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THE 537 Australian Air Force Cadets (AAFC) and 76
staff members of the North Queensland-based 1WG
(AAFC) were delighted when they were told that the
wing had won the Air Force Trophy for the fourth
CAF AIRMSHL Geoff Brown, a former Air Force
cadet, presented the trophy and the AAFC National
Banner to the wing during a special parade at RAAF
Base Townsville on February 26.
CAF congratulated the cadets for their high stand-
ard of dress and bearing on parade.
"You are a credit to the Australian Air Force
Cadets and to the Air Force uniform you wear with
such pride," he said.
He thanked the parents for their support and said
he was "always impressed with the dedication and
hard work of the cadet staff and the volunteer instruc-
tors, the perseverance of the parents and the achieve-
ments of the cadets".
The trophy is the most prestigious award for the
AAFC. It is awarded annually to the most proficient
It recognises outstanding performance in admin-
istration, communication, training and community
OC WGCDR (AAFC) Danny Pieri said he was
delighted when he was told they had won the trophy.
"This award is shared by all, with each and every
staff member and cadet playing a direct role in the
success of the wing," WGCDR (AAFC) Pieri said.
"It's not often we receive recognition for the com-
mitment our staff and cadets show routinely, and I
trust each of them will find some time to celebrate
this outstanding achievement in their own way."
He said last year was a tough year by anyone's
standards, made more difficult by Cyclone Yasi and
"The wing covers an area from Mackay to
Mareeba and out to Mount Isa," WGCDR (AAFC)
"There wasn't a single squadron anywhere that
was not affected by Yasi, floods, or both.
"Considering this adversity, the staff and cadets
not only maintained their community support and
engagements but delivered one of the most exciting
and activity-packed training programs for years.
"I draw great inspiration and pride in the work our
staff and cadets do and feel both humbled and privi-
leged to work alongside some of the most dedicated
and highly professional people you could ever want to
meet in life."
Air Force events
April 12: Richmond
April 15: Wings, Wheels and Wine,
April 25: Various Anzac Day march-
es and services.
April 21-27: WA
May 19-20: RAAF Base Pearce air
April 19: 2FTS graduation parade,
RAAF Base Pearce.
April 19: Re-interment ceremony
for SGT William (Bill) James Smith,
Commonwealth War Cemetery,
April 20: Tri-service "At Home"
concert, the Defence Force School
of Music, Simpson Barracks.
April 25: Anzac Day activities in
April 25: Anzac Day commemora-
tive services in Belgium.
April 15: Maltese
Australian Association, Melbourne
April 19: Legacy Anzac Day flypast,
April 25: Anzac Day, Melbourne
A REUNION for past
members of the
No. 2 Stores Depot
at Regents Park,
2SDGEMS at Villawood
and 2SDD Detachment
at Dubbo will be held
on November 10 at the
Rosnay Golf Club in
Auburn, Sydney. It has
been 17 years since
the closure of these
units and all former
members or those
involved with the units
are invited to attend.
For more information,
Faragher on (02) 4034
6810 or 04235 85051
or email samantha.far-
CAF presents the
Air Force Trophy
to 1WG OC
Danny Pieri on the
parade ground at
WALKING TALL: 1WG
cadets on parade at
RAAF Base Townsville.
Photos courtesy Northern
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