So a few weeks ago HQAC (Headquarters Air Cadets) put out a post stating they were looking for some volunteers to work with and support the HQAC Media and Comms team along with the Region and Wing MCO’s (Media and Comms Officers), I thought that would be right up my street… So i took the dive and messaged the head of MC Denise Parker. We exchanged emails and set up a quick phone interview to make sure I was suitable to be able to assist the MC team. Thankfully given the job that I do I was more than suitable and I was invited to a MC conference at HQAC – Royal Air Force College Cranwell.
It was an early start to the day up at 05:30 ready for a 07:00 departure as I hadn’t been to Cranwell before I wanted to make sure that I got there on time and knew where I would be going. It wasn’t too bad a trip 150 miles in 3 hours with a quick break on the way. I hadn’t been on an RAF base since my days as a Cadet, it’s a different world as a CFAV, I had to undergo various checks and have my photo taken and whilst on station I had to be escorted, which given how tight security has to be nowadays was understandable.
Before we started we were given tea and biscuits (NATO standard Tea 2 sugars) and we were greeted with some Gucci RAFAC merch in the way of notepad, pen and lanyard.
The meeting kicked off with some brief introductions; who we are, where we’re from and what do we do as a day job. The discussion soon shifted to what the RAFAC needs to do to bring itself well and truly into the 21st century, social media wise, obviously social media is massively important in this day and age but that doesn’t mean that some of the old ways work so we discussed how we could improve the way we did things like going into schools and out and about at events.
We then went off for Lunch in York House, the Officers Mess! This was another first for me as I had only previously dined in the junior ranks mess, this was vastly different to what I remembered from the Junior ranks mess. The food though as at every station I remember eating at was amazing!
After lunch we went back to HQAC to begin the afternoon session, we were broken down into small groups and we had to discuss and record what we would do in different scenarios and what we would do short term and long term with the cadets given what resources were shown, it was difficult but we believe what we wrote.
And then as quick as that the day was done, just a small drive home which was a little bit quicker as I just didn’t stop on the way back, I wanted my bed!
It was great to put faces to names and meet the team, I can’t wait to work on future projects with the team.