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photo-1On a recent weekend, five local Air Cadets from 992 (Malmesbury) Squadron successfully completed their National Navigation Award Scheme (NNAS) Bronze level.

Cadet Sergeant Toby Jarvis, Cadet Corporal Isobel Hammond, Cadets Poppy Collis, Marcus Evans, Murray Thomson were part of a group of twenty-four cadets from seven squadrons from across the Dorset/Wiltshire Wing, and took part at the Air Cadet Regional Activity Centre based at MOD Boscombe Down near Amesbury in Wiltshire.

Day one saw the cadets split into groups for the training phase of the weekend on a route just outside of Amesbury. Their instructors taught them loads of new techniques such as finding their position by using the surrounding land features, rather than relying on a compass as well as pacing and hand-railing.  Following a day of walking, the cadets spent the evening in their groups planning the route for the assessment phase the next day.

photo-2The assessment the following day took place on a cold and windy Salisbury Plain. All the knowledge gained the previous day was now put to the test in a challenging landscape, but the cadets took on the challenge to successfully complete and pass the course assessment. Cadet Marcus Evans said “It was really great to be able to do a weekend like this, and all of the experience I have gained will definitely help me in the future for such activities as my Bronze Duke of Edinburgh”.

Cdt Evans added “A special thanks goes to Flt Lt Darren Butt, Dorset/Wiltshire Wing Adventure Training Officer and his team for being so brilliant and supportive, helping all of us pass the course”. 

Photo 1: Cadet Corporal Hammond – Centre Left, Cadet Sergeant Jarvis – Centre Right.

Photo 2: Caption - Deer track found by one of the cadets.

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