Over the school holidays, three of 29 Squadron’s NCOs are going for further training to become officers. LAC Belt was selected for the Junior NCO course, while CPL Swinburne and CPL Coveney have been selected for the Senior NCO course.
Hosted at Whangaparāoa military base in Auckland, our cadets will spend a week on-base receiving training in leadership, squad handling, and building skills and confidence in oral presentations.
These courses are fully funded by the New Zealand Defence Force. To be selected is a recognition of hard work and dedication.
Congratulations to LAC Belt, CPL Swinburne, and CPL Coveney. We know you will do well.
Although well-supported by New Zealand Defence Forces, Cadet Forces is completely run by volunteers. All its officers, the support committees, and everyone else that helps out from time to time is what makes Air Cadets tick.
Thank you for your selfless dedication to ensuring young people get training, challenges, and victories along the way to becoming more confident, upstanding, and successful young adults.
We always need more volunteers.
If you like the idea of Cadets, or you used to be a Cadet and you like the idea of coming back and helping run 29 Squadron for Rotorua’s youth, then please get in touch.
While we await NZCF HQ permission to be allowed to host and attend external exercises, Rotorua Air Cadets are taking the opportunity to train, train, and train some more.
Recent topics covered Firearm Safety, Code of Conduct, and Leadership training.
Four of our non-commissioned officers (NCOs) will soon live on-base at the Tamaki Leadership Centre in Whangaparaoa where they will receive Junior and Senior non-commissioned officer leadership training.
These courses are eagerly competed for at unit level as Cadets get to add experiences not available to anyone else.
29 Squadron is always looking for people interested in taking the Air Cadet journey with us. Watching young people grow is extremely rewarding.
Tomorrow morning, at 0600 HRS, 29 SQN Cadets will observe Anzac Day individually. The national initiative by the NZDF and RSA, #StandAtDawn, will see cadets at their letterboxes while streaming Last Post, observing a minute silence, listening to the Ode of Remembrance, and the National anthems.
April is normally one of our busier months with cadet fitness being tested during parades, marches, and of course standing perfectly still for hours during the Anzac parade honour guard. (Try it for 10 minutes to see how hard that is on the body)
Cadets of Rotorua’s 29 Squadron Air Training Corps gratefully accepted an invitation from Volcanic Air to learn about “everything helicopter” during a visit to their hangar at Rotorua Airport.
Volcanic Air pilots explained everything in the cockpit, showed the process of pre-flight checks, and showed a promotional video showing the company operating in the breath-taking playground that’s the greater Bay of Plenty region.
Cadets were able to sit in a number of aircraft for a good look at the cockpit and ask questions about the controls, flying, and whatever else came to mind.
Volcanic Air were very generous hosts, even taking one of the helicopters outside for a unit photograph.
Click here to see a slide-show of photos taken at the Volcanic Air hangar.
To ensure Cadets have minimum safety standards around water, they are required to swim two lengths of the pool (100 m) in light clothing. This annual test is held at the Aquatic Centre and 29 Squadron invites other Cadet units from the region to join in.
After the test, the Cadets are supervised by Aquatic Centre staff, Officers and parents while enjoying free time in much warmer water.