Mark Francois The Minister of State for Defence, Personnel, Welfare and Veterans visited the Joint Cadet Centre in Newton Abbot, Devon, earlier this month.
Mr Francois, a former Officer in the Territorial Army, was accompanied by the town’s MP, Anne Marie Morris. They were given a tour of the building and had the opportunity to view recently installed training facilities provided for the town’s Air and Army Cadets.
The Cadet centre was opened in July 2013 by the Duke of Kent and the Wessex RFCA Estates department facilitated and funded the build.
The two government officials had a first-hand look into Cadet life during the visit, as youngsters from the Army Cadet Force (ACF) and the Air Training Corps (ATC) demonstrated their skills for the visitors.
This included a first aid demonstration, a brief on the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme and a first hand demonstration of the Air Cadets’ flight simulator. Mr Francois took advantage of this piece of high-tech equipment and flew a circuit in a training aircraft.
Mr Francois said, “As the minister responsible for cadets I am pleased to see a wide range of training being conducted. The Cadet Forces are providing good citizenship training which is of use to our young people and benefits the country as a whole”.
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