Whanganui Teen Graduates With Flying Colours

Brigadier Sean Trengrove presents CDTCPL David Newland with the Top Of Syndicate Award.
Brigadier Sean Trengrove presents CDTCPL David Newland with the Top Of Syndicate Award.

6 May 2013

When David Newland isn’t studying NCEA level 3 by correspondence he is a Cadet Corporal  (CDTCPL) at 9SQN in Whanganui.

The 18 year-old was one of 30 New Zealand Cadet Forces cadets who graduated from a senior non-commissioned officer course at RNZAF Base Ohakea on Friday May 3.

While friends were relaxing or working during the school holidays the cadets, all from the lower North Island and nominated by their units to attend, were immersed in lessons on leadership, efficiency and problem solving, and will now return with new skills to perform the duties of a cadet Senior NCO at unit level.

CDTCPL Newland was named the top cadet in his syndicate during the week long course.
CDTCPL Newland joined cadets five years ago after hearing about the group from a fellow church member.

“I went along for a couple of nights and liked what I saw. I want to be an Aircraft technician eventually."

He said he enjoyed learning about the values of team work and gaining better leadership skills.

“It’s also really good to make new friends and catch up with old ones.”

A few spots of rain didn’t dampen the enthusiasm of a small crowd of family and friends who watched the graduation parade. Brigadier Sean Trengrove, Director General Reserve Forces and Youth Development, described the group as inspirational young leaders of New Zealand.

“Parents and unit commanders should be very proud of the environment they have created and the support they have given to these future leaders,” he said.

Background Info: 

The Air Training Corps is the Air branch of the New Zealand Cadet Forces (NZCF). The NZCF are for young people aged 13 to 18. They comprise the Sea Cadet Corps, the New Zealand Cadet Corps and the Air Training Corps. It is a voluntary, disciplined, uniformed youth leadership training organisation.

The organisation is not part of the New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF), but is directed by the Chief of Defence Force, on behalf of the Minister of Defence, and is supported in partnership by the NZDF and the community. 

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