Cadet Sergeant Alex MacRae and Flight Lieutenant Kirsty Burnham from 1220 (March) Squadron Air Cadets will form part of a team of cadets and staff from across Bedfordshire and Cambridgeshire preparing for the trip of a lifetime – to Ascension Island.

Guns at Fort Bedford overlooking Georgetown and Clarence Bay

Guns at Fort Bedford overlooking Georgetown and Clarence Bay

Ascension Island is part of the British Overseas Territory of Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha, in the South Atlantic Ocean nearly 4,500 miles from the United Kingdom. The island, with its population of nearly 900 people, was used extensively by the British military during the Falklands War and is still used by the Royal Air Force and United States Air Force today.

It is also home to many different lodger units. For example, a European Space Agency rocket tracking station and the BBC World Service Atlantic Relay Station are both located on the island.

The cadets and staff will fly from RAF Brize Norton in Oxfordshire. Once they arrive, they will undertake a busy programme of activities, including hillwalking, project work with the local school and supporting local wildlife; Ascension Island is one of the most significant green turtle nesting sites in the world. Cadets will also learn more about the role of the Royal Air Force in the South Atlantic.

Cadet Sergeant Alex MacRae said “I am really looking forward to going to Ascension Island. It is a unique opportunity which is only possible through the Air Cadet Organisation.”

Once Bedfordshire and Cambridgeshire Wing have departed, the five other Wings from Central and East Region will each have a week on Ascension Island.