Air Training Corps
On Sunday the 4th of December 2011, 4 cadets from 2175 (Rolls-Royce) Squadron ran in the Barshaw Park Santa Dash. The 5K race was a sponsored event in aid of ACCORD Hospice. Over 100 volunteers, dressed as Santa in full suits and beards took part in the run which attracted adults and kids alike.
The cadets; Cpl Jennifer Adam, Cdt Andrew Law, Cdt Shannon Rae and Cpl Connor MacLeod (pictured above) together raised £100 for the charity with Sgt (ATC) Kelly McGee in attendance to cheer them on! All cadets successfully completed the run, just before the snow started to fall.
Dining In Night
On Saturday the 19thof November 2175 (Rolls-Royce) Squadron held their 6th annual dining in night and MacPherson awards. The ceremony was held at the Watermill hotel in Paisley and was attended by cadets, staff, civilian committee members, visiting staff and cadets from other squadrons as well as 2 ex-commanding officers.
In Paisley, 2175 (Rolls-Royce) Squadron paraded alongside the Royal British Legion, TA, Army cadets and Sea cadets. The squadron marched through the town centre to the cenotaph where Cpl Jennifer Adam laid a wreath alongside others from the Provost of Renfrewshire Councillor Celia Lawson, MP Douglas Alexander and representatives from local schools. All the cadets were impeccably dressed and many of the public and ex-cadets who had turned out to watch commented on their excellent drill.
Regional Activity Centre
2175 (Rolls-Royce) Squadron recently held a weekend camp at the Regional Activity Centre at RAF Leuchars alongside 1740 (Clydebank) and 2414 (East Kilbride) Squadrons. The cadets took part in a JNCO training course, a new recruit's course or weapons training and L98 Shooting.
Duke of Edinburgh's Award Hike
September weekend saw the final Duke of Edinburgh's Award hike from 2175 (Rolls-Royce) Squadron. They were accompanied by 3 cadets and 2 staff from 1740 (Clydebank) Squadron. The aim of the hike was to explore the Isle of Bute and all participants were going for the Bronze Award.
Great Scottish Run
Cadets from West Scotland Wing assisted Strathclyde Police and Glasgow City Council in running all 6 of their traffic gates on Sunday the 4th of September during the Great Scottish Run 2011. The cadets from 2175 (Rolls-Royce), 32F and 1740 (Clydebank) Squadrons directed runners in the right direction to keep the traffic flowing and provided some much needed encouragement for the runners.
Callander DofE Hike
Cadets from 2175 (Rolls-Royce), 2414 (East Kilbride) and 1740 (Clydebank) Squadrons joined together for a joint Silver and Bronze expedition in Callander from the 1st - 3rd of July.
Combat Stress Reward Day
15 lucky cadets from West Scotland Wing were treated to a very unique reward for helping to raise the magnificent sum of £34,500 for the veterans' charity Combat Stress. The cadets from 1740 (Clydebank), 1777 (Dumbarton Blackburn) and 2175 (Rolls-Royce) Squadrons were invited to attend a BBQ at the hotel's Boathouse Restaurant followed by a 20 minute ride on an inflatable RIB (Rigid Inflatable Boat) on Loch Lomond.
4 cadets represented the squadron at the West Scotland Wing Athletics Competition on Sun 15th May. The event was held at Dam Park, Ayr and was the first to include the new squadrons in the wing. The team returned with 5 medals. Cdt McLean won 3 gold medals and the shield for Best Junior Female. Well Done!
Cadet Forces Recruitment Day
The squadron assisted at a joint recruitment day alongside the Army cadets and Sea cadets on Saturday the 7th of May. The cadets handed out leaflets throughout the town to advertise the event and did a fantastic job all day.
Scottish 2-Day marches
3 cadets from 2175 (Rolls-Royce) squadron joined the Glasgow Wing Road Marching team took part in the Scottish 2 day marches from 30th April - 1st May. The Scottish Garelochhead Marches is a Tri-Service military event for units wishing to qualify for the Nijmegen 4 Day International Marches in July. It consists of two days of road marching at 40km per day. All 3; CWO Hastie, Sgt McKenzie and Cdt McKenzie were selected for the marches.
Wing Clay Target Team Trials
The first trials for the Wing Clay Target Team were held at Dechmont Ranges on Saturday the 30th of April. 2 cadets from 2175 (Rolls-Royce) squadron attended the trials and both were selected for the next round. Cadets were scored not just on how many clays they shot but also on Physical ability, swing, aim, attitude and safety. Congratulations to Cpl Sullivan and Cdt Macleod who were selected for the next round.
Isle of Bute Hike
13 cadets from 2175 (Rolls-Royce), 2414 (East Kilbride) and 1740 (Clydebank) squadrons completed an exploration of the Isle of Bute as part of their Duke of Edinburgh's Award from the 15th - 17th of April. They visited, St Ninians Bay, St Blanes Church and Ettrick Bay, where the first Scottish heavier than air flight took place. The cadets were met at one of their checkpoints by, Mr. Lacey, in his supercub aircraft! The silver group's route took them past the islands only airfield which was too good an opportunity to miss.
Duke of Edinburgh Award Badges
Cadets from 2175 (Rolls-Royce) Squadron Air Training Corps were last week awarded Bronze and Silver Badges after completing their Duke of Edinburgh's Award.2 cadets achieved their Silver Badge, Cadet Warrant Officer Peter Hastie (18) and Sergeant Claire McKenzie (17). In addition, Cdt Stephen Bradley (15) and Cdt Connor Macleod (17) achieved their Bronze award.
Clay Target Shooting
The final taster session for clay target shooting was held at the wing clay target facility at Dechmont ranges on Saturday the 19th of March. In total over 140 experience slots were filled over the 5 days.
1740 Regional Activity Centre Camp
1740 (Clydebank) Squadron held a training camp at the RAC from the 21st to the 23rd of January. Cadets from 1740 as well as 2175 (Rolls-Royce) and 2414 (East Kilbride) took part in a fam ex, first aid, weapons training, flight sim, live firing, sports and a visit from the Motivational Outreach Team from RAF Careers.
Duke of York Opens Research Centre
On Wednesday the 19th of January Cadet Warrant Officer Peter Hastie of 2175 (Rolls-Royce) Squadron (Air Training Corps) was asked to attend the opening of a new £15 million research centre along with His Royal Highness, the Duke of York.
Prince Andrew was officially opening Strathclyde Universityís Advanced Forming Research Centre at Inchinnan, Renfrewshire. Peter was invited by the Lord Lieutenant of Renfrewshire, Mr Guy Clark, as his second official duty as the Lord Lieutenantís Cadet for Renfrewshire. His job was to provide a welcome salute for the Prince and follow him around on a guided tour of the centre, which develops technology for the aerospace, energy, marine and car industries.