I have just received the following communication from Dave Calvert:

“You might be interested to read these e-mails that were sent to 249 Sqn. ATC after a recent visit from armourers at RAF Odiham. I hope it shows that the squadron is upholding the good name of the original RAF Squadron! If you want to re-post them for others to see.”


Good Afternoon,

I feel after last nights parenting visit the need to write this email. I’m not sure who the best POC would be so I have included you all.

As you may or may not know we parent 56 ATC Squadrons across the south east.

Out of all the visits we have made so far, last nights trip to Hailsham was by far the best.

We were welcomed at the door by a smartly turned out Cpl in blues, literally the moment I stepped over the threshold one of the cadets turned from his table and welcomed me with “hello corporal”.

This sounds basic but it’s amazing how many units we have been to where basic rank recognition hasn’t happened. Even my SAC(T) was called staff.

The staff welcomed us warmly and we were approached by a cadet offering tea or coffee without the need for prompting.

A lot of units we have visited have been in greens and it was refreshing to see a group of polite and smartly dressed cadets and staff in blues.

The CO was extremely receptive and took on board all advice we could offer.

We could tell the staff at Hailsham put a lot of effort into instilling basic military discipline and values and this was directly reflected in both the cadets and staff.

All in all I have not yet seen a cadet squadron which has impressed me this much, hence the need to write this email.

I hope you can filter this praise back to Hailsham Squadron and I look forward to the next visit.

Dear Sirs,

I feel compelled to write to you regarding a parenting visit to Hailsham ATC squadron on 11-04-12.  The purpose of the visit was to ensure all maintenance and security of the weapons and munitions held there met the standards stipulated in service publications. I have attended many of these parenting visits as we have a large ‘catchment area’. I had not until yesterday been fortunate enough to encounter such a high standard of ‘well turned out’ polite and disciplined young men and women. The officer and senior staff responsible for running this exemplary establishment were well organised, accommodating and knowledgeable. I appreciate that these are the standards required from the before mentioned personnel by Wing, but I have not yet seen such a fine example.

The interest shown in all weapon and munitions maintenance and security matters by the OIC and senior staff made the work required by my corporal (Richie Fell) and myself relatively easy. We left the squadron feeling confident that all advice given would be implemented or continued. The visit was hugely beneficial for both parties and we look forward to visiting again in the future. We are in the process of planning a visit to demonstrate to some of the cadets the work we do at our parent unit in support of HM Operations and various other aspects of service life. With any luck some of these fine young men and women will someday make the decision to become part of the RAF where the discipline and enthusiasm shown would ensure a promising career.

I speak for the both of us when I say we could not thank you enough. We look forward to supporting you in any way we can in the future.


Kind regards