ATC has been ‘a good adventure’

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After 12 years of dedicated work, Air Training Corps (ATC) Flight Lieutenant Jordan Culliford was awarded the Cadet Forces Medal on Wednesday night at the Gore RSA.
Fl Lt Culliford has been an officer with the 28 Squadron Gore unit for 12 years and has been with the ATC for 17 years.
He joined when he lived in Whangaparaoa.
‘‘It seemed like a lot of fun as a 13-year-old,’’ he said.
He has enjoyed training cadets.
‘‘Being able to learn new skills and using all those skills in everyday life with what I’ve done in cadets [has been great],’’ Fl Lt Culliford said.
He has been a flight lieutenant for two years and has served as the unit’s administrative officer.
He enjoyed the unit’s activities, including shooting, flying, bushcraft and the chance to visit Air Force bases, he said.
Fl Lt Culliford moved to Gore when he was 18 and said it was something he wanted to continue.
‘‘It seemed like a good adventure.’’
28 Squadron Gore leader Evan Madden, who presented Fl Lt Culliford with his award, said the intention of the Cadet Forces Medal was to recognise people who gave 12 years of service, not only to the cadets but to the community.
‘‘If there was a heap of these around, the youth in our community would be fantastic people,’’ Sqn Ldr Madden said.