This year AAFC cadets participated in 283 Anzac Day marches, dawn services, church services and catafalque parties nationwide. Of that total, 2WG cadets were involved in 70 ceremonies. Cadets took a lead role either marching, carrying unit banners and flags or manning cenotaphs with ceremonial catafalque parties.
On the eve of 100 year celebrations for Anzac Day the AAFC is at the forefront of taking forward the ideals, spirit and memory of the ANZAC, working ‘hand in hand’ with local RSL clubs. The commitment and dedication of the AAFC towards ANZAC Day is a true sign of their pride and respect for the ANZACs, cadets are always inspired by the unrelenting fortitude and courage that the diggers displayed.
Locally at the Currumbin RSL Dawn Service at Elephant Rock, 50 AAFC Cadets from 213 SQN marched and mounted a silent catafalque party as well as performing flag bearer and escort duties. Close to 20000 people attended the Dawn Service which was televised ‘live’ nationwide on Channel 7.
FSGT(AAFC) Darren Grant and CWOFF Alycia Kawitzki escorted a number of VIPs and veterans, including the parents and brother of CPL. Cameron Baird VC (awarded posthumously) who was killed in action in Afghanistan last year. His parents Doug and Kaye Baird laid a wreath for the ‘Bravest of the Brave’. They also escorted local state and federal members of parliament and Gold Coast Mayor Tom Tate to the cenotaph to lay wreaths. Images were shown on Channel 7, 9 and 10 National and local news.
Two current serving RAAF members who are currently based at RAAF Amberley participated on stage during the Dawn Service representing those who served in Afghanistan and were interviewed on Channel 9 National News. Both were founding members at 213 SQN AAFC in 1996.
FLTLT Alice Torr – C17 Globemaster Pilot with 36SQN. The former CUO learnt to fly with the Air Training Corps flying school (now 2WG School of AVN)
FLTLT Ken Edwards – AFENG with Combat Support Co-ordination Centre (CSCC). Been on deployment to Tarankot, Afghanistan and Al Minhad Air Base, UAE. FLTLT Edwards was Number 1 Flight Commander for the Royal Guard for the Parade held at RAAF Amberley for Prince William and Kate. Former 213 SQN CWOFF and later a staff member at 232 SQN.
A large number of current RAAF personnel, including the Chief of Air Force, Air Marshal Geoff Brown AO and the incoming Chief of the Defence Force, Air Marshal Mark Binskin AC, had their interest ignited in a career in the RAAF as a result of being cadets in their teen years.