Calling recruits for air force cadets

TAMWORTH’S 310 Australian Air Force Cadet squadron is on the hunt and they want you.

The squadron is looking for staff members and cadets to join them on their adventures.

Commanding officer Pilot Officer (AAFC) David Koppers said cadets joined the AAFC for many reasons, not just because they wanted a military career.

“It’s for kids who have an interest in aviation, fieldcraft or just want to do something different,” he said.

The 310 Squadron held its first information session last Tuesday and has another one coming up today, from 7pm at their Rentell St headquarters at Tamworth Regional Airport.

People interested in joining can chat with other cadets and ask questions about the organisation.

“It will be a completely open and frank discussion so they know potentially what they’re getting themselves into,” Pilot Officer Koppers said.

“We want to give them as much information as we possibly can. It’s not going to be for everybody, but a lot of people enjoy it.” 

Pilot Officer Koppers said parents and prospective staff, and prospective cadets were all welcome to the information evenings.

“We’ll show them through the facility, do a presentation on the organisation and it will all be cadet-focused,” he said.

“We’ll then have half an hour where we’ll field questions from parents and cadets.” 

The 310 Squadron is part of 3 Wing, which covers much of NSW and the ACT, and which has just won The Air Force Trophy for the most proficient wing.

Chief of Air Force, air marshal Geoff Brown, presented the Air Force Trophy to Wing Commander (AAFC) Wayne Laycock, officer commanding 3 Wing at RAAF Richmond.

Two leading cadets and a cadet sergeant from Tamworth attended the parade following a leadership course.

The Air Force flew the cadets from Williamtown in Newcastle to RAAF Richmond in a C-17 Hercules.

Pilot Officer Koppers said anyone who wanted to share in these experiences should attend the information sessions.

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