Warrant Officer (AAFC) Mark Merrell
Warrant Officer (AAFC) Mark Merrell joined 20 Flight Albion Queensland Air Training Corps as a cadet in 1973, reaching the rank of Cadet Corporal at the time of becoming an Instructor in 1977. He remained at 20 Flight for two years before leaving due to work commitments.
In May 1985, Warrant Officer (AAFC) Merrell re-joined the Air Training Corps as an Aircraftman (AIRTC) at 4 Flight Kenmore. In October 1989, 4 Flight Kenmore amalgamated with 18 Flight Corinda and Mark moved to 18 Flight as a Leading Aircraftman (AIRTC). Warrant Officer (AAFC) Merrell remained at 18 Flight (now 218 Squadron) for 20 years holding down many staff appointments and rose through the ranks, eventually be promoted to Warrant Officer (AAFC) in October 2001.
After being appointed Wing Warrant Officer 2 Wing AAFC in July 2009, Warrant Officer (AAFC) Merrell remained at 218 Squadron for the remainder of 2009 before leaving to take up his primary appointment as Wing Warrant Officer. In this role, Mark was also Flight Commander 233 (Ceremonial) Flight, which is comprised of the 2 Wing Band and the 2 Wing Ceremonial Drill Team. During his tenure as Wing Warrant Officer, Mark successfully organized ceremonial activities for 2 Wing including Promotion Course Graduation Parades and attendance at the RAAF Birthday Parade and Reserve Forces Day parades. The 2 Wing Ceremonial Drill Team also achieved success with providing Catafalque Parties for remembrance services and in conjunction with other 2 Wing cadets, it took out first place in the inaugural AAFC Australian Premier League National Drill Competition in 2010. In 2011, to celebrate 2 Wing’s 70th Anniversary, Warrant Officer (AAFC) Merrell was instrumental in the presentation of a new 2 Wing AAFC Banner in July and the 2 Wing 70th Anniversary Ball in September.
On 1st January 2012, Warrant Officer (AAFC) Merrell achieved the highlight of his AIRTC/AAFC career to date by being appointed Warrant Officer of the Australian Air Force Cadets.
Warrant Officer (AAFC) Merrell is married with a young daughter and recently left Suncorp after 32 years’ service. Outside of the AAFC, Mark is a member of a number of veterans organizations including the RAAF Association, RSL, Combat Support Association and the Aircrew Association. Mark is also an Affiliate Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Additionally, Mark is a qualified “D” Grade Official with Little Athletics Queensland and Technical Official with Swimming Australia. Warrant Officer (AAFC) Merrell has held Board positions with the Suncorp Group Employee Council and the Parents & Friends Association of his daughter’s school.