For Australia Day this year, the Air Force Cadets from No 622 Squadron, AAFC, in South Australia again joined with local Army cadets to support the Australia Day Ceremony run by the Rural City of Murray Bridge at Sturt Reserve.
MAIN CAPTION: 2018 Young Citizen of the Year nominees for the Rural City of Murray Bridge, Cadet Corporal Tegan Thomas, former Cadet Under Officer Samuel Mach and Leading Cadet Jacob Lavery. Not present: Cadet Warrant Officer Walter Harris.
Of particular note, former Cadet Under Officer Samuel Mach was a nominee for the 2018 Murray Bridge Young Citizen of the Year Awards.
So too were serving cadets Cadet Warrant Officer Walter Harris, Cadet Corporal Tegan Thomas and Leading Cadet Jacob Lavery. It’s worthy recognition of their contribution to the community just to be nominated.
The Commanding Officer of No 622 Squadron, Squadron Leader (AAFC) Lawrence Ng, said, “They are the best team around – great leaders today, and even better tomorrow”.
Lawrence was himself an award recipient last year, awarded the Premier’s Certificate for Outstanding Volunteer Service. This award was made in acknowledgment of the many years’ service he has given to the local community and in particular the AAFC in the Adelaide Hills area.
Meanwhile over at nearby Mannum, Cadet Sergeant James Marchant from 622 Squadron was awarded the Lions Club Australia Day Youth Achievement Award. Congratulations James!
This award caps off a very successful 12 months. Last year, CSGT Marchant led the 622 Squadron team in the 2017 Catalina Cup Competition. The team won the .22 Long Rifle Team Shooting Competition, and CSGT Marchant himself was the 6 Wing .22 Champion Shot for 2017. And at the National Rifle Competition last year at the Melbourne International Shooting Complex, the 622 Squadron placed third overall, with CSGT Marchant placing second individually.
Former Commanding Officer of 622 Squadron (2016-17), Flying Officer (AAFC) Paul Lemar said, “I’m so proud of the service ethos all of our cadets in Murray Bridge show all the time”.
“We congratulate these nominees and all award winners,” Flying Officer (AAFC) Paul Rosenzweig, 6 Wing Public Affairs & Communication Officer said.
“These cadets demonstrate the community spirit which contributes to our national identity.”
Flying Officer (AAFC) Lemar is now Commanding Officer of 602 Squadron in the Adelaide Hills. He said they were now looking for new members to join the squadron.
“It’s going to be an exciting year, with a lot of cooperative activities planned for 602 and 622 Squadrons.”
Potential future cadets aged from 12 years and 9 months, and under 16, who wish to join the AAFC – and adults interested in joining as staff – should email: