Personnel from various Squadrons and Sections from around RAF Waddington provided an outstanding visit for the Year 9 students (aged 14/15) and 3 staff from Skegness Academy to broaden their perception of the military and the militaries day-to day activities.

The day started with a visit to the small arms training range (which is a simulated range using compressed air to action the rifles) which proved to be an excellent ice-breaker and really brought the students out of their shells. This was followed up with the reality check of the RAF fitness test, which many students found extremely demanding. Following a packed lunch in the Junior Ranks’ Mess the students were involved in an ethics debate with the Senior Padre, which proved to be highly thought provoking and explained the difficult decisions that are frequently undertaken by Service personnel. The second lecture they received in the Heritage Centre, was an Air Power lecture which was cleverly given in the form of practical exercises and student participation, an excellent way of imparting knowledge to teenage youths!

Finally, the students conducted a walkthrough of a Sentry aircraft of 8 Squadron, followed by a photograph in front of the historic ‘BLACK BUCK’ Vulcan. The students and their staff had a thoroughly enjoyable day that has stimulated many thoughts regarding how the military work. The day was a fantastic success and would not have been possible if it wasn’t for the following people:

• Flight Lieutenant Paul Ratnage (Officer Commanding Force Protection)
• Flight and Staff Sergeant Mark Rooney (Senior Non-Commissioned Officer Physical Education Flight)
• Reverend (Wing Commander) Andy McMullon Padre
• Flight Lieutenant Dave McRitchie
• Flight Sergeant Creek (8 Squadron)
• Sergeant ‘Bully’ Bull (8 Squadron)
• Sergeant Dave Simpson
• Sergeant Ian Howard
• Corporal Will Walker
• Senior Aircraftman Bentley-Crane
• Senior Aircraftman Perry
• Senior Aircraftman Marshall

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