Former Senior Cadets

Cadet Under Officer Max Cowan

Max joined the AAFC in August 2012. He graduated from the Cadet Under Officer Course in January 2016 as dux and received the 2SD Detachment D Award for Leadership. He assumed the role of Chair 3 Wing Cadet Reference Group in April 2016. Max also duxed all of his cadet training stages since 2012, received the 10SQN Encouragement Award in 2014, the Rifleman Stuart Nash Award for Distinction in the Field in 2015, and Most Outstanding Cadet in 2018. He worked as Cadet Training Operations Officer since Semester 2, 2015 and studied at the University of Sydney.

Max's cadet service concluded at the end of 2018 upon reaching compulsory termination age.

 

Cadet Under Officer Christie Norris

 

Cadet Warrant Officer Hayden Thompson

 

Cadet Warrant Officer Josephine Tran

 

Cadet Under Officer Kieren Thompson

Kieren commenced his AAFC service in 2012. His experience was filled with learning his passion in teaching fieldcraft and survival as well as rising up the ranks during his time at 322 Squadron. His passion in fieldcraft also led to his dedication in abseiling, going on several camps and quickly moving onto more difficult courses and equipment. Kieren was recognised as Cadet Instructor of the Year Award in 2015 and Most Outstanding Cadet in 2017. He was working towards his Gold Duke of Edinburgh award after becoming the recipient of the Premiers Volunteer Recognition Program certificate.

Outside of the AAFC, Kieren studied at Torrens University Australia.

 

Cadet Warrant Officer Emilee Collins

Emilee enrolled as a cadet at 322 Squadron in August 2013. As a recruit, she quickly developed an interest in fieldcraft and drill, participating in the 3 Wing Competitions in the Precision Drill Team in 2015 and 2017. Emilee enjoyed teaching fieldcraft and drill, and was enthusiastically committed to her role in Personnel Section.

Outside of cadets, Emilee commenced a Certificate III in Assistance Nursing in July 2016, completing the course in December of the same year. In March 2017 she started a full time role at Greenstone Financial Services.

 

Cadet Warrant Officer Jayden Norris

Jayden joined 322 Squadron in the second recruit intake of 2011 and was promoted to Cadet Warrant Officer in 2016, having received a credit in each course that he had attended. He received the Duke of Edinburgh Silver Award, as well as the Dux of Advanced Stage. He also led his section to first place in the Section Cup. He worked in the construction industry and is studied a Bachelor of Science double major of Mathematics and Chemistry at Western Sydney University.

 

Cadet Warrant Officer Matthew Awkar

 

 

Matthew commenced his AAFC training with 322 Squadron in 2009. He received the Leadership Award on his Cadet Warrant Officer’s promotion course in 2014 due to his proactive and driven qualities that have lead him to develop a passion for Leadership, drill, and aviation.

Matthew is currently studying at Macquarie University doing a Bachelor of Information Technology majoring in Video Game Design and Development. Matthew departed the Squadron after reaching the compulsory retirement age of 20 in May 2016.

 

Cadet Under Officer Michael Graziano

Michael joined the AAFC in 2010 at No. 305 Squadron in Pittwater. He completed his Cadet Under Officer Course in 2013 and developed a passion for teaching, particularly in the areas of Service Knowledge and NCO development. During his time at 305 Squadron he fulfilled several roles including Cadet Squadron Warrant Officer and Training Officer. In early 2015 Michael transferred to No. 322 (City of Ryde) Squadron where he took on the role of Cadet Home Training Officer.

Michael terminated from the AAFC in April of 2016 after reaching the mandatory retirement age of 20. During his twilight years in the AAFC Michael also studied Commerce and Law at Macquarie University in Ryde and worked part time at a Northern Beaches RSL Club.


Cadet Under Officer Christopher Davis

Chris commenced his AAFC service at 322 Squadron in 2010 and quickly became a passionate glider pilot. More recently, he has also become involved in powered flying. In 2013, he represented 3 Wing in the AAFC National Flying Competition, where the team came a close second. Despite his consistent application in the aviation field, Chris demonstrated his talent and dedication to activities accross the board in receiving the Rifleman Stuart Nash "Distinction in the Field" Award in 2012.

Chris completed the Cadet Under Officer Course in January 2014, achieving 2SD Detachment D Award for Leadership and third place overall. He enjoys teaching aviation and in January 2015 achieved an Air Experience Instructor Rating. He left 322 Squadron at the end of 2015 to join the RAAF.

 

Cadet Warrant Officer Ashleigh Flanagan

Ashleigh commenced her AAFC service with 302 Squadron in Rockdale in March 2009. She completed her Cadet Warrant Officer Course in 2012 and developed a passion for mentoring fellow NCO's in Instructional Technique and Drill and Ceremonial. During her time at 302 Squadron, she fulfilled numerouls roles such as Cadet Squadron Warrant Officer and Chief Instructor. In early 2015, she transferred to 322 Squadron. During her time in cadets, Ashleigh participated in the National Rifle Competition in 2011 and 2012. Ashleigh was awarded the Commendation for Brave Conduct in 2013 for saving three lives on an unpatrolled beach on the South Coast.

Outside the AAFC, she worked part time as a waitress at a cafe in the Shire. She was studing a Bachelor of Nursing at the University of Notre Dame, and left upon reaching the compulsory retirement age in August 2015.

 

Cadet Under Officer Lilliani Williams

Lilliani commenced her AAFC service with 322 Squadron in March 2010, and has continually grown and improved herself in many areas of the AAFC, receiving the award for Most Improved Cadet in 2011. Since joining, she developed a passion for teaching, particularly in the areas of survival and fieldcraft. For her enthusiasm she received Cadet Instructor of the Year Award in 2014.

After five years of service, Lilliani was promoted to the rank of Cadet Under Officer in January 2015. Outside the AAFC, Lilliani was studying International Development Studies. She left the AAFC in March 2015 due to reaching the compulsory retirement age of 20.

 

Cadet Under Officer Hubert Suen

Hubert enrolled as a cadet at 322 Squadron in 2008, and developed a passion for teaching, especially in the fields of fieldcraft, service knowledge and eventually NCO development. Notably, he participated in the successful service knowledge team at the Wing Competitions. Hubert received a number of awards from the Squadron through his cadet career, including: Cadet Instructor of the Year in 2011 and 2013, as well as the Flight Commander's Award for impressive service, dedication and loyalty in 2013. He was promoted to the rank of Cadet Under Officer on 5 February 2014 after duxing his course. He has worked in both Home Training and Personnel section, and assumed the role of Cadet Personnel Officer in 2014. Outside cadets, Hubert studied a Bachelor of Pharmacy at the University of Sydney. He left the AAFC in December 2014 due to reaching the compulsory retirement age of 20.

 

Cadet Under Officer Tom Baker

Tom joined the Australian Air Force Cadets after a small diversion in the Army Cadets, where he reached the rank of Cadet Under Officer.  After seeing the light and transferring to 304 Squadron, Tom attended the 2012 Cadet Under Officer Course, where he graduated as dux. Through 2012, he was appointed Cadet Executive Officer, Chair of the 3 Wing Cadet Reference Group, and served as the Chair of the Combined Cadet Reference Groups at National Headquarters.

Tom transferred to 322 Squadron in 2014 to instruct in his twilight days as a Cadet Under Officer.  He studied commerce at the University of Sydney. He left the AAFC in July 2014 due to reaching the compulsory retirement age of 20.

 

Cadet Warrant Officer Scott Nicholls

Scott enrolled as a cadet at 322 Squadron in 2010 and went on to achieve 2nd place on the Cadet Warrant Officer course in 2013. Outside cadets, Scott studied a Bachelor of Business/Commerce majoring in Economics at the University of Western Sydney. He also worked part time as a Jeweler. He left the AAFC in June 2014 due to reaching the compulsory retirement age of 20.

 

Cadet Under Officer Kristen Crick

Kristen commenced his AAFC service with 322 Squadron in March 2007. He completed the Cadet Under Officer Course in January 2010 at RAAF Base Wagga. Kristen has received the Silver Duke of Edinburgh Award and was appointed to the position of Cadet Training Operations.

Kristen has a flair for fieldcraft and regularly attended gliding courses run by 3 Wing. He left the AAFC in October 2011 to join the ADF.

 

Cadet Warrant Officer Patrick Dunand

Patrick commenced his AAFC service with 322 Squadron in 2005. He completed the Cadet Warrant Officer Course in July 2009, achieving first place. In 2008, Patrick received the Most Improved Cadet award. He has a strong interest in aviation and attended several gliding courses throughout his time in the AAFC. He was awarded his Wings for gliding in December 2008.

Patrick was appointed as Cadet Squadron Warrant Officer, with a passion for drill and ceremonial the drive to inspire a high standard of drill, dress and discipline at the Squadron. He completed the Higher School Certificate in 2010. He transferred to 323 Squadron in 2011 and terminated in August of that year.