The AAFC training year is starting to wrap up, heralding a series of graduation parades for local SQNs throughout the nation.
Last night 40 cadets from 221 SQN, Ashmore, Queensland paraded in front of about 100 parents, family and friends. The parade was hosted by the CO of the SQN, FLTLT(AAFC) Kris Urk. The parade was reviewed by WGCDR(AAFC) Tony Lee, Director of Cadet Support, whose portfolio encompasses group exchange activities, the IACE program, Public Affairs & Communications, Adventure Training, Senior Firearms Officer .22 and Senior Firearms Officer F88.
Originally the SQN was formed in 1971 at Coolangatta, then worked it’s way up the Gold Coast to Miami High, shifted to Emmanuel College, Carrara, then further north again to Aquinas College at Southport, till eventually finding a home at the Army Depot where it shares facilities with the Army Reserve and a local Army Cadet Unit. With the enormous growth in population on the Gold Coast, a detachment of 221 was established in 1996, which 12 months later was raised as a SQN in it’s own right, as 213 SQN at Elanora at the southern end of the Gold Coast.
Also in attendance were representatives from Runaway Bay RSL who are avid supporters of the SQN.