During the school holidays, 75 of our most dedicated cadets attended the Promotions Courses at Waverley College to develop their leadership and fieldcraft skills in order to lead the Cadet Unit into 2021. An intense week of presentations, assessments, simulation exercises and practical skills was enjoyed by all. The calibre of candidature was superb and we are thrilled with the new team’s professional and responsible approach to their new appointments.
Congratulations to our new Senior Cadet Under Officer, CUO Mark Gaponov, who will lead the Unit over the coming year. He is joined by:
Adjutant – CUO William Gibson
Logistics Officer – CUO Lachlan Muir
Training Officer – CUO Bryn Parry
Operations Officer – CUO Dane Perica
Regimental Sergeant Major – CUO Isaac Kopsiaftis
A Company Commander – CUO Thomas Cahill
B Company Commander – CUO Sebastian Van De Hoek
C Company Commander – CUO Hayden Walker
SPT Company Commander – CUO Finn Anderson
We are particularly thrilled to see the first St Catherine’s CSM (Company Sergeant Major), WO2 Sophia Voigt, and TRGWO (Training Warrant Officer), WO2 Alison Zaczek.
All candidates performed brilliantly on the courses and it was pleasing to see so many new friendships formed across the two schools. We now have an enthusiastic team equipped with the skills to take command of the Unit as we prepare for AFX 2021.
On Friday 16th October, Cadets started back for Term 4 – in uniform at last! – and our new rank were inducted into their new positions at the Commanding Officer’s Parade. This was, once again, an occasion modified for COVID-19 restrictions, and the absence of our parent body was keenly felt. We congratulate everyone on their new appointments.
Cadets will continue each Friday until 26th November when we break for the school holidays.