• Supporting Reserve Forces and Cadets in the South East

    Reserves & Cadets
  1. The Duke of York’s Royal Military School Exercise Dukie Warrior 2018

    The Duke of York’s Royal Military School “Exercise Dukie Warrior 2018”

    This year as a Contingent, we planned and executed our own summer camp at Salisbury Plain Training Area (SPTA) Wiltshire. We took 90 Cadets and 11 staff....
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    The Duke of York’s Royal Military School Exercise Dukie Warrior 2018

    The Duke of York’s Royal Military School “Exercise Dukie Warrior 2018”

    This year as a Contingent, we planned and executed our own summer camp at Salisbury Plain Training Area (SPTA) Wiltshire. We took 90 Cadets and 11 staff of enthusiastic adult volunteers drawn, in the main, from teachers within the School.

    We deployed the day after Grand Day to SPTA, a training area used by British Armed forces and forces from around the world. The training area has many challenging training facilities with Battle Camp accommodation.

    Challenge, adaptability and tenacity - there was time for self-reflection for the Dukie Cadets this year on Exercise Dukie Warrior ‘18. At SPTA we conducted build up training which felt seamless due to the year’s hard work and training preparation by the cadets and staff at the Schools unique training area and range.
    Enthusiastic to hone their military skills further, the training programme for the cadets was full of new demanding and enjoyable challenges, culminating in a final confirmatory exercise set in an urban environment at Imber Village SPTA. We also had assistance from the 1st Battalion the Princesses Royal Regiment who brought with them two Warrior Armoured infantry fighting vehicles and a selection of Infantry platoon weapons. They instructed the Cadets in the role and effectiveness of a Warrior and platoon weapons.

    The training began with vehicle check point drills, section attacks, weapon handling, team building, battlefield first aid, Bulford Ranges and a competition day.

    The younger cadets were commanded by the Cadet JNCO and SNCO’S who the potential junior under officers were for 2018/19. They acted in an enthusiastic, strong-minded, confident professional manner with drive and determination, when put under pressure from their command appointments.

    “Young Dukie leaders emerge from the shadows of Imber village”

    The Potential Officers were given appointments to prove their leadership skills during the final exercise phase at Imber Village. This allowed the RSM and staff to select competent and confident Potential Officers to take up the role of under officer in September. This consisted of leading sections in a physically, mentally and demanding urban tactical environment.

    The final attack consisted of 2 platoons attacking and securing Imber. It was then that the ambush was set for the enemy who were re-grouping to attack and take back Imber from the Dukie’s. Imber was saved and the enemy forced to retreat.

    The Dukie cadets worked hard all week during the build-up, training and the final exercise phase. For their hard work and efforts they were rewarded with some RNR with a fun day at Thorpe Park.

    All the cadets and staff enjoyed their summer camp and looked forward to a well-earned and deserved summer break.

  2. Battle of Britain Memorial Service

    Battle of Britain Memorial Service

    Last Sunday, Cadets and Staff from around the county assembled at St Andrew’s Church, Tangmere for the Battle of Britain annual Service of Remembrance....
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    Battle of Britain Memorial Service

    Battle of Britain Memorial Service

    Last Sunday, Cadets and Staff from around the county assembled at St Andrew’s Church, Tangmere for the Battle of Britain annual Service of Remembrance. Cadets gathered from all over the County to commemorate this event. The 40-strong squad marched from Tangmere Military Museum to St Andrew’s Church and were joined VIPs, including the High Sheriff of West Sussex - Mrs Caroline Nicholls DL. Cadets had the opportunity to remember those who fought in the Battle of Britain during World War Two and lay a wreath as a mark of respect.

    The Cadets were able to meet and enjoy some refreshments with the veterans and commemorate those who gave their lives during the Battle of Britain. Cadets also had the opportunity to explore the museum with the Veterans afterwards.

    The Battle of Britain was the German air force's attempt to gain air superiority over the RAF from July to September 1940. It inspired Winston Churchill’s famous quote "Never was so much owed by so many to so few"- a reference to the Pilots who fought in the battle, who are now known as ‘The Few’.

    Flying Officer Mark Sonsthagen, Officer Commanding of 461 (Chichester) Air Cadets, said:

    ‘These events serve to remind our communities that the younger generation, especially the Air Training Corps, are proud to represent the Royal Air Force in remembering the sacrifices others have made and continue to make to keep our Country safe. The Battle of Britain was a turning point in the Second World War and ‘we will remember them.’’

    Chichester Air Cadets is recruiting, if you are interested in joining and are aged 12-17, you can contact us on 461@aircadets.org for details of our next open evening. We also welcome applications for adult volunteers, who can contact us on the same address.

  3. New joint cadet centre for the dover army cadet and royal air force air cadet units

    New joint cadet centre for the dover army cadet and royal air force air cadet units

    Army and Royal Air Force Air Cadets from Dover and the surrounding area joined Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant of Kent, Major, The Viscount De L’Isle and The Chief Executive of South East Reserve Forces’ & Cadets’ Association, Colonel (Retired) Patrick Crowley, together with other local and military dignitaries at the official opening of their new Joint Cadet Centre at Dover, on Thursday 19 April 2018....
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    New joint cadet centre for the dover army cadet and royal air force air cadet units

    New joint cadet centre for the dover army cadet and royal air force air cadet units

    Army and Royal Air Force Air Cadets from Dover and the surrounding area joined Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant of Kent, Major The Viscount De L’Isle and the Chief Executive of South East Reserve Forces’ & Cadets’ Association, Colonel (Retired) Patrick Crowley, together with other local and military dignitaries at the official opening of their new Joint Cadet Centre at Dover, on Thursday 19 April 2018.

    The new Joint Centre is now home to approximately 80 Cadets and also the B Company Headquarters of Kent Army Cadet Force and replaces the previous Army Cadet Force Detachment accommodation at the old Army Reserves Centre situated on this London Road, site, the Royal Air Force Air Cadets site in Albert Road and the Company Headquarters in Church Road, Shorncliffe, Folkestone. Both of the latter sites are being sold off for development, where none of the previous accommodation properly met the accommodation scales required for today’s Cadet Units. This new facility is based on the current MOD Cadet designs for these Centres and has resulted in the internal renovation of the existing Reserves Centre buildings and includes a large Drill Hall, classrooms, kitchenette, toilets, the existing indoor small bore target rifle range, and, administrative offices for the adult personnel and store rooms, where each of the three units have separate accommodation but with some sharing of the communal assets.

    Dover has had a long history associated with the Armed Forces and under the direction of the Army 2020 Basing Review, involving the move out of the area by the Reserves and the Army Recruiting Organisation, thereby vacating the Army Reserves Centre, the site has proved to be an ideal location to operate as a more permanent base for the local Army and Air Cadet Forces, which are military sponsored cadet organisations and for the Units concerned to be based at the same place, under the auspices of the South East Reserve Forces’ and Cadets’ Association. These projects benefit the taxpayer, by having a facility that is now in full use throughout the week, together with some weekends.

    South East Reserve Forces’ and Cadets’ Association and the Ministry of Defence (Army and Royal Air Force Air Cadet Headquarters) have worked closely together to develop this location for the Cadets and within a very short space of time, South East Reserve Forces’ and Cadets’ Association were able to secure suitable funding to enable this Dover site to be retained and be redeveloped into the Cadet accommodation required, sharing the costs between the Association and the Ministry of Defence, in order to re-house the Cadets.

    Commenting on the new building, Colonel Patrick Crowley, Chief Executive of the South East Reserve Forces’ and Cadets’ Association said, “We are delighted to be able to provide these Cadets and their Adult Instructors with a much needed new base with modern facilities. The new facility also allows us to maintain our strong military connections in the area whilst allowing the local youth community to enjoy the opportunities, challenges, skills and qualifications the Cadet Movement offers.”

    Both the Air Cadets and Army Cadets parade on a Tuesday and Thursday night from 1900-2100, we’re always looking for young people and adults to join us and take the opportunity to learn new skills, make new friends and earn qualifications in the process.

    Lieutenant Breeshea Robinson, Detachment Commander, Dover Army Cadet Force said:

    “We are very lucky at Dover to have such a great detachment building now run jointly with the Air Cadets - it’s a great opportunity for us to learn from each other. It feels like the building has a new lease of life! I’m very proud of my cadets and staff and we were honoured to have the Lord Lieutenant and other dignitaries in attendance”.

    WO Matt Dando, Officer in Charge, Dover Squadron said:

    “The opening of the joint cadet centre by the Lord Lieutenant marks the beginning of a new era for Dover Squadron. With better facilities it offers more opportunities for the cadets and allows for combined activities with Dover Detachment ACF”.

    For further information about joining Kent Army Cadet Force, contact (Tel No: 01622 750328 & Email: se-ken-ceo@rfca.org.uk), or, for the Kent Air Cadets, contact (Tel No: 01622 754188 & Email: oc.kent@aircadets.org). We particularly welcome enquiries from adult members of the public who may be interested in the challenge of becoming uniformed adult instructors, aged from 18-50 years old.

  4. Thames Police Sign Armes Forces Covenant

    Thames Police Sign Armes Forces Covenant

    Major General Benjamin Bathurst has paid a special visit to Army Cadets at 18 Troop, Household Cavalry Regiment at Combermere Barracks in Windsor. The General Officer Commanding London District and Major General Commanding the Household Division, took time to engage with Cadets after inspecting the unit. Having spent five years as a cadet himself with the Combined Cadet Force, Major General Bathurst took a keen interest in the Cadets aspirations for the future. The assignment of the new 40 ton A...
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    Thames Police Sign Armes Forces Covenant

    Thames Police Sign Armes Forces Covenant

    On Friday 23 March, on behalf of Defence - Col S Browne – Deputy Commander from the Brigade, co-signed the Armed Forces Covenant with Thames Valley Police. Supported by Jonathan Darrington-Slegg - (Regional Employer Engagement Director), Lt Col Mileham - JRLO, and myself. Additionally, Key Staff Officers, Serving Reservists who are also Police Officers and Service Charities invited by the Police also attended.

    The event saw a range of commitments made by Thames Valley Police to support and work with the Armed Forces community. The AFC was signed by both the Deputy Chief Constable - John Campbell and the Thames Valley Police & Crime Commissioner - Anthony Stansfeld. All 3 signatories spoke highlighting the commitments made by TVP and the thanks of Defence.

    After the AFC Signing – a Bronze Employer Recognition Scheme Award Certificate was presented to the Deputy Chief Constable by Col Browne. The visitors were hosted to a most interesting visit to the Firearms Training Centre and saw first hand Police Officers undergoing firearms training and also a chance to see a range of in-service weapons and historic weapons held by the force.

  5. Major General Benjamin Bathurst visits Army Cadets in Windsor

    Major General Benjamin Bathurst visits Army Cadets in Windsor

    Major General Benjamin Bathurst has paid a special visit to Army Cadets at 18 Troop, Household Cavalry Regiment at Combermere Barracks in Windsor. The General Officer Commanding London District and Major General Commanding the Household Division, took time to engage with Cadets after inspecting the unit. Having spent five years as a cadet himself with the Combined Cadet Force, Major General Bathurst took a keen interest in the Cadets aspirations for the future. The assignment of the new 40 ton A...
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    Major General Benjamin Bathurst visits Army Cadets in Windsor

    Major General Benjamin Bathurst visits Army Cadets in Windsor

    Major General Benjamin Bathurst has paid a special visit to Army Cadets at 18 Troop, Household Cavalry Regiment at Combermere Barracks in Windsor. The General Officer Commanding London District and Major General Commanding the Household Division, took time to engage with Cadets after inspecting the unit. Having spent five years as a cadet himself with the Combined Cadet Force, Major General Bathurst took a keen interest in the Cadets aspirations for the future. The assignment of the new 40 ton AJAX Armoured Vehicle to the Household Calvary, will see the majority of the unit relocate to Salisbury Plain and will be replaced by the 1st Battalion Welsh Guards. The Major General wanted to reassure the Cadets, that the unit would remain within the Household Calvary Regiment and that they will continue to be supported by the Regular Army. Within the London district they are 2,500 Regular Soldiers, 4,500 Reserves and 9,800 Cadets. Regular Soldiers are currently assisting Cadet Adult Volunteers within the London units and the Major General hopes that this incentive will also be adopted by the Welsh Guards, when they relocate to Combermere Barracks.

    For more information about Berkshire Cadet Force: 0118 957 5126 or email: caoberks-se@RFCA.ORG.UK Parades every Tuesday between 19:30 - 21:30 Combermere Barracks, Windsor, Berkshire, SL4 3DN

  6. District Drill Competition at Sir John Moore Barracks Folkestone

    District Drill Competition at Sir John Moore Barracks Folkestone

    Well done to all the Cadets and Adults who braved the very cold weather and at times downfalls of snow yesterday to produce and put on such a good Drill and Piping competition. The entry was very high with 8 out of 10 units taking part; the standard was very good and really encouraging to see so many young cadets entering and taking part with such enthusiasm for the first time. The best part of the day , I hope you all agree, was seeing smiles on everyone’s faces and also watching units interac...
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    District Drill Competition at Sir John Moore Barracks Folkestone

    District Drill Competition at Sir John Moore Barracks Folkestone

    Well done to all the Cadets and Adults who braved the very cold weather and at times downfalls of snow yesterday to produce and put on such a good Drill and Piping competition. The entry was very high with 8 out of 10 units taking part; the standard was very good and really encouraging to see so many young cadets entering and taking part with such enthusiasm for the first time. The best part of the day , I hope you all agree, was seeing smiles on everyone’s faces and also watching units interacting and supporting, encouraging and cheering each other on. To see cadets and staff assisting cadets preparing no matter which unit if not their own these competitors were from was extremely nice, good teamwork.

    Thank you to all the spectators that turned out in the cold and all the Judges, Admin Staff and those that assisted the DDO in running such a full and successful day. A huge thank you from us all to the DDO for all his hard work putting the day together and providing the forum for such a good days Cadet Experience. It’s good to be able to include photos of cadets with arms on this post as this is in context as the event was a Drill and Piping competition taking place inside an MOD base.

  7. East & West Sussex Lord-Lieutenant's Awards 2017

    East & West Sussex Lord-Lieutenant's Awards 2017

    Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant’s Annual Award Ceremony for East Sussex and West Sussex, has taken place at the Long Furlong Barn in Worthing.The annual Lord-Lieutenant’s Awards are for Reservists, Cadet Force Adult Volunteers, Cadets and employees of the Reserve Forces’ and Cadet Organisations of the Armed Forces’ and recognised as laudatory honours throughout the Ministry of Defence.Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant’s are the representatives of the C...
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    East & West Sussex Lord-Lieutenant's Awards 2017

    East & West Sussex Lord-Lieutenant's Awards 2017

    Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant’s Annual Award Ceremony for East Sussex and West Sussex, has taken place at the Long Furlong Barn in Worthing.

    The annual Lord-Lieutenant’s Awards are for Reservists, Cadet Force Adult Volunteers, Cadets and employees of the Reserve Forces’ and Cadet Organisations of the Armed Forces’ and recognised as laudatory honours throughout the Ministry of Defence.

    Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant’s are the representatives of the Crown for each county in the United Kingdom.  Men or women of all backgrounds, they are appointed directly by Her Majesty The Queen, on the advice of the Prime Minister. 

    Her Majesty’s Lord Lieutenant Mr Peter Field for East Sussex and Colonel (Retired) Richard Putnam CBE, TD, DL for West Sussex presented a number of awards including Meritorious Service Certificates, The Fuller Smith and Turner Best Reservist Award, Cadet Forces Medal, Army Cadet Force Certificate of Good Service, SSAFA IRLAM Trophy, The Prince of Wales Award for the Ulysses Trust Best Expedition and Cadet of the Year Awards .

    The Lord-Lieutenant’s Certificates for Meritorious Service were instituted in order to afford public recognition to those members of the Reserve and Cadet Forces whose efforts are not recognised by the twice-yearly Honours Lists. The Lord-Lieutenant’s Certificate thus ranks second to The Queen’s Honours Lists. The Cadet of the Year Award marks the achievement of outstanding service by an individual to their Cadet movement. A certificate is awarded, together with a Lord Lieutenant’s Badge which the individual is entitled to wear when in uniform.  The best Reservist Award is awarded to the Reservist considered by the selection board to have achieved the most or to have made the greatest contribution to the Reserve Service in the Royal County of Berkshire.

    Cadet Staff Sergeant Ted Lewry, with the Royal Engineers, has been nominated for HM Lord-Lieutenant Award.  Upon receiving his award, he said: “I am very proud to have been nominated for the award.  It is a great honour and encourages me to keep working hard and progressing.”

  8. Silver Employer Recognition Awards Ceremony 2017

    Silver Employer Recognition Awards Ceremony 2017

    The 2017 Silver Employer Recognition Awards Ceremony took place on the 6th of September 2017 on the historic ship HMS Victory in Portsmouth. 20 businesses were presented awards by the Lord-Lieutenant of Hampshire Nigel Atkinson Esq, at the prestigious event to recognise their support to the Armed Forces’ Community. Mark Smith from Mainstream Group Ltd said:  “The Employer Recognition Scheme is important to our group as a demonstration to both veterans and reservists of the...
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    Silver Employer Recognition Awards Ceremony 2017

    Silver Employer Recognition Awards Ceremony 2017

    The 2017 Silver Employer Recognition Awards Ceremony took place on the 6th of September 2017 on the historic ship HMS Victory in Portsmouth.

    20 businesses were presented awards by the Lord-Lieutenant of Hampshire Nigel Atkinson Esq, at the prestigious event to recognise their support to the Armed Forces’ Community.

    Mark Smith from Mainstream Group Ltd said:  “The Employer Recognition Scheme is important to our group as a demonstration to both veterans and reservists of the high value we place on their transferable skills, which directly benefit our business.  I am absolutely delighted that we have received the Silver Award today.”

    The Defence Employer Recognition Scheme (ERS) encourages employers to support defence and inspire others to do the same. The scheme encompasses Bronze, Silver and Gold awards for employer organisations that pledge, demonstrate or advocate support to defence and the Armed Forces Community, and align their values with the Armed Forces Covenant.

    Colonel (Retired) Patrick Crowley South East Reserve Forces’ and Cadets’ Association Chief Executive said: “These companies have gone the extra mile to support the Armed Forces and particularly the Reserves and service leavers.  We are very fortunate to have HM Lord-Lieutenant Nigel Atkinson to present the awards, but the most important people here this evening are the employers receiving their awards, highlighting their commitment to supporting both their employees and our Armed Forces.”

    The Army Medical Services Quartet played upon the quarterdeck of the ship, whilst Brigadier Bill O’Leary welcomed guests and VIP’S. 

    The Naval Secretary, Rear Admiral Simon Williams, began the proceedings and speeches were given by Reservist Petty Officer Denise Wright from HMS King Alfred and Reservist employer Jim Weeden from Arqiva.

    The evening culminated with The Band of the Brigade of Gurkhas performing the Beating of the Retreat and the Salute was taken by Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant of Hampshire and the Naval Secretary.

  9. Kent County Cricket Club are the Latest Organisation to Sign the Armed Forces Covenant

    Kent County Cricket Club are the Latest Organisation to Sign the Armed Forces Covenant

    The Armed Forces Covenant was signed between PWRR and Kent County Cricket Club / Shepherd Neame. The Club and Medway Commercial also received a bronze award from the South East Reserves Forces’ and Cadets’ Association (SERFCA). The Employer Recognition Scheme encourages employers to support defence and inspire other organisations to do the same.   The scheme encompasses bronze, silver and gold awards for employer organisations that pledge, demonstrate or advocate support...
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    Kent County Cricket Club are the Latest Organisation to Sign the Armed Forces Covenant

    Kent County Cricket Club are the Latest Organisation to Sign the Armed Forces Covenant

    The Armed Forces Covenant was signed between PWRR and Kent County Cricket Club / Shepherd Neame. The Club and Medway Commercial also received a bronze award from the South East Reserves Forces’ and Cadets’ Association (SERFCA). The Employer Recognition Scheme encourages employers to support defence and inspire other organisations to do the same.  

    The scheme encompasses bronze, silver and gold awards for employer organisations that pledge, demonstrate or advocate support to defence and the armed forces community, and align their values with the armed forces covenant. 

    Kent Cricket CEO, Jamie Clifford, signed on behalf of the Club, and said:  

    “It is a honour for the Club to have been awarded the Bronze Award on signing the covenant and the Club is delighted to be able to show commitment to this excellent initiative.  We look forward to continuing our partnership with the Armed Forces in the coming years.”  

    Colonel Andrew Wood TD VR, Deputy Commander. HQ 11th Infantry Brigade said: 

    "It was a great privilege to be here today to cosign the Armed Forces Covenant, it's important that the Armed Forces and the local community are engaged on a wider scale and today marked that in style. 

    We are delighted to add the Kent County Cricket Club to our list of growing supporters and were pleased that we had representatives from the local council, University of Kent and Canterbury College here today along with the Lady Mayor, the Armed Forces Champion of Canterbury." 

    The Princess of Wales’s Royal Regiment freefall parachute display team (the Flying Tigers) also made a star appearance and landed on the pitch shortly before the awards were made. 

    The South East Regional Employer Engagement Director for the Ministry of Defence, Captain Jonathan Darrington-Slegg, said: 

     “Signing the Armed Forces Covenant has provided an opportunity to establish a solid relationship between Kent County Cricket Club and the Armed Forces Community, we look forward to many years of continued support." 

    The signing took place on the opening day of Kent’s match against West Indies during the 166th Canterbury Cricket Week.  

     
    http://www.serfca.org/Civil-Employer-Engagement/Armed-Forces-Covenant  

  10. Centerprise International signs the Armed Forces Covenant

    Centerprise International signs the Armed Forces Covenant

    Army military intelligence Reservists gathered on the deck of the SS Great Britain in Bristol to witness the signing of the Armed Forces Covenant by leading information technology provider Centerprise International. The Covenant commits the company to upholding its principles by supporting the Armed Forces community. In particular, it recognises the value that serving Regular and Reserve personnel, cadets, veterans and military families bring to Centerprise and the nation. Centerprise chie...
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    Centerprise International signs the Armed Forces Covenant

    enterprise International signs the Armed Forces Covenant

    Army military intelligence Reservists gathered on the deck of the SS Great Britain in Bristol to witness the signing of the Armed Forces Covenant by leading information technology provider Centerprise International.

    The Covenant commits the company to upholding its principles by supporting the Armed Forces community. In particular, it recognises the value that serving Regular and Reserve personnel, cadets, veterans and military families bring to Centerprise and the nation.

    Centerprise chief executive officer Jeremy Nash signed the Covenant on behalf of the company, witnessed by Major General James Hockenhull OBE, Colonel Commandant of the Intelligence Corps.

    Jeremy is himself a former RAF officer, having reached the rank of Wing Commander.

    It was also an occasion of celebration for the Intelligence Corps Reserve, marking 50 years since its founding with a series of presentations followed by a jubilee dinner on board Isambard Kingdom Brunel’s historic ship.

    Lieutenant-Colonel Mel Green, commanding officer of 7th Military Intelligence Battalion, a newly-formed Army Reserve unit which has its headquarters in Bristol, hosted the dinner. The event included presentations by key figures within the IT and cyber security industry.

    He said: “The Battalion is indebted to the insight provided by industry, especially from Dr Andrew Monaghan (Director of Research on Russia and Northern Europe Defence and Security at the Changing Character of War research programme, Oxford University) and Conrad Prince (UK Cyber Security Ambassador).

    “The dinner was a superb affair expertly hosted by the staff of the SS Great Britain. I would like to thank all our Reservists’ employers who attended as they are vital to the continuing relationship with 7 MI Battalion.”

    “They include BAE Systems, Fastnet Estates Ltd, Lockheed Martin, Bovis Homes, GWS, Lionhead Consulting and the Military Preparation College. A special thank you goes to Centerprise International, without whose help and support this event would not have been possible.”

    7th Military Intelligence Battalion covers a large area of the South and West of England, with sub-units stretching from Newbury to Exeter and from Southampton to South Wales.

    Centerprise has its headquarters in Basingstoke with other business operations in London and South Wales. It has built its reputation over 30 years delivering large-scale IT projects for business, defence, education, government and healthcare clients.

  11. Sea Cadets Compete for District Glory

    Sea Cadets Compete for District Glory

    Sea Cadets from the whole of Sussex recently competed in the annual ceremonial District Drill and Piping Competition at TS Hastings.
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    Sea Cadets Compete for District Glory

    Sea Cadets Compete for District Glory

    This is the pre-cursor competition to select the team that will go onto represent Sussex District at the Area competition which takes place in four weeks at HMS Excellent in Portsmouth, all the teams have been practicing hard in the lead up to this event.

    Here’s the results:

    • Winners of the Unarmed Squad was TS Defiance, Newhaven and Seaford Unit
    • Best Squad Commander (Unarmed) was TS Brighton 
    • Winners of the Colour Party was TS Hastings
    • Winners of the Team Piping was TS Defiance, Newhaven and Seaford Unit
    • Winner Individual Piping was TS Brighton
    • Winner of Junior Sea Cadet Piping Team was TS Hastings.

    Ordinary Cadet Catherine Boorman from Newhaven said:

    “I’ve been a Sea Cadet for over four years and my proudest moment by far has been being chosen to lead the squad today and I am delighted that we won.

    This is just one of the many opportunities the Sea Cadets offers for young people I’d encourage anyone who wants a new hobby to find out more”.

    The District Staff of Ceremonial Duties and Chief Judge on the day Lt Ali Kennedy said:

    “We have seen a big improvement in the quality of entries this year, well done to all of the teams involved we know what a big effort everyone made – we’re all very proud”.

    To find out more please visit: http://www.sea-cadets.org/

  12. Lord Mayor Of Portsmouth Honours Reserve Service And Commitment

    Lord Mayor Of Portsmouth Honours Reserve Service And Commitment

    Army Reservists from Portsmouth’s 128 Field Company, based in Peronne Road were honoured yesterday evening by the Lord Mayor of the City of Portsmouth, Mr David Fuller. In a special ceremony at the Hilsea Army Reserve Centre, hosted by the Commanding Officer of 103 Battalion Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers (REME), Lieutenant Colonel John Hanson MBE, the ten reservists who have amassed more than two hundred years’ voluntary reserve service between them, were presented with m...
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    Lord Mayor Of Portsmouth Honours Reserve Service And Commitment

    Lord Mayor Of Portsmouth Honours Reserve Service And Commitment

    Army Reservists from Portsmouth’s 128 Field Company, based in Peronne Road were honoured yesterday evening by the Lord Mayor of the City of Portsmouth, Mr David Fuller. In a special ceremony at the Hilsea Army Reserve Centre, hosted by the Commanding Officer of 103 Battalion Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers (REME), Lieutenant Colonel John Hanson MBE, the ten reservists who have amassed more than two hundred years’ voluntary reserve service between them, were presented with medals and clasps symbolising their remarkable commitment. Accompanied by the Lady Mayoress, Mrs Leza Tremorin and Councillor Frank Jonas, Portsmouth City Council’s Armed Forces Champion, the Lord Mayor, in the presence of family and reserve colleagues made a presentation to each of the medial recipients. He said “Thank you for a wonderful evening. I didn’t know much about the Army Reserve before tonight or what you as a unit do but I’d like to thank you on behalf of the City and the Community for all that you have done and continue to do for us and for the commitment that you make”. The Lady Mayoress went on to present the partner of each reservist with a bouquet of flowers to thank them for their invaluable support and encouragement over the years.

  13. Kent Air Cadets To Take Part In Torch Relay To Mark 75th Anniversary Of Air Training Corps

    Kent Air Cadets To Take Part In Torch Relay To Mark 75th Anniversary Of Air Training Corps

    Celebrating their 75th Anniversary, RAF Air Cadets from across Kent have taken part in a torch relay that is crossing every county in the UK. The Torch toured Kent on Monday 15 August, In preparation for its day in Kent the Torch was picked up by RNLI Lifeboat on Sunday 14th from Essex. Thanks goes to the Gravesend Lifeboat Crew, who took a Gravesend Cadet to Tilbury on their Rib to collect the Torch from the cadets of Essex. Monday started with a trip to Ebbsfleet Station where the Torch ...
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    Kent Air Cadets To Take Part In Torch Relay To Mark 75th Anniversary Of Air Training Corps

    Kent Air Cadets To Take Part In Torch Relay To Mark 75th Anniversary Of Air Training Corps

    Celebrating their 75th Anniversary, RAF Air Cadets from across Kent have taken part in a torch relay that is crossing every county in the UK. The Torch toured Kent on Monday 15 August,

    In preparation for its day in Kent the Torch was picked up by RNLI Lifeboat on Sunday 14th from Essex. Thanks goes to the Gravesend Lifeboat Crew, who took a Gravesend Cadet to Tilbury on their Rib to collect the Torch from the cadets of Essex.

    Monday started with a trip to Ebbsfleet Station where the Torch was escorted by Sergeant (ATC) Darren Doggett, and his Daughter Natalie, a Cadet Flight Sergeant with 1242 (Faversham) Squadron on the Javelin High Speed train to Ashford. From Ashford it visited the Battle of Britain Memorial at Capel-Le-Ferne and then onto Dover Castle and the Louis Bleriot Memorial by 1938 Hillman Staff Car.

    Picked up by a Defence Fire School Saxon Fire Engine it then travelled to Deal, visiting the Burma Star memorial and then onto the Manston Aviation Museum. Next stop Herne Bay with a photo op next to the Barnes Wallis memorial (bouncing bombs). By inflatable rib it took to the water along the Swale from Herne Bay to Faversham, and then was taken via one of the successful cross-channel swimming cadets from Faversham to Harty Ferry.  On reaching land the torch was met by the local constabulary for a quick tour of the old RAF Eastchurch site on the Isle of Sheppey before dashing off to the Kent Air Cadets Headquarters in Maidstone. It flew from Rochester to Headcorn by Tigermoth, and arrived at Biggin Hill by Dragon Rapide and Cherokee Warrior from EFG Flying School.

    At Biggin Hill the torch visited the Heritage Hanger and the RAF Chapel, then on to Crayford for a photo op next to Captain Crayford and Propella, two sculptures celebrating Crayford’s aviation past.  To finish off the day the Torch arrived at Woolwich Barracks where the Torch was handed over to a London Wing Squadron, 56 (Woolwich) Sqn. All in one day!

    The Air Training Corps was formed on 5 February 1941 by a Royal Warrant Issued by King George VI and currently consists of over 42,000 cadets across the United Kingdom. In Kent, there are 1,206 cadets who attend meetings twice a week at one of the county’s 34 squadrons, assisted by 302 adult volunteers.

    The torch relay started in John O’Groats on 12 July and will finish at Land’s End, having travelled across the country, visiting many landmarks and events cadets and staff have laid on and are taking part in to celebrate the Air Cadets 75th Anniversary.  The journey of the torch can be followed on Twitter @Kentaircadets and @aircadetslaser.

    Wing Commander Russell Goodayle, Kent Wing’s Officer Commanding, said, “For Kent cadets and staff, the torch relay is the latest of many events we have taken part in celebrating the 75th Anniversary.  I am extremely proud of my cadets and staff and the work they do”.

    For more information on the Air Training Corps in Kent or if you are interested in joining such a great organisation, visit www.kentaircadets.org.

  14. Surrey Army Cadet wins National Competition

    Surrey Army Cadet wins National Competition

    Surrey Army Cadet Regimental Sergeant Major Shauna Lawless from Caterham has won the coveted Claire Shore Trophy and is officially the Army Cadet Force’s Champion Cadet 2016. At a special ceremony at the Cadet Training Centre in Frimley on Thursday 1st September, RSM Lawless, who currently parades with Redhill Detachment part of Surrey Army Cadet Force, was presented with the prestigious award. Each year ACF County Commandants are asked to nominate their best Master Cadet to compete in ...
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    Surrey Army Cadet wins National Competition

    Surrey Army Cadet wins National Competition

    Surrey Army Cadet Regimental Sergeant Major Shauna Lawless from Caterham has won the coveted Claire Shore Trophy and is officially the Army Cadet Force’s Champion Cadet 2016. At a special ceremony at the Cadet Training Centre in Frimley on Thursday 1st September, RSM Lawless, who currently parades with Redhill Detachment part of Surrey Army Cadet Force, was presented with the prestigious award. Each year ACF County Commandants are asked to nominate their best Master Cadet to compete in the Champion Cadet Competition which this year took place on the 30th August – 1st of September. Following a series of events and challenges, the best three cadets are interviewed, one of the cadets is announced Champion Cadet for that year. The competition, which lasts just under 48 hours, tests both physical and mental aptitude, and requires the cadets to compete against each other both individually and as members of a team in a range of activities. These include command tasks, weapon handling, map and compass skills (including night navigation), foot drill, first aid, logical problem solving and a comprehensive test of the entire ACF Army Proficiency Certificate syllabus. There is also a panel interview if you make it to the top three. Throughout the competition the assessors are looking for signs of leadership, teamwork, self-discipline and unselfishness. The winner of the competition is the cadet deemed by the selection committee to be the year's most inspiring example of the ACF Master Cadet. Cadet RSM Lawless said “Winning Champion Cadet has been the biggest achievement in my life and I am extremely proud of myself for winning the trophy. I couldn't have done it without the amazing support and belief from all of the adults from Surrey ACF.” She continued “The ACF has made me a more confident and well developed person, which has helped me to increase my job opportunities. It has given me life skills, qualifications and friends I never would have met if it wasn't for the ACF. Of all the experiences I’ve had at Surrey ACF, including going to Australia on a three week exchange, being awarded the trophy and becoming Champion Cadet is fantastic, I’m at the very top.” The Claire Shore Trophy will be kept for a year at Surrey ACF’s headquarters in Godalming and Cadet RSM Lawless will keep a solid silver engraved medal and a cheque for £300 which is presented to the winner by The Cadet Kit Shop. Lieutenant Colonel John White, Commandant of Surrey ACF was justifiably proud of his cadet. He said “I had great faith in Cadet RSM Lawless. She is a remarkable cadet. Comes from a very ordinary background. Has been in one of our poorest supported detachments at ‎Caterham. She has great determination and is a marvellous example of how people can have life enhancing development opportunities in the ACF.”