480 Squadron News

Studley Cadets get a taste of Military Life

Air Cadets from 480 (Studley) Squadron Air Training Corps recently attended a training weekend at Sennybridge in South Wales.

Twenty Cadets of all ages from the Squadron spent a long weekend, in April 2011, at the SENTA facility. This is the third largest training area in the UK, consisting of over 34,000 acres. The Cadets experienced life outdoors in a military setting and developed basic skills.

Over the weekend the Cadets engaged in various activities and lessons, including learning field craft skills, patrolling, making shelters, weapons training and navigation. The new found skills were soon put to good use on the final exercise, Exercise “Broken Seagull”. This involved the Cadets working in Sections to rescue the downed air crew being held captive by the enemy!

The Cadets found the course challenging but immensely enjoyable. Corporal Orme commented, “It was an excellent weekend and a chance for everyone to develop their skills. I’m looking forward to putting everything I’ve learnt into practice”.

The Senior Instructor for the course and 480 Sqn’s Wing Staff Officer, Squadron Leader Doug Martin said “The Cadets performed really well and showed real grit and determination throughout the whole weekend. They all commented on the realism of the exercises, especially being able to experience it in an area such as this”.

The Officer Commanding 480, Flight Lieutenant Mark Hulme, said “Any exercise at Sennybridge is always going to be a challenge. It is one of the UK’s premier training areas and an excellent opportunity for the Cadets. This weekend we had a mix of older, more experienced, Cadets and new Cadets, away for the first time. Each Cadet, regardless of their prior knowledge, had the chance to learn something new”.

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