Cadet Flight Sergeant Claire Weetman RAF Cosford Air Show 2017

Cosford Air Show 2017

On Sunday 11th June during the RAF Cosford Air Show, I had the amazing opportunity to spend the day in the VIP tent with many inspirational people within my role as RAF Cosford Station Commander’s Cadet for Air Commodore Mark Hunt OBE BEng(Hons) MA MBA FCMI CEng FRAeS FIMechE RAF, Station Commander RAF Cosford. It all began with a police …

Presentation Evening 2017

On Friday 19th May 2497 (Cosford) Squadron held their annual awards evening, Presentation Evening. We were joined by Squadron Leader John Smith RAF VR(T), a staff officer from West Mercian Wing, who has been involved with the RAF Air Cadets for over 30 years and who has recently been awarded a third bar to his long service medal in recognition …

Cadet Corporal A. Cooper, Cadet Flight Sergeant C. Weetman, Cadet Corporal C. Walthorne and Cadet Corporal J. Tucker collecting their medals from Wing Commander Andy Griffin Officer Commanding West Mercian Wing for coming 3rd in the relay for their age category during the athletics event.

Successful day of athletics

On Sunday 7th May 2017, cadets from 2497 (Cosford) Squadron, along with the other squadrons in West Mercian Wing, took part in the annual Inter-Squadron Athletics at RAF Cosford. The day involved both track events (100m to 1500m) and field events (such as javelin, shot put and discus). As well as each cadet being scored individually, each squadron also accumulated …

Cadet R. Kettle collecting his 'Cadet of the month' certificate from Flight Lieutenant Giles Vince RAFVR(T)

May 2017: Cadet of the Month

Congratulations to Cadet R. Kettle for being one of the cadets nominated by the Cadet Non-Commissioned Officers and for being chosen as the Cadet of the Month by Cadet Flight Sergeant A. Killeen, Cadet Flight Sergeant L. Pritchard and Cadet Flight Sergeant C. Weetman. The reasons for being nominated as the Cadet of the month Cadet Kettle has been chosen …

Happy 46th birthday to us!

On 1st June, 46 years ago, 2497 (Cosford) Squadron was formed with Flight Lieutenant Pybus RAF VR(T) as the Officer Commanding. The Squadron was formerly a Detached Flight of 1130 (Wrekin) Squadron which formed in April 1958 under Flight Lieutenant Pybus. Before the formation of 2497 (Cosford) Squadron and the preceding Detached Flight, there was an Air Training Corps Squadron …

RAF Cosford Station Commander's Cadet Brassard Badge

Cosford Cadet Appointed RAF Cosford Station Commander’s Cadet

During March, I was given the opportunity to attend an interview for the position of RAF Cosford Station Commander’s Cadet. I felt very fortunate to think that I would have this chance to have an interview in front of Group Captain Mark Hunt, Royal Air Force Cosford Station Commander, and Warrant Officer Mike Stokes, Royal Air Force Cosford Station Warrant …

April 2017: Cadet of the Month

  Congratulations to Cadet B. Haley for being one of the cadets nominated by the Cadet Non-Commissioned Officers and for being chosen as the Cadet of the Month by Cadet Warrant Officer R. Phillips, Cadet Flight Sergeant A. Killeen, Cadet Flight Sergeant L. Pritchard and Cadet Flight Sergeant C. Weetman. Cadet Haley has been chosen due to his consistent high …

Nominated as the Best Largest Squadron

  The Morris Trophy is awarded to the Best Largest Squadron in the RAF Air Cadets. Earlier in the year, Wing Commander A. Griffin, Officer Commanding West Mercian Wing nominated us to represent the Wing for the award. The next stage was for Group Captain Simon, Regional Commandant Wales and West to inspect us – as well as five other squadrons …

Physically difficult, but bring on the actual expedition!

On the weekend of Saturday 15th and Sunday 16th April, the squadron attended a Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Bronze and Silver Practice Expedition. The squadron was joined by cadets and staff from 156 (Kidderminster) Squadron and staff from 2488 (Kingswinford) Squadron. I, Cadet Warrant Officer R. Phillips, Cadet Flight Sergeant C. Weetman and Cadet Corporal C. Walthorne did our Silver …

Ski Trip to Austria

  From Friday 7th to Friday 14th of April, we (Cadet Corporal A. Lowe and Cadet T. Evans) and five others from the squadron attended the Air Cadet Austria ski trip to either improve our skiing or to learn how to ski. On the 7th, the coach came from Aberystwyth and met us and other squadrons from around the area …

Great experience developing skills

Through the Wing, I, Cadet Flight Sergeant A. Killeen, Cadet Flight Sergeant L. Pritchard, Cadet Corporal E. Alexander-McGowan, Cadet Corporal A. Cooper, Cadet T. Evans, Cadet M. Jones and cadets from 63 (Bridgnorth) Squadron and 124 (Hereford) Squadron have been working towards The Sports Leaders UK Level 2 Award in Assisting in Basic Expedition Leadership. The course has allowed us …

Graded ‘Very Good’ during our Annual Formal Inspection

  On Friday 31st March 2497 (Cosford) Squadron had their Annual Formal Inspection. This is a formal inspection held once per year in which our squadron can display to Wing Commander A. Griffin, Officer Commanding West Mercian Wing, the dedication and high standards that make up 2497 (Cosford) Squadron. The night consisted of an inspection, a presentation given by myself, …

March 2017: Cadet of the Month

Congratulations to Cadet A. Leeper for being one of the cadets nominated by the Cadet Non-Commissioned Officers and for being chosen as the Cadet of the Month by Cadet Warrant Officer R. Phillips, Cadet Flight Sergeant L. Pritchard and Cadet Flight Sergeant C. Weetman. Cadet Leeper has been chosen due to her positive attitude and her increased involvement, confidence and …

Giving cadets confidence on radios

During the last two months, I and a number of other cadets have participated and achieved our Blue Badge Radio Communications badge. The course covered basic radio procedures, protocols and an insight into cyber communications.  The award is great and comes in very useful as it is designed to give cadets a basic level of confidence “on the net” and give …

Tiring, but morale was high!

  I, Cadet Corporal T. Gent, Cadet Corporal A. Bryan and Cadet Warrant Officer R. Phillips completed our first practise walk for our Silver Duke of Edinburgh’s Award. We also completed the walk with two cadets from 2488 (Kingswinford) Squadron. Only I have ever done DofE in the past, so it was mainly a chance to learn how to read …

Promoting Cosford’s Cadets

  With a steady rise in cadet numbers over the past few months, it became apparent that we needed to enhance and develop the current Cadet Non-Commissioned Officer (NCO) structure in order to recognise and develop leadership skills and to ensure the efficient running of parade and weekend activities. Without Cadet NCOs, RAF Air Cadet Squadrons simply couldn’t function, for …

February 2017: Cadet of the Month

Congratulations to Cadet D. Whalley for being one of the cadets nominated by the Cadet Non-Commissioned Officers and for being chosen as the Cadet of the Month by Cadet Warrant Officer R. Phillips and Cadet Flight Sergeant L. Pritchard. Cadet Whalley has been chosen due to his dedication to improving his uniform as well as his increasing support for others.

Encouragement to participate in other sports

On Sunday 12th February, I and 27 other cadets took part in the Inter-Squadron Cross Country competition at RAF Cosford. After being briefed and doing a quick warm up with Cadet Sergeant Weetman, we all managed to try our best to participate in the race with, especially if you were running, a particularly challenging route. The first 400m was on …

Celebrating 76 years since the formation of the Air Training Corps

On Sunday 5th February, we started off by getting all of the band equipment ready and making sure everyone was there and ready to go. Then, we formed up into our places and set off through Albrighton towards the church. In the band we played: ‘Dambusters’, then a drum solo, ‘When the Saints Go Marching In’, and another drum solo, …

January 2017: Cadet of the Month

Congratulations to Cadet S. Bentley for being one of the cadets nominated by the Cadet Non-Commissioned Officers and for being chosen as the Cadet of the Month by Cadet Warrant Officer Phillips and Cadet Flight Sergeant Pritchard. Cadet Bentley has been chosen due to his growth in confidence which has been demonstrated through his commitment to the squadron in participating …

Positive feedback from cadets

On Friday 13th January myself, Cadet J. Tucker and Cadet Corporal A. Bowden organised an Inter-Flight Competition where teams of cadets compete against each other using their teamwork, leadership and problem-solving skills. The cadets were sorted into three groups and switched between the three activities throughout the night. My activity was called Replicator Challenge. Within the group, the cadets had …

Volunteer in the Spotlight: Sergeant M. Benbow

The squadron is run by a team of fifteen adult volunteers, but how much do you know about each of them? How would you describe your role? What are your usual duties? On a regular parade night, I will handle daily administration, this usually entails spending the majority of the time filling out registers for attendance of parade nights, various …

Wing Field Day 2016

Wing Field Day is an annual event where all 29 squadrons in West Mercian Wing come together to compete against each other in a variety of competitions, such as drill, aircraft recognition and first aid. The squadron came away winning ‘Smartest Squadron’ (we last won this in 1992) and myself winning ‘Smartest Cadet’ (we have never won this before). Below: …