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
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 the organisation. In 2019 Flt Lt Corfield
will be appointed as the Wing Media Communications Officer.
The Squadron is entitled to have two
Squadron Officers in addition to the Squadron Commander. Currently The
Squadron does not have any Squadron Officers.
SQUADRON 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. 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
SQUADRON NON-COMMISSIONED OFFICERS
Steve Trenouth RAFAC transferred from
1876 Squadron to 339 Squadron to expend his ACO experience. FS Trenouth is qualified as a Range Conducting Officer and
as a Weapons Instructor. 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. As
the Squadron Flight Sergeant he reports to the Squadron Commander. He
successfully completed the HQAC SSTC course in August 2013. FS Trenouth is currently the Squadron SNCO ensuring that
the directives of the Squadron Commander are completed by the cadets.
joined the Squadron in 2017 as a service helper. As a serving member of the
RAF he has excellent knowledge of current matters within the service. He is
a qualified Weapon Systems Operator (WSOp) on rotary
wing aircraft and is posted in the RAF Careers.
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.
is the Squadron's Health & Safety Officer. He joined the Squadron in
2006 having retired from the Royal Air Force where he served as a nurse. He
uses his medical knowledge to instruct in cadets Young Life Savers courses
and his RAF experience in several other subjects. Mr Styles is appointed as
the Squadron Health and Safety Officer having completed the ACO H&S
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.
Sarah Taylor joined the Squadron in 2017. Brings her civilian
skills as a teacher to the Squadron at a time of a newly introduced
Progressive Training Program for cadets.
Douglas McCance joined the
Squadron in 2017 as a civilian Instructor having previously served in the
Territorial Army. CI McCance has been appointed
as the Squadron Adjutant assisting the Squadron Commander on administrative
the Squadron in 2017. He served as a cadet at 1876 (Kingsbridge) Squadron
where he reached the rank of Cadet Flight Sergeant. CI Black has a wealth
of cadet experience along with first aid knowledge as part of his work.
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 Training Officer and is
responsible for maintaining a training program and records. Mrs Taylor
reports to the Squadron Commander on training matters
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.
Mrs E Tayler