Queensland Group’s annual Advanced Officer Training conference attracted Squadron officers, trainee officers and Group Staff from across Queensland to Caloundra on the Sunshine Coast last weekend (7-9 March) to participate in a rigorous and varied program. Held in a new location, more accessible for all participants, the conference was again supported by the Gambling and Community Benefit Fund.
Organised and facilitated by QLD Group Training Officer, Wing Capt Tracey Rosen, the core theme of this year’s conference was “Tools for Success” and included presentations on Field, Admin, Education, Training and Development – with a new hands on “Drop Zone” element. As is common for this event, a stage 3 training program ran parallel to the Advanced Officer Course.
The squadron peer presentation component introduced last year, whereby Squadron Officers in teams presented on topics related to squadron operations, was repeated again this year with new targeted topics such as “Strength in Diversity – Teambuilding”, “Connecting with the Community”, “Engaging & Exciting Parade Night Programming” and “Promoting Fellowship in a National Organisation”.
AOT 2014 included a workshop on another new QLD Group initiative, “Drop Zone”, providing an outline of the design, lesson plans, tools, material, goals and delivery format for this low cost, modulised, hands-on, multi-purpose program for cadet engagement. AOT participants tested a Drop Zone activity designed on-course by them, with the Stage 3 trainees performing admirably as the activity participants.
AOT 2014 finished with the very special treat of an exciting extended tour of the Queensland Air Museum (www.qam.com.au ), personally escorted by Cameron Elmes – the Museum President, and included an opportunity to get up close to the F111 on display within the museum. Prompting on-the-spot discussion of exploring some highly privileged opportunities to engage our Air League Cadets – The visit to this wonderful facility, also operated by volunteers, brilliantly topped off a highly productive weekend for AOT 2014 attendees.