Dawn now in command
On 17th August Dawn McCafferty took over as the Commandant of the Air Cadets greeted by permanent staff as she entered HQ Air Cadets.
The baton of command was handed across by out-going Commandant, Air Commodore Barbara Cooper, who retires from the RAF.
Dawn, 48, who lives near Grantham, Lincolnshire, and has headed up the Royal Air Force Families Federation for the last five years is the first Full Time Reserve Officer in the position. She was selected amidst fierce competition for the post.
Born in the Rhondda Valley, South Wales, Dawn moved with her family to Wigston Magna, near Leicester, and then to Kettering. She joined the RAF at 19 for a four-year Short Service Commission as an Administrative Secretarial Officer and left the RAF in 2006 after 23 years.
She enjoyed a varied career in the RAF which culminated in her appointment as the Group Captain Inspector of Recruiting. Before the latter she undertook a wide range of management roles within the Service, including command of the Personnel Management Squadron at RAF Wittering, and the Administrative Wing at RAF Waddington. Dawn completed staff tours in Command Headquarters and in the MOD, London[b1] .
Dawn opted to leave the RAF in 2006 as she did not want to live away from her family which had settled in Lincolnshire. Repeated staff tours in MOD and Air Command beckoned and, having stabilised her childrens education for the first time, she opted to leave and find employment closer to home but still linked to the Service. After a short spell as a volunteer for HQAC focusing on planning, she then set up and led The RAF Families Federation which launched in 2007 supporting serving RAF personnel and their families.