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.
Squadron 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.
Adrian Corfield RAFAC has been the
Squadron Commander since 1998. 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 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. In
1999 he was promoted straight to Flight Lieutenant and to the role Squadron
Commander after the previous commander left.
Squadron Commander he has overall responsibility for the Squadron staff and
cadets. He has specialised as a Range Conducting Officer, Weapons
Instructor, Storekeeper, Fieldcraft Exercise Control Officer &
Instructor and has First Aid at Work qualifications. He is a Duke of
Edinburgh Award Expedition assessor and Duke of Edinburgh Leader. He also manages
the Squadron website in his role as the Squadron's Media Communications
Officer. Flt Lt Corfield is also appointed Wing
duties as the Wing Webmaster and Social Media Officer. In December 2017 he
was transferred from the RAF VR(T) to RAFAC as part of the modernisation of
2019 Flt Lt Corfield was appointed as the Wing
Media Communications Officer and in 2020 was transferred to Wing HQ on
promotion to Squadron Leader. Sqn Ldr Corfield has been
assigned as supernumerary staff to 339 Squadron in the post of Squadron
The Squadron is entitled to have two
Squadron Officers in addition to the Squadron Commander. Currently The
Squadron Officer posts are vacant.
SQUADRON WARRANT OFFICERS
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 is currently the Deputy Squadron Commander
and the Squadron Adjutant.
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.
Steve Trenouth 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 Squadron Shooting Officer responsible
for maintaining all shooting records. He has a keen interest in the
outdoors and has assisted in the training in the Wing's Ten Tors teams, Fieldcraft exercises and Drill Courses.
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.
Andrew Edmonds joined the Squadron in 2016. He is has served in the
Army with excellent knowledge in fieldcraft skills. Mr Edmonds also has
medical experience which is useful in the training of cadets in their Youth
First Aider skill.
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 matters.
Mr Simon Craig joined the
Squadron in 2017 as a service helper while a serving member of the RAF. In
the RAF he held the rank of Sergeant and has excellent knowledge of service
in the RAF. He specialised in the role of a qualified Weapon Systems
Operator (WSOp) on rotary wing aircraft and was
posted in the RAF Careers prior to changing career after 12 years of
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:
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 Staff 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. The Committee is of vital importance to
maintain financial independence for the Squadron.