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Absailing at our Adventure Training Taster Weekend - posted 18/06/2016

Cadets Taylor Mansfield & Nathan Fitton enjoyed an exilerating absail off Meldon Viaduct - just one of 6 different AT experiences they are enjoying this weekend including mountain biking, climbing, hiking, kayaking and orienteering - what a great way to spend a weekend.

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Four of our cadets were afforded the opportunity to undertake not one but two glider flights last Thursday evening, after several days nervously watching the weather forcast  the sun shone on us.  Upon reflection following  his flight Cadet K Lawson said "going gliding was one of the most breathtaking, relaxing and enjoyable rides that i have ever been on".  Cadet Sam Palmer posted a great video where he recorded his landing quoting " I can honestly say it was a great experience and highly recommend it for others".  We are hopeful that we will be offered more flying and gliding opportunities this year. 

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He did it!  -posted 26/04/2016

Our CO Flt Lt Andrew Oliver successfully completed his first ever marathon after challenging his squadron of cadets to come in the top ten at the Wing Athletics championships last May, the cadets did one better and came first!  True to his word the CO entered the London Marathon with a charity entry running for the RBL, he has received fantastic support and has around £300 of his £1800 target still to raise.  If you would like to help him reach his target please visit his page at www.virginmoneygiving/andrewoliver2443atc 

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Rotary May Fair & Duck Race - posted 26/04/2016

We look forward to seeing any future budding pilots or any young people approaching year 8 and beyond who are interested in the ATC at our stall at the annual Rotary May Fair and Duck Race being held this Sunday the 1st of May.  We will be there with our newly refurbished Wing recruitment vehicle and glider simulator.

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Congratulations Sgt Phil Reynolds - posted 20/04/2016

Congratulations from the staff and cadets of 2443 to Sgt Phil Reynolds who was presented with The Commandant's Commendation for Meritorious Service. Well deserved recognition for your tireless efforts. Keep up the good work! Presentation made by Wing Commander Francis Reis at the Squadron's Annual Formal Inspection.

13047761_959460790836658_4641808206383232435_oJolly Hockey Sticks - posted 09/04/2016

Congratulations to Cdt Helen Dalton, who captained the SW Region, Senior Hockey team at the National Championships held at RAF College Cranwell today. To cap this achievement she was selected to play for The Corps. Team Coach, Padre Simon Bourne said, "All the girls played exceptionally well today and were unlucky not to win at least two years of their games." Helen scored an excellent goal from a Penalty Corner and led the girls to 3 draws and 2 defeats. Well done Helen, you represented yourself, your family and 2443 brilliantly.

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Flying High - posted 06/04/2016

Three of our cadets enjoyed a half an hour Air Experience Flight this week.  They enjoyed aerobatics and even took control of the plane under close supervision of their pilot.  Just one of the fantastic opportunities open to our young people.

 

Flying Success - posted 06/04/2016

We are delighted to announce that Sgt Matthew Stoner has been awarded a RAFA Flying Scholarship.  He was competing with 250 others, was shortlisted down to 15 and was one of 5 successful candidates.  This is a fantastic opportunity and possibly the start of a successful flying career.

 

Cadets give presentation to the Royal British Legion - posted 22/03/2016

Cpl Matthew Stoner created and gave an excellent presentation along with FS Meg Hansen, Sgt Ryan Shaw and Cpl Ryan Stairs.  The talk was very well received.  Cpl Stoner was promoted on the evening to the rank of Sergeant by the Squadron CO Flt Lt Andy Oliver.

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Half Marathon success - posted 19/03/2016

2443 CO runs the Silverstone Half Marathon to raise funds for the RBL.
2443 Sqn Commanding Officer successfully completed his first half marathon at the Silverstone Half Marathon on Sunday the 13th of March. He was extremely happy with his finishing time of 2 hrs 12 minutes & 18 seconds. He thoroughly enjoyed the challenge and is looking forward to running the London Marathon 2016 in aid of the Royal British Legion on Sunday the 24th of April.  If you would like to donate please visit his link at www.virgingivingmoney/andrewoliver2443atc.
 
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NEWSPAPER ARTICLE - posted 09/03/2016

Okehampton cadet commander to run London Marathon after losing bet with cadets

Wednesday, 24 February 2016 By Tom French in Local People

Royal?British Legion members Peter Williams and Ray Rattenbury, county chairman Dick Jennings, Okehampton ATC?cadets and commander Andy Oliver.

THE commanding officer of 2443 Okehampton Air Training Corp is running this year’s London Marathon — after losing a bet with the squadron’s cadets.

Flt Lt Andy Oliver promised to his cadets that should they finish in the top ten of the 2015 Plymouth and Cornwall wing sports competition he would run the 2016 London Marathon.

Perhaps rather predictably, the added motivation spurred them on to win the competition for the very first time.

Andy will now run the marathon to raise money for the Royal British Legion. He has been training hard in preparation for the marathon on April 24, running along the Granite Way to help get ready. As part of his training, he will run in the Silverstone Half Marathon on March 13.

Flt Lt Oliver said: ‘We’ve had some cracking results in both wing and regional competition so it’s been a great year sporting wise for the squadron. In past years we’ve finished outside the top ten so I wanted to give them extra incentive and now I’ve got to live up to my promise!

‘I knew I wouldn’t get in through the lottery ballot so I looked at charity places and due to our links with the Royal British Legion, it was meant to be. The organisation does great work to support those who vitally need help, having given so much in the service of their country. 

‘I’ve never run a marathon before. When I joined the police in 1988 I had to be relatively fit to get in but I’ve never been known for my fitness. 

‘My old nickname used to be Many Bellies. It’s only in the last five years or so I’ve gotten my fitness to a reasonable level. Training is going well and I’m hoping to run the Silverstone Half Marathon, which if I do will show to myself I’m on track.’

Andy needs to raise £1,800 for the Royal British Legion — visit www.virginmoneygiving.com/AndrewOliver2443ATC

 

SPORTING ACHIEVEMENTS - posted 09/03/2016

 

2443 Sqn Cadets along with Plymouth and Cornwall Wing Hockey Manager, Simon Bourne travelled to Tidworth Oval for the South West Regional Senior Hockey and Senior Football Championships. Cpl Matt Stoner played football and the boys as a whole did not fair too well coming up against stiff opposition from the other competing Wings. 

FS Meg Hansen, FS Laura Bazeley and team Captain Cdt Helen Dalton competed in the hockey. Although playing on a full size pitch the round robin tournament only consisted of 20 minute games. P&C Wing were set up to play a high line resulting in them winning all 3 games, 2-0, 2-0 and 3-0. Chief selector for the SW Region FS Lucas said "Cdt Dalton should be very proud of herself as she was the best player throughout the day" Helen scored four goals and Megan scored one. Laura played exceptionally well marshalling the defence and helping the team to keep 3 clean sheets. 

Cdt Dalton has been selected to represent the Region along with 5 other P&C Wing Cadets. FS Bazeley was in contention for selection but was ruled out following her unavailability for that event. Simon Bourne will be joining the SW team as Coach.

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BTEC AWARDS - posted 09/03/2016 

Two of the ATC aims are to:

Promote and encourage a practical interest in aviation and the Royal Air Force among young people and
To provide training which will be useful in the Services and civilian life.

Two of our adult cadets, Flt Sgts Laura Bazeley and Meg Hansen have been awarded their BTEC Level Two Aviation Awards.

Congratulations to them both on their achievement, well done!

Our two Flt Sgt's. are, along with Cpl Matthew Stoner now studying for their CVQO-led BTEC level two qualifications in Team Work and Personal Development.

There are a range of vocational qualifications available to our cadets and staff volunteers through CVQO. This is a fantastic opportunity to put your passions into practice, get highly skilled in your favourite area of study where you could end up with a number of widely recognised BTEC qualifications. This will help in the future when talking to possible employers.

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Six of our cadets have earn their National Indoor Climbing Award (NICAS) at RAF St Mawgan following five weeks of training.  
Congratulations to them all.

This award is designed to promote climbing development and accredit individual achievement on artificial climbing structures. It can be used by our cadets as a starting point as they take up climbing and mountaineering.

This fantastic activity encourages the spirit of adventure which is one of the ATC's aims.

The cadets and the volunteer staff had an excellent time learning this physically demanding skill and look forward to developing their climbing ability in the future.

Our CO Flt Lt Oliver is undertaking training to complete the Indoor Climbing Wall award which will enable us to provide more climbing opportunities to our cadets.

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EASY FUNDRAISING IDEA - posted 19/02/2016 -

 We've just heard that £16.06 is on its way to us, thanks to our fantastic supporters shopping online with easyfundraising! This money will help 2443 (Okehampton) Squadron Air Training Corps to celebrate the Corps 75th Anniversary this year. Please help us raise even more https://www.easyfundraising.org.uk/causes/2443os

SQN HISTORY IN OUR 75TH ANNIVERSARY YEAR - posted 09/02/2016

Cdt Charlie Thompson is the youngest cadet in our squadrons history as the age limit has been lowered to accept year 8 pupils.  Cadets Thompson and Watts were enrolled by our padron Simon Bourne - congratulations and welcome to you both.

 

 

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COMMANDING OFFICERS MARATHON EFFORT - posted 07/02/2016

Flt Lt Andrew Oliver laid down the gauntlet to the squadron last year when he challenged our cadets to come in the top ten out of 22 squadrons in the Wing Athletics - well, they only went and won it!  True to his work, he has sucessfully obtained a place in this years London Marathon.  He is running on behalf of the Royal British Legion and has a target of £1800 to raise.  He is training three times a week as well as working full time, commanding a busy squadron, taking cadets climbing weekly and training a team of 20 cadets who are undertaking the 100 mile Nijmegen Marches in July.  Any donations no matter what size will be very gratefully received.  Please visit his Virgin just giving page link to donate.  Thank you.  www.virginmoneygiving.com/andrewoliver2443atc

 

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OUR NEW PATRON HRH DUCHESS OF CAMBRIDGE JOINS OUR 75TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATIONS

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ATC SUNDAY PLYMOUTH & CORNWALL WING 75TH ANNIVERSARY PARADE - posted 7/1/2016

The Commanding Officer,  Flt. Lt Andy Oliver RAF VR(T),11 of our cadets, staff member CI Wendy Oliver , padre Simon Bourne , committee member and parents travelled to Falmouth joining some 300 plus from our Wing to proudly parade through the town centre to commemorate 75 years of the ATC.  A fantastic turn out despite the rather nasty weather which did not dampen our enthusiasm.  We were led by our Wing Band and we proudly participated in the Banner party before celebrating our fantastic organsiation at a wonderful church service.

 

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SUCCESS FOR OUR CADETS AT THE SW REGIONAL CROSS COUNTRY CHAMPIONSHIPS - posted 07/02/2016

Congratulations to our cadets for doing so well at the SW Regional Cross Country Championships. One of our female cadets came 5th in her event and is a non-travelling reserve for the Region Team. The U17s Plymouth & Cornwall boys team won their age group. Well done for doing yourselves and 2443 so proud.

 

HAPPY NEW YEAR 

HERE IS TO A VERY EXCITING 2016 AS THE ATC CELEBRATE THEIR 75TH ANNIVERSARY WITH MANY EXCITING EVENTS PLANNED BOTH NATIONALLY AND LOCALLY.

SQUADRON DINING IN AND AWARDS NIGHT - posted 07/02/2016

Staff and cadets enjoyed a great dining in night on the 11th of December 2015.  We were joined by friends, family and supporters of the squadron to celebrate a fantastic years achievements and to see our young people being presented with their awards.  Flt Lt Andrew Oliver also promoted Sgt Laura Bazeley to Flt Sgt, Cpl Ryan Shaw was promoted to Sgt and Cdt Reuben Bourne was promoted to Cpl.  Further promotions will be made in the early part of 2016.  

 

ROYAL BRITISH LEGION POPPY COLLECTING IN OKEHAMPTON - posted 11/11/2015

2443 Cadets and staff spent two days poppy selling in Okehampton town centre, their excellent turn out and positive manner is always commented  on and very much appreciated.  Well done to all of our young people and staff volunteers involved.

 

 

 

CADETS & STAFF COMMEMORATE REMEMBRANCE SUNDAY IN SOUTH AFRICA - posted 10/11/2015

Op Global dragon Cadets and staff commemorating Remembrance Sunday in South Africa on sunday 8th November. 6 cadets and staff from 2443 (Okehampton) ATC as part of the 26 strong team from both Devon & Somerset and Plymouth & Cornwall Wings. 2 minutes silence were held outside the Crocodile sanctuary at St Lucia on the East Coast of South Africa on the last day of their 2 week expedition.

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CADETS REWARDED FOR HARD WORK AT CARNIVAL - posted 18/10/2015

8 cadets from 2443(Okehampton) and one from 299 (Exmouth) played their part in the whole Okehampton carnival 'team' making this year's carnival a fantastic success. There are so many local people that work hard for the town. The cadets set up the barriers before the crowds arrived, ensured the members of the public remained safely behind them and took them down several hours later. Flt Lt Andy Oliver, the Commanding Officer said " The Air Cadets are very active in supporting the community through events such as this. I was really proud how they were turned out, standing smart throughout and ensuring the public safety throughout the parade" — supported by CI's Adrian Shaw and Wendy Oliver.

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FUN FILLED ADVENTURE TRAINING TASTER - Posted 18/10/2015

Surfing,climbing, mountain biking, walking, archery and low ropes course all in one weekend for Cdts Mansfield and Mills (pictured here with Wing Commander Reiss who participated in our Plymouth and Cornwall Wing Adventure Taster weekend. What a fantastic opportunity for our young people. Thank you to all of our volunteer staff for making such opportunities available. Including our own Sgt Phil Reynolds and CO Flt Lt Andy Oliver.

 

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 SPORTING SUCCESS AT REGIONAL TRIALS - Posted 18/10/2015

2443 Cadets representing Plymouth and Cornwall wing, junior hockey and football. Team captain Cdt Bazeley, Cdt Wiseman and Cdt Stairs. Team captain Cpl Stairs and Cpl Bourne. 

Hockey Team Manager, Padre Simon Bourne is proud to announce both teams came 5th. Especially pleasing was that despite only having 8 girls in the team they gave everything. Drawing 2 games, losing 3 but only conceding 5 goals. 

3 of our Cadets have been selected for the SW Regional Team. 

Cpl Stairs, Cdt Bazeley and Cdt Wiseman. Congratulations to you all.

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CVQO AMBASSADOR - Posted 14/10/2015

 

Okehampton cadet Flt Sgt Megan Hansen features in the autumn edition of the National Air Cadet magazine.  Her role for the next 12 months is helping CVQO spread the word about the benefits of vocational qualifications.

 Her Commanding Officer Flt Lt Andy Oliver states  "This is a fantastic opportunity for both the squadron and Plymouth and Cornwall Wing as Meg will have the opportunity to showcase what the CVQO can offer our cadets and encourage participation we look forward to actively monitoring the uptake and progress of cadets during Meg's year in post".

 

 

 

 

 

ARE YOU OR SOMEONE YOU KNOW AGED 15 AND CONSIDERING A CAREER IN THE RAF?  - Posted 12/10/2015

 RAF technical scholarship award.  

The scheme is run annually and applications are being taken NOW for any interested/eligble parties.

The sponsorship scheme is aimed at 15 year olds wishing to join the RAF straight after GCSE's for the following trades:

Aircraft Technicians (Avionics) General Technician, (Vehicle & Mechanical Equipment Technician), General Technician (Electrician) and ICT Technician.

The closing date for this year's application is 01 Dec 15.

Any further questions or interest are to be directed to your nearest Armed Forces Careers Office in Plymouth and Exeter.

 

 

2016! A year to remember and celebrate as the ATC reaches its 75th Anniversary. Click here to view what is going on Nationally in the upcoming months

 

 

Cadets attended Wing Athletics weekend and came home in overall second place.  A fantastic achievement. 

More recently at Wing Swimming we had a fantastic result collecting 5 golds, 2 silvers and a bronze with the girls winning overall and the squadron narrowly coming second overall. 

 

 

The team were presented with their medals by the Station Commander, Group Captain Adam Sansom, an ex-Torquay cadet, and also had the chance to meet Air Commodore Dawn Mcafferty, Commandant Air Cadets, who attended the event on the Saturday.

Despite starting fourth from last on the first day, the team completed the first day's walk of 26 miles at 14:57, overtaking both the Devon & Somerset Wing team and the 2339 Plymstock & Mount Batten Squadron RAF Air Cadets team, who started several places ahead!
Day 2 was a bigger struggle for most people in the team, who were dealing with blisters and an assortment of dodgy joints. However, the team pressed on through, and were the second cadet team to check in at the second checkpoint, finishing at the respectable time of around 14:30.

Everyone should be extremely proud of what they have achieved this weekend, it was not an easy feat by any means, so wear your medals with pride, and let'a keep pushing for Nijmegen in July!
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Plymouth & Cornwall Wing Adventure Training
South West Region Air Cadets

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