9 July 2013
Members of the newly formed Timaru Cadet Unit with dignitaries [20130709_WN_U1033615_0002.jpg]
The NZ Cadet Forces 101st and newest unit was officially opened at a ceremony at Timaru Christian School on Saturday.
The ceremony was attended by Chief of Defence Force, Lieutenant General (LTGEN) Rhys Jones, Commandant of Cadet Forces, Commander (CDR) Glen Stokes, President of Cadet Corps Association NZ, Major General (MAJGEN) Lou Gardiner (Rtd), Commanding Officer of 2/4 Battalion Group, Lieutenant Colonel (LTCOL) Grant McMillan, the Mayor of Timaru, Mrs Janie Annear, the MP for Rangitata, Honourable Jo Goodhew.
Captain (CAPT) Alastair Rankin, Cadet Forces' Southern Area Co-ordinator says the new cadet unit will offer local youth a new challenge and a sense of purpose.
"Timaru already has an Air Training Corps unit, but the addition of a Cadet Corps unit that is aligned to the Army will provide great additional choices for Timaru's youth who are looking for a new challenge.
"The support from the community has really been amazing. The other local cadet units, No 15 (District of Timaru) Squadron, No 26 (Oamaru) Squadron and Ashburton Cadet Unit have been instrumental in providing support as well as the people of Timaru," CAPT Rankin said.
The idea of starting a new unit was developed in early 2010 by Timaru local, Second Lieutenant (2LT) Sutcliffe, NZCF, and after three years of hard work, he is now the Unit Commander of the new Timaru Cadet Unit.
The unit parades on Wednesday nights from 6:30pm - 9.00pm. For information on how to join, contact 2LT Sutcliffe, NZCF, on 021 686 081.