Armed Forces Day at RAF Wyton

Armed Forces Day at RAF Wyton

25 June 2022

  • Cambridgeshire ACF

10 cadets from St Ives Detachment were joined by four adult volunteers today to represent the Army Cadet Force at Armed Forces Day, RAF Wyton.

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The St Ives Detachment recruitment stand.

This event was one of many held across the country to promote community engagement with the Armed Forces. It included a chance for the general public to meet service personnel and handle military equipment, for the emergency services to show their equipment and engage with the public, and for historical re-enactors to provide education and entertainment. It was also an opportunity to take part in a lot of fun activities, and for young people to consider their options, including the possibility of becoming part of the Army Cadet Force.

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Cadets handle some WW2 weapons

The primary objective of St Ives Detachment today was to be seen in the community and to recruit, - with cadets and adults speaking to people throughout the day and explaining the fantastic work they do, and the great opportunities they can offer. It was also a chance for our cadets to help the general public, including giving directions and telling newly arrived members of the public what was on offer at the event.

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Cdt LCpl Brown in an Army Oshkosh Transporter

Most importantly, it was a chance to have fun. Cadets sat in military and police vehicles, handled historic and contemporary weapons, took part in paintballing, rode on fairground rides, ate ice cream and spent time with their friends.

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SI Dunn and Cdt LCpl Dunn on a fairground ride.

Cadet LCpl Ashurst said; ‘I enjoyed the paintballing best of all, it was really fun!’ Cadet LCpl Brown said; ‘The best part was spending time with cadets from my detachment- getting to know each other.’

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Cdt LCpl Barrett paintballing.

Detachment Commander 2Lt Barrett said; ‘The Cadets have been really enthusiastic speaking to potential new recruits, and have represented their Detachment very well. We want to show our support to our Armed Forces, and, as we are badged to the Royal Engineers, especially to 42 Engineer Regiment which is based at Wyton. Most importantly, we come along to events like this and make everyone aware of the important role we play in the community.’

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SI Litt speaks to visitors about the ACF.

Text and photos by SI Doug Stuart.