84 Sqn ATC Crest

Wednesday, 21 October 2015

Bronze Duke of Edinburgh Expedition Completed

Seven Cadets from 84 Squadron have completed their first ever Duke of Edinburgh expedition with flying success. Walking through the South Warwickshire Countryside the team not only came to the finish ahead of schedule they met all their targets on route and had a good night's sleep mid-way through!

Cadets Stephens, Cadman, Watters, Kelly, McLaren, Thakrar Vik and Thakrar Vir all completed the challenge with a great deal of professionalism and expertise. Supervising staff were extremely impressed with their team work, ability to complete the walk as well as their camp craft skills when they arrived at the campsite for the overnight stop. 

The Duke of Edinburgh's Award Scheme is made up of several components, one of which is an expedition. At the entry level, for the Bronze Award, Cadets must complete a two day expedition with minimum 6 hours activity each day and of course camping overnight to demonstrate their navigation skills, ability to fend for themselves with minimal supervision from staff and survive overnight without a phone charger or iPad in sight! 

This was the qualifying element for the expedition following a successful practice weekend earlier in the year. The Cadets are now eligible to receive their Bronze awards so a huge congratulations to them all for completing their awards. We look forward to sharing photos of their badges proudly on display soon.

Sunday, 4 October 2015

Coventry Fun Run - Done and Dusted

On Sunday 04th October, the Squadron helped event organisers with the 2015 Coventry Fun Run in and around Memorial Park, Coventry. Cadets, Staff, Civilian Committee Members and parents took part in activities to assist the smooth running of the event.

The Squadron were stationed around one of the major road blockades which meant adults marshalling and assisting with re-routing the traffic. They were also stationed on main corners of the route to guide the competitors around the gruelling course. Meanwhile, cadets set up and manned a very successful water point handing out bottles to the thousands of runners who passed on their way to the finish line. 

Luckily for both helpers and runners, the weather held out and brought a perfect Autumnal day with sunshine and warmth. The morning passed without any incidents and the cadets did the Squadron proud in their slick and professional approach to the tasks they were given. In support and recognition of their assistance, the Squadron will receive donation of £216 which will be put into funds towards training events and a Christmas social at the end of the year!

Thank you to the wonderful team who took part today.

Thursday, 1 October 2015

So Long, Farewell to Mr Mohammed!

Wed 30th September was the final parade for Mr Ivor Mohammed, a Civilian Instructor at 84 Squadron, marking the end of a 60 year career with the Air Training Corps.

Ivor has been involved with the Corps since he joined as a cadet in the 1950s. Since then he progressed through the cadet ranks, became an adult instructor and then joined the uniformed staff as a Squadron Warrant Officer. On gaining his commission he joined the Officer Ranks and was based at Bishop Ullathorne Squadron before eventually resigning his commission and transferring to Coventry Airport as a Civilian Instructor.

Ivor has always had a passion for the cadets, demonstrated by his immense length of service and dedication to the squadrons he has served. In particular, Ivor was a keen modeller and happily shared his skills with the cadets assisting them with their annual model and diorama competitions.

Unfortunately as all good things come to an end sadly Ivor decided that it was time to depart but his final comments to the cadets was as ever inspirational and encouraging. As a leaving gift, Ivor was presented with a set of Air Training Corps cufflinks which we hope he will wear with pride! We will all miss Ivor at the unit and I know there are plenty within Warwickshire and Birmingham Wing that would also like to wish him well. Good luck for the Future Ivor!