Air Training Corps
Cadets and staff from 2175 took part in a coached curling session at Greenacres Curling Club on Saturday the 15th of December thanks to CI Dave Lacey. We were coached by Mr & Mrs Lacey, Ian and Cpl Jenni Adam in the basics before playing a mini-tournament. The winning team was Ian, FS Galdwell and Cpl Shane Rae.
Our final parade night of 2012 on Friday the 14th of December saw the cadets and staff have a social night with xmas decorations, songs, crackers and many selection boxes! Merry Xmas to you all from 2175 (Rolls-Royce) Squadron.
Clay Target Shooting
We were invited along to the Wing Clay Target Facility on Sunday the 9th of December to experience some clay target shooting and a visit by a Sea King helicopter from HMS Gannet. We each got 8 clays to shoot at with Cpl Rae scoring the best with 7 out of 8 hit. Then the Sea King arrived and we got to see it land, then had a tour of the inside before seeing it take off again.
Wing Cross Country
On Sunday the 25th of December 5 cadets took part in the annual Wing cross country competition. Sgt Hewitt, Cpl Adam, Cdt Patterson, Cdt Prele and Cdt McEwan all took part and Cpl Adam and Cdt Prele won Bronze medals! Well done!
Dining In Night
On Friday the 16th of November, the squadron celebrated our annual dining in night at the Watermill Hotel in Paisley. We had a three course meal followed by speeches and presentations and a disco.
The squadron paraded on Remembrance Sunday through the town of Paisley from the Royal British legion to the Cenotaph. Here we laid a wreath and prayed for those who had died. We then paraded in Cardonald Cemetery at the grave of a former cadet who was killed by the IRA whilst serving with the RAF Regiment in Holland. We will remember them.
Sgt Hewitt wins ASTRA Cup
Sgt Gavin Hewitt recently graduated from the Wings Senior Cadet Training Course (SCTC) held between the 2nd and the 4th of November. He was awarded the ASTRA cup for the best candidate on the course. He excelled at the interview, exam and presentations and was the staffs unanimous choice. Congratulations Gavin.
Isle of Bute DofE Hike
The squadron organised a Bronze hike and training weekend on the Isle of Bute over September Weekend. Joining us on the practice hike were cadets from 1740 (Clydebank) and joining us for training for the first time was 32F (1st Glasgow) Squadron. The group successfully completed their practice hike and are looking forward to completing their qualifier next year.
On Sunday the 19thof August, 2175 (Rolls-Royce) Squadron, 1740 (Clydebank) and 32F (1st Glasgow) assisted the University of Glasgow Bike-a-thon. The annual event, in aid of the Paul O'Gorman Leukemia Research Centre offers a 13 or 26 mile course from Kelvingrove Park to Clydebank, completing either 1 or 2 circuits. Their job was to man the checkpoints providing access to the organisers in case of incidents requiring first aid, punctures or bicycle repair as well as providing some much needed encouragement.
RAC Camp August
The squadron joined 1740 (Clydebank) Squadron's annual camp at the Regional Activity Centre along with 2414 (East Kilbride). The camp was held from the 10th to the 12th of August. We took part in weapons training, shooting and the new recruits had a selection of activities including leadership, first aid and flight sim.
Arran DofE Hikes
On the first weekend in August, the squadron undertook a Gold and Silver Hike on the Isle of Arran, inviting along cadets from 1740 (Clydebank) Squadron.
LCpl Cairns Visit
On Friday the 3rd of August, LCpl Jason Cairns visited the squadron whilst on leave from the Royal Military Police. Jason was an officer at 2175 before leaving last year to join the Army. Jason entertained us with a talk on his training and his duties as a police officer. Thanks for the visit Jason, we look forward to seeing you soon.
Loch Tay Hike
5 cadets from the squadron joined others from 1740 (Clydebank) and 2414 (East Kilbride) to complete Gold, Silver and Bronze hikes around Loch Tay. Cpl Hewitt in the Gold group and Cadets Rae, Cunningham and McNicol in the Silver group were investigating Crannogs and Cdt Patterson was exploring the use of hydro-electric power in the area.
Cadets from 2175 (Rolls-Royce) Squadron were awarded with first aid certificates, badges along with marksmanship badges at their monthly CO’s inspection in March.
Pictured right, left to right, Cpl Bradley, Cdt Shane Rae, Cdt Cunningham, Cdt Shannon Rae, Cdt McEwan, Cdt McNicol and Cpl Hewitt with their certificates and badges.
Wing Church Parade
3 cadets and 3 staff represented the squadron at the laying up of the old Glasgow & West Scotland Wing banner and the presentation of the new West Scotland Wing banner at a service at Abbotsgrange Church, Grangemouth.
Regional Activity Centre
2175 (Rolls-Royce) Squadron organised a weekend of activities at the Regional Activity Centre for themselves and friends from 1740 (Clydebank) and 2414 (East Kilbride) Squadrons from the 27th -29th of January.
Air Experience Flying
6 cadets enjoyed AEF at Glasgow Airport on Sunday the 15th of January. For 3 cadets, it was their first flight and they were accompanied by CI Dave Lacey and Sgt (ATC) Kelly McGee.
On Saturday the 14thof January 8 cadets and 3 staff were treated to some expert coaching by Civilian Instructor Dave Lacey, his wife Marion and Corporal Jennifer Adam as they introduced the squadron to the sport of Curling.