The year 2021 marks the 80th anniversary of the Australian Air Force Cadets (AAFC), originally named the Air Training Corps. Our AAFC80 campaign will seek to further:

  1. Enhance our reputation as the leading youth development organisation
  2. Influence our established audiences
  3. Build new relationships and create enduring effects which support the function of the Air Force Cadets.

The AAFC80 campaign tagline emphasises our enduring support to Australian youth development: Inspiring Today, Leading Tomorrow.

Meet the team

Lead Project Officer (LPROJO) WGCDR(AAFC) Paul Hughes
Chief of Staff (COS) WGCDR(AAFC) Merridy Thompson
Business Manager (BM) PLTOFF(AAFC) Martin Mane
Strategic Communications Officer (SCO) FLTLT(AAFC) Fernando Gonzalez
Social Media Coordinator (SMC) FSGT(AAFC) Kate Heussler
Imagery Coordinator (IC) CPL(AAFC) Michael Thomas
Warrant Officer Ceremonial (WOC) SQNLDR(AAFC) Chris Gibson
Logistics Officer (LOGO) & Risk Management Officer (RMO) FLTLT(AAFC) Troy Wren
Operations and Plans (OPSO) FLGOFF(AAFC) Mitch Paterson
Air Show Coordinator (ASC) WGCDR(AAFC) Kylie Walker


Social Media

The AAFC80 campaign will place a significant emphasis on existing Air Force Cadet social media platforms to communicate with audiences.

Our official channels include:

What’s Next: Events + Activities

Our next steps in planning for 2021 will be to:

  • Explore opportunities to connect with our friends in Air Force for their 2021 centenary celebrations (100 years)
  • AAFC Lifting Off Into Space & the Future: Project Jericho stratosphere balloon launch
  • Participation in state and national Air Shows, including: Wings Over Illawarra, Brisbane Air Show, Avalon International Airshow, Temora Air Show, Edinburgh Air Show
  • Queens Birthday Reception
  • Governor-General Reception
  • 2021 Finale: National Parade, Canberra
  • 2021 Finale: VIP Morning/Afternoon Tea, Canberra
  • Plus more events/activities to come (Squadron & Wing-based anniversary celebrations)

PR + Media Enquiries

For all media, public relations and social media enquiries (in the first instance) please contact:

Flight Sergeant (AAFC) Kate Heussler
National Social Media Co-ordinator

Stay Updated

To connect with Squadron/Wing anniversary celebrations, please contact your respective Wing Executive Officer in the first instance.

To connect with our AAFC80 Project Team, please email: