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Local employers set a shining example with Silver Awards

The awards formally recognise the support the businesses provide to Defence personnel through having signed the Armed Forces Covenant.  In Lincolnshire there were eight winners, five each in Nottinghamshire and Leicestershire, and two each in Northamptonshire and Derbyshire.  The awards were presented at Leicester Tigers Stadium by Colonel Adam Fraser-Hitchen, who commented: “There are two […]

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New Warrant Officer flying high at Heanor Gate CCF

Flight Sergeant Tom Hathaway was delighted by the surprise announcement and was presented with his new rank slides by Squadron Leader Jim Coupland from Headquarters Air Cadets. The Biennial Review was undertaken by Sqn Ldr Coupland, who had the opportunity to take part in the many skills stands run by the Cadets.  These included First […]

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Cadet’s Canadian Adventure

Cadet Warrant Officer Sam Page, aged 18, travelled to Montréal with 80 Cadets from the UK, France, Australia, the Netherlands, Belgium, South Korea, Hong Kong, the USA and New Zealand. From Montréal they travelled around Canada visiting both Quebec and Ottawa where they took part in a number of both adventurous and cultural activities.  During […]

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VIPs see Reservists in training

HM Lord Lieutenant of Lincolnshire, Mr Toby Dennis, was accompanied by the High Sheriff of Lincolnshire, Mr William Day, and the Sheriff of Lincoln, Ms Jo Rimmer.  The visitors were welcomed to Wathgill Camp, where they received a briefing from the Battalion’s Commanding Officer, Lt Col Adam Wolfe MBE, 4 Company’s Officer Commanding, Maj Mitch […]

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Junior managers learn about Army leadership

Exercise Future Leader had 40 junior managers from organisations across the East Midlands take part in leadership theory training before trying to apply what they had learnt in a series of unique challenges. Leadership theory lessons were based around the Army’s Leadership Code and delivered by Officers from 162 Regiment, Royal Logistic Corps at Chetwynd […]

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First fieldcraft experience for CCF recruits

Exercise First Bite saw 120 newly recruited Cadets attend their first field-based training exercise. The two-day event organised by Brooke Weston Trust CCF, provided introductory training for the cadets in fieldcraft, camouflage and concealment, basic patrol skills, navigation (using map and compass), first aid, cadet air rifle, a night patrol plus a light and noise […]

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West Bridgford Air Cadets win National Trophy

The evening started with the cadets from 209 (West Bridgford) Squadron being inspected by Air Commodore Dawn McCafferty in the grounds of the Squadron’s neighbour, Instinct Laboratory, who also generously opened their doors to allow the guests to witness the squadron’s Ensemble in their final rehearsal before an upcoming competition. Further demonstrations took place at […]

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Cadets are blown away by Air Ambulance visit

The Cadets were given a tour of the team’s home base, plus their aircraft, and got to learn more about this local charity, including its formidable financial challenges. Cadet Connor Woodward said: “It was phenomenal to see so much equipment and then to be told that it was financed by charity and fundraising events. It […]

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Learning about Army leadership

Exercise Executive Leader was held at Chetwynd Barracks in Nottingham last week (25th September), almost 50 participants were introduced to the core elements of the Army Leadership Code before taking part in a selection of challenges that put their newly acquired skills to the test. Lieutenant Colonel Matt Ketterer, Commanding Officer at East Midlands Universities […]

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Cadet goes the extra mile to help remember his town’s fallen soldiers

Cadet Lance Corporal Joseph Hughes thought that his detachment could honour those who had made the ultimate sacrifice by helping to clean their graves and then hold a short memorial service at the end of the day.  Joseph said: “We all felt that every Commonwealth war grave deserves to be respected – even in our […]

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