has been an Air Cadet unit in Ivybridge for many years. However, the original
unit was for unknown reasons disbanded some decades ago. The Squadron has
been re-established, initially as a Detached Flight, since 1992 and regained
Squadron status again in 1993. There have been four Commanding Officers, two
Squadron Officers and two Adult Warrant Officers since the unit was
Ivybridge is located in South Devon on the southern edge of Dartmoor hence
the Squadrons name. Initially it was part of Devon Wing but following a
re-organisation of Wings in 1999 it became part of Plymouth & Cornwall
Wing. The Unit initially used local halls for parade evenings before moving
in to shared headquarters with the Army Cadet Force unit and then onto it's
own Squadron Headquarters on the grounds of Ivybridge Community College. The
Unit was again made homeless in 2005 when the headquarters was removed to
make way for building work. A search started to locate a suitable site for a
new Squadron HQ during which the Squadron continued to parade in temporary
accommodation at Manor Primary School and then at The Erme
Primary School. A new site has been identified for a Joint Cadet Headquarters
at Filham Park. Building work commenced on the new
cadet centre in October 2009 and was completed late April 2010. On Friday 07
May 2010 some 5 years after quitting their previous headquarters the squadron
paraded in their new headquarters at the Ivybridge Cadet Centre.
is made up of Officers appointed by the Queens Cadet Forces Commission and
Non Commissioned Officers and Civilian Instructors all in the Royal Air Force
Air Cadets each are appointed certain responsibilities.
Francis Reis RAFAC
started his RAF Air Cadet career in 1972 as an Air Cadet at 1225 (St Blazey) Squadron, now 169 (St Blazey)
Squadron. After several camps and having attained his Gold Award on the
Duke of Edinburgh Award he became a member of staff as a Civilian Instructor.
1982 following a successful board a career as a commissioned officer commenced
rising through the ranks before becoming the Officer Commanding of Plymouth
& Cornwall Wing for 3 terms of 4 years.
the end of his third term and handing over the command of the Wing,
Squadron Leader Reis decided to continue his RAFAC career and was appointed
as the Wing Support Officer and has taken command of 339 Squadron.
Squadron is entitled to have two Squadron Officers in addition to the
Flight Lieutenant Sue
Gilson RAFAC transferred to the Squadron
in February 2023 having previously served at 2377 (Plympton)
Lieutenant Gilson is a qualified Range Conducting Officer and Weapons
Instructor and has been given the portfolio of Shooting for the Squadron
including the co-ordination of Skills at Arms training and practice and is
appointed as the Squadron Shooting Officer.
James Gilson RAFAC
transferred to the Squadron in February 2023 having previously served at
2377 (Plympton) Squadron.
Lieutenant Gilson is a member of the South West Small Arms Training Team,
he is a qualified Range Conducting Officer and Weapons Instructor and has
been given the portfolio of Shooting for the Squadron including the co-ordination
of Skills at Arms training and practice and is appointed as the Deputy
Squadron Shooting Officer.
Flying Officer Dawn
Adam RAFAC transferred to the Squadron
in October having previously served as the Training officer at 169 (St Blazey) Squadron and 2494 (Portishead) Squadron.
Officer Adam is an avid adventure training fan and has been given the
portfolio of Adventure Training for the Squadron including the
co-ordination of Ten Tors. She will also co-ordinate all Adventure Training
Camps for the Squadron reporting to the Squadron Commander.
SQUADRON WARRANT OFFICERS
Warrant Officer Mick Clifton RAFAC transferred from 1876 Squadron to
339 Squadron to expend his ACO experience. He successfully completed the
HQAC SSTC course in August 2013. WO Trenouth is currently a Squadron SNCO.
WO Trenouth is qualified as a Range Conducting Officer and is a Weapons
Instructor. WO Trenouth is the
Warrant Officer Emily Edwards RAFAC transferred to the Squadron in 2019
having previously served at 1876 Squadron. WO Edwards is the Squadron
Training Officer responsible for all staff and cadet training. As part of
her responsibilities she produces the Squadron Training Programme. WO
Edwards is a qualified Drill Instructor and Duke of Edinburgh Leader.
SQUADRON NON-COMMISSIONED OFFICERS
Squadron does not currently have any staff Sergeants or Flight Sergeants.
squadron could not run as smooth as it does without the invaluable
assistance of the Civilian Instructors (CIs). The Squadron has a number of
CIs who have a wide knowledge of experience and knowledge. Though the
number of CIs appear to be higher than on some squadrons many are only
available part time due to their civilian job commitments.
Sophie Cade joined the Squadron in 2017 as a
Civilian Instructor. She is an ex-cadet having served at the Squadron and
reached the rank of Cadet Corporal. Miss Cade is currently the Squadron
Welfare Officer and is responsible for monitoring the wellbeing of the
cadets and staff. Miss Cade reports to the Squadron Commander on welfare
Mrs Vickie Keast joined the Squadron in 2021 as a
Civilian Instructor having applied to become a staff member under the new
application process. CI Keast was the first applicant in the Wing to
complete the process. As a qualified teacher CI Keast has been appointed as
Deputy Training Officer to assist in the planning and application of the
Cadet Training Programme.
Mr Adam Forster joined the Squadron in 2022 as a
Civilian Instructor having previously being adult staff at other youth
groups and being a teacher.
Sophie Lord joined the Squadron in 2021 as a
Civilian Instructor. She is an ex-cadet having served at the Squadron and
reached the rank of Cadet Corporal and as such has a wide knowledge of
Heather Lawrie joined
the Squadron in 2022 as a Civilian Instructor having previously being a
cadet at the Squadron before leaving to attend University.
staff are staff who are posted at another unit but are attached to the
Squadron either as a post holder in addition to their main role or for
admin purposes. The Squadron has a number of supernumerary staff.
Squadron Leader Adrian Corfield
RAFAC was the Squadron
Commander from 1998 to 2023. He initially joined the Air Training Corps in
July 1979 as a cadet in 649 (Dursley) Squadron
and worked his way to Cadet Warrant Officer before having to leave after 9
years of service due to age restriction. He rejoined
the organisation in 1997 as a Civilian Instructor before going back into
uniform as a Royal Air Force commissioned officer in the Volunteer Reserves
Training Branch. After being posted to Wing Headquarters as the Wing Media
Communications Officer he continued on at the Squadron in supernumerary
capacity as the Squadron Commander. In February 2023 Squadron Leader
Corfield formally handed over command of the Squadron to Flight Lieutenant
Walton so that he could concentrate on his Wing duties, however he remains
at the Squadron in a supernumerary capacity to offer as a qualified Range
Conducting Officer and both Weapons Instructor and Fieldcraft
Instructor, shooting and fieldcraft activities.
Warrant Officer Jason Grange RAFAC has joined the Squadron. He is a
qualified drill instructor and is also the Wing IT and First Aid Officer.
He has numerous qualifications including Archery Instructor, Range Safety
Officer and Fieldcraft Training Instructor. Prior
to becoming a staff member WO Grange was a cadet rising to the rank of
Cadet Warrant Officer. Warrant Officer Grange commenced his staff service
at 781 (Newquay) Squadron in 2009 before moving to 335 (Saltash)
Squadron in 2010 where he was appointed as the Squadron Adjutant. In 2017
he transferred to Wing HQ to concentrate on his Wing First Aid and IT
appointments before his appointment to 339 Squadron on his promotion to
Warrant Officer. Warrant Officer Grange has been appointed as the Deputy
Wing Warrant Officer but remains as supernumerary staff to support the
Squadron's cadets are divided into two flights to install competition. While
cadets may remain in a flight for all their service it is sometimes necessary
to transfer cadets from one flight to another in order to maintain a balance
of experience and skills in each flight. The two flights are:
In addition to the two flights
there is a third flight known as Sentry which comprises of a Cadet Warrant
Officer and two Cadet Flight Sergeants. They are the link between the staff
and the cadets.
who have demonstrated key qualities may be promoted to Non-Commissioned
Officer (NCO) ranks which mirror that of the NCO ranks in the Royal Air
Force. Cadets can rise through the ranks of Corporal, Sergeant and Flight
Sergeant to the highest cadet rank of Cadet Warrant Officer (CWO).
addition to ranks cadets can be distinguished by classifications. After
joining the Squadron as a Probationer cadets become 2nd Class following
enrolment until they pass key exams. There are classification exams which
allow cadets to rise through the classifications of 1st Class, Leading Cadet,
Senior Cadet to the highest classification of Master Air Cadet.
addition to the Squadron staff the Squadron is supported by the Civilian
Committee. The Committee meet about every other month to make decisions on
welfare and financial issues, this means the Committee have a direct
influence on steering the direction of the Squadron. The Committee is of
vital importance to maintain financial independence for the Squadron.
Mr A Grey
Mr A Lord