Australian Air Force Cadet Officers and Cadets from Number 601 Squadron tonight paraded at Keswick Barracks for Parliamentary Secretary for Defence, Senator David Feeney.
Senator Feeney took the opportunity to thank the Cadet staff and volunteer instructors for their tireless work providing a first-class youth development organisation which is open to all young Australians.
“The Australian Air Force Cadets helps prepare young Australians for the future,” Senator Feeney said.
“I would like to thank all the volunteers, friends and family who have consistently and tirelessly stood behind the cadet organisation and cadets themselves. Without the support of the community, Australian Air Force Cadets would not be the excellent youth organisation that it is today.”
The Australian Air Force Cadets is a community-based youth development organisation that seeks to stimulate young Australians’ interest in both the Air Force and aviation in general, while providing them with the opportunity to develop their personal and team qualities within an aviation environment.
Number 601 Squadron currently has 85 cadets, having doubled in size since the beginning of 2011.
Last year, the unit participated in two field exercises and a leadership development exercise.
On 20 April, the unit will be providing a catafalque party at the RAAF Association Memorial Anzac service. The cadets will also be supported by the City of Adelaide Youth overnight vigil on 24 April at the Cenotaph. This will be followed by the Anzac Day march in the city.
“The Government is planning for an enhanced future for Cadets. This Government understands the importance of the organisation in the Australian psyche and we will continue to plan for a great generation of future leaders,” Senator Feeney said.
“It is a youth development program that provides young Australians with a unique military experience and embodies strong values, such as honour, honesty, integrity, courage, loyalty, teamwork and citizenship.”
Further information on the Australian Air Force Cadets can be found via their website: http://www.cadetnet.gov.au
Imagery will be made available Monday morning at: http://images.defence.gov.au/12133389
Senator Feeney’s office: Jeffrey von Drehnen 0477 348 476
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