Crowborough trains aviators of the future


Wealden MP Nus Ghani joined Crowborough East councillor Greg Rose to pay a flying visit to Crowborough Air Cadets last week.

The cadets showcased their skills and gave visitors a taste of what cadet life is like, especially in this monumental year for the organisation, being the 75th anniversary.

Demonstration lessons were delivered by cadet NCOs, Flight Sergeant Brotherton and Corporal Stewart, both qualified in ‘method of instruction’.

Ms Ghani was able to observe how all members of the Squadron work together, to create, what one cadet described, as a ‘family’ there. The team of cadets, civilian instructors and staff are all led under the watchful eye of Officer Commanding Flight Sergeant Mark Hobbs, himself a past cadet at the Squadron.

The cadets discussed with her what the ATC gives them and how they are given opportunities such as Duke of Edinburgh expedition training and support; summer camps; flying; shooting; fieldcraft; first aid skills; BTEC qualifications; drill; climbing; canoeing, netball, rugby, football and much more. Ms Ghani held a question and answer session where cadets were able to ask her stance on many relevant issues for them. The Wealden MP gave the cadets an inspiring and motivational speech about striving to reach their own goals. The evening was concluded with a formal unveiling of the newly inscribed ‘Officer Commanding’ board, listing all the Squadron OC’s since the reformation of Crowborough ATC in 1964, with FS Mark Hobbs as the current OC.

FS Hobbs said: “It was an honour to welcome Nus and introduce her to our cadets. I am very proud of them. It was a pleasure to see the pride they had as they shared their achievements and the value they place on being part of this organisation. I encourage local young people to come and see what we do and get involved. We are recruiting now.”

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