Yesterday Headquarters Air Cadets based at RAF Cranwell announced that Air Commodore Dawn McCafferty will be stepping down from her role of Commandant Air Cadets, retiring from a long and successful career within the organisation. A lot of cadets and staff from 1082 Squadron have met Air Commodore McCafferty on multiple occasions and they always say how lovely she is.
The Royal Air Force has appointed Air Commodore Tony Keeling as the next Commandant of the RAF Air Cadets. He will take post on Sept 21st.
The current Comdt, Air Commodore McCafferty retires on July 15th.
Chief of Staff, Group Capt John Lawlor will be Acting Comdt for the intervening period.
Air Commodore Keeling is currently the Air Officer responsible for the RAF’s Aerospace Engineering & Logistics capabilities, Photographers and Music Services.
Speaking with the RAF Air Cadets, Air Commodore Keeling said He said: “I am delighted to be appointed as the next Commandant of the RAF Air Cadets. As a former cadet myself, I am a huge fan of the ATC and CCF and the brilliance, ambition and achievements of the cadets, but I know that the organisation would not enjoy its high reputation without the determination and commitment of an excellent team of permanent staff working with an amazing network of adult volunteers. I have enormous respect for everything that Air Commodore McCafferty has achieved for the RAF Air Cadets during her tenure as Commandant, and I’m really looking forward to joining the team in September.’
We at 1082 (Brimington and District) Squadron would like to wish Air Commodore McCafferty a very happy retirement and all the best for the future and we would like to welcome Air Commodore to the organisation and hope you have a successful career with us, we are excited to see what you will bring.