Sky’s the limit for air force cadets

Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS - LY­DIA KELLNER

I MMI G R A T I O N Mi n i s t e r Peter Dut­ton has warned any other in­ter­na­tional fugi­tives hid­ing out in Far North Queens­land, “you will be caught”.

His com­ments fol­low the dis­cov­ery of US man Ken­neth Rod­man ( right), 60, who is to be de­ported af­ter po­lice found him in Cairns on Satur­day.

It is un­der­stood Rod­man’s ex- wife and daugh­ter were only made aware of the dis­cov­ery af­ter five years of be­liev­ing he was pos­si­bly dead.

He is the sec­ond US na­tional re­vealed to have been hid­ing out in the re­gion in re­cent days, af­ter Dain­tree tour op­er­a­tor Dennis “Lee” Laf­ferty, who died in a car crash on May 27, was un­veiled as drug smug­gler Ray­mond Grady Stansel Jr, who al­legedly faked his death in the Caribbean 40 years ago be­fore flee­ing Down Un­der.

Mr Dut­ton said Rod­man’s cap­ture showed “crime does not pay”.

“You will be caught, and ( you) will face the full force of the law, ei­ther here or in ( your) coun­try of ori­gin. He said the North ap­peared an at­trac­tive place for fugi­tives to lie low. THE next gen­er­a­tion of Aus­tralian air force cadets have ar­rived in Townsville for their first taste of life in the de­fence forces.

More than 200 cadets, aged 13 to 15, are this week par­tic­i­pat­ing in Ju­nior Gen­eral Ser­vice Train­ing, a camp for newly re­cruited cadets to gain an ap­pre­ci­a­tion for the Aus­tralian De­fence Force and to be in­tro­duced to the Aus­tralian Air Force Cadets.

For the first time, the an­nual event in­cludes youth from Weipa and Mount Isa, with the cadet pro­gram re­cently in­tro­duced to those re­gions.

De­tach­ment Com­man­der, Fly­ing Of­fi­cer Dave Pringle, said this year’s in­take had been the largest in the history of the air force cadets.

“Dur­ing the camp, cadets will come to­gether as a team, form­ing new friend­ships and bonds as they learn,” he said. “The cadets will learn how to wear their uni­forms cor­rectly, how to march in for­ma­tion as well as tak­ing part in an ar­ray of in­struc­tional lessons.”

Mr Pringle said cadets would spend a large part of their week con­duct­ing ac­tiv­i­ties at RAAF Base Townsville, in­clud­ing a half- hour pow­ered flight in a C172, tours of RAAF KA350 King Air air­craft, firearms ex­pe­ri­ence and a visit to the RAAF mil­i­tary work­ing dog sec­tion.

Pic­ture: ZAK SIM­MONDS

HIGH AM­BI­TION: RAAF Mount Isa cadets Ryan Hardie, 15, and By­ron Slo­man, 13, are in train­ing.

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