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Well done to Sgt Lewis (RAFAC) on completing the Volunteering, Physical and Skills section of his gold DofE Award. Just the Residential and expedition left!
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Congratulations to Sgt Denny, Cpl Adkins, Cpl Oram, Cdt Cobley and Cdt Cluney who have been officially awarded their blue badge in road marching for completing the 3 training distances of 15km, 20km and 25km that… https://www.instagram.com/p/CCLNknSBEcL/?igshid=1pvqmj8wfvlhd

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A massive thank you to Rafa Sheldon for their member's support in acquiring a 2030 sign for our temporary HQ.

Our digital badge came just in time for its production and we look forward to showing it off when we return face to face.
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Congratulations to Sergeant Lewis who last week completed modules 1-3 of his initial SNCO course, with further modules to complete when face to face.

The course was delivered virtually by the Adult Training Facility at RAF Cranwell over 3 days and covered subjects such as; leadership, followership, instructional technique, safeguarding and defence writing.

Sgt Lewis returned to the squadron last year as staff after being a cadet SNCO and a gap out of the RAFAC. He has quickly completed the process to becoming a fully appointed Sgt RAFAC.

Congratulations on "loosing" your white tabs and it's great to have you back as staff.
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To finish this year's remembrance period and in order to replicate our annual photo, normally taken at Knowle RBL, the Cadets and staff submitted photos of them wearing their uniform and poppies with pride before attending the 2030 virtual service on Wed 11 Nov.

Thank you to all that took part. Not all Cadets were able to take and submit photos and your attendance was appreciated.

We will remember them.
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3 weeks ago

2030 Birmingham Airport Squadron, Royal Air Force Air Cadets

On Sunday Flt Lt Wakeman and Fg Off Osbaldeston represented 2030 Squadron at the annual wreath laying ceremony at Knowle Parish church along with members of Knowle Royal British Legion. The 2030 wreath was laid by the OC following the British legions’ and throughout the week other local organisations are invited to lay theirs at the memorial to reduce social contact. The party of six then laid a wreath and held a silence in the soldiers chapel within Knowle Parish Church.

After the wreaths were laid, Fg Off Osbaldeston planted four cross’ for 2030 Squadron Cadets that sadly lost their lives whilst on ATC duty in two separate incidents. Cadet Sergeant Kenneth Harrison, Cadet Kenneth Beech, Cadet James Brogan and Cadet Corporal Barry Robb.

We will remember them.
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Following a Wreath Laying service at Knowle Parish Church on Sunday, the OC, Flt Lt Wakeman attended Yardley Cemetery to place a cross on the graves of three 2030 Squadron Cadets who sadly lost their lives on ATC duty in June 1944.
Cadet Sergeant Kenneth Harrison (17), Cadet Kenneth Beech (17) and Cadet James Brogan (16) were tragically killed during an annual camp in a road traffic collision between two military vehicles.
They each have a commonwealth war graves commission headstone alongside their family plot in Yardley Cemetery.

We will remember them.
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3 weeks ago

2030 Birmingham Airport Squadron, Royal Air Force Air Cadets

Congratulations to A/Sgt Lewis on completion of the Wing Fieldcraft Instructors course at DIO Swynnerton. A/Sgt Lewis attended a virtual training evening through the week along with two COVID compliant familiarisation and assessment days this weekend. A/Sgt Lewis can now deliver the RAFAC fieldcraft syllabus to our Cadets along with running fieldcraft exercises.

Well done on gaining your first qualification with the Squadron since becoming staff, we look forward to engaging fieldcraft training when we are back to face to face training.
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1 month ago

2030 Birmingham Airport Squadron, Royal Air Force Air Cadets

Despite not being able to access the training buildings, 2030s storage garage was overdue a sort and clean, especially after a nudge from the Army Reserve!

Flt Lt Wakeman and A/Sgt Lewis spent the day clearing out and re-storing our "wet" stores. Filled a wheelie bin, found some interesting items and cleared many shelves.

Still a few large items to get rid of but the stores is now useable again.
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Well done to Flt Lt Wakeman, Fg Off Osbaldeston and A/Sgt Callum Lewis who completed this social event along with some other staff in the wing. It sadly couldn't be an Official RAFAC event to allow Cadets but was valuable road marching training regardless. 30km completed in just over 6 hours.

Cadets (and/or anyone else), you still have a week to complete it check out the RAF WARMA website to find out how to get your 10km, 20km or 30km award!

Royal Air Force Walking And Road Marching Association
#VirtualWW2020 #WinterWalk2020
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Congratulations to Barbara-Anne Parry, one of our previous SNCO CFAVs on the birth of her baby boy. The OC today, gifted him with his own Squadron clothing, an all-in-one "onesie" on behalf of the Squadron.

Sgt Parry left the Squadron to concentrate on her education and career, which we are also delighted to report that she has recently graduated and qualified as a paramedic.

Its always sad to see staff and Cadets leave but great to know they are prospering.
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Last night the staff team spent their evening deep cleaning the disbanded 1459 (Heart of England) Squadron building, preparing for 2030 to return to face to face activities.

2030s HQ building is currently out of bounds due to an ongoing infrastructure problem. 1459 hasn't been occupied for 4-5 years so it was a long night of dust and dirt. There is sill more HS&EP, COVID and inspection stages to get through before a return, but we are on our way.

Squadron thanks to the Civilian Committee for organising and funding cleaning supplies, and of course the staff for getting stuck it.

"Succeed through persistence"
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