Lockyer Valley cadets’ soaring fun
THE sky is the limit for a bunch of enthusiastic Lockyer Valley youth.
From air traffic control and firearm training to engineering and aviation, the 205 Squadron of Australian Air Force Cadets (AAFC) learn it all.
After a well-deserved break, the air force cadets will return to their home at the Army Reserve Centre on the University of Queensland, Gatton Campus, for parade this Friday.
Currently supporting about 20 cadets, commanding officer of 205 SQN Pilot Officer (AAFC) Michael West-McInnes said they were looking to recruit more like-minded individuals.
"I'd like to see our numbers grow up to 40," PLTOFF (AAFC) West-McInnes said.
He said although a strong focus of the group was aviation-based, there was still plenty more on offer.
"It's not just for people interested in aviation," he said.
"We do offer activities in aviation including planes and helicopters but also a lot of field-based activities like firearm training, international travel, engineering and air traffic control.
"Its broad and the cadets get to see lots of things that everyday people wouldn't get to see in their lifetime"
Although aiding youth aged 13 to 18 to spread their wings in life, PLTOFF (AAFC) West-McInnes said the group was also looking for more staff.
"We are looking for adults as well with backgrounds in education, military or aviation sectors to take on leadership and management roles with the air force cadets," he said.
PLTOFF (AAFC) West-McInnes said along with week-long holiday camps hosted at the RAAF base at Amberley, the cadets have participated in a range of activities in the past including C17 and C130 Flights, Civilian Aviation Visits to Wellcamp Airport, swim tests, fieldcraft and firearms training and international travel.
"We offer so much its impossible to list everything we do," he said.
"We also help a lot of local community organisations like RSLs and nursing homes in which we visit former personnel and the cadets love doing that and hearing all the stories of what it was like in the past."
This year will mark the Australian Air Force Cadets 75th Anniversary with 205 SQN planning on commemorating the event with a Freedom of Entry March in Gatton in August.