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 Coxill-Bogacki is the Squadron Warrant Officer for 2018. He joined the unit at 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 afterwards 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 One Squadron.
In January of 2017, he the Flight Sergeant was awarded top student on the course on the cadet National Aviation Course; Navigation 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 year’s 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 became a leader within No.1 Squadron, providing key structural support to the unit, in his role as a senior NCO and Squadron Warrant Officer. Through 2018 he has continued in this position, especially as the leader of the 1SQN Aviation Skills team, as he strives to develop the cadets of No.1 Squadron into leaders of tomorrow.
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.
Sergeant Alice Galinski
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.