Cadets en­joy a fly­ing start

Townsville Bulletin - - LIFESTYLE -

y at the reat opa ca­reer oud, but s NAIop­pord where trait Isis a de- ple, our in par- di­tional ek celeet up a t Is­land YOUTH liv­ing in the re­mote re­gion of Weipa, Far North Queens­land, are now able to gain a greater un­der­stand­ing of de­fence life fol­low­ing the es­tab­lish­ment of its own cadet unit.

Cadets from 112 Squadron, set up in Jan­uary, for­mally pa­raded at the 51st Bat­tal­ion, Far North Queens­land Reg­i­ment, Weipa De­pot, for the first time on April 27.

Con­sist­ing of 32 cadets and five staff, mem­bers are in Townsville where they are tak­ing part in the ju­nior gen­eral ser­vice train­ing.

The 112 Squadron was es­tab­lished af­ter strong com­mu­nity in­ter­est.

It con­sists mainly of school­child­ren from Western Cape Col­lege, with sev­eral of the squadron’s in­struc­tors work­ing as teach­ers there.

Like many cadet squadrons, the Weipa group has a di­verse eth­nic mix of mem­bers.

Weipa, how­ever, is unique in that 50 per cent of cadets are of in­dige­nous her­itage.

The Com­mand­ing Of­fi­cer, Pi­lot Of­fi­cer Jason Pot­ter, is a Weipa para­medic who has vol­un­teered a large part of his time to see the squadron suc­ceed and con­tinue as a per­ma­nent youth group within the com­mu­nity.

PLANE PROUD: Weipa air force cadets Don­ald Tyson, 15, and Char­lotte Mil­lett, 14, in Townsville for train­ing at the RAAF base. Pic­ture: ZAK SIM­MONDS

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