The Australian Air Force Cadets (AAFC) is this year inducting former members and Air Force leaders into the AAFC Hall of Fame as part of the organisation's 80th anniversary celebrations.
The milestone, which falls within Air Force’s centenary year, provides an opportunity to reflect on the history of the AAFC and the members that have been part of its success as a youth-orientated organisation administered and supported by the Air Force.
Officer Commanding No. 44 Wing Group Captain Robert 'Dubbo' Graham is one of the Hall of Fame inductees, acknowledging his significant contribution to the Australian community through his military service and his long association with the AAFC.
The distinguished list of inductees also includes Air Chief Marshal Mark Binskin and Sir William Dean.
Group Captain Graham said the AAFC, which was known as the Air Training Corps until 2001, had played an important role in developing youth over the past 80 years.
“The experiences gained by cadets result in greater confidence and personal growth,” Group Captain Graham said.
“They take those skills with them as they pursue their career goals – inspiring them today as the leaders of tomorrow is a key role of the AAFC.
“I am proud of my association with AAFC and the work they continue to do, and I am humbled by this honour, becoming a Hall of Fame inductee in this milestone year.
“I watch on with great interest as the AAFC continues to shape and develop into the future.”
The AAFC provides opportunities for young people to develop valuable life skills and qualities including leadership, self-reliance, confidence, teamwork and communication while delivering unique experiences in aviation and military contexts.