On 16 June 02 cadets from 121 (Nuneaton) Squadron together with
contingents from 25 other Air Cadet units within the Warwickshire
and Birmingham Wing assembled at Gamecock Barracks, Bramcote, near
Nuneaton for the Wings annual Training Day.
The Training Day, possibly the largest event of the year for the
Wing, attended by hundreds of cadets and staff from all over the
region, is a day of inter squadron competition and an opportunity
for cadets to take part in a variety of training activities. It's
also a fantastic opportunity for cadets and staff to get together
with all their friends and colleagues from other squadrons and catch
up with all the latest happenings on their units.
The day's competitive events included the Drill competition, Band
competition, First Aid competition, Public Relations competition,
shooting (The Collins Trophy), aircraft recognition competition,
modelling competition and sports such as football and netball.
In addition to the competitive events cadets had the opportunity
to qualify for their RAF swimming proficiency certificate, have
a go at the initiative exercises and visit the various uniformed
service careers displays.
The 121 Squadron First Aid and Aircraft Recognition teams performed
well in their events. Our Drill team put on a magnificent display,
something to be proud of. But once again possibly the most fiercely
contested event for the Nuneaton cadets was the Band competition.
At the 2001 training day our band had been pipped at the post by
only half a point by the band of 495 (Sutton Coldfield) Squadron.
In this years competition all four bands in attendance put on outstanding
displays. Unfortunately as in last years competition our band came
second by the narrowest of margins to 495 Squadron who once again
took first place.
All the training and effort that our cadets and staff have put
in over the past few months in preparation for the Wing Training
Day came to fruition as they took part in the competitions. We may
not have come back with a bus full of silverware but every cadet
should be justly proud of his or her performance on the day.
The Training Day ended with a parade during which presentations
and awards were made to competition winners and staff. Flt Lt Hincks
of 121 Squadron received his first clasp to the Cadet Forces Medal
for twenty years of continuos service. The Regional Commandant Gp
Capt. J.A.F Ford was in attendance as the reviewing officer who
took the salute during the march past.
We would take this opportunity to thank the Officer Commanding
30 Signals Regiment for kindly permitting our wing to hold it's
Training Day at Gamecock Barracks.