Defence Secretary visits Heston Air and Army Cadets

The Defence Secretary Michael Fallon has been visiting the Army and Air cadets in Heston. Mr Fallon observed the Army cadets learning how to prepare and deliver a set of orders and practice using air rifles on the rifle range, whilst the Air cadets demonstrated their model making skills. Both groups of cadets then joined up for a weapon-handling lesson, and paraded together at the end of the evening.

Defence Secretary Michael Fallon said “I was delighted to visit the Army and Air cadets in Heston, which have over 70 young people involved in the fun and challenging activities they offer.  “It has been fantastic to see the enthusiasm and commitment of the cadets here, and to see first hand the kind of training that they undergo, which is equipping them with leadership skills and a sense of discipline that they will carry with them throughout life.”

Both the Army and Air cadets play an important part in the local community. The Air cadets band leads the annual Remembrance parade and the work closely with the local Royal British Legion and RAF Association. Meanwhile, the Army cadets won the Mayor of London TEAM LONDON Commemoration Award for volunteering within the community, namely tending and restoring a number of graves at Heston cemetery. They have also won a number of citizenship awards for work with a local owl sanctuary.

Colonel Mark Hodson, Colonel Commandant, Middlesex & NW London Army Cadet Force said “The Army Cadet Force and Air Training Corps are delighted that the Defence Secretary has visited the Cadet Centre at Heston in which 192 Detachment ACF (Army Air Corps) and 86 (Heston & Isleworth) Squadron ATC are both based.

“Both are very active units and deliver a comprehensive Cadet Experience for a cross-section of young people from a diverse local community. They train all year round, each parading two nights a week, undertaking annual training camps and training or working within the community on many weekends. We’re very proud of what we do, the young people in our organisations and the highly motivated adult volunteers who give up so much time to lead and inspire the cadets.”