2019 marks the start of a new year, with bigger and better ideas for the future of 878 (Highworth) Squadron RAF Air Cadets.
Every year the Officer Commanding (OC) of the Squadron gives a rundown of the highs of the previous year and then sets goals he wants the Squadron to aim towards throughout the next year. This is his vision for the Squadron in 2019:
“Our single Vision as a Squadron remains the same, which is to be the most progressive and forward-thinking Squadron in the RAF Air Cadets, with a high level of success driven by motivated and ambitious cadets and staff.”
Flight Lieutenant Nick Goddard RAFAC, OC 878 Squadron.
Supporting goals and objectives are set throughout the year to enable the Squadron to fulfil its overall vision. Some smaller objectives the Squadron aims to achieve are to participate in at least 12 local community events, raise at least £1000 in funds for the Squadron and its nominated charity, and all cadets to hold a minimum of four qualifications in the new style ‘progressive training syllabus’.
Furthermore, the Squadron aims to promote equality and diversity of the RAF Air Cadets through community events and in the next recruitment in September 2019.
Last year the Squadron placed 2nd in Wing Activities Day (see November 2018’s issue) and this year are aiming bigger and better, aiming to win the entire event.
To recognise recent achievements, not just of 2018 but further back too, Flight Lieutenant Goddard is nominating the Squadron to be the South West Region representative for the Marshall Trophy in 2019. The Marshall trophy is awarded to the most improved Squadron in the RAF Air Cadets across the last 3 years. In the period prior to this, 878 Squadron saw four different OCs and a high turnover of cadets. However a period of stability under Flight Lieutenant Goddard and his predecessor as OC, Flight Lieutenant Jim Gillespie, has led to more stability and greater opportunities for the cadets, and has now grown to the largest Squadron in Dorset and Wiltshire. Expectations are high, but the Squadron is ready to fulfil them!