Coffs air force cadets graduate
THE director general of Defence Force Recruiting, Air Commodore Henrik Ehlers, will this weekend salute the Coffs Coast’s graduating class of Australian Air Force cadets.
The Coffs Harbour 331 squadron cadets will take part in a final parade at their headquarters in Aviation Drive on Saturday from 9am.
The ceremony and end-of-year parade will be followed by a dinner at the Sawtell RSL Club, marking the squadron’s 30th anniversary.
Commanding officer Deborah Hoiles said the squadron currently had 40 cadets, aged between 13 and 19.
“The squadron has a proud history of supporting community activities throughout the Coffs Coast and in particular, RSL sub branches in Coffs Harbour, Sawtell and Taylor’s Arm, honouring events of significance to our ex and serving servicemen and women,” Ms Hoiles said.
“The squadron is a youth training and development organisation that relies primarily on fundraising activities to provide cadets with opportunities and challenging experiences.
“Practical powered flying and gliding activities complement the aviation theory learned at home training, firearms training provides cadets with discipline, responsibility and opportunities for cadets to increase their accuracy and marksmanship, and practical bivouac activities in the bush provide field craft, survival and leadership opportunities.
“The fundamental aim of 331SQN is to foster qualities that will enable cadets to become responsible young adults and who will make a valuable contribution to the community.”