602 SQUADRON ON DISPLAY AT THE MOUNT BARKER SHOW
At the recent Mount Barker Show in the Adelaide Hills, the Australian Air Force Cadets of No 602 Squadron ran an information and recruiting stand.
CAPTION: Leading Cadet Aiden Carling (602 Squadron) was called up for the goat milking competition. Observing in the background, in Flying Dress, is Leading Cadet Ben Carter (LCDT Carter qualified for his Solo Gliding Badge in 2014). Photo contributed by Stephen Kiley, a retired B777 Captain, late of Singapore Airlines.
The squadron was originally founded as ‘No. 2 Flight’ of the South Australia Squadron, Air Training Corps. The modern unit is based at Woodside Army Barracks northeast of Adelaide.
No 602 Squadron aims to equip young people for community life by fostering initiative, leadership, discipline and loyalty in a military environment. The training program also stimulates interest in the RAAF and aviation in general. The squadron parades on Friday nights during school terms.
Pilot Officer (AAFC) Paul Rosenzweig, 6 Wing Public Affairs & Communication Officer, said “Participating in community activities helps Air Force Cadets learn self-discipline and teamwork, and gives them a sense of pride and belonging”.
It also gives them opportunities they might never have considered – one young cadet was asked by the organisers to help out because they could not fill the numbers for the Goat Milking contest.
One observer noted: “He did not walk away, he stood up in front of a welcoming crowd, and did himself and fellow Cadets proud”.
The recruiting effort was supported with a display of an ASK-21 Mi two-seater glider by No 600 (Aviation Training) Squadron from RAAF Edinburgh.
No 602 Squadron followed up the day later in the week with a successful training dining-in night at Salisbury RSL, which was followed by a Cadet Leadership Development Programme conducted at RAAF Edinburgh.
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