Air Force Recruits March Out
After 13 weeks of training, 39 Air Force recruits recently stepped up to a career in the Royal New Zealand Air Force.
In front of family and friends, the graduates from Command and Recruit Training Squadron marched out onto the parade ground at Air Force Base Woodbourne. Reviewing Officer for the parade was the Chief of Defence Force, Lieutenant General Jerry Mateparae.
The parade included a drill display, a physical training display and a performance of the RNZAF Haka, Ko Te Taua-A-Rangi. Taua-A-Rangi means ‘war party of the sky’.
Commanding Officer RNZAF Training Group, Group Captain Stephen Davies Howard said the training the recruits receive is challenging and is designed to prepare new enlistees for service in the RNZAF. “Those who graduate from the Command and Recruit Training Squadron are well prepared to serve the RNZAF and the wider community. The course is not easy; it demands a lot from those who go through it. “
During the ceremony LT GEN Mateparae presented trophies to the following recruits:
Air Force Cadet Adult (AFCDTA) Gabriel Taylor received the Lawson Cup and Warrant Officer of the Air Force coin for the best all round cadet. He was also presented with the R.I Simpson Trophy as the cadet who achieves the highest overall standard in active defence and range practices. Together with AFCDTA Andrew Stern, AFCDTA Taylor also received the Chris Black Memorial Trophy for best displaying the qualities of determination, enthusiasm and morale building for others, particularly in the practical areas of training. The Pat Goddard Memorial Trophy was awarded to AFCDTA Gillian Carr as the best female cadet in Physical Education and Recreational Training. The Hawea Shield was presented to AFCDTA James Jansen as the best male recruit in Physical Education and Recreational Training.
The 39 new graduates can now look forward to further specialist training in any one of the Air Force’s diverse technical trades or as aircrew.