THE SQUADRON

 

There 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 re-established.

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.

 

The 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.

SQUADRON STAFF

  

SQUADRON COMMANDER

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Squadron Leader 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.

As 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 the organisation.

In 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 Commander

 

SQUADRON OFFICERS

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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

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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 is currently the Deputy Squadron Commander and the Squadron Adjutant.

 

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.

 

Warrant Officer 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

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The Squadron does not currently have any staff Sergeants or Flight Sergeants.

CIVILIAN INSTRUCTORS

The 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.

Mr 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.

Miss 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 service.

FLIGHTS

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:

 

 

Tornado                                       &                                      Typhoon

 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.

 

CADET NON-COMMISSIONED OFFICERS

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).

 

CLASSIFICATIONS

In 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.

 

CIVILIAN COMMITTEE

In 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.

 

COMMITTEE CHAIR

Mr S Pitcher

 

TREASURER

Mr L Nelson

 

SECRETARY

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