All of the unit’s staff are volunteers. Our staff are split into two categories – Officers and NCOs (Non-Commissioned Officers). Below is a summary of what NCOs are and the profiles of the current NCO Staff.
Cadets who have completed a significant amount of training with us and have shown leadership ability will be selected by the Unit Commander for promotion to an NCO.
NCOs assist with instruction, supervision and the leading of groups. As they become more experienced they can continue to progress through the NCO ranks. The unit Warrant Officer is the NCO in charge of the rest of the NCOs and is a pivotal role in the unit, with a role as the right-hand to the Commanding Officer.
Flight Sergeant Alice Galinski
Flight Sergeant Raven Townsend
Sergeant Frances Crestani
Sergeant Crestani joined the unit in May 2015. She completed her Basic and Proficiency years and both years was awarded the top dedication award for her flight. She has attended the Junior Non-Commissioned Officers Course in April 2017 and the Senior Non-Commissioned Officers Course in April 2018 and was promoted to Sergeant in May 2018.
She has attended many activities and courses during her time as a cadet, such as unit shoots, the 2017 RNZAF Air Tattoo at Base Ohakea, National Aviation Course Power Flying, and Ex. Skyhawk with the No.1 Squadron Skills team which they ended up winning.
By the end of 2018, SGT Crestani hopes to have gained her Marksmanship badge and hopes to have been selected to attend for the National Aviation Course at RNZAF Base Woodbourne where she hopes she can extend her knowledge of aviation and fly solo.
SGT Shaw has attended many unit camps and activities throughout his time with 1 Squadron, including Bushcraft, Shoots, Flying Weekends, Davy Drill, and Exercise Silver Sparrowhawk. He was a member of the 2018 1 Squadron Skills Team but was forced to withdraw prior to the competition due to requiring major surgery. SGT Shaw enjoys the challenges provided by being in the New Zealand Cadet Forces, and the teamwork and comradery that comes as a result of these challenges.
SGT Shaw hopes to attend the upcoming Senior Non-Commissioned Officers Course in July 2018. He also hopes to be able to attend the National Aviation Navigation Course at the beginning of 2019. SGT Shaw aspires to be the best NCO he can be in order to help 1 Squadron grow and develop, and is constantly looking at ways of improving and furthering himself as a leader in the unit.
Corporal Sapir Ben-Shahar
Corporal Matthew Tziakis
Corporal Tziakis joined the unit at the start of 2017 and was promoted to Leading Air Cadet in the July of that year. He was selected for the Junior Non-Commissioned Officer’s course in April 2018 and was promoted to Corporal on his return to the unit. CPL Tziakis is currently Delta Section Commander. He represented 1SQN at the 2018 ATC Skills Competition.
CPL Tziakis particularly enjoys the competitive activities the unit offer, such as Ex Kiwi, Davy Drill, and sports days. He thoroughly enjoys the opportunity to connect and compete with other cadets in a team environment.
CPL Tziakis hopes to be selected for the National Aviation: Navigation Course in early 2019, and in 2018 aims to increase his leadership abilities, and maximize his role and duties of a Corporal.
Corporal Darcy Boardman