The impact of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic is already being felt, but will increase in its severity over the next few weeks. As a precautionary action the NE RFCA has taken the decision to cancel our upcoming Annual General Meeting on 27 March at Northumbria University Officer Training Corps.
Our top priority is the health, safety, and well-being of our employees, members and event attendees and we have been closely monitoring the situation with COVID-19 for a number of days. After much consideration, we have made the decision to cancel all our Engagement event activities including the AGM, Her Majesty's Lord Lieutenants' Presentation Ceremonies, 607 RAuxAF Reception, and Group AFC Signings. We will continue to update you via our website to keep you informed of our situation.
North East Employers Win Gold
10 NORTH EAST EMPLOYERS have been awarded Gold for their support to the Armed Forces - the highest badge of honour available under the MOD’s Employer Recognition Scheme Gold Award.
Cadet Forces Health Check 2019 - MOD Summary
Follow links to the MOD's summary of the Cadet Forces Health Check 2019
President Pays Tribute to the Armed Forces
Mrs Sue Snowdon, Lord Lieutenant of County Durham and President NE RFCA paid tribute to the Armed Forces in the attached video. Follow the link to hear her message.https://youtu.be/prLNRf-qtKY
ACF Step Change
ACF Step Change HQ Army Cadets launched the ACF Step Change project at the Commandants’ Conference at Sandhurst in January 2019, having identified the need to recognise and promote diversity and inclusion within Army Cadets. This project has developed from the ACF Women 40 project and expanded the scope of that initial project to cover all aspects of diversity and inclusion.
Chief of Staff Army Cadets Message
Overcoming Obstacles - Follow the link
The Band of The Rifles was due to perform a concert in Wharton Park, Durham, on Saturday 13th June marking the occasion they were granted the Freedom of the City of Durham in 2008. Unfortunately the events planned for this weekend to reinforce the links between The Rifles and communities in the North East had to be postponed due to the Coronavirus pandemic. However the band have put together a virtual mini-concert (6 mins 39 secs) to mark the occasion and which you can view via this link: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1D3Ui76H9mn6xvBgHsmXDTIWCYU4S6BgZ/view?usp=drivesdk A great effort by the Band and Bugles of the Durham Army Cadet Force for marking ‘The Rifles North East 2020’ in this way.
Virtual Dual ACF Signings
While COVID-19 restrictions continue to shape the way we live and work safely, it also means coming up with inventive ways to circumvent it and on Wednesday 3 June 2020, the NE RFCA organised the very first dual, virtual Armed Forces Covenant signing by supportive employers from the North of England RFCA and Yorkshire and The Humber RFCA.
Reserve Forces Review 2030
MoD seeks to maximise Reserves contribution through new review The specialist contribution military reservists have made across society during Britain’s battle against Coronavirus will help inform a review examining how Defence can maximise the skills of its Reserve Forces.
Air Cdre Tony Keeling next Commandant RAF Air Cadets.
The Royal Air Force has appointed Air Commodore Tony Keeling as the next Commandant of the RAF Air Cadets. He will take post on Sept 21st.
Queen’s Award for Longbenton Air Cadets
A group of Air Cadets and their adult volunteers are flying on cloud nine having been honoured with the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service, the highest award a voluntary group can receive in the UK.