AVM Bartholomeusz OAM, RFD with CFSGT Matthew Hordern, Dux of the CWOFF Course at RAAF Amberley
AVM Bartholomeusz OAM, RFD with CFSGT Matthew Hordern, Dux of the CWOFF Course at RAAF Amberley LACW (AAFC) Lauren Gilloway

Fernvale cadet tops course

AFTER 14 days of intense training, Fernvale teen Matthew Hordern received the Dux of the Course award at the passing out parade of the CUO/CWOFF course at RAAF Base Amberley last week.

Matthew, a Cadet Flight Sergeant with 225 Squadron, Australian Air Force Cadets, outperformed the other cadets on the Cadet Warrant Officer course to take the award.

At just 15, Matthew harbours a long-term ambition to join the RAAF after completing secondary school, with a goal of studying to become an Air Force Engineer.

During the course, Matthew and the other cadets were required to learn drill and ceremonial technique and performance, as well as instructional technique, leadership and management styles, conflict resolution, fieldcraft and ground navigation.

The course is designed to prepare cadets for senior leadership roles within the Air Force Cadets, allowing them to instruct and lead younger members during their service.

While Matthew received the top honour as Dux of the Course, another Ipswich-based cadet, Holly Liesemann, was also recognised for her efforts during the camp.

Cadet Sergeant Liesemann, who lives at Sadlier's Crossing, passed the Cadet Under Officer training course, and will receive her promotion in 2017.

The only female on the CUO training course, 17-year-old CSGT Liesemann was a student at St Mary's School, including being House Captain in 2016, and in 2017 is planning to enrol in a forensic science degree Griffith University.

Wing Commander (AAFC) Tony Lee, Officer Commanding 2 Wing, acknowledged the hard work and commitment to excellence of the cadets attending the course.

"I admire these young people who give up two weeks of their holidays to complete this demanding but rewarding leadership course,” WNG CMDR Lee said.



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