DEVON & SOMERSET AIR CADETS COMPLETE TEN TORS CHALLENGE

Air Cadets and volunteer staff from Devon & Somerset Wing of the Air Training Corps have returned from the Ten Tors Competition which was held this weekend.

One of the Wing’s teams completed the 55 mile section, another the 45 mile section,  whilst a further four teams completed the 35 mile challenge.

There may be many challenging outdoor events in Britain today, but Ten Tors stands alone in its scale, its ambition, and the fact that it is aimed solely at young people.

The event takes place every year on Dartmoor during the weekend following the May public holiday and is now firmly established in the collective consciousness of the South West. All those who attempt Ten Tors will undoubtedly remember it for the rest of their lives and for many it will be a life-changing experience.

Training for the event is the responsibility of the participants and starts months in advance. Completing Ten Tors is not easy, with the terrain, distances and often the climate all conspiring against success. It is achievable though with the right commitment, training, endurance and grit.

The event starts and finishes at Okehampton Camp and is organised by the Army’s Headquarters South West with support from the Royal Navy and Royal Air Force as well as civilian emergency services and volunteers.

The Ten Tors Challenge is attempted by 2,400 teenagers in 400 teams of six. The teams navigate routes of 35, 45 or 55 miles (depending on age) over the northern half of Dartmoor, visiting ten nominated tors / check points in under two days. Teams must be self-sufficient, carrying all they need to complete their route and stay out overnight safely.

Well done to all the Air Cadets who formed teams for the event this year.

 

 

TAUNTON AIR CADETS BID FAREWELL TO LONG SERVING VOLUNTEER

 

Wing Commander John Parsons, Officer Commanding Devon & Somerset Wing, joined with cadets, staff and civilian committee members of 41F (Taunton) Squadron in wishing adult volunteer, Warrant Officer John Squires a long and happy retirement from the Corps.

John retires having initially joined the Air Training Corps as a cadet at 914 (Glastonbury & Street) Squadron back in 1961.

WO Squires has also been a member of staff at 1031 (Frome), 1182 (Shepton Mallet) and 2282 (Castle Cary) Squadrons. He has been the Squadron Senior NCO at Taunton Squadron since 2012.

As well as carrying out his squadron duties WO Squires also conducted the role of Community Engagement Officer for Devon & Somerset Wing. His duties included visiting schools, colleges and other locations supporting the Wing recruitment campaign.

Wg Cdr Parsons thanked WO Squires for his long and dedicated service and wished him a happy retirement.

Following a parade at the Squadron there was a presentation of a card and several gifts from the cadets, staff and civilian welfare committee.

We all wish John the very best for the future.

DEVON & SOMERSET AIR CADETS COMPLETE LONG DISTANCE ROAD MARCH

 

Cadets from Devon & Somerset Wing have successfully completed the RAF Walking and Road Marching Association two day marching event. This event was held recently at RAF Cosford in Shropshire.

The Royal Air Force Walking and Road Marching Association was formed in 1980, Its aim is to promote the sport of walking within the Royal Air Force, its sister services and the cadet forces.

For many of the cadets it was their first long distance march, completing a total distance of 50 miles over two days. The march is also a qualifying event for the four day, one hundred mile International marches which are held at Nijmegen in the Netherlands each year.

There were a few blisters and aching joints but the weather was good, allowing the cadets to make good progress.

The cadets were trained and supervised by adult volunteer, Warrant Officer David Mayhew. All the cadets showed a great deal of determination and team spirit throughout the event.

Good luck to the members of the Devon & Somerset team who are selected for the Nijmegan Marches this year.

 

 

 

 

 

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