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.
These profiles are written by the NCOs themselves, giving some important details about their qualifications, interests and goals.
Warrant Officer Rory Coxill-Bogacki
Warrant Officer Coxil-Bogacki is the Squadron Warrant Officer for 2018. He joined the unit in the beginning of 2014. He qualified from a Junior Non-Commissioned Officer’s course in October 2015. After some time spent as a junior NCO he participated in a Senior NCO course in April of 2017. Shortly afterward he was promoted from sergeant to flight sergeant.
W/O Coxill-Bogacki took part in the Cadet Bushcraft course in January 2016. Through this course he learnt much about survival in the outdoors and experienced the thrill of cadet forces activities in full. Since then he has used his knowledge of the bush and the outdoors on field exercises with 1SQN.
In January of 2017, the Flight Sergeant was able to achieve “Top of Course” on the cadet National Aviation Course; Navigation. This meaning that he was the top student on the course, and received his award from Air Commodore Darryn Webb. Since then W/O Coxill-Bogacki has been using the skills he gained from this course to teach the other cadets of No.1 Squadron all there is to know about navigation.
W/O Coxill-Bogacki has participated in every Davy Drill competition since his entry to the unit, and while unable to find a regional first place, he has enjoyed every years competition and is very happy with his results. He believes that a high standard of drill is vital to all cadets, and so to him the event is a necessary part of his ATC career.
In 2017 W/O Coxill-Bogacki has become a leader within the unit, providing key structural support to the unit, in his role as a senior NCO and Squadron Warrant Officer. He hopes to continue in this role as a SNCO and to continue to help the members of one squadron in their cadet learning experiences.
Flight Sergeant Michael Horrocks
Flight Sergeant Horrocks joined 1 Squadron in early 2013, where he progressed through basic, proficiency, and advanced years.
In early 2016 he was a member of the unit’s drill team, who gained a 2nd place overall in the Davy Memorial Drill competition. In mid 2016 he attended the central area Junior Non-Commissioned Officers course held at RNZAF base Ohakea, where he was voted to have the highest standard of drill within his syndicate. Upon return from the course he was promoted to Corporal. He currently serves as an admin NCO within the unit.
F/S Horrocks has a prolific interest in aviation, and over the years has built up a vast knowledge of all aspects of the topic. He enjoys outdoor activities at the unit, and participates in many of 1 SQN’s bushcraft activities.
Flight Sergeant Oliver Knight
Flight Sergeant Knight Joined No. 1 Squadron in early 2014. He qualified from a Junior Non-Commissioned Officer’s course in October 2016. Following this he was promoted to Corporal in mid October 2016. Earlier this year in July F/S Knight successfully completed his Senior Non-Commissioned Officers Course and achieved the award of top of course.
F/S Knight was selected to compete in the 2015 Davy drill team. During his training leading he learnt the fundamental purposes of drill which he reflects on a weekly basis at the unit. He also believes that Drill is a very important part of what we do at the Air Training Corps. F/S Knight hopes to be selected to compete in the 2017 Davy Drill team. F/S Knight is now a Flight SNCO at 1 Squadron.
Corporal Frances Crestani
Corporal Crestani joined the unit in May 2015. She completed her Basic and Proficiency years and both years was awarded the top attendance award for her flight. She was attended the Junior Non-Commissioned Officers Course in April 2017 and was promoted to Corporal in early May 2017. She is now Delta Section commander.
She has attended many activities during her time as a cadet, such as unit shoots, Ex. Silver Sparrowhawk, and the RNZAF Air Tattoo at Base Ohakea at the start of 2017.
By the end of 2017 CPL 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. She also would like to attend the 2017 Aviation Skills Competition as a part of the unit team.
Corporal Alice Galinski
Corporal 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 Leading Air Cadet, and then attended the Junior Non-Commissioned Officer course at RNZAF Base Ohakea in July 2017. CPL 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.