Dawn McCafferty

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Dawn McCafferty
Born Rhondda Valley, South Wales
Allegiance United Kingdom
Service/branch Royal Air Force
Years of service 1988–2006
Rank Air Commodore
Commands held Air Cadet Organisation
Awards Commander of the Order of the British Empire

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


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.[citation needed]

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.[2]

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 [3]

McCafferty was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the 2017 Birthday Honours.[4]

Personal life[edit]

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


  1. ^ "RAF Air Cadets News". Raf.mod.uk. 17 October 2012. Retrieved 8 November 2012. 
  2. ^ "Dawn McCafferty Leaves The RAF Families Federation After 5 Years". COBSEO. 20 August 2012. Retrieved 8 November 2012. 
  3. ^ 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. 
  4. ^ "No. 61962". The London Gazette (Supplement). 17 June 2017. p. B7. 
Military offices
Preceded by
Barbara Cooper
Commandant Air Cadets