On Wednesday 24th November 2021, Cambridge Detachment opened their doors to parents and family of cadets to celebrate the contribution they have made to the detachment and to enrol new cadets into the ACF family.
Members of Cambridge Detachment together with Colonel (retired) Mark Knight MBE DL, (left) and Lt Colonel John Seaman (right). Picture: Doug Stuart
The evening was supported by 32 Military Intelligence (32MI), part of the Intelligence Corps Reserve unit based at Coldhams Lane Reserve Centre, who organised two interest stands for the cadets to get involved with. Cambridge Detachment is badged to the Intelligence Corps, and is proud of its relationship with them.
Cadets are taught how to analyse aerial photographs. Picture: Doug Stuart
The first stand introduced the cadets to a key aspect of the role the Intelligence Corps perform, involving imagery recognition from aerial photographs, and how to identify equipment by the shape and context of the surrounding area.
Cadets are briefed on the role of the Intelligence Corps. Picture: Doug Stuart
The second stand looked at the role of 32 Military Intelligence and what they do as part of their activities around the world.
Cambridge Detachment cadets. Pictures: Doug Stuart
Addresses were given by the Officer Commanding 32MI, (who wishes to be anonymous), Deputy Lord Lieutenant Mark Knight MBE, and Deputy Cadet Commandant, Lt Colonel Seaman. The Officer Commanding 32MI said "it is great to have you attached to us- you are part of our 'family'". He told the cadets that he planned to offer them further training opportunities and will really enjoy working with them.
Colonel (retired) Mark Knight, MBE, DL, addresses Cadets and parents. Picture; Doug Stuart
The second part of the evening was about the cadets. They demonstrated some of their drill movements to their families, before awards were made for Best Recruit awarded to Cdt Wallman, Best Cadet to Cpl Houghton, Best NCO to LCpl Elliott, Best Attendance to LCpl Alice Wallace, LCpl Elliott and LCpl Grace. Most Improved award was shared by Cdt Morris and Cdt Burrows. The final award, Cadet Choice Award, was given to the cadets to decide, and the award went to Sgt Knight for his contribution to both the ACF and CCF.
Deputy Commandant Lt Col John Seaman gives newly enrolled cadets their certificates, assisted by Staff Cadet Staff Sgt Wallace. Picture: Doug Stuart
Cakes were designed and created by Staff Cadet Staff Sergeant Charlotte Wallace with the support from Civilian Instructor, Catherine Wallace (mum) and LCpl Alice Wallace.
Cdt Staff Sgt Wallace's amazing Intelligence Corps cakes. Picture Doug Stuart
Text by Lt Vicky Houghton