Talking from the Heart
Visitors to this year’s Royal Adelaide Show really couldn’t miss the distinctive AAFC marquees in the Jubilee Pavilion at Adelaide Showground – with their fieldcraft uniforms and webbing to try on, flight simulator, and an ejector seat to sit in.
CAPTION: LCDT Austin Arnold (604 Squadron), CDT Kuvam Lockyer-Sharrock and CCPL Dale Bishop (613 Squadron), and LCDT Fabian D’Mello (609 Squadron, and 606 Flight – the 6 Wing Band) prepare to engage with the public at the Royal Adelaide Show. Photo by Flying Officer (AAFC) Paul Rosenzweig.
A total of 44 cadets and 23 staff volunteered their time to support the Air Force Cadets’ information stand throughout the 10 days of the 2018 Royal Adelaide Show, plus a day of set-up and a day of retrieval.
They filled a total of 200 roster shifts, promoting youth development through volunteer service in the AAFC.
Flying Officer (AAFC) Paul Rosenzweig, 6 Wing Public Affairs & Communication Officer, said, “The highlight of the stand was seeing our young adults talking from the heart about their personal life-changing experiences”.
Almost all of the cadets on duty had flown a light aircraft (under supervision) at least once – some had become solo glider pilots at the age of 15, or light aircraft pilots at the age of 16.
At the stand, many leading cadets and cadet corporals were given leadership roles and management responsibilities (under supervision), in line with the AAFC’s Youth Development Philosophy. They had the opportunity to be both ambassadors for the AAFC, and teachers to the more junior cadets attending such an activity for the first time.
Those who expressed interest in joining will now be invited by individual squadrons to attend information nights where they can learn more, and apply if they wish.
No 6 Wing, Australian Air Force Cadets looks forward to assisting in the development of this next generation of cadets.
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