NEW purpose-built facilities for 111 Squadron of the Australian Air Force Cadets were officially opened by Chief of Air Force, Air Chief Marshal Geoff Brown AO, at the Mount Isa Airport on Saturday 25 February.
The youth of the Mount Isa region will now have the opportunity to participate in an adventurous youth organisation, the Australian Air Force Cadets (AAFC). The AAFC provides supervised training in powered flying and gliding, bush survival and field craft skills, basic engineering, organisational behaviour, drill and ceremonial and leadership. Cadets also learn life-skills such as self-discipline, self-respect, self-reliance and teamwork.
All of this training will now be coordinated, and in many cases conducted, from the new purpose-built facility.
“The Australian Air Force Cadets is committed to providing youth in major regional areas with the same opportunities as the cadets in capital cities,” Air Marshal Brown said.
“Opening this new facility would not have been possible without the strong support of the local council, local parents and friends.”
The first public meeting to establish 111 Squadron was held in October 2008. The Squadron began activities in 2010 using two rooms in the old control tower at the Mount Isa Airport.
Air Marshal Brown began his flying career as a cadet, winning a gliding scholarship. In 2011 there were 93 flying scholarships awarded to cadets and cadet staff across Australia.
111 Squadron Mount Isa is the newest Squadron to join No. 1 Wing of the Australian Air Force Cadets. The Wing has been providing training and youth development activities for young people across Regional Queensland from as far south as Mackay and as far north as Mareeba, for more than 60 years.