SMI Debbie Callaghan, County Media Officer
Another great day with lots of activities across a huge area of camp and cadets out on Expedition.
Each day groups of cadets are taken to different areas. This is made possible by one of our fabulous adult volunteers, Capt Paul Anderton, who, as well as being the County Shooting Officer, is also a coach driver. This has proved to be invaluable this year as the county has hired a coach to transport the cadets and staff to where their training activities are taking place. Thanks to Capt Anderton everything is going to plan, and all training is taking place where and when it should be.
We had visitors on camp today who came to see how the camp was going so far and to visit the cadets on the training areas. Col Mark Underhill and Col Alex Barnes visited from NWRFCA and Col Ian Holmes, Northwest Col Cadets. A presentation was given to them by our Commandant, Col Catherine Harrison on the achievements of Greater Manchester ACF and how the county is providing the cadet experience to our cadets. Thanks were given to the adult volunteers and permanent staff who are all working together to make Annual Camp run well.
Our Hon Col Sharman Birtles, MBE JP DL, Vice Lord-Lieutenant, attended camp with her husband Grahame to visit and chat with the cadets and staff and make presentations out on the area. Hon Col Sharman presented 2Lt Pete Jackson, 2Lt Sajid Hussain and 2Lt Jordan Battye with their commissioning scrolls. This is received by those who take The Queens Cadet Commission. A Cadet Forces Warrant was presented to SMI Katie Battye which is issued when promoted to SMI. Congratulations to them all.
Col Ian Holmes also made some presentations. One was to 2Lt Jess Pugh for her outstanding work with the Corps of Drums and to two cadets for giving lifesaving First Aid to members of the public using the First Aid skills they have learnt in the Army Cadets.
The cadets are different ages and different skill levels so visiting them all to see their training is always great to see and makes me very proud, as it does all the staff. The training one star cadets were given a demonstration by staff of what they will be doing early tomorrow, after spending a night sleeping under a basher. A safety brief was given by Capt Wayne Harrison before the demonstration took place to ensure the cadets were aware of what was taking place. That was great to watch.
After having her evening meal in the company of some of the cadets, the Hon Col went to visit cadets who were on their expedition training near to Hadrians Wall.
Another great day for everyone.
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Thank you to the following staff for sending pictures from the expedition training, SSI Michelle Maunder, SI JH, SI Paul Day, SI Toni Brocklehurst, SI Chris Hubbuck, TSA Darrel Jones & Major Lee Kennerley.