St Albans air cadets triumph at overnight exercise

PUBLISHED: 15:00 28 October 2017

The 2017 Annual Herts & Bucks Wing Air Cadet Overnight Exercise was won by 220 (St Albans) Squadron. Rear left to right - Corporal Keir Benn, Flight Sergeant Lucas Baker, Sergeant Ewan Zielinski. Front left to right - Cadet Charlie Barnett, Corporal Daniel Settle, Corporal Anthony Muller

The 2017 Annual Herts & Bucks Wing Air Cadet Overnight Exercise was won by 220 (St Albans) Squadron. Rear left to right - Corporal Keir Benn, Flight Sergeant Lucas Baker, Sergeant Ewan Zielinski. Front left to right - Cadet Charlie Barnett, Corporal Daniel Settle, Corporal Anthony Muller

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Members of the St Albans 220 RAF Squadron came out victorious over cadets from across Herts and Bucks in an annual overnight exercise.

The 2017 Annual Herts & Bucks Wing Air Cadet Overnight ExerciseThe 2017 Annual Herts & Bucks Wing Air Cadet Overnight Exercise

The exercise requires participants to follow a specific route setting out from RAF Halton in Aylesbury, and travelling in a figure of eight before returning to base.

There was also a second route along which teams had to find grid references and answer questions in total darkness.

A team’s overall score was based on the time in which they completed the course, quality of answers given and pre-flight kit checks.

Top of the pile were 220 (St Albans) Squadron followed by 871 (Penn) and 1239 (Broxbourne & Hoddesdon).

The 2017 Annual Herts & Bucks Wing Air Cadet Overnight Exercise was won by 220 (St Albans) Squadron. Flight Sergeant Lucas Baker & Squadron Leader Simon Cooper.The 2017 Annual Herts & Bucks Wing Air Cadet Overnight Exercise was won by 220 (St Albans) Squadron. Flight Sergeant Lucas Baker & Squadron Leader Simon Cooper.

Squadron Leader Simon Cooper RAFVR(T) said: “The event was a success and this is down to the efforts and dedication from the volunteers who come along year after year.”

The RAF Air Cadets are a UK-wide cadet force with more than 40,000 members aged between 12 and 20 years, and is aimed at providing young people with useful skills for civilian life and careers in the forces.

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