Air Force Cadets – “Time spent in reconnaissance is never wasted”

Recently two Air Force Cadets from No 6 (City of Adelaide) Wing were interviewed by Fiona White on “Service Voices” regarding their service to the community and career aspirations.

CAPTION: CCPL Alex Barrott-Walsh, CFSGT Eric Symons and Fiona White in the Radio Adelaide studio. Image by PLTOFF (AAFC) Paul Rosenzweig

This was just the second time Cadets had been interviewed for the program.

CCPL Alex Barrott-Walsh (centre) on duty at a recent Defence Careers Expo. Image by PLTOFF (AAFC) Paul Rosenzweig
CCPL Alex Barrott-Walsh (centre) on duty at a recent Defence Careers Expo. Image by PLTOFF (AAFC) Paul Rosenzweig

Alex Barrott-Walsh from No 619 (City of Onkaparinga) Squadron, currently aged 18, is looking to a career in the RAAF.

Alex enlisted in the Air Force Cadets in November 2011 and, during his 6 years of service so far, has completed the Proficiency Stage of the AAFC home training curriculum, and has qualified for the Single Gold Rifle Badge through completion of the .22 Firearms Training Elective. In addition he has completed a residential promotion course and gained promotion to Cadet Corporal (CCPL), and is a Silver Award participant in the Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award.

CFSGT Eric Symons on duty last year (centre, as a Cadet Sergeant) at the Air Force Memorials and Bomber Command Commemorative Service in Adelaide. Image by CPL (AAFC) Kim Edgar
CFSGT Eric Symons on duty last year (centre, as a Cadet Sergeant) at the Air Force Memorials and Bomber Command Commemorative Service in Adelaide. Image by CPL (AAFC) Kim Edgar

Eric Symons from No 601 Squadron (Keswick Barracks), currently aged 17, is considering a career in the RAN.

Eric joined the Air Force Cadets in August 2013 and through completion of residential promotion courses has risen to now hold the rank of Cadet Flight Sergeant (CFSGT). He too has completed Proficiency Stage and is firearms qualified, and in addition has gained the prestigious ADF Cadets Adventure Training Award. In addition, he is a Gold Award participant in the Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award.

“Service Voices” (formerly “Legacy Radio”) presents news, views, perspectives and memories from the veterans, service, volunteer and defence communities. The program’s aim is to embrace oral history and contemporary perspectives.

In their interviews, these young men described how their service in the Air Force Cadets was helping them prepare for a career in the Australian Defence Force.

Pilot Officer (AAFC) Paul Rosenzweig, 6 Wing Public Affairs & Communication Officer, said “One of the many benefits of service in the Australian Defence Force Cadets is the opportunity for cadets to get a feel for what the military lifestyle is like, as a sample before they consider entry into the ADF”.

As Cadet Flight Sergeant Symons said in his interview: “There’s an old Army saying – Time spent in reconnaissance is never wasted”.

“Service Voices” is broadcast on Radio Adelaide 101.5 FM in and around the Adelaide metropolitan area, on digital radio and online, and these archived stories are also available online.

Alex and Eric’s interview can be found here.

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One thought on “Air Force Cadets – “Time spent in reconnaissance is never wasted”

  • 11/08/2017 at 4:07 pm
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    The Australian Air Force Cadets (AAFC) is a youth oriented organisation which operates in a military and aviation environment. For recruitment enquiries in South Australia and Mildura (cadet, staff or aviation instructor) pls contact:
    paco.6wg (at) aafc.org.au

    For more information on the AAFC in SA: http://6wg.aafc.org.au/squadrons

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