New Commandant Comes Into Post

Monday 21st September saw the first day at the head of the RAF Air Cadets for Air Commodore Tony Keeling who took the baton of command from Interim Commandant John Lawlor after Air Commandant Dawn McCafferty’s retirement in July this year.

Air Commodore Keeling will be based at RAF Air Cadets Headquarters, RAFC Cranwell. But he will travel round the country to meet many different people both Cadets and Cadet Forces Adult Volunteers.

Air Commodore Keeling said: “I am delighted to be appointed as the next Commandant of the RAF Air Cadets; it is an amazing youth organisation of nearly 60,000 volunteers and cadets, comprised of the Air Training Corps, the Combined Cadet Force (RAF) and 2 Flying Training School, and found across the whole of the UK and in some overseas locations.As a former cadet myself, I am a huge fan of the RAF Air Cadets – the cadets are a total inspiration, growing into fantastic young citizens with an enthusiasm and ambition that knows no bounds.I am also acutely aware that the organization would not enjoy its fantastic reputation without the determination and commitment of an excellent team of permanent staff working with the brilliant network of adult volunteers.”Group Capt Lawlor said: “It has been an absolute privilege to hold the position of Interim Commandant for the last 10 weeks. I wish Air Commodore Keeling an excellent tenure as Commandant of this amazing organisation and I am honoured to continue as the Chief of Staff.”

Air Commodore Keeling profession is RAF Engineer and joining us from his last post as Air Officer A4 where is was responsible for all of the parts of the RAF’s operational engineering and logistics, the associated Branches and Trades, as well as RAF Photography and RAF Music Services. With this background in STEM as well as a keen interest in outdoor activities we are excited to see what he has to bring to this organisation!

Good Luck Sir!