84 Sqn ATC Crest

Wednesday, 28 September 2016

Creative Camouflage

One Sunday morning in September, Cadets from 84 (Coventry Airport) Squadron were treated to a creative lesson in Fieldcraft skills...the art of Camouflage and concealment. They were then set the challenge of hiding themselves in the shrubs to see who could apply the techniques the best and avoid being spotted by the watchful eyes of the staff.
Basic Military Skills forms a core part of the cadet syllabus and includes lessons in equipment and clothing, building shelters, judging distances, observation, feeding in the field and much much more. Personal Camouflage and Concealment is another large part of the training and cadets are given instructions and demonstrations of why things might be seen and then taught how to avoid being seen using equipment and application methods to conceal and cover up distinguishing features. During the lesson, Flying Officer Rosie Robinson, Officer Commanding at 84 Squadron, demonstrated a variety of different clothing items that could be worn to disguise body and head shape. The cadets then learnt how to use camouflage cream to mask their skin to avoid shine and shapes being spotted. Part of the lesson also included ideas on how to be creative with camouflage using ordinary day objects to provide cover. For example, using mud or even coffee mixed with a little water to make a paste could be used to create the best cover for skin.
Cadets were given time to apply their chosen disguise before testing how robust it was by crawling under a large camo-net at speed! They were then sent into the hedgerow to blend in as best as possible and remain there until they were spotted by the beady eyes of the staff team. For some, it was an early spot and they were found quickly but others managed to escape the staff entirely until the end of the exercise. Flying Officer Rosie Robinson commented that she “was very impressed with how the cadets applied themselves within the lesson so much so that we started to get a little worried they were too good at hiding from us!”.

Feet on the Ground...Head in the Clouds!

Air Cadet Casey Childs has just taken part in two very contrasting events with 84 (Coventry Airport) Squadron. Within the space of a week he paraded in Leamington Spa centre for the Battle of Britain Memorial Service and then a week later he took to the skies as part of the Air Experience Flying Programme.
The Battle of Britian Memorial Service was held on 18th September at the War Memorial in Leamington Spa. Cadets and staff from 84 (Coventry Airport) Squadron were joined by 2028 (Southam) Squadron to stand alongside vetrans from Royal Air Force Association and the Royal Naval Association for the short but poignant service of remembrance. Part of the service included a two minute silence to reflect on the impact the efforts of the daring pilots back in 1940 have on life today. After the service the cadets were then invited back to the RAFA club for refreshments. There were many comments from passers-by on how smart the cadets were in their uniform and deportment whilst on parade.
A week later, Cadet Childs, who had taken part in the Leamington parade, took to the air himself as part of the Air Experience Flying scheme from RAF Cosford. He took up his camera and got a few snaps from
the air, including the obligatory selfie with his pilot instructor. During the flight, Cadet Childs was able to take control of the aircraft and then his instructor showed him how things look upside down with a series of basic acrobatic manouevers. Cadet Childs only joined the ATC back in Feb this year, was thrilled to be given the chance to take to the skies and was so enthusiastic when he finally landed back on the ground.