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March 31, 2011
MORE than 3000 people lined the perimeter of the
parade ground at the Australian Defence Force Academy
(ADFA) on February 26 to witness one of the largest
CDF parades in ADFA's history.
This year's event marked CDF ACM Angus Houston's
final time as reviewing officer.
The historic parade saw 350 year one midshipmen and
officer cadets complete their first parade in front of proud
family members, friends and staff.
Three Air Force Mk127 Hawks soared over the parade
ground in a spectacular flypast moments before CDF deliv-
ered an inspiring speech, during which he congratulated the
midshipmen and officer cadets on their hard work and com-
mitment thus far.
"Be proud of this moment and the things that you have
accomplished," he said.
"Also, acknowledge those who have supported you --
your family, friends, colleagues and the ADFA staff.
"Life in the ADF has its challenges but it is also a great
privilege -- for not only are you serving the nation, but you
will have the opportunity to work alongside, and inevitabil-
ity lead, some of the finest men and women in Australia."
ACM Houston also highlighted the important roles the
midshipmen and officer cadets will play after graduating
"You can expect to serve across the world to protect our
nation and support our national interests," he said.
Over the next three to four years, the midshipmen and
officer cadets will continue to develop the skills and attrib-
utes required of junior officers in the Navy, Army and Air
Force, in addition to completing undergraduate degree stud-
ies at the University of New South Wales College at ADFA.
New officers strut their stuff
LOOKING SHARP: ADFA midshipmen and officer cadets slow march during the CDF parade.
Photo: Lauren Black
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