Commandants Xmas Message 2016

2016 12 20
To all members of the Air Cadet Organisation
As an incredible year draws to a close, I place on record my sincere appreciation to all members of the Organisation for delivering a memorable 75th anniversary of the Air Training Corps. This time last year, our ambitious plans for events across the UK lay ahead of us and I wondered if we would have the collective and individual capacity to deliver all that we had promised. I should not have had any doubts. Staff, volunteers and cadets exceeded even my highest expectations and I look back on 2016 as a year when we raised the profile of RAF Cadets and celebrated our milestone anniversary in style. Plaudits continue to pour in from the thousands of people who were involved in our events in one way or another and I know that the Chief of the Air Staff and his senior team could not be prouder of their cadet force.


I could write reams about the year but I think you all know how well we did, delivering a memorable anniversary whilst also continuing the "business as usual" of supporting cadet activity for more than 40,000 young people. I could not be prouder of everyone involved in the Organisation and I hope everyone reading this will take justifiable pride in their contribution, no matter how big or small or where and when you did your bit. Thousands of volunteers doing their bit, week in, week out, is what makes the Air Cadet Organisation a world-leading uniformed youth organisation which is the envy of many and a shining example of how volunteers, supported by excellent staff, can really make a difference to the lives of young people and contribute so much to local communities.


As you all prepare for what I hope will be a period of rest and recuperation with family and friends, I send my personal best wishes to every member of the Organisation for a peaceful and happy festive season. I know many of you will still be working but I hope you, too, will find time to recharge the batteries and return in 2017 to carry on the excellent work in support of our cadets. Thank you for everything you have done and will continue to do to support the Next Generation.
Dawn McCafferty Air Commodore Commandant Air Cadet Organisation