Busy year for Air Force Cadets

Whitsunday Times - - COMMUNITY NEWS -

AIR Force cadets from the lo­cal 110 Squadron cel­e­brated their 2014 train­ing year at a ‘din­ing in night’ hosted by the Reef Gate­way Ho­tel on Satur­day.

The cadets aged be­tween 13 and 20 have par­tic­i­pated in nu­mer­ous ex­cit­ing ac­tiv­i­ties through­out the year in­clud­ing a week-long visit to Royal Aus­tralian Air Force Base Gar­butt in Townsville and an ad­ven­ture chal­lenge week­end at the Kin­chant Out­door Ed­u­ca­tion Cen­tre (KOEC).

The squadron’s com­mand­ing of­fi­cer, Fly­ing Of­fi­cer (AAFC) Adam Bradley, said some of this year’s high­lights in­cluded a half-hour trial in­struc­tional flight in a Cessna air­craft, paid for by the Aus­tralian De­fence Force, and a sea-coast bivouac (bush camp) where all 31 cadets got to fly over a prop­erty at Yeates Creek, cour­tesy of Heli­biz Whit­sun­day. Dur­ing Satur­day’s din­ner and as part of mil­i­tary tra­di­tion, the squadron con­ducted a ‘Kan­ga­roo Court’ where mem­bers could place ‘charges’ against their fel­low cadets for in­ci­dents and funny mo­ments through­out the year. Some of the ‘sen­tences’ given out in­cluded hav­ing to do the Chicken Dance or sing ‘I’m a Lit­tle Teapot’ in front of fel­low cadets and pa- rents at­tend­ing the din­ner.

Fly­ing Of­fi­cer Bradley said it was good for the cadets to have some fun on this for­mal oc­ca­sion and every­body had a laugh.

“Some great sto­ries al­ways come out on events like th­ese, which en­ter­tain the par­ents so they can see what a great time their chil­dren have in the Aus­tralian Air Force Cadets,” he said. Fly­ing Of­fi­cer Bradley said the squadron’s 2015 sched­ule was look­ing very busy, with plans for the cadets to at­tend the Avalon Airshow in Mel­bourne early in the year. Other ac­tiv­i­ties planned in­clude an archery in­tro­duc­tory ac­tiv­ity and a sea­coast sur­vival week dur­ing one of the school hol­i­days.

The squadron is now re- cruit­ing cadets and adult staff un­til the end of 2014. For more in­for­ma­tion visit www.aafc.org.au, e-mail co.110sqn@aafc.org.au, or call 4786 1426.

HIGH­LIGHT: Air Force cadets from the lo­cal 110 Squadron at the 2014 Yeates Creek Bivouac. Pic­tured are: Cody Ro­se­vear, Lin­coln Stevents, James Edgar, Pay­don Col­lett, Clin­ton Se­newski, Lach­lan Male, Tris­tan Toms, Adam Facey, Brad Cre­masco, Dakota Ayles, Jarvis Paech, Cal Tay­lor, Bren­dan Hoff­man, Dy­lan Mor­ris­sey, Brett Sanewski (back) and Ni­co­las Sch­midt, An­thony Hoff­man, Kristy-Lee Toms, Mad­di­gan Dachs, Jay­don De Jong, Adrian Vowles, Kavita Supra­ma­niam, Joshua Bar­rett, Paulette McDer­mott, Thomas Over­ton, Jas­min Price (front).

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