Staff

Flt Lt Barnaby Wiles
Flt Lt Wiles

Flight Lieutenant Barny Wiles has been with the Sqn since 1989 when he joined as a cadet where he reached the rank of Flt Sgt. During his time as a cadet, he represented the Wing and the Region at Athletics competing in the 100m, 200m, and Long Jump. He also gained his Air Cadet Gliding Wings by attending a Gliding Scholarship Course at ACGS Syerston.

Since then, he has served as a CI for around 18 months, 7 years as a WO and was commissioned in 2004. He became CO of the Sqn in 2008. He has a keen interest in Fieldcraft and Weapons where he is a Skill at Arms Instructor and has organised a number of Green Camps on Salisbury Plain throughout his time as a member of staff. He has also recently qualified as a CPSA Safety Officer which allows him to organise Clay Pigeon shoots.

He is a qualified first aider and attends the Royal International Air Tattoo every year as medical support staff to the cadet camp. He also uses his First Aid skills in support of the local St John Ambulance unit where his sons are both members.

Barny works for Fujitsu where he supports MOD computer systems.

Flt Lt Gary Lewry

Flight Lieutenant Gary Lewry joined the ATC as a probationer cadet way back in 1983 with 2397 (Devizes) Squadron. Having taken a little time (3 years) to get to the rank of Cpl he then experienced a fairly meteoric rise through the ranks and left as a CWO at age 22. During his time as a cadet he obtained his Staff Cadet, the Duke of Edinburgh Bronze, Silver and Gold Awards and also took a GCSE in Air Navigation. He was awarded an Air Cadet Pilot Navigation Training Scheme scholarship in 1989 and spent a blissful two weeks navigating a Chipmunk around the Shropshire countryside. He also represented Dorset/Wilts Wing at Football, Rugby and Athletics and gained his range conducting officer qualification whilst still a cadet.

Commissioned in Jan 1993, he moved to 1304 (Chippenham) Squadron where he spent two years forming his view of the Air Cadet world as a member of staff. He was then appointed as the Wing Physical Education Officer and spent numerous hours on a cold touchline getting hoarse and wishing he was back out on the pitch.

In 1997 he moved back to his roots and rejoined 2397 (Devizes) Sqn eventually taking command in 2002. With the Squadron still ensconced in the old Le Marchant Barracks building, Flt Lt Lewry oversaw the move to the new cadet centre where the Squadron is housed today. One of his proudest moments was meeting the then Chief of Defence Staff at the opening of the new HQ in 2003.

Standing down as the Commanding Officer in 2008, he remained on the Squadron as the Squadron Adjutant maintaining an element of sanity to the whole proceeding. Flt Lt Lewry was appointed as the Wing Flying and Gliding Liaison Officer in 2009 as a secondary duty, a post which he held for two years. In this short time he introduced a new method for streamlining the applications for gliding courses and also for keeping records. He was also tasked to act as secretary for the South West Region Gliding meetings.

Currently he remains as the Squadron Adjutant. He is an Expedition Accredited Assessor for the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award and is also responsible for carrying out supported assessments on future assessors. He retains his RCO qualification but now with a Coaching Qualification and a Clay Pigeon Safety Officer Qualification. Out of hours he maintains the statistics for the Wing on behalf of the Wing Sports Officer for cadets who have gained sporting representation and is also a hockey selector for the South West Region.

He was awarded the Cadet Forces Medal in 2000 and has recently passed the next milestone to receive his second clasp in Jan 2013.

His ATC career currently spans 30 years man and boy and he now feels very old! two years forming his view of the Air Cadet world as a member of staff. He was then appointed as the Wing Physical Education Officer and spent numerous hours on a cold touchline getting hoarse and wishing he was back out on the pitch. In 1997 he moved back to his roots and rejoined 2397 (Devizes) Sqn eventually taking command in 2002. With the Squadron still ensconced in the old Le Marchant Barracks building, Flt Lt Lewry oversaw the move to the new cadet centre where the Squadron is housed today. One of his proudest moments was meeting the then Chief of Defence Staff at the opening of the new HQ in 2003. Standing down as the Commanding Officer in 2008, he remained on the Squadron as the Squadron Adjutant maintaining an element of sanity to the whole proceeding. Flt Lt Lewry was appointed as the Wing Flying and Gliding Liaison Officer in 2009 as a secondary duty, a post which he held for two years. In this short time he introduced a new method for streamlining the applications for gliding courses and also for keeping records. He was also tasked to act as secretary for the South West Region Gliding meetings. Currently he remains as the Squadron Adjutant. He is an Expedition Accredited Assessor for the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award and is also responsible for carrying out supported assessments on future assessors. He retains his RCO qualification but now with a Coaching Qualification and a Clay Pigeon Safety Officer Qualification. Out of hours he maintains the statistics for the Wing on behalf of the Wing Sports Officer for cadets who have gained sporting representation and is also a hockey selector for the South West Region. He was awarded the Cadet Forces Medal in 2000 and has recently passed the next milestone to receive his second clasp in Jan 2013. His ATC career currently spans 30 years man and boy and he now feels very old!

Flt Lt Gary Lewry
Fg Off Kevin Dyer
Fg Off Mike Owen
Flying Officer Mike Owen was a Civilian Instructor with the squadron for several years, being the firearms expert and lead instructor for cadet shooting activities and competitions. He has just successfully completed his OIC in January 2014, becoming the newest Officer VR(T) with the squadron. Mike served in the RAF Police for 14 years and then moved to Wiltshire Police and spent 22 years there. He currently working as a ballistics technician and firearms consultant. P1040317
Sgt Carol Blood

Sgt Carol Blood

Carol initially joined the ATC as a Civilian Instructor at 38F (Perth) Sqn in Scotland as a result of her daughters involvement as a cadet. After attending 38F for a year she transferred down to Devizes after moving to Wiltshire.

Carol subsequently decided to go through the process to become a SNCO (ATC) at the end of 2013.

Sgt Jason Cockrem

Jason joined as a Civilian Instructor in April 2013. As an RAF child he has lived on or near RAF bases most of his childhood life and has always felt an affinity with the military. At secondary school he first tried Sea Cadets with TS Manadon (Plymouth) and then moved on to the Army Cadet Force (St Boniface Detachment, Plymouth), enjoying both for the variety of experiences. However instead of joining the RAF after school which had initially been the idea, he joined Nationwide Building Society at their head office in Swindon and has been there ever since, working most recently with the solution development and testing of Nationwide’s ATM (cash machines) service.

Jason has previously considered joining the RAF Reserves several times before, but has never actually done it, so this is perhaps that first step towards it!  Jason decided to join the ATC as a CI after his son joined in 2011 and was successfully appointed an SNCO (ATC) in April 2015.

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CI Crispin Wiles

CI Giz Wiles

‘Giz’ Wiles attends the squadron to help out with fieldcraft training and exercise. Additionally he provides comms training.

He also has links with Wiltshire MVT where the cadets regularly form part of the support team during shows.

He has been with and supported the Squadron, since being a cadet himself as a teenager.

CI Karl Bryant

Karl attends the squadron to help out with aero kit modelling, model glider building and radio controlled flight.

He has been with and supported the Squadron, since being a cadet himself as a teenager.

CI Nicky Blood
Nicky started her ATC career at the age of 13 at 38F (Perth) Sqn in Scotland.  After moving to England with her parents in 2008 she completed her cadet career at 2397 (Devizes), rising to the rank of Cdt FS.  She now attends the squadron to help with sport and Duke of Edinburgh.
Rev Thomas MacMeekin
Padre Tom McMeekin Reverend Tom is the Squadron Chaplain.