15 July 2013
New officers graduation parade at Air Force Base Woodbourne.
Twenty three new officers graduated at Royal New Zealand Air Force (RNZAF) Base Woodbourne on Friday, having completed the Air Force’s latest Officer induction course.
The graduates from Command and Recruit Training Squadron paraded at Base Woodbourne in front of family and friends, and were reviewed by Assistant Chief of Strategic Commitments and Intelligence, Air Commodore Stephen Moore.
Commanding Officer RNZAF Ground Training Wing, Wing Commander (WGCDR) Peter King said the induction training that officers receive is challenging and is designed to prepare them for service in the RNZAF.
"Those who graduate from the Command and Recruit Training Squadron are now well prepared to serve the RNZAF and the wider community. The course is not easy; it demands a lot from those who go through it," WGCDR King said.
"These graduates have met the challenges and requirements of the course and deserve to share a great sense of personal and Service pride as they celebrate their success and look to the future. They now face exciting and rewarding careers."
The day included a graduation parade, a tour of the Base and a formal dinner in the evening.
Officer hometown locations include Wellington, Auckland, Christchurch, Gore, Taranaki, Nelson, Napier, and Whanganui.Media wishing to interview participants, or seeking more information, are requested to contact Squadron Leader Lyn Coromandel, 020 401 19788.
The new graduates will now commence careers in one of the Air Force’s diverse operational support, engineering, or aircrew branches.