Cadets join RAF in leadership skills

Air cadets kept themselves grounded as they joined RAF personnel for an aerospace and leadership development programme.

The youngsters from the 2344 (Longbenton Squadron spent their half term break at RAF Boulmer to learn new skills, develop personal qualities and experience the work undertaken at the base.

They gained an insight into how RAF Boulmer helps to protect the UK and NATO skies as well as see a Sea King search and rescue helicopter.

The leadership and communications exercises saw the air cadets develop their organisational, thinking, speaking and listening, teamwork, and problem solving skills, which were then put to use in a simulated radio communications exercise.

Cadet Chloe Lowes, 14, of Camperdown, said: “The programme was the best thing I’ve ever done.

“We got to learn loads and to then do a big exercise to use our skills showed what we had learnt over the days.”

“We also got to see what happens on the base first-hand which was amazing.”

Squadron Commander Flight Lieutenant Gary Richardson said: “RAF Boulmer has provided us with so much support over the years and it was very kind to be invited to spend time on the base in recognition of our recent achievement.

“Our young people enjoy a varied training and development programme with us, that sees them gain numerous internationally recognised qualifications, and to have RAF Boulmer supporting that is fantastic as it allows our youngsters to achieve their own targets and raises aspiration.”

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