Our NCOs

No. 1 Squadron Non-Commissioned Officer Staff

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.

Warrant Officer Alice Galinski

Warrant Officer Galinski joined the unit at the start of 2016 as a Basic Cadet, and at the end of 2016 was awarded Top Basic Cadet. Early in 2017, she was promoted to LAC, and then attended the Junior Non-Commissioned Officer course at RNZAF Base Ohakea in July 2017. W/O Galinski was selected to be Drill Commander for her syndicate for Final Parade. She was promoted to Corporal upon her return to the unit and was appointed Bravo Section Commander. She was awarded Top of Syndicate during her April 2018 Senior Non-Commissioned Officer Course, and was promoted to Sergeant; she is currently No. 2 Flight SNCO.

W/O Galinski has attended all unit camps that she was able in her time at 1SQN; she regularly participates in unit shoots, bushcraft camps, and has represented the unit at Ex. Silver Sparrowhawk and Davy Drill 2017. In mid-2017, she was selected for the 1SQN ATC Skills team. She also represented 1SQN in Ex Skyhawk, the 2018 ATC Skills Competition. She thoroughly enjoys the challenges, opportunities, and experiences NZCF offer. At the unit, W/O Galinski aspires to be a reliable and capable NCO, and become a senior leader for 1SQN.

In January 2018, she attended the National Aviation: Power Flying course, where she attained her first solo flight, earning her wings; a highlight of her Cadet Forces Career. In 2018, she hopes to attain her marksmanship badge and be selected for National Gliding and National Aviation Navigation

Flight Sergeant Frances Crestani

Flight 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, F/S 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.


Corporal Sapir Ben-Shahar

Corporal Ben-Shahar joined the unit in early 2015. In 2017 she was awarded the Aviation Trophy. She attended the Junior Non-Commissioned Officers Course in April 2018 and was promoted to Corporal soon after. She is now Charlie Section commander.
She has attended many activities during her time as a cadet, such as flying weekends and shoots. 
Over the 2018-2019 summer, CPL Ben-Shahar hopes to be selected for the Gliding course as she is keen to extend her aviation knowledge and experience and fly solo, as she has a love for flying.

Corporal Darcy Boardman

Corporal Boardman joined No.1 Squadron at the start of 2016 and received the Most Dedicated Basic Cadet award at the 2016 prize giving. In 2017 he attended Exercise Silver Sparrowhawk, and was on the winning team of the competition. Soon after he was promoted to LAC, was selected for the 1 Squadron skills team, and also represented the squadron at Davy Drill competition. At the end of the year he won most Dedicated Proficiency Cadet and Top Proficiency Cadet. In 2018 he attended Exercise Skyhawk on the winning No.1 Squadron team at RNZAF Base Ohakea. During that year he was put as Section Commander of Bravo, and not long after was accepted on Junior Non-Commissioned Officers Course in July. After passing the course he was promoted Corporal and joined the 1SQN NCO Team. At prize giving he was awarded Top Advanced Cadet.

Throughout his time at 1SQN, Corporal Boardman has thoroughly enjoyed the wide range of activities and courses offered, such as bush activities, shooting and flying. In future he intends to go on the Senior Non-Commissioned Officers course to become a SNCO, and continue doing activities through Cadets. In future he intends to become an Air Traffic Controller.

Corporal Emily Cager

Corporal Anthony Connell

Corporal Pieter Lelieveld

CPL Lelieveld joined No. 1 Squadron at the Beginning of 2017 and by the end of the year was promoted to LAC. throughout his time at No.1 Squadron CPL Lelieveld has attended bushcraft, flying , barracks, and marksmanship activities and in 2018 was selected to attend the Central Area Skills Competition (Exercise Skyhawk). At the beginning of 2019 CPL Lelieveld attended the National aviation course (Navigation) and gained his navigation badge during this course. In April 2019 CPL Lelieveld attended the Junior NCO course at Waiouru military camp and was awarded top of his section. CPL Lelieveld was soon after promoted to corporal and on attended the central area skill competition again in 2019.

CPL Lelieveld hopes to one day enter the NZDF as a Pilot or Air Warfare Officer in the RNZAF, or join the Army.