Air Force cadets are flying high
AIR Force cadets from 110 Squadron Whitsundays have kicked goals in the past three months that the squadron has been striving to achieve for years.
Proserpine Cadet Corporal Joshua Barrett has now completed five hours of training to achieve a solo standard in gliding, thanks to securing an Air Force flying scholarship valued at $1800 in 2013. Joshua’s was one of only 10 scholarships awarded this financial year.
Last weekend, the squadron sent four cadets to a selection weekend to secure positions on the 1 Wing North Queensland team for the next National Fieldcraft competition. The competition, held annually at Pukapunyal, assesses the teams’ fieldcraft, navigation and survival skills. There are only six positions per team and Leading Cadet Jarvis Paech from the Whitsundays was selected to represent the wing.
110 Squadron Commanding Officer, Flying Officer AAFC Adam Bradley said competition for the positions was fierce, “but Leading Cadet Paech's enthusiasm, morale, team spirit and effort got him on the team to represent both our local squadron and our Wing".
“Leading Cadet Paech has only been with our youth development organisation since mid 2013 but he has dedicated his time and effort to building his leadership and teamwork skills and has become a hard working and outstanding leader within his training stage [and] within our squadron," he said.
This weekend, the squadron’s second year cadets are travelling to Ayr to participate in a weapons safety course as part of their firearms training elective subject.
In May, the Air Force cadets will join Navy cadets from NTS Whitsunday on an adventure challenge weekend at the Kinchant Dam Outdoor Education Centre. This activity has been funded by the Australian Defence Force through the Cadet Initiated Activity funds, which squadrons must bid for each financial year.
110 Squadron is still open for recruiting until the end of April. For more information on joining the youth development organisation visit www.aafc.org.au, email email@example.com or call the squadron on 4786 1426.