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A WORKING group of former Air
Force cadets who all went on to
enjoy successful careers in the Air
Force is developing a proposal to
form an alumni or ex-cadet associa-
tion to "put back" into the organisa-
tion which gave them their start.
Retired AVM Dave Dunlop, Chair
of the Australian Air Force Cadets
National Council, said an alumni or
association would have a number of
"Apart from facilitating contact
among former cadets and staff it
would provide them with a very worth-
while opportunity to contribute to an
organisation they value," he said.
An enthusiastic supporter of
the idea is a former member of,
what was then, 210 Flight in
Toowoomba, CAF AIRMSHL Geoff
AIRMSHL Brown, who was a
cadet from 1972-75, grew his love
of flying with a gliding scholarship,
amassing more than 1000 hours of
mainly competition gliding, before
entering the Air Force after gaining
an engineering degree.
"We had a lot of WWII veterans
as instructors in those days, and
while they've moved on we have
some pretty professional people,
great volunteers who love working
with cadets, giving up a lot of their
own time to nurture some outstand-
ing young people and fitting them
for life in the community," AIRMSHL
"A very significant number
of cadets go on to careers in the
ADF, not just Air Force but in all
services, and one of things I'd like
to do as CAF is bring them a little
AIRMSHL Brown, a founda-
tion member of the AAFC Alumni
Association, encouraged people to
contribute to the future of the cadets.
The alumni association proposal
came about as an initiative to help
commemorate the 70th anniversary
of the AAFC, and its predecessor
ATC and AIRTC.
AVM Dunlop said a group of for-
mer PAF and ex-cadets had scoped
the idea, and realised that they owed
it to themselves to help and encour-
age today's cadets where they could.
"We all looked back on our time
as cadets and realised what it had
done for us to help us on the path
to our careers, and that it was time
constructively 'put back," he said.
He said the alumni initiative was
not just for former cadets but also
the instructors who gave so much of
"The alumni association is not
there to take over the running of the
AAFC, but to assist it where possible,
with funding for special projects,
mentoring and other support where
"It will also facilitate contact
among former cadets and staff, and
keep them abreast of current devel-
opments in the organisation they
were a large part of.
"So I would extend an invitation
to those who remember their time as
cadets, or instructors, with fondness
to visit the alumni website and see if
membership is something they'd be
interested in," AVM Dunlop said.
The website is www.aafc.org.au/
alumni, or for more information, email
THE Australian Air Force Cadets
(AAFC) marked its 70th anniversary
with a special ceremonial parade at
RAAF Base Williams Laverton on
The parade, which was reviewed
by CAF AIRMSHL Geoff Brown, a
former cadet, was attended by cadets
from wings and squadrons across
Two other former cadets, VCDF
AIRMSHL Mark Binskin and retired
AIRMSHL David Evans, also attend-
ed. AIRMSHL Brown said he was
honoured to share an important parade
with a group of high-achieving and
very proud young Australians.
"I remember the teamwork and
training of my days in the Air Training
Corps. I did not envisage that one day I
would review a parade of AAFC cadets
in celebration of 70 years as an organi-
sation." AIRMSHL Brown said.
He thanked the officers and
instructors who volunteered their time
to ensure the cadets had a fulfilling
experience, and the families of the
staff and the cadets for their support.
He then told the cadets that they
had all joined the AAFC for different
"Your time in the cadets will give
you the foundations to succeed and be
a good Australian citizen," he said.
"The foundations are ambition,
discipline, determination and experi-
ence. The AAFC provides you experi-
ence in the importance of integrity,
teamwork, leadership and treating
"While we reflect on 70 years with
pride, we look forward to an exciting
future. I encourage all staff and cadets
to enjoy their time in the AAFC and
build on 70 years of success, and
work to continue the great experienc-
es that will develop Australia's leaders
of the future."
A week earlier, on October 2, 6WG
(AAFC) held a parade on the Torrens
parade ground followed by a march
through the streets of Adelaide in cel-
ebration of the same anniversary.
Director General Air Force Cadets
AIRCDRE Dennis Green reviewed the
parade during which he presented retir-
ing OC 6WG WGCDR (AAFC) Barry
Wright with the wing's old banner. The
banner had been paraded previously.
Incoming OC WGCDR (AAFC)
Peter Gill then handed over the new
banner to the colour party and it was
paraded in turn.
The Australian Army Band
Adelaide led the cadets on the march.
AUSTRALIAN Air Force Cadets
took their 70th anniversary to new
heights when they conducted their
annual national flying competition
in powered aircraft and gliders
at RAAF Base Williams.
The event comprised a training
camp for 100 cadets drawn from all
wings around Australia, a dinner
and a parade.
Their premier aviation event
was held from October 7 to 9.
The competition included flying
skills, advanced aircraft handling,
circuit operations and landing, and
WGCDR (AAFC) Mark
Dorward, from 2WG (AAFC),
said many of the young pilots were
ineligible to drive a car but had
attained first solo status as pilots.
"The competition provides an
opportunity for these highly moti-
vated young people to showcase
their skills and share a united pas-
Salute to 70 years
Alumni plan hopes to connect former and present cadets
sion for aviation with their peers
from all over Australia," WGCDR
"This is the pinnacle of the
aviation training program in the
"The competition will challenge
the flying and airmanship skills of
the cadets, with each cadet special-
ly selected to represent their wing.
"These are the best and brightest
of our next generation of aviators."
Each of them competed in
their chosen discipline and were
assessed by qualified flying
instructors. They competed for the
Dux of Gliding, Dux of Powered
Flying, the Rawdon Middleton VC
Trophy for the cadet with the high-
est motivation and drive to succeed,
and the Qantas Cup awarded to the
best AAFC Wing.
The competition had a special
guest on October 8.
He was former member of
22SQN Air Training Corps and
Air Force pilot Dennis Blandy who
trained under the Empire Training
Scheme before WWII before being
posted to an operational training
unit in Egypt, flying reconnais-
sance Baltimore aircraft over the
He is still a qualified pilot.
Flying competition takes off for 100
READY TO FLY:
of Perth, and
Photo: WOFF Don
OUR BRIGHT FUTURE: CAF AIRMSHL Geoff Brown salutes members of the AAFC as they march past at Laverton. Inset, 6WG cadets perform a
General Salute before marching on the old 6WG banner at Torrens parade ground in Adelaide.
Photos: WOFF Don Kenny, LACW Nicci Freeman
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