Nic Fenn, a former air cadet, has returned to 249 (The Millennium Squadron) Hailsham to talk to the cadets about his life in the Royal Air Force. Nic, or Flying Officer Nic Fenn as he is correctly known in the RAF, was the youngest in his intake and therefore is ‘on hold’ at RAF Brize Norton with 47 Squadron, awaiting elementary flying training. He is gaining experience of RAF life and taking all the opportunities available to fly on different aircraft. Nic said: “I’d like to be a fast jet pilot, but if that is not possible then the Hercules would still be a fun second choice.”
He joined 249 Squadron in April 2010 and as a cadet experienced and enjoyed the full range of activities on offer including volunteering at community events, fundraising and parades. Nic left in June 2016 as a Cadet Flight Sergeant, going straight to RAF College Cranwell.
Nic told the cadets that having being a cadet really helped at Cranwell. In his words, he had “insider knowledge” when it came to uniform, drill and expected standards of behaviour. He focussed on his academic studies more but was able to help others with drill and uniform. The bonus for Nic was getting to bed early, not needing to be up late pressing uniform and polishing shoes! He said: “I gained a lot of confidence from being an air cadet which really helped me, particularly as I was the youngest. I loved the experience of living in “CHOM” (College Hall Officers Mess) and felt really proud at my graduation parade with all my family there to watch.”
The cadets thoroughly enjoyed meeting Nic who had highlighted where determination and a belief in your own ability can lead. What he had to say certainly prompted several of them to consider the possibility of an RAF career in the future.
Thanking Nic for visiting the Squadron, Officer Commanding, Flight Lieutenant Craig Thomson, presented him with an ATC75 Commemorative Medal and mug. These had been specially made for cadets and staff at 249 Squadron during the 75th anniversary year.