6 Wing honours Vietnam Veterans

A contingent of South Australian Air Force Cadets from No 603 Squadron, AAFC (Berri), last week supported the 2017 Vietnam Veterans Commemoration Service held at Vaughan Terrace in Berri.

CAPTIONBerri Barmera Mayor Peter Hunt, LCDT Ashleigh Minnis, CCPL Owen Parry, VVAA Riverland Branch President Max Binding, LCDT Michael Powell, LCDT Ross Anderson and Tony Pasin MP. Image supplied by 603 Squadron.

This year, the commemorative service formed part of the Vietnam Veterans Associations of Australia National Conference.

The cadets mounted a Catafalque Party for the service led by Cadet Corporal Owen Parry.

Owen Parry joined the AAFC in April 2014. He has completed the Basic Stage of the AAFC home training curriculum, and has qualified for the Single Gold Rifle Badge through completion of a .22 firearms safety-training elective. This year he was made an Acting Cadet Corporal, and is currently serving as the Assistant Training Officer for 603 Squadron.

Commanding Officer of No 603 Squadron, Warrant Officer (AAFC) Jonathan Sutton said, “The cadets did an excellent job and represented our unit well, receiving many comments from ex-Servicemen/women, including Australian Navy personnel who were present, and all the local community representatives”.

The activity was also attended by Federal Member for Barker Tony Pasin and the Berri Barmera Mayor Peter Hunt.

The service was conducted at the Post-World War 2 Veteran’s Memorial on Berri’s Historic Riverfront, facing the River Murray.

This memorial was erected by the Riverland Vietnam Veterans Association with the support of the Riverland Community in honour of locals who served in the various campaigns after World War 2. It was dedicated on 30 October 2009.

No 603 Squadron is based at the Berri Defence Depot in Berri, and services the Riverland Region of South Australia. They conduct training on Friday nights from 6.45 to 10.15 pm during school terms.

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  • 22/08/2017 at 8:57 am
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    The Australian Air Force Cadets (AAFC) is a youth oriented organisation which operates in a military and aviation environment, but Cadets are not members of the Australian Defence Force. For recruitment enquiries in South Australia and Mildura pls contact:
    paco.6wg (at) aafc.org.au

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