On Monday 26th April, 42F (King’s Lynn) Squadron Air Training Corps cadets and staff were re-united, after a year of being stood down due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Cadets had the chance to meet and see their friends again after a long hiatus of face-to-face activities, and they are excited to be able to undertake the Air Cadet experience once again. With extra safety measures in place, the unit has been able to re-open its building and will now resume offering a variety of exciting activities to its members.
The first night back was filled with communication and teambuilding exercises to allow cadets to get to know each other again, and have some fun in a COVID-safe manner.
Between March 2020 and April 2021, 42F Squadron conducted weekly Virtual Parade Nights to keep in touch.
Briefings and activities were conducted weekly, including providing training on aircraft recognition, current affairs, presentation skills and guest speaker events. Cadets also had the chance to complete structured training from home, such as completing the Aerospace Studies syllabus and cyber communication awards. During the course of the year, over 30 individual awards were attained including nationally recognised BTEC qualifications.
“I’m glad to see everyone return and be able to take part in many of the activities that makes the Air Cadets one of the leading youth organisations in the country. We have put stringent safety measures in place to make sure that everyone attending is safe and we continue to put the health and safety of all of our personnel first” said Squadron Commander Flight Lieutenant Pauline Petch. “I am amazed and very proud of my cadets, who have shown dedication and a hard-working spirit throughout what was a tough year for all, and look forward to seeing this continuing as we return to our regular activities.”
The Squadron will soon be hosting an open day, with lots of activities offered to visitors.
42F Squadron is looking to recruit new cadets and volunteer staff in the near future. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, guests will need to book in advance by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or messaging their Facebook page (@42FSqnATC) or Twitter account (@42FATC). New cadet recruits can be aged between 12 (in Year 8 at school) and 17, and new staff recruits can be aged 20 and above.
Photos: Feature Image: Cadets undertake a briefing on COVID-19 measures. 2. Taking part in a communication exercise. 3. Final Parade.
Article and photos submitted by Sergeant A Stapleton RAFAC, 42F (King’s Lynn) Squadron Air Training Corps, with thanks to Mike Lister, Media and Communications Officer for 42F for passing this story on.