Dawn McCafferty

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Dawn McCafferty
Dawn McCafferty, receives Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire, Nov 2017.jpg
Born 18 April 1964 (1964-04-18) (age 54)
Rhondda Valley, South Wales
Allegiance  United Kingdom
Service/branch  Royal Air Force
Years of service 1988–2006(RAF)
2012– (RAF FTRS)
Rank UK-Air-OF6 infobox.svg Air Commodore
Service number 8032390B
Commands held Air Cadet Organisation
Awards Order BritEmp rib.png Commander of the Order of the British Empire
Military offices
Preceded by
Barbara Cooper
Commandant Air Cadets
2012–present
Incumbent

Air Commodore Dawn Allison McCafferty CBE, is a full-time reserve service (FTRS) officer in the Royal Air Force. She was appointed as Commandant Air Cadets in August 2012, taking over from Barbara Cooper, and will serve until 2020[1]. McCafferty is the only full-time reserve officer to have held the post.

Career[edit]

McCafferty, who was born in the Rhondda Valley of South Wales, and later lived in Wigston Magna, joined the RAF at the age of 19 for a four-year short service commission as a secretarial officer. She retired as a group captain in 2006, having completed 23 years of service.[2]

McCafferty's career culminated in her appointment as Inspector of Recruiting for the RAF. She had previously commanded the personnel management squadron at RAF Wittering and the administrative wing at RAF Waddington. She completed staff tours in Command Headquarters and in the Ministry of Defence. After leaving the RAF in 2006, McCafferty set up and ran the Royal Air Force Families Federation from its inception in 2007 until 2012.[3]

McCafferty was appointed Commandant Air Cadets in 2012, initially on a four-year appointment. In 2015, it was confirmed that she would continue in the post until 2020 [4]

McCafferty was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the 2017 Birthday Honours.[5]

Personal life[edit]

McCafferty is married to Paul McCafferty, a retired RAF wing commander; they have two children.[citation needed]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Dawn McCafferty [@ComdtAC] (12 September 2015). "Think it's safe to tell you that my request to stay as Comdt until Aug 2020 has been approved..." (Tweet) – via Twitter. 
  2. ^ "Biography: Commandant Air Cadets, Air Cdre Dawn McCafferty RAFR". Commandant Air Cadets. Retrieved 6 May 2018. 
  3. ^ "Dawn McCafferty Leaves The RAF Families Federation After 5 Years". COBSEO. 20 August 2012. Retrieved 8 November 2012. 
  4. ^ Dawn McCafferty [@ComdtAC] (12 September 2015). "Think it's safe to tell you that my request to stay as Comdt until Aug 2020 has been approved..." (Tweet) – via Twitter. 
  5. ^ "No. 61962". The London Gazette (Supplement). 17 June 2017. p. B7.