Air Force cadets are fly­ing high

Whitsunday Times - - COMMUNITY NEWS -

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 co.110sqn@aafc.org.au or call the squadron on 4786 1426.

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