ADVENTURE WEEKEND // This weekend, a detachment of 34 Cadets deployed to Cataract Scout Park, Appin, for the 2018 Adventure Weekend. This year we were lucky enough to have seven cadets from @323sqnaafc join us. Over the weekend, the cadets participated in a number of team-building activities utilising field skills including knots and lashings, and field formations. The cadets also completed Challenge Valley on Saturday, and a High Ropes course on Sunday. Here's a small sample of photos while we sort through nearly 1000 taken over the weekend! A big thanks to the cadets from 323 for making the trip to Appin. It was great having you with us!
Today is RUOK Day - a day where we encourage you to stop and check in with those around you, see how they’re doing and whether there’s anything you can do to help. A conversation can save a life, so please take a minute out of your busy schedule and be a mate for someone who needs it.
We would like to officially welcome Recruit Course 29 to the 305 Squadron family! The new course of 17 members spent the weekend at RAAF Richmond completing their Recruit Training Weekend, where they participated in lessons including Drill, Fieldcraft and Service Knowledge, as well as various military skills including barracks management and uniform preparation. A special thank you to the Cadet NCOs and Executives who gave up their weekend to assist with Recruit training!
Congratulations to CSGT Matthew Cole, who last night was promoted to the rank of Cadet Flight Sergeant!
A big congratulations to our two freshly appointed instructors - LACW(AAFC) Tash Marshall and ACW(AAFC) Hedy Hagans. Both bring a wealth of experience into our Staff team and we are extremely fortunate to have them on board!
Three of our cadets, CWOFF Luke Kario, CSGT Callie Hagans and CSGT Sam Rogers, participated in the Ashfield Commemorative Service and Parade this morning, alongside 200 cadets from across the state. The Ashfield Parade is an annual tradition in 3 Wing, which sees cadets conduct a march through the streets of Ashfield and a commemorative service at St John’s Church. The Ashfield Parade dates back to 1946, and is the only service in the country which specifically commemorates members of the Air Training Corps (AIRTC - predecessor of the AAFC) who died during the War. CWOFF Kario acted as the Banner Warrant Officer for the National Banner, with CSGT Hagans also acting as a Banner Escort. More photos to come!
What a fantastic turnout at yesterday’s recruit information and enrolment day for Course 29! Couldn’t make the day? Do not fret! Please contact us ASAP and we can arrange for an information and application pack to be sent through. The cut-off for applications is this Thursday, and this is our last intake for 2018. Thanks to everyone for making the trip out!
What a feeling! Congratulations to our seven successful promotion course graduates who passed their respective Junior NCO (3) Senior NCO (3) and Cadet Warrant Officer (1) courses last Friday! These cadets, along with two instructional staff from 305, spent two weeks in Sunny Wagga conducting assessments and learning what it means to be a leader in the AAFC. More photos to come as they are made available.
The 2018 Wing Competitions are just around the corner, so our teams met today to practice. Luckily, our future Squadron Warrant Officer, Finn Marshall, was on hand to help out with our drill team’s practice! Watch out 3 Wing, 305 will be taking away the OC’s Cup this year!!
This weekend, the Squadron hosted our first Training Weekend for 2018 at RAAF Richmond. The weekend was split in two components: recruit training for Course 28 (pictured), and Firearms Training Elective (FTE). The weekend was a resounding success and we are delighted to welcome Course 28 into the 305 Squadron family!
This weekend, over 100 Staff from across 3 Wing gathered to attend the annual Management Conference. Our XO, FLTLT(AAFC) Soemijadi was a guest speaker during one of today’s sessions, running a presentation and Q and A panel on Diverse and Inclusive Leadership. 3 Wing remains committed to ensuring a high standard of diversity and inclusion across the Wing. #championsofchange
Tonight we had the pleasure of promoting six outstanding new members of our leadership team, following their respective promotion courses in January. Congratulations to CUO Jemma Hodgson, CSGT Matthew Cole, CSGT Luke Kario, CCPL Callie Hagans, CCPL Hope Thornton and CCPL Cian Rian!
This weekend we held our first Recruit Information and Enrolment Day, for our 28th Recruit Course. The aspiring recruits had a tour of the facility, participated in some ice breaker activities and had a first hand look at what the AAFC is all about. Our NCOs also ran aviation, field craft and extra curricular workshops to showcase the opportunities available in the AAFC. We still have room in course 28 so if you missed the enrolment day, please contact us before Thursday!
Want to see yourself here? Then don’t miss our Recruit Information and Enrolment Day this Saturday! Register to attend here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScvm0yp714SInPlTvyQVbTgM8Hm-V-5X79NJsY3z1kSJ-7e-Q/viewform?usp=send_form We look forward to seeing you there!
Six 305 Squadron cadets graduated from their respective promotion courses yesterday. LCDTs Hagans, Ryan and Thornton completed the 1/18 JNCO Course, CCPLs Cole and Kario completed the 1/18 SNCO Course and CFSGT Hodgson completed the 1/18 CUO Course. LCDT Callan Hagans was an outstanding performer, graduating the course in 3rd place overall. A huge congratulations to CFSGT Jemma Hodgson who received the 2SD Detechmant D Award for Leadership and the Peter Marshall Senior Cadet Under Officer Memorial Trophy for Dux of the 1/18 Cadet Under Officer Course.
Wishing the very best of luck to our 6 promotion candidates who will spend the next two weeks battling the luxury of sunny Wagga Wagga to increase their rank in the AAFC. One CUO candidate, two Senior NCO candidates and three Junior NCO candidates will be attending the courses, who are pictured here (CFSGT Jemma Hodgson is not pictured as she has already been on course for a week!) #phoenixdoeswagga #tanpants #scorching
Recruiting season is upon us once again! Please check out our Facebook page for all the details. Registrations are required to attend the information day. A link is available on the Facebook event.
Here's a close up of the 2017 Squadron Photo taken before parade!
Our XO, WGCDR(AAFC) Soemijadi had the honour of braving the Wagga heat today to review the 332 Squadron parade. As well as being our amazing XO, WGCDR Soemijadi is also the Director of Diversity and Inclusion (DDI) in National Headquarters. WGCDR Soemijadi congratulated the Cadets and Staff at 332 for a fantastic parade, and was honoured to receive their invitation!
A huge congratulations to Cadet Sergeants Hedy Hagans, Will McMurdo and Jemma Hodgson, who were promoted to the rank of Cadet Flight Sergeant on parade this weekend. This promotion recognises their hard work and dedication to the Squadron over the whole 2017 training year, for which they are commended!
That's a wrap! What a way to end an incredible training year! A huge congratulations to all of the cadets who put on a spectacular final parade in front of nearly 150 spectators on Saturday!
A group of cadets is currently running a recruiting stand at the Veterans and Community Day at Dunbar Park in Avalon. Come along and have a chat and find out what the AAFC is all about!
On the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month, a nation pauses to remember the sacrifices of our fallen service men and women. Our cadets were honoured to attend the Forestville RSL Remembrance Day service this morning, providing the catafalque party and an honour guard during the service.
Our new promotional banners have arrived! They'll be on show at the Avalon Veterans and Community Day at Dunbar Park this Sunday. If you're interested in joining next year, or know someone else who might be, make sure you come along and have a chat to some of our cadets!
Our cadets were lucky enough today to experience whitewater rafting at Penrith Whitewater Stadium, an activity fully funded by the Cadet Initiated Activity (CIA) scheme. We were also pleased to have a small group of cadets and staff from @323sqnaafc (City of Blue Mountains) join us to fill some extra spots. 🌊🛶
Last week, two staff and one cadet from 305 were lucky enough to attend the 306 Squadron ADF Experience Camp in Darwin, along with cadets from 304 (Pymble), 318 (Sutherland Shire), 313 (Dubbo) and 339 (Moree). Our thanks to 306SQN (Darlinghurst) for putting on such an incredible opportunity for the cadets! @306tagram #ADFEX17
A group of our cadets hit the range today with cadets from 322 Squadron (Ryde) for their Firearms Training Elective (FTE) practical application shoot. As well as the required application details, the cadets also had the opportunity to participate in a snap and a rapid round. Well done to all cadets from both units for an extremely successful day!
A big night at 305 tonight with promotions as well as our recruit info night for Course #27. Congratulations to the newly promoted Cadet Warrant Officer (CWOFF) Courtney Campbell, as well as Cadet Corporals Samuel Rogers and Mitchell Wood, who all completed their respective promotion courses over the July school holidays. On top of that, we virtually filled the room for our info night and we're keen to welcome another sizeable course into our ranks. A reminder of course that recruiting is by no means over, with the cut off for all paperwork being two weeks from tonight. If you couldn't make it tonight and haven't already done so, please contact us ASAP to obtain the application forms.
#ThrowbackThursday April 2007, 305 Squadron sends a detachment of cadets to Townsville, QLD for a weeklong General Service Training activity and tour. Are you in this Picture? Comment below! Don't forget that our recruit info night is tonight! If you'd like to be reminiscing in 10 years about the awesome opportunities you had in the AAFC, make sure you come along (and bring some friends)!
305 Squadron will be holding our information evening for Recruit Course #27 on Thursday, 27 July 2017. The information nights are an excellent opportunity for prospective recruits and their parents to come along, see what the AAFC is all about and ask any questions.