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Reserve Forces & Cadets Association
Northern Ireland



21 March 2017

Cadet Sergeant Thomas Anderson from Bangor Air Cadets, has been chosen as one of 50 cadets from the United Kingdom to take part in an exciting International Air Cadet Exchange programme.

The International Air Cadet Exchange (IACE) plan and run world-wide exchanges for aviation-minded young people who for 15 days every July and August get the opportunity to expand their horizons, get a taste of the other's culture and gain other great cadet experiences – making life-long friendships at the same time.


Since the first exchange in 1947 between the UK and the Canadian Air Cadets, the world-wide air cadet family now comprises more than 20 nations, with around 600 cadets/volunteer staff exchanging annually, heading off to about 15 different countries around the world. 

Thomas has secured himself a place on the USA exchange, where he will have the opportunity to experience the Civil Air Patrol of the USA as well as a great many other exciting things.

He didn’t just get this opportunity by chance – his success consisted of a recommendation, an application and two stages of interviews by high level Air Cadet Officials. Many teenagers would find this unnerving however Cadet Sergeant Anderson is not your average air cadet – earlier this year he was presented with the Regional Commandant’s Certificate of Merit for having rendered first aid assistance to an injured man on Bangor coastal path, a skill acquired while at the air cadets. 

You can join the Air Cadets from age 12 and if you want details of your local unit, have a look on the RFCA NI website under ‘find a unit” or call 0800 730730.