NCO Training Day

On Saturday 6th June the NCO’s had a training day at TS Taupo.

The day focused on Drill and leading by example.  All the attending NCO’s inspected each others uniforms and any issues were addressed by a visit to Store.

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Helicopter Flying

On Sunday 17th May a small contingent of advanced cadets deployed to Heli Solutions in Palmerston North for a flight in a Robinson R22 helicopter.

The cadets were taken through a briefing, pre-flight checks and then took turns to head for the skies.  Some flew along the river whilst others flew up and checked out the windfarm but all had a chance to practice hovering back at the airport before their lesson came to an end.

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Junior Leaders Course report by Cdt Rose

Cadets has so far afforded me with many different privileges and opportunities that I would have otherwise gone without; Cadet 150, a trip to Australia, my numerous flying sessions and best of all; shooting.  Most recently however, I was lucky enough to attend the Junior NCO Course.

This course is a difficult opportunity to attain, as our Squadron is often only given one, and at its best two, spaces to send our selected Cadets. Its clear why, administration wants to regulate the number of leaders that we have in the Squadrons, to ensure that the chain of command remains valid. Because this course, unlike others, is built around building leaders and training the next Junior NCOs (Non Commissioned Officers) of the Squadrons.

On this course we had forty Cadets and aspiring leaders meet at RNZAF Base Ohakea for an entire week, to learn the leadership skills that we would require for our promotion.

Our training on the JNCO Course consisted of four terminals; squad handling, public speaking, teaching drill and most importantly leadership.

The concept of squad handling is simple, it’s leading a group of Cadets in drill, commanding their movements, keeping everyone strictly in line while simultaneously watching for, and helping any Cadets that are having trouble with the movements.  It’s a difficult balance to find, but I enjoy it very much.

Our next aspect of training was public speaking, where we all had to write two presentations and deliver them to our peers, one five minutes long and the other ten.  While I normally enjoy public speaking, I found that remarkably I had no nerves during this particular deliverance.  This is because of the friendly and supportive atmosphere that was fostered amongst our group, meaning that none of us were worried in the slightest about the impression that we gave off, because we all knew that the opinions that our new friends had of us wouldn’t waver based on our performance.

Our next test was on our ability to instruct drill, and while it was very monotonous to constantly act as a student so that my peers could take their turn to instruct, we all managed to enjoy ourselves thoroughly.

Finally, and most importantly, we were tested on our leadership skills.  Each member of our syndicate was given a turn to lead us in the completion of a small task, whether it was the cleaning of a room, the moving of a cotton wheel from one field to another or the removal of a tent peg from a circle that we weren’t allowed to enter. This was an incredibly enjoyable set of activities because it provided diversity, organisation and an odd sense of comradeship that I have not encountered anywhere else.

While all of these activities were tremendous fun the fact is that the best part of this experience was the people.  I have met so many interesting new friends on JNCO course that I am still, and will continue to be, in touch with. There’s just something about meeting such a diverse group of people from all around the country, and doing so under such a well organised and controlled environment that I really enjoyed, as did everyone of us.

 

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Senior Leaders Course Report by Cpl Ngaro

On the 11th-17th of April I attended the seniors NCO course with CPL. Hawinkles.

The SNCO course is the leadership course that is attended after the JNCO course (which I had attended last year) at Royal NZ Air Force Base Ohakea near Bulls. The courses aim was to provide selected NZCF Cadets the knowledge and skills to the standard of Senior NCO duties within an NZCF Unit.

Before I arrived at Ohakea I was really nervous and panicking, even though I had received past comments saying that it was much more relaxing than the Juniors NCO course.

I attended the SNCO Course with 30 other cadets from the three corps (Army cadets, Sea cadets and air cadets).

We headed over to the training centre where we were given an introduction about the course as well as introducing ourselves to the whole course.  After the introduction the course separated into 3 syndicates.  The syndicate I was a part of was named #1hunnet%forREALZ because we all gave 1hunnet% towards each activity we did, and it was very popular on the first day when somebody from my syndicate said it.

Anyway each cadet was given their own individual room, within a barracks and were expected to be self-managing experienced leaders – there was no wakeup call.  However some of us managed to wake up 30 minutes early or an hour before it was time to get up, to wake up everyone else because we didn’t want to be late for breakfast.  Each day we managed to take control of the syndicate whether it be marching or making sure everybody was organised.

The course was broken into 3 terminals, the first was Instructional Technique (“IT”) which is, in a basic sense, classroom lessons.  They’re not too exciting, but they are really informative and useful when it comes to developing plans and presenting or instructing.  Lessons were given by the staff before we were split into three syndicates in which we took our own turns at instructing.  We first started with knot tying as a precursor lesson, before we went onto the proper test which was based on bushcraft. Bushcraft was the second terminal that we had to complete in front of our syndicates again.

Before our final terminal we were visited by Wing Commander Sinclair, who is the highest ranked officer in Cadet Forces.  He talked to use about his history in Cadet Forces and other experiences he’s had while in the Cadet Forces.  People would say his talk really inspired all of us who attended SNCO to gain careers in the Defence Forces. The final terminal was SNCO Drill.  We were broken into each of our Corps and had to meet the standard of a SNCO on parade while taking there Corps specific drill e.g. I had to take all of the Air Training Corps Cadets.

After the final terminal we had to do one more thing which was the final parade which is the parade that concludes our course.  It occurred during the afternoon of Friday straight after our final terminal, congratulating everyone for passing.

We finished a bit early so we stayed in the classroom and watched movies while saying goodbye to everyone and scheduling our next reunion.

In conclusion the SNCO Course was one of the best experiences I have ever had in my whole life.  I’m glad I attended the course because everything was really awesome especially the popcorn LOL, and I definitely would encourage everyone else from my unit to go because it a really good experience and helps you a lot.

 

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Senior Leaders Course Report by Cpl Hawinkels

It all started on April the 11th 2015.  We arrived at RNZAF base Ohakea before some of the cadets from the JNCO course from the previous week had left.

Most of the course staff seemed to think that it would take the students a while to break the ice and get to know each other, however most of the cadets on this Senior’s Course had also been on my Juniors, and those who weren’t had been on their Juniors Course with the others on this course, so most knew some friends right from the start of this course.

Unfortunately the weather in the middle of the week was pretty miserable but we weren’t bothered about that because one of the CPL’s from the Taupo unit had brought along a figure of Homer Simpson and we were all taking selfies with him for the selfie competition the course staff had setup on the Facebook page.

Towards the end of the week we had the Terminals (assessments).  There were three of them in three days.  It was nice to get them over and done with in just a few days rather than constantly having to do pre-tests to get the hang of what would be needed.

The highlight of the course for me was on the second to last day when we were paid a visit by Wing Commander Bruce Sinclair, the second highest ranking member of the Cadet Forces, just below the commandant.  He came and talked to us about the new structure of the NZCF, but he also talked to us about how he sometimes has to discipline NZCF Officers.  That really made me think of the responsibilities I will have to take on as a Senior NCO.

Overall I really enjoyed the course and I really hope I can get on an Under Officers course before I get too old.

 

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First 1 hour flight by Cdt Pine

When I first arrived at Paraparaumu Airfield it was a hot day and I thought “Wow the view will be great” and it was!

I went out to the Cessna 152 and hopped into the seat, where I was taken through the controls and what each one does by my pilot/instructor Josh.

After that we taxied down the runway before we turned around and took off into the sky.  It was great!  We went up to and around Kapiti Island and I got to take over some of the controls while I tried to keep the plane level.  It was a rather windy day, so keeping the plane level wasn’t easy.

After we’d circled Kapiti Island we headed back to the airfield and landed.  Once we were back on the ground we went through a debrief of the flight and completed the flight details in my log book.  With “thank you” and “goodbyes” complete we headed home.

Basically I learnt how to fly an aeroplane – a good day overall!

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Ffennel Shooting Competition Results

Congratulations to the No 41 (City of Porirua) Squadron A Team who finished 4th out of the NZ Teams in the Ffennell Commonwealth Shooting competition. The team scored 1208 points.

Congratulations also to the No 41 (City of Porirua) Squadron B Team who finished 8th with 1094 points.

 

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Squadron Bushcraft Camp

Over the weekend of the 27th to the 29th of March, the Squadron deployed to Kaitoke Regional Park to undertake the annual Squadron Bushcraft Camp.

Despite the rather wet weather the cadets were taken through the basics of selecting and setting up a camp before learning about a variety of survival techniques.

At the end of the weekend the Squadron undertook a tramp around the park to test some of the leadership skills of the NCOs.

Photo’s:-

1) Erecting a 14×14 tent, 2) River crossing safely theory, 3) – 6) Shallow river crossing practice, 7) Deeper river crossing practice, 8) Pack floating practice

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Citizenship Ceremony 28 November 2014

Corporal Joseph Mijares reports on the Citizenship Ceremony held 28 November 2014:

On November the 28th four NCOs took part in the Porirua Citizenship Ceremony (CPL Daniel Hawinkels, CPL Tere Ngaro, CPL Nikki Hurnen, and me)

I’ve been to a few citizen parades already. Normally held in Pataka Art and Museum, Citizenship Ceremonies are where new Citizens of New Zealand take an oath to finalise their process towards Citizenship. The ATC provide support for the official party which includes the Mayor of Porirua City (His Worship Nick Leggett) and other high profile distinguished guest. Our main role is to hand out native plants to each recipient and guard the official party.

My favorite part of the ceremony is seeing different recipients dress up in their native attire to showcase their culture to this widely diverse adopted country. After each ceremony, recipients and their families are invited to a buffet of finger foods and photos with the official party members.

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2014 Wallingford Competition Results

Today the result of the Wallingford Shooting Competition were released.

41 Squadron’s Team A (469pts), B (413pts), C (352pts) and D (275pts) finished 2nd, 10th, 17th and 21st respectively. The A Team was 2nd over all NZCF units and the B team 12th.

We retain the Central Area (The K & P.L. Bolton Rifle Shooting Trophy) and Wellington Region (Sir Richard Bolt Trophy).

UO Fowler (87pts), SGT Ogilvie (82pts, re-qualified) and LAC Rose (83pts) are awarded Marksman with UO Fowler returning the 3rd highest score nationally behind the joint top shots of 88pts.

Congratulations also to T.S Taupo (367pts) for winning the Sea Cadet Trophy.

Good work team!

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