October 23rd 2013

Bi-Annual CCF Inspection at The King’s School Grantham

Both Army and RAF Sections at The King’s School in Grantham have been looking forward to their 2 yearly inspection, the Contingent have been working hard in the weeks prior to the event, preparing their training aids and their drill, ready for this highly important date in the calendar.

Prior to the event in front of the Honour guard, Squadron Leader Moore the retiring Contingent Commander kept up regimental tradition and handed over formally to the newly appointed Contingent Commander Lieutenant Colonel R M Ogg with the customary handshake.

With that, Air Marshall Baz North OBE MA RAF arrived, the Honour Guard came to attention, and the formal inspection began.

After meeting the Headmaster Mr Frank Hedley and Lieutenant Colonel Ogg, Staff where introduced and with over a 150 cadets on parade, it was time to visit the stands that had been set up by the Contingent to demonstrate their training and their skill levels.

First to meet the Air Marshall was Cadet Colour Sergeant Edward Thrift who was teaching Drill ready for the Contingent’s next formal parade on Remembrance Sunday.

This was followed by, the Leadership and Team building tasks, supervised by U/O Barton, then onto the Demonstration Team consisting of 4 soldiers from 2 Royal Anglian who showed cadets the most up to date equipment that they would be using in Afghanistan.

Next to be inspected was the Staff Sergeant Instructor, Colour Sergeant Shane Pulfrey, who with the help of Sergeant Dobson of the Cadet Training Team was running the principles of Marksmanship and Target shooting stand using the Contingent’s air rifles.

All too soon it was lunchtime, chicken curry or lasagne and rice pudding followed by a well-deserved cup of tea.

The Air Marshall was then taken to see the Map and Compass training, the First Aid scenarios, Radio Signal training, and finally the challenge of the Mobile rock climbing wall supervised by Lieutenant Dunlop.

All too soon the Inspection was over; both Captain Brister OC Army Section and Flight Lieutenant Dewick OC RAF Section breathed a sigh of relief.

Air Marshall North addressed the gathered cadets and Instructors, thanking them for their excellent input to the day, reminding them also that their CCF training in leadership and team work would stand them in good stead for their university and work careers in a global economy.

If you are a member of year 9 and attend the King’s School Grantham and you wish to join the CCF, please come along and see Lieutenant Colonel RM Ogg on a Thursday evening at 4pm.