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July 7, 2011
SIX hundred cadets from NSW and the
ACT heralded a big year for the Aus-
tralian Air Force Cadets (AAFC) at
RAAF Base Richmond on June 12.
The AAFC is joining a year of sig-
nificant ADF anniversaries by cele-
brating its 70th anniversary.
The national 70th anniversary
parade and dinner will be held at
RAAF Base Williams on October
9, but each wing is staging parades,
balls and other events throughout the
remainder of the year.
Number 3 Wing led the activities
when it held its anniversary parade,
competition and ball at Richmond. The
AAFC banners flew proudly on the
parade as the cadets marked the mile-
Commander Air Lift Group
AIRCDRE Gary Martin was the
Director-General Cadets -- Air
Force AIRCDRE Roger Harrison said
that over the past 70 years the AAFC
had given thousands of young people
the skills and experience to enhance
self-esteem and self-discipline.
The AAFC stood up in February
1941 as the Air Training Corps. It
was formed as part of the Air Force
Reserves and the original intent was
to provide general education to males
aged between 16 and 18 who volun-
teered to join it.
Membership was expanded in 1982
when girls were admitted for the first
time, and in today's AAFC they form
25 per cent of the membership.
In 2001, the Air Training Corps
became the Australian Air Force
Cadets, and today it has more than
The Commander of the AAFC,
GPCAPT (AAFC) Ken Given, said he
wanted "to use these celebrations to
focus on our determination to provide
more exciting and challenging aviation
experiences for cadets in the future
because, as CAF has said cadets are
Air Force's future."
For information on future events and
on the cadets in general, visit the AAFC
website at www.aafc.org.au
Marking 70 years
GRAND PARADE: Above, reviewing officer Commander Air
Lift Group AIRCDRE Gary Martin salutes as Australian Air
Force Cadets march past; left; cadets from No. 324 (City of
Randwick) Squadron conduct 'eyes right' as they march past
the crowd at RAAF Base Richmond. Photos: LAC Chris Hall
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