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Cadets Turn up the Heat at Armed Forces Day - posted 29-Jun-19

A year after the Plymouth & Cornwall Wing's Formal Review at the Armed Forces Day on what was the hottest day of last year, the RAF Air Cadets again paraded on one of the hottest days so far this year. Plymouth & Cornwall Wing is proud and honoured to be part of supporting the Annual Service of Commemoration and Thanksgiving on the 30th Anniversary of the unveiling of the RAF & Allied Air Forces Monument at Plymouth Hoe on Saturday 29 June 2019 as part of Armed Forces Day. The service was attended by VVIPís and VIPís from all 10 Allied Nations, Senior RAF officers, Commandant RAFAC and approximately 300 guests. Sixty Royal Air Force Air Cadets and Staff principally from the Plymouth area of the Wing led by the Wing's Officer Commanding, Wing Commander Francis Reis, formed part of the Commemoration which included the laying of wreaths at the RAF & Allied Forces memorials by one of the Wing's youngest cadets Millie Thompson of 197 (Devonport Squadron) aged 12 years. 


The Royal Air Force Air Cadets, as part of the Royal Air Force family, provides young people with skills for life within and outside of the RAF. The RAF in turn provides support to RAFAC, facilitating numerous activities including camps at RAF Stations across the UK and overseas.   Supporting Armed Forces Day was part of a show of appreciation by RAFAC to the RAF and to the other military organisations. The attendance of  Commandant Air Cadets, Air Commodore Dawn McCafferty RAF(R), enforces and highlights the importance of the event to the RAF Air Cadets. 


As part of the Air Cadets involvement in this year's Armed Forces Day in addition to the formal parade and the laying of the wreaths, the Wing Continuity Drill Team, comprising 18 cadets including the current Lord Mayor's Cadet, Sergeant Nathan Cooke, performed a display of drill movements without commands. The Wing also supported the RAF Village on The Hoe comprising of the RAF Careers and the Wing's Recruitment van. Under the direction of Squadron Leader Mike Symons RAFAC the Wing Recruitment van was a popular attraction with the public. The cadets and public were rewarded for their endurance of the heat with an air display including a spectacular display from the RAF Red Arrows.