Here’s a report from one of Ely’s Air Cadets, Sergeant Luca Chadwick who along with two other Ely Squadron NCO’s recently visited USAF Air Base Ramstein in Germany for an overseas Easter camp.
“On the 31st March, myself and Corporals Leah and West left for a 12 day camp at Ramstein Air Base, Germany. The camp consisted of thirty-six cadets from around Central and East region coming from all 6 wings.
The camp was the first overseas camp for all three of us and was different to all the other camps we’d been on previously for one reason, for the first time our hosts were not the Royal Air Force
Over the duration of the camp we were hosted by The British Army at St. Martin’s Plain Army base in England then Ramstein Air Base (By the 435th CTS/USAFE) as well as by the Luxembourg Army at Diekirch barracks providing us with a unique cadet experience of the different NATO nations and armed forces, their routines operations and organisation.
Whilst in Germany, we took part in a wide variety of activities from experiencing the United States Air Force’s presence in mainland Europe to visiting the local area and enjoying typical German culture and cuisine.
We visited the 86th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron and 86th Security Forces Squadron at Ramstein as well as the 480th Ammunition and Fighter Squadrons at Spangdahlem. This gave us an insight into USAF life and operations which we were able to compare to our experience of the Royal Air Force.
We also took a trip to the Rhine town of Rudeshiem, with stunning views providing an experience of the real Germany outside of the major cities rather than the “Little America’ we had become so accustomed to on base.
The camp also included recreational activities such as High-Ropes and museum visits which allowed us to socialise with the other cadets from all around The Central and East Region.
The three days spent in Luxembourg were quite different to what we had experienced so far, going from the World’s Largest Armed Forces to being stationed with what is one of Europe’s smallest armed forces.
All in all, I would wholeheartedly recommend this brilliant camp to any cadet that gets the chance to attend. Despite taking part in school time it gave us so many unique experiences that a classroom simply can’t.”
Sergeant Luca Chadwick
1094 (City of Ely) Squadron ATC
Ely Air Cadets are recruiting, if you are aged between 13 to 17 then all you have to do is come along with a parent or your guardian at 7:30pm on any Thursday night to The Air Cadet Centre, Heaton Drive CB7. The minimum age to join The RAF Air Cadets is 12 years old but in year 8.
From 1094 Ely Squadron Royal Air Force Air Cadets