North Queensland-based No 1 Wing, Australian Air Force Cadets (AAFC), has won the most prestigious award for Air Force Cadets in Australia – the Air Force Trophy.
The Chief of Air Force, Air Marshal Geoff Brown AO, a former Air Force Cadet himself, presented the trophy and the AAFC National Banner to No 1 Wing during a special parade held at RAAF Base Townsville on Sunday 26 Feb.
The Air Force Trophy is awarded annually to the most proficient AAFC Wing. It recognises outstanding performance in administration, communication, training and community participation.
Officer Commanding No 1 Wing, Wing Commander (AAFC) Danny Pieri said he was delighted when told No 1 Wing North Queensland had won the trophy. It was the fourth time the Wing had won the trophy.
“This award is shared by all, with each and every staff member and cadet playing a direct role in the success of the wing,” Wing Commander (AAFC) Pieri said. “It’s not often we receive recognition for the commitment our staff and cadets show routinely and I trust each of them will find some time to celebrate this outstanding achievement in their own way.
“Last year was a tough year by anyone’s standards, made more difficult by Cyclone Yasi and the floods,” Wing Commander (AAFC) Pieri said. “1 Wing covers an area from Mackay to Mareeba and out to Mount Isa. There wasn’t a single squadron anywhere that was not affected by Cyclone Yasi, floods, or both.
“Considering this adversity, the staff and cadets not only maintained their community support and engagements but delivered one of the most exciting and activity-packed training programs for years.
“I draw great inspiration and pride in the work our staff and cadets do and feel both humbled and privileged to work alongside some of the most dedicated and highly professional people you could ever want to meet in life.”
Competition is fierce for the trophy. There are eight cadet wings in Australia, with more than 6337 cadets and 946 staff. No 1 Wing punches above its weight, with 537 cadets and 76 staff.
All photos care of ‘Northern Services Courier’.