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Brighstone Royal British Legion and 1024 Sqn affilifation

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Brighstone Royal British Legion and 1024 Sqn Isle of Wight Air Training Corps Official Affiliation Evening.

On Friday 15 February 2013 Brighstone branch of the Royal British Legion (RBL) became affiliated with 1024 Squadron Isle of Wight Air Training Corps (ATC). The ceremony took place at the ATC HQ in Ryde attended by members of Brighstone Royal British Legion, Officers, NCO’s, Cadets and staff of the squadron.

The affiliation will enable the RBL to support fund raising for the Air Cadets, who rely largely on fundraising to operate. Through the work of the squadron civilian committee and affiliation to Brighstone RBL activities within the uniformed youth organisation will continue to grow.

Currently cadets take part in flying, gliding, Duke of Edinburgh’s award and a BTEC qualification. Some cadets within the squadron have recently gained flying scholarships.

The Squadron's first ever DofE expedition preparation is well underway with 10 cadets due to complete their bronze award in early summer.

Shooting, fieldcraft, leadership and team building activities are also offered regularly.

Three cadets have recently been selected to play in the South West Region Rugby Team supported by Pilot Officer Paul Carter as rugby coach.

Officer Commanding Flight Lieutenant Ian Rose of the squadron said ‘Both Cadets and the Royal British Legion are looking forward to helping each other out by working together.’

The staff of the RBL will be able to share their own knowledge with the cadets and pass on their stories and experiences, enhancing the current officers and staff who include former service personal from the RAF, Navy and Army.

The squadron supported with the 2012 Poppy Appeal launch held in Wotton last year and carried the standard. It is hoped to develop the joint activities to include cadets assisting in raising awareness of the legion and its charity work both locally and nationally.