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Introduction to 150 Squadron

150 (City of Oxford) SquadronWelcome to the web site of 150 (City of Oxford) Squadron Air Training Corps (ATC), the area’s largest and best equipped Cadet Unit. We are a large and friendly squadron run by a dedicated staff team.  Unlike some other youth organisations we have high standards and expect a lot from our cadets… we give a lot in return though… For more information take a look at our prospectus, fill in the joining form or pay us a visit.

Have you got what it takes?

If so we’ll see you on the parade square!

Air Training Corps Aims

ATC LogoWe run and active and demanding program of activities in accordance with the three core aims of the ATC:

  • To promote and encourage among young people a practical interest in aviation and the Royal Air Force.
  • To provide training which will be useful in both the Services and civilian life.
  • To foster the spirit of adventure and develop qualities of leadership and good citizenship.

Mountain Leader Training Course

Some of you will remember WO Mansoor.  Others have meet Flt Lt Browell and WO1 Dooley.  WO Bentin and FS Cockburn have done their gold expeditions courtesy of Lt Col and Sqn Ldr Gerrish.  All these people have done us tremendous favours by using their qualifications to take members of the squadron into wild countryside.  Flt Lt Levett and Plt Off Christlieb have BELA certificates.  This allows us to work with you in countryside such as the Cotswolds, the Chilterns, and Forestry Commission Land.    However, there is really wild country in Britain.  Most of it is remote and very beautiful.  In order for us to share this fabulous national treasure with cadets, the staff have to make the effort to try for higher qualifications.  The gold standard in this context is the Mountain Leader (Summer) Award or ML(S).  After registering with the Mountain Leader Training Boards, a candidate must spend at least twenty days walking in wild country.  You are then eligible to attend the training course.  Plt Off Christlieb finally completed his twenty days and set off for the Lake District on Sat 18th April to undertake the course.  Having successfully completed this course he must now spend another year walking and improving his navigation before taking his assessment and hopefully achieving the ML award.  (Ed.)

Last Updated on Friday, 04 December 2009 22:34

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Air Ambulance visit

If you need medical attention quickly you’d hope an ambulance would get there pronto.  Sometimes a traditional ambulance is just not going to get there fast enough.  There are a number of possibilities when this happens:  A first responder can attend and stabilise things; a paramedic can try to get through on a motorbike; or the paramedics can try to fly in by air.  The last option is in the hands of the Oxfordshire Air Ambulance.  Astonishingly, the little red helicopter is not supported by government and replies on funds raised directly from the public to do its job.  After a cracking display of initiative by Cpl Perkins, members of the air ambulance team came to our squadron to tell us about their work.  The squadron is grateful to Cpl Perkins for a really good night. (Ed.)

Last Updated on Friday, 04 December 2009 22:30

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Yorkshire Camp

Camp photo.

This feature covers the five days of our trip to Yorkshire.  Initially this expedition was triggered by my interest in trying to get a visit to RAF Fylingdales in Yorkshire. Yorkshire is home to the North York Moors, the largest area of high moorland in Britain.  It’s also home to some spectacular coast-land and was the home of significant parts of both fighter and bomber command during the war.  With so much past and present Air Force activity and some lovely scenery, I set to ringing the right people and eventually got the squadron on the road shortly after 0800 on 23rd August.  The white rose at the top of this letter is the white rose of the medieval house of York; the most famous of whose members was Richard III, whose reign began following the wars of the roses and is celebrated in Shakespeare’s play.
CI Christlieb

Last Updated on Sunday, 23 November 2008 21:56

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