules, Boeing C-17 Globemaster, Airbus Atlas and Airbus Voyager aircraft.
The Cadets from the Wyvern Barrack based unit, who arrived after an early start from Devon, were first given a look round a massive Airbus Atlas Airlifter from 70 Sqn, which can transport troops, outsized loads such armoured vehicles and helicopters, as well as humanitarian cargo.
They then visited Air Traffic Control and the Ground Radio Maintenance Section who look after the ground radio communications and navigational equipment installed on the Airfield.
After lunch it was off to the Joint Air Delivery Test and Evaluation Unit, the tri-service organization that tests the suitably of all equipment to be carried in, underneath or dropped from UK Forces aircraft.
Finally the Cadets went to 47 Squadron, one of the two remaining RAF Squadrons who operate the legendary C-130 Hercules. Our guide was an ex-Cadet of 13 Squadron ATC, who is a Sergeant Engineer on the unit. She took time to speak to the Cadets about what they could achieve in the RAF as a career.
We would like to thank RAF Brize Norton for a fantastic day (apart from the freezing cold weather) and particularly ex Devon and Somerset Wing Cadet, SAC Tom Drew from the Air Cadet Liaison Officer  team for organising the day.

Join us as an adult volunteer

imagesOver 20? Seeking a new challenge? Would you like to develop skills, leadership qualities and gain qualifications too?

At Air Cadets, we constantly assess our past achievements, implement changes to meet the challenges of today and make plans for the future. And a huge part of that planning is you. As the backbone of our organisation we’re always on the look out for high-calibre individuals to become volunteers, helping to run the activities that play such an important role in the lives of our young members.

All kinds of people make up our volunteer staff, coming from a range of backgrounds and interests. Obviously if you have direct experience of working with young people, or any relevant skills such as flying or gliding, you would be particularly welcome. These aren’t essential though, as we will train and support you at every stage.

That said, you’ll have some personal qualities that are essential, such as patience, maturity and responsibility along with an understanding of young people and their needs. You needn’t be an athlete, but a good level of physical fitness also helps to ensure you can keep up with the cadets!

Are you Officer or SNCO material?

We rely on our volunteers to help us operate as effectively as possible. Being well organised is an obvious must, ideally with good managerial and administrative skills, and an ability to listen to problems and deal with them tactfully and appropriately.

Really show your skills in these areas and you could end up taking on more responsibility and moving up through the ranks as an officer or senior non-commissioned officer (SNCO). Of course, first you have to join as a Civilian Instructor and then have selection interviews at Wing HQs and Regional HQs but we guide you through that…if you have the potential then we’ll spot it!

To find out more call us on 01392 275173 if you are interested in becoming an adult volunteer with Devon & Somerset Air Cadets.


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