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Welcome to 1404 (Chatham) Sqn ATC.

We meet on Tuesday and Thursday evenings between 7pm and 9.30pm.
Many other activities take place along side our official evenings.

Want to do more with your time, make friends get out and do things then contact us on 1404@aircadets.org or call 01634 812052 on a Tuesday or Thursday evening.

(for more information see the about section)

About Us

The Air Training Corps is a national voluntary youth organization designed to develop the qualities of young people. It is sponsored by the Royal Air Force and provides challenging aviation, adventurous and community activities.

1404 ( Chatham) air cadets offers a variety of activities for people ages 12 years (when beginning school in Year 8) and over. The squadron participates in flying and gliding, Duke of Edinburgh Award, adventure training, shooting, sports (including athletics, football, netball, rugby and swimming) as well as developing your interest in aviation studies. We currently offer 3 BTEC qualifications for doing these activities you enjoy, BTEC in Aviation Studies, BTEC in Public Service, and BTEC in Music.

The maximum age for entry as a cadet is 17 years old, therefore you can request to join us anytime between your 12th (see above) and 17th birthday. If you are above that age group and still want to enjoy all of our activities and more, you could join as a volunteer.

Adults interested in helping the squadron can do so by joining the adult staff or the civilian committee.

Want to join contact us on 1404@aircadets.org or call 01634 812052 on a Tuesday or Thursday evening.

 

What we have been doing

All the best to Flt Lt Tate on his retirement. The squadron has had many cadets complete the Nijmegen Marches under his leadership. Plus plenty of staff just as committed to the cause as Team Leaders or support teams. All the best to the new Wing RMO Fg Off Postill.Today we held an informal hand over to see in Kent Wings new Road Marching Officer. Flt Lt Chris Tate RAFAC has been Kent Wing’s RMO for 18 years and has taken just shy of 1000 Cadets to the annual Nijmegen Marches with a 100% completion rate and we would like to take this opportunity to thank him for all of his hard work in making that possible. Flt Lt Tate has had a positive influence on a huge number of Cadets and Staff during his time in the RAFAC and he will certainly be missed. The role of being Kent Wings RMO has now been handed to Fg Off Marcos Postill RAFAC who will be responsible for Road Marching and the Nijmegen Training Team in Kent. We wish Flt Lt Tate all the best in his retirement and give Fg Off Postill all of our support in his new role. #aircadets #whatwedo #kentwing #vierdaagse #roadmarching #nijmegen #celebratingrm ...

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Today marks the last official day for Air Commodore Dawn McCaffetry, after completing her eight year tenure as Commandant Air Cadets. Air Commodore.

As many of the year's events, parades and formal celebrations have been cancelled or postponed. We are unable to say our goodbye formally. So staff and cadets got together to provide their own way of saying Goodbye.

So a Big Thank You Ma'am

Introducing:

- APO Abigail Beckett RAFAC - 948 (Haverfordwest and City of St. David) Squadron, 3 Welsh Wing

- Sgt Megan Douglas RAFAC - 1769 (Thurso and District) Squadron, Highland Wing

- CWO Jack Beaney - 1404 (Chatham) Squadron, Kent Wing

Singing "Time to Say Goodbye" by Andrea Bocelli and Sarah Brightman!

Commandant Air Cadets
Regional Commandant LASER Air Cadets
Kent Wing Air Cadets
Royal Air Force Air Cadets
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1 month ago

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The Squadron was lucky enough to have John from Air Ambulance Kent Surrey and Sussex join us for our Virtual Parade night. He provided the Cadets a short presentation, discussing what the KSS do, including Training, Operations and Aircraft.

Thank you to John and all those at KSS for the amazing job they do everyday.
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2 months ago

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Big Thank you, to Flt Lt Josh Brown for joining us tonight. An Ex-Cadet of the Squadron, he talked about his time in Cadets, RAF Application process and his training to become a Pilot. He is due to commence his rotary aircraft training shortly at RAF Shawbury. ...

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2 months ago

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Its been a strange time, with no face to face activities. The Squadron has managed to keep some normality for the cadets. With Virtual Parade nights every week and cadets completing many awards. Well Done All.

Kent Wing Air Cadets
Royal Air Force Air Cadets
Regional Commandant LASER Air Cadets
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2 months ago

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Any cadets having issues please see the links on the Cadet 1404 Flight PageWe are aware that Cadet Portal is currently offline. The team are looking in to it and will provide an update in due course. ...

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2 months ago

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Congratulations to all the Cadets who have managed to achieve Classifications updates and other qualifications whilst we are on lockdown. Well done for the efforts during this lack of physical attendance at the Squadron.

Leading Classification
Cdt Thomas

Senior Classification
Cpl Mackie

Blue Radio & Cyber
Cdt Bennett
Cdt Blackledge
Cdt Bradfield-Saied
Cdt Chacko
Cdt Chapman
Cpl Edwards
Cdt Grigore
Cdt Gyuneliev
Cdt Johnson H
Cdt Johnson R
Cdt Moles
Cdt Simkins

Bronze Cyber
Cdt Johnson H
Cdt Johnson R
Cdt Moles
Cdt Simkins

Silver Cyber
Cpl Mackie
Cdt Malcolm
Cpl Waite J
Cpl Waite S
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2 months ago

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An very enjoyable and informative evening for the Cadets and Staff on a Wellbeing and Resilience. Big thanks to Flt Lt Annis and WO Hall from the RAFAC Mental Health team for the session.

Kent Wing Air Cadets
Regional Commandant LASER Air Cadets
Royal Air Force Air Cadets
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2 months ago

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For those who missed it last night. A great performance from the RAFAC National Choir and our own CWO Jack Beaney.

Amazing song choice by the way. Onto the the next stage.
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3 months ago

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Our very own CWO Beaney is part of the RAFAC Choir and had to keep this all very quiet until now. So take a look online. ...

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3 months ago

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It's been a busy couple of weeks for the Squadron. Even with the nice weather we have managed to Virtually Parade every Tuesday and Thursday. Cadets have engaged in a variety of different activities. Over 25 cadets have now completed the Bronze Cyber course, a further 10 are now working on their Silver Cyber. Classifications lessons continue with many learning Navigation and Map reading. The senior cadets and NCO's have started training to gain thier Instructor Yellow Lanyard. To finish the week off we had a good training session on Aircraft Recognition provided by CI Malcolm, covering training and fighter aircraft. The competitive nature of Cadets and staff appeared when a Kahoot quiz was undertaken on their recent knowledge of Aircraft.

#staysafe
#lookafteryourself
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3 months ago

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Ex Cadet of the squadron, Cpl Chelsea Arnold talking about her volunteer role whilst stationed at RAF Odiham.

Kent Wing Air Cadets
Regional Commandant LASER Air Cadets
Royal Air Force Air Cadets
Commandant Air Cadets
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3 months ago

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Busy Virtual Parade Night for the Squadron. Great mix of different activities.

A talk this evening with former RAF Harrier pilot, Flt Lt (Retd) Hanlon!

Thanks to Orpington Air Cadets for organising.

The rest of the squadron completed a Music Quiz. Where Cpl Mackie came top with a very impressive score and correct answers count.

To round the evening off, the Squadron Padre Rev Linney joined us to talk to the cadets and staff. Generating a great discussion on adversity and dealing with current life situations.
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3 months ago

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It's always great to see Ex Cadets doing so well, especially when in the RAF. Big mention and thanks to Cpl Chelsea Arnold. Who has volunteered her time as a RAF Odiham Co-responder for South Central Ambulance Service. ...

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4 months ago

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Well done to CWO Beaney for his part in this performance. ...

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4 months ago

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A small selection of Cadets and staff in uniform last night. Clap for carers and key workers. We managed this during one of our Virtual Parade Nights. #clapforourcarers #clapforkeyworkers.
Kent Wing Air Cadets
Regional Commandant LASER Air Cadets
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4 months ago

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Thought we would update you all, as expected we are on Lockdown with the rest of the Nation. It's been a challenging time for the country and as the situation continues we have already engaged in a totally new concept for the squadron. We successfully completed our first full squadron Virtual Parade Evening on Thursday.

As all face to face contact is restricted, we had to devise a way to ensure the cadets could in someway continue thier experience and training. It's been a massive step not just for the cadets but the staff included. So a little bit of technology and alot of crossed fingers the squadron has competed two staff meetings virtually, 2 NCO Meetings and now a full squadron parade night. On this parade, we talked to the Cadets about Mental health for them and thier family. Then rounded it off with a nail biting quiz on Kahoot for the cadets and staff.

The logistics of getting cadets all to logon and participate has been a success. Obviously certain activities can't be held virtually, so during these period we are concentrating on the Aviation studies and other fields not excluding Radio, Naviagtion and Cyber. This will prepare us for full on action and activities when we return.

We are not alone with this, with Kent Squadrons plus though throughout the UK are having to devise new methods to give the Cadet Experience. One of the big success nationally has been for the RAFAC National Music Band showing the commitment of the Cadets and staff. They have managed to complete a number of Virtual performances. The recent ensemble from the String section is very good.

So over the coming months we will still parade, virtually every week as normal. Complete an mixture of learning, training and social activities. All waiting for the day we can formally parade all together again.

So thank you to all the Cadets and Parents who continue to support the squadron.

Also hello to the many other new followers who have liked our page.

Look after yourself
Look after your family and friends.
Stay at Home.
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5 months ago

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Please note all Squadron activities including parade nights are postponed until further notice.

Staff will still monitor emails on 1404@aircadets.org.
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5 months ago

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Annual Dinner Announcement

After discussions including risk assessment of the event, attendees and a duty of care.

We have had to cancel the dining in night on 28 March 2020 , hopefully we will be able to rearrange later this year.

Money paid will be held until a new date is available and if you are unable to make this date money will be refunded.

All refunds requests via email to the squadron or committee.
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5 months ago

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Bronze medals🥉all round today at the inter wing football ⚽️ and hockey 🏑 competition

Congratulations to Cpl Edwards part of the football team.
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7 months ago

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On parade last night we had a very busy evening. The Staff and NCO's had the first meeting of the year to plan events, activities and set expectations for the year. The rest of the Squadron competed leadership exercises to help those cadets achieve Blue leadership.

The evening then finished with the OC handing out over 15 Awards to the cadets for activities and qualifications achieved during the latter part of 2019. These included:

Blue Aviation Wings - 6 Cadets,
Bronze Aviation Wings - 6 Cadets.

Duke of Edinburgh Bronze Award: Cpl Edwards and Cdt Chapman.

Classification from Senior to Master - Sgt Roman

HeartStart First Aid - Cdt Bruton-Savage & Cdt Nanthakumar.

Well done to all the Cadets for their awards, and keep up the good work in 2020.
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7 months ago

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Well done to those cadets who attended the parade in remembrance of HM Submarine Truculent and the Airmen of the Avro Lancaster who were flying to the rescue but crashed on take off. #whatwedo
#RAFAC
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7 months ago

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✈️New year... new challenge ? ✈️

The RAF Air Cadets has exciting opportunities for adult volunteers. Do you want to help young people, learn new skills and have fun...? Are you aged 20+?

See www.raf.mod.uk/aircadets/
for more information.
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Contact

We are based in
Boundary Road
Chatham
Kent
(Non Postal Address)
Tel: 01634 812052
email: 1404@aircadets.org

Hours
(Evening Parades)
Tuesday & Thursday: 7:00PM–9:30PM

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