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30 September, 2022

Cadets celebrate 80 years

TWO local air force cadets will have the honour of representing 1 Wing (North Queensland) next month in Canberra at the Australia Air Force Cadet’s 80th celebration.


No.106 Squadron Cadet Warrant Officer Sarah Westwood and Corporal Oscar Burns will be flying to Canberra next month to represent North Queensland at the AAFC 80th anniversary.
No.106 Squadron Cadet Warrant Officer Sarah Westwood and Corporal Oscar Burns will be flying to Canberra next month to represent North Queensland at the AAFC 80th anniversary.

Cadet Warrant Officer Sarah Westwood and Corporal Oscar Burns from the No.106 Squadron have will participate in marches and drills in the country’s capital on 2 October.

Alongside other Air Force cadets from squadrons across the country, they will participate in the national parade, representing their squadron and region with pride.

Cadet Warrant Officer Westwood has been a member of the 106 Squadron for the past six years and has taken on the role of teaching and conducting a variety of drills.

Described as a role model to other members of the squadron, she is ready and keen to represent her region in Canberra.

“This is an incredible opportunity, and we look forward to representing our region,” Cadet

Warrant Officer Westwood said.

“Several of us were put forward to be a part of the celebration and Corporal Burns and myself were lucky enough to be chosen alongside four other cadets in the Wing.”

In 2018, Corporal Burns joined the 106 Squadron, travelling from Atherton every week to Mareeba with hopes to join the military when he leaves school.

He said he was in awe that he was chosen amongst several other cadets in the region to represent the North and will represent the region with pride.

“I am chuffed to be going down, it is a fantastic opportunity for us,” he said.

“Obviously Sarah and I have shown exemplary behaviours here to be chosen to go down to the national parade.

“We will be involved in the big parade, a variety of drills and we will be representing our Wing with pride.”

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