Australian Air Force Cadet, James Leipold, of Karkula will soon be jetting to the United States of America, as part of the International Air Cadet Exchange (IACE) program which sponsors international air cadet exchange visits between 18 countries.
“I’m both nervous and excited at receiving such a unique opportunity,” said James (17), who is a Cadet Flight Sergeant with Kalgoorlie-Boulder’s Air Force Cadets Squadron.
“I’ll be away for more than two weeks, with most of my time spent in Washington DC as a member of the Australian contingent.”
In Washington, James expects to visit the Lincoln and Jefferson monuments, and memorials to the First and Second World Wars, Korea and Vietnam conflicts, as well as pay his respects at the Tomb of the Unknowns at Arlington Cemetery.
“From an Australian Air Force Cadets perspective, I’m certainly looking forward to touching a moon rock and examining the world’s largest collection of air and space craft in the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum,” said James.
As well as seeing the White House and the Capitol, he may also visit the Pentagon.
After seeing these iconic monuments and buildings so many times in movies and on television, James said it would be thrilling to finally view them firsthand.
“I’m very grateful to the Australian Air Force Cadets and IACE for giving me this ultra-special opportunity to be an ambassador for my country, and to further my knowledge of aviation and the military.”
The Air Force Cadets is Australia’s leading youth organisation, and the Kalgoorlie-Boulder Squadron meets from 6pm each Monday at the Cruickshank Sports Arena.
Young people, aged 13-18 of both sexes, with an interest in aviation, are welcome to participate in hands-on flying, shooting, bushcraft, aviation, avionics, and ceremonial activities.
For more information, visit aafc.org.au, or call Leading Aircraftman (AAFC) Brenton Smith at the Squadron on 0437 515 759.