Under an ominous Adelaide sky, four Australian Defence Force Cadets supported the Opening Ceremony of the 2017 Pacific School Games.
CAPTION: The tri-Service ADFC party departs the stadium after raising the flags to mark the commencement of the 10th Pacific School Games (front to rear): Leading Cadet Lachlan Jenkins (No 604 Squadron, AAFC), Cadet Under Officer Aaron Louch (43 Army Cadet Unit, Warradale Barracks) and Petty Officer Alex White (TS Noarlunga, ANC). The Flag Party Commander was Cadet Corporal Benjamin Grillett (No 617 Squadron, AAFC). Photo by FLGOFF (AAFC) Paul Rosenzweig, HQ 6WG
The tri-service party raised the flags to mark the official commencement of the 10th Pacific School Games – in front of over 4000 student athletes from nine different countries and every Australian State and territory, and an audience maybe four times that number.
Petty Officer Alex White from TS Noarlunga, Australian Naval Cadets (Australian National Flag); Cadet Under Officer Aaron Louch from 43 Army Cadet Unit at Warradale Barracks (Aboriginal flag); and Leading Cadet Lachlan Jenkins from No 604 Squadron, Australian Air Force Cadets, Hampstead Barracks (Torres Strait Islander flag) comprised the tri-service flag-raising party.
Flag Party Commander was Cadet Corporal Benjamin Grillett from No 617 Squadron, AAFC at Unley High School.
One of the competitors raised the PSG flag.
Pacific School Games is a multi-sport school competition for Australian and international students, operated by School Sport Australia.
PSG provides opportunities for school-aged students to compete in 11 different sports at the highest level – in effect a mini-Olympics for school-aged children from at least 15 countries.
Cadet support was requested by the PSG as a Defence Aid to the Civil Community (DACC) Level 4 task, so these cadets were in fact fulfilling a community support task on behalf of the Australian Defence Force.
6 Wing Public Affairs Officer Flying Officer (AAFC) Paul Rosenzweig said, “This short but significant activity was an excellent example of cooperation between the three cadet services”.